Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

12,677 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 12,677
Reviews: 3,423
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 777
Gots: 2,888 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001

An India Pale Ale style well suited for adventurous trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and an incredibly floral aroma.
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Photo of barondebourgogne
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, orange hued with an incredible head that lasts from the first quaff to the bottom of the glass. Residual lace lined the glass. Wonderful presentation.

I love the dry fruitiness of these aromas intermingled with citrusy hops. Very complex aromas for an american pale ale. Just begs to be sipped!

Taste is everything one would expect from the aromas and appearance. This one does not disappoint. Complex and fruity up front, followed by a battle between hops and malt. Finishes clean and dry. The perfect balance. This beer is not overly malty and cloying like many pale ales that try to balance a gargantuan hop schedule.

Light and fluffy on the tongue. Bottle conditioning is well worth it. This beer would be disapointing if force carbonated. Finishes hoppy, but not to the point of oily and bitter on the tongue.

A very enjoyable IPA. This one is on the top of my all time favorite domestic IPA's. The dry finish keeps my palate alive and awake, waiting for that next incredible quaff.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly cloudy golden color with more than a finger egg shell head with descent hang time. Has a substantial fresh hop aroma and a notable fruity characteristic. A smooth and creamy hop flavor. A medium body that's slightly carbonated. Very drinkable. Would like to do a side by side with Southern Tier IPA.

Photo of david131
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a slightly cloudy copperish with a perfect looking head. The head diminishes into a beautiful lacing that lasts the whole drink.

S- Floral, sweet, and just enough malt to back it up. One of the best smelling beers I have ever had the pleasure to quaff. Words can hardly do it justice.

T- Very very balanced but hops are dominant. No "caramel" sneaking up on you, or any vegetable-y hops there either. Pure floral Centennial hops. I have often wished they made an air freshener out of this brew.

M- Very clean. The carbonation is very well done, not too much or little.

D- I could drink this beer every day at all times.

Photo of markgugs
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass, beer graciously provided by BA member "cardsmith"

A: poured a beautiful golden orange with a huge frothy, white head and a ton of lacing

S: as is the case with many top beers of this style, the beer gives off an ample floral aroma. I am definitely getting some slight citrus and/or coriander scents as well. Very appealing.

T: A gorgeous wallop of hops smacks your tongue right off the bat, then the malts slip in to balance the overall flavor, and everything finishes at once, like a perfectly timed meal. Hop lovers will definitely want to grab this beer.

M: Not a ton of body, a tiny bit thin, but overall very nice.

D: Now here is where this beer truly shines. The excellent taste + reasonable alcohol content + an amazing level of refreshing qualities makes this an all-day drinker. Wonderful beer that I could and would go back to time & time again.

Recommended.

Photo of a10t2
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Swirling golden-orange with a thick white head and good lacing.

S: Citrus hop aroma with just a hit of grassy and earthy undertones.

T: Pure hop heaven, with the citrusy Centennial hops dominating from beginning to end. Malts are so light as to be basically undetectable.

M: Lighter and thinner than I would expect, probably due to the increased alcohol and overall paleness of the malt. Pleasant.

D: I can drink this beer for an entire double-header and never get tired of it, it's so refreshing and smooth.

This is my go-to IPA; I almost always have it on tap and have yet to find another that is so consistently enjoyable.

Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that made me appreciate IPA's.
Two Hearted is a regional staple in the Great Lakes, i'm sad to see it leave IL (temporarily I hope).

Pours a cloudy, swirling orange. Big foamy head, spots of lacing ring the glass. Looks like a fresh and lively ale, which it delivers in it's other aspects as well.

Sharp fruity hops in the aroma, abundant but not overboard. Taste follows the hoppy nose, distinctly grapefruit and pale malt. Slight dryness increases it's drinkability quite a bit.

This is great for a session...i'm going to miss this on tap around Chicago, especially the Empty Bottle (this was their best beer option). Come back Bell's!

Notes 11-2007: Sampled an "aged cask" of this recently, after a year it is way mellow, and strongly similar to hop tea. Uncarbonated, watery, with an earthy suggestion of hops, but nowhere near as balanced as it is fresh. A novelty (not altering any scores here). Do not cellar this, for the love of all things good and holy.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely beer, pours a full cloudy orangy color with a nice white head and some good lacing. Smells great, citrusy floral hops, very fresh. Taste of grapefruit and freshness, love those hops. Has just the right amount of bitterness to balance the thickness. Very smooth and delicious. Great IPA!

Photo of tattooedtolley
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured orangish gold in color with a white head that left plenty of lacing.

Smell - Lovely floral hop aroma, very pleasant.

Taste - Hops dominate the taste. The beer is light enough on the malt and heavy enough on the hops that I am getting my much needed hop fix without interference from the malt. Great hop flavor to pair with the great hop aroma.

Mouthfeel - light/medium in body. Nice and crisp.

Drinkability - Sessionable, in fact if I could get this easier it would be my new go to IPA. We've just began to see Bell's here in VA and I couldnt be more excited. Hopefully we'll get some better distribution b/c this would always have a home in my fridge.

Photo of Damian
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
(Thanks to my girlfriend Nari for bringing this one back from Ohio.)

Poured a hazy, straw yellow with a fizzy, white, one-finger head. A touch of floating sediment was noticeable. Some drippy, short-lived streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

Aroma was quite subdued at first. Mildly hoppy with a bit of sweet malts. As the beer warmed, the hops became somewhat more pronounced and took on citrusy characteristics. Some sweet, bready malts came out as well.

The taste was much more pronounced than the aroma. Intense hops assaulted the palate from start to finish. Aggressively hoppy up front with piney, resiny, grapefruit-like cascade hops and a touch of sweet malts. The hoppiness seemed to settle mid-palate and some bready notes were apparent. Crisp on the swallow with a bitter, biting, lingering, hoppy finish. Alcohol taste was hardly perceivable, but you could feel it effects toward the end of the drink.

Medium bodied with a lush and creamy mouthfeel.

This is a hop bomb, pure and simple. It has enough hops for a DIPA but lacks the malt and alcohol presence. A good IPA overall, but I expected more complexity and/or balance.

Photo of Applesauce1
3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this on-tap at Skipper's in Athens.

Appearance: gold-orange color with a nice 3/4" white head from the tap; looks pretty good
Smell: hops dominate
Taste: ehhh, decent, but nothing too impressive; there's a hoppiness, but a mustiness also; im not sure where the mustiness comes from, but it didnt please me too much; slight sweet malt presence
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, good carbonation
Drinkability: decent, didn't have another one on the night

Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

cask at Maduro Madison with dirtylou and golden2wenty1

appearance: The fluffy, off-white head recedes only partially, exhibiting great retention and nice lacing. The beer is a pretty clear golden-amber in color.

smell: The aroma is full of leafy green C hops and pale, grainy husk aromas. The usual tropical fruits, though slightly muddied in the cask.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is low, and the body a full, smooth medium.

taste: At first I notice an unexpected oak flavor. Flavors of crisp hops and subdued caramel malts. Light to moderate bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: easy...There was more of a difference between this and a standard Two Hearted than I expected.

bottle dated 11.12.13 consumed 12.06.13 - just as lovely as always, floral and bright citrus rind of lemon/lime/tangerine, so fresh, exceedingly cleanly malted with a perfect bitterness, a personal favorite and key to my intro into the scene - scores left intact. going back to my roots tonight with two hearted, double cream, cherry, java, expedition, and third coast on deck.

Photo of kboett77
3.32/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was always put off this beer by the freaky looking fish on the label. However, having recieved some as a gift, I thought I would give it a try. It is drinkable, with a strong grapefruit tone and a nice fullness to it. But I was no super impressed, to me it lacked some of the complexity and over tones of other IPAs. If I try it again I'll give an update as I am suprised that this well liked beer from a well respected brewery isn't doin' it for me.

Photo of Bighuge
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy dim copper. Thin beige head. Lace is more than adequate. Spotty, droopy lace all the way down. Aroma is a lot of hops and a little toffee malts. Not quite as "bright" of hop tones, but they make themselves known nonetheless. The flavor is great. Again, the hops aren't as "bright" as the pushed or bottled version of this, but they are very enjoyable in their citric and piney characteristics. The malts are toffeeish in nature and provide the perfect balance to the hops. The bitterness is very clean. The mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy and velvety and very little carbonation. Room temperature and perfect. This was the first time I had this on cask and it was so damn drinkable. This one is drinkable by the gallon in this form. Great beer on cask.

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy deep orange in color. The head is two fingers thick and white as snow. Fluffy head dissolves into thin layer that covers the top layer of the beer. Patchy, sticky lacing stays throughout the sample.

S: Floral. Pungent citrus smells abound. Dough or butter also prominent.

T: Nice citric hop bite bite on the front end. Grapefruit, lemon and even oranges saturate the tongue. Caramel malts slip in to balance the brew. A clean butter like flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Ample carbination for the style. Smooth and crisp upfront and creamy thick on the back end.

D: Drinkability is sky high. A true hop head's session beer. Extremely clean and refreshing. An easy drinker for every occasion. Always a present in my regular rotation.

Photo of geexploitation
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this for a second time... possibly a bad bottle the first time around. Pours cloudy and golden with a touch of amber -- looks like a cloudy Normandy cider -- with little head (this bottle is getting a little old -- or should I say, aged). The aroma is bright and gorgeous -- fruity (pears, apples, classic English stuff), hoppy, and spicy (that's baked spices, not hot spices). This being Bell's, there's an appropriately huge malt backing to all this, which provides stunning caramel malt background.

On the palate, fresh bitterness first off, then the fruits come out. At the mid-palate, the beer shifts back toward bitter, but this time the bitterness has an earthy quality lacking from the first go-round. The finish is rich and buttery, with some hop oils that stick around for a good while after swallowing. Mouthfeel features vigorous carbonation and smooth malts roughened up with hop oils.

Overall, this is outstanding. I'm sorry that I waited this long to re-try this beer after getting an obviously bad bottle. I need to try this fresh or, even better, cask conditioned. All the flavor components exist in harmony here, and all the components individually possess a high quality. Excellent.

Photo of HopDerek
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass.

Appears hazy golden amber in color with a big bubbly head that fades fast into a patchy layer of bubbles, minimal lacing. Smells of citrus and pine. Tastes of grapefruit and pineapple up front followed by a touch of malt and then a nice smooth pine needle finish. Medium in body, light in carbonation, with a smooth, drying finish. Highly drinkable IPA, not overly pined like other IPAs, very sessionable.

Photo of TexIndy
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz with a batch ID on the back label that allows you to go to website to get info on the beer like the date brewed. Was a hazy copper orange color. Had a good head that settles down to a constant foamy top. Considerable lacing throughout the drink. The mouthfeel was awesome - nice and creamy. The aroma is most definitely IPA with dominance of hops and what another reviewer called piney resin. There is also something sweet in there but I can't identify it. The taste is also awesome with a smooth start then a big bit of hops then settles down before becoming to bitter. Very well balanced. I really enjoyed this one but seems best as a regular instead of heavy player. Highly recommend. (4, RR, T, Y)

Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts balanced, sweetness in the background but hops dominate as this IPA is true to style. $1.89 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

Photo of sullysbeer
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma: Huge Floral Hop aroma. Caramel malt sweetness and some alcohol.

Appearance: Clear golden with a creamy head retention that lasts till the last drop.

Flavor: Huge floral hop flavor and finishes with a spicy hop bitterness that lingers a bit but delicious, all balanced with a base and caramel malt sweetness. Has a touch of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy and perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: This beer RULES on the beer engine or hand pull.

A “beer engine” or hand pump is used to siphon the beer, using air. The beer engine is a half-pint (sometimes a 1/4 pint), airtight piston chamber - pulling down on the handle raises the piston which drags up a half pint of beer. When a cask is first tapped into the beer engine, or after the lines have been washed through, the pump needs to be pulled several times to clear the lines of air or water. The line will continue to hold beer, which will tend to go stale overnight, so the first beer pulled through will be bad beer, and this will be simply thrown away. Most pubs will pull through at least a pint of beer on each beer engine before they open, while others will wait for the first order of beer on that pump before pulling through. Experienced bar staff will serve a pint with two long, smooth, slow pulls of the pump handle, plus a short third just to make sure the glass is full.

Hangin' at Bell's in 1999, every Sunday was Two Hearted Ale on the hand pull afternoons. We would go up there after a heavy night of college drinking and would cure our hangovers. If you ever catch this beer at the Brewery on the hand pull, it will probably be the only beer you drink that day. This is an India Pale Ale -IPA style beer.

Photo of xav33
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Two Hearted Ale
12 oz bottle
Packaged 11/06, fished out 12/06
Moderate pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a clear amber with an average white frothy somewhat lasting head with layered rings of lacing denoting my sip timeline.

Smelt of strong oily pine resin, grapefruit rinds, fish, light peaches, strawberries, and sweet bread.

Taste was upfront medium strong bittersweet spruce and moderate bitter and sour grapefruit followed by a moderate bitter and skunky and fishy resin taste on a long peach and spruce finish. Palate was medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated, and lightly astringent.

Overall, a very satisfying soft yet hearty IPA. Excellent flavors, and well balanced in its flavor profile. I've nothing bad to say really. It's just good.

Photo of mhaugan
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to travel from Phoenix to Minneapolis to get my hands on some, but since I have a business need to do so, its not too bad. Picked up a sixer to keep in my hotel fridge.

A - Nice Amber with a decent head and some quality lacing

S - Nice and hoppy with just a hint of sweet

T - Hoppy with a great sweet, smooth finish

D - Wonderful. Once of the few IPAs that I would really call a session beer without killing all of my taste buds. The slight sweetness from the malt really helps a bunch.

Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught at The Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill, PA on 12/8/06.

A - Light amber hue with a nice creamy white head that mostly diminished, leaving in its wake some beautiful lacing on the glass. The body was quite clear and bursting with bubbles.

S - Moderate hoppy nose with a well-balanced malty aroma as well. Lots of citrus/grapefruit hops... it even smelled a bit sticky!

T - Moderately bitter initial flavor followed by a surprisingly bitter sweet finish with an average duration.

M - The hops feel like they stick to the sides of your tongue, giving way to an almost numbing sensation. This was quite a little lively beer, with lots of carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D - Overall, this is a very well-rounded IPA that was surprisingly a bit sweeter than I had anticipated. Lots of nice, sticky hops. I would pick up a case of this sometime. Very enjoyable.

Photo of clabaugh
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours the color of a dark pumpkin rind, with a bubbly head colored a nice eggshell situated on top. Retains well, with vigorous lacing.

Smell: Invigorating floral hops that are nicely accompanied by some simple, sweet malts.

Taste: Very good. Malts and hops compliment one another aptly to produce a simple yet satisfying flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and roundly carbonated.

Drinkability: Superb. Phenomenal session beer that I could drink anytime, for a long time. Blissful simplicity.

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the GABF.

Poured a beautiful amber with a nice white head.

The aroma was of citrusy hops, rich biscuity malts, and English ale yeast.

The flavor of the beer was very citrusy with lots of grapefruit. The maltiness of the beer was relatively prominent for an American IPA. Rich caramel and biscuit malt flavors.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the carbonation was spot on.

Another American classic. This beer is perfectly balanced and very distinct.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Nicholson's in downtown Cincy.
Served in a pub pint glass. Had a nice inch and a half frothy head. Plenty of hoppy aroma. More of the piney hop smell than anything else came through. This beer on cask is really interesting. You lose a lot of the hop bite, but this beer is so smooth and creamy that it makes up for it. Instead of getting the hop bite as soon as you drink it, it really comes through about midway through each drink. A little more subtle, but it's there.
This is very drinkable. This is so smooth that it's dangerous. All in all a good offering, but I prefer non hoppy beers for cask offerings.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 12,677 ratings.