Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.4/5 rDev +3%
Served on tap into a standard shaker pint glass. Appearance isn't thrilling... rather unremarkable golden color with some white head that disappeared quickly & left no lace. Smell is good ... full of citrusy/piney hop notes and a bit of the malt sweetness. Flavor likewise shows some of the malt notes (cereal/biscuit) & plenty of the floral/spicy/citrusy hops. Finish is dry and very hoppy. Very much balanced toward the hop-head's taste preferences (very unbalanced toward hop aroma, flavor and bitterness). Mouthfeel is smooth, body pretty much "medium" weight. One of my favorites in the style (along with Stone IPA, DFH 60 Minute). A decent choice for a session ale if you are a hop-head & also a good choice to recommend to people who appreciate hoppy beers or are willing to at least try to push their envelope further.
04-13-2007 20:23:30 | More by jsbrendle
3.73/5 rDev -12.6%
A golden/amber color with an off whitw colored head. The aroma very complex, with citrus, pine, and earthy scents. The taste starts with a strong malt flavor, and it dominates the palate till the very end, when that expected bitterness caomes in at the end. A thin watery feel, very surprising, folowed by the strong presence of carbonation at the back of the throat. An incredible aroma, is let down by a mediocre taste and less than appealing feel, was very disappointed, but I will probably give this beer another try.
04-12-2007 01:32:54 | More by cameraman
4.4/5 rDev +3%
12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden yellow body with some copper in there for good measure. Lots of bubbles initially floating to the top, and rings of lacing are left above in massive clumps, with the head never really dissipating below the top of the brew--you're always seeing white.
Smell: A wonderful meld of grassy and citrus hops with a nice malt backbone of more fruity sweetness. I get some sour cherries in the mix too, along with some lemon zest, grapefruit rind, and earthy characteristics. Still, with the malt backbone and fruit elements, it helps the balance rather than everything being completely controlled by the hops (which would certainly still be fine with me).
Taste: One of the best attributes of the brew is the finish, which never seems to die, especially if you're constantly sipping. The hop oils and fruit from the malt meld harmoniously enough to keep smacking your lips, and there are tons of flavors from sour fruit to oily citrus, with everything always being in balance.
Mouthfeel: Throughout the entire process the mouthfeel remains creamy, which astounds me in some sense, as the body seems medium to full, though the carbonation levels are certainly spot on.
Drinkability: This is a brew where the year round hype is a valid one. Bells outdid themselves with HopSlam, but this stuff is beyond damn good for the sessionable brew. It has the flavor, the balance, the alcohol at 7% (via the Bells website as I write this), and the quality for one of the best IPAs available, especially, as I said, year round. It took me a long time to try this, and I suggest you don't make the same mistake I did.
04-11-2007 02:41:16 | More by asabreed
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
The Bell's beers are slowly showing up all over NC. I had this one once in a bottle and thought it was pretty good, but on tap, it's great.
Appearance wasn't much. Dark gold, big bubbles in the head, retained some, but not great lace.
Smell was much better, citrus and hops, some nice tang in there to boot.
Taste was the best aspect, one of the best IPA's out there. Similar to but not as sweet as 90 min, very dry citrus flavor, like a less sweet orange, but not as bitter as grapefruit. A medium does of earthy malts keep it from being over the top.
Crisp, medium, lots of carbonation, very nice. I had 3 of them, if that tells you anything about drinkability, and will have it again!
04-10-2007 21:21:51 | More by NClifestyle
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
Orange transparent body. Great off-white rocky head. Amazing retention and clumpy lace.
Grass, flower, sweet hay, very well balanced with abit of butter.
Great taste, so full of flavor, sweet yet hoppy and spiced, perfect balance. Grass pine, flower and bread. Long balanced aftertaste, very delicious.
Moderate body, good coating, somewhat slick and rough.
Highly drinkable, great brew.
04-07-2007 21:42:39 | More by oelergud
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Clear, light amber color with nice, big white head. Almost fluffy with good retention.
Spicy, citrus hop aroma with cascades and something a bit more spicy. Very nice.
Taste is sweet and hoppy with some bitterness closely following. Then a toasty malt backbone peeks through, followed by a bitter hoppy, dry finish. Points for complexity and the weaving in and out of flavors.
Mouthfeel is fairly light and very drinkable.
04-06-2007 15:02:33 | More by AaronHomoya
4.58/5 rDev +7.3%
Had on tap at Flying Saucer in Raleigh.
The beer goddess brought out a pretty standard looking IPA with a golden orange hue and a thick white head that left decent lacing. The aroma was fantastic...uber-foresty hops mixed with citrus, mango, bubble gum, and a hint of the sticky icky.
Taste spikes a balance of fruit and hops. Orange, plum, peach, mango, and apple cidar. The carbonation levels were great, and the mouthfeel was juicy & crisp: flat out amazing. A nice hoppy aftertaste lingered, but not so long that is frazzled the tastebuds. Drinkability is top notch; goes down smooth and has plenty of taste and complexity. Solid IPA, Bell's.
04-05-2007 05:14:28 | More by wagenvolks
3.48/5 rDev -18.5%
12oz bottle split with a friend. The color was a light orange-yellow with a fluffy white head. The smell was oddly sweet. The taste reminded me of candy and nothing else. Grape candy to be specific. Maybe I will try this again but I was not too impressed.
04-04-2007 15:46:46 | More by ArrogantB
4.47/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.
A: Pours a crystal clear, pale golden color. Huge pillowy three finger head that leaves a mess of sticky lace all over the glass. Active carbonation.
S: Big whack of citrus hops! Upon further sniffing I detected aromas of peach, apple, and alcohol.
T: See above with the addition of an excellent dry malt backbone. Incredible hoppiness! Finish starts dry and hoppy, turns dry and malty, then becomes tart and fruity.
M: Very hoppy and very dry. The excellent balance from the malt keep this from becoming too dry. Dry and oily at the same time.
D: It's been a few years since I've had one of these and I'm kicking myself for passing over this at the beer store for many other less worthy IPA's. So satisfyingly hoppy! An excellent drinker that, dare I say, can be sessioned. Come back to IL, Larry Bell.
04-03-2007 23:50:55 | More by GbVDave
4.4/5 rDev +3%
I've had this on tap at a bar but thought to give it its real fair shot, I needed to sit down with one at home in a bottle.
APPEARANCE: A pale straw color with a hint of orange. A small head shrinks quickly to small patches.
SMELL: Incredibly citrusy and a tad bit sweet. Smells very much of resinous grapefruit.
TASTE: Much more complex than I remember it on tap. The hops are so incredibly grapefruity, but they morph a bit on the finish to something more floral and piny. It also has a bit of a sweetness to it initially, but the hops really shine the whole way through.
MOUTHFEEL: Crisp and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is just right.
DRINKABILITY: Two Hearted does not suffer from being over-the-top like some IPAs do. The hops are packed in, but the flavors are carefully selected to give the beer a really nice mesh of flavors rather than an amalgam of bitterness. A very drinkable IPA.
I'm glad I had another chance at this. It's a different experience when I'm away from the bar. I'm able to pick up many more flavors this way, and for the most part, they aided in my experience of this beer. Bell's continues to impress.
04-02-2007 17:45:21 | More by jmalex
4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours orangish amber with a persistent white head and glass-climbing lace.
Smells of orange rinds and a little pine, with some light malts in evidence. Oranges initially appear in the flavor, with bitterness appearing mid-palate and persisting to the end.
The mouthfeel is light, fluffy, and refreshing, with just the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability increases, as the late-palate bitterness diminishes a bit (or maybe I'm just getting used to it), giving way to some nondescript hop oil flavors. I believe I could put a few of these away.
04-01-2007 03:58:36 | More by kajerm
3.55/5 rDev -16.9%
pours hazey golden brown, with a very think white head that goes away after a few minutes, leaving some spottyness.
S: Something here struck me the wrong way. I could detect it more when i breathed the brew in my mouth. I know that sounds weird, the whole taste a smell thing, but something was there that i didnt like. Im not sure what it was. wasnt skunk or sulphur or any of the usual suspects...maybe im just crazy. Regardless this is what i percieved sooo...
T: The taste is relatively nice. That smell that was stated earlier that seemed like a taste, is the first senstation in tasting too. This time it almost seemed hoppy, maybe some trait im not used to.It was not as bad as a tasteand goes away immediatly leaving a somewhat watery ale flavor. This is not all bad as the brew is easy to ejoy. The flavor is good, just seems weak. This caused a slightly unbalanced feel to this beer. Maybe i got my hopes up based on the avg this beer recieved, but i was dissapointed.
Its drinkable, and enjoyable but dont think i would choose this beer again. worth a try, but imho not so "great" just good
03-28-2007 23:06:57 | More by Redwood21
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
12oz. bottle poured a dark golden color with a large white head that leaves some spots of lace. Smell of citrusy hops like tangerines and oranges. Taste has a bit of a watery feel at first and a slight bitterness towards the end with flavors of both sweet and bitter citrus fruits. This brew is very easy to drink and is one of my favorite go to beers to have a few of.
03-27-2007 04:08:57 | More by Alkey
4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
Thanks for JAYW for a 12oz bottle in a great trade.
Pours a hazy light orange, inclining toward yellow. Dense one-finger head - persistent lacing. Wonderful fruity American hop aroma with a sweet malt undertone. Taste is perfectly integrated, and the star here - mostly tangerine, some faint pine. Certainly a hop showcase, but not the monster some other reviewers portray (did my bottle mellow?). Malt is not the star, but isn't absent, either - no bread or dough, just a silky firm texture that screams out for another drink. A tad bit more body might be welcome.
A great IPA. Its own beast - not quite like the NorCal standard I'm used to (the puckery bitterness isn't here), but it's no English-style wallflower. I love this beer and want more!
03-27-2007 04:04:53 | More by Talisker
4.8/5 rDev +12.4%
Pours a slightly burnt orange with a huge, billowy, white head. Hops dominate the nose, slightly citric and mostly floral with some sweetness in the background. The flavor is unmistakably hoppy, more tart and citric than the aroma indicated and the hops really shine throughout each sip and don't let up. While there are all sorts of hop flavors in this, it is certainly not one dimensional as the citric hop profile is rounded out by a nice floral flavor and and some slightly sweet, lightly toasted malt character. This is a medium bodied beer with great character! The mouthfeel is slightly fluffy and this brew is highly drinkable especially on a hot and lazy summer afternoon.
This is certainly a wonderful IPA, almost a quintessential example of the style. It's complex and the hop profile is inviting rather than overpowering. I think I'll just skip my spring and head right into summer with the wonderful brew.
03-25-2007 17:16:32 | More by adams82
3.53/5 rDev -17.3%
I think this one got messed up, but let's try.
This was served way too cold at Ike's in the Minneapolis airport.
Golden brew with a foamy white head, a heavy hoppy smell that although pleasant, is somewhat unidimensional, I could not really smell anything else.
Light body, the taste has more balancing malts than one would expect from the smell. Dry, pleasant finish.
A good hoppy brew, although not very complex. The low serving temperature might have reduced its taste, though.
03-25-2007 16:52:44 | More by brdc
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours out into my glass a fairly light orange/amber color more of a golden yellow in the light, large, white head that lasts forever. Each sip leaves generous lacing.
Smell is very hoppy and fragrant. There's also some pine and citrus going on as well, however the hops dominates the nose.
Taste is surprisingly sweet at first, lots of citrus flavor, predominately oranges with malt sweetness and a touch of caramel. Hops take over as you finish the sip, but not overly bitter. Overall, a very well-balanced brew. Well-carbonated and smooth going down without much of a bitter aftertaste.
03-22-2007 07:00:36 | More by dogger6253
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle. Batch 7856 served in my Dogfish Head shaker "pint" glass. Appears a hazy, golden amber color with at least two fingers of dense, fluffy off-white head. Decent lacing is left on the glass with each sip. Smells of flowery hops very similar to fruity pebbles cereal (of which I'm a fan) and sweet malt. Taste is the same as the smell and very well balanced. Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation. An overall great beer.
03-20-2007 15:24:29 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Had this one at Eulogy in Philadelphia.
Appearance: Orangey amber in color, nice and clear, good head with very nice retention and lacing.
Smell: Juicy, citrusy hops. Like juicy fruit gum dropped into grapefruit juice.
Taste: Juicy hops. Nice malt character, but the hops dominate for sure. Just the way an IPA should taste.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, good carbonation.
Drinkability: Probably my favorite beer I tried during my Philadelphia trip. I could drink this often, and now that it's finally distributed in Florida, maybe I will!
03-20-2007 04:26:05 | More by hunteraw
4.93/5 rDev +15.5%
Sampled on 3-19-07
Bottled on 1-29-07
Pours a light and semi-cloudy red/gold, with big, bubbly head that fades quickly leaving huge lacing.
Floral hops. Thats the smell and that's all it needs.
Taste is slightly sweet malt and then an avalanche of floral, citrusy hops. Grapefruit, lemon, sweet orange and slight pine and grassiness make this beer a hops opera.
Mouthfeel is great, resiny hops from beginning to end.
Drinkability is phenomenal, the taste is so good you could easily put away a sixer.
Overall, this might be my favorite beer of all time. It's not the most extreme, and thats why I like it. It takes the concept of a hoppy beer to the next level by having as much flavor as bitterness. Fantastic all around and highly recommended.
03-20-2007 02:36:14 | More by BMoney575
4.83/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured into pint glass, a very nice slighlty cloudy orange hue. Smallish head; very sticky lacing. Very pleasant aroma of citrus hops. You could almost just smell this beer. Excellent balance of citrus and hops flavor. Just bitter enough, but not enough to pucker your mouth. Predominantly orange flavors with some grapefruit in the mix. Finish is dry and clean. Exceptional drinkability. My favorite 60 minute IPA so far.
03-18-2007 18:05:18 | More by Duster72
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
An orange, light amber beer with a small head.
Smell is hoppy, resinous and piney. There is also some fruitiness with peaches, honey and some hard candy.
Taste is bitter, but not extremely mouth puckering. The hops are citric and piney, with no grapefruit to be tasted. Malt is just faintly present and plays hardly any role. Yeast profile is fruity with some peach and hard candy. Balance is pretty much absent, but for hopheads this beer is great, it all revolves around the hops, rest is just supporting.
For me it is not clear why this is ranked so much higher than other IPAs, it is very good, but there is not earth shakeing difference. It is probably all these hopheads ;-)). Thanks to todd1 for this great beer.
03-18-2007 10:08:00 | More by Absumaster
3.98/5 rDev -6.8%
Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Short description of the style, indecipherable bottling code.
Appearance: Bright orange with a medium sized head, decent retention.
Smell: Immediate whiff of citrusy hops when I opened the bottle. Citrusy hops and just a bit of grassiness. Only the slightest hint of malt sweetness in the background.
Taste: This one is definitely not going for balance - its strongly hop dominated. Tart citrus flavors in the beginning with just a bit of resiny pine as well. Finishes dry and bitter.
Overall impression: Definitely for hop heads only - this is a quality IPA if you appreciate the over the top hop character.
03-17-2007 14:29:36 | More by rowew
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
Appearance: Golden orange, decent offwhite head. Medium amount of lacing.
Smell: Tons of hops, very piney, citrusy and fresh. The kind I love to smell almost as much as to drink.
Taste: Grapefruit and pine up front. Decent bittering and a little sweet. Good overall balance. The hops linger around for a good amount of time but not until unwelcome. Not sticky or high in alcohol in taste at all.
Overall a good contender for the 60 min IPA. Tastes a little fresher but I will have to drink a few more before I consider making a switch.
03-16-2007 18:33:25 | More by nriech
4.65/5 rDev +8.9%
Hazy golden color with lots of tiny suspended particles, a nice off-white head, nice active carbonation, and good lace. Intense citrusy hop-pellet like aroma -- fresh !! Nice hoppy flavors; not really bitter; nice resiny character. Light-medium bodied with a light dry hoppy finish.
Awesome fresh hop monster ! Pricey but worth it. My favorite Bell's brew so far and the best IPA I've had in a long time.
Per BB website: OG 1.058 & 7% ABV.
Batch # 7754 ('6329' lasered on bottom)
($8.49 / 6-pack)
03-16-2007 15:55:00 | More by RBorsato
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 10,401 ratings.