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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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12,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 12,107
Reviews: 3,252
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 719
Gots: 2,362 | FT: 43
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 tjkinate
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this beer in the mail from a trade and I was excited since it's my first from Bell's brewery.

A: Gorgeous 2+ finger head from a hard pour into a standard pint glass, it exhibited an orange amber appearance that continued to bubble well after the pour. On the down side it only displayed some lacing which I found surprising after that frothy head.

S: Noticed a higher level of malts in this IPA than usual accompanied with orange citrus finished up with those beautiful floral hops. Was less pungent than other similar brews.

T: As the smell indicated, malts were more identifiable than most IPA's, which allowed this beer to be more subtle at first and a bit sweeter. The aftertaste, on the other hand, was packed full of hops and reminded me what I'm drinking.

M: More medium bodied, low carbonation, coats the mouth thoroughly.

O: Solid entry from Bell's Brewing, I am very excited to drinking more of their offerings.

Photo of jeremy2027
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into dogfish glass

light brown body with little head medium carbonation

smells of citrus including some grapefruit and orange

light mouthfeel I would have liked to have a little more creamy of a texture but....Ok for the style

Overall one of the better IPA's I have had. I would say top 4?

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 8/5/11

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) A nice hazy orange. There is a solid inch of white head. The head has good retention and there is ample lacing.

S) A very pleasing citrus aroma, with hints of pine, and pineapple. There is also a bit of grass blending with the sweetness.

T) This starts with citrus sweetness, oranges and other tropical fruit. There is a nice transition to a balanced bitter finish.

M) Seems like a medium body. It's kind of sticky, just settles in on the palate. Good carbonation.

O) You pretty much can't go wrong with Two Hearted Ale. It is one to just keep on hand, because it always goes down easy.

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

On draft. This has the appearance of a solid pale ale: sturdy hazy copper, nice lasting, dense head. I really enjoy the floral aroma. It’s very fresh and exotic with plenty of rather pleasing outdoorsy scents. Flavor is quite well balanced between the peppery hops and smooth sweet malts, though still packs a little bit of a punch with bitterness. This is an enjoyable beer for almost any occasion.

Photo of bsu2005
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six pack of this beer at a local store, and was somewhat skeptical since I'm not a huge IPA fan. Wow! What a great beer! Not too much hop flavor, but just enough to give the beer a good taste and balance. Wonderful taste, color, and drinkability. This would be a great session beer, and will definitely show up in my cooler more often. Another great brew by Bell's!

Photo of begforme4484
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden/amber in color, with a slight orange hue. Poured with a really heaving looking pillowy white head. It's a very unique looking head, very alluring. About 2 fingers width with heavy lacing left on the glass. The lacing clearly showed each sip taken.

Mainly floral hops in the nose, subtle hints of citrus. Nice bready malt tones as well.

Very well blended doughy malt with an earthen hop bite. A good amount of bitterness but not overwhelming or oily at all.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and medium bodied. Very nice.

Overall it's a very solid beer, one I'm sure I would grade higher had I tasted it on tap.

Photo of pBRale
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank a pint in a shaker pint glass tonight for dinner.

Appearance: Beautiful deep gold to pale amber color (about 9 SRM) with a 1/2 inch white creamy head that diminished after a few minutes but still left a thing netting of lacing through most of the glass.

Smell: Wonderful aromas of delicious citrus notes (I especially picked up grapefruit) blended with a piney scent and strong hopped smell. Delicious.

Taste: Absolutely fantastically balanced beer. There is a strong taste of citrus that is counterbalanced by the pine that lingers until the hops come into the palate and leave me craving more and more. Hops are strong but not overpowering by any means. I was taken back by how well balanced the beer was.

Mouthfeel:Medium bodied, well carbonated, perfect for this American IPA.

Overall:This is the best beer I've had. I loved it and wished I could have had more. Definitely a beer I could drink several of, although at 7% abv, this one will catch up to you quicker than you expect. A delicious IPA that sets the bar very high in my opinion.

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

Poured a bronze, slightly hazy color, with nice active carbonation and lacing. Smell was of piney, hoppy, citrus heaven. The taste is about the perfect combination of bitterness and cirus flavors. Nothing about either is overwhelming, but the combination is perfect together. This is an IPA lover's IPA, one that you can drink many of, and will want to drink many of. Mouthfeel is outstanding. I just wish I could buy it in MA!

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

Pumped/surprised they had this beauty on the growler station and for an affordable rate.!

Got a growler and poured up the first glass in a nonic tumbler. This brew has a remarkably distinct head unlike any other beer. The head is uncharacteristically frothy, soft, snowy almost. Kind of awesome, lacing chased me down the entire glass every time..

Smell is hoppy and alittle piney, but this beer offers some floral notes to it that sets it apart. Taste is of the hoppiness but more notably the floral notes.

Mouthfeel is cozy with that pillowy head and medium carbonation. Overall, this, i feel, is one of bell's best brews. I wish I was closer to try more, more frequently!


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Darkness snifter. Bottle dated 6/30/11. Golden in color with a couple fingers with of a white head from a gentle pour. Slightly hazy.
Smells of both citrusy and piney hops. Even picking up a little pineapple.
First sip is bitter but finishes malty. Mostly Pine, Lemon and grapefruit flavors. Lots of hops but I find it nicely balanced.

Aggressively carbed which I tend to prefer.

Decent price and great availability. Better than most local IPAs that cost about the same.

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had hundreds of pints of this on-tap, but precisely because I can always get it on-tap. I've never had it out of a bottle. It's very similar but with slightly less energy. Big malt and hop profile in the nose and tongue, but moreso on the tongue. Classic. One of the best midwest IPAs.

Photo of Mudja
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bell's Two Hearted has 'It'. Period. You can wax on and on about the citrus this and that & the hoppy whatever... But when it comes down to it, you're never going to find a less boring beer. Ever.

You could find a hundred reasons to enjoy it every time you take a sip, drink it every day for a year and still not be satisfied, and spend the rest of your life trying to find something that will match it.

It is the beer that will remind you why you love beer in a way that you didn't even know was possible. It is the beer that will change the way you think about all of the beers you've had prior and the beer that will affect how you judge all of the beers you have afterwards. And, it is the beer that you would pick if given the metaphorical, "if you were stranded on a desert island and could have only one..."

Photo of BigB415
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Poured into my pint glass.

A: huge head, heavy lacing and a golden color with bubbles rising to the top. The lacing that sticks to the glass won't even budge so it creates a web like look.

S: As soon as I cracked the bottle cap and heard the hiss I instantly got a sweet smell like plums and I didn't have to put my nose to the bottle. It came right to me.

T: Hops, more plums so I guess the sweet taste too.

MF: Sour which is fine by me. A sour kick just means to me that it isn't a "boring" beer. Sweetness lingers on the tongue as does the sour. It keeps me thinking and trying to find other flavors other than plums.

O: I'm not an IPA guy and I really like this. I can now see why so many other people like it. It has tons of flavor and nothing overpowers your taste buds. Very nice.

Photo of Thads324
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A : bottle dated 6/02/11. pours a golden honey with a hint of orange. A big sticky white head that looks like it might never go away.

S : A nice and pleasant citrus hop aroma with a bit of orange, grapefruit and a hint of honey flavored malt

T : starts slowly, then the hop bitterness builds. Zesty citrus hops similar to the aroma with a malt background that is unrecognizable. Bready malt holds the hops on the tongue. A bit of a watery finish.

M : easy going, nicely carbonated, and seems to hide the 7% very very well. Finishes nicely with a good hop zest that lingers

Overall a very nice beer that is not overwhelming in any way but still lets the hops shine very very nicely. I can see why it is so well respected.

Photo of Franz4
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled on 7/6/11 poured into a pint glass.

A- two finger foamy head settles to a substantial cap, sticky lace as it settles. Color is a translucent golden.

S- well-balanced nose with notes of grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. Very appealing and inviting.

T- A tart pineapple taste is most evident, there's pine there as well, again, all the tastes balance very well, so one flavor doesn't dominate but everything melts together like a well orchestrated symphony.

M-Tastes smooth, carbonation is low but it's just right for this brew. I think they nailed this as the feel lets you appreciate the taste and not get distracted.

O- Two-hearted is one of my standby brews. It's solid and good for any occasion. I've found that it's best with some nice hot wings and other bar food, so I usually order it when I'm out. I'm thankful that I get to enjoy this and other offerings from Bell's on a regular basis.

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

A: Very clear golden pour, huge fluffy white head with great lacing. A bit of retention.

S: Tons of citrus with maybe a little grass? Caramel malt is apparent as it warms up.

T: Pretty much exactly like the nose. Citrusy with maybe a tiny bit of grass mixing in with the malt on the aftertaste. Balance is superb, definitely the highlight of this beer.

M: Super clean and crisp, one of the best.

O: Quite frankly what makes this beer so good is that it doesn't do just one thing amazing (as some beers strive for), it just does everything very well. The smell is great, the taste is great, the balance is perfect and it's all a super smooth combination at the same time.

Photo of phiberoptik
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I finally decided to sit down and review this. We are lucky to be well within the regular distribution of Bells but I rarely get Two Hearted just because it IS so available. I know I can get it almost anytime i want.

Bottle dated 7/2/11 and pours a slightly hazy dirty copper orange with a nice big long-lasting frothy head. Not the prettiest beer but looks mean the least to me unless its way off.

This has a great smell to it. Nice citrusy hops as well as some floral nuances. Sweet caramel undertones as well.
Taste follows the nose very closely. Citrus and floral in the front, caramel maltiness in the middle as well as some bitterness on the tongue and finishes slightly bitter and warming. Very nicely balanced. It makes me want to take another drink.

Mouthfeel is above average. Nice carbonation and coating of the tongue. Light body and not very resiny, which is to be expected from an IPA.

Overall I really enjoy Two Hearted for what it is, a very well balanced IPA. 60 Minute slightly beats it out in my book when i want to buy an $11 6pack of IPA, but I could alternate and be perfectly happy. That is, as long as PTE is unavailable!

Photo of JRed
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent golden body with fading white head that clings to the side of the glass. Aroma of grass, lemon rind, booze, citrus. Tastes of grass, vague pineapple, citrus with rind, lemon, bitterness comes in towards the middle and finishes warm with booze. A complex melting pot of juicy hops. Medium bodied with a cloying mouthfeel. This beer has a cult following and deserves respect for that but it falls short of a lot of IPA's.

Photo of csiewert
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with a finger of white foamy head that retains and laces well. The aroma has hints o piney and floral hops. The taste hits you with the piney and citrusy hop bitterness then finishes with some slight caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit overcarbed and burns slightly. Overall a great beer.

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

Bottle into a pint glass

A - A cloudy orange and copper colored body with a frothy white foam of a head.

S - Big wonderful floral hop aroma with a fresh crisp citrus background!

T & M & D - The only way to describe it is BIG floral and citrus hops throughout the taste. Great balance and the flavors meld together. Very refreshing and crisp body to the beer with a slight carbination.

O - Not much needs to be said about this beer other than damn its good.


Photo of qua17
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: pours out with a frothy 2 inch head which slowly dissipates. Nice lacing that sticks around. Color is a nearly translucent dark orange. Average amount of carbonation.

S: hops are clearly present - you can smell the grapefruit (cascade hops?) but there is also a slight sweetness there as well.

T+M: this beer is do balanced. There is a slight malt presence in the front end but is followed up by a strong hop finish. However - the hops are not overpowering. Mouthfeel is good.

Overall: one of the best American IPAs. If you can't buy it in your state - it's worth a road trip to stock up.

Photo of musicforairports
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy lighter amber color, with a head that lasts and leaves some lacing.

Light and balanced sweet malt/citrus aroma.

Taste is smoooth citrus hops. Grapefruit and orange dominate, but they are balanced by a perfect amount of malt. The malt never comes to the forefront, but it mellows out the hop bite and makes the finish light and clean. Hoppy, for sure, but nicely balanced. I feel like I never understood what people meant when they talked about "balanced" IPAs until I had this on draft at Bell's.

Mouthfeel is smooth and suits the beer, with appropriate carbonation.

This bottle is not quite as fantastic and smooth as I remember it being on draft in Kalamazoo, and my memory of that is probably affecting my scores right now. Its flavors aren't the most noteworthy or overwhelming, but this beer seems to do what it does pretty perfectly.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, procured in a trade with Roke87 - thanks!

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with two fat fingers of tight foamy, creamy off-white head, which leaves random swaths of sticky, filmy lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of bready caramel cream, and citrus, herbal, and mild pine hops. The taste is more of the same - though the citrus hops wane, replaced by a growing herbal essence, and bitter, all, over a mildly sweet bready malt. No evidence of the 7 points of booze, which is nice. The carbonation is on the low side of average, and a wee bit airy, the body also just short of medium weight, and smooth enough against a surging bitter hop edge. It finishes clean, mostly, and hoppy - the green, grassy, herbal sort.

A pretty decent IPA - I'm suspecting one of two things: this bottle has a bit of age on it, or my palate is still wrecked from two weeks of drinking in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho...

Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks Kgristoff!

Glowing orange with a touch of light amber and some slight haze running through the beer. Big, overflowing white head. Tons of sticky spiderweb lacing everywhere on the glass. A thing of beauty.

Somewhat sweet aroma, but the sweetness is coming from wonderful citrus hops. I really want to describe this as a tangerine aroma--something I don't think I've found in other IPAs.

More tangerine flavor as well, along with some bitter hops, other citrus, and a nice balance of crystal and caramel malts. A very well-rounded IPA, perfectly balanced, yet still fantastically hopped and full of flavor.

Medium body. Ample carbonation.

A great citrus-forward IPA that still maintains a great balance. Incredibly drinkable. I appreciate this treat!

Photo of doughanson78
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks GCurlow for this. My first Bell's beer. Re-Reviewed on 9-14-2011. Thanks to russwbeck for this one. Original review was a C-2.78. I believe the bottle was a bit old.

A: Golden yellow in color. Pretty hazy, can barely see through it. One finger, slightly off white head with OK retention, and great lacing.

S: Very light hops. Light floral aromas. Very light pine. A decent caramel malt backing.

T: Just the quickest touch of caramel sweetness before the floral earthy hoppiness takes over. Pretty good bitterness. Has a touch of Pine. Earthy bitter finish, with the caramel fighting back.

M: Medium bodied and a medium high carbonation. Crisp and super dry.

O: So this is why everyone says "gotta have 2 hearted fresh!" So glad I got a chance to have this again. I put it up with the better IPA/DIPA's I've had. Although the nose is very light, it has an awesome hoppiness.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 12,107 ratings.