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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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3,356 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,356
Hads: 13,416
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 846
Gots: 3,612 | FT: 52
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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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Reviews: 3,356 | Hads: 13,416
Photo of CTbrew32
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark orange/amber color. Pours a one finger head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma- Juicy hop aromas with sweet citrus, peach, and mango. Some malt sweetness, but the hops dominate.

Taste- Follows the nose closey with juicy hops up front that yield mild bitterness. The malt is balanced between caramel sweetness and bready malts adding dryness in the finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a sweet/clean finish.

Overall- This would be a go-to if it were in my distro. Great balance between juicy hops and sweet/dry malts. A top tier ipa for sure that definitely competes with the best ipas.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 Pack 16oz cans - Local 44 in Philly
Canned on 7/26/15

Look - Honey orange color. Slight haze.

Smell - Sweet candied orange, very floral, hints of grapefruit and dankness

Taste - Super floral, orange, touch of grapefruit, touch of dankness, sweet malts, very balanced, very easy drinking

Feel - Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, not much bitterness at all, dry finish

Overall - I personally prefer my IPAs more on the tropical fruit/citrus side as opposed to sweet and floral but this is a damn good, quality, IPA to say the least. I can see what the fuss is about...

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Photo of Apellonious
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An old standard that, for whatever reason, I have not reviewed on BA. 16 oz can born on 5/04/15 poured into a IPA glass.

A - Cloudy orange with golden highlights. Two finger fluffy white head.

S - Citrus/orange heavy. Biscuit and malt. Hops (pine) on the finish.

T - Similar to the nose. Based on the age, the malts are more present than the hops in relation to some previous hads.But it is still balanced and tasty.

M - Carbonation is medium low, mouthfeel is creamy.

O - One of my favorite IPAs. This held up well, even though it was in a warm can, and should be included in IPA 101 for anyone starting out with the style.

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Photo of Christopher_Forbes
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not personally a fan of ipa's or similar hoppy ales. But bells two hearted is a relatively smooth, tasteful brew. I recommend to anyone who actually goes for the hops.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Two fingers of creamy beautiful white head dissipates a little quicker than I expected. Pretty lacing. Fairly active carbonation. Color is a hazy amber-copperish.

Smell: Floral citrus hops. Blood or mandarin oranges. Undertones of biscuit.

Taste: Orange citrus up front. Biscuit malts on the mid palate. Piney bitter finish. Supremely well balanced. Fairly complex.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly sticky. Delightfully crisp.

Overall: Pretty dang great. Every ingredient is in near perfect balance and has a plesant citrus hop profile. This one's a win for me. I think I like Fresh Squeezed from Deschutes just a little bit more but this one is right up there.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug.

A: Pours a vibrant golden orange with a thick, 3 finger cap of white foam that sits atop the beer perfectly. Lots of carbonation bubbles and multiple rings of lacing down the glass.

S: Aroma is mainly floral hops and biscuity malts. Some light pine and citrus hop aromas as well.

T: Crisp, refreshing flavors of floral hops with a good amount of biscuity malts balancing it all out. Faint pine and citrus, but nowhere near as strong as the floral hop aromas.

M: Clean, crisp mouthfeel with a medium body and moderate bitterness. Medium-high amount of carbonation.

O: Overall I thought this was an excellent IPA with perfect balance that could be great to pair with a variety of different foods. It has good hop flavors that are strong but not overwhelming, and the perfect amount of malt to balance it all out. I could see this becoming a staple in my fridge, especially at $12 a 6 pack.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick white head, beautiful lacing that clings to the glass like a magnet (to a metal glass). It has a very hoppy grassy aroma. Tastes of hops, the air in a pine forest, and more hops. Was going to rate taste 4.25 but the amazing aftertaste changed my mind, so bitter and wonderful. Tried this several months back and didnt really appreciate it until now. Fantastic ipa.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is plenty of foam when poured from a 12oz. bottle (2 - finger head). It is a nice clear yellow / gold color. It remains quite effervescent and continues to lace after the head fades out.

Very strong fruity floral hop scents and tartness. There is a slight tart aroma as well.

There is an immediate hop bitterness that bursts out at first. Soon after the initial bite, a smooth and sweet yeasty taste fades in. This is a rich malty and fruity flavor that doesn't stick around for long as there is another phase of hop tartness and a very full floral rush, followed by a dry finish.

This beer has a low-medium body that has a medium dryness on the tongue.

This is a great, and I mean great, IPA. I didn't believe the hype about this beer as it is one of the top rated IPAs around. I grew up in Michigan and never had any of Bell's beers when I lived there (very sad now) but am glad to have tasted a few on my trip to visit family. I would definitely buy this (and even order online and have it shipped) as I think this is what an IPA should taste like. Its not crazy bitter (IBU) or overwhelmingly floral-hoppy, but a great all around full flavored and well balanced IPA.

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Photo of Tiernan
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had the chance to try this gem on tap at a great bar in IL.
Poured wonderfully.
Smells great. Floral, citrus, resinous hops.
Orangey, juicy, plump hop flavor.
Great feel.
I'll have another.

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Photo of tlema1
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Amber, nice white head
S: som dankness, maybe some citrus
T: phenomenal flavor, I get some trop fruit with a nice malt balance
F: nice mouthfeel
O: one of my favorite beers of all time, best fresh from the keg, but the cans are nice

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Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can
A-clear amber with 1 finger off white head, not much lacing while drinking
S-light floral/grass hops, some orange & tropical fruit but very faint, estery. Not a power hop aroma
T-orange, caramel flavors followed by grass hoppiness, peppery and finish somewhat dry. Very balance, smooth and easy to drink
M-medium body, medium carbonation
O-this is a very balance and smooth drinking ipa. However was expecting more based on the ratings. I guess I'm getting used to hop bombs & thought this was slightly above average beer.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 ml can served reasonably cool into a an Amsterdam Boneshaker snifter. Purchased while in Niagara Falls, New York. Given the reputation that precedes this beer, I had to try it. Appears to have been packaged June 8, 2015 so this is nearly a couple months old.

Appearance - A medium pour yielded a cloudy coppery beer, with a plethora of sediment gently floating in space within the beer and capped by a finger and change of light white fluffy head. Modest retention but some of the lacing sticks to the glass leaving behind a cobwebbed pattern.

Smell - Very citrus pineapple and tangerine being the primary culprits. A wack ton of sugary caramel oozes in behind. a slight spicy lemony note finishes things up.

Taste - Actually starts quite earthy with some leaps and musty hops, the kind that usually pair well with grapefruit. That's followed by some increasing sweetness where the tangerines and pineapple come to play before finish with a more bitter turn. There's some caramel flavors in there which pop up as the beer flavors transition provide something smooth and quite tasty. A coarse, crackery grain flavor is the tailing flavor on a few sips as the beer warms even more.

Mouthfeel - Prickly carbonation and a drier than average finish, oilier than other IPA's but it works here, making this a smooth drinking beer.

Overall - A damn good IPA that just about lives up to its reputation as being one of the best. I'd prefer even more tropical citrus punch (which may have been eveident with a fresher can) but even still a high quality IPA, that was worth the purchase. Definitely a must try for IPA fans and hop lovers alike.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i have been wanting to try this beer for ages.

A perfectly balanced IPA that is flavourful and refreshing. It is not a hop bomb - but sometimes you just want a good tasting beer. This is a great example!

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Photo of Robomunky
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: I review this as a west coaster. As such, when drinking ipas I always go for the hop bombs. The bigger the better. THA is not that ipa. Coppery color, almost no head. Citrus nose. Malty and bitter. Good balance. Maybe I'm spoiled, living where I do, but I definitely don't feel like this is one of the best ipas in the country. Good though.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head. A moderate to big aroma with a nice blend of floral, citrus, and tropical hops. Flavor is similar blend of hops with a really nice malt balance. Good middle bitterness which finishes clean. Very smooth and drinkable.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Once of the best. . Floral ,Hoppy, smooth with a nice finish. A nice 7% beer. It is definitely a world class beer.
You owe it to yourself to try it out. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of AUScuba
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my "go to" IPA at places that do not carry my favorite on tap.

A nice amber color, with a malty citrus aroma.

The beer has a good start in the taste department, with malt in the front and the hops in the back.

Even carbonation and well balanced.

Overall, a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had t wait way too long for this to become widely available in my distro area. for the past 6 weeks it has instantly become my "go-to". I waited to review to make sure I wasn't influenced by the novelty.

On this occasion - enjoying our of a 16 ounce can.

Look - n/a

Smell - despite being tamed by the can, the smell is delicious. a perfect balance of bready malt and floral/citrusy hops.

Taste - consistent with smell. I have traditionally been an advocate of hop forward beers but this balance blows me away. Malt complements hop perfectly.

Mouth feel - medium with good carbonation. despite a relatively high abv for ipa's, very drinkable.

Overall - Outstanding. moves to the top of my fall-back list now that it is readily available. It's like Christmas in July.

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Photo of Grack_Attack
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just wanted to shout out for Two Hearted. This beer converted my wife from porters and stouts to IPAs. Now she likes IPAs as her go to. It was her gateway.

Beautiful orange colored pour with a white foam head. Huge fruity nose, one of the best around. The aroma really sets it apart, especially when its fresh. Taste is more on the malty side of the IPA spectrum. Its hoppy, but not overly hopped up. Very drinkable, you could certainly drink two of these back to back and be happy.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, pillowy white head, with decent amount of lacing. Loaded with sediment. Smell is not as hop forward as I thought it would be. Notes of clean floral hops, earthy, sweeter malt profile. Nice balanced flavor, malt backs the the bitter hop residual with a clean finish. A nice ipa overall.

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Photo of gamera
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Hearted is the beer that converted me to good beer many years ago. It's hopped but not as aggressively as the more modern west coast ales. It's malty, but not as heavy as "balanced" IPAs such as 90 minute. It's very drinkable and remains a key player in my IPA conversion guide for Miller Lite drinkers...

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Photo of aleigator
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a froth, beautiful bubble durchzogen white head, with a sunny amber, slighty hazy color.

Smells of grass driven orange, coated up by bitter lemon zest. Citrus peel grows stronger, as the beer warms up with unripe, sour kiwi, as well as apricot skin. Still, the maltiness is very strong on the nose, adding a note of earth and rock sugar to the hops.

Has a medium carbonation, exhibiting a refreshing, hop forward beer, with lots of exotic fruits to it, as well a prominent malt backbone.

Begins with sweeter, biscuity malts, revealing toffee infused rye bread, giving the malts a pleasant depth, balancing the well pronounced hops easily. Reveals surprisingly sweet toffee malts, which get joined by far reaching lime juice, which lends the beer a profound, bitter refreshment. The hops get enhanced by dried tangerine peel and apple stones, providing an aggressive dryness, which features a worthy counterpart to the well developed malt backbone, staying on the tongue for a longer while.

Well balanced, easy drinking ipa which isn't convincing only for its hoppy part, but also for its eigenständig malty part, adding to the hops, while balancing them, without cutting them short in any way. Old school ipa, with a straight forward, long lasting hoppiness, providing a great fruiti- and dryness, successfully coated up by the malts.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see this in California. Had a 16oz canned 5/28/15.

Looks: Amber and slightly murky from being unfiltered. Soapy white head that vanished quickly.
Smell: Sweet caramel and some tropical notes.
Taste: Piney with some undertones of papaya.
Mouthful: Right amount of carbonation. Very balance between hops and malt.
Overall: Easy drinking. Nothing over the top.

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Photo of SSS
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden yellow with a very slightly off-white head that lingers
S-Aroma is of alcohol and a subtle malty roast smell with a hint of floral hops
M-A nice medium body built on malt with carbonation that does not interfere
T-Definitely malt forward IPA, the hop bitterness is in the background, perhaps Amarillo.
O-This is a nice drinkable IPA, well balanced, and simplistic.

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Photo of Knilas
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great color, aroma, head retention. Notes of lemon and pine. Somewhat sweet. Well balanced with the bitterness. I am not usually fond of IPA, but I actually enjoyed this. Well done! Worth the coin.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,356 ratings.