Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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11,701 Ratings
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Ratings: 11,701
Reviews: 3,149
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 644
Gots: 1,954 | FT: 41
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:
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.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001)
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Photo of josefnewsong
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best IPAs. Smell is almost all pine with floral bits. Taste is pine resin with a crisp floral/citrus hop finish. I love when my IPAs taste like drinking a pine forest, but this one is more than that. Somehow it manages to be very well balanced with all those hops in there. I love it.
My buddy says "It just smells like God's vagina!"

Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a hazy light copper color with about 1 1/2 fingers of sticky head. The head dissipated slightly, but still stuck around enough to leave some nice window pane lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Floral hops seem to dominate, but there is also a strong grapefruit like citrus in there.

Taste: A nice hop bitterness that is balanced out rather nicely with the same grapefruit sweetness that was present in the aroma. The bitterness lingers for awhile after every sip.

Mouthfeel: It's a bit sticky with a medium body. Great crisp finish.

Drinkability: Like I just mentioned the crisp finish and lingering bitterness just has me wanting more. I'm shocked at how fast I just finished my glass. ABV is low enough for this to be very session able.

Overall this seems to be a very nicely balanced IPA. I'm still new to the genre but it seems this is a great place to start. I haven't been let down by a Bell's brew yet. Definitely need to keep trying their stuff.

Photo of aglose45
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled November 10th 2009

A: Poured a hazy, light golden brown, with an ivory colored head.

S: Definiteky smelling the three C's hops! Picking up some grapefruit and hints of both lemon and orange. Great hop aroma. Backing up the hop assault is a biscuit-like malt backbone.

T: The taste reflects the nose closely. I am picking up a solid amount of grapefruit tartiness, some lemon flavor and some orange peel as well. Solid. Love the flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied, high amount of hop resin, but the carbonation level is a tad high.

D: Give me more because this is a solid IPA when fresh!

Photo of dpasotti
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear dark straw color, but turns a hazy solid gold after the yeast is added (the only way to drink a Two Hearted). Beautiful ecru head lasts forever and produces thick, intricate lacing patterns down the entire length of the glass. The aroma is very distinctive and consists of citric C-hops, strawberry jam, and a honey-like sweetness.

The flavor is amazing. Orange and strawberry initially with a light toasty malt backing and bittersweet grapefruit finish. Lingering astringent bitterness keeps you coming back.

Two Hearted is medium-bodied and just slightly coats the mouth with oily hop goodness. Moderate alcohol level is hidden well, unlike many beers from Bell's. An infinitely-drinkable, well-balanced IPA.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review in a while. Here goes.

Pours a kind of pale color, still nice looking, crystal clear, until the last little bit of sediment falls in, then falls back out quickly. The head is massive, almost too big, but fits perfectly in my glass, almost an inch, maybe more, white and sticky, leaves lacing as it starts to collapse, lasts for a while. I can forgive the light color for the other nice aspects. The smell is very nice, just all centennial as far as I can smell. Flowers, resins, pollen, and a nice kick of lemon and tangerine. The malt provides a slight bready sweetness, but not sticky and bready like some. Great smell, though I might like a little more toasty malt. The taste is good, but it seems flatter on the hop front that the smell would suggest. I primarily get a light-bodies sweetness, with a strong bitterness with some slight floral, almost piney, leafiness. The fruit comes through a bit in the end, mangoes, oranges, a tiny bit of grapefruit, then it finishes with a very light, kind of sugary, though still containing some bitterness, malt body. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin. Not much breadiness, mostly some slightly sugar syrup kind of flavors. I would like a bit more. The carbonation is right on, a slight bite as it goes down. The ABV is a little higher than I'd like, though it's less apparent in the taste than I expected. Still, very enjoyable, one of the better IPAs out there, but there seems to be a bit of room for improvement.

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

A: Frothy head on top of a hazy orange body,
very rustic looking.

S: Great clean hop nose with hints of sweet hop
and alcohol.

T: Great hop bitterness paired with a sweet
balance of malts and alcohol. A bold citrus
flavor lingers but not in a undersireable way

M/D: Great carbonation with a sturdy body
neither syrupy nor thin. Fantastic with a
home made mozzarella and basil pizza.

An all around great beer. I drank this 1.23 gallon "party keg" of beer over five days and it never lost its carbonation. What a value when you can depend on the vessel to provide the proper carbonation. Great value!

Photo of rfgetz
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter shade of golden amber, full frothy white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is of floral and citrus hops and biscuity malts. Taste brings the floral and citrus hops, adds a touch of pine. Bisuity and yeasty backbone. Smooth, medium bodied, clean aftertaste. Very good IPA with a nice hop profile and malt backbone.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color, thick bubbly head rest on top. Lace holds on to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pleasant nose. Plenty of pine, some orange and grapefruit.

Taste: This brew has more going on as it warms up. Piney hops, orange, grapefruit, touch of lemon, and a good amount of malt to keep it all even.

Mouthfeel: Felt thin to me. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Liked this beer alot. Taste and smells good, easy to drink.

Overall: Good beer, pick up a sixer and have at it. Let it warm up to get all the hidden flavors.

Photo of UncleBubba
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite American IPA. I have tried a ton of IPA's lately, and this one just blew me away. The smell, the taste, the drinkability, the balance are all phenomenal! Two Hearted Ale is an damn good beer. Scratch that, GREAT beer. It's tastes very fresh in comparison to a lot of IPA's I've tried. If you're a fan of this beer style, you should definitely check this one out.

Photo of hops4me
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a nice two finger head. Tons of lacing are left on the glass. It smells like hops. Citrus, grass, and pine are all evident. The taste is alot of the same. There is also some grainy sweetness in the aftertaste to slightly compliment all the hops. The mouthfeel is lite but that adds to the drinkablilty. For such high alc it is very refreshing and I go back for many more.

Photo of juhl31
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-golden with a straight up white head

-good floral hops and not overdone at all

-nice bite up front, then the bitterness really opens up

-a bit on the dry side and a little harsh on the palate

-very drinkable. a good tasty beer overall. is an A on here for a reason

Photo of tegelaar
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up on a beer run while in PA. I loved it when I visited Chicago.

Pours a nice golden amber color. Not much head due to my gentle pour but plenty of lacing.

Smellls hoppy and citrusy! Yumm! Tiny bit of malt smell and it just reeks of freshness.

Tastes super hoppy but you can still make out the malt backbone. Incredibly well balanced and delicious. Has almost a creamy taste to it.

Mouthfeel is light and enjoyable. Not overly carbed or syrupy.

Drinkability is dangerous as it goes down quite easy. The ABV will prevent you from over indulging too much.

Photo of Shumista
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear plastic cup because I am too lazy to do my dishes.

A- Pours a dark gold copper with a huge fluffy white head.
S- Floral, grassy hops with a biscuity malt background.
T- Very sharp grassy and floral hops, almost a bit over the top and harsh. Biscuity maltiness at the end, followed by a lingering bitterness.
M- Very good, medium carbonation, coats the inside of the mouth very pleasantly. Little bit of alchohol warmth maybe?
D- An extremely drinkable IPA, you could drink this all night.

While not my first choice for an IPA due to the fact that I always find the hoppiness a little harsh, this is no doubt a solid IPA.

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

Wow! I finally land a pint of 2-Hearted on cask. At the Buckeye Beer Engine.

A-Golden copper with an absolutely lovely, thick, meringue-like, off-white head that reduced a touch and left thick, ringing lace.

S-Mangoes and tangerine with a subtle hint of sweet caramel! Whoa! This is nice!

T-Ahhh---WOW! All the hops, Oh my! The malt--mmmm! Damn, so nice. Honey covered tropical fruit compote on a fresh baked biscuit--Gees Louise this is good.

M-Medium bodied yet soft and light feeling. So smooth and creamy. LONG lingering bitterness--absolutely delicious!

D-Crazy good! This, already very good beer, is off the hizey served on cask! So glad to finally track down this one down served via the engine!

Photo of SpdKilz
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, thanks to kzoobrew for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Poured into my SA Perfect Pint with a brilliant amber/golden hazy color. Two full fingers of incredibly fluffy, white head. It is slowly receding and leaving, honestly, some damn chunky lacing. This beer looks freaking fantastic.

Smell - A pleasant hop/citrus aroma that is not overly potent but just right. Allowing the smells to differentiate themselves I can smell a bit more floral hops, sour grapefruit citrus, pine needles, and then a hint of malt that brings it together.

Taste - Honestly, not as hoppy as I expected, which is not a bad thing. It is much more balanced. Of course up front you get the hoppy/piney taste followed immediately by a wave of citrus/floral and it finishes up strong with a bit of malty sweetness. To be perfectly honest, this is not as balanced as The Oracle. I felt that had a much more pronounced citrus and malt characteristic that made it even more balanced than this beer (though don't get me wrong - compared to many a IPA/DIPA out here in CA, there is often the very unbalanced, bitter/hoppy type beer. I have found myself gravitating toward more balanced D/IPA's as of late and this would definitely be one of them). But overall, wow. A very good beer. Midwest represent!

Mouthfeel - A medium, almost syrupy mouthfeel with light-medium carbonation. Finishes with a nice spicy, crisp finish.

Drinkability - More than I'd like to admit. I'm not sure the price for a six pack of these since I am out in California, but I could easily see me using this as a session beer...a very potent 7% session beer. A very enjoyable, balanced beer that I will be sure to pick up next time I am visiting the Midwest.

Photo of thecarster1
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, full finger of off white fluffy head that stays around awhile, slightly hazy goldenrod coloring, loads of carbonation, for some reason i'm really loving the fish artwork on the label, very straight forward yet, interesting.

s- not a real strong nose, some tart grapefruit, little bit of dry biscuit, pale malts.

t- pink grapefruit, grapefruit pith, sappy pine, finish is dry and super bitter - bitterness lingers for a very long time, some pineapple in the finish as well, boy do i love a well crafted ipa.

m- medium body with a good bit of slickness and hop coating.

d- this is living up to the hype, very tasty, and nicely hopped, and awesomely bitter, i could drink this all night for sure, and will definately be buying this in the future, a homerun for bells!

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

pours a beautiful clear golden amber with a nice fluffy white head. good lacing.

this beer smells great a light floral hop aroma with, sort of a fruity (berry) scent behind it. backing notes of citrus, maybe pineapple.

citrus and fruity (berry again) up front, nice bitter hop finish with maybe some grapefruit. tastes very much like an ipa, a little more mellow than most but still assertive where it needs to be.

light and sort of creamy mouthfeel, there is some carbonation but it really only shows up at the end of your swallow.

this is an incredibly drinkable beer, for the flavor and abv its not heavy at all. and it just begs to be drank again (maybe that's me doing the begging?)

this has got to be one of my favorite normal (ie not imperial or doulble or any of that extra stuff) beers, can't get enough of it.

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

On tap at Chai's (Two Hearted release party)
A: Pale amber with white 1-finger head.
S: Grapefruit and pine. Caramel malt in the back.
T: Tropical fruits with a nice malty backbone. Everything is balanced.
M: Nice bitter bite without being offensive. Dry enough for an IPA, but still a tad sweet.
D: Excellent! Super hoppy yet balanced. This is up there with the best IPAs in the world.

So happy to have this available again. Bells never disappoints!

Photo of glid02
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask version at Aroma's in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy yet bright copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of citrus, spruce, and pale malts, in that order. Loads of hop aroma come out and there is less of an influence from the malts than tap versions.

Tastes very good. Pale malt flavors are a bit more pronounced than the smell would intimate but soon give way to massive amounts of grapefruit and spruce hop flavors that manage to not be over the top. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's slick with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this solidifies the fact that there is no bad way to have this beer. The cask lets the hops shine a bit more but any way you can get it this is worth a shot.

Photo of Thur123
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright, somewhat pale, and hazy orange color with a nice foamy white head that sticks around a little bit, but without ever having gotten too big. The lacing appears too good so far. The smell is bittersweet and effervescent hops with a definite balance that's skews to the hop side of things. Citrus, grapefruit and herbs accounted for.

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First thing that hits the tongue is just all the hops, which soon leave a very sweet and sour flavor in the aftertaste. Pineapples, all kinds of citrus and a bit of the grapefruit attack the taste buds but lay off quickly, while still leaving a hop edge. The mouth feel is a little watery but over all very carbonated and creamy. Overall a very choice and exact IPA with very little to complain about.

Photo of ChuggyMcBeer
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch 9304, bottled 8/17.

A: Very hazy orange with a two finger head. A tremendous amount of lacing.

S: Hop forward, but I can tell that three months of sitting on the shelf has done this some injustice. The hops give way to the malt a bit in the nose.

T: As the smell indicates, the hops have faded a little but not too much. The finish is remarkable. I usually prefer IPA's with little to no malt backbone, but the malt character here balances the hop flavor quite nicely.

M: Well carbonated and refreshing.

D: A very well balanced IPA, I can easily see myself having way too many of these in a sitting

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery pint glass.

A: Pours a semi-vigorous 2.5 finger creamy, fluffy, fine white head with great retention. Brew itself is a crystal clear golden bronze, showcasing ample carbonation. Lacing is unbelievable, like a ruler on the glass.

S: Nose is strong fresh grapefruit and citrus hops. Also sweet floral esters can be faintly detected. Smell here is very pure, simple, and strong.

T: Opens bittering and citrus hops with a presence of brown sugar. These fade into a deep subdued maltiness with the hop backbone still present. Flavors fade simply and without fanfare, leaving a bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, coarse and carbonated. Mouthfeel is very clean. Finish is wet and messy and lingers a bit.

D: The perfect IPA. This one gives Sculpin a run for its money. I could and will have this again and again. One of my stand-by brews when I want something lighter and more refreshing.

Photo of hophead247
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Harpreet from Perry's...

Pours a nice slightly hazy medium gold color with minimal head. The smell is what I expected from an east coast IPA...sweet grapefruity scent with a faint hop presence. A very nicely balanced IPA, but as stated above, more on the sweet malty side then a hoppier IPA. Seeing a minimal head on the beer when pored, I thought it may be under carbonated, but it was actually near perfect. A very nice job to Bell's for making this well balanced IPA that is very drinkable indeed.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy orangey-golden color with a thick two-and-a-half fingers of off-white froth that settles lazily, grasping at the walls of the glass as it fades, leaving behind a thick, broken blanket of lace.

Lots of bright, citrusy hop notes in the nose: grapefruit and orange in the foreground, some floral notes with some bubblegum peaking through, along with some faint fruity esters filling in the rear.

A light-to-moderate carbonation combines with a medium body to give an impression of fullness. The malt backbone is more bready than sweet, but a touch of sweetness does show through; hops fill out the palate, with sharp grapefruit and lemon zest, a bit of citrus pith. Quite bitter and dry, with some slick hop resin; things fall away into a bitter finish with some light toast, very dry and with a lingering grapefruit note.

Despite the heavy-handed hop impression, Two Hearted comes across mostly balanced, though perhaps with the scales leaning slightly toward the bitter end of the spectrum. Overall very pleasant and a well-crafted and drinkable IPA, and while the alcohol content doesn't soar, it's high enough to make itself known. Two of these would provide enough mind-numbingness and palatial devastation to hinder further quaffing.

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

Big thanks to rudylaw for hooking me up!

A - Pours cloudy copper with a large off-white head. Retention is good and lacing is plentiful.

S - Lots of floral hop aromas backed by an enticing honey-like sweetness. A noticeable amount of citrus comes through as well.

T - Earthy hop notes dominate up front with citrus hop flavors and a caramel-like sweetness coming through in the finish. The hops are dominant, yet this is a very well-balanced beer. Absolutely delicious!!

M - Medium-bodied with a slightly wet finish. Goes down smooth and easy.

D - Very enjoyable and incredibly easy to drink! This is a classic Eastern IPA.

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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