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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

11,177 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 11,177
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 616
Gots: 1,666 | 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 ATPete
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

after hearing endless good things about this beer i was lucky enough to acquire 7 bottles in 2 different trades.

12 oz bottle, code of 8427

Two Hearted gives a real good pop when opened, it pours a slightly hazy orange brown color with a big sticky white head and lots of visible rising carbonation. The nose is clear and clean with lots of choice fresh hops, some peppery spice and a citrus note. Much is the same in the way the beer tastes, lots of wet tasting fresh hops, tons of lemon/grapefruit character and toasty malts. The weakest part of this beer has to be its mouthfeel, way too much carbonation. Other than that its got a medium body and i find Bell's Two Hearted IPA very drinkable...watch the 7%'ers though, they creep up on you like no other...

ATPete, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Domingo
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of those IPA's that always comes up in discussions, but I've only recently been able to buy some.
This IPA falls into the reddish amber category. It's actually one of the darkest ones I've encountered to date. The head forms, and it's not too heavy or thick, but the lacing is top notch.
Smells piney, floral, and grapefruity. Interesting. Usually the darker IPA's tend to fall into the pineapple territory, but I'm not getting that.
WOW - this stuff is bitter. Probably one of the most bitter beers I've ever had. Because it doesn't have that booze or malt to keep the hops in check, this one hits you right in the mouth. It needs something else. Very dry finish, but there's a cracker-like flavor that I've picked up in other Bell's beers. That actually keeps this from being an unbalanced bitter mess. At first I didn't like it, but it grew on me a bit
By the end of my glass, I could handle a second one. It's not everyday that a beer changes my mind in the middle of drinking it. That cracker finish really saves this one, but it's still a little flawed.
I like this, but it can be a little much if you're not wanting a bitterness assault. However if you are - this one takes the cake.
I plan on revisiting this with a meal to see how it comes into play with different flavors.

(Edit: Future tastings still haven't really won me over to this one. I'm just not a fan)

Domingo, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber-golden hue with a decent head that hangs around for awhile. A good looking bier.
S: Hoppy, minimal smell. No skunkiness here.
T: a nice, rich IPA taste that is one of the better IPAs I have had in a long while. Miminal after taste.
M: Decent carbonation with a bite.
D: A decent session bier; will have this one again.

nocheinsbitte, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of argock
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating.

A: A beautiful beer with deep mahogany-amber hue with dense, creamy, rocky off-white head with clumpiness of goodness floating on the top as it recedes.

S: Strong floral, pine, and citrus notes meet a bolstering malt backbone.

T: A fantastic blend of strong pale and caramel malts with hefty floral, evergreen, and citric Centennial and Cascade hops notes that dominate without overdoing it. The finish is bitter but pleasantly so.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with fairly dry finish and pleasant citrus aftertaste. Very smooth with a unique feel more akin to lighter ale.

D: One of my favorite IPAs -- distinctive and delicious. I think I like it better in the bottle for the conditioning and control of serving temperature.

6/22/10: Bumping it up to all 4.5s after buying several 6-packs lately. Simcoe making a much bigger presence felt than in previous tastings.

argock, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of gkatsoris
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice clear darker yellow, kinda golden. With a nice crisp head.

S: Uber hops. Floral hops too; my favorite. A hint of malts.

T: Delicious. I can't get enough. Bought a case, and didn't even last a week. It's been 90 degrees and hotter, so this has hit the spot for me.

M: Creamy smooth, and nice and chewy.

D: I don't know if I should admit this, but I have been drinking these straight out of the bottle and I love it.

My newest session beer, thank you.

gkatsoris, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of keoki182
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hoppy aroma immediately brings to mind sugary flowers. Orange/tangerine notes rush forward as well. The color is dark gold with with a smaller white head. The mouthfeel is exceptionally full and delicious. The flavor is of course the main attraction. More citrus on the tongue, really kind of bitter but like any IPA. This is the IPA to measure against all others.

keoki182, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of RedBeerHead
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a cloudy golden body and a white frothy head. Looks more like a witbier at first glance.

Smell is spicy with prevalent citrus tones.

Someone else described the taste as "piny" which is pretty much spot on. But the taste, like the appearance has characteristics of a wheat beer.

Very refreshing and light.

Another Good summer beer, I will certainly be having this one again.

RedBeerHead, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of mikeale
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in the Official Quick and Easy High Card BIF from Tilley4 thanks.

A. Pale amber, white head, some lace

S.Citris(lemon/orange) floral some bready malt, some honey

T. Citrisy hop taste, very sweet. This is a tasty brew.

M. mmm :D smooth balanced hops. 7% ABV well hidden.

D. I could drink this quite often but alas I'll have to trade for it.

Thanks again to Tilley4 for this.

mikeale, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of israel
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into an ommegang tulip

A - pours a honey like color with a decent white head that dissipates rather quickly, but doesn't leave all together. hangs on with a thin layer that thickens towards the edge of the glass.

S - a nice bouquet of hops is prevelant, but nothing in your face. a well balanced assortment of mostly floral hops along with a touch herbal.

T - a very subtle ale with nothing jumping out as the prominent flavor. definitely more hop flavors than any real malt flavors in the foreground.

M - very crisp with a medium to light body. nice carbonation carries some flavors across the tongue, but everything seems a bit too reserved .

D - this is an excellent session beer with plenty of drinkability in its favor I wasn't blown away by this beer but wouldn't mind having a six pack every now and again.

israel, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of boralyl
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This brew pours one fingers worth of fluffy off white head that leaves genourous lacing. The ale is a slightly hazy orange color.

S - Citrusy notes and floral hops dominate the aroma. You can also make out some sweet malts that combined create a very tempting aroma.

M - A medium bodied brew, has a smooth carbonated taste, but not overly done.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front followed by some citrusy hops and ending with some bitter floral hops. The sweet malts balance the hops well, although the hoppy flavor stands out the most.

An excellent IPA, it has a wonderful taste. It's a very drinkable beer but you have to watch out for it's bite.

boralyl, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of PiecefulToker
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light orangish amber with a thick foamy head that sustains for several minutes before receding to a thin layer of foam, which leaves sticky lacing down the glass.l

S: Floral hops, citrus, grapefruit, some pine, sweet malt.

T: Bottle was a month or so old, so the hops might have been somewhat subdued, but very well balanced with a mild yet powerful hop presence and decent malt presence. There is a lot of citrus and grapefruit, followed by some resiny pine.

M: Very smooth, a little light on carbonation, medium bodied.

D: High. I could easily knock back a 6-pack on a warm afternoon. This is an excellent IPA.

PiecefulToker, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of jtneal111
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Riley's in Madison, WI

Was looking forward to trying a few micros from over here, since we don't get them in the PNW, and I'd heard good things about Bell's beers.

A- I'm drinking this one from a bottle in my hotel room, so I can't comment too much on appearance, but it looks pretty clear with just a bit of hop haze.

S-Citrus hops up front, a bit of sweet malt.

T-Nice. Hops are pronounced but balanced reasonably well by the malt backbone. This could almost be a PNW IPA.

M- Medium body, average carbonation, hop finish is nice, not too resiny.

D- pretty drinkable, particularly given my love for DIPAs. Hops are present, but not overwhelming.

Overall, this is a very decent IPA even by west coast standards.

jtneal111, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Heritage In St. Paul.

After drinking a Gluek, this beer is a godsend.
Poured a golden orange, with wheat like unfiltered haze.
Head is a fluffy 2 finger white. Awsome laceing that just sticks to the glass in large clumpy globs.
etention is decent as well.
Smells of orange citruss, piney hops, sweat bready malt, hints of pinneaple.
Taste is absolutly delightful!
Orange rind up front, switching to a sweet malty grapfruit with a thick mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, without zing to the tounge. Finishes dry with hop's doing a dance on my tounge. Grapefruit again, pine and some grassy overtones.

Great beer. I have and will continue to make this a regular in the fridge.

Buebie, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man this beer is good. I've had it a number of times in a number of forms, and although they're all excellent, I think I prefer it on tap. The flavor's are an amazing mix of piney hops and a perfect sweet caramel malt. There's just an amazing mix of sweet and bitter that somehow makes this one immensely drinkable. Body is perfect for the style. It's a dog race between this one and the Hopslam for more insanely amazing Bell's most delicious hop bomb.

soupyman10, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two hearted looks amazing. Deep golden tangerine color with a ginormous cap of the creamiest, fluffiest, light lemony cream colored lid that I have ever seen.

Sweet smells of soft flowers, grapefruits, tangerines, and sweet pine.

Amazing feel to this one. Medium bodied with such a soft creamy-full carbonation. Flavors of sweet flowers, apricots, and tangerines with a light, soft, angel food cake malt base. Then the pleasant bitterness of grapefruit and pine needles come in to complete the package.

Hmm. Two hearted is pretty awesome. I don't think much more needs to be said about it.

Slynger, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of demitriustown
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy orange/amber pour with foamy white head. Aroma is hop driven, small amount of malts. sticky bread, and some spice. Taste-Hoppiness is definite, light fruity notes, malt backing, light spice. palate is very lightly carbonated, bitter, and long. Overall this is a very nice IPA. Definitely among the best of the style!!!

demitriustown, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of rpardon7
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Color was a hazy golden yellow with a nice light head that receaded to ring the glass.

S- great smell, definately can smell the noble hops in this beer. Slight citrus and pine notes.

T- Tried this beer after a friend recomended it to me since I like the Dogfish head 60 min. Very similar in taste except a bit sweeter and a little bit better balanced, not as hoppy as the 60min.

M- Very clean and crisp, light carbonation but full taste. Very nice.

D- Excellent drinkability, very refreshing nice beer with good taste.

rpardon7, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of BgThang
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Kegatron for this in trade as an extra!

A - golden slightly hazed. the head dissipated quickly.

S-Orange peel, tangerines, fruit, maybe some honey

T- hoppy, floral, citrusy, slight malty

MF - the mouthfeel on this is great. nice even balance of hops and malt. I can see why this is a highly rated beer.

D- I could easily make this my session beer. Makes me want to drive back a keg of this goodness.

Another fine example of beer from bell's

BgThang, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of tdrshayden
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich amber in color.
The aroma and flavor was a little malty and more hoppy with some spicy floral hops poking through.
The finish is definatley hoppy that didn't seem to last too long, but left a nice citrusy aftertaste.
I prefer the draft over the bottle. An easy to American IPA

tdrshayden, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy gold in color w/ a fluffy, tall, white head.
S - Sugary sweetness w/ plenty of hops and fruits.
T - Much like the nose, the hops stand out with hints of summertime fruits and a presence of malt in the finish.
M/D - Clean, refreshing, and very consistent beer. I bought this in a 6-pack more than a year ago and drank the last one right now. It's still fresh and tastes almost as good as the first one. One of the best IPA's I've ever had.

Gatch, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy golden-tangerine with a creamy beige head with a nice big cluster of soap bubbles on top. lace makes a thick wave with a parallel line of bubbles above it like some crazy japanese abstract art. settles down to a layer similar to an extremely lacey baby swiss cheese.

S- very fruity pineapple, pine resin, and grapefruit, in that order. very impressive, very herbal-fruity aroma maybe centennial and amarillo hops? or something similar. shit. an absolute perfect amount of sweet toasted caramel malt in the background to accentuate the hop aroma. light toffee sweet smells and burnt marshmallow and tangerine & clementine notes as it warms. a beautiful bouquet gives the chicken foot to my precious goose island.

T- taste is a bit more harshly bitter than the fruity aroma with a briney pickle taste throughout. still very grapefruit though, it's mostly herbal and resinous hops and a medicinal bitterness. toasted cereal character comes on as it warms and the astringency kinda moves to the back allowing a stronger pine taste to pull through. inhaling while i take a sip brings out a fresh pineapple flavor to the herbal hoppy fruity finish.

MF- resinous and nearly full, carbonation is on the high end and seems to add to is viscosity rather than break it up and let it flow. nice dry finish but still with that sticky-cheeck feeling.

D- nicely drinkable, but a little to far toward the chemical end for me. though i'm technically a hop head, in a regular IPA i'd like to taste a little more malt present, a little more than just dry toast.

hustlesworth, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a two finger off-white head that never seems to leave. Takes a few minutes for the big head to dissipate then the very lively carbonation keeps a nice pillowy cap on it that leaves some heavy lacing.

Aroma is strongly citrusy with some fruity notes. There are also floral and piney hop aromas detected. All this over a nice biscuity malt backbone.

Taste is screaming juicy hops. Citrus flavors of grapefruit and lemon with a slight spiciness. After the hop explosion it finishes nice and dry with a sweet biscuity malt flavor that blends exquisitely with the lingering taste of hops on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium and very crisp.

A fantastic IPA. The hop flavor here is just bursting with juiciness. Some might call it a hop bomb, but I find it to be quite balanced. I can put down a sixer of these no problem. Probably not the best idea though being a 7% ABV brew. Very sessionable even considering that fact.

roadhouse, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of ShrLSU
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Props go out to Kadonny for sending this to me via a great trade.

A: Beautiful amber color with a slight head that tapers off and leaves slight lacing

S: Big time floral and citrus hop notes. A little bit of malt but mostly the lovely hop scent!

T: Very citrusy and hoppy. Some slight malt in the middle but mostly the floral and citrus like hops. This is extremely well balanced. Hoppy like the Hopslam but less citrus and more balance.

M: Good carbonation. very zesty and alive in your mouth. a light bitter aftertaste.

D: This is just a flat out great IPA. It's my second favorite next to the Hopslam, and Nugget Nectar. Very flavorful and just all around delicious. Thanks again to kadonny for the great trade.

ShrLSU, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a unibroue tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a murky dark gold color with a creamy, pillowy white head of a finger length

Smell - Oh so citrusy with a nice blend of sweet malts and floral hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel - This beer has great balance! At first there's a crisp carbonation bite with a taste of sweet malts. Stays active all the way to the back of the tounge, where a nice splash of floral bitter hops shakes the mouth to life. Wonderful grapefruit taste to acconut for the citrus.

Drinkability - This beer is balanced to perfection. Not too sweet and not too malty makes for a hell of a fantastic session beer. Incredibly tastey and easy to drink.

ryrust5301, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained at Four Winds in Pensacola. Poured into a nonic.

A: A nice light amber color. with a nice full head. Head recedes to nice ring that leaves big, sticky lacing.

S: Nice bready malt, with big floral and citrus hops. Smells very inviting.

T: Grapefruit hits first, then a nice light biscuity malt. Citrus and floral hops are very present in this brew but it is incredibly balanced. Very impressive.

M: A nice medium carbonation. The beer has a coating ability that really lets the malt shine. Still very clean and crisp with a light bitter aftertaste.

D: This beer is very accessible for an IPA. Very smooth and easy drinking. Now I know why everyone speaks so highly of this brew.

everetends, Jun 11, 2008
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,177 ratings.