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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,106
Reviews: 3,107
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 610
Gots: 1,651 | FT: 42
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 Med
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear, deep amber color with a slightly frothy 2 finger white head. Head doesn't stay intact but never quite goes away either. Lacing is well above average.

S - Nicely balanced flowery/citrus. Some orange rind is here. Slightly sour under the hops.

T - This is bumping up against the line of DIPA. Serious hop bitterness with a tart grapefuit finish that stays in the sides of the mouth. Malts are there in the body, but don't stand a chance in the flavor. Brilliant.

M - Smooth and a little creamy. Carbonation is not too forward with very small bubbles.

D - I think I'll have another!

Med, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of jhu1995
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is an orange color with a nice head and good carbonation. Some lacing on the glass. Smell is very citrusy with lemon aromas coming through. Taste followed the smell with citrus and lemon flavors dominating. Would have preferred this beer to be slightly lighter in body which would have made it more drinkable, but overall a good, solid beer.

jhu1995, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice light copper/orange tinted color, with very little head and a bit of lacing. Has a nice floral and slightly citrus scent, although not extremely weak. Excellent hoppy/citrus flavor, a nice IPA with lemon/orange tones and an excellent bitter aftertaste. Not overly smooth, but not bad going down at all.

JamesS, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of btuthill
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this review is for the bottled version, though the tap version is even better. pours a bright amber with a mouth-watering half inch head. grapefruit notes jump out from the glass. the taste is untouchable according to this amateur beer taster - crisp hops balanced by a near perfect malt framework. it can be a *tad* over carbonated, but its uncommon. i could drink two hearted all night, and often do.

its my favorite ipa. not without imperfections, of course, but it is a fantastic beer.

btuthill, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In design class we once learned about products that don't accurately portray themselves through their package. This is one of them. It's sort of dull and gives no hint of the explosive flavor inside.

Pours a thick copper color with a creamy white head.

The smell was flawless, with fruit peels and juices, and some warm, almost sugary aromas.

The taste starts with a soft left hook of citrus flavors followed by a knockout uppercut from the hops. I don't consider myself much of a hop-head, but it was so smooth and well balanced that I think anyone could enjoy it.

Mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy, keeping the flavors under control and increasing drinkability.

ElGrecoVerde, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

courtesy of stopbarking

A - this IPA pours a golden amber color, with a half finger of frothy white head, plenty of visible carbonation keeps it alive

S - a sweeter than normal IPA aroma, still ahs the bitter, grapefruit, piney, floral IPA aroma, but a sugary version, a downright splendid aroma

T - wow, one of the more balanced IPA's i ahve had,a cloying bitterness that a subtle sweetness keeps from exploding and maintains the balance, the flavors are very good, piney and floral with that sugary sweetness

M/D - masterfully balanced, the flavors are great, but overshadowed by the amazing balance, Bell's continues to brew amazing beers

sinstaineddemon, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of ScottUCF84
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Golden amber with a thick slightly off white head that fizzled away into a thin 'algae' on top of the brew. Some lacing formed, and hung to dry throughout the brew.

S- An explosion of sharp hops nearly cleared my sinuses, along with some citrus peel. Some sweet malt.

T- Caramel malt and bold, floral hops at first. A bit of tangerine, and then finally some very bitter hops. The alcohol was hidden very well until it warmed.

M-Pretty crisp and smooth. Medium body, medium carbonation.

D- Towards the end of this beer I am just hopped out... but if strong, complex hops are what you are looking for, you'll enjoy this brew.

ScottUCF84, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of osi
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark honey colored brown with average lace with stickies down the glass.

S - There is a jungle of scents emerging from this brew. Sweet malts, barley to start off with. A sweet tropical fruit smell hangs in there strong as well which is carried by nice floral hops.

T - Barley through and through until the end. Malt background let the bitter hops shine through and leave with a bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body with good carbonation that rolls around the tongue for a while even after the swallow.

D - I would have this again but I would prefer and IPA that finishes a tad cleaner.

osi, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Over a thousand reviews of the one already, what's left to say?

Enjoy it with salsa and chips, I did, and it was delicious. Oh, the beer is orange, it reeks of delicious hops and taste like a american IPA.

A tamer "hopslam" if a definition is required. Thanks to Greg for sending this one on a recent trade.

bloberglawp, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of happygnome
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a nice golden orange color with a nice half inch of head that doesnt dissapear but leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass
s: strong aromas of citrusy and florall hops aromas with balancing coming from caramel malts
t: strong floral and citrusy hop bitterness so good nice balace comes from the sweet malts
m: medium to full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

oveall, this is a really good brew that i wish was cheaper but still not horrible at about $1.60 a bottle

happygnome, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a bright orange with a dense 2-finger foamy head that lingered for ages and left very good lacing. The slightest swirl sends the head back up to a finger. Nice.

S: The fruits leapt out of the bottle at me - oranges, grapefruits, lemons, etc. A slight piny, grassy scent could be detected under the floral fruits, as well as a slightly sweet malt base.

T: Clean, crisp taste that was dominated by the floral and citrus side of things. Quite a zing on the taste buds. I caught a little bit of the malt in the background, but not much. Zesty.

M: Medium bodied with a decent clean finish with only the slightest bitterness in the aftertaste.

D: This is a great example of an IPA, though it was probably a litle bit on the fruity side to be in my top few IPAs. Nonetheless, a well crafted brew from Bells.

gford217, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange. Thick, fluffy, rocky head with great retention and lacing. The smell is probably the best I've ever experienced in an IPA. A great blend of those bitter hops with a strong citrus accent to it. Taste is incredible too. Very well balanced, obviously it leans more to the hop side but the hops arent overly dominant. They are there and present, but there is a malty sweetness to it as well. Taste very "fresh" and clean, just a great IPA. Carbonation is moderate and I'd say a medium mouthfeel to it. There is a slightly bitter, oily hop residue left behind. Overall this is just a great beer and I couldnt be more impressed.

bunnyhustle, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An amber pour, with a bit of a fog rolling in. Slightly offwhite, but rather large head.

S: Floral, slightly earthy, with a definite citrus peel hoppiness.

T + M: Citrus hops, a little bit yeasty/biscuity. An oily slickness over the tongue, smoothing towards the finish, with a dry finish and lingering hoppiness.

D: Pretty clean and dry, and it goes down quite smooth for the style. A notable brew, though I'd probably go in the Hopslam direction if after a hoppy Bell's brew, personally.

Proteus93, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of coalcracker
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours an even golden color with good head retention.
Smell: Citrusy and floral hop aroma immediately noted.
Taste: The hoppy bite is a little delayed. there seems to be a nice balance between the malts and hops here- not a bitter hop challenge. There is a crisp floral character to the hops. Aftertaste lingers for a small while.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with an IPA slickness.
Drinkability: This could be handy as a session ale. Not oppressive like some IPAs and DIPAs.

Overall: A well-balanced IPA, great for hop-heads who seek more balance than a hop blast in their IPAs.

coalcracker, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of FleeVT
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: A dull and hazy amber beer with an off-white head that sticks around.

S: A great hop and orange rind on the nose. The hops dominate and leave little room for the faint bread malt lurking. Bell's nailed the style with this one.

T: Citrus and hops again. Slight malts towards the finish. Hop oils remain through the finish and into the aftertaste. This is a bitter one but inline with the style.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this one goes down fine.

D: It's loaded with hops and bitter. A thirst quencher and probably a good one. Good for several rounds but not all night.

FleeVT, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this side by side with the HopSlam to finally end the debate over which is better. (look at my scores to figure the outcome)

Pours a nice fairly transparent orange with a white 1/2 finger head.

The smell is a little weak but has a hoppy note.

The taste is a little dull(to cold?) but its still a very nice drinkable beer.

Overall, the beer is good. I could drink this quite often.

iconoklaztor, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - clear copper/burnt orange color. 2 finger head with great lacing. It looked amazing in my pint glass as the head went right to the top of the glass. Perfect fit :) Good sticky webbing.

s - floral and pine. Something very odd is that it also smells like new carpet. It's that smell you get when you walk into a carpet store.

t - floral and pine again in the taste. Not as bitter as I was thinking which is nice. You get the good hop taste without the cheek puckering shake your head type of bitterness.

m - so smooth and light, very nice.

d - This was much better then I was expecting :) This is a very popular beer and thus I was expecting something crazy and slightly over the top. This is the first IPA I have had that I can sit all the way through and enjoy every sip. This might be the gateway beer I have been looking for in hopes of gaining an appreciation for highly hopped beers.

thirtysixbelow, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of Neehan
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After having at least 50 of these over the course of a few years (as it is one I can't stay away from for long) I figure it is time to sit down and give it a review. This pours a light body that is slightly orange, slightly gold with a nice head that has a good deal of substance and fantastic lacing. The smell is of hops, mainly citrusy but also with floral and a bit of pine. Fantastic. This is repeated in the taste. Light bodied enough to be very drinkable, and the drinkability is only enhanced exponentially by the delicious taste. Good enough to serve as a thirst quencher. I can't think of a scenario that this beer wouldn't compliment whether it be a sunny day outside or a lazy day on the couch watching ball games. IMO, it doesn't get much better than this. This beer is the essence of what quality, crafted brewing is all about. Exceptional, all the way around.

Neehan, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of weiserr
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle purchased at 1 Stop Beverage in Wyomissing, PA. The majority of craft beer at this location has to be purchased in a case.

Crimson gold w/ 1" foam to boot. Decent retention with an abundance of lacing clinging fiercely to the inner walls of my pint glass.

The smell is excellent. A wonderful blend of citrus and floral notes; this is damn near perfect for an IPA. Also detected some bready, caramel malt undertones.

Fiyah!!! Here's a situation where the taste lives up to the smell, then exceeds it. Much of the same floral and citrus action, but balanced equally by the malt characteristic. Bell's captured an ideal taste for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp finish. Bitter hop aftertaste - very nice.

Although I waited awhile to drink and review this beer, both experiences were worth it. An extreme pleasure to drink, I could easily spend an outing or relaxed evening consuming nothing but this. A stand-out IPA.

weiserr, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of Tumpster
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer felt very hoppy through and through with no over powering bitterness with it. Seems like Bell got the right mix here of it all, very drinkable and most importantly DELICIOUS! Try it cold or warm it's great either way. Hints of orange underneath but one of my top IPA's to drink!

Tumpster, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark golden color into my Sam Adams glass providing a perfect two finger off white head. The head lasted approximately two minutes before dissipating to a thin off white head that lasted the entire drink. Plenty of lacing.

The smell is citrus and hops. The aroma gets stronger and hoppy as the beer warms in the glass.

Taste is hopped up but not over done. Light and crisp on the palate. Not bitter like many other IPA's.

Mouth feel is very good. Nice body, moderately carbonated.

Very good drinkability. This IPA is one that you can dance with all night.

AgingWarrior, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was first introduced to IPAs with this beer, and my appreciates and done nothing but grown for it.

It's full of hops both smell and taste-wise. It's only slightly bitter on the palette making it very drinkable.

It poured a dark orange with a solid head.

One of my favorite IPAs, and for the price, definitely one I like keeping always stocked.

jeremyd365, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of johnnyirishman
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Apperance- An interesting cloudy, copper color. Good off-white head, with good retention and good lacing.

Smell- Prominant hops and slight citrius smell, pleasing to the nose.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Hopps but not overpowering, and sweet malt to finish a crisp enjoyable IPA. Medium Body, and carb.

Drinkability- A great IPA, very tasty and enjoyable.

johnnyirishman, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of flannelman808
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 update; on about month and a half old bottle.

A: This one pours an ever so hazy amber orange color and is topped with a frothy stark white head which has decent retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit zest and pine. Gotta love it.

T: Taste follows up with what the nose suggests. Grapefruit rind and pine delightfully tingle the palate. This has a dry feeling about it with just a slight suggestion of toasted grains. Truly a fantastic beer to which all other IPA's should be judged.

M: Prickly

O: A real classic, this beer always impresses me every time I try it.

'08 review

What a great IPA this beer is...

Its not overwhelming, but is powerful enough to captivate. The factor that keeps me coming back is the fruity bouquet on the nose and backup with the flavor. It's so full of citrus and grapefruit, but in a purely essence of and bitter way. This beer is one which will be appreciated by the beer connoisseur and the nube alike.

flannelman808, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint. Thanks to lightindarkness for this one! Amber color with slight haze with a thin, wispy white head. Nice lacing. Smells of citrusy hops, light at first, but stronger as the beer warms and with each sip. Perfect flavor for an IPA. Good hop bite, but not overdone. I am a hophead, so I like it if it is overdone, but this one is what I would call perfectly balanced! The malts smooth out the flavor as the beer sits on my mouth. Great medium bodied beer, extremely drinkable! What I would call a perfect session beer!

DrDogbeer, Mar 18, 2008
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,106 ratings.