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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

3,282 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 3,282
Hads: 12,980
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 4.68%
Wants: 797
Gots: 3,156 | FT: 51
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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Reviews: 3,282 | Hads: 12,980
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: straw/orange, hazy, effervescent; medium frothy white head, long lasting, good lacing

Smell: big initial hit of piney/citrusy hops (grapefruit thanks to the centennial hops); sweet malts come through too. Not my favorite hop smell, but it smells pretty good here

Taste: pithy grapefruit bitterness right up front and dominates through until the end; finishes with a dry hoppy aftertaste; I prefer European hops, but this tastes pretty good overall

Mouthfeel: creamy, but thinner than I expected for the ABV

Remarks: great example of the style (564 characters)

Photo of rjd722
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could probably be considered a Two Hearted Ale convert. I've had a few bottles in my life, but I hadn't really taken my time to appreciate this beer in proper glassware. Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass, the color was an orange-yellow with a nice, solid foam head that hung around for a little and then faded to a coating with decent lacing. Initial burst of floral with hints of citrus and then a sweet malt backdrop. Incredibly drinkable and with the perfect balance of hoppy bitterness and sweet malt. Great level of carbonation and finish, the layer of citrus that coats your tongue on the way through is awesome. (621 characters)

Photo of 1ale_man
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle to a tulip. Color is dark honey gold with orange tint. Smells of lemon and honey and malt. Taste follows smell with lemon and honey tapering to malt. Feel is great. Slightly creamy think. Finishes smooth and malty. Got this beer on a trip to Alabama. Would keep all the time if I could get it in my part of Texas. Great beer. (338 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mighty fine brew here, those Centennial hops providing such a nice array of hop flavor and aroma, from floral to citrus to an ever so lightly green/dankness, perhaps better expressed as a light sharpness of character, if that isn't too oxymoronic. Pretty in the glass, clear copper glory, pillowy foam stop. Good carb levels. Befitting bitterness levels. A well deserving standard bearer of the style. (401 characters)

Photo of Gregg03
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received in a sampler set and what a surprise. Very hazy color but beautifully so. Nice hop flavor without overpowering the balance, eg Hop Devil is very nicely balanced for a hoppy beer with a bit stronger flavors (one of my favorites), this is less pronounced, so it's even more roundly drinkable without losing its personality. This and Hop Devil are now my go-to IPAs, depending upon if I want a bit more or less kick. If person doesn't really like this as a craft beer, I'm not sure what that person would look for in a craft beer! Nicely brewed!! (557 characters)

Photo of remingtonsteele1987
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the Two Hearted Ale in both the 12oz bottle and 16oz can. Both had sweet, honey and apricot aromas with well balanced malt and hop flavors. Smooth feel in the mouth with a long and easy finish. A very nice sophisticated beer. (232 characters)

Photo of JackiO
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Aroma: Initial blast of floral hops. Toasty/bready and slightly sweet malt follow which almost gives the impression of a candied orange blossom. Very clean, no distinct esters.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange. Thick, dense lasting white head.

Flavor: Floral and lightly citrusy hops are forward. Moderate bitterness. Moderate toast and bready malt. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall: It took a long time for me to try this beer because I thought it was overhyped. I could not have been more wrong. This is absolutely everything I want in a beer. The malt character is more distinct than most IPA's which makes it very balanced. The hops are definitely the star, but the malt gives this beer substance. The flavors are beautifully mixed. It is hard to top this one. (815 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh 16oz. can poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A= Amber with slight orange haze. White head, thick and creamy, settles to ring around the glass.

S= Citrus, orange and some lemon zest. Pine and malt follow.

T= Balance of malt, malt sweetness, and high dosing of citrus hops. Smooth and rich, full flavored.

M=Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O= Good balance and tasty, easy to drink, would drink multiple. Not a world-changer, but a good go-to. (465 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.4/5  rDev +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. (657 characters)

Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | 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... (570 characters)

Photo of Apellonious
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of Christopher_Forbes
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (168 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | 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. (933 characters)

Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of sjdevel
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look:
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.

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

Taste:
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.

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

Overall:
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. (1,224 characters)

Photo of Tiernan
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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. (199 characters)

Photo of tlema1
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
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 (238 characters)

Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (1,643 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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! (205 characters)

Photo of Robomunky
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of 4thFloyd
4.44/5  rDev +4%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of CMIKEHUNT
5/5  rDev +17.1%
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. (186 characters)

Photo of AUScuba
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (288 characters)

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,282 ratings.