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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

12,228 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 12,228
Reviews: 3,280
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 727
Gots: 2,487 | FT: 45
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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Ratings: 12,228 | Reviews: 3,280
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaredkrauss
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When it's fresh on tap, it's rare to find a better IPA.

Photo of mbratt93
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Real easy IPA to drink. Well balanced.

Photo of GuyfromGB
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JoninVT
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjgoo
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of joecampbell131
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of elkabong
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amp
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kyle_goochstink
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sheikhspear
3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Colt-Seavers
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't care for IPA. That's what I always used to say when someone offered; I never seek out this style. I've tried several IPA style beers over the last 25 years and while some were notable, I never found anything enjoyable enough to purchase regularly. A friend poured a glass of Two Hearted Ale for me a couple weeks ago. My opinion has changed since that day and I've actually sought out other beers of this style since. My subjective opinion of Bell's Two Hearted Ale:

A: Light amber, unfiltered, beautiful in the sunlight. Produced one finger of light ivory head when poured into an American pint glass; dissipated quickly. Slight lacing that diminished with each sip.

S: Moderately pungent hops, floral, grapefruit zest, ester, sweet malt. All of these elements give a wonderful perfume like fragrance.

T: Grapefruit, citrus, mild piney-ester, slightly sweet malt, faint yeast, with a pleasant bitter-hop finish. Forward hops but not overpowering. It's not all hops; there's allot, but the subtle flavors in the background temper the hops . You're not simply punched in the face with hops. I tasted the sweet malt and faint yeast that I didn't identify (as much) in the smell.

M: Medium body, slightly oily, on the moderate side of carbonation; works well with the hop forward character, little alcohol bite

I tend to stick with what I know. I joined this site to break free from that routine, so I suppose it's fitting that my first review is the polar opposite from my usual hefeweizens, porters, lagers, Belgium style ales, comfort zone go-to beers. Perhaps in middle age my palate has changed. Regardless, this beer's a winner. Pleasantly surprised.

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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmitNich
4.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ivan84
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samtrillo
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this in California. I'm a west coast punch you in the mouth hop head, but I do enjoy an everyday single IPA, as well. As far as that style goes this is a good IPA but I'm not blown away. Heavy on the grass and pine flavors with a bit more of a malt backing than say a Lagunitas single. Some grapefruit and tropical notes present on the nose and taste but not at the forefront. Definitely a beer I would go back to on draught but not on my radar anymore, living on the west coast.

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3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stanley23
3.74/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaeone
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #74 (Mar 2013):

Still one of the most talked about beers in the US, its notoriety and cult-like following amongst hopheads attests to it greatness. And despite much change in the IPA world over the last decade, Two Hearted is still an IPA to reckon with thanks to its delicious hop-centric blend, balance and sheer drinkability.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 7.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Hazed golden amber, epic head

SMELL: Orange zest, dried grass, crackers, passion fruit, estery, grapefruit pulp, yeast

TASTE: Deep smoothness, medium bodied, oily hoppiness, orangey, bready, nutty yeast, peppery, leafy, floral, semi-pungent bitterness, slightly dry finish

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4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 12,228 ratings.