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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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3,330 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,330
Hads: 13,210
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 817
Gots: 3,378 | 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: 3,330 | Hads: 13,210
Photo of JohnFatAss
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden, orange color.
Sweet, floral smell.
Perfect balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness.
Some prickly carbonation in the mouthfeel, but drinks easy.
A really nice IPA. I can see why this is so popular.

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Photo of UrthelLover
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Whole heartedly in Love with the Two Hearted from Bells. One cold sip and the church bells ring in my head.
This is a world class complex outstanding beer deer lawd!

The piney and the citrus-grapefruit are blended in perfection. The body is heavy, sometimes feeling thick, and then breaks out into crispness and clarity. Foam and thick lace of about an inch remain and linger. Slightly baked bananas and brown sugar grapefruit are followed by pronounced hoppiness, in a perfect balance.

World Class

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.11/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It tastes like what the label looks like. Decent carbonation and a strong ale aftertaste, very bitter.
As I'm not an IPA kinda guy, I did not like it, the taste was just too strong. If you like IPA's, you'll like this. If not, stay away.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a mason jar-style glass.

A: Bright, hazy copper with 2/3" white head that settles down quickly. Retention is good, lacing is OK.

S: Piney hops & some herbal notes over caramelly malt.

T: Exceptional. Hop-bitter fruity & somewhat resinous character wrapped in toffee. Savory elements & flowery elements mingle on the mid-palate. Finishes with slightly lingering bitterness.

M: Nice carb helps to lighten up what would otherwise be a mighty malt body. Very dry.

O: Not a typical go-to IPA for me, but clearly deserving of it's world-class status here on BA. Impressive.

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Photo of cfalls
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Small head. Slightly hazy.

Floral, with bready malts.

Bitter hops. Almost DIPA level. Fairly malty too. A little too malty for me, but this is what most folks call "balanced". I wish more of the non-bitter hop flavors came through. Citrus rind on the finish.

Pretty highly carbonated. Not too light or too heavy.

I should have tried this sooner. For a beer you can find most anywhere, it's pretty good.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.59/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Awesome IPA. Nice brilliant golden haze when poured. Beatiful white frothy head. Smells of citrus hoppy sweetness. Taste is amazing not too strong but has enough to keep you interested. Smooth after taste not bitter at all. Finishes like a champ easily drinkable over and over again. Cheers

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer. Very well balanced, nice hoppy bite but not overwhelming. Outstanding ipa, not the best though. Enjoyed having pounders cans too.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a hazy golden-rod honey with a thick white head. Good retention and solid lacing. Beautiful to look at.

S: Grapefruit, citrus, orange peel, cracker, and resiny pine hop aromas all come through. This beer smells fantastic.

T: Grapefruit, lemon, citrus, cracker, pine, smooth hop spice and crisp bitter finish. Incredibly delicious and easy drinking.

M: Medium bodied, slightly oily, fair amount of carbonation, smooth slightly dry and overall incredibly satisfying on the finish.

O: My favorite ever day beer. Truly a solid brew in every sense. I would rank this with Ballast Point's Sculpin as my favorite readily available IPA.

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Photo of mzingie
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

The beer is golden with an average head. The smell isn't quite attractive, almost fishy and very very faint, weakest link in this beer. However, the mouthfeel and hop balance are near perfect. There could be a little more maltiness in my opinion but I love the hop flavor in this beer which combines with the mouthfeel makes an excellent beer.

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Photo of Beerds
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hadn't had this in a while and wanted to try it again. Picked up a 6 pack 10 days old and it didn't disappoint. Was pleased to see beer that fresh from a brewer so far north of me. Will add this in the rotation for sure!

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Photo of Reema
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This IPA is excellent. Super drinkable, mouth-puckeringly good. Pours a semi-clear amber color while smelling of hops with a light malt/citrus smell. Deliciously bitter (oxymoron?) while managing to not be overpowering nor being a complete hop-bomb. This is a very good and well crafted representation of the style and I will DEFINITELY be picking this up again. Like god damn.

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Photo of Bonzo
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft into a pint glass. Look: One finger head that receded fairly quick, Golden, slightly hazy with plenty of thin lacing. Smell: citrus and pine. Taste: Same as smell with a very pleasant bitter finish. Overall: Very drinkable with no offensive bitterness

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Photo of m_hall
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Standard pour from a 12 oz bottle (dated 04/03/2015) into a tulip. Color is a faintly hazy orange-gold, topped by a two-finger rocky white head. Lacing is very good.

Aroma is hoppy, as expected, with bright citrus-grapefruit and evergreen notes, with bread-y malts hovering in the back.

Taste starts with a rich malt front- caramel and biscuit- that is followed by assertive hop bitterness. The sweetness of the malts and the citrus-rind hops compliment each other very well, with peppery notes and subtle fruity esters coming in from the background. The finish is dry and pine-y. Tremendously well-balanced throughout; even as the beer warms in the glass the hops somehow never become obnoxious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and slightly oily, with fairly vigorous carbonation. Just substantial enough while being easy to drink.

I've been hearing for years how amazing this beer is, but until now it hadn't been available in my area. So when I happened to see it for sale (in my local Food Lion, no less) giving this one a try was an imperative. I was prepared for disappointment... but for once all the hype was totally justified. For me IPA's are are hit or miss- when they're done right they're great, but when even a little wrong they're terrible one-dimensional hop-bombs. This beer definitely gets it right: All of the strong hop notes that an IPA should have are there, but they live in perfect harmony with wonderful caramel malts and fruity yeast flavors. Even those who normally eschew IPA's should at least give this one a try- it's a remarkable beer that's the standard for what an American IPA should be.

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Photo of vitALEity
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is very floral with some grapefruit, lemon peel and bread
Taste is Lemon, lemon peel, sweet grapefruit juice, some lime, pine, cedar

This is Bells best beer.

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Photo of MNJR
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A mighty brew. Very strong, sweet, sour and peppery. Leaves your taste buds in a state of pleasant shock. A classic. Not for the weak. Thick and potent, it lays in your mouth and delivers taste for several minutes. A bit intimidating and respected by this drinker for many years.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy gold with a small creamy head,smells of citrus and sweet malts, taste brings a citrusy spike on the front with a biscuity cracker toasty malts and ends balanced, smooth rich and creamy mouthfeel. Overall a great beer that is very available. Love it

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Photo of Azaitouna
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Two Hearted ale is a gold color. The aroma is well balanced with potent smells of wheat and grape. The taste was great with caramel and malt being the main flavors that I could taste. Overall it was a light and well balanced beer. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of DisneyDreamer29
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden brown in color. Smelled of hops, some pine, and maybe a hint of fruity notes in the background. It tasted more like hops than fruit, and was a bit bitter. A little unbalanced for my taste between the bitterness and the rest of the beer. It had decent medium body.

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Photo of CashChel
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden brown appearance, aroma of hops and grapefruit hints. Taste of hops, it is malty and a litter bitter. I am not a fan of IPAs but overall this is a great beer.

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Photo of EmGM
3.04/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look: Hazy golden color
Smell: fresh, aroma of lighter fruits, a tad hoppy
Taste: hoppy, very hoppy. overpowers all the other tastes for me- citrus/honey/malty undertones
Aftertaste: hops....
Overall: I know people love this beer and it is really good for what it is (as others have stated) but it's just too strong in the hoppy/bitter area.

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh gosh this is a great HOPPY beer. When first opened you can smell the strong floral scent that comes along with hops and citrus notes. This beer packs a punch but it is really easy to drink. When poured it fills the glass with a light yellow beer and has a great bitter taste that is hops. Another one of my favorites from Bell's. I would say it's a great winter beer because it is quite heavy.

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Photo of lordofthemark
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Grassy aroma, flavors hoppy, more citrusy, but not unpleasant. I am new to IPA's, and while this has not turned me into a hophead, it is certainly a beer I would buy again.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.81/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This brew pours a cloudy orange color with a fluffy two finger white head which lasts until the end and great lacing.

The smell is loaded with orange, grapefruit and pine hops. There is a thick malty, bready backbone with some caramel as well.

The taste follows the nose with grapefruit, orange and pine hops dominating; it feels kind of like drinking a pine cone. Pine hop oil is left on the tongue after swallowing. The caramel malt backbone is present from start to finish and complements the hops. The feel is bready but also a little oily. I would recommend this to someone who has not tried an IPA and was wondering if they would like this style.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light copper to gold in color. There's a fingernail of off white covering a majority of the top. Faint aroma of citrus hops. The flavor in comparison is a wallop of citrus fury. There's some light malt to try to keep things in check. The mouth is crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of partains
3.36/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: light golden yellow/orange
Smell: hoppy, wheat, grains
Taste: very hoppy, bitter, wheat
Overall: unpleasant, I do not care for a lot of hops and bitterness

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,330 ratings.