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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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8,717 Ratings

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Ratings: 8717
Reviews: 2963
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of mydeadguy


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

almost faded looking bottle with an illustration of fish,, pours a deep hazy orange-ochre with a huge aromatic foam top and plenty of patchy lace. Smells great, really fresh and clean hop aroma, very inviting. The taste, a medium to heavy bodied ipa, easily mastering all that appelation entails, citric hoppy with plenty of bitterness and a decidely clean finish. Excellent, I will drink many more if given the chance. I have to thank Bill, beergeek279 for his kindness in delivering this beer to my door.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2004 06:05:57 | More by mydeadguy
Photo of HappyHourHero


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick golden-cream colored head made of large bubbles, leaves a pieces of lace. Oops, guess it's bottle conditioned. Hazy dark golden colored beer. Grapefuity hop aroma is strong and inviting. Bitter grapefruit flavor is suprisingly smooth and never overbearing. The aftertaste is crisp and lightly bitter. Very carbonated beer that prickles your tongue. Not sure what kind of hops they are, but I like em a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 17:42:47 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of longpondbeerman


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Two Hearted poured a lovely clear, and bubbly, golden color with a thin white froth that lingered on the glass as it settled. The first smell is of floral hops, not too strong, and with an underlying sweetness--apples, maple syrup? Very intricate. So, too, was the taste; there's a lot going on here: a good blend of soaring hops upon a foundation of subtle malts. And right at the end, a bready yeastiness lingers. While I found it slightly too carbonated for my preference, the mouthfeel has some body to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 23:14:42 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of allboutbierge


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

Wonderful beer, freakin solid IPA.

Color is a hazy orangish golden brown with gigantic bright white head. Scent is extremely profound and starts the taste buds right up. Floral aromas are extremly pungent and predominate but Two Hearted offers a string and complex grapefruit-citrus scent to compliment. Taste is incredible. Very bitter but in a delicate way. Im sure the IBUs for this is through the roof but its not a biting bitterness like Ruination, Stone reg or any other top shelf IPA. Malt profile does much to broaden flavors and taste. Extremely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 21:11:17 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of Jables


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a thick creamy white head.

Smells of sweet fruits, some citrus and some granny smith apple.

Body is full yet the taste is light, crisp and fruity, apricots, lemon peel, and more granny smith.

This is an extremely tasty beer. Much less bitter than many IPAs, making this a very complex and diverse beer.

Highly recommended and worthy of the hype!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 00:17:14 | More by Jables
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New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, what a friggin' enjoyable brew (and i'm not the world's biggest ipa fan, either)! this one just looks remarkable. it pours a cloudy orange with a massive monstrosity of a head. thick and creamy as hell...just spectacular, really. the smell is front and back loaded with hops...lots and lots of hops. interlaced are some malt, bread and fruit smells with hints of spice as well. the taste is quite nice, with the hop flavour much more subdued that the smell would lead you to believe. this goes into a nice sweet fruitiness with some welcome cream flavouring and finishes quite dry. this one is smooth as can be and is most enjoyable. a great first brew for me from bell's.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 04:08:55 | More by guinness33
Photo of canoehornpoint


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a medium golden with hints of orange. Lacy head. Citrusy grapefruit aroma is nice. This has an even that is elegantly balanced citrus hop and malt flavor. It is almost too balanced as neither jump out but both are there in generous amounts. It is smoothe but not weak. I could drink a lot of these easily.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2003 13:56:16 | More by canoehornpoint
Photo of far333


4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy apricot color with a light beige, nearly white, chunky fluffy head that just sits there. Reminds me of meringue. Aroma is floral hops, but smells a bit malty and sweet at the same time. Very fresh and crisp flavor, accompanied by a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Aroma greets my nose every time I bring the glass to my mouth. There is a strong undercurrent of orange flavor, sweet as it mixes with the hops upfront, and tart and tingly as it mixes with the piney hops finish. The alcohol makes itself known subtley. Thanks to MJR for sharing this!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2003 01:16:26 | More by far333
Photo of Jason


4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found. Thanks to sakaroo for the sample.

Appearance: Overly foamy to being with, nice densely rocky head with a patch lace. Slightly hazy in the golden hue.

Smell: Big aroma of floral and citric hop, lots of hops. Faintly ester with a blanket of fruitiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body, smooth crispness and a touch of creaminess in the back. Light pale malt and yeast give a doughy biscuity flavour throughout. The hop character is strong with a semi-sharp bitterness and a long lingering citric toned flavour. Bitter dry finish.

Notes: A super hoppy brew with a puckering dryness that I would only put up against the sharpest of cheddars. A hop heads delight without a doubt.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2003 03:37:29 | More by Jason
Photo of TastyTaste


4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great orange-copper haze colored brew, with a big white head that hollows itself out, and sticks around to a pretty big height. Smells heavily of citrus and hops, a great smelling beer. This is everything an IPA should be. Citrus and a good amount of hops, make this a very well rounded beer. Just a damn good beer, no questions about it. If you like hops in your beer, this is it. Maybe the finest IPA in existance.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 04:26:38 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of beergeek279


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

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is golden, with an excellent foamy head. The smell is a strong, citrusy hops. The taste is a very nice citrus hop blend, and a very well-balanced taste that doesn't approach hop juice. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have this all day.

Mmm...a fantastic beer, and probably a close 2nd favorite to the Expedition Stout (of all the Bell's beers). A nice hoppiness leads to a deserved position on the Top 50, and certainly one I'll have again!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 03:03:31 | More by beergeek279
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3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a beer engine at the Map Room, and at English Ale temperature. Good thin yet persistent head. The hand pull yeilded a beer with no bubbles, yet a firm mouthfeel. The IPA hops were actually subdued, nicely balanced between floral and bitter. Somehow I picked up a note of cherries, too. Color is lighter than the usual American IPA, closer to a Vienna or even a Pilsner. I had hoped to get a better impression of Bells than I did at their Eccentric Cafe taproom, and I was right.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2003 15:17:32 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first, way too bitterly unbalanced. Much like Stone Ipa or Ruination. I like those once in a while for a hop assault, but not for more casual drinking. Anyway, the more I drank, the more the nuances showed through. Surprisingly complex and floral with a strong honey presence. Reccomended

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 20:02:22 | More by HossMcGraw
Photo of Finn


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two hearted is light gold in color, good strong carbonation. dense foamy head is on top, and sticks to the side of the glass well. The aroma is fabulous, it smells quite citrusy to me, namely oranges. Flavor starts with a little malt sweetness, then turns into hops. Alot of hop flavor, and the hops taste like they smell, oranges (to my palate, anyway). Mouthfeel is more on the light side compared to some other ipa's i've had, but there's good body backing this one up. Drinkability is high on this one. It's one of those beers where i always wish there was more when i'm done. Two-Hearted has been one of my favorite american ipa's for a long time. If you like hoppy american ipa's, try one!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 00:24:53 | More by Finn
Photo of Gump


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard nothing but good things about this beer, so I stopped by Surdyk's Mpls. to get some. The manager mentioned that it was a seasonal fall/winter beer :(
Fortunately the delivery guy made a mistake and they had a six pack in stock in July!

Pours cloudy with an amber color.
They say this is an IPA, but it's not intensely bitter.
The unique fragrance is apparent from the first pour. Just how do they manage to get all that pale grapefruit aroma into one little bottle?
And it tastes as good as it smells!
Smooth, and little aftertaste.
Pine! That's it. After consulting the other reviews (which I don't do until after I have presented my own) I concur. Pine, as well as grapefruit, are the two main characteristics of this beer.
--further edit--
This beer is much better on tap, full of flavor, and fresher.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 01:33:57 | More by Gump
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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first Bell's pale ale. I never tried their regular pale ale just because I couldn't get past the stouts and porters, they were just too good to pass up! I'm glad I tried the two-hearted though. A good pouring beer, decent head that disappears in about a minute, leaving a nicely scented lace. The smell is fantastic, just like opening up that bag of whole leaf for the brewpot. The hops are the showcase here, and they tend to dominate the malt with little interplay between the two.

I like my IPA drinkable, more of a spring/summer drink than a cold winter night drink. (Except of course for Dogfish 90-minute!) This beer would be perfect for mowing the lawn or doing yard work. Nice and light (for Bell's anyway.) It's worth buying a six-pack if you're a hophead, because if you're like me, you would easily drink a lot of this beer. Have fun!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2003 00:22:06 | More by benmiliron
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmm, i've been eagerly awaiting my chance to try Bell's seasonal Two-hearted, and I was afforded that opportunity when my favorite pub finally got it on tap.

This Kalamazoo brew pours out to a cloudy bronze with the trademark Bell's yeast haze. This beer only had a tiny head, but I've noticed that a few of the bartenders can't pour properly so i'll attribute to that instead of blaming the beer.

A nice lacing appeared about 1/4 of the way down on the glass and decorated the pint 'til the bottom.

I was sort of expecting some ridiculously hopped entry, but this is something almost anyone would love. The initial taste is light and almost grainy, with a distinct resemblance to a lower-class wit beer. This sounds like a negative comment, but for some reason it works perfectly in this beer.

The malt balance is especially nice when you are used to drinking hop-monsters, but there are those hops in the background, rising like the sun to remind you that this is Bells. A great hop burp follows!

Larry Bell has crafted yet another winner in the Two-Hearted, a beer so aptly named its frightening. A perfect competition for hops and malt in the nose, and a beer that can be loved by both spectrums of beer drinkers. Hopefully next year's will be a bit stronger so it can be cellared, but overall a VERY enjoyable and equal-opportunity ale!

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2003 16:52:18 | More by GreenWBush
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these in my cellar, so after reading all the hype I just had to sample one. Pours a murky honey gold colour with an off-white head that wants to hang around for awhile. Laces all over the pint tumbler. Aroma is overpowering(I'm getting used to this), lavender, pine, and citrus. Mouthfeel is a good balance of carbonation, hops, and a malt background. This is good stuff working together here. Kinda burp producing after a couple of sips. As it warms up, several dark fruit flavours are catching my attention. This one reminds me of some of Dogfish Head's better offerings. I'm still getting used to the hop assault of some of the better USA brews, so I'm sure I'll update this review in a few weeks. This ale has a bitter finish that is very crisp and clean.

The hoppy American IPAs like this are certainly grabbing my attention, and this one is one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2003 00:04:57 | More by merlin48
Photo of Dantes

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12 oz. longneck, crowned bottle. Bottle-conditioned. Space for date/lot was blank. New color label, depicting two leaping (tiger?) trout. 6.0% ABV.

Cost: $30 case at Shangy’s

Presentation: Imperial pint glass at ~45º

Appearance: As noted by so many others, this is a lovely IPA, with a burnished amber body and a voluminous (2-3 finger), dry, white head which reached a self-sustaining ¾” layer. The body approaches the ruddiness of Celebration, but wasn’t as cloudy as I expected from previous descriptions. Perhaps the 7% version was cloudier. Active, fine bubbles.

Smell: Florally hoppy, with a cushion of rich malt. I find that most IPA’s fall into two categories: the harsh, medicinal ones, and the floral, fruity ones. Thankfully, this is one of the latter. I’m told it’s the Centennial that really marks this beer’s fresh aroma. Well, whatever it is, the hops palette plays beautifully off the malts.

Taste: One of the rare beers that lives up to its hype. The initial sensation is crisply hoppy, but as it rolls around your tongue, the more complex hop notes and malts make an appearance. I would characterize this as more herbaceously hoppy than citrusy hoppy. I always seem to fall back on this characteristic, but this beer is well-balanced. It is both refreshing and satisfying. The medium finish is very crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel: Almost achieves the fine texture of cask-conditioned ale in a bottle, with more vigor. Carbonation is excellent, while the body is a touch on the watery side. I would guess the “old” 7% version was probably a bit better in this regard. I do find that many “regular” IPA’s (sub-Imperial level) tend to be brittle.

Drinkability: Comes close to defining drinkability. Only the best cask ales, Celebration, and Brutal Bitter top this for quaffability IMO.

Backwash: Probably my favorite “pure” American IPA. Excluding “Imperial IPA’s” and beers like Brutal Bitter and Celebration (once categorized as a Winter Seasonal) which are maltier and bit heartier, this really hits the bullseye. Definitely surpasses peers like HopDevil and 60 Minute IPA. All things great beer should be: complex, refreshing, satisfying and endlessly quaffable. Must be killer on draught.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 01:14:02 | More by Dantes
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3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a slight yeast haze and the head is thick and stick around till you finish your glass. Smells like fresh hops with a citrus overtone. Initial taste of hop bitterness that is very perfumey followed along by a slight malt flavor although not sweet more grainy. Aftertaste is all hops very citrusy. Very perfumery hops flavor. Mouthful is rich and oily is rather drinkable. This beer has more dry hopped flavor then any beer ive ever had before.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2003 19:15:50 | More by leeenglewood
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Too me this epitomizes the US trend of going for the hop heads. I've had debates with a few over whether this one belongs in the so-called Imperial IPA class with Arrogant Bastard, Dogfish Head, etc.
That being said, this beer is great. Aroma is overpoweringly hoppy/floral. I need to ask Larry Bell how many different types of hops he uses. Definite grapefruit in the nose and maybe even some melon ? Has almost and orange tint to the golden hue as it pours. Taste is a real surprise given the aroma, very chewy malty taste that is then devoured by the hop backnote. For the me the balance works but both the front and the back are very aggressive and I can see how some don't like it. If you like this in bottles, seek it out on draught and you'll like it even more.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2003 02:48:40 | More by CRJMellor
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very similar to Sierra Nevada Celebration and Dogfish Head 90 minute. Biscuity malt with a strong and perfectly balanced tang of Cascades and I assume Chinooks or Centennials. Goes down easy with a good dry finish. Mine was a little warm as it had just been transported from PA to CT but at 45-50 degrees I am sure this is perfection. A great American-style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 15:27:22 | More by beernbbq
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3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lighter than most IPAs, with an off-white head.

Very clear, especially for a bottle conditioned ale. Aroma is muted grapefruit and pine, with some orange zest thrown in.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have liked, more "hop-water" than balanced. Similar to other hop heavy ales (in particular, HopDevil), but the hops here seem "greener."

Finish is much drier than many IPAs, with a definate oak taste and maple wood after-smell in the nose.

Drinkable, but misses the pure juicyness of I've found in offerings from Southern Tier, Lagunitas, and Victory, for starters, and which I prefer in my IPAs. I'm sure for some, though, this is perfect.

This is worth purchasing a sixer here and there, but all in all, not something I'd leap at when I saw it in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 07:57:42 | More by ithacabaron
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4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured beautifully although I had quite a bit of sediment come from the bottle. Beautiful head that lasted for a while with lots of bottle bubbles. Overall, this is a great example of a good IPA. Bell's brewery in general has a great lineup of beers for all sorts of tastes in mind!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 00:07:52 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, light golden/orange color. The head is good sized (1+ fingers thick), white, somewhat foamy, and very persistent. The glass becomes nicely laced throughout drinking from the sticky head. A very good hoppy aroma. Tastes of fruity/citrus hops with some good bitterness, which leaves a very nice tingle on the tongue. Nice tasting malt flavors are present as well, but are dominated by the hops. One of my favorite beers and one which I look forward to reappearing each year.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 16:16:35 | More by tar
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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