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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

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Photo of warmstorage
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. Not that I didn't expect it to be good, but all I've previously had from Bell's is Expedition Stout and Batch *000 (I forget which, sadly.) I loved them both, but didn't expect their basic IPA to stand up to them. While it's obviously a different style, I love this one too.

Pours from a 12 ounce bottle a medium bright hazy orange. Retains a light white head, medium dense.

Aroma is of good things to come: citrus hops, and little else. (Just what I want in my IPA!) Maybe a tiny bit of sweet fruit -- peaches?

Tingly mouth, despite apparently only average carbonation, lingers a while, and the hop presence makes for a nice little feeling of spice.

From the first taste through the finish, this is chock full o' hops: citrus, pine, resin, grapefruit goodness. Love it. Just love it. No real alcohol presence (it's only 6%), limited sweet malt presence. In other words, nothing to get between my and my hops.

See, I'm not of the idea that an American IPA, especially one brewed as a west coast style, should be balanced: I love them totally imbalanced. This one fits the bill. It reminds me a LOT of Stone IPA, which I love.

Love it, and will happily buy it again. It's just a shame that I have to come all the way to North Dakota to get it! (Captain Jack's Liquor Store near the Kirkland Mall, $7.99 per six pack.) Makes for a nice night in a hotel room! Now where the hell is that pool?

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Photo of GimpyCane
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Two Hearted Ale really impress me. To start, I poured a golden brown w/ a frothy 2 inch head. Lovely scent of pine and grapefruit w/ a hint of malt and florals in the back ground. The brew is well balanced, w/ a bold and dry flavor that begins lightly sweet and ending like a IPA should "bitter". At the same time it has a soft carbonation feel and the bitter aftertaste is long lasting. The brew left an excellent amount of lace and the head last thoughout the whole drink. Go ahead and buy a six pack it won't disappoint.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bubbling orange brew with a solid three finger whipped cream head that has great staying power. This beautiful long-lasting head reduced around the edges while leaving a mesa of foam in the center of the glass, buttloads of candy lace are left in it's wake. It looks like the mashed potatoes from close encounter of the third kind. "This means something."

I smelled a big wallop of hop grapefruitiness as soon as I poured this one! Thats great! I'm also picking up some lemon, biscuity malt, and some sweet floral notes.

This one is heaven for a hop lover like me! Highly hopped, but not puckering by any means. The sweet biscuit malt from the smell pulls through in the taste also. I'm reminded of tart lemon-flavored cookies. This is bright and hoppy but pleasantly warm and richly malted at the same time. I really like this.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that makes for a highly drinkable and thirst quenching brew. This one is smooth going down with an extremely dry and bitter finish.

Overall, this is a great IPA for hop-heads, and might also appeal to those who are looking to try something hoppy without getting their tongue seared. I really like the fact that a beer that is so hoppy can be so warm and inviting, not to mention EXTREMELY drinkable, at the same time. This beer has great balance of character, and I will definitely pick this up whenever I see it!

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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Batch 7508 (we're halfway to Batch 8000!)

A: Orangish, somewhat cloudy, with shades of red. 1 1/2" of foamy head drops to a thin cover that stays.

S: The predominant smell is citrusy piney good old Centennials. However, you can tell by the smell that this has the malt to stand up to them. There is also something else that I can't put my finger on that sets it apart from other IPAs, maybe some darker fruits?

T: The epitome of a balanced IPA. A huge bitter hopbomb that is set off perfectly by the maltly sweetness. Maybe a touch bitter in the finish, but thats the way I like it.

M: Medium body, a little oily

D: 6% is a little high if you want it to be a big session, but I drink this by the 6 pack.

This is currently my go-to beer when I'm just looking to have a couple (or few...), replacing SNPA and SABL. A great beer in every aspect, and I can usually get it for around $9/6er.

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Photo of supercolter
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was almost a straight 4.5 across the bar. I have had a better in each category, but not by much. Appearance is golden with a two finger head and lots of lacing
Smell was like a pine tree in the fall. Fantastic.
Taste and mouthfeel consisted of a medium body of malt that was a bit overwhelmed by the hops, but the best floral hops I have ever tasted.
Drinkability was very good.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Two Hearted Ale was golden amber in color with a large white head. The head had good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was mostly hops (grapefruit) with a little malt in the backround. The taste was very good, cirus hops with a malt backround and a bitter finish. It is medium bodied and medium in carbonation. While the beer is bitter, it is not overly so, making it a very drinkable beer. Recommended.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Shbobdb, Thank you again. Outstanding!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. A nice orange cloudy liquid with good carbonation. The head is outstanding, Big Bubbles cling to the side of the glass as I drink, three fingers thick head white color and a rocky crust on top. I have no Idea why I am so stingy with the 5's, but no here.

The Smell is Big beer hops, Grapefruit IPA.

The taste is not quite the same. Yes big delicious hopy but not like your typical DIPA, More like stone's IPA, Excellent balance of Big hops and rich malt.

Mouthfeel is great but not best.

Drinkability in tops I would buy this two, What a great brewer. This beer is big on taste, smooth, thick, just a perfect combination to make the beer work right. Prost und Zoom Wahl! MK

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Photo of burnstar
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours slightly cloudy and golden with a big rocky white head that persists for quite some time. Aroma is citrusy hops, lemons, there is definitely some noticable sweetness present as well, a bit of sweet oranges, very enticing. Taste is sweet malt combined with citrusy and herbal hops- nicely balanced and similar to the smell. It finishes with a pleasing lingering hop bitterness and a distinct biscuity flavor. Mouthfeel medium and moderately carbonated- just about right for this. This stuff is very drinkable. Tastey and so nicely balanced (for an IPA) there's nothing to get tired of. In fact, I'm going to get another right now.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy deep orange in color. Head is quite boistrous initially, but tames down to become a thin sheen with sheets of intricate lacing.

Smell is juicy hop fruitiness. Excellent caramel malt backbone. Mildly piney.

Taste is similiar to the nose with sweet fruitness up front. Strong malt and massive hop attack perform a delicate balancing act. Definite piney character. Finish is quite bitter with lingering floral hop notes.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with generous hop oiliness.

A very tasty treat for a hophead. Flavor is aggressive but balanced. Initially very fruity, but becomes more piney as it warms. Recommended.

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Photo of Mechphisto
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A bright golden color. See through, rich amber. The head was surprisingly thick and solid. Biteable even. Leaves a very nice lacing.

S: Slightly fruity smell, but just slightly. Nice.

T: When cold, it has that crisp bitterness that masks any subtlety.
It has an odd, fishy aftertaste that reminds me of lake water... but that's probably because of the bottle label. Unfortunately as it warms up it gets noticeably sour. Like warm, old orange juice. (personal experience. Don't ask.)

M: Crisp, significant carbonation. A slight greasy feel that goes away quickly.

Not bad. No danger of it becoming my favorite beer, but certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered. I like it better cold, unlike most darker beers, and ales in general for that matter. Cold and out of the bottle instead of in a glass, it's actually very good.
And for that I bump drinkability from 3.5 to 4.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big “thank you” to BlackAngus for sending me this one in a trade.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold with a foamy, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: Heavy aroma of hops & citrus (orange, grapefruit & tangerine mostly), very pleasant.

T: Excellently balanced combination of hops bitterness and sweet citrus malt flavors. The two flavors don’t battle each other as they do in some beers; rather they blend together even into the after taste.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation and a very clean finish.

D: This beer is very tasty, goes down very easily, doesn’t fill you much and is one of those beers where each sip makes you crave the next more and more.

To put it simply, this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had.

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Photo of Generik420
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this for the first time on tap this weekend. Wow! Very good beer for the hophead. Pours a very clear yellow with a nice white head. Very strong hop aroma is one of the first things noticeable. The flavor is full of hops as can be expected, and I found citrusy overtones in the hop flavor, a nice blend of bitterness to round out the flavor. The beer has a medium body, so you could definitely drink a few of these without feeling "full". If you like a high hopped ale, this is very drinkable. I had two, and found by the end of the second one, I was starting to reach my limit on that particular hop flavor. So, it seems to me that it would be great in moderation, but not something I could drink all night long.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Panichi for bringing this beer all the way to Japan.

A - Hazy light yellow body with extremely thick creamy head and thck lacying.
S - Extra fruit aroma of sweet apricot, pineapple and of course oranges.
T - fine balance of bitterness, fine lightly sweet malt, the flavors really go on rampage on the back of my palate.
M - Very light carbonation. Stunningly vibrant.
D - If they had this on tap in prison, I would say please lock me up! Great stuff!

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Photo of aluskungs
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now that's an IPA!

Being a fisherman I might be partial to this beer (nice label).

Pours nicely into my glass. Good head retension, the head stays for a bit before it departs. Then the beer looks flat. Good color and a little hazy.

The smell is delicious! Like taking a walk down hop street. Good garden fresh floral hop smell.

Taste is great! Tons of flavor. Hops, citrus, good good stuff. A tad too sweet for me. I might suspect after a few this might sit heavy in the stomach, needs to be more dry.

My new favorite IPA? A IPA that relies on taste, not bitterness, that will always empty my wallet if I see it on the shelves.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was poured into a standard pint glass. The color is dark golden with a thick head that has excellent retention. It has a wonderful hop aroma with malt in the background. Upon tasting, it has a nice full hop flavor with traces of pale malt. There is some hint of subdued fruitiness from the yeast (almost imperceptible). The hop finish is very tasty. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

What can I say? I had this from the cask at Bell's recently and thought having it from the bottle for the first time in a long time was going to be a let down...it wasn't. This is probably one of my favorite commercial beers and probably will remain so for some time. This one is a must for hop lovers. The full hop flavor is just right in my opinion, nice and strong without being over-the-top.

9/3/07 - I revisited my original scoring almost a year later while enjoying yet another. After numerous American IPA tastings, this beer remains one of my top 3 for the style, if not my personal favorite - such a great beer. It's an all-time classic.

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Photo of maek228
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with an exceptional 3 finger head of some of the thickest and richest foam my eyes have ever seen. The beer itself is a murky burnt orange...which shows streams of carbonation rising to the top.

Smell: One thing I look for in an IPA is a "fresh" scent and this beer nails it. The scent is citrusy...leaning towards oranges. In addition, american hops which smell a bit resiny are present. The hops clearly are American. This is an invigorating scent.

Tastes: The upfront malts are gentle, sweet, and meld right into the zesty floral hop finish. The finish is raw....like right from the garden. it hits with a damn good punch and it lingers.

Mouthfeel: Zesty but a bit thin. Less watery would have been nice

Drinkability: This an IPA that is so agreeable that its hard to drink just one

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Photo of tcayiajr
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't say enough about this beer. Simply put, it is one of my favorites.

A- I have to admit pouring this beer into a pint class really brings a smile to my face. It has a nice bronze color with a lot of carbonation that continues to bubble throughout your consumption.

S- Quite a beautiful scent. Lots of hops and hints of Citrus.

T- This IPA tastes great. You get all the hops and citrus flavors without much of the bitterness that seems to be associated with a lot of other IPA's I've tried.

M- Two Hearted Ale is really smooth on the palete. It lacks the acidic aftertaste that I have associated with other IPA's that I have recently tried.

D- A smooth consistent IPA, that still packs a punch when it comes to

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Photo of diamondc
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm going to be honest. All I drank before discovering this beaut was the standard mass market brews, with an occasional bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale. Nothing prepared me for my first IPA. On a recent trip to Chicago with a beer loving buddy, he recommended this to me to go along with deep dish pizza we were clamoring for.

Appearance = nice amber color, nothing out of the ordinary.

Smell = Mmm citrusy! Grapefruit and oranges.

Taste = A knockout! The malt and hops were in perfect combination, with the hops of course being a bit of an edge. Grapefuit and pine come to mind.

Mouthfeel = Being a newbie to IPA's, I was a big overwhelmed. And only had two bottles for the night..

Drinkability = Excellent! I wish I had bought some more after two bottles.

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Photo of klewis
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 7437

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden in color with a small frothy head. Good sustain with moderate lacing.

S: A strong smell with lemon rind and lots of floral hops aroma.

T: Overflowing with flavor, the hops are surprisingly gentle with their bitterness. Complimented with citrus flavors, the taste is suberbly balanced.

M: Full-bodied for the style with crisp, moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry.

D: Definitely one of the best in the style. Extremely pleasant to drink, and it comes at a great price. This one is up there in my book with HopDevil and Burning River.

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Photo of loren01
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from bottle a golden color with 2+finger width head that stuck around forever, good carbonation up the glass, good lacing
S: Smell is very crisp and citrusy
T: Slight malty up front, good citrusy flavor. Not too bitter, perfect amount of hoppiness for my tastes
M: Easy drinking light to moderate amount of carbonation
D: Extremely well ballanced IPA, satisfied my hop fix for the evening

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy amber with hints oif a grainy yellow hue. Light bubbling a lacing add to the visual experience. The aroma is like baking hop biscuits. The flavor compliments the aroma very well in not having too many off flavors from whats set in your palate. A hint of lemon grass can be detected with faint nuances of anise beleive it or not. Good IPA.

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Photo of peabody
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one good IPA. Rivals the Stone IPA.
Love the fish on the bottle!LOL
It pours out with average carbonation, mabey 1/2 finger and dissapates slowly. The smell is hoppy and nutty but the floral hops didn't hit me like I was expecting.
There is a spicy hoppy taste that leaves a clove and burnt coffee flavor with a lemony aftertaste.
Very nice drinkability and the slight carbonation and clean feel in the mouth make one want to drink a few of these bad boys.

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Photo of CraftAle
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional IPA. The balance between hop bitterness and sweet malt body is absolutely perfect. Have also had this ale on tap at their brew pub, and it was equally good.

I was surprised to pay $2/case more at the company store than at Russo's, an aggressive beer/wine retailer in Grand Rapids. I wish Bell's would be more helpful on their label and web site about the type of hops, and the IBUs.

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Photo of nicksta
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If I drink this beer cold, straight out of the fridge, I enjoy it a lot more.

A: The beer pours a really nice cloudy orange. It has some really nice lacing and the thick head dies after an average lifespan.

S: When the beer is cold enough I can pick up on big citrus notes and even some banana. And, as the back label said, there is a really big floral hop aroma, I mean huge. It still very pleasent.

T: It is very spicy and oily. I can also taste some pair towards the end of a sip. The only other AIPA was really bitter throughout an entire drink. It was too much for me. This one finishes with a taste that is really dry hopppy, and bitter. It is almost like hard liquor. When the beer is really cold, this finishing taste is more of a background taste, not only tolerable, but good. When the beer warms up, it is too upfront and just too much for me.

M: It is smooth and a little thick, very nice.

D: If cold, the beer is an excellent session beer, but if warm, the spicy bittnerness will lower the drinkability.

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Photo of xtremejammn
3.26/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is some good stuff, I think Bell's did well on this one.

A: Beautiful pure copper color with a remarkably long lasting head.

S: Has a strong hop pressence, and smells of an orange peel.

T: As I have made mention before, I'm not a big fan of pale ales, but this is one hell of a pale ale, very strong hop pressence, slight spicy-ness to it, tastes of an orange peel and has a weak graniness to it, with a pleasent bitterness to it to finish it off.

M: On the downside it's very bubbly, but it's not quite TOO bubbly.

D: Goes down smooth, and leaves a pleasenet aftertaste after a drink. And although it's a little acidy it's drinkable.

Bottom Line: I'd reccomend this to any pale ale fan, and to anyone who hasn't tried a pale ale yet. Ta Ta

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,419 ratings.