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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,376 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,376
Reviews: 3,118
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 628
Gots: 1,763 | FT: 39
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)
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Photo of sonata2008
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This beer was poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a mug. It had a hazy honey gold color, a bit cloudy. The initial 1.5 inches of foam decreased somewhat but didn't disappear entirely. The carbonation was very nice. I could see lots of tiny bubbles. The aroma was one of the great features of this beer. It had a strong hops aroma with citrus notes. With respect to taste, the bitterness of the hops hit me right away and stayed until the finish. It's nicely balanced, however, with a little bit of sweetness. It was definitely not overly hoppy for my taste. Bell's Two Hearted Ale was a pleasure to drink.

sonata2008, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of jmich24
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Duvel Tulip
7 days aged

A: Gold in color with an orange hue. Fluffy two finger white head that never completely dissipates. Lots of carbonation from etched glass. Lacing is sticking very well.
S: Hops! Lots of floral, sweet orange, some tropical fruits.
T: Nice crisp bitterness yet well balanced. Taste is similar to smell, citrus(orange and grapefruit), floral. Nice lingering bitterness. Sweetness from the malt.
M: Medium mouth feel not to heavy not to light. Crisp and smooth, dangerously drinkable
O: World class IPA.

This is a mainstay in my fridge. I usually buy by the case outstanding easy drinking IPA. I'm a sucker for lots of citrus in my IPAs and the Centennial Hops do the trick.


jmich24, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a finger of creamy bubbly just off-white foam, the beer is slightly hazy, golden in color. random spotty lacing left behind.

S - incredibly floral but the real emphasis is candied citrus, grapefruits, pineapple, and oranges.

T - starts off a little sweet with candied oranges, turning more and more bitter...ripe cantaloupe, melon, and grapefruit. caramel malt provides a base underneath for balance - but this is a showcase of Centennial hops.

M - medium bodied with nice tight and bright carbonation which cuts through both the sweetness and bitterness. oily going down but finishes sticky.

D - one of the best single-hop IPA's out there, great balance of bitter and sweet. not much to really complain about, always a good go-to.

Stigs, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of JoshBeer86
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this Two Hearted Ale at about 45 degrees. The average score for appearance was due to a somewhat light color. The color was decieving, though, since the the taste was excellent. I'm not usually a fan of Pale Ales, but this one had great balance and was somewhat easy to enjoy for a non-hop-head.

JoshBeer86, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of goatgoat
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tucson has Bell's? Tucson? Awesome, Batch 9768 poured into an odd looking snifter at my uncle's house.

Pours a slightly hazy honey gold. Moderate off-white foam that doesn't stick around for long. Aroma is POW in your face. Big tropical fruits, big pineapple, big in every way. The taste follows, a big hop kick. A long lasting bitterness. Resin, stick to your teeth feel.

2-hearted, hyped. Yup. Worth it, definitely.

goatgoat, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of wedgie9
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from 12oz bottle, batch number 9637, purchased from the W Grocer. Pours a clear, bright burnt orange with a thick frothy white head that takes a long time to recede, but never truly disappears. The nose is beautiful blend of citrus/pine/resin hops and some caramel malt. On the palate this beer is extremely balanced showcasing the grapefruit hops and bread malts perfectly. The alcohol is also very well integrated. The body is medium with average carbonation and a nice long finish that is both citrus and bitter. It is easy to see why this is regarded as one of the best IPAs in America.

wedgie9, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden yellow with a little haze. Less than a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring with good lacing. Like looking little brew.

S: I'm getting a couple things here.... Some floral hops with a strong grapefruit scent.

T: Citrus hops from the get go, but not very bitter, there is some malt here but just enough to balance everything out. There is an underlying grapefruit note throughout. The aftertaste is a little on the hoppy side and a little dry.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, yet smooth. I'd have to call it light to mid bodied.

D: Very nice AIPA, everything you want and balanced nicely to boot. The ABV is right on, but at 7.10% one or 2 will do you. Worth a shoot.

mralphabet, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Paradiso yesterday. I finally managed to track this down.

Pouring light orange with a mild haze, there's a dense, reverse-cascading head that forms a dense collar, leaving sheets of lace. Perfect. The nose is too, redolent, bright and yet suffuse with beautiful citrus and floral hops. Truly a centennial showcase, the palate replicates the flavor. Opening with a bright citrus and floral hop character, this is really smooth. A touch sweeter than it is on tap, there's a little cotton candy sweetness. Still, this dry, with mild bitterness and an explosion of hop flavor. I drank two pints and would have had a third and a fourth if it didn't kick.

DefenCorps, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of irishkyle21
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note to self for next time..."Buy More Two Hearted". This IPA pours with a fluffy white cape that leaves behind some lacework as it settles. A clear amber color.

The smell of this beer is wonderful. Pine, fruits, some malt and more hops.

Lots of hop bitterness for my taste buds, grapefruit, pine and lightly toasted bread.

irishkyle21, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of kjyost
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a pair of pints in sleeves at Psycho Suzie's in Minneapolis. Both came with a decently yellow to light orange clear body with light lacing. The aromas are dominated by US C-hops, with citrus atop a barely perceptible malt body. Enjoyable thus far. The beer is bitter with a good balancing level of hop flavours with a bit of pine and grapefruit coming through. Very drinkable, especially in the situation I was in. Good beer, worth seeking out.

kjyost, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of timus19
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into chilled pint glass;finally got this brew here in AZ.appearance typical aipa color,hazy orange w/decent carbonation,nice citrus,floral nose..the taste---WOW--impressive! one of my favorite ipa's,more refreshing than most,(stone,alesmith, racer5)great hop bite,but balanced beautifully! recommended!!!

timus19, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of machostacos
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle decanted properly into my favorite pint glass

A: hazy golden amber, bright highlights, with a very full, bubbly head that lasts and lasts and lasts, leaving a thick, dripping lacing around the glass.

S: Smells of citrusy pine and grapefruit, with a hint of bitterness and pineapple.

T: Citrus zest up front, nice and bright and a little floral sweetness, morphing smoothly into fresh pine, mildly bitter grapefruit and lemon, with a smooth and pleasantly bitter finish.

M: A little thin, oily, with a good amount of carbonation. Won't raise any eyebrows, but is certainly appropriate for the style. Refreshing with a noticeable bitterness.

D: Maybe not the most drinkable IPA thanks to its lingering bitterness, but definitely a very solid IPA that stands up there with the best. One of my favorites, and I'm definitely spoiled to have access to this beer almost anywhere, living in central Michigan - I am definitely blessed to be surrounded by so much fantastic beer!!


machostacos, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of exonthebottle
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this before but I have never reviewed it.
looks golden with and amber tint. large head that settles with nice lacing. I like this beer but lately I have wanted a more balanced Ipa so the smell is very pine but for some reason I can't taste or smell the grapefuit as much as I used too still smells nice. the sweet melts are okay but taste is more bitter than what I remember the beer tasting like lately I have been overwhelmed by hops in beers I think my tongue is burned out a bit by hops. Anyway the flavor is still on my tongue 10 minutes between sips so it strong long lasting pine resin compelling almost gin like. the mouthfeel is perfect, creamy and slick bodied IPA. Still very drinkable a simple relaxing session beer provided you don't have to drive.

exonthebottle, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of regspeir
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this several times but this was exceptionally fresh for around here (PA) - 2 weeks after bottling according to the batch number. Why can't every brewery do something like this? It REALLY matters! Beer pours a golden amber with a large head which settles to a coating only at the last couple of sips. Lacing is thin but lasting. A whiff of this beer is a pretty perfect IPA-lover's dream - citrus (esp. grapefruit orange), pine and flowery. Not the strongest nose but pleasant. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, pine resin but pretty nicely balanced with tastes of orange and sweet malts. The finish moves toward bitter but without assault - just notes that put a nice end on a good performance. Bravo. Mouthfeel is creamy, a little slick and medium-bodied. Great beer, and one even those who would not describe themselves as hopheads would enjoy. Just make sure to get it FRESH.

regspeir, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Erish
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into an English pint glass.

A: cloudy orange/gold, 3 finger head settles into a dense cap with abundant lace.

S: pine oil. grapefruit, sweet malt.

T: pine, citrus, sweet orange muffin, the grass/pine hops make a grand entrance in the middle, and the long finish brings lingering medicinal hops and crackers.

M: Somewhat oily, medium weight, and palate-cleansing.

D: This is one of my favorite IPAs, it is a great sipper and doesn't destroy your taste buds with over the top hops.

Erish, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of waldoiverson
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: creamy looking orange-tinted yellow with a nice creamy head, seems viscious, great lacing

S: Orange-cicle sweetness, a bit of minty bitterness, bright

T: orange blossom/honey sweetness, citrus zest bitterness

M: Smooth and sparkling with carbonation until a rather tannic bitterness that dries out the tongue

D: For 7.1% it is very drinkable, and the profile has a little of everything to offer. I'd like a little less dryness if anything.

waldoiverson, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Big Muddy Pub in Alton,Illinois for the first time about three weeks ago.Easily one of my top two favorite beers on Earth right now.

A-Golden,slightly orange with a beautiful
two finger,stark white, pillowy head.Impressive
lacing for the duration of the pint.

S-Probably the highlight of this beer for me.The
Centennial hops are unmistakable.Pineapple,persimmon and fresh
hops on the nose.Even more exotic fruit notes
that I can't pinpoint.

T-Everything you would expect from the nose.This beer is an exercise in simplicity but still delightfully complex.Fresh fruit juice sweetness balanced perfectly with hoppy bitterness and light caramel malt.

M-Full,oily and satisfying.

D-This is a dangerously drinkable beer and it definitely belies it's 7% ABV.Easy to get caught up and drink a sixer.

StlHopHead77, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of movingtrain
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle sampled from a standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow with some copper/amber hues. A strong head on first pour, but settles down to less than half a finger.

The aroma is very fruity...some wheat notes, bubblegum, vibrant citrus, melon, earthy yeast, and pond water (the kind of good smell you get after swimming in a clear pond).

Up front in the taste is lemon, grapefruit, pine nuts, and a very bitter bite. There are also notes of wheat, pepper, pine, and some floral qualities, as well.

The flavor here is very herbal...and quite lemony, as well. It's got a serious citrus quality to it...giving it a nice bitter bite and a sweet drinkablility. The components to this beer all come together to create an outstanding ale, one that sits well on the palate, and one that is drinkable the whole night through.

movingtrain, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of hops1337
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a nice amber red with a 1 in. white head into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. This is one superbly balanced IPA. A good dose of hops but with plenty of malt backbone. I could drink alot of these in one sitting. One of the most quaffable IPAs out there. Highly recommended.

hops1337, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Medium gold-amber color. One finger head, minimal lacing.

S: Centennial hops! Mmmmm...

T: More Centennial hops. Wonderful malt backbone. Extremely well balanced.

M: Medium creaminess. Perfect carbonation.

D: I could, have and will again drink an entire 6 pack and wish I had bought two of them.

The fact that this beer is not in the BA Top 100 blows my mind!

Spica66, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This IPA pours a light golden/straw color with one finger of head that recedes slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma (while still cold) is sweet honey-like malt, some floral, grass and citrus notes. As the beer warms notes of lemon emerge.

Taste is light yet sweet malt with some graininess and moderate hop bitterness (for an IPA). Starts with sweet and fruity malt flavors that transition into a mild bready taste with increasing hop bitterness and a hint of honey. The finish is juicy hop flavors, a nice balanced hop bitterness and a lingering citrus and sweet malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is light with above average carbonation, not very coating.

Overall this is a fairly light tasting IPA that is well balanced between light malt, citrus and grassy hop flavors and a smooth hop bitterness. I very much enjoyed drinking this beer but the aroma is a little weak for an IPA.

trevorjn06, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of pvsob
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dusty gold color with a good two-finger head. The head lasts a good amount of time and leaves excellent lacing.

S- Floral hop aroma upfront. Pungent grapefruit and pine mix with a nice tropical fruitiness and sweet malt aromas. NICE!

T- A little sweet in the beginning, but quickly changes to a great citrus/pine bitterness. Finishes long and bitter with just enough malt to keep things in balance.

M- Medium and smooth feel with adequate carbonation.

D/O- A dame good American IPA that is perfectly balanced. Time for me to go and stock-up on this beauty. Well done Bell's. Highly recommended.

pvsob, Jul 13, 2010
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the tap(at home system) into a 12oz WI Beer Fest mug.
Listening to: Smokestack Lightning - Grateful Dead.

A: A foamy, off-white head, that leaves good lacing and has good retention. The body is clear, a deep golden hue, Slight haze.

S: Piney, hop forward notes. A bit of a earthy aroma, most that of hops.

T: A perfect hoppy brew, that has a bit of malt in the backbone. A bold, yet drinkable IPA. From start to finish, this IPA does justice to the style. A bold, robust hop kick is finished off by a dry malt lingering taste.

M: I find most of the Bell's brew to have this same creamy mouthfeel, even more so on tap. A all around great feeling in the mouth, from start to finish.

D: I could drink this beer all day, a strong beer, that has just that subtle strong body to keep to on your toes, but ever so tasty to have you coming back for more.

GDBEERMAN, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally, finally, I get to try some Bell's Two Hearted. Big thanks are due to Shawn for bringing a bottle along to our farewell Derek tasting (which seems premature as he's still around for another 6 weeks).

Pours a hazy orange with a finger of off-white head, which collapses to a skiff and leaves some nice sheets of lacing. the odd bit of chunky sediment leads me to believe this beauty is bottle conditioned. Great citrus nose mixing in with fresh pine resin and a firm caramel background. Its the standard combo for the style, but it smells incredibly fresh and vibrant.

Great balance in the flavour between super-fresh grapefruit/pine notes from the hops, and a big caramel backing. Likewise, sweetness and bitterness are perfectly weighted for an IPA. Its actually a stunningly simple beer, but its executed so flawlessly that there's no hesitation in giving it top marks. Its quality even extends to the mouthfeel, which is medium-weighted with a drying finish that accentuates the bitterness nicely.

Very, very well done, and a deserved bright light in the beer sky. Its got a somewhat high ABV that precludes sessioning, and even starts pitching towards an imperial version, but man oh man, do Bell's know how to do hops!

bobsy, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bell's Hearted Ale poured a golden color, with a bit of a smaller head. It smelt very hoppy. The taste was rather unique. There is a initial strong hoppy taste, but a very smooth finish. This makes it easier to drink, but a little bit of a weaker flavors, but IPA fans will still enjoy. Overall a very good beer, a bit more mild then other IPAss but will not disapoint.

vette2006c5r, Jul 11, 2010
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,376 ratings.