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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,400 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,400
Reviews: 3,119
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 630
Gots: 1,771 | FT: 40
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 DNICE555
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tria's and Union Jack's

What a great beer. A nice hoppy kick but oh so balanced. I washed a nice bowl of chili down with this one. Smelled glorious. So fresh and bold. If I could only have one beer for the rest of my life this one might be my pic.

DNICE555, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of curly31989
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become one of my go two beers especially when I don't feel like dropping a ton of money.

A- It pours a deep golden yellow with a off white foaming head that last for a long time.

S- There are a lot of things coming off this beer. There are some citrus, grassy hops, and malt.

T- This tastes like grapefruit with a good malt backbone too it. The carbonation leaves a great crisp bite at the end that beckons for another sip.

I really enjoy this beer. It's really well balanced with the perfect amount of carbonation. For those that enjoy the seasonal, HopSlam, this is a bit of step down in flavor and hops which I prefer. I feel blessed to be able to pick this up from nearly every local store. However, be aware this is 7.1% abv, you won't realize it when your drinking it.

curly31989, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Freezer chilled for approx 20 minutes
BATCH: 9819 (June 18, 2010)
Thanks to Spica66 for sending a few bottles my way!

This pours a beautiful golden yellow color with serious orange tinting. A frothy head of off-white foam sits on top. Retention is very good. Lacing is soap bubble-like, but slightly sticky.

Big grassy hops explosion. Lots of floral characteristics. A nice bit of maltiness brings out some almost honey-like sweetness. Good hints of pine and citrus fruits. Grapefruit comes through nicely.
I know that this bottle is two months old, but it has a great 'fresh' quality to it.

The pine and grapefruit/citrus notes move to the forefront. The floral and grassy notes take a backseat. Slight hints of caramel malts. A nice bite, right at the end.
Simple, yet effective.

This is medium-bodied with a low-to-medium amount of carbonation. It has a nicely sharp crispness to it, which works wonderfully for the style. Very refreshing.

There is absolutely no sign of the 7.10%abv in this glass. Combine that with the crisp, refreshing flavor and you've got a very drinkable beer here!

coldmeat23, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of patpbr
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-somewhere around copper

smell- sweet with some citrus

taste- just an amazing mix. hops and floral

mouthfeel- good mix of carbonation nice crisp finish

drinkability-" well suited for adventurous trips o the upper Peninsula."

one of my Favorites

patpbr, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of rmolledo
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pumpkin Pie/Copper in color with a small white head. Decent Lacing.

S: Sweet Malty. Alcohol tingle. Beautiful Earthy/Floral Hop Aroma.

T: Nice and Sweet not overly bitter but a dryer finish. I get a Earthy piney Hop flavor and a complex malt flavor.

MF: normal carbonation level for an IPA. has some nice body.

D: An excellent IPA. Probably in my top 5. Doesn't taste strong but gives me a warm buzz before i'm halfway done (empty stomach).

rmolledo, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of HosP
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers. Anytime I go get a pick 6 pack I have to throw one of these in.

A - Pours slightly hazy golden orange. Nice white foam head that leaves decent lacing on the glass.

S - Nice big floral nose. Citrus, lemon scents from the start to finish.

T - Lots of nice floral, citrusy hops. Sweeter at the front with bitterness following. Nice malt backbone takes a backseat to the hops, but keeps the beer in balance very nice

M - Medium body. Good carbonation. Bitterness towards the end like I want from an IPA.

D - Great IPA. Lots of great flavor that you'd almost guess it's closer to a DIPA. The balance makes for a perfect drink. Couldn't pass up a glass of this anywhere.

HosP, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of coryking
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic beer! If I could only have one beer on a desert island....

A: A nice glowing orange with an eggshell colored frothy sticky head that retains nicely and sticks to the glass repeatedly.

S: Big citrus hop note with a nice bready, yeasty malt backbone. Some nice esters bouncing around in their that in my opinion compliment the balance.

T: One of the best single IPAs. The malty bread mixed in with apricots, some other citrus fruits, some herbal spice with a nice drying bitterness at the end make for a real treat.

M/D: Light to medium body with a nice creamy amount of carbonation and just the right amount of dryness and bitterness make me want to immediately take another sip. Very nicely crafted!

coryking, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to (busternuggz) for this!

Look is nice and pale goldern, nice white fluffy head, tons of lacing.

Smells is sweet, floral, citrus and freshly bitter.

taste has a very nice initial bitter bite, that morphs into an orange-like citrus and finishes with fresh picked hops. Theres a slight maltiness for substance.

The feel bites; finishes clean and sweet with a very subtle hint of tart.

Easy and wildly enjoyable to drink.

EgadBananas, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Paradiso.

I've had this a number of times, but never on cask. Let's do it to it. It pours a hazy orange amber topped by nearly a finger of thick creamy foam. The nose is dominated by the hops (mostly citrus with some pine thrown in for variety's sake), though a current of sweet caramel jets through like the EAC. The taste is very similar, though the balance is much better. Both camps respect each other for their ferocity and professionalism. Damn, does it make for one tasty battle. The body is a light medium, with no real carbonation involved and a severely smooth and creamy feel. This is insanely good on cask, even better than in bottles. Get some!

TMoney2591, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a clear golden yellow-orange with a thin foamy head and semi-sticky lacing. The carbonation jumped from the bottom of the glass steadily in an almost champagne like manner.

S - Citric hops with some earthy undertones. Sweet and malty. Nicely balanced.

T - Spicey hops. Not too bitter. Very even tasting with a good hops presence. One of my favorite IPAs.

M - Very even and alive. Leaves a cooling taste in my mouth with a subtle bitterness. Crisp and clean. Refreshing.

D - Extremely drinkable IPA. The ABV is deceivingly well hidden in this brew.

edit (5/18/2011) - re-read this review as I had a fresh 2 hearted (first one in a LONG time) and every word/rating holds true for me, cept maybe the beer's appearance...seemed more murky than clear.

cosmicevan, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of scottyb88
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 7, 2010. Poured into Ommegang fluted glass (really nice to bring out the aroma)

A- deep yellow/gold color; fairly clear; two finger white head that appears to have good lacing

S- fresh citrus, grapefruit, some peach with a hint of pine; slightly toasted flavor

T- not as bold as the aroma; more of a balanced IPA with hints of hop bitterness and nice malt balance, but not ridiculously bitter

M- average medium feel with nice carbonation; aftertaste is typical of the style

D-highly drinkable IPA that has a nice bitter quality but it still invites you to drink a second or third bottle; slight hint of alcohol; some California IPA/DIPA are just too over the top with little to no balance and in turn much lower drinkability, but this is really nice

scottyb88, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a HYOOOOGE Hopslam freak I was jazzed to try this brew from Bells.
Sadly I was disappointed!

Appearance- A modest amber color common amongst beers of this style.

Smell- A very fruity bouquet of fruits ranging from melon to citrus, and passion fruit. I was thinking a hopslam lil brother!

Taste- To me it seemed diluted in the flavor category until the bitterness kicked in. A lot of you Left coasters will love this IPA.

Mouthfeel- VERY thin to me, until once again the resinous bitter residue anchors itself to the back of your tongue.

Drinkability- Drinkable in the sense that it's not heavy, but NOT in the sense that I want any more.

Overall- I am glad I tried it, but for my tastes it is a bit too "one note". The aroma is AWESOME, then the flavor, and mouthfeel left me wanting.

Just my 0.02

bigdonniebrasco, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Golden in color with a fine head. Riddled with bubbles.

S-Big fruity hops. Clementines. Very smooth smell. Malt is nicely intertwined. Smells like a damn good brew.

T-Hello! Absolutely delectible hop profile. Not violently bitter but more refined and palatable. Fruity hops take over my tongue. Subtle malt, hop foward. I get an almost bubblegum taste on the back end. Delicious and modestly unique.

M-Exceptional mouthfeel. Well carbonated yet slick. Sticks to your tongue. Hop flavors never go away.

D-The alcohol is completely silenced. A 7% brew that could easily sneak up on you especially because the flavor is savory. I wish I could get this beer all the time. Why won't you reside in MA with me? Would be my go-to beer if I could get it locally.

VelvetExtract, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of beanboots1912
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Things I like...

LL Bean boots.
Canoeing a wilderness river.
Reading Thoreau.
Frontline on PBS.
A wood stove in the winter.
Flyfishing in Autumn.
A long roadtrip driving to Alaska.
Bell's Two Hearted Ale.

I've tried quite a few beers, and this beer deserves it's own category, it's almost beyond what you can call beer.

beanboots1912, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of thetomG
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh Two Hearted my old friend... why have I waited so long to review you?

Lovely slightly cloudy reddish/amber pour. Good amount of foamy head with some spotty lacing left behind. Aroma has a nice combination of citrus & floral elements - some grapefruit, orange, tangerine, etc...

Flavor is an intoxicating blend of sweet citrus & bitter hops - supremely drinkable and somehow smooth & sticky at the same time.

Will drink this ANY time. DELICIOUS.

thetomG, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of kylejohnson03
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Picked this up on a recent road trip and just now getting around the reviewing it. This pours a hazy yellow-orange color, with a small sticky head. Smells are citrus, hops, and flowers. My first drink is of fresh hops, smooth and creamy texture. Finishes crisp, dry, and yeasty. Will definately drink this one again!

kylejohnson03, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Halcyondays for the gift. 12 ounces of IPA, on to the beer:

Paleish orange color, with a head that retains itself well and some lacing shown off and sticking to the glass. The hops hit your face upon opening the bottle, but fades away quickly. It still deleivers some results; tangerines, oranges, and burnt sugars. This could be a sign of a bottle with a little age on it.

There's still a "sweet" hoppiness found in this beer, with a mild toasted/burnt grain background. Tangerine and orange once again come to mind. It's a little oily and smooth in the feel, though the finish hits a small bump with a somewhat rough resiny aftertaste.

Bell's still isn't distributed to California, and I've only made two trades (none involving Bell's), yet this is my fifth offering from this brewery. Following the others, THA is DoubleJ approved.

DoubleJ, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Baraka
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, beautiful golden orange with a solid head that stains the glass with lace. Nose is grapefruit citrus dominated. Total hop domination for the taste. The grapefruit flavors explode in two distinct waves, leaving behind a lasting hop bitterness. Definite hop resin flavor as well. Medium carbonation levels.

Quite simply one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Definitely a hop bomb, and a tasty one at that. Alcohol is well concealed by the hop flavors, but its so drinkable you just might feel it after having a few! Absolutely stunning, magnificent IPA.

Baraka, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of bamojr
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a lovely cloudy amber into a pint glass.
A very floral aroma with a nice amount of hops.
Excellent taste, with a citrus infused flavor that has a great finish.

Overall, I recommend this beer very highly for its great flavor and great drinkability. Yet another satisfying brew from Bell's.

bamojr, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of clarkm04
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A very deep yellow/amber cool common amongst beers of this style. Looks very inviting.

Smell- A very flavorful bouquet of smells bursting forth. A very citrus smell note predominates but very interesting smell.

Taste- Lots of citrus in the taste particular orange. Very smooth and well balanced. Has a slight bitter kick at the end. I love the lingering aftertaste has the citrus notes burst in the back of my mouth. A very light IPA in my opinion. Not has harsh or bittering has some I've had before. Definitely a good example of this style.

Mouthfeel- Surprising light mouthfeel. I loved how the citrus notes move across the palate.

Drinkability- Very drinkable!

Overall- What a great beer! I know this beer is highly regarded and I'm glad I finally got to drink it. I would highly recommend to anyone. I certainly plan to purchase more Two Hearted in the future. Thoroughly enjoyed this drinking experience and definitely am ready for another bottle.

clarkm04, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of coreyfmcdonald, pours an amber orange hue with a wonderful fluffy head. Smell is a bit lighter than most DIPA's but grapefruit, pine resin, and brown sugar/caramel are present. Taste is exceptional, ginger grapefuit and pine are all dominant with some dark brown sugar in the back with a spice ridden aftertaste. Probably my favorite DIPA even moreso than PTE. Mouthfeel is viscous and slightly chewy. Alcohol is well hidden.

STEG, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of psiweaver
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer out of a 12oz bottle into a Reidel stemless wine glass.

It pours a nice brownish golden color which a nice off white head.

smells very hoppy, but with a decent amount of malt to it too.

This beer is very tasty. I found it to be pretty balanced though not quite on the Pliny level. I really enjoyed it though and found it to be a beer that I would enjoy a lot more often if I could get it locally. Very tasty with a nice hoppy start and a malty finish to it.

Very nice mouth feel very smooth without the overwhelming bitterness that a lot of hoppy beers have.

amazing drink ability very easy to drink and enjoy would be the perfect camping, bbqing type beer.

psiweaver, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of jsdunlop
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This one poured out golden and super frothy into a standard pint glass, nice thick head to start which left remnants after each sip on the side of the glass. Aromas of pure citrus, limes, orange peel, some cloves with a taste to match. Nice hoppy balance, but not overwhelming like other IPA's I have tasted in the past. Perfect balance between citrusy hops and malts, medium bodied beer with a lighter mouthfeel and extremely easy drinkability. Hard to believe this is a 7% ABV brew, nicely covered up which makes this an excellent overall beer.

jsdunlop, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, batch 9688,

A: Pours a light orange, thick fluffy white head, good lace.

S: Very intriguing tropicality - pineapple, pina colada, honey and bubblegum. Lemon meringue pie fits it to T. Fun beer to smell.

T: Some pine, sweet grapefruit, lemon. Light biscuity malt character. Lemon is big in the finish.

M: Soft carbonation, crisp, fairly clean finish for the style.

D: A good beer, I can see why it's well regarded. It doesn't stand out next to better CA IPAs but well above average in the style. Had to go to AZ to do it, but I'm glad I finally got to try this classic.

Halcyondays, Jul 30, 2010
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
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,400 ratings.