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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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10,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 10,517
Reviews: 3,054
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 585
Gots: 1,331 | 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 Gtreid


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Deep amber color with one finger of thick, creamy white head. Somewhat cloudy. Substantial lace, excellent retention.

A: Floral and citrus hops everywhere. Very pleasing. Excellent for the style.

T: Again very nice, hops dominate. Bready, but light and fluffy.

M: Medium body, creamy, with a nice bitter finish.

D: At 7% one of my favorite IPA's. Almost always have this one on hand. Bell's has done it again! Cheers.

05-02-2008 21:31:56 | More by Gtreid
Photo of PhxHorn


4/5  rDev -6.3%

The color is a deep yellow, with a moderate amount of white head appearing. Smells moderately of citrus, and tastes fairly strongly of grapefruit,a teeny bit of orange, a bit of malt, with a moderately bitter aspirin aftertaste. Carbonation was just right. Not the hoppiest of IPAs, but a nice middle of the road beer that is very very drinkable.

04-30-2008 05:07:28 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of ASymon13


4.97/5  rDev +16.4%

This is an excellent IPA from the Bell's brewery. It pours a solid amber color, a little on the light side for an IPA, with a nice fluffy off-white head which leaves some fantastic lacing on the glass. Floral aromas dominate the nose, with some hints of citrus and a sweet-bready malt taking a backseat.

The Centennial hops really come through beautifully in the flavor. It's like a field of flowers in your mouth, but it has enough malt there to balance it out and the hops never become overwhelming. The medium body and ample carbonation give it an excellent mouthfeel, and having a couple of these can be a real treat.

04-29-2008 16:27:59 | More by ASymon13
Photo of bluemoonswoon


3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, picked up on my trip to dark lord day

A: Pours a super intense fluffy and rocky yellowish white head, very very bubbly and one to one and a half inches thick. the beer itself is a cloudy banana peel and orange and looks a lot like a hefeweizen in color and clarity, and i like hefes so this one looks damn inviting but the head fades to a cap in about five minutes or so but leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Huge medicinal hop quality, like, way beyond super pine oilyness though a second pass yields mellower, fruitier characteristics like orange juice and mango and pineapple, not so much grapefruit which is a nice change of pace, but maybe too a medicinal opening for my taste.

T/MF: Hop heavy tongue ripper, that is how I would describe the mouthfeel on this baby, the taste is a bit different from other IPAs in recent memory, this one is very earthy, heavy on the pine and medicinal qualities and a bit lighter on the fruit flavors with a too bitter orange being the main citrus taste here, letting this beer warm a bit unlocks a bit more sweetness in the citrus aspect of the beer, has a bitter but sort of odd buttery finish, not sure how to explain that one.

D: To be honest I was expecting more out of this beer with all I've heard about it, not bad, pretty good, but not mind blowing and a little out of balance

04-29-2008 03:26:29 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of OldYoda


3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my trusted Troeg's pint glass - a hazy orange with a modest head and excellent lacing.

Smell is hops and some citrus with a whiff of malt. The odor is smooth and invites you to dive in.

Taste is outstanding - hops dominate but well balanced by a bready malt backbone. Finishes clean and smooth.

Drinkability is outstanding - I could session this with no problem at all. Another great offering from Bell's. Bravo!!!

10/4/08 Revisiting this is a real treat. Just as good as I remembered. If anything, I enjoy this more today than I did 6 months ago. Just an outstanding American IPA.

04-29-2008 02:56:02 | More by OldYoda
Photo of naterock


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

I was actually surprised to see this in a little bar in Columbia Mo.
A: very nice orangish color, with very good retention of lacing.
S: very good floral hops aroma, with a hint of citrus.
T: very nice hop flavor, citrus comes very nicely behind the bitterness. switches places after the bitterness subsides.
M: very nice with little carbonation
D: I drank a few then went to something else I hadn't tried.

04-28-2008 23:33:00 | More by naterock
Photo of Oxymoron


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

That would be cool to enjoy Two Hearted on the Two Hearted, but I'll settle for my home. Pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color with a good head. Great retention and good lacing, but doesn't last through the full tasting.

The nose emphasizes hops but with some balance (along the lines of a east coast IPA). Mostly citrus and grassy hops, but some light piney on the back end. Some sweeter malty notes as well with a touch of biscuit/bready notes. Some lighter solvent alcohol notes but not overly powering. Clean yeast though.

The taste is a bit more in balance than what the nose would indicate. The hops are the stronger of the two with a nice balance between bitterness and hop finish. Citrus and orange mostly but a bit of piney and a spiciness on the back end. The spicy hop flavor seems to come out more as it warms. The malt is limited in flavor but still represented well. Some mild bready notes with a touch of yeasty undertones.

The body has a moderate level with a light carbonation. Pretty smooth considering the ABV. Very clean with the minimal yeast characteristics. Overall very enjoyable.

04-28-2008 20:01:21 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of kush6875


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

poured from bottle into a slightly chilled pint glass.

appearance: nice pale straw-amber color with some hazing.

smells of fresh pine, citrus and slight malt.

tastes of hops and nice balanced malts. not as much hops as smell would dictate. very smooth with just enough a hop-bite. this pairs perfectly with a spicy pineapple habenero salsa.

mouthfeel is about right very easy to drink.

very drinkable and very balanced smooth ipa!!!

04-27-2008 04:27:50 | More by kush6875
Photo of birchstick


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured orange with a a nice, frothy white head. Smelled the hops immediately, hints of citrus were detected as well. It tastes different than I was expecting from the smell. Hops are there, but not as much as the smell would make you believe. There is a grapefruit/citrusy aftertaste. It is also pretty bitter. Two Hearted goes down very slickly without a whole lot of carbonation getting in the way.
Overall, this was a good IPA. I have revisited after a while and find it to be better than I remembered.

04-27-2008 00:56:57 | More by birchstick
Photo of HugoGrim


3.6/5  rDev -15.7%

Golden orange body with a thin bubbly, creamy white head. Excellent lace.

Aroma of hops is very floral and very sharp, however it weakens quite quickly. Some citrus.

Hop flavor is wet, fresh, piney, resiny. Very bitter, to the point that the bitterness masks the flavor of the hops. Hints of orange pulp. Peppery. As it warms it mellows a bit, of course this could just be my taste buds adapting and being overwhelmed.

04-26-2008 22:19:02 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of drumrboy22


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Thanks to paulthebeerguru for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Kronenbourg 1664 glass. Beer was a slightly hazy orange color with a two finger, rocky, off-white head. Moderate carbonation and heavy lacing.

Aroma was bold hops along with sweet, caramel malt. Just a touch of citrus and some woody notes present.

Taste was surprisingly smooth and refreshing. I was anticipating a hop bomb, but this is very well balanced and not nearly as hoppy or bitter as I expected. Some grapefruit citrus taste.

Long, moderately bitter finish. Another winner from Bell's. This one goes done very easily and would make for a great summer time brew.

04-26-2008 18:57:50 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4%

Weird-looking 12 ounce bottle with fish on it...

(fish beer? yuck!)...poured into a seidel yields a faintly hazy orange-golden body with two fingers of tightly-bubbled head atop. The foam slowly recedes to a rocky half-finger and leaves dense lacing hash-marking the sip lines.

The smell is piney, herbal, and citrusy. Pungent orange-infused caramel emerges as the beer warms.

The taste is smooth and semisweet with a tangy citrus pine punch. The citrusiness is complemented by a thin cookielike malt backbone and a snip of pine oil.

The drink is medium-bodied with a wee sizzle of fine carbonation, and otherwise highly consumable.

04-24-2008 22:47:53 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of SQNfan


3.88/5  rDev -9.1%

On tap. This poured a deep golden with a white head. The nose shows off the hops with citric and also a bit of piney hops along with a touch of caramel malt. The palate was well-balanced with the hops beginning and ending with the dry/bitter finish and the malts picking up the body in the middle.

04-24-2008 20:35:07 | More by SQNfan
Photo of neenerzig


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Served in a pint glass. This beer is a clear amber gold color. The head is about 1/4 inch when drawn and brought to me. Settles to virtually nothing with decent lace. Grassy, citrusy hop aromas are certainly present followed by some malt. The taste of citrus, grapefruity hops dominate followed by a somewhat sweet malt backbone. Not much else here. Good, but not as good as out of the bottle. Has a crisp and smooth, full bodied mouthfeel with light to medium carbonation. Easy to drink. If I am correct in my belief that beers in the cask are still maturing and the yeast is still active than this is one beer that I believe is best enjoyed once it has reached its full maturation.


04-23-2008 02:45:31 | More by neenerzig
Photo of botham

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a lightly hazy orangish amber with two fingers of off white head and great head retension. moderate lacings.

aroma is mainly of aromatic hops and a touch of citrus and a grassy character. distant malts ground the aroma, giving it a solid profile.

taste is lightly malty and grassy up front, with a lightly floral character. finishes on an herbal hop note with an aftertaste is bitter hops. the hops are notable in their concentration and power towards the back of the palate, without going too far.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp texture from the hops. finishes dry with a bitter aftertaste.

drinkability is good. this is a solid IPA. the hops are wonderfully aromatic and provide a nice profile. cheers!

04-23-2008 01:46:45 | More by botham
Photo of Shawn1974


4.78/5  rDev +11.9%

Not the HopSlam, but a top-notch drinkable beer for those who value a heavy floral hops aroma and taste. Sufficient as a second beer for those hop heads who try the heavy stuff first while the palate is fresh. It cuts through those lingering tastes, which accounts for my high-ranking of this beer. So often an IPA becomes bland after a DIPA, but this one stands the test and affirms an identity all its own. Truly then, for the Two-Hearted!

04-20-2008 23:49:21 | More by Shawn1974
Photo of skibumdc


4.9/5  rDev +14.8%

Cask conditioned ale on tap @ RFD in Washington DC.
Thinner mouthfeel than I expected, but I had just finished a barleywine so that may have affected it a little bit.
Nice hop presence but not too powerful. Perfectly malted barley.
Cask conditioning definitely help bnring an extra amount of character to this one.
Aroma was not very present, at least not what I could tell.

04-17-2008 12:44:16 | More by skibumdc
Photo of HardcoreKeith


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

Somehow I forgot to review this!

12 ounce bottle ... with a fish on it. I never bought this beer because the fish was unappealing to me. Then one day I saw the review and decided I had to try it. My palate has come quite a long way for me to now enjoy such bitter beers as this.

A: Hazy gold, super lacey, like a cobweb of stickiness on the glass.
S: Floral hops. Super strong hops. A symphony of hoppiness. Like sticking your face in a bag of hops.
T: Like the smell. Pretty much a hoptastic hopstravaganza. There's some malt sweetness to balance it, and it tastes more balanced as it warms up. IMO this is comparable to most double IPAs in terms of hoppiness. It's not all just bitterness though, the taste and aroma are both also really strong, and it's certainly enjoyable.
M: Dry and bitter on the aftertaste.
D: Although it's really good, I couldn't drink too much of this at once.

04-16-2008 04:03:10 | More by HardcoreKeith
Photo of SortaAmbivalent


4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

This is my 1st review, be kind. ;-)

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- The beers appearance is a nice cloudy golden orange with an almost 1 inch head. Lacing left all around the glass.

S- Smell is of light citrus hops with maybe a bit of pine.

T- Incredible hop bite that holds on and doesn't let go. I certainly can understand that if someone didn't like really heavy hops why this wouldn't work for them. But for me this is really a great IPA

M- What can I say? A lovely bite at the front of the tongue. Very refreshing.

D- This beer goes down way to easy, the taste is so good to me I can't hardly wait for the next sip.

Overall I am very impressed with the effort the brewery put in.

The only downfall. It wouldn't make a great session beer due to its 7% alcohol level. I can live with that.

04-15-2008 15:12:35 | More by SortaAmbivalent
Photo of cthulu81


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

I have been drinking way too much of this lovely, lovely stuff to not have posted a review about it yet. Gathering from that opening statement, yup, this is going to be a very positive light shone on the beer that is Two Hearted. Spicy Orange Marmalade. 'Nuff said. Really. That was and still is the first thing that hits me when I drink this exquisite IPA. The honeyed citrus stampedes out of the glass on an aromatic mission to assault your olafactory glands. Luck for me I am a beer masochist. Then you drink it and the barrage of zest simply continues. But all of this hop juice is held in check by an assertive, smooth and full-bodied malt backbone. The finish is crisp, fragrant and your brain's que to hurry up and raise the glass to your mouth again. So drinkable, and even better when you can get it in the 5 ltr. party kegs. Whaaa? Yup, this purty little thang is now available in a jolly little aluminum barrel of joy. Well, not specifically RIGHT now, as Bells puts Two Hearted keg production on temporary hiatus while they crank out the Oberon mini-kegs, but come Fall they will be back. Much, much love to another fabulous beer from Kalamazoo. Well alright, Comstock. Cheers!

04-14-2008 23:13:14 | More by cthulu81
Photo of nrbw23


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

A- A nice hazy golden amber color. Looks great. Small head that goes away quick and leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

S- Smells of citrus hops and also could pick up some floral in this

T- Follows the smell. Nice hoppiness followed up by citurs sweetness. Very nice. Really enjoyed this great balance.

M- A little light here. Good carbonation, nice and crispy.

D- Very drinkable. Could put these away any time and any where.

04-14-2008 02:20:15 | More by nrbw23
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz bottle

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a bone white head that has some serious staying power.

Sweet pine and citrus with a nice floral aroma. No detectable malt. Very easy on the nose.

A big time grapefruit and floral hop flavor with a very clean malt backbone. Makes the hops extremely palatable. This is what I expect from my top of the line IPA's.

Light and rather crisp for a big IPA like this.

This is a pretty easy drinking IPA. If you can handle the big hops, this one is in your wheelhouse.

04-12-2008 03:50:49 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

$1.89 for a 12 ounce bottle from Merchants Fine Wine in Dearborn Heights, MI, in March, 2008. Brought home to California for subsequent tasting.

Pours a somewhat cloudy light orange with a big foamy rocky white head.

Aroma of sharp hops but strongly offset by a sweeter citrus profile, oranges and grapefruits. Quite nice.

Flavor is very tasty, the citrus coming through, but also a maltiness that is much more evident than the Ballast Point IPA earlier in the day. A sharper, more bitter ending finishes with the swallow.

A tasty brew, quite enjoyable, but not as classic as some I have tried. I've seen this one hyped a lot, and I dont feel the same level of love, even though it is pretty good!

04-11-2008 03:37:15 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.8/5  rDev -11%

Imagine that. An IPA-style ale based on a short story by Ernest Hemmingway: Big Two-Hearted River.

Pours a cloudy, orangish amber with a hyper-creamy head that dissipates quickly. Above average lacing.

Heavy citrus peel aroma. Prominently grapefruit in nature.

Floral flavor with a full-frontal assault of hoppy bitterness.

Crisp, dry finish with a blast of carbonation that lingers on the tongue like a lazy Upper Peninsula brook trout before it's snagged.

04-10-2008 21:46:00 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of bkilpatr


4.1/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/09/08. Batch 8303.

Pours a golden orange color with two fingers of soft white head, which left no lacing around the glass. Aroma is crisp grassy hops, citrus (especially orange and grapefruit). Simple, but not bad.

Taste is very very nice. More grassy hops, very crisp. Lots of citrus flavors. Lemon, orange, grapefruit. Good bitter aftertaste. Smooth with a medium body. Leaves a bit of stickiness in the mouth though. I could easily see drinking a few of these on a hot summer day.

Probably my new favorite IPA. Another solid beer from the folks at Bell's.

04-10-2008 01:45:09 | More by bkilpatr
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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