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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

11,084 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,084
Reviews: 3,106
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 610
Gots: 1,639 | FT: 42
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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Ratings: 11,084 | Reviews: 3,106 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent world class IPA. Very crisp and lemony citrus. Grapefruit Bitter sipping with fruity salt, and bitter aftertaste with high but effective complementary hops. Lots of initial and remaining foam. Light texture. Floral aroma. Had this five years later on tap at the brewpub and it is flavourful.

Sammy, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -6.3%

t0rin0, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy golden yellow-orange with a 1 inch puffy white head that fades to a film. Thin broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of fresh floral and piney hops and citrus aromas. Taste is of very nice floral/herbal hops, citrus juice/zest, and a malt flavor on the finish. Mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA that is very easy to drink. I enjoyed this one very much.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

djrn2, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

zestar, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -6.3%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

G: Poured into a Bell's pint glass.

A: A slightly pale orange/apricot color with a good mostly-white head.

S: Hops, hops, and hops. Lots of floral and citrus aromas.

T: Again, bright citrus and floral hops with a pretty good malt backbone.

M: Light-to-medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation.

D: A great night-long IPA. I was so sorely disappointed when this left Chicago, but I'm so glad to have it back.

Thorpe429, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

acurtis, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer is light pale amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface. A light level of carbonation is visible.
S: A light aroma of citrusy and piney hops along with some hints of caramel malts is present in the nose.
T: There is an excellent balance between the malt and hops, with lots of citrusy flavors similar to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There's a good amount of carbonation and the beer does not feel sticky.
D: The beer is very drinkable and not a trace of alcohol is noticeable in the smell or taste.

metter98, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a sturdy little head that retains well and laces nicely

Smell: Grapefruit with floral tones

Taste: Opens biscuity up front, with a burgeoning grapefruit flavor developing in a very bitter direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness mellows and the malt reintroduces itself to provide a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nicely crafted IPA; not as big as some others but suits the style

brentk56, May 14, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been meaning to re-review Bell's Two Hearted Ale ever since I had the bottle that led to my first review because I was convinced that it had seen better days. I bought an uber fresh sixer on my recent trip to Ohio and have worked my way through it over the past few weeks. Since I've been more impressed with each passing bottle, this last one should be otherworldly. Damn, I knew I should have bought more than six.

Ripe apricot-amber with an all-encompassing cloud of fine particulates. The ivory colored cap contains the barest blush of pale orange and is a thing of beauty. Milkshake creamythick and hop resin sticky, it leaves buttery thick sheets of minutely pocked lace on the glass that will, no doubt, have to be removed with gallons of scalding water.

Ah... the intoxicating aroma of fresh Centennial hops! As I drank the other bottles, I debated the gloriousness of Two Hearted's nose. At this moment in time, however, I can't imagine a better smelling IPA. The insanely bright, incandescent, pungent, grapefruit juicy hops cement the notion in my mind that every member of the 4-Cs, whether used alone or in combination, and if used skillfully, are the best beer hops in the world, hands down.

I know what this beer tastes like with some age on it and now I know what it tastes like fresh. It has barely passed the 4-week mark from the time of bottling to my mouth... and it tastes like it. A more than solid backbone of buttery soft, teasingly sweet pale malt greets my every sip and is still very nearly annihilated by a hop explosion that is so fresh and so immediate that it makes me want to weep.

This is one of the best examples of a 'candied white grapefruit sections' IPA that I can think of. Spruce makes a welcome contribution, but nothing else gets in the way of the grapefruit love. If I had to think of one word to describe this beer, that word would be 'beautiful'. I'm not talking about the appearance, although it looks great, but about the entire experience. Two Hearted tastes so perfectly balanced, so deliciously hoppy, so... sublime, that beautiful is the only word that truly fits.

The mouthfeel is a smidgen lighter than I'd like, but that's such obvious nitpicking that I'm embarrassed to type it. It's supremely smooth and silky, making the drinking as natural as breathing. An absolutely perfect amount of carbonation doesn't hurt what is, quite simply, mouth candy.

Bell's Two Hearted Ale is a world-class IPA, period. In fact, I'm considering an e-mail assault on the talented Mr. Bell until he decides to extend his distribution area this far west. If I had this fine ale within easy reach, it would have a permanent place in my beer fridge. With regular consumption, say a sixer every week, I'd probably begin to tire of it in... oh, about 2035.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consistent, precise and most importantly- available! Bell's avoids all the trickeration or gimmicks and simply puts together a stellar hop-forward beer that gives aroma and taste every bit of attention as it does its smooth bittering.

Its confident copper pour is heady and long-lasting with its froth, delivering high hop aroma early and often. With just enough of a tepid caramel and crusted bread support to balance its hop flavor, a medley of citrus and tropical fruit waft about in a highly perfumed scent and early taste than hinges on... dare I say- bubblegum?

While the malts drop out as the beer crosses the middle, the hop character protrudes- steering from its fragrant bouquet and capturing the gleaming taste of red grapefruit, straight from the orchard. Ripe, vibrant and juicy citrus is woven together with delicate fructose candied sweetness, tangerine and tropical mango with a hint of marmalade.

Continuing its developing taste, the hops trend dry, resinous and smoothly bitter- resembling the taste of severed pine needles to and fro. With the hops outlasting the malts with ease, the finish is refreshingly dry and bitter with echoes of perfume in aftertaste.

BEERchitect, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Daalamar: Poured a light orangey color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention. Aroma of floral hops is quiet enticing with a great semi-sweet malt base. Taste of crisp and citrus hops are well mixed with a nice solid sweet malt based. Carbonation is lively and body is about average. Overall a really good example and enjoyable take on the style thought a bit overrated in my opinion.

Phyl21ca, Jul 24, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JohnnyM2002 for my first two-hearted

Pours a merky amber color with a nice 1 finger frothy head that was slow to disappear, this just looks yummy. Smell is knock your socks off!! Citrusy hops all the way, unreal smell, orange and grapefruit in there. Taste is loaded down with citrus, with a fantastic dry hoppy finish. A bit of a grassy, pine taste, but one of the most citrus favored hops I have ever tasted. Went down ohh soo smooth, just right carbonation. This is so a keeper, cannot wait to get my hands on some more of this. Just awesome, really awesome brew.

mikesgroove, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.3%

ygtbsm94, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jaydoc, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another round of thanks go out to cvaypai for this one. Craig once again hooking it up with the Midwest's finest.

A: It pours a hazy burnt orange color with a small white head. Some sticky looking lacing as I drink this one.

S: The aroma really blew me away. Loads of citrus hop aroma, sweet tropical fruits, and not much malt--very nice.

T: The taste is very similar to the aroma. A great grapefruit and orange flavor, along with sweet pineapple. The finish is nice and piney, giving a bitterness to balance out the fruit.

M: The beer is medium bodied and has moderate carbonation.

D: I can see why people go nuts over this beer. Such a solid IPA, much more similar to the California IPAs than most other Midwest and East Coast offerings.

womencantsail, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of kylehay2004
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though we may like to rate beers based on many properties, its all about the taste and this IPA is one of the best in this category. As variable as IPAs can be, this beer captures to quintessential IPA flavor. Other IPAs seem to be variations of the Two Hearted Ale. This is a recurrent beer in my frig and a personal favorite.

kylehay2004, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out with a really hazy golden yearly color. The lacing is great with a nice white head. The smell of the beer is very hoppy. The taste of the beer has a nice citrusy lemon lime flavor. There is a nice light to medium body. Overall a damn good IPA all around.

Knapp85, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper body with a large, foamy white head.

Smell: Pale malt aroma with notes of flowers, zesty citrus, and cooked pineapple rings.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a light touch of caramel sweetness. Fruity, even juicy citrus and pineapple flavors. Moderate bitterness and acidity. Crisp, relatively clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine example of an IPA!

ChainGangGuy, Jan 22, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,084 ratings.