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

3,253 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 3,253
Hads: 12,858
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 790
Gots: 3,037 | FT: 50
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:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-11-2001

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.
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Reviews: 3,253 | Hads: 12,858
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of hops, some citrus. Taste is hoppy, piney, some malts and bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine IPA, but nothing to separate it from the masses. (272 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber orange, thick off white heads forms, nice lacing and amazing retention. Smell is piney, with citrus, and caramel/toffee. Taste is superbly balanced, tons of piney and citrus hops up front, then into a caramel/toffee, toasty middle, piney bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, super smooth. At first I thought this was overrated but I've had it a few times it isn't at all, world class IPA. (443 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a pale golden amber color with a nice creamy off-white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is probably the best aroma of any IPA I have ever smelled. Fresh citrusy hops immediately fill the air and just dares you to take a sip. The taste much like the aroma is a hop heads paradise. The hops seemingly explode in your mouth making you die to take the next sip. Wow! This is one hell of a brew that will certainly become a staple in my fridge. Highly Recommended! (515 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy dim copper. Thin beige head. Lace is more than adequate. Spotty, droopy lace all the way down. Aroma is a lot of hops and a little toffee malts. Not quite as "bright" of hop tones, but they make themselves known nonetheless. The flavor is great. Again, the hops aren't as "bright" as the pushed or bottled version of this, but they are very enjoyable in their citric and piney characteristics. The malts are toffeeish in nature and provide the perfect balance to the hops. The bitterness is very clean. The mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy and velvety and very little carbonation. Room temperature and perfect. This was the first time I had this on cask and it was so damn drinkable. This one is drinkable by the gallon in this form. Great beer on cask. (754 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle(rom temp) a hazy medium gold with a large head of foam that hangs around for the entire session.

The smell is hoppy and spicy with big notes of citrus fruit..grapefruit.

The initial taste is just like the smell(:^) ...a very nice grapefruit bitter bite but there's enough of a fairly sweet malt character there as well to balance things out. Yum. And, at only 6%abv, I just want to drink another and another....

Bottom line: Super good American IPA that I find to be one of the most drinkable in its style. Highly recommended! (560 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers of all time. I really didn't know that stuff this good existed east of the Sierra Nevadas until I had it.

The most brilliant orange image resonates all over the glass. A not quite astringent aroma wafts up ya, getting your expectations up. And then taste hits, the mildest alcohol warming sensation, the orange taste, the great hop citrus. This is like Bert Grant's coming back from the grave, but from the midwest this time. A tiny bit of sweetness, like they threw a shot or two of Gran Marinier in a batch.

Mouthfeel is so rewarding. One of the first beers I recall using the new hops. Very drinkable. Decent for the price.

Could use a freshness date, Ive gotten some older ones of these. -.5 drinkability. (738 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from my notes, 12oz bottle on 4.18.11. Six pack received from Peesie.

A- Pours a dark hazy orange with a large bubbled head, that is cream colored. Head has good retention and leaves mild lacing.

S- Like oranges and sugary.

T- Slight citrus and mild pine.

D- Light body with good carbonation, has a slightly bitter middle.

O- I have not loved many Midwest or East Coast IPAs, but I really enjoyed this one. I am glad I traded for a sixer and not just a single. I also love the trout artwork on the bottle and carrier. (528 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into tulip aug22 2010

A hazy pale golden with lots of little particles being moved around by a few bubbles floating up to a two finger head that lasted for a couple of minuets and left a few specks of lace

S big floral and tropical fruit with a little caramel, quite a nice blend of fruit with a little pine

T again plenty of tropical fruit and a little more pine then I could smell some caramels and no booze whatsoever, enough malt to balance things out preventing the hops from taking over completely

M not sure where all the carbonation comes from because I couldn't see this much in the glass but it creams it up a bit and this beer has great length and sticks to your gums a bit

D this is a great IPA and I was shocked at how easily it went down, for 7%alc it's very dangerous because I would be drinking this at the rate of water and I doubt that would end well

I need to thank irishkyle21 for sending this gem my way it's a great well rounded beer that I would be drinking all the time if I could get it in my area (1,047 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 03/20/15. Sampled on July 5, 2015.

Heady, hazy orange-amber pour.

Those tropical, tangerine, orange, and fruit esters on the nose are remarkable even for a 3 month old bottle. I wish I had a fresher one. I'd probably be spellbound.

Good medium to full body.

The taste has the same amazing fruit characteristics but it all comes together with an almost sinus-cleaning bitterness that lingers dryly at the end. This one deserves the high ratings it gets. The tropical fruit aroma and taste really penetrates it all. (555 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a one-finger head and ample carbonation.

The aroma is comprised of a fresh, floral hop character with even a hint of mint in the nose, accompanied by a bready malt character. The aroma of hops is nearly intoxicating to this hophead.

The taste is very smooth and the breadiness of the malt peeks out from the strong, floral hop bitterness. Only a hint of citrus/grapefruit due to the hops.

Mouthfeel is comprised of a smooth hop bitterness and very mild sweetness and breadiness of the malt. Dry, but not overwhelming.

A very drinkable example of the style at only 7%. I can think of only one area where it may fall flat and that's the mouthfeel, which feels somewhat too dry and citrusy. Other than that, this beer is definitely a winner in my eyes. (788 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy light gold/amber color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy light biege head with fair retention. Decanted continually.

S: Very pleasant grapefruit and citrus floral hops. Minimal malt presence.

T: Grapefruit up front then lemon peel in the bittering hop finish. Light, sweet malt in the background. Nice tasting without being overdone in hop character (not looking for a DIPA here).

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Drinks smooth with a dry cripness that still lets it go down smooth.

D: Solid APA session beer here...I had three and loved them all. (562 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden/orange color with a white head that lingers around a while. Lacing is good. It smells mostly like floral and citrusy hops, very nice. The taste is obviously hoppy, with just a bit of malty sweetness, it has good balance to it. The mouthfeel is thin, but it's very smooth and crisp. Drinkability is very good too, I think it's a good sessionable beer. IMO, it's a good IPA, I'd definitely buy this again. (451 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Stone IPA glass. Clear golden color with thick white foam. It smells just like an IPA should, lots of hops.

The flavor is all hops, kind of one-dimensional. I didn't find this near as good as Stone or Dogfishhead. It seems over-hyped on BA to me... I had it a few times last year and never rated it. I remembered not being overly impressed, but decided to try it one more time when I saw it was ranked #35 on BA.

I recommend skipping this beer. (484 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask version at Aroma's in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy yet bright copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of citrus, spruce, and pale malts, in that order. Loads of hop aroma come out and there is less of an influence from the malts than tap versions.

Tastes very good. Pale malt flavors are a bit more pronounced than the smell would intimate but soon give way to massive amounts of grapefruit and spruce hop flavors that manage to not be over the top. The ending is solidly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's slick with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this solidifies the fact that there is no bad way to have this beer. The cask lets the hops shine a bit more but any way you can get it this is worth a shot. (874 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy orange colour with a fairly large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some really good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, tangerine

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some citrus juice and zest.. grapefruits and tangerines. A little bit of pine flavour comes in during the lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall – This is probably one of the most drinkable beers I’ve ever had.. after every sip I just wanted more and more. The flavours are perfectly balanced and it came across as very clean and crisp. I find most IPA’s a little too sugary sweet to have a few of them in during one sitting.. but this one is flavoured perfectly. (925 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite the cloudy little burger this beer, the color a nice orange, the head gigantesque, spumescent, and as it dematerializes the lace magically appears as a silky sheet to occult the glass. The nose is dominated by the hop floral crispness; sweet malt underlies this olfactory delight. Start is sweet and malt laden, top is middling in feel, finish is moderately carbonated the hops puissant, aftertaste hop spicy and dry, quite long lasting, another beer meant for the “Hop Heads” amongst this most august group of beer lovers. (531 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear amber brown with a full inch of creamy white head. Lacing is also pretty nice.

S - Pretty much a citrus bound IPA I also get some gram cracker like malt keeping the hops in check from being to pine forward.

T - Actually better than expected the bitterness seems to be more balanced giving it a juicy fresh citrus and pineapple like bitterness which finishes with the typical fresh baked sweetness of caramel and gram crackers. It's finish is just bitter enough to make you take another sip.

M - Light to medium and not cloyingly bitter.

Overall I guess I really like this beer with either some age or just on tap so I might have to track down one of the "mini kegs" Tasty stuff bells! (700 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a bottle into a pint glass.

This beer pours a slighty cloudy gold with a white head, no real lacing.

It smells very very fruity, citrus dominating, with a slight note of hops.

It tastes wonderful. It is sweet and citrus but has a great bitter taste at the end. The thing that makes it great is that the bitter note is the best IPA end I've had and allows you to drink a ton of them. (404 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jlindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a standard tulip glass with a creamy head that leaves nice side lacing

S - Nice candy citrus hop aromas with a nice sweet malt. Not as upfront and fragrant as I would like.

T - much betterthan the nose. Good candy citrus hops with a strong sweet malt finish.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer liked the candied aspect. (375 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/8/2011

A: mostly floral hops, but faint citrus hops as well

Ap: golden-orange hue with a 2 finger off-white head, quite frothy

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, clean, and crisp finish

Af: floral hops come through, but are not obnoxious, slight citrus undertones.

O: a really well-balanced, easily drinkable IPA

Cheers!
The CPJ (352 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a decent amount of head and good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of hops and citrus, more than anything else.

T: Not a strong, overpowering taste, but well done. Hops, grapefruit and mild malt.

M: A fairly high rate of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a likable, drinkable beer. Not the most stunning of IPAs, but tasty nonetheless. (468 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

batch 7076

appearance: a nice clear orange/dark golden pour, very bubbly upon pour, attractive white head, nice lacing

smell: quite nice...very hoppy and very fruity...mostly grapefruit, with some orange, and a little lemon, some pine

taste: outstanding. definately one of the best ipa's out there. This is a very fresh bottle and you can taste it. extremely juicy grapefruit hops, fresh lemon, fresh orange. very floral, not over the top with the hops, very smooth.

mouthfeel: bittersweet hops, juicy, thirst quenching

drinkability: the classic session beer

Oh two hearted, it has been too long. I have become so engrossed in all these other beers that I almost forgot about you! This very fresh 6 pack hit the spot (734 characters)

Photo of markgugs
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass, beer graciously provided by BA member "cardsmith"

A: poured a beautiful golden orange with a huge frothy, white head and a ton of lacing

S: as is the case with many top beers of this style, the beer gives off an ample floral aroma. I am definitely getting some slight citrus and/or coriander scents as well. Very appealing.

T: A gorgeous wallop of hops smacks your tongue right off the bat, then the malts slip in to balance the overall flavor, and everything finishes at once, like a perfectly timed meal. Hop lovers will definitely want to grab this beer.

M: Not a ton of body, a tiny bit thin, but overall very nice.

D: Now here is where this beer truly shines. The excellent taste + reasonable alcohol content + an amazing level of refreshing qualities makes this an all-day drinker. Wonderful beer that I could and would go back to time & time again.

Recommended. (936 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap in pint glass at new wave cafe in philly

Pours a clear dark golden with orange hues and a nice filmy head. Retains well w tons of ringy lacing while drinking.

Sweet juicy hops with boatloads of citrus in the nose and a touch of fruit sweetness.

Plenty of bitterness up front with piny floral hops. Juicy citrus and zest with rind is prominent. Some lighter malt base and caramel holds flavor together but allows hops to shine. Finishes crisp and refreshing with some lingering bitterness.

Lighter medium body, dry and sticky feel. Excellent drinkability and flavor, and the alcohol is totally masked. Easily one of my favorite year round IPAs. (656 characters)

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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