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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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11,177 Ratings

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Ratings: 11,177
Reviews: 3,109
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 616
Gots: 1,666 | FT: 41
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 dfried
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sorry about my rating, but I just had to. This is one of my favorite beers of all time. We are starting to see this on tap at more and more places in Minneapolis, and not just dank beer bars anymore, so I have been drinking more and more of it, and boy, it just keeps getting better. The way Guiness defines stout, and Sierra Nevada defines pale ale, I feel that two hearted ale defines IPA. It pours the same amber color of most PA's, with a slight head that has great retention and provides lacing to the last sip. The aroma is where you find out it is IPA, not a PA, with a complex, hoppy smell. The taste follows up on the smell, an array of hops from piney to fruity to citrusy, that all blend together, with the dry-apple flavor following shortly. This is at the top of my deserted island beers. Good for one or two, or great for the whole evening.

dfried, May 08, 2006
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from 12 oz bottle into standard pint

A- The beer pours a somewhat cloudy golden color with about a finger and a half's worth of white billowy head. The head stays on for a while and leaves a good lacing on the glass.
S- A nice but not overpowering amount of hops with some nice piney scent. Also on the tail end a little bit of malt.
T- This one heck of a balanced IPA. The hops blends well with the malt and the little citrus underlying. The may even be a little orange which seems to help with the citrus.
M- The feel of this beer is pretty darn good. Nice and smooth, medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation.
D- This may be the best IPA in the Midwest. The flavor is super balanced, really smooth and just an overall great beer. Hats off to my Michigan neighbors.

Wisconsinality, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of PatronWizard
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks tedstertm!

Well we have an opaque apricot shade of gold. Really nice frothy head. I like when you can't see individual bubbles.

Smells like a good IPA. Some floral hops.

Nice bite with a unique bitterness to it. A certain flavor I don't remember being in other beers of this type. Which probably explains this one's current spot on the BA Top 100.

Overall: good stuff

PatronWizard, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of aepb1
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear golden yellow with a small white head

S- Citrusy hoppy smell that makes you really want to try the beer to see what it tastes like.

T- Not at all disappointed from the smell. Citrusy hops throughout but not so much so that it's overpowering other than the constant citrus, a normal american IPA

M- Nice full bodied ale with a crisp dry aftertaste but it's not too dry

D- The not too dryness of the aftertaste makes you want more and it's probably the best american IPA I've had

aepb1, May 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

grubefresh, Feb 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

BugTownPub, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of LaChupacabra
3/5  rDev -29.7%

LaChupacabra, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

j0hnc2468, Mar 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

NW2285, May 26, 2013
Photo of Bromine
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Bromine, Apr 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

LMH88, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of yen157
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and light amber with a large, stiff, white head. Smelled like a good AIPA should, big citrus. Also, notes of yeast, grains, and some malt. Extremely well balanced beer (for an AIPA) with some toasty malt providing sontrast to the raw hop and alcohol flavors. Fairly light body and carbonation which I liked very much.

yen157, Dec 08, 2002
Photo of surlytheduff
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 11/1/2010, bottled 9/29/2010. Drank from a tulip. Beer poured an amber orange color, with about a finger of white fluffy head. A little bit of lacing was left behind after the head subsided.

Smelled very sweet, citrusy (orange predominantly), flowery. Hops are second to the fruity floral aroma. Hops up front on the drinking it, with more of a grapefruit taste than orange. Can pick up some malt sweetness. Finishes with a nice bitterness. Had a nice medium body, good amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

surlytheduff, Nov 02, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Allurex, Jul 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Rod_J, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

CraftFan5, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of sponberg
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's a salmon on the damned bottle. This means that the beer is good for your cholesterol, and swims upstream to spawn. What's upstream from Kzoo? Got me. Pours a cloudy gold/amber with a white head that lasts forever. Aroma of bready malt, rindy citric hops, and a fish fry.

HELlo!!! Big IPA blast right off the rip - citrusy hops all over the place along with a honey/caramel biscuity, bready malt, with the hop rindiness grabbing the tongue while the rest of the balanced honey and hops glide over the taste buds. There's some solid, highly drinkable beer in this bottle - the kind that says "yeah, it's a session, but you're gonna be calling a cab." Finishes with this great bitter-and-honey-lemon flavor that has me reaching for more.

Bless you, BA JeffKrenner, for the bottle!!!

sponberg, Dec 09, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

layinbrix, Jan 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

SDG1070, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

alexm1309, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

BigGold, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of benito
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's been nearly a year since I last had a Two Hearted, which I've already reviewed here, but which, upon tasting it again, compelled me to sit down and right a review.

I should reveal my bias before going any further: I believe that this is one of the single best beers brewed in America today.

It pours a transparent copper and tangerine with appropriate head and good carbonation. The bouquet is dominated by hops, a floral sniff that is both straitforward and defined, though not overwhelming. As with the appearance, the beauty of this beer lies in its measure, its balance, its restraint.

As for taste, Two Hearted is the standard by which all other IPAs should be measured: a clean, hop bitterness that occasionally surprises me, perhaps as a reminder to say, 'don't forget what's driving this beer.' And yet, it's balanced by a crisp sweetness that imparts a refreshing quality to the beer that is quite remarkable. Beyond this, it's the simplicity here is what strikes me again and again: this brew perfectly captures its style with a striking simplicity, and I can't imagine how it could be improved upon. Whereas many other IPAs or Double IPAs (and very good ones at that), strive for shocking levels of hops or a more complex palate, Two Hearted seems content to reveal itself quickly and cleanly and perfectly, again and again.

Exemplary in every way.

benito, Nov 23, 2005
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Sipchue, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

outsider, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Brez07
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass

A: A nice golden orange that has a 1 finger white head. This however does not last long. I didn't notice much lacing while drinking

S: Sweet hop profile. Some bready malts. Also citrus (orange and grapefruit) and maybe a little apple

T: Hop and citrus (mostly orange) dominate the palate. A nice sweet fruit taste that blends nice with the kick of hops

M: Light to medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Dry, crisp and nicely carbonated

D: So smooth and easy to drink. A top 5 IPA for me

Brez07, Mar 01, 2010
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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