Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

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Photo of GeorgeAldi
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft. This has the appearance of a solid pale ale: sturdy hazy copper, nice lasting, dense head. I really enjoy the floral aroma. It’s very fresh and exotic with plenty of rather pleasing outdoorsy scents. Flavor is quite well balanced between the peppery hops and smooth sweet malts, though still packs a little bit of a punch with bitterness. This is an enjoyable beer for almost any occasion.

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Photo of Ed_Johnson
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I know that all 5s should be rare. This is a great beer.
Pours a hazy, burnt orange and is capped by a big frothy white head. There was nice lacing in my glass. Citrus aromas explode from the glass and are underlined by tropical fruit and a slight sweetness. Some pine as well as some grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors meet a nice malt feel. Medium body and medium-light in carbonation, Two Hearted Ale is well balanced.

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange, moderate carbonation leading to 2 finger head. Looks good. Standard for an IPA.

S: Upfront and good amounts of hops. Very floral.

T: Quite floral in the beginning and then the bitter and slightly piney hops come in. Light malts ends it with a touch of booze.

M: A little less heavy than a normal IPA - medium with a bit of carbonation.

O: Very good, and in all honesty, its one of my favorites of the style. The bitterness isn't overbearing and is very well balanced. Quite smooth and session-able. If you want to try a good IPA, then check this one out.

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Photo of DrunkenPanther
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of ironic that the 1st Bells Two Hearted I try is cask conditioned. At the time, I wished I had a bottled version of it so there was something to compare it to. Said that, after drinking the cask (adn eventually trying a bottle), I can say that the cask version does not disappoint!
The color was a cloudy deep yellow/orange with a typical cask head that lasts throughout.
The smell was a slap of citrus and hops on the nose. Very refreshing. Since this was on cask, I was expecting more of a low scent.
The taste was remarkable. Creamy big mouthfeel that sits there and hop flavor busting through. Definitely a well balanced cask version of a wonderful ale. Drink one and burp that hop taste all night.

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Photo of barleysangel
3.37/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of all, I'm not a big fan of IPAs, but being a sport, I try everything.
The appearance of this beer was a cloudy light brown with an orange tinge. The head was white and foamy with lacing to the end of the beer. I like the smell, it's flowery. The taste was bitter I definitely didn't like the aftertaste. It was a little less bitter when it was warmer. The mouthfeel was good, it went down easily, normal carbonation and relatively light. Again, I'm not a fan of IPAs, and I most likely won't have another one of these.

5/24/04: Wrong, I had another.

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Photo of mangledorf
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cought a few of these (mind the pun) over Thanksgiving. Beautiful label that matches an equally beautiful pour. Good colored head heaping with a hoppy smell. The first bite was tastey and resolved itself well without stingy like lesser pale ales. Sitting on the table through out the meal this beer lost little of its flavor as it returned to near room temperature. Not a beer for everyone because of its strong taste, but certainly a good choice for anyone looking for an IPA to love.

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Photo of Ryanbob
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper with a fair amount of haze. Poured into imperial pint glass with a small head.

Smell - Mild citrus hoppiness.

Taste - A full on bright, citrus hoppiness up front. Highly carbonated with a nice smooth bubblebath mouthfeel. Lingering earthy bitterness in the aftertaste. As the beer warms more sweet, nutty grains come out, but the hops are the star of this show.

Picked this one up on a vacation to Michigan. This is a great hoppy ale. I was expecting something milder and was pleasantly surprised. Thank you Michigan & Bells.

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Photo of Darien
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass and quickly built up a massive white head that disappeared after a minute or so. Not crystal clear but damn close. Very hoppy in the nose, very citrusy and piney smelling with an underlying sweet malty smell. Tastes pretty delicious. Tastes very hoppy but not overpowering, citrusy, piney and sort of grassy hop taste with the malts hardly noticed in the background. Nice medium bodied and prickly mouthfeel. A nice beer that's easy to drink

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Photo of watkins
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow, with a slight orange tint. Rather unassuming and unintimidating.

S: Lemons, a little grass. Nice sweet hoppiness here. Good malt.

T: Citrus in the front with a great bitter in the mid-palate, finishing refreshingly and invitingly dry. Great stuff.

M: Rather light mouthfeel for the punch this beer packs, as well as the abv.

D: Yes, please. Anytime. This is definitely one of my favorite all-around beers. Reasonably priced (though still unavailable here in SC), drinkable as hell, and just damn thirst-quenching despite the strength.

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Photo of velmalikevelvet
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12-oz bottle into chilled mug.

Cloudy butterscotch color with a smallish head that dissipated almost immediately; good lacing.

The aroma - mango, pineapple, & exotic flowers - is delightful. Smells like Hawaii in a bottle!

Good carbonation, slightly tangy, very crisp. Not as grapefruity as I usually like, but I didn't mind the lack at all; a very pleasant surprise. Nice, light tart aftertaste.

If it was available in California (it's not), I'd definitely drink this beer again.

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Photo of SiriusBock
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light amber color, pure white head, about two fingers. Very clear
S: Smells like a subtle citrus bomb, if that makes any sense, first hit with citrus, left with earthy hops
T: Great citrus taste, fair malt taste, to be followed up by a clean bitterness
M: Acually tasted thin...which is too bad considering this is a supposed legend if IPAs. Don't get me wrong, it was quite tasty, but it left me thinking there was a bit of water in the glass before pouring. I need to try it against other IPAs side-by-side. Left my palate clean without overstaying its welcome.

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Photo of homersimpson67
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this several years ago along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Tofte Minnesota at the Blue Fin Bay Resort.
Didn't realize it was an IPA when I ordered it and wasn't sure if I liked it at first.
Now I realize how great this beer really is.
Poured into Duvel tulip from a bottle label 06/09/11.
The appearance is very inviting, beautiful golden, copper color with and outstanding 2 fingers of head and great even lacing.
The smell is intense floral and citrus, it just smells DAMN good!!
Taste is very nice and smooth, not overpowering, with a wonderfull finish that leaves you wanting another right away.
It sits well in the mouth, very smooth and refreshing to the tongue.
Over probably one of, it not my favorite IPA.
I think it just replaced Surly Furious as my favorite, at least in this sitting.
This one never seems to let me down!
(Wondering if the "Bros." might review again to see if might be better for them now.)

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Photo of jds1469
2.8/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special to talk about here. Just your run of the mill IPA. For the price get a DFH 90 min. Light copper color, light hoppy smell, little flavor, thin consistency, just alright drinkability.

The taste is too boozy for how little flavor is in this beer.

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Photo of GSmithBeer
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this at beertopia but also one of my go-to ipas
A: standard ipa appearance. maybe a little darker than some.
S: good aroma lots of pine a little citrus
T: this one has a really nice taste. like i said one of my go-to ipas.
M: just a good mouthfeel. but then again i just had an unfiltered version from skull coast brewery moments before. so maybe i was docking it a bit after the unfiltered version i had
O: this is an outstanding ipa. one of my favorites really good.

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Photo of beer456
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium dark copper. Not as orange as a Nectar Nugget but dark copper. No foam. Smells earthy. Tastes is solid with a subtle alcohol punch. Full bodied IPA. Not very citrus. Very piney. Enjoyable considering a I had low expectations. Would purchase again.

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Photo of orcsinspace
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second beer from Bell's, and this one is much better. I did like it, but whoever gave this beer a 95 rating at BA needs to stop drinking on the job. It is a good beer, but just like with the other beer I had from Bell's, there are too many on the market where I live that shame this one, and shame it hard. Beer is becoming like indie rock was 15 years ago--the more obscure, the better people will think it is.

The head was nice on this, and the color was a rich, typical IPA color. Very standard. There was some nice lacing down the glass, but nothing like you'd get from a Ranger, or a Torpedo.

The smell was very standard, and if you have ever had an IPA before, imagine that. This one is more piney than citrusy, so I do like that.

The taste was also very standard, and again, more pine. It tasted fairly fresh, and had a nice bitter bite to it.

Overall, a decent beer, but where I live this beer rings in at nearly 12 bucks for six at the grocery. This beer is overrated, and while it is good, I just can't justify spending that much on a six pack.

Bell's is middle of the pack for me, and I have to admit that I am let down. All I have hear about lately is Bell's it seems, but this is really nothing special.

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Photo of redearth329
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - clear gold, 1 finger white sticky head, medium texture. Light to medium carbonation.

S - Grapefruit and lemon. A vague herbal note.

T - Hoppy, but not crazy. First thing I tasted was malt and honey, actually. Then grapefruit followed by lemon. Actually, it's more like lemon thyme (not lemon and thyme -Lemon thyme). The herbal and citrus notes are really well integrated together. There's also a semi-artificial quality to the lemon --like Fruit Loops almost.

M - light to medium body. Malt backbone. Great amount of fine carbonation.

O - a great IPA. Really like this. This would have paired really well with a lemon thyme panna cotta we used to serve at a restaurant I used to work at.

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Photo of barnabasdog
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into 12 oz snifter.

A- bright golden hazy and cloudy look,
Two finger white head, good head retention, with great lacing.

S- citrus possibly orange grapefruit with pine

T- sweet malts up front, grapefruit citrus, floral hops, and bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation, finishes dry, bitter with a touch of sweetness

O- love this IPA!

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Photo of GregBinder7
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Instant classic. I've had it many times, but after drinking two, one right after the other, I figured I'd give it a review. In appearance, it has a dark solid gold orange color. Quarter inch thick head, and lots of flavor. Easily one of the most refreshing APA's out there. It's got bold rich hoppy flavor at the onset and finishes cold and refreshing. A must have, and an overall great beer.

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Photo of koolkat
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice blonde with a minimal head. The Hops are rather noticible, but it isnt all that aromatic more of a nice bitter twinge at the end of the gulp.

here is a very slight DMS smell present but it isnt tastable possibly due to the hops. The hops are very well pronounced, but mostly in the bittering department.

As far as drinkability goes if you're a hophead this would be excellent as it has a nice bitter twinge and isnt heavy but if youre not a hophead I think that the hops might become overpowering after a bunch.

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Photo of ihscout426
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a nice head and immediate aroma of hops. A good beer to just stick your nose i an close your eyes. Hints of pine and hay in the smell. Good flavors on the front end and a blast of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. I really enjoy the finish on this beer.

A good beer to finish off a session of Wheat beers because of the contrast. Not the biggest of Hoppers but an great representation escpecially in the midwest where it is hard to find big IPA's.

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Photo of mizzourah
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a nice, white one inch head.

S- I detect mostly citrus, perhaps grapefruit, and some pines

T- I can taste the citrus up front and the grapefruit is more pronounced. Then the hops kick in with a bit of spiciness.

M- Good carbonation. It has a crisp finish as well.

D- Very drinkable, but not my favorite IPA. Still, the hops aren't overwhelming and the citrus upfront balances it nicely. Could easily down a few of these

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Photo of psulovesbeer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass.
Nice fluffy head a little fuller and more sticky than your average.
Smell is of hops and some more hops...pine and grapefruit stick to your nose.
The taste is sweet hops upfront...nothing bitter until the end...grapefruit dominates with a hint of pine and a balanced malt sweetness. Typical IPA pucker hits the end and from what ive seen my bottle might be a bit older to have lost the real hop pucker but IMO this is very good and drinkable where some say its to much.
Mouthfeel is right on with crisp sweetness and delicious flavors making you want more leaving it very drinkable minus the higher ABV.

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Photo of Jeebs
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a yellowish orange with a huge pillowy 3 finger white head. The head dissipates slowly leaving great lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Smell is dominated by citrus hops, mango and grapefruit.

T: Starts off with hoppy bitterness and grapefruit followed by a nice balance of malts. There is also a bit of spice that is present. This is a very tasty beer, nice and refreshing.

M: Medium bodied with a nice medium carbonation. Nice and clean finish.

D: Drinkability is great! The nice hop bitterness and clean finish leave you wanting more. I can see myself drinking a quite a few of these on a warm summer day.

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Photo of mjvos
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with about a finger worth of head that diminishes quickly. Lacing is minimal.

I got a very citric, grapefruit hop smell from this one, and the hoppiness is apparent in the taste as it has some bite to it. Late in drinking, once it has warmed up, its alcohol content becomes more apparent.

Almost surprisingly, the beer goes down easy because of the fairly light character it has.

This is a pretty standard beer of mine, fitting with a love of hops. It can be in your face and the taste lingers, so be prepared.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,400 ratings.