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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

3,282 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 3,282
Hads: 12,981
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 797
Gots: 3,156 | FT: 51
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: 3,282 | Hads: 12,981
Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh gosh this is a great HOPPY beer. When first opened you can smell the strong floral scent that comes along with hops and citrus notes. This beer packs a punch but it is really easy to drink. When poured it fills the glass with a light yellow beer and has a great bitter taste that is hops. Another one of my favorites from Bell's. I would say it's a great winter beer because it is quite heavy. (396 characters)

Photo of EmGM
3.04/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Look: Hazy golden color
Smell: fresh, aroma of lighter fruits, a tad hoppy
Taste: hoppy, very hoppy. overpowers all the other tastes for me- citrus/honey/malty undertones
Aftertaste: hops....
Overall: I know people love this beer and it is really good for what it is (as others have stated) but it's just too strong in the hoppy/bitter area. (341 characters)

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

This review is from 10/19/09. Picked up from the wine and cheese place in St. Louis.
Color is golden straw, nice amount of bubbles, with a thick foamy egg white head which stood about an inch high.
Smells like sweetened grapefruit juice, citrusy hops, lemon, and just a little bit of fresh cut grass.
Tastes basically the same as it smells. Lots of grapefruit, citrus hops, with a decent addition of malt. At the end of the drink their is some bitterness.
Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Carbonation is perfect. Goes down well.
This beer is put together very well, and is one of my favorite ipa's. Price was not bad either! I would have this in my fridge at all times if possible. (678 characters)

Photo of zook74
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's probably not many folks that need me to tell them this a good drinkin' beer.

A beatiful golden hue sends up a delicious blossom of hops to the nose.

The first sip of Bell's Two Hearted Ale nearly tricks you into thinking it's a sweeter beer, but the bitter hoppiness on the backside reminds you that you're drinking a nice, hearty Pale.

All in all an excellent beer. Good smells, great taste, pleasurable on the tongue. (430 characters)

Photo of gabemasiulis
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A) Golden with an off white head. Medium sized bubbles, good retention, the head peaks a bit in the glass.

S) Strong smell of Citrusy Centennial hops, overpowers the scent of any malt profile that may be present.

T) High and sweet up front, citrusy next, with a thick leafy dry hop taste, followed by a bit of a spicy finish.

M) Creamy up front, thick with hops throughout.

D) Last time I had this, it was in a 16 gallon keg. 'nuff said. (441 characters)

Photo of DocTheDJ
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

PoW! Wow! I have had this many times now and it was my 1st try at this style of beer. I must say it is not for the faint of taste! Smells of piney hops and taste to match it. Bitter oh yes! Looks good and feels good in your mouth. (make sure to decant this one though!) Amazing frothy head with fairly nice sticky lacing for this style. Smooth and drinkable for its style, not over carbonated. Lacking a bit on depth of taste but I believe it fits its style nicely. 2 or 3 will go down great on a hot day but the high alcohol content will knock you down fairly quickly! Not sessionable for me but a good start to a tasty evening of drinks. Yum. (644 characters)

Photo of BigDoug
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Two 12 oz bottles poured into my 22 oz glass mug.

This is my favorite session IPA. I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet.

Pours a very nice deep copper gold color. Very dense creamy slight off white head. The head stays there forever. Falls to a thick creamy cap on top of the beer. Leaves above average lacing.

The smell is fantastic. Almost smells like a Hopslam but a little more citrusy. Light malt in the backround. Faint aroma of alcohol. Very floral hops. Centennial if I'm not mistaken.

The taste is where it's at! Very very lovely hop flavor with a pinch of pale malt. Perfect bitterness. It's bitter but the flavor really makes the bitterness seem very faint. It's a hopheads session beer for sure. I could drink a sixer of this without any problem.

Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Very creamy. A little thin but not watery by any means. Medium carbonation. A swirl around the glass makes it even more creamy and build the head right back up. Just fantastic feel to this beer.

The drinkability is right where the taste is, which is perfect. I could drink this everyday for the rest of my life and would not complain. The only thing that stops me from drinking a case of this beer in a couple days is the 7% ABV which will make it's appearance after drinking 2 or 3 of them. A sixer is plenty and boy is it just a great beer! Bell's nailed this one. (1,371 characters)

Photo of PossumMunsen31
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fabulous offering from Bell's. I consider this the flagship beer, not Amber Ale. There are so many things about this beer that are right. It pours a sturdy, healthy head that takes a while to dissipate. Taste is unbelievable. Great hop tast but still balanced. It is the Hopslam Jr. Fantastic! (301 characters)

Photo of at7000
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been using Beer Advocate for three or four years and this is the first time I have ever seen "The Bros" blow it, and the user community nail it. It's usually just the opposite, the Bros get it right. This is an excellent beer, I suggest they re-sample it. A very nice American IPA, goes down easy, well balanced, and not an insanely over-powering, "hop-head" beer. Just a good flavorful IPA. (396 characters)

Photo of sonnens4
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden, hazy light brown, copper color with a decent sized head--around 1 inch

Smell: Citrus, earthy, pine, slight hops, even light hints of fruit

Taste: Dry, slight hop's, bitter, lost some of the citrus/fruit smells

Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp, light to medium body carbonation, very easy going for 7% ABV

Overall: a great option for a America IPA, bitter but not overwhelming, with complex undertones (413 characters)

Photo of MSUEmilie
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not normally a fan of IPA beers but have very much become a fan of Bell's Two Hearted Ale. This beer pours a brownish hazy yellow with a one and a half finger head and light lacing.

The beer has a pleasant citrusy tart smell to it that is somewhat floral.

The beer starts off with a floral taste that gives way to somewhat of a grapefruit flavor then the hops kick in with their piney bitterness.

This beer has a very full mouth feel with its sparkling carbonation and a smooth clean finish. (500 characters)

Photo of Wolvmar
5/5  rDev +17.1%

This is my go to beer; always have some on hand and it never disappoints. Full IPA flavor without declaring war on your taste buds. One of the first and still one of the best craft brews I've tastes! (199 characters)

Photo of chopp02
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! It is the right mix of affordability, accessibility, and flavor! If you are looking to enter the world of craft beer tasting, Two Hearted is the perfect introduction! (184 characters)

Photo of CashChel
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden brown appearance, aroma of hops and grapefruit hints. Taste of hops, it is malty and a litter bitter. I am not a fan of IPAs but overall this is a great beer. (171 characters)

Photo of ianrca19
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to be honest, I've been skeptical of Bell's. They're still fairly new to the Twin Cities, and I've felt as though they're just another passing beer fad.

Well, they've just earned another Minnesota beer fan.

I love everything about this beer, right down to the six-pack packaging. The natural, washed-out looking greens and the northwoodsy fish... I have a very big soft spot for lakes and pines, and this beer hits home right off the bat. Pop the top off the bottle, and you're immediately hit with this intense, fruity/floral hoppy blast. This beer smells amazing. It pours a bright and opaque golden orange, with a thin bubbly head. Upon the first sip, your mouth is met with an intense but pleasant hop burn. I've had some IPAs that hurt to drink, but this one is definitely much more friendly. As the hops disappear, they are replaced by a sweet grapefruit flavor, just about the most perfect fruity flavor in a beer that's not put there on purpose. The finish is thick and rich, with a sweet and spicy malt finish. You do this over and over and before you know it, your beer is gone and you are sad, because this one of the best-tasting beers that I (and apparently a lot of other people!) have ever had. Good thing there's five more in the pack... (1,262 characters)

Photo of nbrown
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got a few of these through a trade from another internet discussion board.

A - Poured it from a bottle into a pint galss. It was cloudy amber color. There was a very thick head and plenty of lacing.

S - Lots of citrus smell and very sweet also. Almost smelled like a hoppy pine car air freshener if that makes sense.

T - Same as the smell. Citrusy hops and sweet malt taste. Great aftertaste.

M - Nicely carbonated. Pretty dry.

D - I was sad to drink my last one because it will be a long time before I get any more. I wish I could drink this every day. I guess with my local selection I really can't complain though.

Overall a solid beer. (645 characters)

Photo of thisisbigrob
3.82/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy orange-gold with a golden-white head of decent size and density.

S: Very fragrant hops with a slight malt underbelly.

T: Hoppy but not very complex. Slight alcohol flavor coming through.

M: A little weak tasting; not very full. Carbonation is a good level.

D: Going down nice and smooth, and the buzz is hitting me pretty good. I've seen this on tap at a couple of local places and will be looking forward to having this with meals in the future. (517 characters)

Photo of ItMakesMeHappy
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a small fluffy white head consisting of the tiny bubbles produced by bottle conditioning. It smells wonderful, tangerine and citrus notes dominate. Unlike many things in life this beer tastes as good as it smells. Those tangerine, fruity notes being giving off by the hops hit you up front with a mild malt sweetness present in the middle to the end. It wasn't very bitter for an IPA but the aroma hops were very evident. This beer contains a light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. This beer hides its 7.0% abv very well and is dangerously drinkable. This beer is unlike any other IPA I have personally have had before because it seems to focus on aroma hops and really backs off on the bittering. Its a great beer and worth a try. (784 characters)

Photo of btuthill
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this review is for the bottled version, though the tap version is even better. pours a bright amber with a mouth-watering half inch head. grapefruit notes jump out from the glass. the taste is untouchable according to this amateur beer taster - crisp hops balanced by a near perfect malt framework. it can be a *tad* over carbonated, but its uncommon. i could drink two hearted all night, and often do.

its my favorite ipa. not without imperfections, of course, but it is a fantastic beer. (490 characters)

Photo of gamera
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Hearted is the beer that converted me to good beer many years ago. It's hopped but not as aggressively as the more modern west coast ales. It's malty, but not as heavy as "balanced" IPAs such as 90 minute. It's very drinkable and remains a key player in my IPA conversion guide for Miller Lite drinkers... (310 characters)

Photo of nosurrender23
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grade from the group = B+.

"Nice fishing IPA - too much of a boy beer."

First, the beer pours clear yellowish with a brown tint in color with about 1 finger of head.

Once the beer is poured, the fumes exhibited a hoppy bitterness and sweet smell with a slight pine smell like an x-mas tree. While someone else stated, "the smell jumps on you like an Haitian at a Union soccer game."

The beer had little to no carbonation but had a complex, sharp taste to it. As far as drinking is concerned, the beer had a smooth but not too bitter taste and a strong after taste.

Many felt the beer is more of a casual session beer like the art depicts one may grab a few of these for a day of fishing.

Finally, the beer had a smooth yet slightly bitter taste to it with a fruity after taste and long hop finish. (809 characters)

Photo of slasher007
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this beer.

Pours a cloudy reddish orange color with a big white head. On the nose the aroma is of pine, grapefruit, sweet malt and fruity. Taste is more pine, grapefruit flavor, citrus, hints of orange peels, malt backbone bringing in some balance, and a little spiciness. The mouthfeel is very smooth.
Overall a great american styled IPA from Bell's Brewery. (396 characters)

Photo of jamesdantes13
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber brew with a decent head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is dominated by hops--piney and citrus with some fruit in the background.

Hop flavor upfront; slightly floral with a lot of citrus. This is followed by a bready flavor from the malt and finishes dry. Has a light body and a crisp mouthfeel throughout.

Very easy to drink for a 7% beer due to the exceptional mouthfeel. Enough hops to quench any hophead's cravings. (441 characters)

Photo of matthewb9
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Winking Lizard in Cleveland last week. I can't find it in New York, so I was highly anticipating this well-hyped beer.

A - Pours a nice copper orange with decent head. Nothing exceptional, but surely inviting.

S - Strong fruit aroma, but I couldn't help but notice a bit of staleness in the smell.

T - Very drinkable beer. Good balance between hop bitterness and maltiness. I was looking for a bit more of a punch in the face, but sadly, I did not get it.

M - Oddly light. I felt it was missing a bit of the complexity that typically accompanies beers of its status. Carbonation was standard for style.

O - It's a good beer, for sure. World-class? Meh. I can rattle off a number of higher quality American IPAs (IMO), but I'm glad I got a chance to check out this Bell's classic. Don't turn it down if you see it. (841 characters)

Photo of jerskine
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thick foam, tons of micro bubbles, nice amount of lacing... nice hazy copper-orange hue; has all the looks of a delicious IPA

S: definite floral aroma with some honey; a hoppy smell that is typical for an IPA

T: excellent citrus, hoppy flavor hits at first; was looking for more after the initial hit of hops but didn't find much... regardless, a very nice balance of hops in this one

M: very smooth, well carbonated as it goes down

O: this was my first Bell's beer and I was pretty impressed; very drinkable and not to overbearing, yet satisfying enough for your average hop-head (587 characters)

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,282 ratings.