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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

11,092 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 11,092
Reviews: 3,106
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 610
Gots: 1,644 | 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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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9/25, much thanks to Hopeswimmer for the bottle

Appearance: Golden/amber with a diesel, shaving cream-like two finger head that sticks around.

Smell: Hops, hops, hops! Wow! Fruity as hell!! Sweet mango and pineapple with citrus notes. Call me crazy, but I'm also picking up lemons soaked in sugar smell, like when I used to rip shots of Absolute Citron in high school and eat the lemon rolled in sugar after.

Taste: Good balance between malt and hops. The beginning is citrusy, then fades into a bitter finish with some malt to balance it out. To me, this is like a blend of West and East coast IPAs, which makes sense, since it comes from Michigan. It has the really floral bite early, then the bitter hop finish that the West coast style leans to, yet it has more malt than a beer like Pliny The Elder.

Mouthfeel: Not as much carbonation as I expected. Wouldn't say this is exactly a letdown, just think it would make this more drinkable, a la Pliny. The carbonation in that beer is just nuts.

Overall: Maybe I shouldn't have smelled or looked at this beer before I drank it, because those are the two things about this that impressed me most. This is a well balanced beer that is surely drinkable, yet I feel the end's lingering bitterness may throw off some East coast IPA guys. I was expecting the taste to match the smell and although that wasn't the case, this is still a good beer.

PsilohsaiBiN, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of NCbeerpirate
5/5  rDev +17.1%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Listers
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Listers, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Allurex
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Allurex, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of frankthetank86
3.5/5  rDev -18%

frankthetank86, Oct 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

JC333, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of ibbjamin
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had many of these beers over the years and have become quite fond. I am re-reviewing this one about 9 months since my last. A 6pack of 12oz bottles from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI set me back $9.49 this time. I pour into a standard pint glass to review.

Massive head that is slightly off white, very light and pillowey. Slightly cloudy golden yellow color with many rising carbonation bubbles.

Such a pleasant floral hop bouquet on this single IPA. There is the grapefruit and pine in the background, which comes more to the forefront as it warms.

Taste is also quite floral with citrus grapefruit tones showing face as well.

Medium body. Perfectly carbonated. A touch of oil from the hops. Lasting finish of pleasant floral hops. Superb drinkability.

Such a pleasure to drink this fine IPA which stands right at or near the top of its class.

ibbjamin, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of alkemy
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with a big, fluffy head. You get the pine smell up front, which is then followed by a hint of citrus. The taste is also quite similar. A taste of pine from the generous amounts of hops gives way to a slightly grapefruit aftertaste. After sampling Bell's Amber Ale, I was beginning to wonder what the fuss was about this brewery. This brew quelled those concerns. A very hoppy yet well balanced beer.
***10-01-09*** After an extended period of drinking this, I'd note that the orange has really come on in the taste. I really notice that over the grapefruit flavor lately.

alkemy, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of jamescain
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had it on tap and from a bottle. It will pour with a nice finger width of white head. The beer itself is lighter than most IPA, in color, it is a slightly hazy golden hew. It's fairly bubbly with small bubbles of carbonation attempting to escape. The head remains throughout most of the beer and leaves a small ring around the glass at the end.

One quick smell reveals a fresh floral hoppy aroma. A hint of fruitiness covered by a nice earthy piney smell.

It's not as hoppy as some IPA's I've had. There is more of a spicy character to it. There is a nice bitter dry finish thanks to the citrus hops.

It has a nice amount of carbonation that pokes the tongue while you taste. Its almost refreshing and a nice compliment to the dry bitter finish.

I prefer hoppier IPA but it is a nice one, probably not for the price though.

jamescain, Oct 26, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CSQ1111, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Number3red, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Lelampp, Feb 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

TriageStat, Jun 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

NW2285, May 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Ajmorriso1, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

durwood64, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Redwood21
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazey golden brown, with a very think white head that goes away after a few minutes, leaving some spottyness.

S: Something here struck me the wrong way. I could detect it more when i breathed the brew in my mouth. I know that sounds weird, the whole taste a smell thing, but something was there that i didnt like. Im not sure what it was. wasnt skunk or sulphur or any of the usual suspects...maybe im just crazy. Regardless this is what i percieved sooo...

T: The taste is relatively nice. That smell that was stated earlier that seemed like a taste, is the first senstation in tasting too. This time it almost seemed hoppy, maybe some trait im not used to.It was not as bad as a tasteand goes away immediatly leaving a somewhat watery ale flavor. This is not all bad as the brew is easy to ejoy. The flavor is good, just seems weak. This caused a slightly unbalanced feel to this beer. Maybe i got my hopes up based on the avg this beer recieved, but i was dissapointed.

Its drinkable, and enjoyable but dont think i would choose this beer again. worth a try, but imho not so "great" just good

Redwood21, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of rudylaw
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper haze with a fluffy, white, foamy head.

I smell hops, hops, citrus and hops. God damn, this tastes so frigging good. It's so smooth with little to no aftertaste.

I could drink this beer all day. Besides Dreadnaught and Furious, this is the best IPA I've ever had.

If you're tired of playing around with IPAs, or beer in general, go grab a few cases of this. I have to go back across the border to get more next weekend.

rudylaw, Jan 01, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

outsider, Jul 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

core42, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Psychmusic, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Dawkins, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of genog
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap the other night at Gallos Tap Room. 44oz of this beer and thats a great night.
Pours an orange hazy color from the cold tap. Smell is like a huge floral garden. Massive hops make this beer smell amazing. Taste is citrus, hoppy, with an absolutely awesome balance. High carbonation on this one and slight warming alcohol presence make this an all around good presentation.
Over 2 1/2 years ago, long before I was ever a BeerAdvocate, we used to go to Gallos and order this beer to try something different. Two of this would really rock our socks, and make for a nice evening. Little did I know how awesome this beer really is.

genog, Aug 12, 2007
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 11,092 ratings.