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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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3,307 Reviews

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Reviews: 3,307
Hads: 13,100
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 806
Gots: 3,266 | FT: 53
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: 3,307 | Hads: 13,100
Photo of cueball52
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a yellow golden color with a full white head about 1" thick. It settles to a small head over the top leaving a heavy lace around the sides of the glass as it dissipates.
The floral hop aroma is exceptional! This is one of the best smelling beers I've found. It makes you want to keep going back for another whiff.
A full, chewy mouth feel.
Very well balanced. Full bodied malt to go with the citrus, grapefruit bitterness of the hops.
This beer is hard to beat. The only thing better would be more of the same. The name "HopSlam" comes to mind!

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

Brown long neck bottle, no date, but what appears to eb a batch number.

A - Poured out a brilliant, slightly hazy, deep golden orange. It developed a moderate head that settled back down quickly.

S - Bright flowery hops and some malty sweetness.

T - Balanced bitterness and a malty sweetness

M - the hops are strong and upfront, but the malts provide a decent balance. Its almost as good an IPA as Stone's. The controlled carbonation and moderate body make this very approachable. Excellent with spicy food.

D - Very solid IPA. Not something to quaff in large quantities, but an excellent example of the style.

I'd recommend it.

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Photo of kreeper
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light with a clean head, clean/crisp, but with a BOLD taste.
Bell's has many great brews which I enjoy, but this one stands out...
A great beer, I had plenty of these to know it is one my top 10 brews!.
very nice aroma and Bold taste, great from the tap or bottle.

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Photo of rawhydes1
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My gold standard for "grapefruity" IPAs is Stone IPA.

Having said that, Bell's Two Hearted gives Stone a pretty good run for it's money.

I have experienced a bad batch of this brew, which was cloudy, and "off" in flavor.

However, I am glad that I have given Bells a second chance. Multiple good experiences since.

Not quite translucent, which is not a negative, IMHO. Nice white head.

Smells and tastes strongly of grapefruit/citrus.

Crisp mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

Very drinkable.

All-in-all, I like this beer very much, and would not hesitate to purchase it... in the absence of Stone IPA.

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Photo of jeremy2027
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into dogfish glass

light brown body with little head medium carbonation

smells of citrus including some grapefruit and orange

light mouthfeel I would have liked to have a little more creamy of a texture but....Ok for the style

Overall one of the better IPA's I have had. I would say top 4?

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

Poured into a pint glass, this is a lovely goldish orange with a frothy head that gives way to a thin cap. Lacing follows down the glass. Smell is of piney, fruity hops, with a bit of doughy malt buried somewhere in there. Taste is hops initially, but a much larger dose of malt than expected follows, with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit creamy, but the clean finish leaves this very drinkable. Will likely be a regular in my fridge!

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Photo of sturner26
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into normal pint glass

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thick white 2 finger head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Citrus hops strong as expected, but you can also smell the biscuity malt as well.

T: Just like the smell, strong citrus hops with some well balanced malt. This is an excellent example of an American IPA, one I love. Minimal bitter notes compared to other IPAs.

M: Thicker and more syrupy than normal for the style, but enjoyable.

D: Excellent taste, smell, mouthfeel, and appearance, hard to go wrong with a Two Hearts.

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Photo of henryd30
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a shaker and the aroma is AWESOME. The pour yielded a 3 finger head that has only half dissipated after 1 full minute.

S: It's like orange grapefruit salad that is served on a pine bough.

T: I just took my first sip - very flavorful - probably a little stronger than I expected from both a hops and sheer flavor standpoint. Initially bitter but finished smooth. I would say hoppy up front with a smooth finish, almost sweet malt aftertaste.

M: Smooth and crisp.

D: Really enjoy the beer, as a relative noob to craft beer, I can see from this example what all the buzz is about. Will have another...now!

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Photo of Breen
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour/Appearance: 1 finger head maintained through the imbibing with moderate lacing. Rich amber in color.

Smell: A strong citrus and floral bouquet.

Mouthfeel: a full-bodied beer, with a dry finish.

Taste: Heavy floral notes, some spiciness and citrus hops.

Overall: This is my second try of a Bell's product. I enjoyed this one a little more than the first.

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Photo of Thaddeus
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark amber colored with an average sized off-white head.

Aroma & Taste: You'll love this if you're a hop head. Strong hop notes. Starts hoppy with a long finish that has some sweetness at the end. Herb notes and pine, possible grapefruit notes at the end giving it a slight sweetness. Overall though, it's hoppy and bitter.

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Photo of rievelx6
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours out with a light orange color almost with a light colored head with good aroma.

S- Good citrus smell that matches the color of the beer and a slight scent of hops.

T- Little citrus/orange ish flavor up front then a good hop with slight malty taste .

M- Very crisp with a middle amount of carbonation.

O- Overall I enjoy this beer a lot. Good taste great smell, I will definitely be having another Two Hearted Ale in the near future.

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Photo of hoffhin2
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Medium size heads that lasts a while and an amber color
Smell: Very hoppy, and can smell the grains
Taste: IPAs are my favorite, therefore this beer has everything i want in one. Initial floral taste followed by a hoppy lingering taste.
Overall: This beer has been my go to for a while now and probably wont change anytime soon.

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Photo of gogreen99
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very hoppy beer. Taste extremely hoppy which creates an equally hoppy aroma. This beer has a very unique story for bells brewery! A citrus and floral aroma frequent this beer with after notes of grapefruit. In appearance the beer appears cloudy... A caramel aroma characterized the beer

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Photo of WillKorn
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is just as good as any other IPA that is on the market right now, but this seems to just be exploding in popularity lately. There have been lots of great deals on this beer as well. It is very hoppy of course, but to me it has a slightly more florally flavor that other IPAs.

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Photo of Tylergross1
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm usually not a huge fan of IPA's but right now this is probably my favorite one. I was just introduced to it is year and really seem to enjoy it. Naturally there is a lot of hopps in the beer but it really is a good blend of flavors as well. I can smell and taste a small hint of pine as well in the recipe.

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Photo of mpipe
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Slightly disappointed in this based on other reviews but still a great beer.

A: Pours a nice orange with a thick, one finger head. Plenty lacing.

S: Pine, very strong aroma.

T: Pine and citrus.

M: Hearty, almost too heavy for an IPA for me.

D: The flavors just don't work for me. Too dank for me when drinking an IPA. Maybe a little too much pine and not enough citrus back end. It's a great beer, but I find better offerings out there.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
3.06/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is a really dark yellow. The aroma you get is a citrus smell and is kind of strong. Tasting this beer it has a zing and tangy taste to it and the aftertaste is really unpleasant.

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Photo of Michelleluw
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Two Hearted Ale is my favorite from Bell's Brewery. The unique taste from the hops paired with the floral nodes really makes this beer unique. Being from Michigan, nothing quite reminds me of home like Two Hearted Ale!

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
4.99/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of EmGM
3.04/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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Photo of davey
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of zook74
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of gabemasiulis
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of DocTheDJ
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of BigDoug
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,307 ratings.