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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

10,702 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 10,702
Reviews: 3,074
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 593
Gots: 1,443 | FT: 40
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 Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Thanks to hudsonphotog for bringing this one back from Pittsburgh.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a large white head, which stays around throughout the drinking process. The aroma is lots of citrus with both orange and apricot notes. You also get some floral and pine aromas. The flavor is relatively bitter with a strong orange/citrus aftertaste. Very tasty. Thin-medium mouthfeel and lots of carbonation. A great IPA that lives up to the hype.

Mora2000, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Poured an orangish/amber color with 2 fingers of white foam and moderate carbonation. Great retention.

s - Smells of hops and sweet malts. A tiny bit of citrus as well. I was actually surprised by the balance; I was expecting a lot more hops and a lot less sweetness.

t - Again, tastes strongly of hops with a little bit of bitterness, followed by sweet malts. I was again surprised how balanced it was and how much the sweet malts stood out.

m -Medium body with moderate carbonation, it has both a bit of a bitterness to it, followed by smoothness from the malts. Very nice.

d - Very nice and balanced. The hops didn't stand out as much as I thought they would, but the balance and smoothness from the malts was a pleasant surprise. Great taste and easy to drink, I'll surely be trying this again.

mdfb79, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -6.3%

mendvicdog, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours hazed amber/yellow with a one-finger, creamy white head that slowly descends to a lasting thin cover. Broken rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is floral, piney, citric/tropical fruity. Robust aroma.

The taste is floral, piney, citric bitterness upfront. Malty sweetness in the back holds the hops together. As it warms, it becomes more resiny. Slight touch of peppery alcohol in the long finish.

Chewy, creamy, rich body. Hoppiness lingers.

A hop-head delight here! Wish it were available in my area. Thanks to dekker0 for this hop treat!

jwc215, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -6.3%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Modest head, but it leaves a near blanket of lace on the glass. The liquid is cloudy with an orange hued dirty copper color.

Very mild smell for the style. Pale grain nose is stronger than the floral hop. Well balanced but meek.

The hop is fresh tasting, providing a black pepper finish. Starts with a clean "round" pale malted barley flavor. Only a touch of sweetness. Full bodied and a below average level of carbonation. Good counterpoint to hot wings.

smcolw, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a lightly hazy golden-copper color, and is topped by a offwhite creamy head. The aroma is of hops; grapefruit, apricot, citrus, and perhaps some pine, which adds an astringent note. The taste of the beer is quite good, to be to the point. But let me pontificate a bit more. There is a light sweetness which contributes to the citrusy hop flavor quite a bit. It is pretty bitter in the finish as well. The hops are not totally dominated by citrus though, there is some herbal notes, some hop spicines, and some notes of pine here as well. In the end a fairly dry beer, but made so because of the generous hopping. There is some malt sweetness here which helps to hold up the hop onslaught. The hops set a tingling sensation to my tongue, that screams pay attention to my hoppiness. This is a great everday beer, though perhaps it is just missing some slight amount of hop flavor & malt backbone to push it over the edge.

Gueuzedude, Feb 05, 2004
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

MarkyMOD, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev -4%

12 oz. bottle, batch 9688,

A: Pours a light orange, thick fluffy white head, good lace.

S: Very intriguing tropicality - pineapple, pina colada, honey and bubblegum. Lemon meringue pie fits it to T. Fun beer to smell.

T: Some pine, sweet grapefruit, lemon. Light biscuity malt character. Lemon is big in the finish.

M: Soft carbonation, crisp, fairly clean finish for the style.

D: A good beer, I can see why it's well regarded. It doesn't stand out next to better CA IPAs but well above average in the style. Had to go to AZ to do it, but I'm glad I finally got to try this classic.

Halcyondays, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -6.3%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of Gavage
4.93/5  rDev +15.5%

Finally I was able to find this brew and boy am I glad I did. The brew pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick 2+" head. Nice lacing develops through the drink. Carbonation levels seemed just right. The aroma was huge as floral hops, malt, and orange zest leaped out of the glass. The flavor followed the nose, as the thick sweet malt was perfectly balanced with floral bitterness and oranges.

The mouthfeel was mildly crisp at the start and finished with a smooth bitter citrus tone that lasted shortly on the tongue. Medium in body. This is a beer that could be quaffed all day long. Super brew.

Gavage, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -32.1%

It's my birthday! I just review Expedition Stout and was really disappointed, but I'm hoping this one is as good as it's meant to be. Here you go, Bell's, this is your second chance. Bottled 08/29/12. 7.0% ABV confirmed. Expectations are through the roof; I've hearing about this one for awhile. 355ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger frothy creamy beige head of good thickness and retention. Colour is a murky copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks like any standard IPA ought to.

Sm: Floral, pine, and citrus (lemon) notes - in that order. Light soap. Even a bit of bubblegum. There's some pleasant clean malts lurking beneath the hops. The soap concerns me (I've brewed my fair share of too-long-in-primary IPAs), but I'm hoping it's good. An average strength aroma.

T: Soap, clean malts, floral hops, more soap, some light grapefruit, and lemon on the finish. Imbalanced; the salty soap dominates. What's the hype about? Very underwhelming. It's clean, though, and it does hide its ABV well. No alcohol comes through. Definite salt on the climax; almost gose-esque.

Mf: Smooth, wet, light, and not quite refreshing. Suits the flavours alright.

Dr: Man, Bell's is pissing me off a bit. I don't get the hype about this brewery at all, and I've tried two of their higher rated brews. This one is so damn soapy it's hard to enjoy. Get rid of the soap and then we'll talk, Bell's. What a disappointment. Drinkable, but pedestrian at best.

I initially gave it a C-, but it does get better as it warms.

C

kojevergas, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

03/27/05- Received via BA member Spinlock.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a nice looking either salmon or trout on the label. Back label has a code of 6661. Poured into my Powerhouse Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Nice semi-cloudy orange pour with a very smmoth and creamy looking head that still has some remaining at the end of the glass. Above average lacing.

Smell- Definitely one of the best smelling IPA's I have put my nose too. Nice strong hoopy scent with a good amount of pine and a really sweet candied smell as well.

Taste- Hmmmm, was expecting much more hops. Nice malt and hops, but not huge. Very well balanced though. Good amount of pine and a bit of grapefruit. Not the huge amount I was predicting though.

Mouthfeel- Above average carbonation for an IPA.

Drinkability- This along with Stone IPA, are among the best balanced IPA's I have had. This would be an excellent choice for a session beer if you aren't looking for a hop bomb.

GClarkage, Mar 27, 2005
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

oriolesfan4, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%

Served cask-conditioned at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

One of the best examples of a well balanced IPA. Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy white head. Beautiful aroma of floral and citrus hops with a solid malt backbone. One of the smoothes easieest drinking IPAs I've ever had. A nice balance of maltiness and citrus and floral hops. Awesome!

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

InspectorBob, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Ha! I got it wrong, initially. Those 5L mini-kegs actually qualify as CANs as long as they are unpressurized. It's okay, since I have had Two Hearted Ale in a number of forms, including bottle and cask, also, but now it is truly in a 16-oz. CAN. I scored it at Pinocchio's (@pinbeer) and I am excited to give it a whirl. The graphics are phenomenal and the name is an allusion to a Hemingway story, doubling my interest.

From the CAN: "An Ameri[CAN] India Pale Ale with intense hop aroma and malt balance. Well suited for adventurous trips anywhere."; "Unfilterered"; "Best Kept Refrigerated"; "Unpasteurized".

Man, was the Crack! loud! I immediately got an inverted Glug started, allowing the fish plenty of slack on the line to run. The pseudo-cascade quickly settled into two fingers of dense, tawny head with excellent retention in the face of tonight's humidity. Color was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = > 5, < 7) and my old pals Croesus, Mammon and Midas suddenly appeared, clamoring for a taste. Forget it! This is all for me. The nose was big with hops, giving off scents of pine, grapefruit, pineapple and as a previous reviewer mentioned, lilac or lavender in a lightly perfume-y way. As I was typing, the head began to drop, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was medium and the hops were immediate and unrelenting on the tongue, but underlain with a sweet maltiness so as not to be overwhelming. Jesus, but this was tasty! The fact that it is now available in a more portable form of CAN really excites me. The finish was semi-dry, with the malt really achieving a good balance with the hops so that they do not become overwhelming. This deserves a place in anyone's cooler, no matter what their destination.

My original, on-tap, review dtd 02 June 2008 with all 5s follows:

A mini-keg counts as "on-tap", does it not? If not, this will either get removed or moved to a more appropriate type.

The pour produced a big, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. The nose had a great hoppy presence. The color was a slightly hazy golden-yellow. The mouthfeel was medium with a definite hop bite on the palate. The finish lingered with hops. There was great lacing produced throughout. This is unquestionably one of my favorite American IPAs of all time.

woodychandler, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -4%

Thanks to warriorsoul for this one.
Appears a cloudy light golden color with a solid 2" white solid head that lasts. Plenty of lacing. Check out the bottom of the glass! Tiny bits of hops can be seen in this one. Smell is of sweet malt, citrus, and pine.
Taste is easily one of the smoothest, most balanced and tolerable IPA's out there. Citrus and piney hops mixed with a fine balance of sweet malt.
Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly carbonated with a feel that starts at the front of the tongue and works it's way to the back of the tongue.
Drinkability is great for IPA. No sting, all bling.

Finger licking good!

weeare138, May 23, 2005
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

On-tap at Speakeasy in Carrboro, NC. I've had a few bottles of this and enjoyed it but this was first time on tap and finally felt compelled to review it.

A: A cloudy amber with a dense off white head.
S:: Typical IPA smell, lots of hops, citrus and floral, very strong and appealing
T: I don't know, it's delicious. Doesn't taste like typical IPA, hops are well balanced with maltiness and citrus flavors.
M: Much thicker and creamier on tap than I remember the bottle being. Medium carbonation, alcohol is well hidden, not overly bitter or dry in aftertaste.
D: I really like this a lot and am curious to taste this again in a bottle since I wasn't so impressed with it before I had it on tap.

yourefragile, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of orangesol
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a standard pint.

A - Pours clear golden orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving thin sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - Plenty of piney hops up front mix well with a bit of sweet caramel malt and some fresh tropical fruits. Good overall balance of hops and other flavors. A classic and still one of the best.

T - A nice mix of piney and citric hops up front that last thruout the finish. Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit and other citric fruits, and a touch of bready yeast. Finish is quite bitter, lingering for some time. Good overall balance yet still plenty hoppy. Easily one of the best widely available beers out there, regardless of style.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice light feel, a bit dry, with lots of lingering bitterness in the finish.

D - I could drink this every day. One of the easiest drinking IPA's on the market. My go to beer when good beer is in short supply.

orangesol, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Batch #7877, bottled March 27, 2007.

Ok, this might be the best looking IPA I've ever had, but not the best. The appearance has a short creamy head with thick lacing. The aroma is just a general citrus punch, a little weak. The flavor picks things up a bit, but it's not as bitter as I expected. It's a smooth bitter that puts it on par with a hearty pale ale. Still, the taste is of wonderfully fruity hop juice. Not overly powerful, but nice. I'd like a little more kick, but it's still a great beer.

tempest, Jun 25, 2007
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks Drunkmonk for the hookup.

Poured a nice golden color with good carbpnation and a small white head. Nose is floral and grapefruit. Taste is nice with hop bitterness in the beginning and middle and cleans up at the end. Very smooth and the ABV is well hidden here. Well balanced and very, very drinkable.

barleywinefiend, Aug 03, 2009
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