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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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 barleywinefiend
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

A - Pours a cloudy golden color, nice carbonation, nice small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, citrus, and slight spices.

T - The taste is sweet hoppy, with a nice sweet dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. My first Bell's brew and it is very delicious. An outstanding IPA.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong piney and citrusy hop with touches of white pepper. Some lightly sweet malts detected as well.

The taste consisted of an upfront resiny hop with some touched of spicy pepper and sweet orange. Some lightly sweet malts picked up as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a superior AIPA. Very robust, yet well balanced.

Thanks to czoch75 and unclejedi.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a light yellow/orange colour with one finger of foamy white head and a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Nose is bitter grapefruit hops with some floral/pine scent.

T - Bitter hops. Pine and grapefruit. Smooth - no bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D - An excellent IPA. Definitley one that I will buy regularly.

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts balanced, sweetness in the background but hops dominate as this IPA is true to style. $1.89 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer had a thick creamy white head with a second head of big rocky bubbles. The body was a deep orange with no carbonation noticed. There was a very faint haze but not much.

S- The smell of fresh green hops with a faint wriggly spearmint gum note that was nice. There was some soft slightly sweet toasted malt notes tucked in behind the hops.

T- The pale malt with some toasted malt flavor had a nice depth and good character like floor dried malt. The hops were strong but the aroma , taste and bitter hops were all balanced nicely. The faint note of mint bubblegum was in the background but gave a nice twist to the hops.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with a nice creamy texture.

D- This beer had good quality grain and great hops that really taste like a simple top notch IPA until you start to notice nuances in flavor and aroma that are very nice.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy golden, with a tinge of orange. Creamy half-finger head

S: Citrus notes, some breadiness. Pineapple and other tropical fruit. A little hint of caramel.

T: Nicely balanced mild sweetness enhancing the tropical notes, then a clean bitter finish

M: Pleasant, moderate carbonation. Flavors linger on the tongue nicely.

O: Very pleasant drinking, would definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of akorsak
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is of the 5 L mini-keg that just made its way to South Central PA. Kudos to Westy's for bringin' in a whole pallet of 'em. If you feel strongly that I should classify the serving type as something else, drop me a beermail.

A: The ale has a hazy orange color, like a tea or apple juice. The keg pours with a thick 3 plus finger head that requires two pours to fill my glass. Light hints of dried lace evidence that head.

S: The nose is hoppy delicious, thick with orange peel and citrus notes. Solid but subtle caramel malts support the hop nose.

T: Does life get any better than sittin' and sippin' on an IPA like this? The hop profile in this beer is damn near perfect, an excellent blend of citrusy tangerine and sweet but bitter orange peel. Caramel graininess mid-sip seems to rejuvenate the mouth, resetting it for the blast of hops at the end of the sip. The hop profile, either warm or cold, is a real treat, bitter without scalding the tastebuds. This is, by far, one of my all-time favorites.

M: Sweet pungent hops dominate the ale, creating an incredible hop profile that almost defies words. This is easily one of the best IPAs that you'll ever encounter.

D: With proper focus and devotion, I think that i could finish the mini keg in one day. As it is, it'll probably only last two days (this is a good one for the Ravens MNF game). This is not the only mini keg that I'll be purchasing.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bell's Two Hearted IPA is a decent beer. It pours a hazy golden with thick white head that is lacing. The scent carries fresh pine with slight bitter citrus. The taste starts a very slight bitter then sweetens with the malt used. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a sessionable IPA.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Decanting the sediment, the beer is a crystal clear golden copper. Great off-white head with a mixed bubble, nice lace and great retention.

S - Herbal hops with an fruity sweetness of honey, honeysuckel, and strawberry jam.

T - Slowly opens with a touch of honey before the doors open on a huge herbal hop center. The finish drops off into a lingering dry, floral, bitter backend.

M - Smooth, medium-light body with nice carbonation.

O - A solid IPA with a firm bitter character.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up in Madison from some of the best coworkers a beer guy could wish for. Poured into a shaker pint while grooving to the Cowboy Junkies.

Beautiful orange... very pretty color... like a translucent orange poppy... a little hop haze is expected.. pillowy 1-finger head.

You know this is going to be good... huge citrus aroma with a little pine needles. I've always thought Two Hearted is one of the best smelling IPA's ever.. that being said, this one may be a little aged... but still it blows most others out of the water... some nice caramel malts are apparent but are whispy.. overpowered easily by the hops.

Tastes very much like a West Coast IPA.. great balance... perfect balance for an IPA... not overly bitter... mmm. Grapefruit and lime leaves... malts are very prescent, but hard to pick apart. Toast and biscuits. Perfect mouthfeel and carbonation despite the rough luggage ride. Yummy.

Two Hearted and I go back a couple of years, and this time is not my favorite... maybe not the freshest bottle... but, I hate saying this (living in the West), a never ending keg of brewery fresh Two Hearted is my desert island beer ... as long as I have a nice malty German keg too. :)

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Photo of AlexFields
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated June 10, 2011. Poured on July 18, 2011. I try to review IPAs when they're less than a month old so next time I have this fresher I may come back and edit this review.

Pours a hazy caramel golden yellow. I don't know if this color is inherently this attractive or I've just come to find it attractive because it's what most of my favorite IPAs look like, but I get excited when I see it. Huge head to start with, which fades to a merely good sized head which sticks around forever. The head is white like compacted snow and matches the color of the beer perfectly.

Smells gooood. Orange, lemon, pine, maybe even bananas. Lots of hops, lots of citrus.

Taste follows the nose with tons of citrus and a good bit of pine as well. There's a nice sweet malt backbone which lets all the great hop flavors run wild without being abrasive or ruining the beer's drinkability.

Mouthfeel is great, very smooth and creamy but with awesome carbonation.

This beer is my go to IPA when I can get it. It's the standard by which I judge other IPAs. If it's not my very favorite, it's at least in the top few. I feel like I've enjoyed past bottles even a little more than I'm enjoying this one, but I've never been disappointed with it. Just an awesome beer.


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Photo of Axnjxn
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. snifter.

pours a dark copper with a nice head. smell is good and hoppy but not over the top. the taste follows suit but the flavor is really nice. its a bit citrus and a bit tropical. not fruity but not bitter. very balanced. real well done and you know they've perfected this. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall great IPA from bells available all the time

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Photo of Tone
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. One inch head with good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops mainly with a subtle hint of some spice. Fits the style, quite nicely. There's a crisp and not so smooth mouth feel. There's a high carbonation level and noticeable bitterness. Tastes of strong hops mostly (a good kick of bitter - yum). That is the only real flavor I can pick out. Overall, what a heck of a strong IPA.

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

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/30/12

-- How have I never reviewed this beer? Time to correct this, pronto. --

Bottle date: 4/25/12

A: Gorgeous tangerine orange-amber. Slightly cloudy or chill-hazy. A good pour yields a big three finger head. It's dense, thick and sticks to the walls of the glass like crazy. Epic rentention and a massive collar.

S: Just the perfect balance of juicy, tropical hop oil and sappy pine resin. It's lush and exotic from top to bottom. Extremely expressive from the moment the cap comes off.

T: The bittering hops take precedent, yet as it loosens it's grip, I get buckets of juicy, island style hop oil. The malt is certainly there, yet it takes a backseat to be sure. As it warms, I get some peach, mango and citrus. Phenomenal stuff.

M: Thick and plenty rich, yet it's easy to drink. The texture is very elegant, it's creamy and the carbonation is smooth and well integrated.

O: Easily one of the best beers, let alone IPA's, this side of the Mississippi. Bell's Two Hearted is spectacular, and every time I have one, I wonder why I don't drink it more often. If I had my head on straight, I'd stop trading and simply buy a case of this every other week, as it warrants more attention then I give it. A world class offering from one of the best in the business.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to Dreadnaught33 for sending me this extra

A: poured golden orange with yellow highlights that had a thin head but it did leave some nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a bouquet of citrus orange and grapefruit pop out first mild piney hoppy notes but it did have a good malt prsence that seemed to be quite bready. I belive there was some faint pineapple as well.

T: upfront on the palate it was also quite citrusy along with a mild grassy type hoppy profile but was balnced real good by the sweetness from the malts.

M: the brew was medium in body with a pretty nice amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, sweet,mild bitter, and slight crisp finish.

D: it drank really good and so good that it could easily become one of my favorite session beers while grillin some shrimps.

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Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was poured into a DFH pint glass. It poured quickly, a light burnt orange in color with a half inch white head. The smell is very floral and perfectly hoppy. There's a little sweetness to it. It tastes great. It mimics the aromas. It's very floral and has a great hoppyness to it. The sweetness is subtle. It drank very crisp and had good carbonation that tickled the tongue. It's incredibly drinkable. Overall it's a fine IPA and one of the best on the market.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark colored, spicy IPA. Great nose full of complex aromas, flavors are deep and intricate, with a good balance of hop bitterness, spice and floral notes, malt backbone and mild booziness. Packs a decent punch, drinkable but you might not want to have too many. Overall, a very good AIPA that keeps its flavors in beautiful harmony, doesn't overwhelm with excessive bitterness. You can really taste the subtleties of this beer. Oh Bells get thyself to New Jersey soon please!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" bright white head above a slightly (but only slightly) copperish golden brew. Head had reasonable staying power, and laced excellently. Aroma is about spicy hops, and there's probably some malt in there, but that's not the point. Smells like what I would imagine something out of the DFH Randall would. The taste is as well all about the hops, but there is enough pale malts to round the corners and keep the taste buds alive. Also slight citrus notes are present. It impresses me that such a hop monster remains quite smooth and imminently drinkable.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Packaged 6/22/2012, so still pretty fresh.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy white foam. Light, but nice!

Smell: hugely aromatic with a very good floral, lightly earthy hop aroma, and a sweet malt backbone. I like it.

Taste: hop flavor is much earthier than the aroma. Slowly, a more citrusy hop character comes up from underneath; I like the dynamism. All of this is on top of a good malt character, which is sweet and complements the hops quite well. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very good level of carbonation and a good, creamy texture. Wonderful.

Overall: this beer is very tasty and seems very well-crafted. I feel like I could quaff loads of this stuff.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Revised. bot date 5/14/13. Consumed 6/22/13.

A: Lemony orange body is filled with a rush of macro bubbles. The head stands tall and proud at 2 fingers high with a dull weathered white color, some porous content and a great standing time.

S: Freshly squeezed lemons and oranges, floral scents and some pale grains.

T: The flavor is flowery citrus, slightly drying speak first, crisp pale malting that should not be forgotten. Most ipas tend to kill the palate with an abundance of speciality malts, thus forgetting what the P in IPA stands for. The malting is perfectly balanced with the hops, the sweetness is limited to a brief appearence upfront, no dry toasted caramel, here the pale malts show thier due respect, being crisp, bready, and let the hops come through in the finish.

M: Crisp, light bodied, sparkling and refreshing with a spicy bite of fresh citrus. Tingles off the tongue with a dry hop notice.

O: Overall had this several years ago before i started an appreciation, vocabulary and taste to define such remarkable greatness. Crisp, beautiful hopping that is not overpowering and begs for more easily breaking the outstanding barrier. Smooth, easily sessionable with a lingering hoppiness that goes on long after the beer is finished. Easy consumption.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received after a friends visit home. Thank you, Mara.

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy, cloudy orangeish-yellow with just over an inch of white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a medium amount of lacing.

A very nice piney hop aroma greets the nose, with a hint of citrus mixed in. The flavors are very similar to the aromas, lots of pine and citrus, little malt, just amplified.

The body was typical for the style, not light or full. Drinkability was a little better than average since this is not a tastebud burner of an IPA. As with the other 2 Bells brews I received, if this were locally available to me I would drink it in my regular rotation.

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

'8386' packaged on March 24, 2008. Just over 2 months ago, but still tasting very fresh.

I've had this many times, and it's about time to re-review it.

A: Tarnished gold with a fluffy white head, not much retention, but some nice lace.

S: Wonderful hoppy nose, with grass, pine & tangerine. Some underlying biscuity malt.

T: Assertive bitterness, but smooth. Plenty of hop flavour (grass, nectarine, tangerine, pine, slightly steelie). Light toffee & biscuity malt with hints of fruity ale esters.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body; moderate carbonation. Slight hop acidity.

D: Exceptionally drinkable for its weight.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of hops, some citrus. Taste is hoppy, piney, some malts and bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine IPA, but nothing to separate it from the masses.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A brownish-yellow-copper with two fingers worth of tight laced, just a smidge off white head.

S: Full nose of piney and resiny hops with a slight malt character underneath. A very hop forward IPA, yet not overly aggressive. Good balance here.

T: Big, bitter grapefruit and resiny hops that linger for quite some time. Figured the malt backbone on the nose would come through a bit more here, nevertheless it remains a very solid IPA. Good citrus notes upfront, met with grapefruit and bitter hops. Slightly dry with some white grape flavors as well.

M: Bitter and drying. Astringency is my only qualm with this one. Higher carbonation level than I am used to in an IPA as well with a mouth drying quality.

D: This beer is certainly crisp and refreshing and boasts many qualities that hop heads would love, but it just remains a bit on the bitter side for me. Easy drinking IPA with great aroma and flavor, and crisp carbonation

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