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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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12,254 Ratings
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Ratings: 12,254
Reviews: 3,285
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 726
Gots: 2,502 | FT: 46
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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Ratings: 12,254 | Reviews: 3,285
Photo of Gavage
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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

Bottled on 2/10/2012

A: Pours a very lightly hazy golden orange in color with some extremely light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with some much thicker patches and a very thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There is a definite dominant presence of hops in the smell - I get both citrus/grapefruit as well as some floral hops. The aroma is bright but not overly intense, making it very approachable. There is also some underlying malty sweetness (I'm thinking it is more caramel like than anything else).

T: The flavor is similar to the smell but the balance between the malty sweetness and the hoppiness is even better. There is a definitely caramel malt sweetness upfront. The hops and the bitterness follow that but the bitterness is mild and not a palate destroyer. I can taste both the citrus/grapefruit as well as the floral hops with the grapefruit flavor being just a little stronger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp and very refreshing.

O: Extremely easy to drink and definitely a top American IPA - this beer is just delicious and has a great flavor and aroma. The beer has a very inviting aroma and is quite approachable even to people that are not huge IPA fans (like my wife). This beer is definitely sessionable and one that I really enjoy. I would definitely get this one again (too bad it is not distributed locally to me).

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

Review from notes taken on 3/10/11. On tap at Als of Hampden served in a nonic. This brew appears a hazed golden orange color with a thin ring of white around the edges of the glass. Bubbles constantly rise to the surface maintaining a thin lacing atop the brew.

The aroma is citrus hop goodness like orange rind, zest, flowers and grass. It is a very bright and enjoyable aroma displaying a depth of pleasant hop characteristics.

The taste is rindy and bitter with citrus hops that are backed by a bit of a toasty caramel malt sweetness that is a good contrast to the hoppiness. The hops are quite citrusy and grassy with a pleasant warming effect from the alcohol. It finishes sharp and bitey from a combination of the abv and hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking and enjoyable. Quite crisp and refreshing this is always a standby brew that is enjoyable on nearly any occasion.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LXIXME
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long lasting white to off-white head so slowly recedes above a clear honey golden colored IPA.

Citrus with some pine in the aroma, a nice hoppy blend that stay without being overbearing.

Drinking this IPA is like a mix of west coast IPA and a most traditional IPA's with outstanding results, and nice easy drinking yet hoppy drink. Blended citrus hops with a light earthy pine taste with little hints of ... maybe yeast or grains, no real answer other than just a little something hangs on the end of each drink.

A nice slightly biting dry bitter hops aftertaste lasts several seconds or well til I take another drink.

Very happy to have had the chance to drink this, and I'm sure I'll seek this beer out again and again...

Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass.

As I started to open the bottle I could already smell a big amount of hops that this beer had to offer! I was so excited to get that first taste! It poured a nice layer of head that was a little off white and as I drank it, it laced a little bit. The color was a orange bronze.

The aroma was of floral earthy hops. Taste was a massive amount of hops, just like the smell.

Mouth feel was bitter but left a crisp taste in the mouth. Very dry aftertaste as well.

Overall, this is one staple of an IPA. I really enjoy the style and Bell's has a very nice version of it. I highly recommend!

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a moderate amount of ecru head. The head has medium retention and leaves plenty of lacing.

S - delightful lemon/orange hops ("Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest") with caramel malt in the background. Fresh and a bit floral. Irresistible.

T - tastes like a fresh hop brew. Higher ABV not evident. Excellent sweet/bitter balance with a delightful dynamic interplay.

M - medium/light body with good, if slightly aggressive carbonation. Some nice dryness in the finish.

Great flavor and aroma; I'd love to try a souped-up imperial version.

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

Poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy gold color. Small head with patchy lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of citrus and pine with some grapefruit and other fruits in the background. Also a little bit of grass in there as well.

T: Matches pretty well to the nose. The hop/citrus flavor hits you upfront and a really nice malt finish. The hop flavor is really nice with the grapefruit and grass coming through, but it isn't overpowering and is balanced well with the malt leaving a slightly dry, but not overly bitter finish.

M/D: Medium bodied, but very smooth and creamy at the back end. The 7.1% is nonexistent and this beer goes down nice and easy. I only wish I could get more of it.

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pours light orange and very clear. White head which quickly went to a tiny bubble film and left nice linear lacing. Nose is piney hops. Taste is also dominated by strong, piney, grainy, resiny hop flavors. Grapefuit, lemon, pine, melon and honey on the tongue. Enough of a malt center to add balance. Medium bodied, fairly thin mouthfeel. A well crafted and enjoyable American style IPA.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many times over the years, and am quite overdue to write a review.

The appearance is clear and light orange hued. The head stands in at around an inch thick, displays lasting retention and leaving ample lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is not particularly grand, but is pleasant nonetheless. Scents include malt, floral notes, light pine. The flavor is tasty, and though the beer is primarily hop forward, it definitely has a strong malt backbone. This is a good example of what I would consider a "balanced" IPA. Though I prefer beers of this ilk to be lighter on the palate and more hop forward with a pronounced citrus component, there is no denying that Bell's Two Hearted Ale is a tasty brew. Additionally, I think this beer, like many IPAs, is a notch better on draft versus the bottle.

Photo of tempest
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Flyers pint glass. Batch # is in the 8900's so this is pretty fresh I assume.

A- Two hearted has a golden to pale yellow color to itself. This is bottle conditioned so i took my time pouring and got a 1/2 inch white head. Once that died it left a strong ring around the glass with a skim of foam in the middle. Upon a closer look up to light some visible dust like particles are seen floating all around.

S- This american IPA has scents of ripe fruits such as grapefruit, oranges & other citrus flavors. Atouch of piney resin comes out also. A big dose of floral hops in here. Some sweet malts to balance it all out. No alcohol in smell with some breadyness, great smells all around.

T- The hops rush up front giving off citrus flavors galore as mentioned above. Grapefruit goodness is leading the pack with orange sweetness trailing. Much more of a bready aspect then expected based upon the nose on this. Also getting some piney resin flavors from a different hop variety. I wonder if this is due to the bottle conditioning. The malts used in this bring everything into perspective. This is one finely balanced IPA and not to bitter.

M- This one is perfect with the hops and malts working seemlessly with one another. Once some bitterness coats the tounge the malts come through and then.. nothing. This one comes and goes very quickly leaving no trace of alcohol and only a mild hop presence. Light to medium bodied with solid carbonation.

D- This is a solid IPA that is just above sessionable but oh well i'm going to drink a few of these and love it. Great price for such a gem and has good availability in my area.This will be in my sights in the future trust me. A great American IPA that isn't over the top and expertly balanced.

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

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice head and lacing, light orange in color.

S. Earthy hops, malt, pine trees.

T. A splendid blast of earthy piney hops with a sweet malt backbone. Real good.

M. Smooth, crisp, leaves mouth a bit dry.

D. This beer was great. I could drink it by the case and may have to.

Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Halcyondays for the gift. 12 ounces of IPA, on to the beer:

Paleish orange color, with a head that retains itself well and some lacing shown off and sticking to the glass. The hops hit your face upon opening the bottle, but fades away quickly. It still deleivers some results; tangerines, oranges, and burnt sugars. This could be a sign of a bottle with a little age on it.

There's still a "sweet" hoppiness found in this beer, with a mild toasted/burnt grain background. Tangerine and orange once again come to mind. It's a little oily and smooth in the feel, though the finish hits a small bump with a somewhat rough resiny aftertaste.

Bell's still isn't distributed to California, and I've only made two trades (none involving Bell's), yet this is my fifth offering from this brewery. Following the others, THA is DoubleJ approved.

Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. One of my absolute favorite ipas. I seem never to be in a place or time to review it properly, but I finally find myself alone with a bottle with everyone else in bed and decided to have at it. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy golden with a very healthy head that sticks around and leaves some very nice lacing. The smellis wonderful. Deep and bright aromas of citrusy hops, some slight grassiness, and a slight hint of malt in the back to balance. Perfect ipa aromas in my book. The taste is also wonderful. The same wonderful citrus flavors and bitterness, a slight sense of graininess, and the hops turn earthy and spicy as the flavor goes on. Not the most bitter beer I've had, or the one with the longest finish, or the most perfectly balanced, but the overall package is nice- quite hoppy while retaining a certain subtlety. Very nice. The mouthfeelis full and slightly grainy. I like it, but I'd be happy if it were slightly less grainy. Exquisitely tasty and drinkable.

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish amber with two fingers of thick, foamy head. Great retention. Citrus notes dominate the nose; orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple. Bready malt character, citrus hops, orange peel, pineapple with a nice hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected, smooth and crisp; an easily drinkable IPA.

This is a good IPA, but the fruitiness far exceeds the bitterness, and the malt character is a little thin for me.

Photo of atrocity
4.4/5  rDev +3%

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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