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Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

9,727 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 9,727
Reviews: 3,019
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 547
Gots: 973 | FT: 36
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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2014 00:57:01 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 04:26:32 | More by orangesol
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 23:53:18 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

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

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of Boxing Day BIF and Pentathlete.

Pours a hazy golden colored ale with a good white head.

Smell is lots of very aromatic and fresh hops. Good mix of hops not just limited to the usual North Western USA pine and grapefruit varieties. Aromas of spices and mint with a touch of citrus and pineapple. There is a nice malt backbone here to, sweet fruit juice.

Taste is mildly sweet and candy like with a good hop hit at first. The malt is a bit honey like but there is ample bitterness to hide it here. Good floral hop flavors here along with some pine and citrus that it seems every IPA has. Spicy and woody flavors are the last level of hop flavors to emerge. An extremely full flavored IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

A super solid IPA experience here. Very tasty but after one your taste buds are a bit hop saturated so that it would be a waste of good beer to drink this just to get drunk.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 04:27:57 | More by Zorro
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 15:29:35 | More by dbrauneis
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:26:06 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 03:22:23 | More by DoubleJ
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-02-2012 15:03:27 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Wasatch

Utah

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 23:41:28 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 20:47:43 | More by ppoitras
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-08-2013 16:37:01 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 17:43:55 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-19-2011 02:41:26 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 02:11:22 | More by BARFLYB
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 18:43:19 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-11-2013 03:05:52 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aztec gold with an almost polka dot pattern imprinted by super-fine remnants of suspended yeast. It is brimming, the kind of glimmering brightness that causes me to look up, half expecting to see someone casting a spotlight on it from above. Its head defects in some places but is, generally speaking, thorough and full-bodied. Also, it leaves charming blood splatter like patterns of spotty lacing.

Never mind following the heart - follow your nose! You want super-citrusy fruity hoppiness? We got it. You want sticky, sappy, resiny hoppiness? We got it. The ulta-toasty, caramel-doused malt base - nice as it is - can hardly even be detected under all this hoppiness. It is an intoxicating acidic array, a tropical jungle full of citrus fruits, a rainbow of bright and vibrant colours. It will induce the hop-head into a zen-like state of nirvana.

Hop heads eat (literally, drink) your heart out! This tastes a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Zesty orange peel, candied grapefruit, grilled mango squirted in lemon juice, caramelized coconut, spiked pineapple puree - it is all and every ounce of flavour you can hope to find in an American IPA. The malt provides just enough biscuity caramel to keep the acidity afloat and the pungency at bay; with that help, the hops can really go to town - and they do.

Two-Hearted gets right at the heart of the matter - hops. It is the nectar of the hoppy beer gods. Hop farmers should devote a ritual involving this beer to appease the gods. Sacrifice it, sacrifice something to it, do some kind of dance, make a donation to charity in its name, pour it all over the seeds and soil - do whatever it must take to make the hop gods happy so that we can continue to rejoice in the sappy, citrusy goodness of lupullin.

This is easily one of the best IPA's - and I refuse to disclaim that as merely my own opinion. Survey 100 BA's and ask them to describe the perfect IPA. It is likely that all 100 accounts, however different in their respective portrayals, will each and every one depict, in one facet or another, the Bell's Two Hearted Ale. It is simultaneously one of the most flavourful, most aromatic, most sessionable and satisfying beers out there.

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. That must be true; the occasions I get to have this beer are few and far between but each time I come back to it, I seem to love it more than the time before. Its quaffability, its quality of ingredients, the vibrant and satiating presence of so many Centennial hops - this may honestly be the best IPA in an American market that knows no shortage of great IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 22:47:17 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 01:15:09 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was very pleasantly surprised to see this on cask today at Pizza Paradiso at the Dupont Circle location.

The beer pours the expected peachy orange color with good head retention and exceptional lacing. The nose has the prototypical perfumy citrus, white pepper and spice I've come to expect with two hearted. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except the cask conditioning has given this beer a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The beer has lost some of the hoppy bite you get on C02, but the creamy mouthfeel makes up for it in my opinion. Drinkability is very, very good, with the alcohol very well disguised.

Obviously, this beer is a masterpiece, but is an absolute joy to try on cask. Yumm....

Serving type: cask

11-12-2009 00:34:43 | More by John_M
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11-27-2011 03:38:00 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 3/12/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, slight pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of hop notes; with well balanced malt. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Moderate floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, light pine, bread, and light honey on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of hop flavors; with a great malt balance that still showcases the hops; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent IPA! Great balance and good complexity of hop and malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 03:53:00 | More by superspak
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

09-22-2013 03:23:22 | More by drewone
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rab53

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11-25-2011 03:50:37 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 01:36:13 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.53/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 13:55:09 | More by beerthulhu
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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