Two Hearted Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #30
ABV:
7%
Score:
95
Ranked #756
Avg:
4.3 | pDev: 10.7%
Reviews:
3,791
Ratings:
15,393
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
Notes: Brewed with 100% Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest and named after the Two Hearted River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this IPA is bursting with hop aromas ranging from pine to grapefruit from massive hop additions in both the kettle and the fermenter.

Perfectly balanced with a malt backbone and combined with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this beer is remarkably drinkable and well suited for adventures everywhere.
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Photo of GC2020
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 4pk of 16oz cans locally - consumed straight from the can

Maybe I lack finesse, but I was darn thirsty this afternoon and I've wanted to try this IPA from Bells for eons.

So smooth & drinkable, wonderful balance of hops and malt. It quenched my thirst admirably, and I'll be buying more.

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GC2020 from Massachusetts, Tuesday at 06:58 PM
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

with covid lock down going back to some of my old standbys. this beer is fantastic combination of hops and malts - you get so much flavor it is very enjoyable beer

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Captain69 from Illinois, May 20, 2020
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4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic beer with a lot of flavor. It has a piney bitterness and a citrusy tartness followed by a very well balanced sweetness. It’s crisp in the mouth and very refreshing. My favorite beer so far.

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MBurbs from Iowa, May 15, 2020
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4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

They grow hops in Michigan so you can't get a fresher product! I bought a 4 pk of 16oz cans. You can find these for 7.99 at some places. Very nice well rounded flavor that ages as you sip through the can. It's nice and bready tasting, too, which I love. Think the original Ranger by New Belgium and you get the general idea. There are pleasant citrus-y notes there, too, somehow. truly fantastic beer!

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3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prettier than it tastes. Smooth and balanced enough, but perhaps the hop character lasts a little too long, unless you love centennial hops. I guess I don't.

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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania, Apr 20, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First bells and won’t be my last best IPA I’ve tasted so far..pours a nice golden colour and retains a nice head beautiful fresh aroma very balanced taste...top shelf..

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Pisshhead from Ireland, Apr 11, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

They say don’t judge a book by its cover or in this case a beer by its packaging. For years I had been turned off by this beer merely because of the fish on the label. Didn’t think I’d like it, always past it over for something else. Finally broke down and bought a single. It sat in my fridge for weeks before I finally went fishing. It couldn’t have impressed me more and I immediately wiped my mind clear if any previous negative connotations I had. Gonna get the pole out soon, we go’n fishing.

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1009 from Massachusetts, Mar 25, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only my second time having this, and the first time it has been fresh. Extremely drinkable. Loved the way it poured, a nice head & head retention, and lots of lacing. Very appealing looking beer. Not my favorite style, but piney taste didn't overwhelm, and I really enjoyed this.

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Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut, Mar 24, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep amber appearance with a medium size white head and very nice lacing. Resinous hop aroma, very citrusy, with a whiff of cookie dough under all the hops. Flavors of pine, grapefruit and orange; some sweet malts add balance. Bitter, medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Lasting finish. Well deserved reputation.

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Photo of GingerFinn
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am not usually a fan of IPAs. However, this bad boy is terrific. Lovely bitterness without tasting like citrus pith, or licking a pine cone. Bery well-rounded and delightful to drink. Paired it with black truffle and parmesan chips.

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GingerFinn from Ontario (Canada), Mar 23, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A hole lot of centennial hops - how bad can it be. I'd like to have an IPA run of 2 hearted, Founders centennial IPA, and Dogfish 60 minute, would be interesting...

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Photo of ClareQuilty
2.35/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

While most other beers from Bell's are very good, this one is lacking. The taste is murky - not overly bitter, or hoppy - and flavors are indistinct. Described as "citrusy" but lacks the tang or punch of truly citrus-flavored hops. Taste is far more cloudy. After-taste is borderline foul. It's like hops masquerading as malt; 100% Centennial hops might not be the best idea when it comes to taste. But I guess I was sold on account of 7% ABV. Two-hearted and two-faced.

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4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour nice hazy burnished gold with a white head. Nice lacing.
Smells piney and floral.
Taste is very good balance of piney floral hops and a nice malt back bone.
Mouth feel is on the lighter side with a nice crisp fish with just a bit of slick in the back of the throat.
Very well balanced is the word that comes to mind with this beer. Cheers to Bell's for brewing it right!

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3.1/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer should be featured on the "Bore me to tears channel" ... had so many times because it's cheap and EVERY time fails to impress. This one, 16 oz can at 3 months of age, incredible boring, mediocre, average, you name the adjective, that's what it is. Actually, the Double Two Hearted also stunk, as does Hopslam. Along with their i don't even remember the name, stouts that also stink. Gotta be the most overrated brewery on earth. Yes, I mean overrated. This fucking beer stinks.

What do you want to know? It's boring appearance leads to an generic hop aroma and taste, no bitterness, but worse than your run of the mill NE IPA if that's possible. Drain pour except I don't drain pour. Maybe < than 1 month age it's ok. Waste of time, EVERY time.

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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania, Feb 24, 2020
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If IPA’s had a poster child this is it. One of the most well balanced widely available ipa’s you can get your hands on. Even better on tap as you may imagine.

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Photo of Singlefinpin
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this from a bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appears clear, orange with a nice foamy head and lacing.
Smells aromatic, citrusy, grapefruit.
The taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a nice ale, very aromatic that just adds to the flavor.
I'd definitely order again.

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Singlefinpin from North Carolina, Feb 21, 2020
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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic! Bells Two Hearted is like no other IPA I've had, truly within a class of its own.

The aroma is truly distinct, indelible and unique. A robust, fluffy white head permeates the glass and clings to the walls, sitting over a beautiful caramel orange body. Mixes of forest pine and tart citrus exude from the head, confirmed by a supple gulp. The taste is substantial, a sweet almost candy-like elixir that is balanced by hoppy overtones and finishes with balance. This IPA is really set aside from the rest; hard to contemplate from my experience one that is similar.

Excellent, very special beer.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: frothy head and golden body. +.25 for nice lacing
Nose: burst of hops, bit boozey and some citrus grapefruitiness
Feel: Crisp and not sticky
Taste: overall pretty simple, but done very effectively. Bit of dank slightly boozey (not as boozey as the nose) hops and citrus. Piney malt backbone. Good stuff.
Overall: very drinkable and admire the simple yet well done and overall package that's put together

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thebeerguy31 from Massachusetts, Feb 03, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange on the pour with a big head that dissipates fairly quickly, but nice lacing. Grapefruit and mango notes and big hoppy taste. Crisp finish with a slight bite. A quality brew at a fair price. This is right up there with Sculpin and Dogfish IPAs.

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Mugman8 from New York, Jan 24, 2020
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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale is an IPA classic. Drinking one right now at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Oneonta, NY. It is delicious- icy cold- slightly bitter with citrus notes bursting from the glass. There is no playing around here- 100% centennial hops for a crisp yet satisfying finish. The snow is falling outside but when I look at beautiful lacing on the glass, I can begin to imagine the warmer weather and the longer days of spring and summer to come. Well done Bell’s!

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NYNorseman from New York, Jan 18, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first experience with “craft” beer, in the sense of something being suggested because of its high regard. My initial review had this as a 4.5 overall. Boy was I naive. I stand by this being a bastion to me of what, at the time I first tried this, a craft beer was in 2008 and still is today.

Golden tinged burnt-orange, two fingers of white head with a little persuasion

Grapefruit, pine, melon, excellent hop aroma.

Grapefruit, pine and some earthy dankness on the palette.

Well-rounded medium mouthfeel, nice bitterness and decent carbonation.

All around worth a try if not a permanent staple in your fridge. Enjoyable year round, but nothing beats it in the middle of summer served pretty damn cold

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4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light, clear bronze with patchy, short lived head that coats the glass in lace trails. Grapefruit, lemon, pine needles and caramel malt in the nose. Lots of citrusy hops burst in the taste. Delicate biscuity malts provide just enough balance. Medium bodied with creamy, textured carbonation. Medium bitterness and lots of citrusy hop flavor in the long finish.

A masterclass in IPA balance - forget all the new fangled hop varieties, centennial alone can more than get the job done. A classic and a must try.

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CAMRAhardliner from Ontario (Canada), Jan 09, 2020
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Pretty standard translucent copper gold, but with a wonderful three-finger Ivory head settling down to a thick cap with a wonderful sticky lacing.

S: Biscuity malt, pine and citrus rinds, an small floral note. Enticing.

T: Incredible balance to the likes of which is rarely found. Less malty than the nose which is great.

F: Creamy medium mouthfeel, low bitterness and a gentle carbonation.

O: The balance of this brew is greater than the sum of its parts. I’ve seen this one posted countless times in BA and now that I’ve finally had it on tap I understand why. It’s a top notch IPA.

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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington, Dec 26, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Notes from 12/22/2019.
Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
Look is hazy orange with one finger of moderately lasting white foam with some lacing. 3.75
Smell is mango, citrus, and pine. 4.00
Taste is mango, citrus, malt, pine, and finishing with moderate bitterness. 3.75
Feel is a little above medium, and creamy 4.50
Overall it does very well in some areas, but there is something missing in the flavor. 3.75

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Hooded from Texas, Dec 23, 2019
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3.86/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not my favorite IPA, but it's intersting. Pours a clear dark orange color. Doesn't smell hoppy, almost like a lager. Taste is a good balance of malty and hoppy. Not as bitter as some of it's rivals, but very drinkable. Slightly overrated.

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EJPA_0425 from California, Dec 18, 2019
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 15393 ratings