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

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
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American IPA
Ranked #30
Ranked #767
4.3 | pDev: 10.7%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
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 L1ng
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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Photo of thatfellow
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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Photo of thebeerguy31
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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Photo of Mugman8
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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Photo of NYNorseman
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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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
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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Photo of Hooded
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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Photo of EJPA_0425
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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Photo of EvershineDan
3.44/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.25

I guess if you enjoy IPAs, this is the one to get. But I've always been suprised that any IPA can receive such a high score.
It reminds me of a very hoppy and bitter beer, with an added squirt of rancid grapefruit juice and pine tar.

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

Bottled 6/26/15; drank 8/1/15 @ the Yarchives.

Murky orange appearance.

Eggshell head; nice lace.

Orange juice & mild mango notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Bold orange citrus & mango flavors; no bitterness on the finish.

This citrus lover was in heaven.

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Photo of KahlilBeer
4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I made an account to review this beer. It's the best damn American IPA I've had in years. I used to live in Boulder and I drank Blind Pig, Odell's IPA, and Pliny the Elder on a regular basis. I live on the East Coast now and Two Hearted Ale is the best American IPA I have had since I moved here. The balance is perfect. The nose smells maltier than it is. I do *not* like malty beers, but this is balanced perfectly. The taste is perfect - biscuity, floral, just the right amount of bitter. Does not taste like 7%. The head is superb: fluffy and smooth transforming into lacy and light. Overall, a smoothness not experienced very often. I love the hazy and fruity NEIPAs, but really, Two Hearted Ale transcends the competition to a level achieved by few. Are you standing at the store right now looking it up just to be sure? Buy it, drink it, and enjoy.

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Photo of UristMcBrewer
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a hazy orangish amber color with a pillow head that very slowly gives way to beautiful lacing. It smells strongly of hops. The aroma is strongly piney with citrus that is only slightly less strong. In the background of the smell, the sweet malt is present. Upon tasting the beer, the flavors really burst out. It is dank, piney, and citrusy on a good malty base. The malt offers some sweetness, which is easily overpowered by the hoppy bitterness. It is not too bitter though. It fells very full. It coats your mouth and as the fluffy carbonation comes out. Overall, this a good IPA, a go-to for me.

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Photo of MrOH
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Slightly chill hazed orange-gold. Big white head, excellent retention and lace
Grapefruit, pine, any array of floral aromas, and some hints at a malty background.
Flavor pretty much follows aroma, a bit more sweet citrus and a touch of caramel malt round it out
Mouthfeel and carbonation are spot on for the style.
There's a reason this is a living legend of a beer still. It's even better than when I first tasted it 15 years ago.

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Photo of Foyle
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A 1" pillowy off white head drops slowly with moderate lacing. Color is hazy orange. Aroma pine, citrus, white bread dough. Mouthfeel is medium and slightly astringent with a quite dry finish. Flavor is well balanced between the pine/citrus hops and the sweet malts with a hint of honey. Overall: a classic in the style.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can. Stamped canning date on can bottom is '081219'.
Pale gold colored body, with a bit of haze. Two fingers of small bubble white head. Leaves behind small sheets and spots of lacing.
Aroma of piney hops, some citrus, some honey sweetness, and a malt base.
Taste of the piney hops, along with citrus. A combination of resin and grapefruit pith at the end. Front end expresses a sweet touch. Good malt base.
Medium mouth feel, with some smoothness in the texture. Very good carbonation.
Extremely well balanced. Pleasant transition from initial pine resin to a sweet touch and then ending with a more bitter and resin like end. I have passed by this beer for years now but after trying Double Two Hearted I was compelled to try the original stuff. Well worth the wait.

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Photo of nashvilleforeigner
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this used to b my go to awhile back then the haze craze took hova. Recently picked up a 6 piece and drank em all and ‘‘twas reminded how amazing this beer is. And if price was a rating that would b a 5 spot too cuz it’s so much cheaper than all the lame knock off NEIPA’s. Drink up feel good live that life go to sleep smiling. Bells!

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Photo of Lukeographer
3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. Golden color. Not very hoppy, but does hold the fresh taste. The best way I can describe the difference between this and your typical American IPA is the hints of a Scottish ale in the background. Would recommend a buy every few months, but don’t go rushing to your nearest store.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fabulous IPA, loads of fresh Hop flavor and Ultra satisfying.
I took me a long time to break down and purchase this beer. The Presentation is unassuming. Well, I learned that packaging doesn't mean a great deal when it comes to Craft Beer. I can't say much on the look. I drank it straight from the bottle. I did notice a tad of sediment in the bottom. Smell is wonderful bright fresh and citrus-like. Centennial Hops lend a beautiful pine resin character I just love. Taste is dang near perfect! Upfront a bold helping of bite from the hops. bright, fresh pine and citrus peel with a smooth underlying malt. finish is somewhat dry with a build-up of bitterness. exactly how I like my IPAs. The feel is slightly thin more so than I like. Light to medium. Smooth throughout the sip. I prefer a creamy mouth feel, This beer doesn't deliver that. Over all, this is a Damn good IPA. Its bold in flavor. Big on Hop bitterness. what a good IPA should be.

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Photo of CuddlyREDRUM
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a big fan. Got a 12 pack of cans, poured into a standard pint glass. Far too fruity, a somewhat gentle buzz a bit lighter than I prefer. Somewhat crushable, maybe a good and cheap go-to beer for some in regards to price.

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Photo of CraftBeerBob
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is an appealing amber. The nose is crisp and hoppy. The taste is traditional for an American IPA, clearly above average for that style. The mouth feel is rich and lingers nicely. There is nothing especially distinctive about this brew, but if you're looking for a fine example of a strong American IPA, this ale fits that description quite well.

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Photo of scarfacecrowe
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look; Beautiful hazy amber color with a white two fingered head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Fruit, Apple Jolly Rancher candy, biscuit, and hay.

Taste: Pleasant mellow hop finish when cool with a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. The hop presence and bitterness intensify as the beer warms. I am not a huge fan of really hoppy beer so I liked the beer better when it was cool. The beer did not taste like it smelled , I am not experienced at tasting beers so I could not make out what the overall flavor was in the beer. Maybe malt and hops but I could not identify the other flavors which none the less were good.

Mouthfeel: Luxuriously coats the tongue. As I stated earlier, the beer is mellow when cool but becomes more aggressive when it warms.

Overall a very nice beer.

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Photo of woodyswenson
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious can't find a single fault with this beer besides the price in my area. The aroma the taste can't be matched and the packaging is amazing as well.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oops , somehow I missed reviewing this beer so going by memory now. Aroma was sweet & pleasant. Flavor was tropical & citrus, very mild hop flavor for an IPA.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 15343 ratings