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

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
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From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #45
ABV:
7%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,610
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 10.77%
Reviews:
3,883
Ratings:
11,793
Status:
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Rated:
Yesterday at 03:26 AM
Added:
Dec 11, 2001
Wants:
  1,032
Gots:
  5,211
SCORE
95
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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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Ratings by specialkheese:
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Rated by specialkheese from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Feb 18, 2012
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Reviewed by TacticalKris

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Age: 4 months from packaging.

Look: A Touch hazy, not crystal clear. Amber in color and beautiful head of lacey foam.

Smell: Malty hops. Pleasant.

Taste: The surprising malty background blew me away. I love a good malt but to see it shine in a IPA was kind of nuts. I enjoy the taste. The malt and hops are balanced well.

Feel: The lingering malt feel on the tongue is pleasent. There is not a bitter bite to it like you would expect, its there but not enough that you couldn't session this beauty.

Overall: I love it really. Its going in my rotation. What Ive found is that after some hazy beer, double IPA, etc, throwing this malty IPA in the mix just completes the circle. Its great. Thanks Bell's.
Yesterday at 03:26 AM
 
Rated: 4 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 3.95 by WisMiss from Utah

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

3.34/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy, deep yellow with very good carbonation and a light, airy head. Aroma is citrus and pine, with perhaps a very slight hint of grapefruit. Taste is light, largely bright, perfectly balanced between bitter and refreshing. The citrus comes through strongly, followed by pine.
Jul 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.56 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.33 by jslywiak from California

Jul 11, 2022
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Reviewed by CobraChicken

3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I’ll start by saying that I am NOT an IPA guy. I’ve tried a few but just cannot appreciate whatever is going on with that. However, I heard the hype on this and wanted to give it a short. My initial smell is heavy of pine and citrus with just a hint of malt. The flavor is the same. I get a pleasant pine taste and it reminds me of a chilly fall morning sitting in a tree stand waiting for a buck to walk by. The finish has a mild malt flavor and a medium dry finish. It’s not too bad and the only IPA I’ve been able to stomach. I bought a 6pack just for my own edification, in hopes of understanding the genre better.
Jul 07, 2022
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Rated by chicagobluesman from Illinois

4.86/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
The gold standard against which to judge American IPA's.
Jul 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by MikeE71 from Michigan

Jul 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.97 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Jun 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.4 by clm9 from North Carolina

Jun 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by NorCalYeti from California

Jun 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by MynamesRickJames from Minnesota

Jun 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by Danny27

Jun 03, 2022
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Reviewed by nizzle8287 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
L: Hazy golden nectar with a small white head that dissipates into a film and a ring around the glass.
S: Yeast rolls, caramel, citrus fruit, pine resin, all the hallmarks of the best American IPAs.
T: Same as smell, but way more intense, as the bitterness is incredibly pronounced, as it should be with an IPA. Pine resin is popping out here.
F: Carbonation on the high side, but between that and the bitterness, the alcohol is very well masked. Medium heavy body.
O: Fantastic old-school IPA that isn't overly fruity or sweet. Highly recommend to everyone who wants a world-class IPA with no BS.
May 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.11 by Buannaich from Colorado

May 26, 2022
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Rated by Sparty1965

4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
The gold standard of IPA’s.
May 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.61 by Bryan-K from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.43 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.69 by RiverJim

May 05, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.17 by pthoolihan from Pennsylvania

May 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.58 by BTexpress from Georgia

Apr 29, 2022
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Rated by RRB328 from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tried at Prohibition Kitchen, 4/19/22
Apr 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by rabembenek from Indiana

Apr 14, 2022
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Reviewed by DrDaveK from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Yummmm. this is a great IPA. The favors include an initial earthy taste, finished with grapefruit zest. I like this beer very much. I first had it in the Ann Arbor. So glad they sell is locally in MA. Even after 20 minutes, the taste and look remain.
Apr 08, 2022
 
Rated: 1.98 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Apr 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by Mattalica

Apr 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.52 by ebanigan

Apr 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
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Rated by Legendary_Geko from Florida

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
One of the better beers you can have. If you don’t like IPAs still give this a try
Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by LukeCov49

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Great overall IPA

L: pours golden/ light amber with a little over a finger of thick rocky foam. Hazy/cloudy

S: citrus and hoppy pine are the strongest notes some malt

T: following the smell I got a light of lemon water taste at colder temps and as it warmed up I got a nice hop bitterness and a good malt body. Overall pine and citrus are the strongest with a nice hint of spice and malt.

F: perfect carbonation, good mouth feel. Definitely not watery but feels a little lighter than other IPAs I’ve had recently
Mar 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by milkbone_underwear from Massachusetts

Mar 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by NeilSilber1 from California

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours golden with slight amber color and white fluffy cap. Subtle back notes of spice, cinnamon, and grapefruit give this huge IPA an incredibly unique signature punch without throwing the hop forward ipa out of balance from its nicely layered malty backbone. Amazing IPA brew!
Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by RealAgentSRK

4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Being from Michigan I always just considered Two Hearted another option besides your Buds and Millers, albeit a slightly more expensive and tasty brew. It was the beer we had our older siblings buy us when we had something to celebrate (or lament).

Now that I'm older and my pallet is more refined I find myself always returning to this old staple. For some reason I still expect to try some new (to me) IPA and be blown away by how much better it is than Two-Heart. Well, I've tried quite a few and so far nothing has surpassed or even equaled the Michigan masterpiece that is Bell's Two-Hearted.
Mar 16, 2022
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Reviewed by papposilenus from New Hampshire

3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
From a 12oz bottle, dated 01/26/22. Served in a spiegelau IPA glass.

Pours a crystalline honey-gold with two-plus fingers of fluffy white suds. Retention is exceptional - in fact, apparently infinite - with fat wads of foamy lacing.

Nose is malty, grainy, redolent of caramel sweetness.

Taste is thoroughly in line with the nose. Tasting grapefruit peel and orange, a little vaporous pine in the sinuses but, more than anything else, an overwhelming caramel malt sweetness. I get a little apple juice character in the finish and beyond which I’m attributing to the yeast(?)

Feel is smooth and round, medium-dense bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall, not well balanced to my palate, all malty-sweet smoothness with very little hop bite. Nothing wrong with it, per se, just not quite my cup of tea. I’ve waited a long, long time to find a (relatively) fresh bottle and I’m not going to lie, I’m a little disappointed.
Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Eapressocycle from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Hardly a point to reviewing such an iconic beer. There's a zillion IPAs with colorful inscrutable labels and clever names. Some of them are great, most of them are serviceable, some are terrible. Then there's Two Hearted. Perfectly balanced, deceptively simple. Honestly I don't bother with other beers anymore unless I'm at a brewery.
Mar 13, 2022
Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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