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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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95
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3,446 Reviews
Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,446
Ratings:
13,821
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
21.6%
 
 
Wants:
902
Gots:
4,032
For Trade:
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Reviews: 3,446 | Ratings: 13,821
Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into a nonic pint.

A: Clear bright gold with a rocky white head. Nice lacing and retention.

S: Nose comprised of sticky tropical fruits (pineapple, mango) with a bit of sweet doughy malt.

T: Taste is very fruity with very low bitterness. Hop profile is primarily tropical like the nose. Pineapple, orange, a bit of citric bitterness, followed a nice dose of pale malt. Dry and fruity with a little bite of alcohol in the finish.

M: Fizzling and pleasant.

O: This is pretty tasty. Nice tropical IPA with surprisingly low bitterness. Not too aggressive but tastes good.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color, with a small, but persistent white head, and excellent broken lace.

Aroma: Massive pine and lesser grapefruit and orange hops. There is also a slightly grainy malt presence.

Taste: Opens with mildly spicy hops, slightly sweet malt and tropical fruit notes, soon a strong pine and orange hop presence manifests itself. Finishes quite dry, with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-made example of the style.

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Photo of Airedoggie
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color with a nice white head and persistent lacing.

S: Sweet citrus and floral hopsy after-notes,

T: Very crisp floral hops with a balanced sweet caramel maltiness coming through.

M: Creamy medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Lingering floral hops. My favorite IPA.

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Photo of rdub
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint. Medium gold/tan color and a mice one finger head. Stuck around awhile. Aroma was of spucy hoppy grapefruit. Taste was strong and deliciously hoppy with a nice malt backbone. I got the weird fruity flavor some have described as well. Medium body and carbonation made it easy to drink for such a strong tasting brew. Packs a wallop of flavor.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA on recent beer run. Paid around $2 for the bottle.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A-Slightly hazy, orange color. Big, 2-3 finger frothy head that disapates ever so slightly within a few minutes. Even after 5 minutes, about a 1 finger head remains. Good lacing on the glass throughout the entire session.

S-Familar IPA aromas of citrus and hops. Slight fruity smell as well.

T-Good combination of citrus (grapefruit) and a really nice malt backbone. Pine and hops are there but not a hop-bomb by any means. Nice combination of fruit, pine and hop flavors dominate this IPA.

M-Lots of carbonation. Even after enjoying this for 10-15 minutes, still getting a decent amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

D-A very nice, very drinkable IPA. Even though the ABV is around 7%, this could be a session beer, in my opinion.

Overall-A highly enjoyable beer. Being a fan of IPA's, I can really appreciate the subtle flavors that every brewery tries to impart into their beer. Bell's has done a fine job with this IPA. I'd gladly purchase again.

Cheers!

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Goblet.

Pours a slightly hazy orangey-golden color with a thick two-and-a-half fingers of off-white froth that settles lazily, grasping at the walls of the glass as it fades, leaving behind a thick, broken blanket of lace.

Lots of bright, citrusy hop notes in the nose: grapefruit and orange in the foreground, some floral notes with some bubblegum peaking through, along with some faint fruity esters filling in the rear.

A light-to-moderate carbonation combines with a medium body to give an impression of fullness. The malt backbone is more bready than sweet, but a touch of sweetness does show through; hops fill out the palate, with sharp grapefruit and lemon zest, a bit of citrus pith. Quite bitter and dry, with some slick hop resin; things fall away into a bitter finish with some light toast, very dry and with a lingering grapefruit note.

Despite the heavy-handed hop impression, Two Hearted comes across mostly balanced, though perhaps with the scales leaning slightly toward the bitter end of the spectrum. Overall very pleasant and a well-crafted and drinkable IPA, and while the alcohol content doesn't soar, it's high enough to make itself known. Two of these would provide enough mind-numbingness and palatial devastation to hinder further quaffing.

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Photo of senglish7
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure that I get the obsession with this beer. To me, it's well balanced and easy to drink, making it very solid, however the flavor/aroma doesn't blow me away. I will say the more I drank it, the more I enjoyed it.

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Photo of nosurrender23
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grade from the group = B+.

"Nice fishing IPA - too much of a boy beer."

First, the beer pours clear yellowish with a brown tint in color with about 1 finger of head.

Once the beer is poured, the fumes exhibited a hoppy bitterness and sweet smell with a slight pine smell like an x-mas tree. While someone else stated, "the smell jumps on you like an Haitian at a Union soccer game."

The beer had little to no carbonation but had a complex, sharp taste to it. As far as drinking is concerned, the beer had a smooth but not too bitter taste and a strong after taste.

Many felt the beer is more of a casual session beer like the art depicts one may grab a few of these for a day of fishing.

Finally, the beer had a smooth yet slightly bitter taste to it with a fruity after taste and long hop finish.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received via trade from tburkhart. Thank you.

12 ounce poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark orange color with a golden tint. One finger of foamy white head that dissipates to a thin layer. Good lacing down the glass

The nose consists of a huge citrus hop aroma. Strong grapefruit and lemon peel. There's a slight malt in the undertone, but it's really tough to get a hold of with the hops kicking ass all over the place.

Taste falls right in line with the nose. It didn't let me down at all. Strong grapefruit hop flavor. Slight malt backbone. This beer is right up my alley with the hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and nicely carbonated.

This is right in line with most other IPA's. Maybe a little bit less so on the drinkabilty side, because the hop flavor is so strong that it will ruin your pallet for the rest of the night. Overall a good offering, and definitely worth trying.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a hazy golden orange color with a white foamy head with very nice retention
S-some pine and citrus, a bit faint but my bottle is also a few months old
T-Very well balanced, great malt background with orange and pine in the finish
M-medium bodied
O-Great beer, can only imagine how great this would be fresh on tap

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Photo of beerhobo22
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden color. Great Centennial hop aroma. Head retention is very good. Good balance of malt and hop bitterness. Easy to drink; definitely a go-to-ale.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright copper with hues of bronze and orange shinning through, a white head that was about a finger and a half thick.
the aroma is hopsack; citrus, hint of pine, malty.
the flavor is malty followed by a firm hopsack, citrus, carmelized malt sugar.
two hearted is one of michigans best ipa's, two thumbs up.

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Photo of dbONE
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another find on my recent trip to ND.
A cloudy unfiltered look with a dense clean white head.
Lots of floral and citrus hops with a touch of pine and grass.
For a midwest IPA style this is on the map with a very grapefruity citrus flavor with a clean orange peel finish. Keeping it on the coolder side helps the drinkibility. The flavor slips as it warms up.
The sticky malt finish begs for another sip.
Be sure to share your sixer because you will get bored after a few.
Still a good beer though.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- One and a half finger head that sticks around with excellent lacing. Lots of bubbles coming up. Brew is a copper/golden color with an unfiltered haze.

S- Sweet flowers and tropical fruit (mangoes and papaya). Just a hint of yeasty funk. Smells amazing.

T- Starts floral leading into tropical fruits with a nice hoppy bite on the backside. I notice some yeast and light malts in the finish.

M- Lighter for the style, great carbonation, alcohol is well hidden. Somewhat oily and slick on the tongue.

O- Easy drinking and well balanced. I've always had a special place in my heart for Two Hearted. I just wish Bell's was distributed in CO...

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.
Bottle date of 12/16/11.

Appearance: A golden straw colored beer with 3 fingers worth of thick white head. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: strong notes of pine and citrus. Smells really good! Not getting much from the malt profile of this beer.

Taste: moderate bitterness from the hops profile. Pine upfront with grapefruit and oranges. Its a well balanced IPA. You can just detect the malts as a biscuity flavor and you dont get much else from the malts. Aftertaste is not really all that bitter, it quite pleasant. The hop flavors just kind of fade away so that you want to take another drink right away to get more hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: high end of a low bodied beer. Moderately carbonated. The beer is crisp, clean, and easy drinking all the way.

Overall: I am a fisherman so i really love this label with a trout on it. The beer is better than your average IPA. I think this would be a good beer to take fishing to give you more luck! Also because its a tasty beer! Bells make quality beer! Glad its a local beer for me!

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Original tasting: 12/10/2009

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
45°F

$9.99 / 6 pk.

S: Sweet caramel malt, bready. Nice floral hop aroma.

A: Clear amber body topped by a big loose head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing and a thin creamy cover.

T: Well balanced malt and citrus hop flavors. Bready. Nothing stands out as overpowering. More pronounced malt flavors than a typical IPA.

M: Smooth medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp finish with a nice hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

D: Very sessionable IPA, and better solo than many of the hop bombs I've had recently.

O: This brew stands out for its balance of flavors, a treat that has been on the decline in craft IPA's it would seem. Don't confuse balance with absence however, this beer is very flavorful.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Two Hearted Ale poured a cloudy, slightly too pale amber with a creamy two-finger head that left sporadic sticky lace.

The smell and taste are also too pale; undistinguished yet easy to drink, with a touch of lemon/grapefruit that lingers a bit acidy, like the rind.

Two Hearted Ale is a good, but not great, IPA that leaves a less than pleasant after-smell and after-taste, similar to what smacks the palate after biting into an orange peel to get it started.

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Photo of dave39
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I have had this before but after a few glasses of wine before dinner, so I want a clean palate to test it. I was a little drunk when having it, so not sure, so here comes a sober review with a clean palate.

WOW, I love this one. Very sweet aroma, sweet malts, alcohol very well hidden.

Sweet orange, sweet peach, taste. Excellent, excellent beer. Flavors are very different then a traditional IPA. Unique. You can tell it is not a West Coast IPA, and as much as I love those, this is awesome and different in it's own way.

World class IPA.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been feeling inspired to get back into reviewing with the new change to how scores are calculated. What better one to kick it off with a reknowned beer from my new home state. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz bottle that was picked up at the General Store in Kalamazoo--bottling date of 6/27/15. Poured into a fancy Speigelau IPA glass for maximum IPA-ness.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a hazy tangelo orange with the body up in the bulb of the glass being darker and more opaque than the lighter orange rind color of the smaller base. Yellowish highlights rest at the bottom where teh light passes through the glass. Atop the body sits a finger and a half of frothy, bright white foam. Retention is moderate before fading away to leave just a spot of lace here and there on the glass--not much residue at all.

Smell (4.0) - Initially I get some bright notes of stone fruit and tropical, maybe nectarine and mango, but not as sweet. On second and third times sticking my nose down in the glass, I get faint herbal notes and the grain base makes itself known, but gently. Nothing individually jumps out in this beer, with all the players melding together in a nice blend. A part of me wishes something in here was a little more aggressive, but the harmony makes for a very easy-to-drink beer.

Taste (4.0) - Much like the aroma, the flavors contained here all blend very well together, making for a slightly different impression with each swallow. The same notes of fruit are present, with an additional depth coming from some floral notes. Peach, mango, and light bready sweetness all make an appearance, and there is a slight bite from the alcohol, but nothing unpleasant or overpowering--just some minor astringency.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Medium body with carbonation on the low side of moderate. Finish is mostly dry with just a hint of sweetness on the tongue.

Overall (4.0) a very well-done beer that has stood the test of time for good reason. Something I never find myself going out of my way to get, but always a great backup option if I can't decide on something else because I know what to expect and that I will be satisfied once the beer is gone.

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Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head, but it leaves a near blanket of lace on the glass. The liquid is cloudy with an orange hued dirty copper color.

Very mild smell for the style. Pale grain nose is stronger than the floral hop. Well balanced but meek.

The hop is fresh tasting, providing a black pepper finish. Starts with a clean "round" pale malted barley flavor. Only a touch of sweetness. Full bodied and a below average level of carbonation. Good counterpoint to hot wings.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours golden with a tall solid off white head that leaves some nice lace.

Smells of citrus, lemon, and malt with a nice floral bouquet.

Taste is nice hop punch of bitter citrus and herb/floral notes. It is a solid I'd faint malt middle with some biscuit notes. Finishes dry with more bitter herb. It has some nice fruit notes and good lively carbonation that keeps the subtle complexities alluring.

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Photo of Ell
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty, nicely hoppy beer.

It has an exceptionally floral aftertaste. Very nice and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is light, but not too light. Good nose - again, floral and very hoppy with a bit of grapefruit.

This is a very nice and drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of jimdalton
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, dark copper.
Odor: Floral, malty, and bitter
Taste: Earthy with a floral, citrus hop kick and a nice back end sweetness Smooth, floral, earthy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Earthy with a floral, citrus hop kick. Nice, floral, earthy aftertaste.
Overall: Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale brings the a new spin to the IPA style. This IPA has all the usual suspects as far as flavor, but brings a special kick that is not found in other IPAs.

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Photo of MacDomer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't get this easily in Chicago, but picked some up over the holidays when I was in Ohio. Consumed about 5 weeks after it was bottled. Excited to try this one...

Poured into my standard pint glass. This one is a light golden orange with a big foamy head and excellent retention. Good, forward aroma of floral hops. A hint of semi-sweet malts. The taste is crisp and citrusy. Good balance and mouthfeel.

Overall, I enjoyed this, no doubt. But, given the hype and ratings, I'm left a bit disappointed. It's really good, but not great. Will have one if offered, and I'd like to have it again, but I'm happy to stick with more easily attainable IPAs.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review was long overdue.

Appearance -- Pours a honey amber hue with a finger of sudsy white head. Handsome.

Smell -- the aroma is bursting with sweet juicy citrus flesh, pithy peel, wet-nap, and honey malt. Vibrant hop bomb with a soft underlay of malt.

Taste -- Massive citrus hops, akin to tangerine flesh and grapefruit zest. Hop bitterness is in good proportion: assertive, but not a trial by ordeal. Malt is drier than the nose would suggest, but still with a modicum of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with crisp carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall -- A great easy-drinking, go-to IPA. However, freshness is especially critical with Two Hearted as the hop character falls off in a hurry. Great, but not a show-stopper.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,446 ratings.
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