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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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

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

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Photo of Coolcheech
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, drank from a tulip.

A: Pours a rich golden color with a white foamy head.

S: Floral with a hint of apple. No change in smell over time.

T: Floral again but not overly hoppy, and again some apple notes are noticed.

M: Medium body, and heavier than I would imagine from the sight and smell. No real alcohol flavor from the 7.0% ABV either.

D: No surprises here in flavor. It tastes just like it smells with no complex layers that I can discern. I don’t say that in a bad way, though. The beer wasn’t heavy but heavier than I imagined and it rounds off the fruity taste nicely.

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Photo of tempest
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #7877, bottled March 27, 2007.

Ok, this might be the best looking IPA I've ever had, but not the best. The appearance has a short creamy head with thick lacing. The aroma is just a general citrus punch, a little weak. The flavor picks things up a bit, but it's not as bitter as I expected. It's a smooth bitter that puts it on par with a hearty pale ale. Still, the taste is of wonderfully fruity hop juice. Not overly powerful, but nice. I'd like a little more kick, but it's still a great beer.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I've had this beer many times and it's one of my favorite IPAs that are readily available. Batch number 10207, packaged on 02/09/11, enjoyed on 03/02/11. Pretty fresh considering how long it usually takes stuff to reach the beer wasteland of Alabama.

A - Poured into a DFH pint glass. Good looking light gold color with just slight haze. White one finger head, leaves splotchy lacing. Good looking beer.

S - As fresh as it is, the aroma seems somewhat muted for an IPA. What I can pick up, however, is quite good. Nice piney, resin hops with a good malt backbone. Quite fruity as well.

T - Taste is nice and balanced. Good sweet, nutty malts with a big hop bitterness. Citrus, resin, pine, and some fruity hoppiness. I'd like this bitterness to linger for a little longer but other than that, a very good IPA.

M/D - Mouthfeel is just a little thin and doesn't leave the taste on the tongue for quite long enough. Not bad though. That being said, I can drink this stuff like water. Delicious and very drinkable.

Another tasty one from Bell's as always. It's very good for the price and always available. Good stuff.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle *batch 10161.

A: Body is very hazy orange color. Head is thick and foamy with an off white color. Very good lacing on the glass and head retention is rather decent.

S: Hop profile starts right away in the nose, but is also very spicy/zesty. This tangy aroma is a bit different from a lot of IPAs I have had, but really very nice.

T/M: Great grapefruit hop profile with a malty backbone. Very well balanced and very drinkable. Smooth and refreshing, while still being hop driven and cleansing.

D: Easy drinking beer that has a great balance and great spicy hop profile that makes it a bit distinct.

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Photo of dleigh
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/28, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pretty solid, nice hoppy, floral taste, but lacks the aromatics that would really set it apart from the crowd for me. Just my personal opinion, but I think this one was probably world class some years ago, but other easily-available beers have surpassed it. Like, a biplane is awesome and I respect it for it's role in history, but I'd still rather fly on a 777, you know?

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Photo of jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pkgd 04/03/12

Slightly hazy amber-gold, small creamy head with some lace. Smell is pine, grass, pineapple. There isn't much sensation at first swig, but toasted malt fades into super bitter, fruity, piney hops. The hoppy bitterness dominates from here. Medium-light body, but syrupy.

If you like em hoppy and bitter, try this.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice floral aroma. Very well balanced with good malt backbone, some earthy hoppyness, dry bitter finish. Nicely carbed, slick feel. First class IPA.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange color with a nice white head. Diminishes into a nice amount of lacing along the glass and top of the beer.

Smell: It's disappointing to say the least because I don't get that much hops. Very faint citrusy and piney notes.

Taste: Ahhh, this is where the hops are. It has a citrusy hop taste to it, but piney hops are the dominant flavor here. Very nice balance with a slight sweetness towards the finish. There is a final touch of bitterness to it also that disappears quite quickly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Great carbonation. A definitely mowing-the-lawn beer.

Overall: This was my first time having this beer, and I have to admit I'm kind of disappointed. I heard great things about this IPA, but it left a little to be desired. It's still a very good beer. Very good, but maybe a bit over-hyped in my opinion.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pale amber with a decent, light bubbly head. Dissipates quickly leaving thin lacing, a ton of sediment prancing around inside the glass. Smell leans heavily toward citrus, with a touch of bitter earth in there.
Tastes of piney hops on the back of your tongue with a little tart bite on the sides. Bitter grapefruit pith and piney hops with a shade of sweet malt to balance it out. No real alcohol burn, at 7% it's covered up well. Carbonation is on the money, and it feels refreshing in the mouth. Not a chore to suck down a sixer on a Friday night.

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Photo of DannyS
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a magic hat keg glass.

A - Hazy but bright orange amber. Not surprising. Little head but it sticks around forever and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - It's actually pretty muted on the nose. Predominantly fruity/floral hops on the nose but it's not very strong.

T - VERY low bitterness for an IPA. Surprised at how mild the bitterness is, actually. The citric and piney hops are there but not overwhelmingly so, countered deftly by the roasty malt. That is one hell of a sessionable IPA.

M - Light on the carbonation and not heavy at all on the tongue. This beer goes down so easy I'm tempted to just crack open another and keep drinking.

Overall - 7% ABV? Sure don't taste like it! This one is subtle, fresh, strikes a killer balance of hops and malt, and finishes really clean. Unlike most IPA's that send you wave upon crashing wave of hop flavor and bitterness, this one drinks so easy that its 7% ABV will sneak up on you if you're not careful. A great choice both as an introductory IPA and an everyday brew.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into the SA Glass

A - Light amber in color, extremely high level of carbonation. Thin, tall bright white head with tremendous retention. Opaque but not cloudy.

S - Sweet, citrusy hop smell. Notes of grapefruit and pineapple.

T - Surprisingly bitter, particularly at the back of the mouth. Very mellow front where the hops detected in the nose really come through. Complex but a bit overpowering.

MF - Definitely a 'chewy' beer, with a mild bite due to carbonation. Very nice.

D - Not a beer to be chugged - each taste packs a bitter hop burst to the back of the mouth, rendering a taste taken in quick succession rather dull. Best enjoyed slowly on its own, or with food that can hold up to its bite.

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Photo of WillKorn
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is just as good as any other IPA that is on the market right now, but this seems to just be exploding in popularity lately. There have been lots of great deals on this beer as well. It is very hoppy of course, but to me it has a slightly more florally flavor that other IPAs.

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

Straight 4's on this one a very solid beer, pours a somehwat hazy orange color with a nice medium sticky head.The aroma is very very hoppy and citriusy and resiny,the taste is pretty biiter with a caramel sweet backbone the hops are the definent taste here very citrius fruit like.A pretty balanced IPA very well done.

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Photo of daveg36
4/5  rDev -6.1%

So, they don't warn you on the bottle, but I am telling you this will not be good more than 1 month after the bottle date. I had one bottled from 10/ 21, which was perfectly floral and sweet, and drain poured one from 10/08 which had lost alot of what makes it great. This is an awesome IPA, and consume fresh, for the best experience.

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

Bell's Two Hearted Ale is a very good American IPA, that is just short of the great beers that are now being produced. This is a beer that's been a standard for so long that perhaps it's being usurped by newer offerings. However, it is still a very good beer that does not disappoint the hophead. I've had this beer on draft and in the bottle several times, and have always enjoyed it, but today, I will review it.

The beer pours a light amber that looks green when held up to the light. A soft head clings to the top of the beer and sticks lightly to the sides of the glass. The beer smells of fresh pine, just peeled orange rind, and flowery honey. The beer tastes very crisp with bitterness up front that marries with the taste of ripe peaches and malted barley. The beer is refreshing and with tannins providing good mouth feel and a dry finish. Very drinkable and deceiving for the the 7+% ABV, but definitely not sustainable for a session.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - dark burnt yellow color with a rich head that leaves a nice lacing

Smell - rich malty flavor with little hints of citrus. No much hops on the front end.

Taste - lots of malts in this one. I do not get a lot of citrus or bitterness from this one.

Mouthfeel - this leaves your mouth still wanting more.

Overall - this is quite an enjoyable beer for sure. Not sure it lives up to the hype, but I still really enjoyed the beer.

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

Golden cloudy pour with a generous inch and a half white head. Impressive lacing throughout.

Sweet biscuity aroma with bright tropical floral notes-I wouldn't say incredible. Soft pine and smells good enough to drink.

A very juicy grapefruit with subtle bitterness. Lighter sweetness.

Light bodied quenchable craft. Well balanced malt and hop.

Been drinking this on and off for years and always grand to go back to an old and steady friend. Crowd pleaser and quite sessionable. Solid fare that still deserves qualitative recognition.

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Photo of bamojr
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a lovely cloudy amber into a pint glass.
A very floral aroma with a nice amount of hops.
Excellent taste, with a citrus infused flavor that has a great finish.

Overall, I recommend this beer very highly for its great flavor and great drinkability. Yet another satisfying brew from Bell's.

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

Apperance: hazy golden/orangy with a couple fingers of white head

Smell: dank, sweet flower (I know that sounds weird but that's the best way to describe the aroma of this brew)

Taste: Lightly, hoppy, a clean bitterness, smooth and enjoyable. The 7% alcohol is very well hidden - it has an almost sessionable feel. A very nice moderately hoppy ipa. Not a Stone but not a Rebel, somewhere in between. A nice introduction to IPAs for those who are moving from Belgiums to West Coasty pale ales.

Feel: medium body and smooth

Overall: a solid IPA albeit on the smoother/softer side of the spectrum. Definitely get this again if I can find it. (this was actually a bit tricky to find on the West Coast)

update May 2016 - now Bells is widely distributed in LA area!

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

My first Bell's pale ale. I never tried their regular pale ale just because I couldn't get past the stouts and porters, they were just too good to pass up! I'm glad I tried the two-hearted though. A good pouring beer, decent head that disappears in about a minute, leaving a nicely scented lace. The smell is fantastic, just like opening up that bag of whole leaf for the brewpot. The hops are the showcase here, and they tend to dominate the malt with little interplay between the two.

I like my IPA drinkable, more of a spring/summer drink than a cold winter night drink. (Except of course for Dogfish 90-minute!) This beer would be perfect for mowing the lawn or doing yard work. Nice and light (for Bell's anyway.) It's worth buying a six-pack if you're a hophead, because if you're like me, you would easily drink a lot of this beer. Have fun!

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

Poured a nice slightly hazy bronze with a thick off white head.

Smell was dominated by the green hoppyness you would expect.

Taste is very solid, has a slight caramel malt taste up front but is quickly taken over by the solid grapefruit and pine flavored hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy yet dry.

Drinkability is very good, a very good IPA from Bells.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap clear copper. Pure grapefruit on the nose with hop resin.

Tastes like clean crisp resinous grapefruit juice. Mildly carbonated big bitterness with a balanced finish. Slick mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Clean good flavors with intense drinkability. Nice big malty back bone that holds the beer and all it's flavors together into one great sip that leaves you looking for more. Had this out in chicago over the weekend and it was my first time out there, this along with some others i've had while i was out there made it clear that between english ipa's and west coast ipa's there is a legitimate midwest style ipa that is simple and delicious in it's own way. Super drinkable with simple but well blended flavors. Good reputation for a reason.

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

Two Hearted Ale is now considered one of Bell's flagship beers for a reason. The pour on this is nice, deep gold with a light white head on top of it. A tonne of carbonation is visible in the ber and the head stays around as long as the beer does. The smell is extremely hoppy and floral with a noticeable pine dominance.

The taste on this is a textbook American style IPA, it's all about the hops, which sets up shop on the back of the tongue and relents for a moment only to show up at the front of the tongue and on the top of the mouth. Floral is dominant, but some citrus is also present. A good malty aspect to it as well, with solid hop bittering sensations and overall very drinkable beer.

Two Hearted Ale is a very solid, drinkable example of the American IPA style. I'm not a huge fan of hop dominant beers, but when I feel like an IPA this is the one I often find myself reaching for.

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

Very cloudy,orange colored body with tons of lacing.

Very citrusy,piney and grapefruit notes in the taste also.Bitterness then malt.

Nice mouthful.Little carbonation.

Nice but I like the bottled version better.Seems more hoppy.It was still nice to have though.

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Photo of Frosty80
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: hazy, light golded brown

Smell: light, crisp hops. light citrus

Taste: light citrus. slight lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: tingles tip of tongue. low carbonation. leaves your mouth feeling slightly foamy (good thing!)

Notes: one of my favorite IPAs. definitely a default and a standard for measurement

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.26 out of 5 based on 13,978 ratings.
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