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 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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Photo of BeerZombies1
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Hearted Ale - Bell's Brewery
American IPA
7% ABV 55 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy slightly cloudy golden straw color. Big huge billowy head that dissipated rather quickly leaving some great lacing patterns.

AROMA: The nose was a bit subdued. Floral notes, summertime dandelions and soft grass. Nice & mellow citrus and pine hops.

TASTE: I get grain and sweet malts up front. Nice citrus wave crashes and releases some grapefruit and tropical fruits. Slight bitterness on the end.

MOUTHFEEL: Light and crisp with medium body and medium prickly carbonation. Dry snappy finish.

OVERALL: Very solid brew. I think of it as a gateway into IPA's. Not a lot of that bitterness that I'm used to but still really enjoyable.

RATING: 4/5 Zombie Heads!

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Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy Apricot amber, white head, lacing. Aroma is subtle evergreen and some tropical fruit. Flavor is elegant grapefruit bitterness. Mouthfeel is fine. Everything about this beer is sublte, quiet and masterful. Easy to drink, simple, beguiling.

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

Hazy gold. Thick, tight head.
Grapefruit and other citrus aromas.
Mild sweetness followed by a hoppy bitterness. Malt biscuit in the background.
Soft feel. Decent balance, Very drinkable.

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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.


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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 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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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.26 out of 5 based on 14,140 ratings.
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