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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 bonkers
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Hazy gold in color with a sticky, white, 2 finger head. The aroma is full of grape fruit and mango. The flavor follows and has a long lingering finsish. A solid medium bodied brew that is very drinkable. A solid middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very foamy head with some lacings on top of a clear, dark gold body. A citric and floral burst in the hops along with a decent malt presence. Taste is more of the same, as even though they are a good amount of hops for a dry, citric taste, there is also some smooth and creaminess in the body thanks to a little bit of sweet malt taste. Great beer.

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

Poured from a bottle dated December, 2010 into a tulip:

A: Pours a honey/apricot hue with a fluffy off-white head that settles down to a thin ring within some time. Grips to the sides of the glass in a bubbly, splotchy pattern.

S: The sweet smell of lemon grass upfront meshed with more floral hoppy aromas. A faint, sweet caramel malt note brushes up in the finish. Overall an inviting aroma that tows the line of the standard, quality India Pale Ale nose with ease.

T: Graces the palate upon each sip with an inviting juicy and citric hop essence weaved with dominant tones of floral lemon grass propped up by a very mild earthy, resin character. Finishes with a bitter-sweet caramel malt profile in a moderately bitter manner that lingers for just a few seconds. Well balanced and flavorful, however not something that stands head an heels above all the other India Pale Ale variations out there.

M: Medium bodied and slightly sticky in the mouth with well done carbonation. Coats the palate with a lingering bitter after the swallow but it is note overbearing. Finishes with a dry and refreshing character.

D: Well balanced, affordable, and very easy to drink, Bell's Two Hearted Ale goes down as a quality example of the India Pale Ale style in my books. However, it strength is also a bit of its weakness in my opinion as it really doesn't deviate much from the norm. Nevertheless, it is more drinkable than your standard India Pale Ale due to its more pleasant (less acerbic) finish than you will find in some.

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Photo of sls0210
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass. Light orange with inch white head that dissolves only slightly. Nice citrus tones upfront. Very creamy mouthfeel with almost a biscuit-y aftertaste. Good body. I could definitely buy a 6 pack for the house of this brew. My first try from Bells and am very pleased.

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

A clean golden colored beer. Has a big fluffy bright white head, that leaves some nice lace.The aroma is very hoppy, citrusy (serious grapefuit character) with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. There is a sweetness to the hoppiness in the strat of the taste. Followed by a smoothing out with a gentle malt push in the middle. All finishes clean and well balanced.

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

I have had this beer time and time again. It’s a good “go to” beer, especially when you find a bar that doesn’t have a wide selection of beers. I drink this one a lot over at Golf 365. All the guys there really dig this stuff. It’s a good, standard IPA.

The beer smells like… like an IPA. Again, this beer doesn’t knock my socks off, but it does have a familiar and repeatable flavor. It smells like any other IPA you have had, and drinks like one too. It has a hint of carbonation on the front of the palate, spread itself thin on the tongue, and finishes smooth and wet. (I use that word a lot… wet.)

The aftertaste does stick around for a little while. One thing I did learn about this beer, here on 1001 Bottles, is the high ABV. I didn’t realize it was 7%. I always assumed it was a 5 or 6%. The beer is also readily available at pretty much any and every liquor store and grocery store you can find. So if you want to try it, it won’t be hard to find.

The label on the bottle has a fish on it… I am sure that has something to do with the city it is brewed in. Having only been to Michigan once, I can’t speak on behalf of the patrons… but it just seems like a place that would breed a lot of fishermen. That’s not a bad thing, but the fish on the bottle makes sense.

I like the beer… a lot. Of course, I like a lot of IPAs. I could and will drink this beer over and over again.

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Photo of keoki182
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hoppy aroma immediately brings to mind sugary flowers. Orange/tangerine notes rush forward as well. The color is dark gold with with a smaller white head. The mouthfeel is exceptionally full and delicious. The flavor is of course the main attraction. More citrus on the tongue, really kind of bitter but like any IPA. This is the IPA to measure against all others.

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

A: Golden orange, well carbonated. Frothy white head with good lacing.

S: Fantastic hoppy aromas: very piney especially, with some citrus and grapefruit. The hops are very clear without being super-strong.

T/M: Really nice and well-balanced. The hops hit up front, a little piney and bitter, but quickly balanced out by some sweetness.

O: A very solid IPA, not overly strong but really well-done and balanced.

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

medium hazy orange with a fluffy white head

smells is strong of hops and spices

taste is wow with hops..very strong up front and never lets down.

good amount of carbonation with a faily thin mouthfeel

pretty easy to drink one or two at a time...but anymore would sacrafice the unique taste for me.

pretty damn good, and definitely different. it takes similar to other IPA's that ive had, but stronger and more crisp.

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Photo of Eric_Edwardson
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Tasting notes of pine and grapefruit are present in this Ipa with an incredibly hoppy and piney armoa. Add a slight note off maltiness to balance the hops and you have Bell's Two Hearted Ale.Very drinkable American IPA.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbnooshay for the bottle.

Deep golden color. A touch hazy with a big foamy head. Excellent retention with full rings of lacing.

Hops are fruity and aromatic with a definite grapefruit character. Nothing harsh about the nose.

Layered hop flavor is very citric without being too acidic, as well as floral and fruity. Soft fruitiness lasts long into the finish where it slowly transitions to a moderate lingering bitterness. Sweet, almost sugary malt base.

Smooth, creamy feel.

Pretty nice & drinkable overall.

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

Thanks to the guys at Brown Derby International Wine Center in Springfield, MO for hooking me up with Two Hearted Ale.

Poured a crystal clear golden yellow into a pint glass with a two finger white soapy head. Head retention was good. Moderate lace noted.
A little on the pale side, but still looked nice.

Aromas are straight-on grapefruit and pine sap slathered in sweet bisquity malt.

Flavors are replicated from the nose. Nicely balanced. Shades turn from citrus to sweet malt to bisquits and on to bittering hops. Not overkill, but not weak.

Feel is good, maybe thinner than most good IPAs I've encountered, but the carbonation fills the gap nicely.

This is not a knock your socks off IPA for the extreme hophead and it's not intended to be such. Overall Two Hearted Ale is higly drinkable and enjoyable. One great goto IPA if you have access in your area (which I don't). I should've bought a case...damn.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a lightly hazy orangish amber with two fingers of off white head and great head retension. moderate lacings.

aroma is mainly of aromatic hops and a touch of citrus and a grassy character. distant malts ground the aroma, giving it a solid profile.

taste is lightly malty and grassy up front, with a lightly floral character. finishes on an herbal hop note with an aftertaste is bitter hops. the hops are notable in their concentration and power towards the back of the palate, without going too far.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp texture from the hops. finishes dry with a bitter aftertaste.

drinkability is good. this is a solid IPA. the hops are wonderfully aromatic and provide a nice profile. cheers!

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

Served from a 12oz bottle, bottled on date: 10/06/11 (4 months old). Poured aggressively into a pint glass.

A: Looks a light golden, almost blonde ale color, very cloudy. Lots of active carbonation bubbles coming up. Finger of white head, good retention.

S: Very floral, hoppy, pine, citrus, very aromatic.

T: Whew! Definitely an IPA. This IPA style is not my cup of tea really... or glass of beer rather, but hopheads should love it. Lots and lots of pine, citrus, higher IBUs, very hop forward in the start through the mid palate. Tries to balance a tad on the finish with a bit of malts, finishes a bit sweet. Doesn't leave that bitter burning pinesol feeling in the back of my sinuses after a sip like some IPAs of this style do, so that's a plus. Also the slightly higher ABV is well masked, I don't get much booze in the flavor.

M: Medium body, slightly on the watery side, light carbonation.

D: Drinkability is hard to measure with this one because it's such a niche style. Your mileage may vary. For me, it's drinkable, but I'm not a huge fan of big IBUs and piney flavors.

O: Overall, I'm not a big fan. It's one of those styles where you either love it or hate it, and I'm rating it here for what it is, not according to my personal tastes. I know it's a good beer for those who are into the IPA style, and it deserves at least a 4/5. Love it or hate it, it is what it is, and there isn't anything "bad" about this beer, it just depends on the palate.

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

Draught @ Mellow Mushroom Raleigh: The beer pours a fairly clear, orangish color. There was a bit of a white head on it. It has a very nice aroma. The main nose is that of citrus with some floral hops. Strong, but not overpowering. A hint of sweetness in the aroma also. Upfront taste of hops. Strong, but not overdone. Aftertaste has a bit of orange to it, a hint of both sweetness and tartness. Quite good!

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A six pack of this beer was bought for me by a buddy during their stay in Michigan (big thanks Randy). Poured in to my new Cisco Brewery tulip glass a radiant gold, with about two fingers worth of white heading. Lots of small sediment can be seen floating around this beer if you look closely enough. Aroma is very floral, with hints of honeysuckle, a bit of garlic, and some citrus fruit thrown in the the mix. The floral part of it comes full swing in the flavor, with lots of lemon grass, earthy hops, bright citrus and oily resins. Body is about medium for an American IPA, just about right. The 7.00% ABV does not make itself known at all in the flavor. I am glad I finally got to try this one from Bells. It has a really spot on hop profile that you do not see in many IPAs on the East Coast. If I see this one at Extreme Beer Fest, I will be rushing over to grab some straight away. Cheers

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

Light orange color with a thick white head that leaves clumpy rings along the glass. Citrus and pine in the aroma and carrying over to the taste. Complimented by a nice malt backbone and a peppery, bitter aftertaste. Somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Not bad.

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

Pours a clear golden color with a a white head. Leaves behind a nice lacing after the head dissipates. The nose on this is piney grapefruit with some biscuit. Taste is more citrus and pine, but its balanced. Niether hops or bitterness dominate, its definitely a balanced beer. This is insanely drinkable. If Bells distributed to NJ I would always have this in my fridge.

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

A solid ale. Not to hoppy but enough for those who want a bitter and tangy taste. A great ale for the price. A six pack will usually run you around $9 or $10 bucks. In addition, to the quality for the price, it holds a solid ABV. Great drinkability and good w/ most things off the grill.

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

A solid beer that should be a main-stay of any MI local drinkers rotation. It pours an apricot color with a white head that leaves me some lacing. The smell is of strong hops with high AA and enough flavor to back them up. It has a nice malty base with sweet caramel flavors to build upon all the different hop flavor that come through. A deep bittering that yeilds to soft floral and citrus tones. The finish is a little over sweet.

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

Just got this beer in the mail from a trade and I was excited since it's my first from Bell's brewery.

A: Gorgeous 2+ finger head from a hard pour into a standard pint glass, it exhibited an orange amber appearance that continued to bubble well after the pour. On the down side it only displayed some lacing which I found surprising after that frothy head.

S: Noticed a higher level of malts in this IPA than usual accompanied with orange citrus finished up with those beautiful floral hops. Was less pungent than other similar brews.

T: As the smell indicated, malts were more identifiable than most IPA's, which allowed this beer to be more subtle at first and a bit sweeter. The aftertaste, on the other hand, was packed full of hops and reminded me what I'm drinking.

M: More medium bodied, low carbonation, coats the mouth thoroughly.

O: Solid entry from Bell's Brewing, I am very excited to drinking more of their offerings.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into beer glass, best by date 10025 ?

Poured a nice cloudy gold with thick two finger head medium carbonation and decent lacing that follows it down the glass.

Smell was of rich hops and mild citrus.

Taste was very nice -The hops are plentiful (as in most IPA's) citrus and floral notes .

Drinkabilty is very good - Hops and more hops - whats not to like.

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Photo of Riggsby
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Solid AmIPA. As fine as you'll get from the Mitten State. Not as floral as the West Coast class, with a bit more malt on the backend to ease away the bitter. Ernie Hemingway, a noted hard liquor swiller, might even have enjoyed this ale after a long day at his desk....

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

Poured into generic tap glass from the tap at Barbette

Appearance: Semi-clear, bright orange with a half inch white head, good retention, and very nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet orange and grapefruit right away. Slight pine but mostly fruity and sweet malts, plenty of hoppy goodness.

Taste: More than just grapefruit this beer tastes like grapefruit juice with a grassy background. Somewhere in there is some malt but there's so much hop flavor and bitterness it gets lost.

Mouthfeel: Lightly creamy, with a very crisp semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: I've had nights where I've had waaay too much of this one, but it's easy to do. I like and dislike the fact that it's 7%ABV. I guess it just depends on my mood.

Overall: This is the beer that introduced me to craft beer and delicious IPAs, it will always have a special place in my heart and when I'm at work (where we have it on tap) it's my go to beer. That being said, since I first had this I've had many amazing IPAs and Two Hearted doesn't hold the number one spot anymore. Still a great beer and I recommend trying it.

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Photo of 0110x011
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Younger35, as usual.

A - Pours a hazy gold. Dense, one finger head fades mildly fast, and leaves a thick sheet of lacing behind.

S - Nice piney hop character to start. Some herb and grassy notes as well. A bit of caramel and biscuity malt, but mostly hop forward. Not particularly pungent, but nice all around. They must save the million pounds of aroma hops for Hopslam.

T - Hop juice up front, with the pine and herb in the aroma, but an added tangerine sort of citrus. Added fruityness comes from the hop/malt interplay, adding a tropical flair. Some sweet tropcal floral notes come through in the middle, finishing with a solid hop bitterness.

M - Medium-light body, with nicely tight carbonation. Medium finish length, off-dry.

D - I could see polishing off a few pints of this without a problem.

It's understandable why this is so popular where it's available. It's a flavorful, hoppy, easy drinking IPA. I have my SoCal IPAs that I'll always love, so I won't be seeking this out any time soon, but this was a nice treat none the less.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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