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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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95
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3,443 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:
3,443
Ratings:
13,813
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
21.6%
 
 
Wants:
902
Gots:
4,023
For Trade:
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Reviews: 3,443 | Ratings: 13,813
Photo of bulletrain76
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Bright orange with an oily head that leaves some nice lace. Big citrus candy aroma: grapefruit, orange peel, and some slight mango for good measure. Pure hops, with a good supporting malt sweetness that doesn't provide assertive character. Very citrusy flavor with lots of orange, light grapefruit, and a soft bitterness. Good balance, with a bitter, yet soft finish. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Very well done, though the hops are quite one-dimensional.

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

Well, I've wanted to try this one for a while, so when I drove Shangys for my Hopslam, I figured I'd pick up a case of this as well. I was not disappointed. Pours into my tulip glass with a huge, fluffy head. Smells nicely of citrus hops. Great taste: tangy, slightly bitter, very citrusy. Creamy feal for a single IPA. Overall an excellent beer,and not nearly as expensive or hard to get as its big brother, Hopslam.

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

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange, yellow. Nic creamy 1 inch head. Tons of lacing

Smell - Hops, some sugars, citrus, malts. Grapefruit, orange and some floral spices.

Taste - Rather bold and thick hop flavor. Not overly bitter, nor sweet. Sort of like a fresh hop beer flavor, with extra hops. Its mildly malted, and has some spices and sugars mixed in.

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness and the alcohol is masked very well. Will bitter tounge some but certainly not a crusher. Aftertaste is sweet and hoppy.

Overall - Its pretty smooth and easy to drink. Freshness really made this beer enjoyable. Has a nice combination or hops and malts. This is totally a go to good ipa for when you want a soild beer. At 7%, you can enjoy a few without getting messed up. Soild and very good beer.

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Photo of enfield249
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden orange color. One finger of head when poured that dissipates quickly.

S - Spicy hop aroma, slight citrus behind that.

T - Almost the same as the smell. Some IPAs go for the big citrus hop flavor, but this one really seems to lean on the spicier side of hops, and it works out really well. There is some citrus in there, more orange the grapefruit, but it's on the smaller side.

M - Medium thickness, slight tingle from the CO2. It only leaves you with a little of the hop bitterness, and for an IPA I'll call it "clean" in that sense.

D - What a great beer all around. I've had IPA's at twice the price that were not this good. A great IPA to knock a few back in. Makes me think of warm weather. Well done Bells.

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

Poured this into a Bells pint glass.

A: Bright orange in color. Creamy head with some good lacing down the glass.

S: Alot of citrus in the nose. I really like the aroma on this one but seems to be one dimensional. There is just a little bit of carmel in their too.

T: All citrusy hops. Not much in the way of bitterness, but that is not what this one is supposed to deliver. Crisp finish.

M: It is definitely thin and has a light feel in the mouth.

This is a go-to beer for me. Alot of flavor and does not try to overpower.

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

Pours a hazy amber with two fingers of white foam. Settles to a half inch, leaving a couple of rings of lace. Smell: floral, apricot, orange peel, slightly lemony and woodsy. Taste: hoppy, but reasonably balanced...spicy, sweet orange citrus, pineapple aftertaste (is a flavor here), sugary pale backdrop. Medium bodied with a soft, creamy feel. It's right on par for a good IPA, nothing more or less. Bottled 6/30/2011, drank 7/28/2011.

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Photo of machostacos
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle decanted properly into my favorite pint glass

A: hazy golden amber, bright highlights, with a very full, bubbly head that lasts and lasts and lasts, leaving a thick, dripping lacing around the glass.

S: Smells of citrusy pine and grapefruit, with a hint of bitterness and pineapple.

T: Citrus zest up front, nice and bright and a little floral sweetness, morphing smoothly into fresh pine, mildly bitter grapefruit and lemon, with a smooth and pleasantly bitter finish.

M: A little thin, oily, with a good amount of carbonation. Won't raise any eyebrows, but is certainly appropriate for the style. Refreshing with a noticeable bitterness.

D: Maybe not the most drinkable IPA thanks to its lingering bitterness, but definitely a very solid IPA that stands up there with the best. One of my favorites, and I'm definitely spoiled to have access to this beer almost anywhere, living in central Michigan - I am definitely blessed to be surrounded by so much fantastic beer!!

Cheers!

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Photo of jag0007
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours cloudy, golden in color. quarter inch head with a decently hard pour. However, it laces nicely all the way down.

S - smells of pine, citrus, and hops.

T - taste almost exactly as it smells. Citrus hops flavoring with a pine bite to it. Very tolerable and quite enjoyable

M - Nice carbonation, nothing extravagant, but better than other crafts ive had.

D - can definitely see myself purchasing another pack. Enjoyable altogether.

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Photo of ChuckS
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Thin creamy, pancake batter colored head. Moderate lacing. Slightly hazy and dark yellow.

S - Aggressive resiny and citrus hop aroma with a touch of acrid pine.

T - Quite bitter with strong hops and little underlying malt. Bitterness becomes more complex and lingers. Resins are strong and dance on the edge of medicinal.

M - Slick and lively as it passes over the palate and base of tongue.

O - At first not so appealing or drinkable, but I find myself drawn to the Two Hearted sip after sip and then back to the fridge for another. It is has become a go-to bitter IPA, not as smooth and easy as some, not as punishing as the big boys.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Much thanks to Raider for this one.

Appearance
Orange-amber, with almost hidden hints of green in colour. Thin white head formed during the pour, and faded away during inspection. Scant lacings remained. Slight cloudiness was increased due to condensation on the glass.


Aroma
Sweet floral citrus and honey notes, accentuated with pine.
Reminescent of orange marmalade, fresh flowers, and the boreal forest. Impressive.


Taste
Not as hoppy as other IPAs tasted. Initial clean malt flavours of sweet buttery toffee shifted to the more bitter piney notes from the hops. Almost too well balanced(?) for an IPA. Hoppiness quickly tamed by the sweetness of the malt, and other more aggressive (hoppy) versions of the style leave me wanting more. The finish returns to where it all started, back to the sweetness of the malt, only slightly dimished by the hops.


Drinkability
Almost syrupy in substance, as i was emptying my glass i felt like a kid drinking soda pop. The fine carbonation, along with the sweet and syrupy malts contributing to this near flashback. The hops almost manage to cut through the malts, but dont quite succeed. Would be difficult to drink more than two in one sitting because of its cloying mouthfeel.

Overall
As stated earlier the balance favours the malts too much for my liking and personal interpretation of this style. The promises of the aroma were not realized upon drinking this beer. This would be an excellent IPA to try while working on one's tolerance for bolder and hoppier beers, of which there are plenty. Definately worth a try, i was impressed by its aroma, and it may suit your fancy more than mine. Really makes me want their double IPA though, can see how it may more fully realize my ideal, only needing more ETOH and hops to round out the malt.

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Photo of kez
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a "go to" IPA for me. Good crowd-pleaser for parties - especially from the can. Pours orange and cloudy. Citrus aroma. Fruit flavor is predominately oranges. Sweet. Full mouthfeel. Balanced, drinkable, and straight-forward.

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Photo of mabermud
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright, hazy orange.
S - Faint grapefruit and citrus aroma.
M - Medium body, crisp medium-dense carbonation, crisp, and clean mouthfeel.
T - Tangerines...Good balance. A little piney sweetness. A little bitter at the end.
O - Easy to drink. Nothing stands out.

Decent IPA. Worth another shot in the future.

Update
Solid beer - along the lines of Stone IPA and Founders Centennial IPA. Nice. Scores updated.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 5-23-16, I think.

APPEARANCE: pours a copper color with suspended bits floating about, one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, lighter carbonation, significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, brown sugar, tropical fruit like pineapple and grapefruit, there is a pine note as well.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then pineapple/grapefruit and some pine, this is a very balanced IPA, definitely more malt forward than most.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very balanced IPA, I enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style, I would buy this again no problem.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a very white rocky head. Spotty, thick lacing with bib bubbles. Powerful perfumey, piney smell that screams, "Drink me!"

Flavor is like a muted version of the smell, and it builds in the mouth over the course of a bottle. I thought it was piney but too weak to start. But by the time I was hlaf-way through it seemed perfect.

It was kind of watery, and the carbonation a bit weak, but I'll be coming back for more Two Hearted Ale.

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Photo of penn301
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First American IPA I've ever had that I actually enjoyed. It is very drinkable to the point of almost being scary at 7% abv. I never cared for the super bitter beers which is typical in an IPA. I just wish there were more IPA's like this.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Golden amber with a beautiful thick white head it dissipates but full coverage remains.
The aroma is full of grassy earthy hops pungent and nice.
The mouth is smooth very nice, creamy and full of hops and malt. It starts sweet and grassy turns earthy and hop flavored. It ends with a slight bitter but all around nice hop flavor.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a tulip. Pours a hazy gold color with a white head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing behind. A really well balanced, easy drinking beer. Has some citrus peel notes in it which I like. It's definitely the type of beer I'd like to have in the fridge all the time.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass. $14.00 a six pack.

A: pours a dark orange with 1-1/2 fingers worth of white head. Some good lacing.

S- citrus and floral hops. A little pine and some grains. Best part of the beer.

T: Bitter pine hops, some citrus, little malts

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, hoppy aftertaste. Goes done nice.

O: I was expecting a bit more from Bell’s since the reviews are through the roof on this. The smell is off the hook but the taste is average. Might get again if no other IPA on shelf is better, but doubt it.

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Photo of n2185
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden honey color with nearly two fingers of thick, creamy head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing.

S: A good mix of citrus and pine on the nose. Some sweet orange at first followed by grapefruit rind and pine aromas.

T: Grapefruit rind up front followed by some nice pine flavors and a decent amount of bitterness in the aftertaste. There's definitely a decent malt backbone here to balance out the bitterness, as the bitterness does not overstay its welcome and coat your tongue like in other really bitter IPAs.

M: Medium body with light-medium carbonation. The carbonation is not as heavy as it may seem at first, but still manages to accentuate the pine flavors nicely.

D: A pretty drinkable IPA. There's a nice amount of pine and bitter citrus flavor in there, but the bitterness doesn't overwhelm the palate, making it easy to drink several in a sitting. Overall, one of the better regularly available IPAs out there.

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Photo of ComputerBeer
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber copper with a nice head. Intense hop aroma, pine and citrus aroma, very North American hop profile. Strong bitterness, perhaps distracting from body of the beer. Finished clean. Some more complexity in the malting would be nice, balance? There is a good hop finish in flavor, but it goes to quickly because of over bitterness.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice copper amber color with a finger of a white soap bubble head. Its sticking around pretty nicely.

S: Very floral and piney smelling. A bit of fresh citrus zest in the nose as well.

T: Has some spice in it, very earthy. The hops are present but not in your face. More citrus is coming with each sip. A bitter and very dry finish. Don't get much malt, the hops and resin flavors dominate

M: very easy drinking. it has a medium body with just a small amount of carbonation. goes down smooth!

O: This will definitely stand out as a very earthy APA. Would go great on a camping trip. I could drink this alone or with a meal. Very good beer!

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance 4.0: Beautiful, deep golden color. Gorgeous, 1" head faded to a respectable 1/4" that stuck around the entire session. Excellent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Beautiful bouquet of hoppy goodness: grapefruit rind, candied orange rind, pine...I also detect the spiciness of...is that Marris Otter malt?

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly spicy and smooth. Middle is where a lovely blend of hops jumps up and hits you in the center of the palate: grapefruit, pine, piquant alkaline bitterness...so refreshing. Finish is smooth and refreshing with a nice balance of malt and dryness. Aftertaste is high in the palate and features an invigorating alkaline hoppiness.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Pleasant, smooth and a complement to the taste of the beer.

Overall 4.0: Excellent beer and an outstanding IPA. Expertly blended hops and malts make this a great session beer...just don't let that big ABV sneak up on you. This is a BIG beer, but the balance and structure make it a great beer just to have with a burger or pizza...anything really. I like to have my beer with a side of N2 O2...that's right just air. Anyway, this brew is great and definitely worth a purchase, but watch it...some stores charge up to $11+ for a six pack. Shop around and you should be able to get it for less than $10.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into nonic

A: creamy looking orange-tinted yellow with a nice creamy head, seems viscious, great lacing

S: Orange-cicle sweetness, a bit of minty bitterness, bright

T: orange blossom/honey sweetness, citrus zest bitterness

M: Smooth and sparkling with carbonation until a rather tannic bitterness that dries out the tongue

D: For 7.1% it is very drinkable, and the profile has a little of everything to offer. I'd like a little less dryness if anything.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a deep yellow, with a moderate amount of white head appearing. Smells moderately of citrus, and tastes fairly strongly of grapefruit,a teeny bit of orange, a bit of malt, with a moderately bitter aspirin aftertaste. Carbonation was just right. Not the hoppiest of IPAs, but a nice middle of the road beer that is very very drinkable.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque golden colour with a nice 2 fingers of head. The nose has lots of fruity and citrus hops to it and not a lot of malt. There is a lot of balance in the flavor of this beer. It has lots of citrus hops with a big bready and carmelly malt flavor, there is even a bit of lemon that I detect. It is medium bodied and is fairly drinkable.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,443 ratings.
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