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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 ATPete
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

after hearing endless good things about this beer i was lucky enough to acquire 7 bottles in 2 different trades.

12 oz bottle, code of 8427

Two Hearted gives a real good pop when opened, it pours a slightly hazy orange brown color with a big sticky white head and lots of visible rising carbonation. The nose is clear and clean with lots of choice fresh hops, some peppery spice and a citrus note. Much is the same in the way the beer tastes, lots of wet tasting fresh hops, tons of lemon/grapefruit character and toasty malts. The weakest part of this beer has to be its mouthfeel, way too much carbonation. Other than that its got a medium body and i find Bell's Two Hearted IPA very drinkable...watch the 7%'ers though, they creep up on you like no other...

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Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 8636 from May 7th, 2008. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Huge head upon the pour - wasn't aggressive, but still almost overflowed from the pint glass. Settles to a hazy orange color with a fluffy white head.

S - I could smell this beer even before getting close to the pint. Big citrus aroma up front - more grapefruit than anything else. Maybe a little biscuty as well. I picked up on some grassy scents as the beer warmed.

T - The first flavor that I notice is orange. It has a hop bite that that sticks around long after the beer is swallowed. I'm not getting much a malt presence.

M - Much smoother than other IPAs that I have had. Finishes very crisp and dry.

D - Very easy to drink. Alcohol is masked well. I could sit down with this beer for a nice long session.

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Photo of unitas3
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale semi-cloudy body with decent head and good lacing. The color is a golden haze similar to Dogfish 60, but a bit more orange.

The smell is sweet with a great deal of hops and nice floral notes. The taste is well balanced (after warming up) with a nice finish. Quite dry with a good bit of pine and citrus. Good carbonation and a pleasant mouthfeel. At 7% the drinkability is rather outstanding.

A good beer to say the least, however as far as American IPAs are concerned Dogfish 90 still rules my world.

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Photo of Mdog
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold, decent head.

Smell: Citrus, lots of it.

Taste: Leans towards the hoppy side, but relatively balanced between a bready sweetness and citrus bitterness. Can get some astringency in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Pretty good, but for some reason I usually only drink one of these in a sitting.

Some people swear by Two Hearted, for some reason it doesn't always sit with me very well. I like hoppy beers and this fits the bill, plus brings along some sweetness, but just isn't one of my favorites. Seems to be a little better on tap than bottled.

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Photo of Birchgrove77
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from batch 9059 poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice golden color, with hints of orange hue, with a nice half-inch white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a lot of lacing on glass.

S: Nicely balanced aroma. Hop aroma hints at pine and lemon zest, but seems to be dominated with grassy notes. Malt quality lies faintly beneath the hops and seems to hint at honey.

T: Piney hop quality tickles the front of the tounge, but explodes with a grassy/herbal (basil) note in the back of the throat. Nice residual sweetness remains with hints of grapefruit. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale gold with an off-white head.

Smells of citrus, floral, and piney hops.

Taste is bitter hops upfront with a bready malt backbone. Quick transition to bitter grapefruit hops at the finish.

Light to medium body and well carbonated.

Easy to drink, but a bit heavy on the malt side and lacks the bitter hop punch I was expecting. Would make a good introduction to IPAs for someone not use to hoppy beers.

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Photo of pasdachuri
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden with a small head.

Heavy nose of grapefruit hops followed by fruity esters

Tastes is a nice mix of malts and hops with a very piney presence. The malts of a nice sweetness on the mid-palate while the pine taste lingers for a bit at the end.

Mouthfeel is very smooth/crisp. Not overly carbonated, medium body.

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Photo of mmercede
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: typical copper-golden IPA color. Thin 1/4" head with minimal lacing.

S: pepper, lemon zest, pine, citrus notes, fresh baked bread. A rather reserved scent in general.

T: very balanced bittering hop profile with light citrus and pepper notes. A strong piney taste as well. A simple yet very nice malt backbone which really makes the flavor stand out to me. A perfect amount of residual sweetness.

M: A great medium bodied mouthfeel. However, I personally thought the carbonation was a bit strong.

D: I am not in love with this beer. However, it is a great go to IPA which is highly drinkable. Decent price too!

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Photo of FeelinitNow
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall clean glass.

A: A hazy orange/burgandy color with a sudsy viscous quality head

S: The predominant smell is lovely, a mix between grapefruit and pomegranate with other citrus fruit smells present. Other smells to note are: raisins, apple and pineapple.

T: Not overly sweet and very well balanced with the hop bitterness that rolls off the back of your tongue and stays with you for 10 seconds or so.

M: Slight carbonation that really compliments the beer as a whole. Also very creamy, nice touch!

O: There are so many quality factors you can feel as you drink this beer. It just stands way above quite a few beers and I'll definitely enjoy drinking this beer!

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Photo of BierRunner
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I must admit, I'm a fruit bomb guy. Great color and nice head on the pour. Nice floral nose but taste, for me, is too hops focused. I like a little more extract for mouth feel too. However, if this is your floral hop head style, it could be amazing (it does have impeccable balance). I'd be happy to drink again, but not my favorite by a stretch.

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Photo of osi
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark honey colored brown with average lace with stickies down the glass.

S - There is a jungle of scents emerging from this brew. Sweet malts, barley to start off with. A sweet tropical fruit smell hangs in there strong as well which is carried by nice floral hops.

T - Barley through and through until the end. Malt background let the bitter hops shine through and leave with a bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body with good carbonation that rolls around the tongue for a while even after the swallow.

D - I would have this again but I would prefer and IPA that finishes a tad cleaner.

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Photo of cbenson
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Beautiful Gold/Copper frosted tone that is barely see-through. Long Lasting cream colored head with a buttery consistency.
Smell: Sweet and fruity with notes of lemon-lime, grape juice, pineapple and cane sugar. Barely any malt character. Fairly one-note.
Taste: Pretty balanced for an IPA. It is actually conservative on the fruity character with some grapefruit and grape notes, but it is bold on the hops and malts.
Feel: acidic punch with a wonderful full-bodied feel and nice mouth-coating, malty finish. For the strangest reason it reminded me of eating some excellent, moist cornbread.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy golden-tangerine with a creamy beige head with a nice big cluster of soap bubbles on top. lace makes a thick wave with a parallel line of bubbles above it like some crazy japanese abstract art. settles down to a layer similar to an extremely lacey baby swiss cheese.

S- very fruity pineapple, pine resin, and grapefruit, in that order. very impressive, very herbal-fruity aroma maybe centennial and amarillo hops? or something similar. shit. an absolute perfect amount of sweet toasted caramel malt in the background to accentuate the hop aroma. light toffee sweet smells and burnt marshmallow and tangerine & clementine notes as it warms. a beautiful bouquet gives the chicken foot to my precious goose island.

T- taste is a bit more harshly bitter than the fruity aroma with a briney pickle taste throughout. still very grapefruit though, it's mostly herbal and resinous hops and a medicinal bitterness. toasted cereal character comes on as it warms and the astringency kinda moves to the back allowing a stronger pine taste to pull through. inhaling while i take a sip brings out a fresh pineapple flavor to the herbal hoppy fruity finish.

MF- resinous and nearly full, carbonation is on the high end and seems to add to is viscosity rather than break it up and let it flow. nice dry finish but still with that sticky-cheeck feeling.

D- nicely drinkable, but a little to far toward the chemical end for me. though i'm technically a hop head, in a regular IPA i'd like to taste a little more malt present, a little more than just dry toast.

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Photo of mattsdenney
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in FL as not available in TN. Poured from 12 oz. bottle.

A: Pours clear, pale orange in color, very thin head. Prefer my IPA's a little hazier than this.

S: Orange peel, pine, grass, and citrus. Nice hop essence.

T: Strong bitter hop bite, grapefruit, grassy. Some grains and malt. Pretty well-balanced. Mild aftertaste that doesn't linger long.

M: Thick and creamy. Somewhat frothy.

O: Overall a pretty decent IPA. I know this is a legend up North but for me it didn't really live up to the hype. Still very good.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Middle of the road darkness orange/gold hue. Exceptionally clear with effervescent bubbles rushing around. Two finger rocky white head with huge chunky lacing left behind.

Light tropical fruit notes of pineapple and mango with a some earthiness and a touch of bread.

Sweet malts up front that are immediately overwhelmed with earthy, dank, and pineapple hops flavors. A dank/resinous bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect, could maybe use just a touch more carbonation.

This beer is very tasty overall. Could be amped up on the citrus/tropical fruit characteristics, but the alcohol is super well hidden, and it's very drinkable.

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Photo of orcsinspace
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second beer from Bell's, and this one is much better. I did like it, but whoever gave this beer a 95 rating at BA needs to stop drinking on the job. It is a good beer, but just like with the other beer I had from Bell's, there are too many on the market where I live that shame this one, and shame it hard. Beer is becoming like indie rock was 15 years ago--the more obscure, the better people will think it is.

The head was nice on this, and the color was a rich, typical IPA color. Very standard. There was some nice lacing down the glass, but nothing like you'd get from a Ranger, or a Torpedo.

The smell was very standard, and if you have ever had an IPA before, imagine that. This one is more piney than citrusy, so I do like that.

The taste was also very standard, and again, more pine. It tasted fairly fresh, and had a nice bitter bite to it.

Overall, a decent beer, but where I live this beer rings in at nearly 12 bucks for six at the grocery. This beer is overrated, and while it is good, I just can't justify spending that much on a six pack.

Bell's is middle of the pack for me, and I have to admit that I am let down. All I have hear about lately is Bell's it seems, but this is really nothing special.

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Photo of CreamCity
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

S- Huge hop presence, fruity, someone below me said grapefruit and I'm going to roll with that

A- Light orange copper, head has large bubbles, is dissipating quickly, not much lacing

T- Grassy, tangy, I'm really starting to think they threw grapefruit in here

M- Good carbonation, dry finish, sweet and tangy, hoppy

O- Not a fan of IPA's but I could have 1 or 2 more of these. Better than most IPA's I've had that just overload the beer with hops. This offers something different and more pleasant.

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Photo of JonMich13
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Nice amber color, little head and lacing in my pour.

S = Very nice pungent hoppiness with citrus notes dominant

T = Good but something out of balance here. Very hoppy with loud grapefruit and orange peel. Lingers in the aftertaste.

M = Crisp and dry. Nice carbonation.

D = Fairly drinkable for hop fans.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review 8/2016 on bottle 7 weeks old:
Pours a dark side of golden, but clear, with a couple fingers of white head on an aggressive pour. Head maintained quite well and laced the glass with sheets and islands.

Nose isn't very strong, but I get a balanced spiced bread malt note with a bit of citrus bitterness.

Taste starts off a little sweeter than expected, but also with a little bite to it. An orange citrus bitterness balances it out before a more classic grapefruit citrus takes over in the end. A nice full range from malty to bitter, as the end does get decently bitter for an overall seemingly balanced IPA. There is a bit of spice that runs throughout, as well, that seems more from the ingredients than the carbonation (which is soft on this pour).

Definitely a solid, classic, little less balanced than it seems IPA. Seems a little more east coast than west, though the hop profile seems to be more of the latter.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A = A very pretty amber IPA, long-lasting head with lacing.
S = True to the label, it is heady with hops!
T = For the IPA lover, this would be heaven; for me, too hoppy, but IPAs aren't a favorite. Leaves a floral, hoppy aftertaste on the tongue.
M = A slight bit creamy and not overly carbonated. Quite nice!

I am not an IPA lover by any means. In fact, I am allergic to the hops as my head stuffs up almost immediately after the first few sips of drinking an IPA. But, the label didn't identify itself as an IPA, only in the verbiage on the back label did I discover its pedigree. So, in fairness, I would have to say in this review that this is one of the better IPAs I've tasted, although I would have initially skipped it if I had known it was an IPA! Very cool artwork on the label, too.

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Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a orange hue to it. White head leaving small amounts of lacing in the glass. Pine and citrus up front with a caramel and fair amount of biscuit in the background. Citrus, pine, and a lemony finish with a nice balance of biscuity flavors noticed with each sip. Higher on the carbonation scale and a medium body makes the one pretty nice to drink.

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Photo of shepdog72
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice orange copper color with a 1/2" head that lasted. The smell was at first a little biscuity but then the citrusy smells kicks in. The taste is initially of apricot to me but becomes hoppy with citrus flavors as it hits the back of the tongue. It's a nice tingle crisp feel.

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Photo of vkv822
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick frothy white head that leaves a web of lacing.

The hops are a very nice balance between pine and citrus notes in both the nose and taste. There are pleasant biscuit malts that come through in the finish of the taste.

It has a well carbonated, medium body.

A very well done IPA, and if it were distributed near me would no doubt be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of Paincane
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange golden in color with a two finger off-white soapy head that has very good retention and moderate lacing. Poured into my Bell's pint glass.
S: Floral, pine, citrus aromas are all subtle but present.
T: Very hoppy with citrus up front, followed by malt presence and a sharp bitter finish that lingers. Well balanced beer.
M: Medium bodied with clean finish and moderate carbonation.
O: Balanced brew that was very enjoyable and one that I will seek out again.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Snifter. The appearance is good. It comes out a citrus golden color, with some pretty good clarity. The white head was pretty big with an aggressive pour and it provides some very good lacing. Lots of different sized bubbles and there the head sticks around for most of the session, good looking IPA.

Smells good, like most IPA's the hops jump out at you. Citrus hops jump out at you the most. There's a slight sweetness in the smell too, almost a natural sugar to it. There really isn't much else to say here, it's pretty straight forward. I just wish it was a little stronger in the smell.

Taste is a step up from the smell. Slightly complex balance between the malts and hops. Again the hops are the stronger more dominant features in the beer. Citrus zest bitterness is the by far the strongest feature of the flavor profile. Still it's pretty well malted, there are slight features of pale roasted malts that provide a little bit of sweetness. A good tasting IPA overall.

The moutfeel is good, light bodied, and pretty refreshing. It's pretty smooth and has a slightly earthy finish, but overall clean. A pretty drinkable IPA, but gets better if you slow down and let it warm up. All in all it's a very good IPA, I've heard a lot of good things about this beer and I think it's pretty good. I'd like to have it a little more accessible to me to give it more of a chance, but I'm glad to have the opportunity to drink and review Two Hearted Ale.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.26 out of 5 based on 13,916 ratings.
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