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 Darien
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass and quickly built up a massive white head that disappeared after a minute or so. Not crystal clear but damn close. Very hoppy in the nose, very citrusy and piney smelling with an underlying sweet malty smell. Tastes pretty delicious. Tastes very hoppy but not overpowering, citrusy, piney and sort of grassy hop taste with the malts hardly noticed in the background. Nice medium bodied and prickly mouthfeel. A nice beer that's easy to drink

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Photo of Rio
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, cloudy color of gold, maybe leaning a bit towards a wet straw color. Decent head formed, a bit of an off-white color, which thinned out to a nice layer across the top that looks like it's gonna hang around a while.

Smell is heavy in the hops, bit of a hint of spice hidden behind there. Moderate thickness to it, smooth and crisp, leading off with a bit of a malt taste, and giving way to the hops. The end is a bit too bitter and dry for my taste.

I think this is a very drinkable beer. Not too heavy, feels pretty good in the mouth, though that dry bitterness at the end may be a bit of a turn-off.

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Photo of
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale for an IPA, almost yellow, with a thin but persistent head. The aroma is pure floral and citrus hops with a touch of fruit. The flavour is all hops as well, more floral and citrus, not resinous or overly bitter, with the slightest hint of caramel malt. No trace of the high ABV is detectable.

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Photo of rwathree
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: this is an opaque beer that grades golden to caramel brown from bottom to top. Fluffy cap of white head with staying power, which leaves substantial lacing.

S: aroma is fairly subdued, really. I'm mostly getting light floral hops, with some citrus notes too.

T: hoppy to start - purely floral hops, lavender comes to mind - and a touch of oak. The alcohol is pretty subdued, too.

M: good carbonation and medium body.

This is my go-to beer at one of my favorite bars in town, and it definitely stands up to scrutiny. It might just be my poor sense of smell, but I'd like a bolder aroma. Two Hearted is a perfect, if dangerous, session beer.

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Photo of Jazz1
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well my local craft beer store wasn't really too high on this beer. But, I've learned I've got to filter what they say by understanding they are a bunch of hop heads that really like the slam of a high hopped beer. Try getting them to drink a Belgium ;)

Don't get me wrong I like incredibly hoppy beer, but you know I've forgotten how nice a well balanced IPA can be. I don't drink fast but I looked down and glass was empty.

Like I said very well balanced. Not much head. Smell was perhaps a little lacking. But a very pleasing beer. I'm glad I bought a six pack. For my hophead friends I'll do penance later with a Double Dog.

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Photo of ramrod666
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this ale pours a cloudy bronze with a nice 2" head. sadly the head fell fast. a thin lace decorates the glass sparsley. smell is awesome. heavy hops and floral notes are the most prevailent witha more subdued grapefruit in the back. taste is good. though not as good as i had expected given the high numbers. hops are jumbled with a heavy floral front and back and slight peppery taste resides. citrus notes but not overly so. bitter aftertaste. mouthfeel is good with decent carbonation. lighter and less syrupy than a lot in the style. drinkabilty is good. the second tasted better than the first. overall not as mind-blowing as had been led to think but, still a decent ipa.

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Photo of Gushue3
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date on bottle 07/06/12. Poured into Jacks Abby pint.

A. Large 2 finger white head that leaves great lacing and a 1/2 inch of froth. Body is a slightly hazy gold with some smaller carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the top. This is how an IPA should look.

S. Cereal grain malt and floral hops.

T. Nice hops upfront followed by a solid malt nicely balanced IPA. Lighter citrusy and floral hops that is accompanied by a sweet malt. Some bitterness of the dry finish that lingers a bit

M. Medium thickness with a heavier carbonation feel.

O. Much better than the first time I had this beer. Tastes great for an everyday local IPA I can't get around me. Looks fantastic and drinks way easier than 7% Yo Bells, get to Mass.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange-amber with a fair amount of carbonation rising. Took a slightly aggressive pour, but a 2 finger head formed. Head was thin and somewhat fizzy. Quickly dissipated to a slight white ring.

S - Not a whole lot as far as complexity, but fruity hops are noted, and a general flowery aroma. Perhaps dandellion and lilac, I suppose. Smooth and mild malts noted as well. Nice smelling beer.

T - It's a pretty mild tasting IPA in comparison to other's IMO, but it's a great one. Hops up front of course. Grapefruit, lime, dandellion and white flour in the hoppiness. A fairly strong malt backbone is present and can be noted early. Slightly bready, some caramel and angel food cake notes. Very nice tasting beer.

F - Hides the somewhat high ABV well. Very drinkable. Enough carbonation for a fizz fix, but burns slightly on the way down. Overall though, it has a good feel.

O - Happy to find a random single of a Top 250 beer at my favorite local store. Not as flavorful or powerful as some other IPA's, I might put it on the Pale Ale/IPA fringe. But the flavor is excellent, lot's of hops and a strong matl backbone. Highly recommended to any IPA or Pale Ale fans.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Golden yellow, beautiful internal carbonation, pours a nice and sustaining small, white foamy head, a bit hazy

S: Not incredibly fragrant, citrus fruits, hops of course, some tropical elements, traces of coriander, even a little buttery

T: Much similar to the nose, strong citrus, some lemon/orange characteristics, definitely buttery to finish, nice sweet and bitter balance

M: Very smooth, light in the mouth, not overly bitter, well carbonated, quite drinkable, light citrus aftertaste, a little drying, though

O: A all-around delicious ipa, buttery finish, smooth, fragrance is a little lacking, however

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Photo of BethanyB
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Impeccable clarity allows one to admire the ombre effect of this beer's coloration: Light yellow deepens into a dark apricot in the glass, while a flurry of bubbles fly upwards to form a slim, white head.

Smell: The strong aroma of both floral and citrus hops pack a strong punch, while sweet apricot and peach aromas lighten the mood. Promises to be a powerful IPA.

Taste: It becomes evident that the aroma is not a complete preview of this beer--while the fruitiness is certainly there, the hop flavor is more earthy than it is citrusy, and a surprisingly large amount of malt comes through in the aftertaste. High bitterness bites hard at first, but then quickly fades away.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good level of carbonation to complement the hops...if only they were there in the finish. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: A deceptive beer. The aroma and mouthfeel belong to a wildly hoppy specimen with bright flavors, but the disappearing act of the bitterness hops and the overdose of malt in the finish throw things off balance. There are still many commendable elements, however, and the additional malt does add some nice complexity.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 7/19/11. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A: Pours golden yellow, hazy, with almost a 2-finger tight white head with fantastic retention. Leaves a ton of lacing.

S: Light citrus hops with lots of floral notes and a little bit of pine. Slightly sweet pale malts. Interestingly enough I'm also getting a smell that reminds me of chapstick. Weird.

T: Solid punch of floral hops right up front with a touch of citrus and pine. I get a bit of a lemon/grapefruit and pine presence riding over the floral notes and hitting the back/roof of the mouth with a bittering rush. That intensity fades through the middle allowing the gentle floral notes and citrus to open up nicely and lead to a fairly mellow and clean finish. There's just a touch of sweetness coming out of the toasted malt base. Alcohol is well hidden, slightly bitter finish that's very clean and crisp.

M: Medium to slightly light body, moderate carbonation. Fairly resinous and sticky with a clean taste and crisp finish.

O: A very solid IPA that is impressively clean. I do prefer more citrus/tropical fruit in hop presence, but that's just personal preference. This does have good depth of hop character that has a nice mellowing-out character as the taste progresses. If this was available locally, I'd definitely be buying more. Great stuff.

Thanks goes to Pest for the awesome extra.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer. I picked up a six pack on a recent trip to Madison, WI.

After hearing about this so much, I was quite excited to give it a try.

I poured this into one of my Smuttynose tulip glasses to be sure to enjoy the aromas etc. The beer poured with a beautiful creamy head that rose about a ½ inch above the rim of the glass. It had pretty nice retention before settling back into the beer. An 1/8 inch skim of foam remained for the balance of the beer's life. You can tell this is a lacing monster.
Color was a slightly cloudy honey amber color with orange highlights. Could not see any carbonation.

Aroma was very nice and really had a lot of grapefruit and citrus notes. You could also detect some of the grains in the aroma which over all was very fresh in nature.

This is indeed a nice beer. Nicely balanced with a citrus flavor that reminds me of peaches, oranges or nectarines.... Something like that. There is graininess to the taste that is interesting. The hop notes at the end are very interesting and the finish is quite dry.

Mouth feel is medium/Light in body and it's quite drinkable.

I've heard some insane comments about this beer like it was one of the best in the country. I'm sorry it's not. It's good. Very good. But there is a long lost of IPA's that I would run to before this one.

That being said, I'll enjoy the balance of the six pack.

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Photo of jerskine
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: thick foam, tons of micro bubbles, nice amount of lacing... nice hazy copper-orange hue; has all the looks of a delicious IPA

S: definite floral aroma with some honey; a hoppy smell that is typical for an IPA

T: excellent citrus, hoppy flavor hits at first; was looking for more after the initial hit of hops but didn't find much... regardless, a very nice balance of hops in this one

M: very smooth, well carbonated as it goes down

O: this was my first Bell's beer and I was pretty impressed; very drinkable and not to overbearing, yet satisfying enough for your average hop-head

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Photo of Poppleton
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Surprisingly turbid with light orange coloring and ample foamy white head that clings to glass forever.

S- Strong citrus aroma to the point where I'm thinking about Skittles candies.

T- Sweet, sweet lemony citrus taste with mildly bitter aftertaste.

M-Somewhat cloying but smooth

D- If you like superhopped IPA this is your beer. Although I definitely enjoyed this beer I don't know if I could just sit and drink one after another. This is the kind of beer I'd like to order at a decent restaurant while ordering appetizers as it kind of fires up your taste buds but overindulgence would burn them out.

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Photo of foXXtail
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful looking beer. It pours pale amber with just a touch of cloudiness and a medium-thick but very dense head. The lacing on this beer is something impressive – it practically leaves a sheet of foam all around the glass on the way down. Light estery aromas rise off the beer – honey and cherry are heaviest with a spice sting in the back ground.

The spicy hop and bright effervescence hit hard and heavy at the front, then gives way to honey and cherry sweetness with a touch of vanilla. The sweetness fades as the hops come back, this time piney, and linger on the palate as long as I would let them. I paired this with some strongly spicy jambalaya, and it held it’s own. It’s quite a strongly hopped beer, but has a terrific hop/malt balance. Got this on a keep the glass special, and I’m happy to keep a memory of this great IPA.

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

I had this on draft at Philly Beer Week at the Meet the Brewers event last night. I was very impressed.

It had a nice red ale look to it with minimal head. It had a nice hoppy smell and a great taste. You can really taste the hops and a little citrus twang. It is a nice American ale, almost a red ale.

It also has about the right alcohol content, so you can enjoy a few of them.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with a big pillowy egg shell colored head that slowly settled into a nice cap leaving some chunk lacing.

The aroma is of grapefruit and tropical fruit hops. Quite a sweet profile. Notes of caramel, honey and pepper come through as well.

The taste is of mellow tropical fruit hop flavors, with some strong pepper notes. A very sweet, bready malt brings some caramel and honey flavors. Kind of a strange AIPA as the malt is quite big. I feel that this beer actually tastes better when it is colder, seems to subdue the malt and lets the hops stick out more.

The feel is moderate to full, again quite big for an AIPA. Fairly soft carbonation leads to a smooth feel; very good balance between sweet and bitter.

A very good AIPA but something irks me about it a bit. The malt seems to be a bit too big and can be overpowering as the beer warms, giving the beer a slightly odd taste. That said it is very well balanced and drinks well, especially when it is colder.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - 4 – A hazy light gold color with an inch of off white head. Leaving some vertical lacing on the sides of the stein it's in.

Smell – 4 - Smells of floral/citrus hops and light malt. Really crisp and clean smell to it.

Taste – 3.75 – crisp and bitter floral hop taste is nice with a light malt backbone. Getting some pine hops too. There are some great hop flavors in this beer and the hop bitterness is really sharp on the tongue when cold.

Feel- 4 – has a light crisp feel to it, a slight alcohol warmth. Crisp, clean, not too light but not heavy.

Overall- 4 – Solid IPA, lots of bitter floral hop flavor to it with some malt to hold it together. The appearance. Would buy again if given the chance but not gonna go out of my way for it.

Special Note- First beer that I've had where a piece of a hop was present in the bottle and ended up in my mouth. A nice surprise!

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Photo of beerdedking
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This was one of my "starter" IPAs which introduced me to the style years ago. Essentially this a good gateway IPA for those looking to get into the style who aren't looking for a bitter bomb...

Has a nice cloudy straw appearance with frothy 1-finger head from a vigorous pour

Smell has more in common with a Saison than what you'd expect from an IPA these days...zesty, floral, hay, and lemon

Very floral and lemony up front to drink, leading into some pale malt, with NO lingering bitterness on the back end. Strange to drink and IPA without that all important dry bitter finish

Moderate/heavy carbo helps to coat the tongue with all the flowery lemons

Easy drinking and very summerlike brew which fills in the gap between PA and IPA. Approachable for IPA beginners...

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

This 12 oz brown bottle of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale poured a rich gold to light orange in color. It had a slight haze, likely due to the sediment from bottle conditioning and/or the incredible amount of hops that must have been used to brew this fine ale. Tiny bubbles evolve rapidly from the bottom of the glass, continuously replenishing the thin white persistent head.

The Aroma of Two Hearted Ale is definitely dominated by the hops, so much so that upon pouring it in the glass, hop aroma is evident from about 3 feet away! Resiny, floral and citrusy with hints of pineapple, the hop bouquet is pleasing.

Two Hearted Ale has a complex flavor as well. As with the aroma, the flavor is dominated by the hops. Hop bitterness was assertive, but pleasant. Hop flavor was citrusy and crisp with hints of grapefruit. Malt flavors were difficult to pick out through the hops, but a slight sweet malt and caramel malt character were in the background.

Two Hearted is medium bodied and has a strong carbon dioxide bite, it has a nice mouth coat and finishes sweet.

All in all Two Hearted is a great beer, especially if you love hops! If you are fortunate enough to live in a portion of the country where you can get some… do so!

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

A - Hazy light golden color with a one finger head that fades, decent lacing.

S - Lots of citrus hops, orange, lemon, some pine.

T - Same as the nose, lots of hops and citrus, mainly orange and lemon. The finish is bitter citrus and pine that fades relatively quickly in your mouth. Malt backbone is there, but not a lot of it.

M - Moderate bodied beer with medium carbonation.

O - I liked it, but wasn't blown away by it. Definitely worth a try for all hop heads.

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

12oz bottle, batch code #9977. according to website, bottled on 9/7/10. so about 1.5 months old, pretty fresh. and I bought from the cooler section.

looks a bright clear golden color. nice fluffy white head. decent lacing. big hoppy aroma, with a little citrus sweetness in there.

taste starts with a crisp hop bite, but finishes fairly balanced and clean. hint of grapefruit, orange?

medium to high carbonation, yet fairly smooth mouthfeel. for a hoppy IPA it's fairly drinkable.

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

Reviewed from notes

A- Hazy, golden with nice white head.

S- Floral hop aromas

T- Hoppy with citrus and pine. Decent balanced but not a lot of malt flavors coming through.

M- Smooth with good body.

D- 7% so you can't drink too many.

Pretty good IPA. Definately stands up to others I have had.

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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 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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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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