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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 PittBeerGirl
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Well this is quite a beautiful IPA. Semi-translucent Rusty-orange-amber body that pours with an impressive 3 finger foamy off-white head. Head fades slowly to one finger and has great retention. Plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Quite promising. A beautiful bouquet of hops with a citrus aroma upfront and pine, floral, and grassy mixing well in the background.

T- Initial flavor is mild and highlights a balance of citrus and grassy hop flavor. Floral and pine hop flavor seem to mix well for the finish-with the floral hop flavor being semi-dominant. A blast of hop bitterness also enters for the finish. All that lingers is a medium strength resonance of hop bitterness. All the beautiful hop flavors are gone.

M- Medium to high carbonation and mildly oily body.

D- After having great IPAs like Alesmith, Racer 5, Centennial, and SN Anniversary this one doesn't even compare to me. Its not bad-and I can certainly drink it but is only an average IPA to me. I was somewhat disappointed because it could not compare.

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Photo of akorsak
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is of the 5 L mini-keg that just made its way to South Central PA. Kudos to Westy's for bringin' in a whole pallet of 'em. If you feel strongly that I should classify the serving type as something else, drop me a beermail.

A: The ale has a hazy orange color, like a tea or apple juice. The keg pours with a thick 3 plus finger head that requires two pours to fill my glass. Light hints of dried lace evidence that head.

S: The nose is hoppy delicious, thick with orange peel and citrus notes. Solid but subtle caramel malts support the hop nose.

T: Does life get any better than sittin' and sippin' on an IPA like this? The hop profile in this beer is damn near perfect, an excellent blend of citrusy tangerine and sweet but bitter orange peel. Caramel graininess mid-sip seems to rejuvenate the mouth, resetting it for the blast of hops at the end of the sip. The hop profile, either warm or cold, is a real treat, bitter without scalding the tastebuds. This is, by far, one of my all-time favorites.

M: Sweet pungent hops dominate the ale, creating an incredible hop profile that almost defies words. This is easily one of the best IPAs that you'll ever encounter.

D: With proper focus and devotion, I think that i could finish the mini keg in one day. As it is, it'll probably only last two days (this is a good one for the Ravens MNF game). This is not the only mini keg that I'll be purchasing.

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Photo of MMAJYK
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Orange/brown with yellow highlights. This beer is non transparent. After a semi agressive pour, it leaves a bright white head of only one finger. After drinking this one down, it leaves a little sticky lace on the glass and the 1/8" of bright white film still covers the top of the surface.

S- Man, where to begin. This to me is one of the greatest aspects of this beer. The first smell to me is pineapple. Next, I pick up oranges (citrus) and alot of hop smell. I also can pick up bananas on the end of the nose.

T- The tastes follow closely with the nose: very hoppy, fruity and sweet. I can detect that this is a moderately high ABV beer since I can taste the alcohol, but very well hidden. It also leaves a bitter after taste.

M- Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Middle thickness, carbonation is just right and the malt applied makes this beer smooth as silk.

D- Very drinkable beer. Easy going down, easy on the nose. I love seeing this one in my glass knowing it is mine.

I really like this beer! For what it is worth, this is one of my new favorite beers. I just wish I did not have to fly up north to pick it up. I usually visit MN for work, so I know the next time I go there what will be flying back home with me in my luggage.

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Photo of mangledorf
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cought a few of these (mind the pun) over Thanksgiving. Beautiful label that matches an equally beautiful pour. Good colored head heaping with a hoppy smell. The first bite was tastey and resolved itself well without stingy like lesser pale ales. Sitting on the table through out the meal this beer lost little of its flavor as it returned to near room temperature. Not a beer for everyone because of its strong taste, but certainly a good choice for anyone looking for an IPA to love.

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Photo of scott
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


An extremely inviting pour of a golden-hued darling is well carbonated, with a fair amount of patchwork lacing. Unfortunately, the aromatics aren't as pronounced as the flavor, but it'll suffice. Two Hearted has more of a vegetable hop rather than citric, and I wouldn't isolate pine as noteworthy. Refreshing with a focused delivery, as an upfront juicyfruit dominates hop bitterness and ends up "wet", but with a mild soap finish.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of zook74
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's probably not many folks that need me to tell them this a good drinkin' beer.

A beatiful golden hue sends up a delicious blossom of hops to the nose.

The first sip of Bell's Two Hearted Ale nearly tricks you into thinking it's a sweeter beer, but the bitter hoppiness on the backside reminds you that you're drinking a nice, hearty Pale.

All in all an excellent beer. Good smells, great taste, pleasurable on the tongue.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer, a lot.

A - Golden-orange color, poured a bubbly 1" head that sat down to a nice creamy 1/2"

S - Initial pine scent, a lot of hops, with an uncommon lingering sweetness, almost like sugar, sort of like standing next to one of those stands at the fair that makes the candied almonds, mmm.

T - A lot of hoppy bitterness, balanced well with a malty richness. Finishes with a lot of hops. Bitterness hangs on the tongue and mouth indefinitely. If you're familiar with rating wine, the taste of this beer definitely has a long decay, lingering well after the sip is gone - that's a good thing.

M - Smooth and light at first, pretty good with a decently balanced ABV for this American IPA. Stays smooth, and becomes a little heavier when it unavoidably mixes with your saliva as your mouth waters from the bitterness and deliciousness.

D - As the taste fades from each sip, I want to go back for more. A very drinkable beer, not to heavy (though the alcohol content should be noted), a very satisfying blend of hop and malt for an American IPA. This is a staple go-to beer for me.

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

Finally got my hands on some more Bells after they pulled out of Illinois. This IPA pours a cloudy golden orange liquid with a decent amount of carbonation trails. A nice fluffy chunky head leaves thick sticky lace about the glass. Powerful floral and fruity hops nose. Some piney grass elements. Taste is a full on hoppy affair. Seems some what tempered by sweet malt elements. The sweetness also hints at grapefruit and green apples. Mouthfeel is fairly full for such a hop centered brew. Finishes a bit tart. I found this to be a drinkable beer, not something you want to session, but a good dinner or conversation beer.

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Photo of Lambstrong
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is golden, somewhat cloudy with a rich creame head. It has a great flora aroma which lets you know immediatly what you're about to experience. The tast is upfront with a high hop tast. It is very bitter in the true essence of an IPA style beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to NCSUdo for the sample.

Nice 3 finger head with great head retention. Cloudy orange color.

Smell is of faint pale malts and of strong cascades (I think).

Taste is nicely balanced between pale malts and cascade hops. Very nice flavor.

Mouthfeel: Tastes like it was injected with carbonation. That's my only problem with this beer.

Such a nice and balanced beer. I could make a session out of this.

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Photo of thisisbigrob
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy orange-gold with a golden-white head of decent size and density.

S: Very fragrant hops with a slight malt underbelly.

T: Hoppy but not very complex. Slight alcohol flavor coming through.

M: A little weak tasting; not very full. Carbonation is a good level.

D: Going down nice and smooth, and the buzz is hitting me pretty good. I've seen this on tap at a couple of local places and will be looking forward to having this with meals in the future.

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Photo of cichief
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle from a friend.

A- Pours a nice deep gold, slightly cloudy, with a nice creamy white head.

S- Strong floral hop aroma, very inviting.

T- Well balanced, soft malty flavor up front with a nice dry finish.

M- Very smooth, a nice velvety texture, good body.

D- At 7% ABV this is not a session beer, but a nice refreshing drink none-the-less.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange amber color with light foamy head. Head dissipates quickly but leaves lacing all the way down. Aroma is of grapefruit and pine, some fruitiness foreshadows the rich sweet taste. For me, a good balance between hops and malt. Feels substantial in your mouth. I drink this beer all the time. It has great hop flavor with rich malty sweetness and doesn't cost a lot. My favorite IPA for the price.

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Photo of LeftonJackman
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was poured for me at Bricco in Akron

A: A cloudy apricot color with almost no head to speak of. The lace was reluctant at times, but left it's mark.

S: Conifer, hoppy and a hint of sweet pineapple. Faint, but present.

T: Citrusy with a touch of spice. Strong hops out weigh the citrus a little, leaving me wondering what more of a balance would be like. Good IPA.

M: Nice medium-ish body but a little too bitter on the finish.

D: Good for one beer. I am glad I tried it, but might not be my first choice in ordering again.

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Photo of mpyle
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fairly pale golden color for an IPA. Reasonably clear, but not brilliant. Pours a thick head with good retention. Some residual lacing.

A slightly piney hop aroma, noticeable but not overpowering.

Initial flavor has a wonderful balance. Enough bittering to prevent even a hint of sweetness, but without so much bitterness that it is an IBU machine. Malt has a secondary voice, but it is there. A very gentle transition, with no distinct hop bite in the finish - just a lingering, pleasant bitterness. The hop flavor/bitterness balance really seems to be perfect for what I feel an American IPA should be.

Medium body and carbonation. No astringency. A hint of alcohol warming, which isn't totally out of place here, but slightly surprising for a 7% ABV beer.

A very drinkable IPA. Not harshly bitter while being a decidedly hoppy beer.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint. Brew is a orangish gold with a two fingers thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head.

Smell: Incredible hop aroma starts floral with hints of citrus. A hint of sweetness comes through at the end. If I could make my house smell like this I would.

Taste: Hop flavors are (gasp!) actually pretty balanced for an American IPA. Same hop profile as on the nose but with a bit of a breadysort of a midpalate. Then the hops come back in for a refreshing finish.

Notes: A fantastic beer that I will definitely drink again. I'm not usually a fan of American IPAs because they're so unbalanced, but this was nice. Good job Bell's...

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Photo of tonistruth
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- two finger fluffy & elegant white head sits atop a classy golden, leaning toward straw, brew. great retention on the head with attractive bubbly lacing

S- floral, citrus, crisp, some malt aromas

T- hoppy but far from unbalanced, soft & mild citrus, grassy, subtle hints of pine, bready malts

M- crisp, light hop abuse, dry finish leaves a light film after, heat at finish when warmer

D- well balanced and brewed IPA, delicious, definitely a must try, not the usual hopped to death IPA's

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Photo of MMansfield
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received bottle in trade. Thanks Viggo.

Appearance: Pours an orangey amber colour with a creamy off white head. Good retention.

Aroma: Pineapple and other tropical fruit. Not much malt.

Taste: Sweet & fruity carries through to the finish, followed by a medium bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied, creamy.

Final Statement: A very drinkable IPA but the strange tropical fruit flavours make me think it was a pretty citrus hoppy IPA that is a little passed its prime. Would like to try again some day. Not a bad beer as it was though, just not an outstanding one.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a strong piney and citrusy hop with touches of white pepper. Some lightly sweet malts detected as well.

The taste consisted of an upfront resiny hop with some touched of spicy pepper and sweet orange. Some lightly sweet malts picked up as well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a superior AIPA. Very robust, yet well balanced.

Thanks to czoch75 and unclejedi.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my De Garre snifter

It pours a bright gold, semi opaque, with a nice one finger white head. Ok lacing

A rich full aroma of hops with a nice malt backbone. More piney than anything.

Prickly piney hops in the taste. This is a fairly big bitterness, and a big hop taste. The beer gets slightly earthy to go along with a nice caramel flavor. A great IPA.

This beer is exceptional. To date is this best IPA I have had. Possibly lacking in balance, but that is how I like my IPAs.

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Photo of jjhuffo
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great beer.

So many good reviews, so I'll just say what I like the most about Two
Hearted - everyone likes it. My friends who think Miller Lite is really
good, like it. My friends who adore Bud, like it. My friends who lust
for the most extreme beers to be found, enjoy it. At my parties I always
buy lots of Two Hearted, and it is always the first beer gone (a sad moment).

I tend to dislike what everyone likes, but, in the case of this beer, I celebrate that pure goodness appeals to all.


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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into the SA Glass

A - Light amber in color, extremely high level of carbonation. Thin, tall bright white head with tremendous retention. Opaque but not cloudy.

S - Sweet, citrusy hop smell. Notes of grapefruit and pineapple.

T - Surprisingly bitter, particularly at the back of the mouth. Very mellow front where the hops detected in the nose really come through. Complex but a bit overpowering.

MF - Definitely a 'chewy' beer, with a mild bite due to carbonation. Very nice.

D - Not a beer to be chugged - each taste packs a bitter hop burst to the back of the mouth, rendering a taste taken in quick succession rather dull. Best enjoyed slowly on its own, or with food that can hold up to its bite.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy orange-yellow body with a moderate sized tan head that sticks around for a good amount of time

S: The aroma is sufficiently complex for my liking... floral and citrus hops are the hallmark and a touch of yeast and malts come through

T: The hops certainly come through first leaving a citrus and floral mark easing into light malts before finishing strong with citrus hops once again... the transitions are smooth and have a nice balance

M: Light with a healthy blast of carbonation which stays behind briefly after each swig

D: Easily a staple in any hop lovers fridge... keep plenty around as you can through them quickly

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Photo of stuckonhops
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-- a sort of golden with hues of orange and amber clouds swirling(if you look for it)

S-- smells like a 'garden' full of hops and flowers. also a grassy smell on tip of nose

T-- beautifuly arousing to the tounge. split at 60/40 percent favoring the bitter side but is quite balanced and lingers. actually tastes better after every sip. alcohol is hiding very good behind the hops.

M-- very smooth and easy going. could almost chug this one if it didnt cost so much

D-- very easy and enjoyable beer to drink but also sneaks up on you as the alcohol is well hidden inside the hops

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Photo of shaebs99
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to NCSUdo for this
Poured a slightly hazy golden peach color. With large sticky white head with great lacing

Aroma is mostly of fruity hops and resiny pine notes. Nice and intense

Taste features the grapefruit and bitter hops with some malt background which gives this beer a decent balance.
Good carbonation and pretty smooth mouthfeel.
Overall a very enjoyable IPA. Especially since this was 7% abv. I had no idea. I figured it was a little under 6% (that may seem like a small difference,but a difference nonetheless).
A beer that I will look for again, but will probably wait a few months before searching for a trade

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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