Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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

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3,456
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13,855
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
21.6%
 
 
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Photo of EPICAC
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at Against the Grain in NYC.

Pours a cloudy copper. Topped by a fluffy, meringue-like, white head with good retention. The aroma is hop-focused: delicious orange-blossom citrus and resiny hops. There's also a bit of a raw sugar undercurrent.

There's a toasty malt backbone with a light, raw sweetness. There's a nice citric hop flavor with a light herbal, resiny kick. Well balanced, there's a focus on the hop flavors rather than the hop bitterness. Light-bodied with a nice kick from the carbonation.

Well balanced. All of the hop flavor is there with just enough of the bitterness.

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very flavorful with lots of hoppy notes. I found it slightly acidic with a hint of nutty flavors. It is crisp, refreshing and has floral undertones.

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Photo of burnstar
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours slightly cloudy and golden with a big rocky white head that persists for quite some time. Aroma is citrusy hops, lemons, there is definitely some noticable sweetness present as well, a bit of sweet oranges, very enticing. Taste is sweet malt combined with citrusy and herbal hops- nicely balanced and similar to the smell. It finishes with a pleasing lingering hop bitterness and a distinct biscuity flavor. Mouthfeel medium and moderately carbonated- just about right for this. This stuff is very drinkable. Tastey and so nicely balanced (for an IPA) there's nothing to get tired of. In fact, I'm going to get another right now.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle purchased at Bell's. Served in a pint glass.

A: Deep golden/orange, cloudy body. Tall, foamy white head.

S: Full of sweet floral and citrusy hops.

T: Again, the taste is full of hops. Grapefruit with some slight piney notes. Seems to be balanced by some malt, as it is not overly bitter and has a slight breadiness to it. A dry finish and aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied. Very smoothe.

D: Very good, flavorful and well balanced. Goes down almost too easily. Hoping Bell's starts ditributing in New Jersey soon because I need to get some more of this.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
Hazy golden wheat color- Big rocky cloud deck of clean, white foam
Fantastic perfume aroma of floral hops and juicy citrus
Taste- Big hops up front with orange rind and grapefruit juiciness close behind-a delicious finish that begs for another taste
If you dig IPA's or are a "hophead" this is a truly outstanding offering that will make you want to sit in a deck chair and stare out at a lake somewhere in Northern Michigan!
If you don't have everyday access to this beer it is definitely worth buying a case or two
Get some!!!

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Photo of alexgash
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, slightly hazy apricot body with a fluffy, yet sticky off-white head. Hugely aromatic citrus hops--orange, lemons, and grapefruit. Lean malt backing lends a nice sugary complement to the heavenly hops. Taste: some malt up front, fruity with a bit of caramel. Big citrus hops dominate. Big, but not too big, in bitterness. This has just an amazing citrus taste to it! Finish is long, acidic and bitter. Big feel for it's size, and very drinkable.

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Photo of inebrius
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thap...thap, thap. The sound of whole hop laden vines descending on your buds in a blitzkrieg of bitterness. If not for a decent dose of malt your mouth might be puckered into 2004. Bouquet of hard lemon candy and catnip. A hop assault on the senses. Aggressively carbonated and wild. Is there some airborne yeast in Kalamazoo Larry Bell has decided to culture?

This will be my last review until I can get some taste buds surgically implanted on my tongue. Yikes!

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at Tallahassee brew-fest

A lot of people like to glorify bells, and proclaim this to be "the best ever" for IPA's, and I don't like to buy into the hype

I also do not like IPA's, so I'm the first to rip them apart, but I just cant bring myelf to hat this beer
Its just too good, and thats coming for a malt loving beer snob like myself

The hops character does not grate on your taste buds like so many other IPA's, and its mouthfeal/body reflects its hopp bitterness perfectly

If you see it, get it. Its a great IPA, and although its not my favorite, I feel like its a a very well made brew that deserves the reputation it has.

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Photo of Pencible
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this again, after having a bad pour on my first sampling (over a year ago). This one poured a clear gold with lots of white head. It smelled like lots of floral and grassy hops, with a bit of caramel malt. It tasted like floral and grassy hops with sweet peach and a bit of malt. It was oily with no carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this was much better than my first sampling. It was delicious and clean and makes me want to drink more and more of it. My only suggestion is that it could have used a bit more body.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my utmost favorite IPAs. It has a fantastic hop character with a sweeter flavor accompanying it, I can't put my finger on what that sweet flavor is, but it compliments the hops beautifully.

A) Decent sized head upon pouring, just about to overflow my pint glass but decided not to. The color is gold with a slight red tint.

S) The smell is amazing, hoppy and fruity pebbles, awesome.

T) Hoppy, but extremely well balanced, more so than any other IPA I have tried.

M) Slightly bitter, and then sweet/citrusy, definitely delicious.

D) This is perhaps too drinkable, is there is such a thing. Absolutely delicious beer.

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Photo of montageman
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my old stand-by. No matter what kind of mood I'm in, Two Hearted does the trick. Pours an amber, orangish color. The smell is flowers, pine, and citrus. The taste is incredibly complex and wonderful - bitter, sweet at times, piney (?), and more. Easily one of my personal favorites.

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Photo of mixitchugit
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I go to a out of my way to get on tap. Good hoppy sweet smell and dark amber color. Head laces around the glass and sticks around for most of the beer. The alchol is mildly present. Good drinkability not one of pound-able beer though, meant to be enjoyed.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It's a very cloudy peach-amber with a rather sizable ivory colored head that remains rather foamy throughout. Some sticky patches of lace remain behind on the glass.

S: Wow. Incredibly rich grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas unlike almost any other IPA I've had. There's a delicate, sweet, and fresh smell on this unlike most other IPAs. If I could get this as an air freshener, I would.

T&M: Taste is of grapefruit and citrus, with a hint of pine/herbal flavor. A sweet malt base helps to balance the rather intense hop bitterness in an interesting way by making the fruity/citrus hop flavors taste sweeter. Two Hearted Ale is a damn tasty IPA. The body is on the lighter side for an IPA, though I don't feel like it detracts in any way from the flavor (this isn't a DIPA, after all). Still, a fuller body would help one to savor the beer just a bit longer before swallowing.

D: This is an IPA that goes down rather quickly because of its lighter body and nice flavor. Two Hearted Ale is in the top echelon of American IPAs and is a must have for any hop head.

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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the tap(at home system) into a 12oz WI Beer Fest mug.
Listening to: Smokestack Lightning - Grateful Dead.

A: A foamy, off-white head, that leaves good lacing and has good retention. The body is clear, a deep golden hue, Slight haze.

S: Piney, hop forward notes. A bit of a earthy aroma, most that of hops.

T: A perfect hoppy brew, that has a bit of malt in the backbone. A bold, yet drinkable IPA. From start to finish, this IPA does justice to the style. A bold, robust hop kick is finished off by a dry malt lingering taste.

M: I find most of the Bell's brew to have this same creamy mouthfeel, even more so on tap. A all around great feeling in the mouth, from start to finish.

D: I could drink this beer all day, a strong beer, that has just that subtle strong body to keep to on your toes, but ever so tasty to have you coming back for more.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First beer I had after making my first shopping stop in Indianapolis. Two Hearted was very near the top of my “have to find” list. Presented in a 12oz brown bottle, Two Hearted Ale had a hazy dark golden color and a firm, foamy off-white head that never really died down and generated a nice patchwork of lace.
The aromas of grapefruit, soft pine and floral hops along with a faintly yeasty smell came wafting from the glass. The taste had a lightly bready malt note initially which was promptly pushed aside by a strong grapefruit and lighter pine flavor that built through the finish and left a long bitter taste residing on the palate. The feel was medium-bodied and very smooth.
This offering from Kalamazoo Brewing is one of the best American IPA’s out there. Assertive in its hoppiness but not off-the-chart, Two Hearted Ale is one of the most well-crafted IPA’s I’ve had. I’m real glad I saved a couple to bring home to savor later.

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Photo of pb9613
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer pours the classic golden color of an american IPA with a dense white head. The head slowly dissipates but still covers the beer has great lacing.

Smell: Intense resin/pine aroma with classic grapefruit/citrus notes from the hops.

Taste: Very prominent bitterness, which is not overpowering. There are strong pine notes with background citrus hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Great smooth and creamy body, but on the lighter side than most IPA‘s.

Overall: An excellent IPA. The first time you have Two Hearted Ale, you will wonder about all the hype. But try a different IPA and them come back to a Two Hearted and you will understand how well this beer is put together.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a visually striking IPA. It pours to a giant white rocky head (pour carefully!) that sits astride a pale amber, sparkling beer muted by a promising chill haze. The sticky head leaves lots of beautiful lacing in its wake. The nose is a strong, sublime blend of citrus, florals and resinous pine with boozy undertones. The flavor hops carry through to the palate, over top of a malty foundation that gets washed over by a nice hoppy bitterness. This bitterness dominates the finish, clinging as it should for the style, joined by hints of bitter citrus and pine. The bitterness is very well-balanced relative to the flavor, being less heavy-handed than in a lot of IPAs. The fizzy carbonation is a nice counterpoint to the bitterness, and sets the medium body up for a slight creaminess that increases drinkability. (16 oz can, 32 days after pkg.)

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Photo of mhaugan
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to travel from Phoenix to Minneapolis to get my hands on some, but since I have a business need to do so, its not too bad. Picked up a sixer to keep in my hotel fridge.

A - Nice Amber with a decent head and some quality lacing

S - Nice and hoppy with just a hint of sweet

T - Hoppy with a great sweet, smooth finish

D - Wonderful. Once of the few IPAs that I would really call a session beer without killing all of my taste buds. The slight sweetness from the malt really helps a bunch.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is hazy, golden brown. It has a massive, luscious head with very sticky lacing.

Nose is ruby red grapefruit, fresh sugar, allspice, fresh hops, and light-caramel malt.

The taste is a perfectly mild set of hops, with lemon/lime candy, tangerine, and cashew. The malt is light, and provides a steady undertone for balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with medium carbonation; but silky like a cream soda.

Especially for Midwesterners, this is a hop-focused gem that never overpowers. It has wonderful balance. It is packed with flavor. And it is always fun to drink.

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Photo of carolynschaf
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two Hearted is a full IPA. IPA is now the new entry level beer for breweries. This is single hopped. It has centennials hops with a malt background. It is the largest single purchaser for Bell's. It is 100% centennial hops.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. It is always better than solid; every time I drink it I am pleasantly surprised.

I haven't had it on tap since last year, in Chicago. I was understandably stoked when I saw this shiny new handle at my favorite Mexican restaurant.

A – Wow. Impressive. Hazy copper-orange hue, with one finger of white foam and huge chiffon-esque sheets of lacing. Amazing.

S – Floral and dank; this is a very aromatic brew. And so pleasantly exotic.

T – Dank, resiny, and piney; multifaceted hop flavor. This beer is so herbal, citric, and evergreen; the richness of flavor is also quite complex despite relying solely on hops. The malt backbone is an interesting rich bitter base, not caramel-y at all. Very enjoyable, and just about the top of the style.

M – IPA. Good. I hate describing a good IPAs feel. Not too thick or thin, syrupy or watery, prickly or flat.

D – Hell yeah. Probably best on-tap, too.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

had this saturday night at a restaurant in prescott az
was stoked to find it as we have no distribution from bells in my home state of Colorado
poured from a 120z bottle dated 7.15.15 into a pint glass
looks amber/ gold with a creamy head
smells citrus grape fruit
taste clean dry slightly citrusy not overly hoppy
feel is lighter than many ipa's i like with a dry crisp after taste
overall a very solid, dangerously drinkable ipa(i was able to limit myself to just 2 as it was my mothers 72nd bday and i was being a good boy) would drink again!!! bring bells to Colorado!

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Photo of estlinska
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to a standard shaker, May of 2012. This is one of those beers that you're just so used to being a great beer that you forget to give it credit. It pours an almost perfect orange like the flesh of a fresh orange with a little murkiness to give it a good mysteriousness. The head is off-white, big, and persistent, leaving huge cobwebs of oily lacing all over the glass. The nose is a burst of caramel sweet malt and crushed mango, lemons, and a little bit of a green pine cone as well. The taste follows perfectly, full of sweet fruity mangoes that makes you almost feel like you should have the juice running down your chin. The bittering is big, but not crushing and hangs around a long time as you drink this beer. Great feel with excellent carbonation. This is a great beer, just how an IPA should taste and the availability makes it a great go-to beer.

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Photo of ThomasAWilson2
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a word of warning, I have not always been the biggest of IPA drinkers. Over the past year or so I have gravitated towards dark beers with a lager or two sprinkled in, but with my shift further north I have decided to expand my palate a bit and give the bitter side of the family a solid few months of effort. That being said, Bell's Two Hearted Ale may be my favorite IPA of my limited experience. Its very floral hop forward with a strong citrus backbone.

One thing that seems to be common practice is the introduction of bittering agents. This one is much less bitter than something with such a strong hop infused flavor. Huge carbonation which helps to usher in that freshness factor IPA drinkers cherish so much. Nice sunflower color, poured a half finger head. Floral and grapefruit aroma. A little tropical fruit in there, maybe some mango? Smells sticky sweet and acidic. Deceptively pungent in the flavor department, almost saison-esque with the amount of flavor this little number packs in. Nice alcoholic burn in the aftertaste, wait for a second after the swallow and it creeps in.

Did I mention I love this IPA? Seriously, between this and Ten Fidy there isn't much room in my favorite unhyped not-limited beers club. Didn't have to fight to buy some and the price is right on target.

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Photo of Knecht
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a single-finger, bone-white head that retains pretty nicely and leaves good lace on the glass. The ale is hazy golden color... surprisingly light for an IPA. The aroma smells purely of floral hoppy goodness.

The taste follows as you would expect: floral hoppy goodness with some citrus notes and an excellent malt backbone with just a touch of sweetness on the back end. The hops still linger long after I've swallowed. It has a solid medium body with good carbonation.

This beer defines "crisp and refreshing." It has an overwhelming hop presence, and yet is perfectly balanced. This is as good as IPAs get; despite the bitterness, I could session this beer all month. Wonderful.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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