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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 deereless
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Finger thickness of thick frothy head, patches of sticky foam along the sides of the glass, pale golden color with a slight orange hue - 4.50, S: Utterly delightful hoppy aroma, centennial hops rule - loads of citrusy smells with some nice floral aromas as well, balanced with some sweet malts - 4.50, T: Grapefruit and orange zest, a touch resiney and a hint of pine, solid hop bitterness, wonderfully balanced with pale malts, near perfect palate for an IPA - 5.00, M: A touch thinner than I might like, a little more body would be welcome though still very respectable - 4.00, D: Two Hearted was my go to beer for a couple of years and I still consider it one of if not the best examples of an American IPA, wonderful use of hops while not being overwhelmed, extremely drinkable - 4.75

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Photo of jtothamo
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this at The Heorot last Tuesday. This is a beer I tend to come back to more often than not. I enjoy the "back to nature" taste of this beer.

Appearance- A light caramel color, with a light, white foamy head.

Smell/Taste- I sometimes get floral overtones in both the smell and taste of this beer. This particular tasting was a little soapy (which had more to do with the glass than anything). However, it was still incredible as the flavorful beer over-powered the dish soap. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation, playful!

Drinkability- I enjoy this beer. It's definitely not a beverage for lite beer drinkers. I think it is an exceptional beer that should definitely be consumed...great around a campfire!

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with 4 color logo of an illustration of a fish with a red and white border. "two hearted ale" in a red cheesy cooper-like font with white shrink and swell. an explanation of their ipa is printed on the back. no abv or freshness date displayed. there is the number 6957 printed in a white box on the bottom of the label- maybe a batch code?

appearance: pours a super hazy dark caramel and orange with yellow-orange highlights in a tulip glass. nice two finger fluffy white head with a slight yellow cast. i mean, this beer is crazy cloudy with the top being much darker than the bottom. small trails are dropping through the beer to the bottom of the glass that looks like the last seconds of a firework. i don't know how else to describe it. a little odd.

smell: lotsa citrusy hops. lemons and grapefruits and a nice pineapple aroma. a light piney aroma as well. some alcohol in the late nose.

taste: first sip is citrus with an almost electric hop bitterness. lots of grapefruit and lemons. piney hop burps. there's a yeasty bready flavor at the end of the sip. there's very little malt flavors but maybe a little caramel as the brew warms. not very balanced at all. this is an ipa, though. finishes a little dry with a bitter aftertaste.

mouthfeel: smooth light medium body but crisp. nice carbonation and a very good swallow.

drinkability: one of those beers where i'm almost done drinking before i can rate the drinkability. therefore, dangerously drinkable! very tasty and smells dreamy. the aftertaste also keeps you yearning for another sip...or another bottle.

overall: very nice ipa. i hate when the only thing that really hurts a beer is it's appearance. the aroma makes up for it however. highly recommended.

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Photo of tviz33
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, packaged on 8/13/13. Purchased from the Wegmans in State College, PA. Served in a tulip.

A- Pours a light orange but hazy body topped by a one inch soapy white head. The head recedes fairly quickly

S- Delightful citrus on the nose, mostly lemon and grapefruit. Slightly sweet smelling. There's almost a peach aroma floating around in the background

T- Hop and malt balanced all the way through. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon up front, with pine in the background, all the while mingling with just the right amount of malt. Not overly bitter, which certainly helps the drinkability.

M- Perfectly medium-bodied and middle of the road carbonation. I'm happy it doesn't lean too far one way or the other.

O- The beer isn't even 4 weeks old and I'm glad, because this is just great when fresh. This thing is just so damn drinkable.

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Photo of EveningCordial
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured into pint glass.

A- Light orange with yellow hue. Not as dark as many IPAs. Nice one finger head, medium amount of lacing.

S- Wonderful. Many times I can tell if I'll really like an IPA by its smell and this one stood by that test. Lots of citrus and fruits on the hoppy nose this puts out. Grapefruit, mango, and orange up front with some floral and a hint of pine in the distance, just as one might expect from the strictly Centennial hops used in this one. Not much malt presence, but its there.

T- Awesome taste and smooth finish. Very juicy from the selection and amounts of hops used. Lots of citrus and pure juiciness in this fine ale. Just enough pine and bitterness in the finish to not let you get too carried away with how refreshing this tastes.

M- Light to medium bodied. Very crisp and fair amount of carbonation.

O- One of my favorite single hopped ales. Huge drinkability and very refreshing. 7% ABV is well hidden. Not much to say other than I will always get this when available in my area and its a must-try for any IPA drinker.

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Photo of avalonbrewing
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a classic American IPA coming in at a healthy 7%. Great color, great nose, great taste. Tried first on tap and now in bottles as it just became available here.

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Photo of milkbaby9
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into Samuel Adams sensory glass. Sparkling clear gold with 3 finger white foamy head that stays around a while. Recedes to a 1 finger head leaving great lacing.

Aroma is all hops: grapefruit, fresh green vines, green pine needles, a touch of grass. Taste starts sweetly malty and builds up a spicy hoppy crescendo similar to the aromas, lotsa pine and bitter grapefruit. The grapefruit bitterness hangs on the roof of my mouth as the sweet malt lasts on and on with a touch of honey lemon.

Medium carbonation seems to increase the spicyness on the tongue. Relatively light bodied. Very drinkable as the sweet malt is strong enough to hold its own against the hops and bitterness.

2015 edit: Had fresher bottles of Two Hearted and it is a much better beer fresh than a couple months old! Had to update my ratings. Totally delish!

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Photo of sjdevel
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is plenty of foam when poured from a 12oz. bottle (2 - finger head). It is a nice clear yellow / gold color. It remains quite effervescent and continues to lace after the head fades out.

Very strong fruity floral hop scents and tartness. There is a slight tart aroma as well.

There is an immediate hop bitterness that bursts out at first. Soon after the initial bite, a smooth and sweet yeasty taste fades in. This is a rich malty and fruity flavor that doesn't stick around for long as there is another phase of hop tartness and a very full floral rush, followed by a dry finish.

This beer has a low-medium body that has a medium dryness on the tongue.

This is a great, and I mean great, IPA. I didn't believe the hype about this beer as it is one of the top rated IPAs around. I grew up in Michigan and never had any of Bell's beers when I lived there (very sad now) but am glad to have tasted a few on my trip to visit family. I would definitely buy this (and even order online and have it shipped) as I think this is what an IPA should taste like. Its not crazy bitter (IBU) or overwhelmingly floral-hoppy, but a great all around full flavored and well balanced IPA.

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Photo of TTen
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

L: Medium amber, slightly cloudy.
S: Citrus rind, a little bready malt, some pine resin. Really nice.
T: Matches the aroma exactly but some sweetness from the malt sneaks through. Bitterness is evident but not harsh. Very well done.
F: Body is medium. Attenuated to the perfect FG. Substantial but not heavy. Dry finish but quenching. Each sip begs another.
O: This is not outrageous, over the top hoppy. It's most definitely hop forward though. The skill of the brewers is evident. This is the standard all IPA's should be compared to. The kicker for me is the little bit of malt sweetness that makes it through the layers of citrusy hops. Excellent stuff.

Bottled 2/9/2016

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Photo of eepound2
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer that I drink pretty regularly. One of my favorite go to IPAs. Pours a nice color and a decent head. The smell is very good, zesty citrus which is one of my favorites. Taste is very much full of those same notes as well. Always a good beer to drink

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Photo of brownbeer
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- A thick white head that will eventually leave thick lacing all the way down the glass sits atop a truly pale ale.

S- Floral hop nose wafts out of the glass resembling rose petals. I've compared it to laying in a wonderful flower garden, eyes closed, just breathing.

T- Flavors of candied orange citrus, a quiet pine note, and a beautifuly bitter finish that never overwhelms.

M- Carbonated, but not overdone. Sooo smooth.

D- I can and have drank this for hours on end.

This has to be one of the best single IPAs on the planet. Holy and consistant.

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Photo of bsp77
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work. Two Fridays in a row that someone brought beer in, and this time we got Bell's!

Appearance: Semi-hazy amber orange, with small head retention.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine, with some mild malt undercurrents.

Taste: Ah, the centennial hop! Mostly grapefruit bitterness, but the bitterness is not overpowering in any way. Maybe some slight lemon or orange flavors to round out the overall citrus taste. The malts are there and provide backbone, but really are not sweet at all, maybe almost slightly sour.

Feel: Medium bodied but fairly light for the style. Medium carbonation, with a bone dry finish.

Drinkability: As far as I am concerned, this is the most drinkable IPA ever brewed. It is neither too bitter as some IPAs are, nor too light so I get bored of the flavor.

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Photo of rallison
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to limesmut for this one!

A: Slightly hazy amber with a 2 finger white head.

S: Nicely floral and aromatic. Slight toffee sweetness. Very nice.

T: Floral, piny hops. Definitely some grapefruit. Bit of a nice hop juiciness, with nice balance from a touch of caramel and toffee.

M: Just the right fullness with a good crisp finish and a nice lingering bitterness.

D: Extremely good.

Highly recommended. One of the best single IPAs I've had outside of California.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Beautiful golden yellow that produced a plentiful white head that slowly receded to a pool leaving minimal lacing
S: Citrusy and piney, otherwise known as delicious
T: hard to desribe but it starts with a sweet citrus flavor, goes a little piney, then has a little spice. It finishes with a sweet and spicy aftertaste that leaves the mouth coated. Very good
M: Not too heavy and not too light with a just right amount of carbonation
D: It's a beer I'd drink in place of water. it tastes like pliny the elder but it is much more available

Overall: very good IPA with plenty of hop flavor and bitterness with just enough malt sweetness to keep it in check. I'd recommend this beer to anyone that likes IPAs.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7463 on the label - Pours a hazy orange shade with some suspended yeast particles and an epic white head that sticks around forever. Nose is ...oh man ... hops are superbly aggressive here. Citrus, piney, and ever so slightly sweet. Can they bottle this aroma and sell it in a spray like Febreze? One of the best smelling beers I've enjoyed in a long while. Palate is a hop paradise ... pine and citrus combine with an incredible sweetness and texture that almost brings a tear to the eye. This may well be the best balanced AIPA I've ever had ... could the hop/malt ratio be better? Doubt it. Mouthfeel is soft, thick, and luxurious. Medium bodied. Lingering sweetness and absolutely amazing hop tastes linger in the mouth long after each sip. Where do I begin with one ... you simply must have Bell's Two Hearted. I don't know why it's called Two Hearted and I don't know why there is a fish on the label, but I do know it's the best AIPA I've ever had the pleasure of consuming ... and one of the overall best beers made in the USA. More than recommended.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this at Big Muddy Pub in Alton,Illinois for the first time about three weeks ago.Easily one of my top two favorite beers on Earth right now.

A-Golden,slightly orange with a beautiful
two finger,stark white, pillowy head.Impressive
lacing for the duration of the pint.

S-Probably the highlight of this beer for me.The
Centennial hops are unmistakable.Pineapple,persimmon and fresh
hops on the nose.Even more exotic fruit notes
that I can't pinpoint.

T-Everything you would expect from the nose.This beer is an exercise in simplicity but still delightfully complex.Fresh fruit juice sweetness balanced perfectly with hoppy bitterness and light caramel malt.

M-Full,oily and satisfying.

D-This is a dangerously drinkable beer and it definitely belies it's 7% ABV.Easy to get caught up and drink a sixer.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy golden color with lots of tiny suspended particles, a nice off-white head, nice active carbonation, and good lace. Intense citrusy hop-pellet like aroma -- fresh !! Nice hoppy flavors; not really bitter; nice resiny character. Light-medium bodied with a light dry hoppy finish.

Awesome fresh hop monster ! Pricey but worth it. My favorite Bell's brew so far and the best IPA I've had in a long time.

Per BB website: OG 1.058 & 7% ABV.

Batch # 7754 ('6329' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 02/15/07

($8.49 / 6-pack)

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had a Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA earlier in the day. i'll compare the two. i found these two beers to be somewhat similar both in appearance and smell. two hearted being less fruity but both give off an herbal shampoo scent. both had a nice golden orange color but Torpedo had a noticibly longer last large head and more lacing.
overall i think i like this beer more than Torpedo but it will take future tests to confirm that.
a-golden orange, nice head, lasted a while
s- hops and flowers with a hint of citrus
t- same as smell
m-nice thickness and oil texture
d- definitely try this. i will be drinking this pretty often.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from the brwerey less then a week ago. Poors in with a nice head and stays forever. Beercolor is gold but clouwdy.
Nose is quiet exceptional and it's just like hanging your nose in a bag( of very fine) hop. Further hardly anything noticeable but hey as fresh as a beer can get! Taste is almost identicly, hops, hops & more hops. Could have litle more body but hey I'm fine with just hops! Mouthfeel is off course also incredible and hey I could drink this all night long!

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Photo of wardough
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's ridiculous how good this is. Upon opening, it smells like an orange tree just planted itself in the house. Cloudy amber with a nice head that remains with the beer. Taste is well balanced malts, caramel, and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is low carbonated, but smooth. I could drink these all night. Well done Larry (this is my first 2 hearted...and I grew up in Michigan...I should have tried it earlier). Seek this out.

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Photo of grego
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12oz bottle I got from Westy's outside of Harrisburg PA. It's sort of a golden amber with a smallish head that lingered for a while. Nice lacing throughout. The smell is great with lots of pine, citrus, and a little honey. Very balanced. The taste is much like the smell lots of citrus, pine, and some clove as well. Not too bitter but not sweet at all. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry at the end. This is a very drinkable beer. The kind of AIPA that you can have many of. Definitely one of the best AIPA's I have ever had. Really perfect for the style. Very hoppy but not stringently bitter - nicely balanced. Great beer.

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Photo of ChrisA
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the Mellow Mushroom in Indy for staying late and pouring me an extra pint of Two Hearted. I could still taste it in the morning. I have heard fabled stories of this fine ale and may now report back that they are legitimate. One of the best IPA's I have ever had. It made the Alpha King that I tried after it pale in comparison. Wish I could get this out in Colorado. This is a definite hophead's favorite!!!

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Photo of phishsihq
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two Hearted Ale pours a hazy, burnt orange color and is capped by a big frothy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Pine and citrus aromas explode from the glass and are underlined by hints of tropical fruit and a slight malt sweetness. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors meet a nice malt backbone before finishing with a somewhat piney flavor. Medium body and medium-light in carbonation, Two Hearted Ale is very well balanced and a great example of what an IPA should be.


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Photo of escapegoat
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had countless times in bottle and on-tap. Based on pour from 1/4 slim in my kegerator.

A - golden with thick white head. Solid lacing as head recedes.
S - Piney, floral scent over bread malt base.
T - Chalky, soapy overtones over bready, citrusy flavor. Nearly perfect except for the overwhelming chalkiness.
M - Very good - leaves you wanting more without being cloying.
O - One of my favorites. Not perfect, but as close as it comes.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light amber with golden hues beaming all over. A firm bubbly white head appears about a half inch thick leaving a nice lace. Aromas of piney, resiney, and citrus hops along with light malt dominate. Initially this beer hits up front with sweet citrusy hops and a caramel toffee malt body. Following, more hops just come into play leaving a zesty piney flavor that just lingers on the tongue. This beer finishes hoppy and sweet, with some more zest and yet a final lingering bitterness that just makes it perfection. The body to this beer is light while it has a crisp carbonation that just keeps this beer refreshing. Overall a wonderful brew.

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