Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
14,420 Ratings
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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Ratings: 14,420 |  Reviews: 3,590
Photo of WastingFreetime
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Lightly hazed amber with a surprisingly well-formed head for an IPA, decent retention stability and lacing properties. Smells (and tastes) mostly of big juicy oranges and pineapples, with medium amounts of floral, lemons, and pine resin, and with small amounts of dank and gritty earthiness over a medium-high level of a caramel malt sweet enough to tie it all together. Great smooth texture and just the right amount of carbonation to keep things lively.

One of the greats for the simple reason that it takes what is normally considered a "hop bomb" amount of hopping and balances it in a way that keeps the palate from being wrecked as rapidly as other IPAs, as well as showcasing an appealing pallette of hopping aspects.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty foggy amber with a decent off white head. I could get a good whiff of this one even before I had poured it out of the bottle. Nose is perfumed pine hops. Flavor is a mouthful of hops that stays consistent. Thick hop flavors just stay with you. Feel has a good carbonation to it and a the liquid is pretty good as well. Overall this is a very good IPA. Definitely one for the hop heads.

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Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice murky orange-amber pour, with a foamy head that leaves pillow lace. Beautiful mixture of citrus and floral notes in the nose. Well done... wonderfully hopped from beginning to end, without overtaking any of the other portions of the brew. Nice orange peel and grapefruit essence in the citrus dept. Very quaffable, as the citrus and malt combine for a perfectly round and smooth mouthfeel. Pine resin lingers in the finish, peppering the back of the mouth with a decent IBU. Again, the drinkability is very much the biggest "pro" of this brew. IPA’s are my fave (as are doubles and impy’s), and this one doesn’t disappoint. ABV doesn’t particularly show... possibly in the peppery aftereffects of the finish, there shines a note or two of alcohol, but well-integrated.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Could simply be the Pale Ale against which all others should be judged. A hop lover's dream, for all the senses.

Taste has both clarity and complexity, with an exceptional finish. Thank-you Bell's. Brilliance in liquid form.

Unfortunately the higher alcohol content means I will probably never be able to enjoy as much of it as I would like!

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Photo of Mardrommar
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The label on the back describes the beer as having a crisp finish and a strong floral hop aroma. On the bottom of the label, the bottling date is listed as 02/06/13

Poured into a Libbey tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful golden color with bright yellow highlights. Formed a soapy finger-width head that dissipated within the first 5 minutes. Leaves a spotty amount of lacing that has a soapy consistency. A minor cm or so head remained throughout the duration of the drinking session.

As described, the aroma is potently floral and hoppy. A sweet, bready malt pierces the hop aroma, giving way to a floral scent. Hints of pine, grass, citrus, grapefruit, and lemon are present. The aroma is very well balanced. No one scent truly dominates (not including the sharp sweetness from the malts). Mouthfeel is light and has moderate carbonation.

The initial flavor is citrus that instantly gives way to the bready, caramel sweetness from the malts, and then transitions into a bitter, floral finish with a slight astringency. The finish is crisp and moderately dry. The finish is not extensive at all. Aftertaste is bread and hops.

This beer is extremely well balanced and highly drinkable. One of the more pleasant IPAs I’ve had in recent memory.

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Photo of leokbelo
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden, poured into a pint glass. 1 1/2 inch head, dissipates quickly into a 1/2 lacing.
Refreshing flowery/herbal aroma, some sweetness caramel also. Nice balance between malts and hops.
Sweet on the tongue, alcohol present, but not overwhelming. Again very well balanced. Refreshing, hoppy and delicous.
Great example of an American IPA.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.
Pours a clear gold copper color with some visible carbonation. Nice white head with a bit of lacing. Has a great aroma with citrus, and some floral and slightly spicy elements. Mellow flavor, but very tasty. Florals, hops, and spice, with a hint of orange. Light- to medium-bodied, and smooth with light carbonation. A great tasty, and drinkable, IPA. Wish this were available out here in California!

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Photo of BryanLogaru
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite go-to IPAs. Always crisp and refreshing, slightly juicy, a hint of malt flavoring, some faint piney undertones, and a clean bitter finish.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The one, and only 5 I have ever given out is for the smell of this beer!

It is golden and pale, and rich in color, the head meets the top of the pint, and does not rush away

the smell is perhaps the best smell on a beer I have ever had! The hops meet the smell of freshness and make your lips stretch into a smile before you have even tasted the beer!

The taste is most pleasant and fills your mouth. It is refreshing and flavorful. It is one of the best IPAs on the market.

The mouthfeel is good. It is consistent through out the beer, and even the last swallow is enjoyable

The drink ability of this beer is outstanding! It can be enjoyed with food or by its self; even after mowing the yard this beer is great!

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fruity hops hit the nose right off - could smell it as soon as the barkeep pulled the draft handle (it was only a few feet away). The head is solid white with a silky sheen and slowly recedes in the pint glass with a few lingering legs. A very light haze permeates the golden honey-colored brew.

Grapefruit dominates the flavor profile, with some spruce notes and a hint of sweetness cut by the alcohol content. On tap, it has plenty of carbonation to excite the taste buds and smooth out the bitterness from the hops, which leaves a post-it note on the back of the palate as a reminder.

A regular beer of choice for me whenever available, on tap or bottled.

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Photo of droomyster
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark a slightly hazy dark gold with a medium white head. Nice hoppy aromas with multiple layers, ranging from evergreen needles to the citrus spectrum, but not in an overwhelming, steroid hopped way. No alcohol detectable. Sweet malts also insert themselves into the aroma equation. A resinous, medium full body with a lot of malt/hop tug of war on the palate, finishing dry, with an orange zest that hangs on for a bit. Drinks very beautifully. Stands up to hearty, flavorful foods but also has the balance and finesse to be enjoyed on its own. Two Hearted Ale is definitely my all-time favorite IPA.

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Photo of travisd13
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a DFH snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy golden pale color. Head is a 1/2" thick and off white in color...good lacing.

S- This one smells good! For an East coast IPA it's more citrus rather than the pine I expected. My mouth is watering.

T- Just like the smell more citrus rather than pine. Malts?? Very little and I'm OK with that. Little to no evidence of the 7%.

M- Very good...dry / crisp just what you expect out of an IPA. Could use a little more carbonation.

D- Mmm...drinkable to the point it could get you in trouble. This is one of my favorite IPA's not from the West coast.
A big Thanks to my uncle Mark for this one!

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Photo of Jables
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a thick creamy white head.

Smells of sweet fruits, some citrus and some granny smith apple.

Body is full yet the taste is light, crisp and fruity, apricots, lemon peel, and more granny smith.

This is an extremely tasty beer. Much less bitter than many IPAs, making this a very complex and diverse beer.

Highly recommended and worthy of the hype!

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Photo of jbm5
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep pale color. Seems an oxymoron perhaps. But has a very thick hazy color that implies depth. Thick head which leaves a hearty lace and dissipates slowly.
S: Rich piney smell with heavy floral overtones.
T: Follows with the smell. A rich deep piney flavor up front that carries through with a bitter, mildly spicy back.
M: Smooth. Coats the mouth evenly throughout and washes around the whole palate well. Very robust.
D: Fantastic. My favorite american IPA. All around a great beer. Has a heavy piney, floral taste that is smooth and not too bitter for the amount of hops. A beer you can sip on all night (the ABV sneaks up on you). One of my overall favorite beers. Very well-balanced for an IPA with this much hop character.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours to a murky orange gold. Generates a nice finger of white soapy head, lots of little carbonation bubbles streaming up to the top, whispy lacing.
S - Oranges, tangerine, light hops and even lighter slight caramel. Very sweet, smells like an orange soda in the glass. Very appetizing aroma.
T - Not nearly as sweet as the aroma, the orange and tangerine are upfront but very mild and not very sweet, the hops come in back, not very bitter or strong, there is actually a strong "beery" taste to this, such as a pilsner or a light pale ale. Makes for a smooth and easy drinking, extremely sessionable beer, as well as an easy introduction to IPAs for domestic drinkers, but it isn't an over the top IPA for me.
O - A good beer, not great, but good, could use a little more of everything, too light. More sweetness, more bitterness, I've had pale ales more bitter than this. But it is, to be sure, a GOOD beer.
V - Good value, decent price and comes in a six pack!

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Photo of xnicknj
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap in pint glass at new wave cafe in philly

Pours a clear dark golden with orange hues and a nice filmy head. Retains well w tons of ringy lacing while drinking.

Sweet juicy hops with boatloads of citrus in the nose and a touch of fruit sweetness.

Plenty of bitterness up front with piny floral hops. Juicy citrus and zest with rind is prominent. Some lighter malt base and caramel holds flavor together but allows hops to shine. Finishes crisp and refreshing with some lingering bitterness.

Lighter medium body, dry and sticky feel. Excellent drinkability and flavor, and the alcohol is totally masked. Easily one of my favorite year round IPAs.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale poured a nice golden amber with creamy white foam that left good lace. The ale was slightly hazy with lively carbonation. The smell was rich, floral hops, with some malt flavors coming through. The taste was full: malty and biscuity. The malt gave way to hops (bitter and then floral). There was a bit of dryness to the finish. The malt almost balanced the huge hop character. The mouthfeel was smooth and crisp with a slight chalkiness to the finish. This was a very enjoyable IPA with a long lasting hop flavor. A huge IPA.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle.

Last sample 4-28-06 Still a damn good beer.

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Photo of schmidtn
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice semi-cloudy amber with head that lingers longer than most IPA. Lacing hangs on the glass throughout the tasting.

One of the most florally smelling beers I have encountered. FTD in a glass.

This is ambrosia. The bittering hops most definitely doing their job here. Malt tries to even this battle, but the hops are just a bit stronger, which is good.

Because the malt is not overpowering, mouth feel is relatively clean. The higher alcohol adds to the dryness.

Hoppy Delight. Only the price keeps this as an occasional beer.

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Photo of danasacco
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattboyer182
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a coppery golden color. Nice white head.probably a finger to a finger and a half.

S - Citrusy hops very floral and subtley sweet malts.

T - Again citrusy and piney hop. Just a hint of sweetness from the malts.

M - light and well carbonated.

O - very good. One of my go to ipa's.

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Photo of MKIII
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZachT
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmithwicksNut
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very nice white thick foamy head which lingered throughout the beer. The lacing was a beautiful sight on the side of the glass. The color was gold and cloudy (similar to an unfiltered wheat).

Smell: A sweet floral high hop aroma with a hint of citrus. The hop aroma never realy faded and stayed all through drinking the beer.

Taste; The taste was a great hop taste. It was clean and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Was rich and full not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: This a very good beer. It was one of the best I have had recently.

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Photo of Natural510
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Have to amend my original review and up the ratings a bit from when I tasted the brew for the first time.
Two-Hearted continues to be an amazing ale as my palate expands. The aroma is a beautiful perfume of tropical fruit and hop oils. The flavor is heavily floral, fruity (again, tropical), with bitterness from fresh hops.
This is likely the best IPA Mid-America has to offer, and one of the best American IPAs being brewed today.


Pours a golden, lager-like color from 12oz bottle.Nice head, which leaves a lasting lacing in the glass.
Smells very hoppy, with aromas of lemon & flowers.
Hops are the first thing which come through when tasting, leaving a distinct bite. Lavender & grapefruit come through in the finish as well. Malts are not very discernible, yet this comes across as a well-balanced brew nonetheless.
Stays well in the mouth and is very drinkable, given one's tolerance for hoppiness. The crisp finish allows for smoother drinkability and the bitterness does not overpower the palate.

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Photo of Lepley
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured gold/orange into a pint glass. About a finger of white head with little retention, but a good amount of lacing.
S: Floral, sweet, hops, lemon, citrus fruits, piney.
T: "Wow, what an IPA" was my first thought. Hoppy, floral, citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, not too bitter. A very well rounded beer.
M: Smooth, kind of thick.
D: Such a good IPA, and it's so well rounded. I could drink this all night.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 14,420 ratings
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