Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 100% Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest and named after the Two Hearted River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this IPA is bursting with hop aromas ranging from pine to grapefruit from massive hop additions in both the kettle and the fermenter.

Perfectly balanced with a malt backbone and combined with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this beer is remarkably drinkable and well suited for adventures everywhere.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

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Photo of cnjohn19
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i'll put this beer's appearance up against any of the beers i have reviewed since getting into craft beer reviews...light orange/yellow with a thick inviting head...great lacing...smells of wild dandelions, oranges, and hops...strong hops dominate but not too'll enjoy this beer if you want to get into IPAs and might not be ready for the hoppiest drinks...

seems to foam in your mouth and the bitterness forces through your taste exceptional ipa which you can pretty much buy year round...that's what makes this beer so great...

overall, its a beer which i'll always have in my ice box...cheers!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy golden-orange color, with a nice but not extraordinary off-white head. Some persistence, and definite lacing.

S - Does not come out with huge swings, but nice subtle jabs of citrus and pine. Grass and vegetative qualities underlie the stronger fruit.

T - No doubt this has citrus at the front, but perhaps most surprising for me is which - lemon notes are near the top, with tangerine and orange underlying, fading into some pine and grass, with some sweetness. Given the strength of the hop, the finish is surprising in that there's not nearly the bitter bite you might expect.

M - With moderate carbonation and only minor drying, this is a very easy beer on the tongue.

O - I really enjoy this beer, and there's no doubt for me that I will be returning to it as a regular staple. I am a huge fan of grapefruit notes and the hops that make those possible, but this makes the case for other citrus themes from the hop. Top notch.

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Photo of Acbridge
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of youknowmyname
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite go to beers when I can't find something new I want to try. Bell's Two Hearted ale is a wonderful, non-imperial IPA. The reason I say that is because it seems everyone wants to go imperial these days, and most of the time, I'm drinking a few beers not just one. Nothing wrong with imperials, but they should be that special occasion beer.

Great citrus and pine flavors with a big hop punch. Fairly strong but no phenol kick. A few of these will definitely have you feeling good. Easy go to beer if you like your beers hoppy.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight glass, that's my best option at this condo in Gulf Shores. Next time I'm bringing my own glassware. I can't get this back in BR though, so I'm not complaining.

A deep yellow color with a big fizzy head. Decent looking beer.

Great nose. Mild hoppiness with a malt balance. Taste is more of the same. I really like the balance this beer displays and would recommend it whole heartedly to anyone trying to get into hoppy beers.

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Photo of EFischlein74
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerCannuck
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very balanced profile with clean dry finish. Definite grapefruit on nose and taste with slight sweet tropical undertones. A very well made beer that certainly rivals the smoothness and drink ability of west coast standard such as Sculpin. I wish it was
distributed to the bay area.

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Photo of Honeybourne
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ews3
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mklinger
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Two fingers of head. Slightly hazy deep, deep gold. Effervescent carbonation. Looks very inviting. Leaves nice lacing behind, too.

Smell is all bright citrus, grapefruit & oranges. Slight hint of malt, too. Great, great IPA aroma!

Taste is similar to the aroma with a bit more malt and a bit less assertive hop flavor than was present in the aroma.

The lively carbonation and the hint of malt richness make for a very nice mouthfeel and an easy to drink, very inviting beer. I just don't taste the 7.1% abv in here at all. This is potentially a very deceptive beer. It would be easy to drink pint after pint of this.

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Photo of Floydster
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with pimpp, thanks for giving me the chance to try this very popular IPA from Bell's

Poured into my enormous Bell's one liter mug with a deep orange color that had a golden tint when held up to the light, soapy 1/2 white head that stuck around for about three minutes, decent retention, and some small amounts of lacing at the beginning

Smell was great, tons of different hop aromas, strong resin and floral scents, some sweet citrus as well, good amount of malt on the nose, large amounts of nice smelling hoppiness overall

Taste was nice with a dry hoppy flavor right off the bat that led to some pineapple and orange, followed by some more bitterness in the finish, this one got sweeter as it warmed and the citrus really started to overshadow some of the dryer hop variations, liked the way this tasted better colder, charcoal-like taste at first was good and small amount of malt complemented the hoppiness well, very nice india pale ale overall

Perfect amount of carbonation, the body seemed a little too thick for an IPA and could have probably passed for a DIPA, taste did not last very long either, pretty good mouthfeel overall

Could probably drink a six pack of this because it is very light on the stomach and it goes down easy, although the seven percent alcohol could really catch up to me, making me unsure about how good this could be as a session beer

This beer definitely deserves to be in the top one hundred, it is one of the better regularly available india pale ales out there, could definitely drink more of this in the future, the people that have access to the mini kegs of this are lucky, highly recommended

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Photo of JamesGrove
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sirhc3034
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rayek
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time for the 2,808th review of the beer voted the 2013 Number 2 Beer in America by members of the AHA. Let's see what happens.

A: Two Hearted pours with a decidedly hazy peach hue. It's topped by a dense and rocky cream cap that sticks as a thick blanket of foam all the way down the glass. A heavy sheeting of lace is left in the beer's wake.

S: My nose picks up a lot of pepper and citrus out front. A bit of nutmeg and sweetbread sit behind the heavier aromas. The overall effect is much more interesting than the grapefruit-bomb IPAs I've had from a few too many other breweries.

T: Dry sweetbread flavors start things off, but are very quickly replaced by a strong bitter bite. The bitter flavors carry a generous dose of lemon and grapefruit citrus that are buffered by pepper and anise. The bitterness lingers long after each sip is completed. A dry and slightly puckering finish rounds things out.

M: The body is both oily and sticky, with a slightly high dose of tingle.

O: Okay. I can see why so many hop lovers covet this beer. It's bitter without being pallet wreaking, while provide much more complexity than many (most?) American IPAs. It's not a Top 10 beer on my list, but it is awfully nice to drink.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nbbyrd
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nate_15
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy golden color with avoid amount of head that leaves behind agood amount of lacing.

S- citrus leads the way, grapefruit especially, there are also smells of pine malt a hops.

T- follows the nose tropical fruits especially citrus are upfront malt is next up followed by the hops and a slightly bitter finish.

M- smooth mouthfeel with a very dry finish.

O- a very good beer, was a tad bit too citrus forward and not hop forward enough for me, but a very good beer.

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Photo of Alpha309
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Philousa
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One finger white head sits atop a clear pale, orangish brew. Patchy head has good retention. Leaves a thin, scattered lace on the glass. Strong floral and orangey aroma, light and zesty. Sweetish malt ist here behind the hops, which stand up grassy after a while. The malt isn't afraid to showcase its semi-sweet biscuity flavor before the hops turn bitter in your mouth, flashing citrus/orange before going full on grassy bitter. Lingers a good while with green (unripe) lemon zest. Easily drinkable and balanced. Not too much body to weigh you down. Bitterness makes you want to take a second before your next drink. Dry finish.

This is one great IPA. I'm sad I don't live in Bell's' distribution area, but was very glad to grab a sixer and enjoy it in CA. Well balanced, and very different from West Coast IPAs. Not as piney or resinous, this is still a bitter brew that I enjoy. A great change of pace and a good stand by.

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Photo of Afroman
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Photo of drewd
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint on-tap at new venue "The Bishop" in Bloomington (used to be the Cinemat; now live music w/ reasonably priced pints & nice booths to boot).

Pour is a nice copper/orange, as usual, with a bit of head...half-finger or so. Nose is mostly pine, but with a definite citrus in there as well. Pine is the first thing you get upon tasting, strong enough to separate the men from the boys. Gradually the citrus aftertaste hits, so that what at first seems hoppy & biting loses some of its edge, in a good way. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, tart but smooth. Improves even as it warms, mellows out a bit. I like this in pairs, though I wouldn't readily choose this as a session beer. Still, for the ABV, pretty drinkable.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swamiswamu
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sure, it's a dry hopped Oberon, but it tastes amazing. This is one of the best non-West Coast hoppy beers out there. It pours a orangish hue with lots of head and plenty of lacing. The aroma lets you know what you are getting into. The hops dominate with a wheaty base. My only complaint is that this hop profile is awfully straight forward. Two hearted has always seemed like a homebrew gone terribly well. For a hop fix you can drink all night, this can't be beat.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 14,743 ratings