Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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3,533 Reviews
Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,533
Ratings:
14,191
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
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Photo of RyanK252
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Bell's snifter

A: Pours golden orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces beautify.

S: Floral, citrus, very lemony, some pine, a bit grassy, some bready malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: Floral, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, spicy pine, bready malt, and caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: It's hard to compare an old school IPA like this to all the modern super hopped stuff, but it still holds its own. Really nice use of centennial hops.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried it for first time in Texas of all places. Always wanted to try it and it didn't disappoint. I call it classic representation of Midwest IPA. Floral, piney, slightly amber, great malt balance and incredibly long lasting finish. Loved it!

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Photo of EliW
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not your beginners IPA. It looks amazing with a rich head and amber coloring. The smell is divine with very rich floral scents bursting out. The taste is very strong with intense citrus flavor. Pretty bitter but still immensely drinkable. Every beer drinker should have a 6 pack of this available at all times.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When in doubt, I can always trust Two Hearted. I love this beer, near and dear to my heart. Americana and nostalgia in a bottle, one of the finest crafted IPAs ever. Never dissspoints and Im down with the cans.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

P- Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a large Funky Buddha snifter.Packaged on 03/06/2017.

L- Thick soapy white colored head that stands 1 finger tall,with very good retention and sticky lacing.Light orange colored body with low clarity,and distorted light showing through the glass.Low amount of carbonation,high amount of sediment.

S- On the nose I get tons of citrus and tropical fruit hops (orange and mango),pine hops,and some faint hints of sweet breaded malt notes.Fruity hops definitely steal the show.Floral hop presence as well.

T- On the palate I get bitter pine hops and grapefruit up front,tropical and citrus fruit hops in the middle,and some sweat breaded malts balanced by pine hops on the back end.Very well balanced IPA.

F- The mouth feel is bordering on thin and medium,with a silky texture.Moderate amount of oxidation on the tongue with a smooth finish.

O- This is probably one of the best IPA's I have tried,that is available in Florida.Very well balanced with a beautiful hop presence.This is about as close to a "juice bomb" as you get in Florida.I could drink this beer all year round.I highly recommend this brew if you are a hop head,and an IPA lover.

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Photo of djamesb
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After a day of tough physical labor I spotted the fish and thought to give it a try. I was not disappointed it was a good beer made by good old American beer makers . Without a lot of malarkey, give it a try.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.24/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Hazy orange color, frothy lingering white head. Not much of any aromas. Generic hop profile that quickly fades. Had on tap but maybe it wasn't very fresh.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 02/28/17 into a snifter.

Pours a lightly hazy golden orange color with a finger of off-white head. The head settles into a thin film that rests atop the beer, leaving a ton of lacing as it goes. Pretty much the perfect looking beer. Beer porn, if you will.

The aroma is extremely floral and dank, bringing notes of ruby red grapefruit, orange peel, and sticky pine. The back end is full of toasted malt, bringing a good amount of balance to the aroma.

The taste is more of the same. Orange and grapefruit, followed by some sweet caramel malt and finished off by a tidal wave of pine.

The feel is medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Goes down very smooth, yet has a crisp bite to it that is quite refreshing. Very dry and resinous.

Overall, an excellent IPA. It's far from the biggest or baddest IPA out there, but it's exceptionally balanced and extremely well-made. This is a beer I could drink all year long, and I wish I could.

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Photo of Baumer
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: unfiltered orange, almost gold.
S: citric, flowery smell, very pleasant
T: very carbonated and refreshing, hoppy citrus taste. A little bit boozy, but its not overpowering.
F: carbonation is perfect. makes it feel lighter. This would be fantastic if it was ice cold on a hot day. not really a session beer (ABV 7%), but I could definitely rip through a bunch of these in rapid succession.
O: I don't love IPA, but this is about as good as I've ever had. I'll definitely have another

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Photo of andrewh995
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Unfiltered orange gold
S: Hops, citrus, pine
T: Bitter and citrusy
F: Medium bodied and medium carbonation
O: It's compared to Sculpin IPA a lot and I can say that I much prefer this one. It's a quintessential example of an IPA and one of the best in my opinion.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

**
04/25/15

Bottle to pilsner glass. Appearance: golden color, medium white head. Aroma: pine, hops, slight apple or pear and peach. Taste: pine, ash, sweet lime, Feel: less bubbly than BP sculpin which I just had before this. Very Nice ipa.

**

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Photo of Winzlow
2.5/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muched hype surrounding this one. I was really amped up (to ELEVEN) to try this for the first time. Got it. Then the sadness set in: nothing special or outstanding about BTHA. I found it to be very average in all aspects.
Will not avoid but will not go out of my way to get it either.

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Photo of DeaconWhite82
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I have had. Very easy to get on tap where I live. I drink this all the time. Will get a case when needed. Looking forward to taking road trip to Michigan. Bells will be on the list

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Photo of WestMichiganWhaler
4.96/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Spoiled. That is what we West Michiganders are. We are very very spoiled. We never did anything to deserve the gifts that Larry and Dave gave us, when Larry gave us 2 Hearted and Dave gave us KBS. But they did, and we should be forever grateful...

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Photo of Ageloff
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the most reliably fabulous beers, tap, bottle or canned. Never disappointed, even after drinking SOS or Heady topper....Truly one of the world's best overall American. IPAs.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---THANKS KEVIN!
This fine ale pours a chill hazed golden amber color with a nice head of white foam that
settles to a thick big bubbled ring, thin light pool, and features some darn nice sticky lacing.
Nose of heavy pine hops, sweet malts, honey, and a touch of orange rind with other light
citrus notes. Flavors lightly exceed by presentation with citrus touched hops featuring orange
zest zest and subtle pineapple notes touched by light breaded malts and honey that fade into
the background with a sticky pine note. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium carbonation,
and a citrus and pine laden hoppy finish.

Overall, a legend among the craft brew scene and a solid IPA.

Cheers

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Photo of BJB13
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

01/05/17 printed on the label.
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice two finger head that is thick and foamy, lasting, and has good lacing. It has a decent aroma of sweet citrusy hops and bready malts. Sweet, hoppy and mildly bitter, it has a decent malt to hop balance with some caramel sweetness and a smooth finish. Light to medium body and carbonation this drinks fast.

This is good stuff, not a hoppy juice bomb, but a great representative IPA.

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Photo of Premo88
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(2/17/2017 born-on date)

L: opaque gold, hard to see through, topped with almost full inch of offwhite foam that sticks a little; keeps a thick collar and bubbly skin; a little lacing, not much

S: piney grapefruit and orange, plenty of sweetness under the stinging hop bitterness, sweet biscuit/donut malt

T: candied hops ... bitter but sweet, grapefruit, pine, orange, slight grassy/lime/cilantro finish to the hop bite; loads of biscuit malt flavor, sweet but only as a balance to the bitter hop bite up front

F: thick but lightened a bit with good carbonation ... definitely a mouthful

O: it's as good as advertised; I think I drank the first half of this six-pack just in time to get the really good grapefruity hop flavor, for this fourth bottle about a week later is starting to experience some caramel-mango-like malt takeover; still, it's a fantastic beer and one I will seek out again and again, especially if I can find it inside a month old

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Photo of KalCal
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The best IPA I've ever had. Period. It is perfectly balanced, with a huge hop profile. But, the balance of this beer would make even a 'non-hop' drinker appreciate and enjoy this IPA.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made my own six in a Texas HEB and for the first time I see some Bell's brewery chilling there waiting for me! I just got Two Hearted this time because there were one or two more exciting choices and a LOT of really cheap incredible beers or ones that I hadn't heard of.

Pours an orange gold with a bit of haze into a pint glass. Keeps a thin ring of foam and one-sided, spotty lacing. The smell and taste take this to a whole new level.

Smell is dank, piney, grapefruit, thing wreeks of hops. Taste follows suit with the hoppy bitter, pine, grass, grapefruit, and a floral aftertaste. This beer is pretty crazy good. I very much regret not going ahead and grabbing the full Bell's catalogue available at the store so I could give all their beers a shot.

Maybe you guys across the country are spoiled, but this is super good and deserves the ratings I am throwing at it. The freshness has to have something to do with it, being packaged on 2/21/17. Good shit!

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz draft pour into a pint glass shows a hazy orange ish gold body floating a fluffy white head. Some spotted lacing.
Aroma is indistinct, or muted. There is some pine resin and citrus, though.
Flavors include grapefruit, pineapple, grass, pine resin, and a slight bready malt.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, medium and oily, just short of chewy.
Overall a well balanced, well crafted beer that doesn't knock my socks off, and doesn't need to.

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Photo of mjurney
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Golden-amber color, touch of haze. Highly carbonated. Thick bright white head.

Aroma:
Citrusy, orange, grassy, a little herbal, sweet bread.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Fresh hop bitterness up front, citrus, grassy, bitter orange. Strong malt backbone, sweet bread, a little caramel. Finish is very crisp and clean. Medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, tangy, super drinkable.

Overall:
It's a world class American IPA!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Citrus with some slight caramel base and slight piney hop. Not as strong as I would have imagined. There is a bigger piney hop to the taste. Mild citrus with a malty caramel ending. Maybe some slight honey. Mildly astringent finish. Not quite what I was expecting. More of a malty base, while I tend to venture more towards the West Coast style. This was bottled just over a month ago, so it is still fresh, but would like to try one less than a week old.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appears golden-copper, crisp-looking with a low head, but nice threads lacing.
Nose is bready, with citrus and pine.
Taste is something else. As in, something unlike so many ipa's that have soaked the market.....this
Juicy grapefruit, massive hop bitterness. Tasty in that another sip can't come soon enough. Peppery, with what to me has a pilsner-like malt quality, and it feels so smooth...medium-bodied. Zesty orange notes come through as I sip it longer. Impressive IPA taste. I'm equally impressed by the malt backbone. The flavor and balance with the centennial hops is superb there. The easiest benchmark IPA to compare it with, as far as centennial-hopped IPAs go, would be Founder's IPA. Only issue there, in my book, is that this Bell's IPA appears to be the new benchmark. Glad they came to Texas.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Two Hearted as a beer in general, but as an IPA it falls short of the other benchmarks now. It's what IPA tasted like 15 - 20 years ago. Then, it would have stood out. Now, not so much. Looks and smells "proper," but it doesn't have much taste or mouthfeel impression. It is a mid-pack IPA now, especially given that it's a solid 7.0% ABV, and there are much better ones out there. Still, it is a smooth, even-handed version of the style.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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