Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

3,531 Reviews
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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Reviews: 3,531 | Ratings: 14,184
Photo of Theworldiscrazy
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I first tried Bell's Two Hearted Ale when I lived in the Midwest, for the price it is a very solid midwestern IPA. It is actually very drinkable, not quite as hoppy as most IPAs, almost more like a Pale Ale. It almost feels like it's a balance between an east coast and west coast IPA actually.

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Photo of chuckakhan
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first review, so beer with me. This beer has a nice golden and cloudy look to it, which I like a lot. It also has a crisp and somewhat hoppy smell and taste. The aftertaste was a bit on the malty side for me, though. Overall, a good beer. I suspect Hemingway (Big Two-Hearted River) would approve.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow-orange, with a thin one-finger head. Hops aroma very present. Taste is pleasantly bitter, lingers. Feels thick and creamy. Not a powerhouse like some of the Vermont beers, but very pleasurable to drink.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Very hazy amber color, two finger white head, ok lacing, lots of carbonation.

S: Grapefruit, mango, hops. Lovely!

T: Grapefruit, malt, hops. Bitter on the back end. Superb :)

F: Great mouthfeel, refreshing, dangerously drinkable.

O: Amazing IPA. One of the best I tried lately.

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

I have numerous favorites when it comes to beer. Every style has its favorite. This beer is my favorite beer in the world. If you told me I could only have one beer to drink for the rest of my life.... This is it. I only wish it was around the 5.5 abv. So I could drink more of this delicious nectar in one sitting. Cheers beer lovers. It's a great day to be an American!!!!

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smells very fresh, flowery and fruity. Great frothy head. Taste leans towards the bitter side, which is no surprise considering the style. Notes that make me think mostly of citrus rind, maybe some mild pine and sweetness.
Served in a tulip

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Photo of mitchellmulder
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

This is almost a prefect beer, prefect balance of hops and malt, clean and refreshing, a little on the thin side in mouth feel, but other then that, Perfect

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Photo of Caveworm
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bell's Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick, with solid lacing, and a clear golden amber body.

I smell a very fresh, lively tangerine and white nectarine-bearing hops with a buttery cracker malt base.

Tastes like a very clean, ever-so-slightly sweet blend of those fruits mentioned in the aroma, with a zesty floral hop finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation. Again, a very clean finish.

Overall, I'll give Bell's Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc. a 4.75. I can't believe I took this long to discover the awesomeness that is this here beer.

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Photo of NEdward
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one finger frothy white head, copper body, carbonation - looks like an ipa. smells sweet, citrus, vague sourness, not too prominent but not bad. substantial malt presence at first, hop is only noticeable for what it holds back. mouthfeel is carbonated, full bodied, slightly watery though not in a bad way I suppose. the hops are definitely being used to keep this malty beer taut and relatively balanced. finish begins with a very bright hop note, then resolves into a mellow aftertaste.

I had it on tap the other night and I remembered it being more sweet and malty than what I was looking for at the time. drinking it now (90 degrees, nyc, unexpected downpour) I don't know whether I was any more perceptive of what was in this beer, but I'm enjoying it more in any event.

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Photo of kinzo12
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer has all the makings of a go-to beer. It goes well with a meal or if you're just sitting around a campfire. The availability here in Indiana makes it an easy beer to buy. The flavor is hoppy yet with the right amount of citrus which makes it very drinkable. Just be careful because the ABV can sneak up on you! You can't go wrong with a Bell's Two Hearted Ale.

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Photo of kevin3046
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark gold color with thick head and heavy lacing
Smell: strong vegetable and fruit
Taste: very balanced sweet up front with big time hoppiness in the back.
Feel: nice and creamy moderate carbonation
Sweet with strong hop taste. The best IPA you can get. Very balanced and gets better with each glass.

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Photo of lastmango
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy medium amber coolor with a snow white lingering head. Heavy lacing. Aroma was a light floral hops with a hint of malt. Sweet very light malt upfront with a pronounced hop bite on the end. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Overall, an ok beer. I would not buy again as it is mire hoppy than what I prefer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Look: Semi-clear burnt orange colored body under a frothy sea foam head that doesn't recede much and leaves thick bands and patches of lacing.

Aroma: Good malt presence, notes of sweet caramel up front followed by cedar and spicy hops.

Taste: Malty up front that gets covered in grapefruit rind bitterness with a spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy.

Overall: I guess I was expecting more. A good beer either way but somewhat underwhelming because of my expectations.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 5-23-16, I think.

APPEARANCE: pours a copper color with suspended bits floating about, one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, lighter carbonation, significant lacing on the glass.

SMELL: bread, brown sugar, tropical fruit like pineapple and grapefruit, there is a pine note as well.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet then pineapple/grapefruit and some pine, this is a very balanced IPA, definitely more malt forward than most.

PALATE: medium body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very balanced IPA, I enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style, I would buy this again no problem.

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Photo of nerdboy19
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appear : Reddish, transparent. - 4/5
Aroma : Big citrus, a little bit of tropical fruits and malty sweetness. - 8/10
Mouthfeel : High carbonation, medium body - 4/5
Flavor : Dry, bitter, hop aroma in mouth, very solid - 7/10
Overall : Nothing outstanding, classic but very well balanced and drinkable. Love it. - 14/20

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Photo of Regulator
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have had a lot of beers in my young life. This is my go-to beer. The first time I tasted it, I wept. The only reason I didn't give this a perfect 5 is because I have to hold on hope that one day I will try a beer that is better than this.

Edit: Also, I know a guy that knows a guy that knows the brewmaster at Bell's. He told me there are as much hops in 1 pint of Two-Hearted as there are in 7 and a half cases of Budweiser.

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Photo of crosenkrantz
2/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is difficult to guess the style of this beer. As a short definition I would say: something slightly better than an industrial lager. Basically it is an "adult-oriented beer". It has no punch, no stridency, no loudness, it is for people who couldn't endure a real IPA. It is an industrial lager without defects, but It lack any possible kind of interest.

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Photo of cbenson
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Beautiful Gold/Copper frosted tone that is barely see-through. Long Lasting cream colored head with a buttery consistency.
Smell: Sweet and fruity with notes of lemon-lime, grape juice, pineapple and cane sugar. Barely any malt character. Fairly one-note.
Taste: Pretty balanced for an IPA. It is actually conservative on the fruity character with some grapefruit and grape notes, but it is bold on the hops and malts.
Feel: acidic punch with a wonderful full-bodied feel and nice mouth-coating, malty finish. For the strangest reason it reminded me of eating some excellent, moist cornbread.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and this could be my highest rating this far. It was hoppy, as with most IPA style beers, but incredibly smooth. The aftertaste almost seemed malty in some way. The carbonation wasn't too strong - well-balanced. Good down to the last drop. I'd definitely get this one again.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, dark orange with a thin white head.
S: Very tropical, pineapple, grapefruit notes. Some sweet sugar and bready aromas as well.
T: Similar to the nose. Tropical notes seem to resonate throughout the sip. Bitter grapefruit like aftertaste.
M: Medium carbonation, slight bitterness with a dry, hoppy finish.
O: Very good! I finally was able to pick up a 6 pack when I went through NY. I'll definitely buy more in the future. Reminds me a bit of "Sculpin", but with a better price tag ($11/6).

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Photo of IndianaDrinker
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good ipa! I had heard this was good and finally bought a four pack of pints. Drank from the can like an American. This a a very hoppy first taste but finishes very softly with at topical aftertaste. Really good ipa and I am glad it's readily available to me. I wish the alcohol % was a little higher but a very solid brew that I will be purchasing again.

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Photo of Kdubzz
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to find some Bell's in the South. I've heard of this beer and was eager to give it a try. It's an opaque amber-orange, with an small off white head that laces mildly. On the nose, I catch mango and pineapple, or perhaps some other tropical fruits, as well as a buttery, toasted malt character that's subtle, but balancing in it's effect. The taste follows. It's light and refreshing with some floral and tropical notes, followed by some residual piny-ness that ends in a dry, malty finish. Medium mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. A superbly balanced and flavorful IPA. Quite possibly the best I've had so far.

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

Look: Orange Gold, white head
Smell: apricot, grapefuit, oranges
Taste: citrus, floral, caramel, perfectly balanced hops and malts
Feel: refreshing and perfect
Overall: best readily available IPA in existence

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Photo of Riff
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a shaker glass. Color was a dark amber to almost a light brown. White foamy head, about a finger thick. Strong smell of citrus and pine followed by a little bread. Taste is citrusy, leaning towards grapefruit, following into a bit of pine, and then finishes with a bready flavor. A little bit of malt to balance out the hops. Feel is light, not quite a medium bodied beer, floats about the mouth. Finishes quickly and cleanly, a little lingering pine flavor that is kind of nice actually. While I wouldn't have this as a regular drinker for me it's certainly a pleasant beer that I wouldn't mind picking up from time to time.

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Photo of Mitchmoore12
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - 4 – A hazy light gold color with an inch of off white head. Leaving some vertical lacing on the sides of the stein it's in.

Smell – 4 - Smells of floral/citrus hops and light malt. Really crisp and clean smell to it.

Taste – 3.75 – crisp and bitter floral hop taste is nice with a light malt backbone. Getting some pine hops too. There are some great hop flavors in this beer and the hop bitterness is really sharp on the tongue when cold.

Feel- 4 – has a light crisp feel to it, a slight alcohol warmth. Crisp, clean, not too light but not heavy.

Overall- 4 – Solid IPA, lots of bitter floral hop flavor to it with some malt to hold it together. The appearance. Would buy again if given the chance but not gonna go out of my way for it.

Special Note- First beer that I've had where a piece of a hop was present in the bottle and ended up in my mouth. A nice surprise!

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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