Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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95
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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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:
3,452
Ratings:
13,845
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
21.6%
 
 
Wants:
906
Gots:
4,060
For Trade:
52
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Reviews: 3,452 | Ratings: 13,845
Photo of Beginner2
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I constructed a contest between two of my favorite Midwest breweries (for which there are at least five) to see who made the best IPA (a style I shy away from, but is hard to avoid.)
In this contest, my second mistake was that I tasted both while eating leftover pizza when the style should be paired with spicy food.
Since I structured the contest wrong, it should be a draw.
So it is.
I rate this very, very close to Lagunitas' IPA (which follows.)
The big difference is Bell's seems to have more control over its use of hops to blend the overall taste more distinctively.

Bell's Two Hearted Ale is listed as one of the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die" and it deserves to be there by popular acclaim.

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Photo of WindUpBird
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a lovely amber/honey color with a vigorous creamy head that leaves a delicate lace on the glass as it recedes. The smell is piney citrus with and underlying sweetness. The taste is satisfyingly complex with layers of hoppy goodness supported by a perfectly subtle malty foundation underneath. The mouthfeel is clean and refreshing...a lovely ipa.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A delicious honey-colored IPA that goes down smoothly. Very drinkable and will definitely be a repeat purchase down the road. The citrus flavors are excellent. If this was a little hoppy-er it would be a favorite. A tasty brew none the less.

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Photo of rrock44
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at the Belmont station. Reading the threads, two hearted gets a lot of love. I think the best thing about two-hearted is how smooth it is. Really goes down nicely. Reminds me more of an English IPA vs American IPA. I guess I am used to IPAs with the hops in your face. Glad I got to try, but better IPAs in my neck of the woods.

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

Poured into IPA glass. It pours a cloudy, honey-orange color with a thick, milk-white head and extensive lacing. It has all the classic IPA smells: pine needles, grapfruit, orange peel, and floral hops, and a whiff of caramel, but the smells are rather subtle and not as dramatic as with some of the West Coast IPA's I've had. While all the smells can be tasted, I especially like the orange or tangerine. There is lots of bitter hoppiness but the citrus is really refreshing. This ale is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and with an ABV of 7% it's really drinkable. It's refreshing and a really pleasant IPA to drink. I understand, and concur, with its excellent rating.

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

A- Pours hazy golden orange, big fluffy white head
S- Juicy pine hops, floral hops, hint of resin, grapefruit, orange, citrus
T- Bold hops up front, finishes with a nice biscuit malt presence
F- Full bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp
O- Really outstanding IPA

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Photo of senglish7
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure that I get the obsession with this beer. To me, it's well balanced and easy to drink, making it very solid, however the flavor/aroma doesn't blow me away. I will say the more I drank it, the more I enjoyed it.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- This pours a cloudy dark gold/amber color with an initial thick fluffy foam head that is white in color itself. This settles rather quickly into a thin layer over the beer with what look like little crop circles scattered everywhere! The yeasty haze makes it too difficult to see what the carbonation appears to be and as for lacing, well, it is alright, but eventually all of the small patches of foam slide back into the liquid nectar! It looks alright overall, just nothing special I guess.

S- Well this definitely smells of an IPA style Ale! There are many aromas of heavy hop bitterness, but blended into this are hints of malt sweetness that are become quite caramel like as it warms, floral Earthy tones, yeasty creaminess and lingering citrus fruits on the finish.

T- This is a very well balanced IPA and the flavors follow the nose rather well....the caramel sweetness is much more than I would have first guessed but balances the floral hop bitterness on the finish rather nicely....the citrus character shows itself more and more as this warms up towards room temperature, and also gets creamier and more robust as time goes on....superb overall!

M/O- This is medium/full bodied in my opinion and where I thought this would be in terms of bitterness was surprisingly smooth and balanced...don't get me wrong, there is plenty of bitterness, but it is refined and doesn't overpower....this makes for a highly drinkable Ale. This is also exquisite with Lindt Dark Lime Zest chocolate as an accompaniment.....I would buy this again, but it isn't available in my area...I was lucky to get this in a trade some time ago....it holds up well against the ravages of time for your information! Cheers!

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Photo of Jbagel1
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bells Brewery is one Ive been hearing about for sometime, but never have been able to find some until now.
This two hearted ale is everything I've heard about and more. Its 7.0 % but its taste like much less, which is something I like from time to time with IPA. This isn't the most hoppy IPA, but this beer would for sure get people into more IPA's

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Photo of drgonzo767
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single bottle. Pours amber with light orange. Smells less distinct than the West Coast hop bombs (love that strong smell) but is representative of a good IPA. Very good balance in taste between malt and the good hops. Light on carbonation, aftertaste and feel on the tongue is just about perfect. Hides its 7% ABV very well. Really a well-balanced IPA, would be a great introduction to the style for a beginner.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had this several times, finally getting around to doing a review. Had this on tap at mellow mushroom. Color is a deep golden with a slight orange hue. The flavors and aroma were nice and floral, definite british hops notes...they were just a little light, could have used more flavor. Mouthfeel was nice for an ipa, very smooth. To be honest...this is an above average IPA, but feels a bit overrated.

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Photo of Sconnie25
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased a bottle of this from a Trader Joe's in St. Paul, MN. Two Hearted Ale pours a golden orange hue with a moderate head that never dissipates and leaves a great lacing. The scent is of floral hops with hints of pine. The flavor has a nice bread malt flavor at first and ends with a bit of pine and floral hops. There is a bit of bitterness at the end but this is the best IPA I have had so far.

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Photo of Stout7
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Scoring this high with a 7%ABV and $10/six, don't know of more good beer for your money. For now, my go-to beer. This is (for my palate) much closer to a British pale ale or bitter, vice the citrus and pine IPAs now ubiquitous here.

The pour looks to me again, like a British pale ale, a warm bronze-orange body with a tight, ecru head dissipating to a ring. I picture it on a worn oak bar--it's that familiar.

Smooth, rich, complex...it has it all. The finish is stunning, bursting with a crisp zing reminiscent of older, famous eastern European pilsners. How they pull that off and keep the mature bitter snap to it is beyond me, but why analyze a sunset?

95 is a very high score, but well deserved. If you factor in bang for your buck, it's way closer to 100. Next time I have it, gonna make sure I have some serious pretzels. That's the only thing this beer doesn't bring to the table.

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Photo of Jdiggity
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just had out of the pint can and into a tulip glass. It's a beer I have often and have respect for because of it's consistency. This smells of citrus and an overall floral bouquet, some lavender is there which I find unique to two hearted ale. It tends to the floral side and less to the tropical fruit and resin of a west coast style IPA, but hints of these are in the nose, however. That being said the taste is refreshingly bitter with a pleasant presence of malt, not sweet but truly balanced. It is a remarkable beer for what it is year in and year out. I can taste a slight variation in the hop profile between batches, but the floral component is always there. It's a classic ale that I will always gravitate towards when I want something familiar and simply good. It's not a flavor bomb, but subtle and floral like the difference between a French Sancerre and California Sauvignon Blanc in wine terms. It's more subtle and nuanced for an IPA and that makes it worthy of being a classic, always welcome in my fridge.

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

Thanks to a couple of Bucky’s roaming minions, he was able to sample a 16 fl. oz. can of Two Hearted Ale (“THA”) from Bell’s Brewery Inc. of Comstock, MI. THA was 7.0% alcohol by volume.

THA poured a slightly hazy amber/orange colour topped by 2” of orange-tinged off-white head. The head gradually faded to a central blob of foam, leaving some sporadic lacing down the glass. Its aroma was a mix of grapefruit, lemon, orange and, caramel. The taste was a good balance between the sweetness of the caramel malts, and the combination of sweet tropic fruits (papaya, orange) and bitter citrus flavours from the hops (lemon, grapefruit). THA had a mildly bitter finish and a short-lived aftertaste that did not overstay its welcome. The beer had a soft carbonation, fell on the light side of light/medium bodied and had a creamy mouthfeel. Good work minions! A refreshing beer that I would certainly quaff again.

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Photo of zshaft
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours w nice pillowy head. pretty clear pour w orange hue. not much noise. taste is very subdued w only mild hop flavor at end palate w mild malt balance. this is a very nice beer w end palate grapefruit peel flavor that is better than the sum of its parts. not the best but a good offering.

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Photo of SuperChugLosAngeles
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I thought I had found a goto favorite drinking IPA in 6 packs when I first tried it after drinking some draft brews at a beer place. My tongue palate must have been shot.

Don't get me wrong, it is just that Founders Centennial IPA became my go to 6-pack IPA a week later. Modern Times' City of the Sun, what I am drinking now, it better.

This beer is better than average, meaning better than Sierra Nevada. It's also better than a majority of west coast IPA's. So, this is good stuff. Slightly bitter, but decently balanced.

I will drink this again.

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Photo of twiens77
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pal brought a 6er from Michigan for in house bday beer fest in Toronto. Very solid and impressive in its concistency to the last bottles I had a couple years ago. The best way to enjoy two heart ale is on draft and fresh I must say... however a marina in Fort Lauderdale is a long way off at present! Excellent and very consistent IPA offering.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous golden color. Nice - slightly fruity aroma but subdued. Excellent example of a east coast IPA. Not as big a hop hit as some and not quite as fruity/juicy as NE or Treehouse offerings but a very tasty brew just the same. Super easy to drink - I could crush a bunch of these. Will def pick up again. Very enjoyable, cheers.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale Amber pour (9) with off white frothy foam; thick lacing and decent cap. Light citrus nose with a little grassy hops. Lite citrus flavor, gentle bitter hops, caramel malt; lite lemon grass finish. Moderate carbonation; medium lite mouthfeel. Lite lemon grass linger.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass. Little past the sell buy date, but have had this on draft before.

L - golden amber color with a cloudy hue. Nice thick foam dome. Thin layer of foam on top. Lacing gripping the glass

S - bitter but floral aroma. Pine dominates

T - crisp pine and citrus taste. Soft bitterness turns into a very bitter aftertaste.

F - thick in body, definitely not watery. Hops affect the clean finish but quite crisp actually.

O - certainly one of the mainstream IPAs in the market. Best selling Bell's from my store. Great craft brewery though. Give this to someone who has never had a bitter beer before.

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Photo of Strike00
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: a nice light amber with a head that lasts a while
S: Smell of citrus and some piney hops, not too strong of a smell
T: Well balanced hoppiness with citrus flavor but the bitterness evens it out. Very Nice!
F: smooth, medium light carbonation.

O: very good. A well balanced beer that I would have no problem with going back to again and again.

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

Glad the Whole Foods in my area started carrying Bell's.

Look: Light copper orange with minimal head. Light lacing is left around the glass as you sip and enjoy.

Smell: Nice notes of the variety of hops that are used in this beer. I pick out sweet orange, tangerine, and a slight malt sugar.

Taste: Very balanced taste that starts off with the bitter bite of the citrus flavored hops followed by a nice balance of sugary sweetness from the malt. A nice representation of the American IPA style.

Feel: Light to medium mouthfeel that leaves a pleasant lingering aftertaste that diminishes slowly after every sip.

Overall: I would say I'm satisfied with this beer from Bell's Brewery. I was glad I finally was able to get some and it surely did not disappoint. I'd recommend picking this one up the next time you are looking for a smooth IPA for a 2 to 3 beer session.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, pours a clear-ish orange with a finger or two of dense white head. Smell is mostly grapefruit and pine, with some floral aspects coming through. Taste follows, with a touch of malt backing. Feel is medium. Overall, a really outstanding IIPA.

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

Beautiful hazy orange amber color with a thick and fluffy head nearly 3 fingers. Lots of big flavors of tropical and citrus fruits in the smell and taste, really well balanced as far as sweetness and bitterness. The feel is crisp, refreshing, and smooth. Definitely one of the best IPAs out there.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,452 ratings.
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