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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

3,443 Reviews
Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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

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Reviews: 3,443 | Ratings: 13,814
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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Photo of agreenman19
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - turbid dark rusted orange. Fluffy head.

S - sticky malty pine. Grapefruit pith. Earthy.

T - more of the same. Smooth balanced flavor. Weak on hops, but that might just be because it's an older bottle. Caramel. Background citrus. Sweet. Lots of lemon.

F - creamy and flowing.

O - solid beer. Doesn't quite live up to the hype, but I certainly wouldn't turn one down!

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - nice clear orange amber hue, white head dissipates but leaves ok lacing
S - big fruity, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, passionfruit, papaya, then flowery hops, maybe some sweet caramel malts in the background
T - more grapefruit forward but still with the mango, papaya, passionfruit, orange peel. Not balanced out by malts at all, but then again it shouldn't be.
M - light to medium, alcohol is covered, aftertaste is grapefruit and orange peel
O - great beer, from my home state!

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Photo of MACrist
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

LOOKS: Burnt orange/amber. Nice two finger foamy head that lingers, leaves a beautiful thick lacing down the glass. Plenty of tiny small bubbles streaming up the pint glass.
AROMA: Big, sharp, fresh orange. A grassy quality. Citrus for days.
TASTE: Oranges/citrus, and a licorice type quality. Sweet and bitterness nicely balanced with a nice lasting bitterness on the back end.
MOUTHFEEL: Very FRESH feel...crisp, smooth, medium body and carbonation, dry finish.
OVERALL: Stellar IPA. Not overly bitter, but you know it's there. Hopped up carbed orange/citrus punch. I keep coming back to it no matter what other IPA's I try, and I always will.

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Photo of hman43
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours a cloudy dark orange color. It has a slightly off white head.

Smell: It has aromas of citrus, apricots, and pine.

Taste: It has flavors of citrus and apricots. There are some caramel flavors that provide the malt flavoring.

Feel: It is a light medium bodied brew with a moderate bitterness that lingers a while on the palate.

Overall: This is a moderately bitter IPA with fruity flavors and a bit of malt that is well balanced.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Busted a case of this open on Christmas eve and needless to say, it was a huge hit in our house ! Super amber color with a little haze. You can smell and taste the citrus combo in this amazing beer. Super easy drinking with the perfect amount of carbonation. A very balanced hoppy flavor. This is a "go to" beer for sure. To say something , let alone a beer , is perfect, is far fetched, but this beer is dam close. After the Christmas eve party with family and friends, I was psyched to find 4 left in the fridge ! This beer went well with Christmas dinner the next day !!! A solid go to beer that is fairly priced for an amazing product !

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

This is a "go to" IPA for me. Good crowd-pleaser for parties - especially from the can. Pours orange and cloudy. Citrus aroma. Fruit flavor is predominately oranges. Sweet. Full mouthfeel. Balanced, drinkable, and straight-forward.

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

L - typical IPA, little hazy
S - dank, fresh cut grass
T - crisp and woodsy, kinda unique in a good way
F - again crisp refreshing
O - pleastly surprised, was recommended by someone who didn't like IPA. Thanks Casey.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've had this multiple times in various forms, bottle, draft, and even hand pumped cask.

Orange, amber, chill haze heaping voluminous mounds of large, dense bubbly foam leaving spongy lace.

There is a pretty definitive showcase of grapefruit on the nose, as well as pine. This is a classic, after all.

In taste, I get pine first, then grapefruit. Toasty malt come in to support the hops at a moderate level.

Finish is pretty dry and bitter. Revisiting this beer many times, I easily realize how much this would have turned me off long ago. I was not one of the many who find IPAs most approachable, then move on to darker beers. IPAs were my arch enemy, and this was one of my most hated. But not I can see how well made and consistent this brew really is.

I have also had this on cask, When on cask, I get notes of amaretto, some sort of delicate flower, and passionfruit. On cask these flavors are most prominent, with almost no bitterness to detect, and an unbelievably smooth texture to the point I wonder if it's a beer, especially IPA, at all.

The vast differences between the cask and the standard versions of this beer or so drastic it's unreal, and I'm not sure which I prefer more, because the cask is also odd in its own way, and the warmth doesn't help.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,443 ratings.
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