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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: 13,811
Photo of anon
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz cup on tap at Point Loma Seafoods. The Amber hue holds true with all other reviews, cloudy with a small head and some lace sticking to the sides throughout.

Very floral and tropical on the nose, mango, papaya, pine and candied malt. Excellent flavors following through; definite piney presence but not being overly bitter. Grass, straw and earth. Grapefruit and citrus zest. Rounds out at the end with candied malt and a slight toasty, breadiness that lingers into the finish. Nice and clean.

A great IPA. Deserving of its rating. Enjoyed with fresh shrimp tacos and a nice ocean view, a perfect pairing.

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Photo of TTen
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bell's Two Hearted Ale

L: Medium amber, slightly cloudy.
S: Citrus rind, a little bready malt, some pine resin. Really nice.
T: Matches the aroma exactly but some sweetness from the malt sneaks through. Bitterness is evident but not harsh. Very well done.
F: Body is medium. Attenuated to the perfect FG. Substantial but not heavy. Dry finish but quenching. Each sip begs another.
O: This is not outrageous, over the top hoppy. It's most definitely hop forward though. The skill of the brewers is evident. This is the standard all IPA's should be compared to. The kicker for me is the little bit of malt sweetness that makes it through the layers of citrusy hops. Excellent stuff.

Bottled 2/9/2016

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with very nice head, cream color and somewhat stiff and fluffy. Nose not huge but balanced hops come through clearly. Taste similar: obvious hops that wax and wane evenly. Malts are well-behaved, second to the hops in both nose and taste. Balance is what I keep getting here. Not high complexity, not huge flavor, but a pure pale ale package that's not too crazy. The citrusy (grapefruits?) flavor of the hops comes through clearly.

Brown bottle "PKGD 03/03/16" poured into a beer glass; I'd like to try this one from a can as well.

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Photo of Hallu
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one spoke to me very clearly when I smelled it : candied tangerine, like the one you would find on a French "baba au rhum" or what the Americans would call a babka. It's a very very pleasant smell, so different from most IPAs. It's like 50 % grapefruit, 50 % tangerine, and it smells so fresh... Well done Bell's, this is a first for me. I've had peach, pineapple, grapefruit obviously, even ginger/galanga, but never tangerine. The taste is great as well, very balanced, very pleasant. Not as fruity, it's more bitter and you taste the malts very well. I don't see the floral notes many are mentioning, but I understand why it's become a classic.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strawberry blonde clear body big foaming almost cask like tight head
Red laces aroma and rye
Red liquorice flavour with perfect bitter finish
Perfect mf

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Photo of Knutson_16
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Light orange, amber color with a thick white head. Somewhat cloudy with some bubbles from the carbonation.

Smell: Notes of citrus, pine, hops, and tropical fruit such as mango. There are also some floral and spruce notes (almost like sap).

Taste: Mildly bitter, which is to be expected out of an American IPA. Has obvious citrus notes from the hops, as well as a spruce/sap/pine flavor. It also has a crisp, refreshing finish which is delicious. Overall the taste follows the nose really well.

Mouthfeel: Does not taste alcoholic at all. It is slightly carbonated which gives the beer its crisp feel. This beer is also fairly smooth and well balanced. The flavors work well together and create a delicious citrus aftertaste.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It isn't overly bitter like a lot of IPAs are. The flavors work really well together. I would highly recommend this beer to those who want a flavorful beer that isn't sweet or overly bitter.

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

Drank this from a tap. Nice golden orange with a 1 inch cream head. Smelled mildly tropical. Taste was an explosion of tropical fruit with the predominance of mango. Sweetly spicy with a hop forward taste. It was easily drank with a cool and clean finish. Loved it.

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very flavorful with lots of hoppy notes. I found it slightly acidic with a hint of nutty flavors. It is crisp, refreshing and has floral undertones.

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Photo of EMH73
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber color with a one half inch white head, virtually no lacing. Smells of citrus, tropical fruit and pine. Taste follows the smell with hops first and foremost, a nice malt flavor, very slight bitterness. Lightly carbonated, very smooth, almost velvety. Excellent beer.

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Photo of GregBinder7
3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Instant classic. I've had it many times, but after drinking two, one right after the other, I figured I'd give it a review. In appearance, it has a dark solid gold orange color. Quarter inch thick head, and lots of flavor. Easily one of the most refreshing APA's out there. It's got bold rich hoppy flavor at the onset and finishes cold and refreshing. A must have, and an overall great beer.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had in a pint glass on tap.

Looks: golden amber color, off-white head
Smell: Moderate pine hops, caramel
Taste: Hop forward (mostly pine and citrus), a little spiciness from the hops, sweet pale malt, fairly bitter overall.
Feel: Smooth, creamy, moderate to light carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy Light orange Amber. Nice lacing half finger white head.

Smell is very subtle tropical fruit. A little mango and a little pineapple. Getting some bubblegum and citrus.

Taste is similar to the nose, very slight tropical goodness. Mango, pineapple, and getting some bubblegum. Very subtle bready malt backbone, no bite whatsover.

Very smooth mouthfeel, almost velvety. To me it's the highlight of it all.

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Photo of Webzombie
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I do not know if it is my taste in beers or something else, but just do not see what all the hype is about. It is not a bad beer, just nothing that stands out. The more I drink it the less I like it actually. Tastes like a slightly less pure alcohol hop slam.

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Photo of BierRunner
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I must admit, I'm a fruit bomb guy. Great color and nice head on the pour. Nice floral nose but taste, for me, is too hops focused. I like a little more extract for mouth feel too. However, if this is your floral hop head style, it could be amazing (it does have impeccable balance). I'd be happy to drink again, but not my favorite by a stretch.

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Photo of schematix
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Sampling a bottle packaged approximately 6 weeks ago.

A: Hazy gold. As mentioned before, I like my commercial beer crystal clear.

S: Smells of hops, but there isn't one particular attribute that overwhelms. Little yeast aromas.

T: Wow this is smooth for a 7% beer. No alcohol bite. Hop flavor is a wonderful balance of citrus and pine. Clean finish. Malt is present but is in harmony.

M: Creamy smooth carbonation up front. Perfectly balanced. Enough bitterness to balance without overwhelming,

O: I've had this beer many times over the years. I know it's good but I don't typically go back and re-sample. This time I did and I'm glad because this is a really solid beer. Nothing really stands out about it, but overall it's really well balanced from all angles. Just wish it was filtered!


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Photo of SABERG
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 1/06/16 into the modified tulip glass.
A - Beautiful clarity, honey colored backdrop offers a fine view of the stream of carbonation.
The cap, is off white and laced all the way.
S - Malty, floral, hint of spearmint, and orchid. Wonderful pine notes.
T - Touch of deciduous, sweet malt base is not overwhelming. a hop bite is quite nice.
M - Solid body, a bit slick at the onset, with the carbonation cleaning up the end.
O - A wonderful offering, this could be a staple here if it was more widely available.
Cheers all

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Photo of Aaron1003
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a craft staple in the Michigan area. It's a bottle conditioned ale with plenty of that robust piney flavor. This is my "Go to" beer if the selection is limited or if I'm just looking for a trusted favorite. I hold this Michigan favorite in high regard to all other IPA's.

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