Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
95
world-class
14,352 Ratings
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
Ratings:
14,352
Reviews:
3,574
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
946
Gots:
4,436
For Trade:
48
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Photo of Sammy
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent world class IPA. Very crisp and lemony citrus. Grapefruit Bitter sipping with fruity salt, and bitter aftertaste with high but effective complementary hops. Lots of initial and remaining foam. Light texture. Floral aroma. Had this five years later on tap at the brewpub and it is flavourful.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Though we may like to rate beers based on many properties, its all about the taste and this IPA is one of the best in this category. As variable as IPAs can be, this beer captures to quintessential IPA flavor. Other IPAs seem to be variations of the Two Hearted Ale. This is a recurrent beer in my frig and a personal favorite.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kzoobrew for sending me this one!

Pours a hazy golden yellow-orange with a 1 inch puffy white head that fades to a film. Thin broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of fresh floral and piney hops and citrus aromas. Taste is of very nice floral/herbal hops, citrus juice/zest, and a malt flavor on the finish. Mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. A good level of carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good IPA that is very easy to drink. I enjoyed this one very much.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my personal favorite ipa. pours slightly cloudy glowing golden color with a sturdy 2 inch head. smells fruity/floral hops with bready biscuity malt undertones. taste is similar but more intense hops, residual hoppy sweetness in there as well. balanced bitterness is a radiant finish. mouthfeel is near perfect, creamy and well carbonated. this is a craft ipa in its finest form. high abv, high drinkability, fairly priced. if you havent had this one, put it on your list because its a real winner

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours out with a really hazy golden yearly color. The lacing is great with a nice white head. The smell of the beer is very hoppy. The taste of the beer has a nice citrusy lemon lime flavor. There is a nice light to medium body. Overall a damn good IPA all around.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer is light pale amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface. A light level of carbonation is visible.
S: A light aroma of citrusy and piney hops along with some hints of caramel malts is present in the nose.
T: There is an excellent balance between the malt and hops, with lots of citrusy flavors similar to the smell.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate. There's a good amount of carbonation and the beer does not feel sticky.
D: The beer is very drinkable and not a trace of alcohol is noticeable in the smell or taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consistent, precise and most importantly- available! Bell's avoids all the trickeration or gimmicks and simply puts together a stellar hop-forward beer that gives aroma and taste every bit of attention as it does its smooth bittering.

Its confident copper pour is heady and long-lasting with its froth, delivering high hop aroma early and often. With just enough of a tepid caramel and crusted bread support to balance its hop flavor, a medley of citrus and tropical fruit waft about in a highly perfumed scent and early taste than hinges on... dare I say- bubblegum?

While the malts drop out as the beer crosses the middle, the hop character protrudes- steering from its fragrant bouquet and capturing the gleaming taste of red grapefruit, straight from the orchard. Ripe, vibrant and juicy citrus is woven together with delicate fructose candied sweetness, tangerine and tropical mango with a hint of marmalade.

Continuing its developing taste, the hops trend dry, resinous and smoothly bitter- resembling the taste of severed pine needles to and fro. With the hops outlasting the malts with ease, the finish is refreshingly dry and bitter with echoes of perfume in aftertaste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, procured in a trade with Roke87 - thanks!

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden yellow hue, with two fat fingers of tight foamy, creamy off-white head, which leaves random swaths of sticky, filmy lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of bready caramel cream, and citrus, herbal, and mild pine hops. The taste is more of the same - though the citrus hops wane, replaced by a growing herbal essence, and bitter, all, over a mildly sweet bready malt. No evidence of the 7 points of booze, which is nice. The carbonation is on the low side of average, and a wee bit airy, the body also just short of medium weight, and smooth enough against a surging bitter hop edge. It finishes clean, mostly, and hoppy - the green, grassy, herbal sort.

A pretty decent IPA - I'm suspecting one of two things: this bottle has a bit of age on it, or my palate is still wrecked from two weeks of drinking in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's my birthday! I just reviewed Expedition Stout and was really disappointed, but I'm hoping this one is as good as it's meant to be. Here you go, Bell's, this is your second chance. Bottled 08/29/12. 7.0% ABV confirmed. Expectations are through the roof; I've hearing about this one for awhile. 355ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger frothy creamy beige head of good thickness and retention. Colour is a murky copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks like any standard IPA ought to.

Sm: Floral, pine, and citrus (lemon) notes - in that order. Light soap. Even a bit of bubblegum. There's some pleasant clean malts lurking beneath the hops. The soap concerns me (I've brewed my fair share of too-long-in-primary IPAs), but I'm hoping it's good. An average strength aroma.

T: Soap, clean malts, floral hops, more soap, some light grapefruit, and lemon on the finish. Imbalanced; the salty soap dominates. What's the hype about? Very underwhelming. It's clean, though, and it does hide its ABV well. No alcohol comes through. Definite salt on the climax; almost gose-esque.

Mf: Smooth, wet, light, and not quite refreshing. Suits the flavours alright.

Dr: Man, Bell's is pissing me off a bit. I don't get the hype about this brewery at all, and I've tried two of their higher rated brews. This one is so damn soapy it's hard to enjoy. Get rid of the soap and then we'll talk, Bell's. What a disappointment. Drinkable, but pedestrian at best.

I initially gave it a C-, but it does get better as it warms.

C

***
04/07/17: picked up a sixer in NYC to re-review out of the fear my previous bottle may have sat out at room temperature in the store too long.

Glad I did! This is surprisingly well-balanced fare that conceals its ABV very well and offers pleasant notes of floral hops, pine, and more minor fruity flavours, showcasing Centennial quite well. Pale malts keep any hop bitterness at bay.

A highly drinkable IPA I'm pleased to say I was wrong about before (or maybe I had an improperly stored bottle). At $12 per sixer in NYC it's tough to justify over better priced possibly superior offerings from Lagunitas (and I'd sooner shell out a few more bucks for Sculpin), but I could see this being a go-to if I lived in a region where it was more affordable.

Nice work from Bell's.

Low B / GOOD

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that made me appreciate IPA's.
Two Hearted is a regional staple in the Great Lakes, i'm sad to see it leave IL (temporarily I hope).

Pours a cloudy, swirling orange. Big foamy head, spots of lacing ring the glass. Looks like a fresh and lively ale, which it delivers in it's other aspects as well.

Sharp fruity hops in the aroma, abundant but not overboard. Taste follows the hoppy nose, distinctly grapefruit and pale malt. Slight dryness increases it's drinkability quite a bit.

This is great for a session...i'm going to miss this on tap around Chicago, especially the Empty Bottle (this was their best beer option). Come back Bell's!

Notes 11-2007: Sampled an "aged cask" of this recently, after a year it is way mellow, and strongly similar to hop tea. Uncarbonated, watery, with an earthy suggestion of hops, but nowhere near as balanced as it is fresh. A novelty (not altering any scores here). Do not cellar this, for the love of all things good and holy.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a sturdy little head that retains well and laces nicely

Smell: Grapefruit with floral tones

Taste: Opens biscuity up front, with a burgeoning grapefruit flavor developing in a very bitter direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness mellows and the malt reintroduces itself to provide a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nicely crafted IPA; not as big as some others but suits the style

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Photo of oline73
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark golden color with one finger of off white head that goes away and leaves just a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus and herbal hops with some malt as well.

Taste: Citrus peel hop bitterness with a mild herbal note as well. A mildly sweet malt taste in the background. The hops stay on the tongue throughout the sip. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation for the style. Smooth with a very dry finish.

Drinkability: I really like this beer. I think it is very well balanced and I'll definitely come back to it.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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