Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

14,234 Ratings
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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Photo of ypsifly
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Honey with a small white head that doesn't last too long and leaves spotty lace.

Lots of floral and citric hops in the nose. Fruity with some pine sap.

The taste is a hop head's dream. Powerful, juicy hops dominate from start to lingering bitter finish. The malts are way in the back, but make a contribution to the mouthfeel which is full for the style.

Lots of hops, but not too much to keep me from ordering more.

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

Pours a beautiful slightly cloudy amber color with a big frothy head. Head falls slow but remains. Nice sticky lace.

Beautiful hop nose with a nice herbal character.

Hop taste with a rather sweet middle followed by a slight lingering bitter finish.

Rather full and smooth in the mouth with a pleasant little bite.

World class easy drinking beer. Well done Bell's (again).

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Photo of BHansen214
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Smurf2055
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with about three fingers of white pillowy head.

Smell is mild hoppy and almost a bit buttery.

Taste is hoppy, floral, sweet, almost tart. Earthy finish.

Pretty drinkable. Great IPA, very well balanced. Thanks to Sciphish for this wonderful bottle.

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Photo of TechBrew
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Premo88
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(2/17/2017 born-on date)

L: opaque gold, hard to see through, topped with almost full inch of offwhite foam that sticks a little; keeps a thick collar and bubbly skin; a little lacing, not much

S: piney grapefruit and orange, plenty of sweetness under the stinging hop bitterness, sweet biscuit/donut malt

T: candied hops ... bitter but sweet, grapefruit, pine, orange, slight grassy/lime/cilantro finish to the hop bite; loads of biscuit malt flavor, sweet but only as a balance to the bitter hop bite up front

F: thick but lightened a bit with good carbonation ... definitely a mouthful

O: it's as good as advertised; I think I drank the first half of this six-pack just in time to get the really good grapefruity hop flavor, for this fourth bottle about a week later is starting to experience some caramel-mango-like malt takeover; still, it's a fantastic beer and one I will seek out again and again, especially if I can find it inside a month old

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Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wingnutter
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my last one out of a 6 pack that cahege was kind enough to bring to Florida with her when she visited a couple of weeks ago. I have a small bone to pick with cahege - she met Larry Bell last week and beermailed me to tell me about it and rub it in!!! :jealous: ;) On to the review!!

Pours a nice VERY cloudy golden color with a pillowy, dense head that sticks around a while. Nice lacing, too.

Smells citrusy as hell, with some floral notes. Very juicy smelling.

First taste is a juicy citrus explosion. Very crisp and bitter, with a nice grassiness. Tasty. Finish is hoppy, bitter, and perhaps a bit green, which is nice. Mouthfeel is creamy, and viscous, like someone squeezed the juice out of some fresh hops as they bottled it. Im a fan.

Malt really doesnt show itself too much with this one....Its pretty much a hop bomb, which surprised me after reading many reviews on this beer. I like a good hop bomb though, so no complaints.

Easy drinker and thirst quenching. I like it. I like it alot. High drinkability. My first Bell's beer, but certainly not my last. Ill be sampling many more of their beers when I visit family in Michigan in June.

A rock-solid IPA offering from what I can tell is a great brewery. Keep it up Larry!

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

Served on-tap at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C. (12/11/09) into a 16oz. nonic pint at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a creamy darker shade of amber with a fluffy two finger head that leaves nice lacing. Excellent retention on this beer as the head will not disappear.

S: Wonderful grapefruit and citrus aroma. Floral tones also help to add some complexity to this amazing American IPA.

T: Grapefruit and flowers hit the palate with a nice degree of bitterness along with a bread-like character. The finish is rather dry and slightly bitter.

M: Light to medium-bodied with a refreshing carbonation and a slight lingering bitterness.

D: Great drinkabilty as the 7.1% abv. is nowhere to be found. This beer can be rather sessionable, but it may catch up to you as this beer can be consumed rather quickly.

Overall this American IPA lives up to its hype and Bell's has created one of my go to IPAs. If you can find this on-tap, try it. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I never had this before. Pours a clear copper to light amber with very good light foam head. White in appearance. Smelled of citrusy & fruitlike hop aroma. Taste gives qualities of mango, citrus, pineapple but overall provides bubblegum character. Mouthfeel was nice dry crisp-like. A very drinkable beer. Will be looking for more of this again soon!

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Photo of TheNightwatchman
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally able to try the famous Two Hearted Ale (Hopslam, you're next...)
Poured into tulip; slightly hazy orange-gold with a fluffy white head, very nice lacing. Smell is muted bready malts balanced very nicely with sweet floral and fruity notes, as well as some yeast scents. Taste is incredibly well balanced; it starts out with smooth subdued malt, buttery flavors and herbal/citrus/bitter hops all blend together in a delicious orgy of flavor. 7% isn't noticeable at all, I'd be tempted to session this one all day. Overall I'm a bit underwhelmed, but such is the case with probably almost any super-hyped beer.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a solid finger of head. A light burnt orange color to the brew. Below average carbonation active in the glass while drinking. Sticky rings of lacing left at each level of the beer.

Smell: The front is a citrus heavy aroma with main accents of oranges, tangerines, and pine. The malt adds a distinctive punch that again is heavy on the nose. The dominant tones of this beer seem to keep anything else in check from adding complexity to this brew. Very bold and straight forward.

Taste: Pretty much what I would have expected after the aroma with some added complexity. The front right away is a tasty bouquet of tropical fruits. The body is the heavy tones of bitter hops and thick malt. The finish returns with some tropical fruit tones and resin.

Mouthfeel: Pretty middle of the road. Decent floral tones with the malt and hops taking their toll on the palate.

Overall: I remember having this early in my craft career and not being impressed so I figured it was time to try it again. I'm not going to sit here and call it a shitty beer, just not an IPA made for my palate. Too heavy all around and not enough complexity with the hop profile.

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Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of CorgiDad
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clowdy orange. Slight lacing with a creamy slight head. Floral pine smell and taste.consistent taste with a bite for the finish. Citrus juiciness very nice. A slight Carmel taste. Very balanced beer in which continues to grow on me. A very good apa.

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Photo of nomad
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful straw gold with a slight haze. Had a pocky head settling to frothy clumps, other times to a smooth sheen. Also had bulbous but inconsistent staining, and slick but nice lacing. Plenty of good miniscule carbonation rising quite quickly underneath helped support the efforts.

Smelled of grapefruit that tranquilize my nose with citric juice headiness, then tickled me with a textured pine scent, and occasionally threw me some hop leaf scents, too. All of these together tended to create a husky and peculiarly expressive combination. It opened to a depth of sweet apricot scents like putting your nose in grandma’s best marmalade. Settles into a glorious ambrosia of delights that is sometimes gilded by floral edges. Not bad, I guess, eh?

Taste was of a quite true grapefruit flavor followed by big floral hops. Had high-alpha bitterness but was soft and blended in impact, and supported by an easy pale sort of malt backbone. Unbelievably easy on the palette considering the complexity of hops. The finish was so tender, leaving some tart hop flavors and an ounce or two of dryness, but overall an easy load on the tongue. Burps up tasty grapefruit juice with spiky pine, for me a sign of a well-hopped beer. Highly drinkable, this beer’s session-like mouthfeel could use a touch more body and less carbonation.

Large enough to show its bold stripes, subtle enough to blend them together, this is a highly complex (in a quiet way) yet highly drinkable beer. Surprising power and complexity for a low abv IPA, yet delicately so. The best of the pale sort of American IPAs.

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

A: Slightly cloudy orange with a nice thick head with good retention. Nice heavy crusty lacing.

S: One of the most flowery hops smells I've run into in a while. Some sweetness there too.

T: So damn good-- floral, sweet citrus, and grapefruit. Its bitter front to back, but not overpowering. Its close to perfect for an IPA.

M: This is nice. Full bodied, thick and almost creamy, but not syrupy.

D: The only thing stopping me from drinking the rest of the sixpack is work tomorrow.

This is a near perfect IPA. Its refreshing and crisp enough to drink on a hot day outside, but full bodied and warming for chilling on the couch.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Gushue3
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date on bottle 07/06/12. Poured into Jacks Abby pint.

A. Large 2 finger white head that leaves great lacing and a 1/2 inch of froth. Body is a slightly hazy gold with some smaller carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the top. This is how an IPA should look.

S. Cereal grain malt and floral hops.

T. Nice hops upfront followed by a solid malt nicely balanced IPA. Lighter citrusy and floral hops that is accompanied by a sweet malt. Some bitterness of the dry finish that lingers a bit

M. Medium thickness with a heavier carbonation feel.

O. Much better than the first time I had this beer. Tastes great for an everyday local IPA I can't get around me. Looks fantastic and drinks way easier than 7% Yo Bells, get to Mass.

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Photo of mkirkland80
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of DerekCarruth
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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