Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 100% Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest and named after the Two Hearted River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this IPA is bursting with hop aromas ranging from pine to grapefruit from massive hop additions in both the kettle and the fermenter.

Perfectly balanced with a malt backbone and combined with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this beer is remarkably drinkable and well suited for adventures everywhere.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

Photo of whynot44
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Medium bodied, cloudy honey color with a substantial, lasting white head.

Aroma is intensely hoppy - grapefruit, pine, orange, fresh grass - with a biscuity malt base.

Taste is along the same lines. Starts with a definite bready, biscuity malt but then taken over by some of the best hop flavors to be found, definite citrusy grapefruit, herbal, piney, etc., aggressive but very crisp, fresh and pleasant. Definitely for hops lovers but very well balanced.

Good stuff. I want more!

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

Picked up at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA on recent beer run. Paid around $2 for the bottle.

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A-Slightly hazy, orange color. Big, 2-3 finger frothy head that disapates ever so slightly within a few minutes. Even after 5 minutes, about a 1 finger head remains. Good lacing on the glass throughout the entire session.

S-Familar IPA aromas of citrus and hops. Slight fruity smell as well.

T-Good combination of citrus (grapefruit) and a really nice malt backbone. Pine and hops are there but not a hop-bomb by any means. Nice combination of fruit, pine and hop flavors dominate this IPA.

M-Lots of carbonation. Even after enjoying this for 10-15 minutes, still getting a decent amount of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

D-A very nice, very drinkable IPA. Even though the ABV is around 7%, this could be a session beer, in my opinion.

Overall-A highly enjoyable beer. Being a fan of IPA's, I can really appreciate the subtle flavors that every brewery tries to impart into their beer. Bell's has done a fine job with this IPA. I'd gladly purchase again.


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Photo of mkennedy119
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TCgoalie
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After 10 years of drinking this Michigan staple, I think it's time to review it.

Poured from a mini-keg into a pint glass, I observe a pale golden yellow brew with a dense white frothy head. The lacing is very sticky and adds to the appearance.

Light malt and wheat lead the smell with citrus hops backing that.

With pale malts providing a solid backbone, the hops steal the show. The Citrusy hops provide primary flavors of orange and tangerine.

This has a solid feel in the mouth with ample drying in the end.

This is a must have Michigan based ale. Not many beers can beat this when tasted fresh from Bell's taproom.

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Minkybut
2.8/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this hppy brew into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color with a cloudy look. The beer smelled hoppy and was. It is great for what it is I'm sure and has a high rating, but I did not like it. Way to bitter for me and alcohol was right tight also. Not going to purchase this one again

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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.1/5  rDev -4%
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 CTbrew32
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Dark orange/amber color. Pours a one finger head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a good amount of lacing.

Aroma- Juicy hop aromas with sweet citrus, peach, and mango. Some malt sweetness, but the hops dominate.

Taste- Follows the nose closey with juicy hops up front that yield mild bitterness. The malt is balanced between caramel sweetness and bready malts adding dryness in the finish.

Feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a sweet/clean finish.

Overall- This would be a go-to if it were in my distro. Great balance between juicy hops and sweet/dry malts. A top tier ipa for sure that definitely competes with the best ipas.

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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. The pour yielded 2 good fingers of foam above a cloudy deep orange yeasty liquid. One thing I really love about this brew is the head. It really stays around, leaving a good bit of lacing on the glass. A little bit of citrus in the smell, very pleasant. The taste is a good bite of hops with a bit of frutiness in the front of the tongue. Almost a flavor of clover and pine really. The mouthfeel is pretty heavy and smooth. The drinkability is average for an IPA. One thing I really love about this brew is the head. It really stays around, leaving a good bit of lacing on the glass.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Vdubb86
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a SA Perfect Pint glass

This beer pours a hazy light golden orange color with a half finger of white foam on the surface. The aroma is mainly earthy hop notes leaning more towards the piny spectrum than the citrus. The flavor however deviates into having much more of the citrus hop flavor. I'm fairly certain this hop character is on it's way down from ones I've had in the past, but the hops are still quite there. The mouthfeel on this is rather smooth for an IPA and there is hardly any bitterness to be found. I must say this is rather enjoyable to drink, I would like sitting outside and relaxing with one of these, except it's winter in Chicago and it's cold as hell.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a respectably-sized white head that dissipates somewhat slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: So much lovely hop aroma is in this brew, it's hard to describe. Tropical aromas (mainly passion fruit, but also with mango and maybe even pineapple) dominate, but there's also a note of earthy hop behind it. This also has slight sweet buttery notes. Flowery and grapefruit notes come through a bit as the beer warms. If I could give the aroma of this one a six, I would.

Taste: Begins bitter with a slight mango taste, finishing sweet and buttery but also with a note of earthy hops and a slight nut flavor. This beer is citrusy, bitter, tropical, and sweet; yet somehow all of these seemingly contrasting flavors meld so well together, with none outshining the other, and even complementing each other.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with sharp carbonation and a dry finish that is not overwhelmingly dry. If the carbonation were just a bit less, this would feel perfect.

Drinkability: A fantastic IPA and probably the best available. I have not had an IPA with so much hop character that also was not oppressive on the palate. Very drinkable (though not quite sessionable) and this is something I wish I could regularly find in NYC. If you haven't already tried this, stop reading this and grab some- I am glad I brought this back from D.C.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 14,624 ratings