Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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3,505 Reviews
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
Reviews:
3,505
Ratings:
14,084
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
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922
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4,268
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Photo of jmaharaj
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A lovely amber/golden. Frothy head dies down to a lacy ring around the glass. its a beautiful beer.

S- Dominating piney hops with a underlying bked bread aroma

T- Hops did not dominate as much as I would have expected,but it is the primary taste throughout.here is a slight bready malt presence but it provides a meek body. The beer starts bitter and then the citrus/pine flavors take over, only to fall quickly into a chalky bitterness.

M- Ive heard people say they felt this beer was thick and syrupy, but I am not getting that at all. There is a very passive carbonation, butthe beer seems a little thin.

O- nice IPA.Hop heads will enjoy this, even though the hop profile isnt overly complex.

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Photo of punky796
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy honey-yellow, with about two fingers of white head. Lacing is respectable. Looks pretty much just like Oberon, but a quarter-shade darker.

S - Smells like an IPA. Dirt, grass, pine needles, hops beyond belief. This gets old after awhile. Citrus, I guess.

T - Tastes like an IPA. Basically all that stuff mentioned above, yet this particular one seems to have a little malt presence. Lo and behold, we have a somewhat unique IPA.

M - Thanks to the malt, it's actually pretty smooth for the style. Not as much carbonation though, so it's not quite so dry on your tongue. But overall, it still is.

O - Another case where I'm just not a fan of the IPA style, but I can tell it's a good one. If you like IPAs you'll love Two-Hearted Ale.

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Photo of DagenhamDavis
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Decided to re-review this after becoming more experienced with American IPAs AND trying it fresh. I would rate this as the finest of the style, and I am so glad I have access to this. The fruity, flavorful hop punch epitomizes IPAs, as does the dry but not too dry finish and the hazy light orange color. It's well balanced albeit on the hoppy side, and leaves nowhere for the flavor to hide. Sorry to generalize and romanticize, but it's a pretty damn fine beer.

I've now had this in bottles (lots), cans (a few) and on tap (once) and I'd really say it shines on tap and in bottles. A gem if a bit expensive for a daily drink, and one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of Krisp09
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: nice clear yellow to gold color. Aroma: Subtle floral and citrus. Taste: bright floral and citrus with light malt finish. Feel: crisp and light. Overall: awesome IPA that is all about the hops

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Photo of ChappyCubsFan
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have been hearing about this ale on the Internet for months. Finally made it out to Michigan for the 6th Annual Summer Brew Festival. While in Western Michigan, I found some bottled Two Hearted Ale in Grand Rapids. The taste was like nothing I've ever experienced, especially for a guy accustomed to the rich, cascade-hopped west coast IPA's. Is there molasses in this brew? It definitely has a distinct and complex recipe of hops and malt working here. It was a very good ale, but I can't understand all the hype and why so many BA's rank this as high as they do. Mad Hatter is my favorite Michigan IPA.

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

almost faded looking bottle with an illustration of fish,, pours a deep hazy orange-ochre with a huge aromatic foam top and plenty of patchy lace. Smells great, really fresh and clean hop aroma, very inviting. The taste, a medium to heavy bodied ipa, easily mastering all that appelation entails, citric hoppy with plenty of bitterness and a decidely clean finish. Excellent, I will drink many more if given the chance. I have to thank Bill, beergeek279 for his kindness in delivering this beer to my door.

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Photo of Bounty628
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two Hearted Ale is brewed in the American IPA style and comes in with an ABV of 7.0%. Brewed in Michigan, the beer is quite difficult to find in the Boston area, but if you can find yourself a six pack of the Two Hearted Ale do not let this one pass you by.

The beer pours a very robust amber color with hues of orange mixed in. When poured into a standard pint glass, a remarkable almost creamy off white foam was produced that left a light wispy lacing along the pint glass throughout the offering. There is a very light level of carbonation to Two Hearted Ale which lends to the smooth consistency of the pour.

The aroma upon being poured is immediately noticed. There is a rich floral scent that is appreciated along with a hunt of grapefruit and pine. One can tell that there is going to be a pleasant hop nature to this beer just upon the pouring of it.

As with any good beer, one can only hope that it is the taste that will truly shine with the beer. And you can rest assured that the taste of the Two Hearted Ale is a true bright shining beacon in the beer world. A complex taste hides the fact that this is an IPA at first because there is an initial smooth taste to the beer that again is noted with the grapefruit undertones. However, give the beer a second to work and the next taste is a very deep and rich hop taste that is what scores this beer so well. The hop nature of the beer brings out a nice bitterness to it but there is still that simple and smooth backing to the beer that is highlighted as well.

The drinkability of this beer is quite high and certainly could be used as a nice session beer even though it comes in with an ABV of 7.0%. There is not an offensive or overly alcohol strong nature to the taste of the beer and the smoothness that holds together the offering adds to the drinkability of the beer. With the pleasant taste and pairing of the sweetness aspects to the hoppy aspects, the beer could be deceiving, though, as it does pack a nice little punch.

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

Poured from the tap at Buckeye Beer Engine.

A dark golden with a nice off white foam which stuck with the beer and followed it in rings down the glass as I drank.

A richer smell than some hoppy beers. Still floral and a little citrus, but there's sweetness in this one as well.

It has a decent balance of hops and malt. Plenty of bright citrus and bitter grapefruit peel, not spicy, but bitter. And there's malt sweetness on the front end, but it doesn't stand up to the hops. The hop character isn't quite special enough to get excited.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than most, but still pretty typical IPA.

I can pound a good IP all day long - and this one is plenty delicious.

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Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Golden ale with a slight haze from the bottle conditioning, this ale will if poured careful to a brilliant orange and gold. I like the yeast, so I give it a swirl to get all the goodies sometimes. A thin white cap of head has settled quickly from the thick two fingers that once was. a medium amount of co2 bubbles arise from the laser etched glass bottom bringing a depth to the color.

S: A strong blast of sweet citric hops fill the nose and linger enough you can almost taste them. A slight amount of floral hop aroma comes through faintly... almost undetected. The smell of oranges, grapefruits and some girlie candle my wife would burn come to mind.

T: Anyone who ever wants to know what an American IPA should taste like should be pointed at this brew directly. Sweet and sour citrus balanced by subtle grain and a faint nip of alcohol at the finish. Ale has never tasted so good. Two Hearted is brewed with only one hop variety... Centennial. The amounts and the times of the hop additions must have been handed down from God herself. Dont think this IPA is a one trick pony, trust me the grain bill has its strong points too. A complex taste of caramel and slightly roasted barley peek in and fill the mouth. The barely detectable appearance of heat comes through at the finish, but before you know it your not sure if it was even there.

M: Not too thick.... not too thin... not too carbonated... not under carbonated. I have to hand it to Bell's this beer must be quaffed. Full mouthfuls are the only way to get all this complexity in one swallow. This beer does not coat your mouth with sticky grain. This beer is not too thin and dry like most west coast IPAs.

D: The 7% + ABV saddens me because it feels like heaven in my mouth. I would love to drink this all night... and I have tried, but to enjoy it down one and casually drink the rest. In PA its a $40 case so I can't have it all the time. When I can buy it I do Two Hearted has made it harder for me to try new brews I just cant get enough.

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Photo of dali27
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy orange-red color. Thick head that retains well. Thick lacing on side of glass.

S: Pleasant and sweet! Nice citrus hoppy smell.

T: Sweet smell carries over into taste. To me this is not a bitter ipa. I get none of the grapefruit bitterness that I am coming to expect from an American ipa. Very smooth tasting. Nice balance between hops and malts, that really goes down way too easily. Finally getting the bitterness half way through the glass.

M: Medium body, with slight carbonation. Creamy.

D: Definite!

I think that this beer is the best balance that I have seen between a traditional ipa and heavy hopped West Coast ipa. So far to me, it is the ultimate in regards to drinkability as far as American ipa's go.

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Photo of JonBeer
3.02/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I have tried about 5 times to like this beer that everyone likes, but just can't do it. Not for me I guess... Looks good, smells good, but to me tastes like nothing.

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Photo of Doonzman
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a big fan of IPAs, and I didn't realize this was an IPA until I took my first drink of it, but I was pleasantly surprised about how his this tasted. Now again this isn't my favorite style (far from it) but i could knock a couple of these two hearted babies every once in a while when I'm feeling hoppy.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Quarter of a finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice clear brown/amberish color. Better than average looking beer.
S- Sweet and syrupy malts followed by piney, earthy grassy hops and floral hops, booziness follows. Very fragrant beer. Could be one of the most fragrant smelling beers I've had.
T- Slight grapefruit-y bitterness from the hops that grows as the beer warms. Malty flavor follows this. Very pleasant, not a hop punch in the mouth. Very minimal in juxtaposition to the aroma. But a nice balance.
MF- Smooth and mellow with a dry kick.
O- It is earthy, it is mysterious, it is minimal, and it is a very, very good beer. This "like the beer itself says" is definitely a beer I would take hiking with me. It seems that it would go well with being in the wilderness.

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

I had this on tap at Old Chicago. This beer had a hazy amber/straw color and more head on tap then when I had it in the bottle. The hop aroma was very fruity with only a hint of pine. Two Hearted's taste is a burst of citrus hops that left me with a strange hint of pineapple. The mouthfeel was medium in body, and I swore I could almost feel the hops swishing between my teeth (not literally). Two Hearted Ale is beer I could drink endlessly on a nice summer day.

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Photo of cr0ckett
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First review. Here goes...
12oz Bottle poured into pint glass; Batch 10200, bottle 2.4.11 (a bit older than I'd like, but still good)
Appearance: fantastic hazy yellow and amber with a bit of carbonation dancing around. Offwhite 1 1/2 finger head that leaves a bit of lacing.
Smell: Straight citrus and pine.
Taste: Citrusy: grapefruit and a bit of orange. Hops hit right away with some malts at the back end that finishes out the beer perfectly. Incredibly balanced beer. Slight layer of hops coats the mouth, though not overpowering.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with a bit higher level of carbonation. The higher carbonation works well in this beer.
Overall: Awesome. One of my favorite beers; it's hard to find a fault in it. A go-to for me and a must try for those who enjoy IPAs.

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Photo of AllenJasper
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Mug

A: Golden Orange that is slightly hazy, white head with plenty of lacing and retention.

S: Citrusy Hops, sweet malts, and a medley of fruitiness.

T/M: For an IPA, it has a rather fruity taste, grapefruit, melon, and citrus. Medium bodied for the style. Extremely drinkable.

O: An outstanding beer... IMO, this, Stone IPA and Surly Furious are the best Single IPAs found on MOST liquor store shelves in my area. Surly is rather different, so I wish to do a taste test of Stone and Bell's and find out which I think is better.

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Photo of Trentonator
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/orange with a nice white head, and a long lasting lacing that coats the glass nicely. I give a perfect 5 for the appearance of this unique brew. It's fascinating, it has hues of gold, orange, copper and white, it's almost like looking at a sunrise-beautiful! Smell is very fruity, lots of hops, maybe some floral undertones. Taste has a definite IPA bite to it, coppery, bitter, but yet still a nice mouthfeel. I could knock back a few of these, I think this is my new fave IPA.

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

Another find on my recent trip to ND.
A cloudy unfiltered look with a dense clean white head.
Lots of floral and citrus hops with a touch of pine and grass.
For a midwest IPA style this is on the map with a very grapefruity citrus flavor with a clean orange peel finish. Keeping it on the coolder side helps the drinkibility. The flavor slips as it warms up.
The sticky malt finish begs for another sip.
Be sure to share your sixer because you will get bored after a few.
Still a good beer though.

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

This is a good beer...kind of a go-to six pack, especially when on sale!
Poured into tulip, lightly chilled with a nice thick head forming over clear gold color. Nose of full hops, taste is again full hop, light bitterness throughout with sweet notes, smooth finish. Not too high on ABV so fairly drinkable and won't feel bad about having a couple (or a few) in a session. Overall, one of my easy-drinking favorites...have it on tap too!

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Photo of schmidtn
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice semi-cloudy amber with head that lingers longer than most IPA. Lacing hangs on the glass throughout the tasting.

One of the most florally smelling beers I have encountered. FTD in a glass.

This is ambrosia. The bittering hops most definitely doing their job here. Malt tries to even this battle, but the hops are just a bit stronger, which is good.

Because the malt is not overpowering, mouth feel is relatively clean. The higher alcohol adds to the dryness.

Hoppy Delight. Only the price keeps this as an occasional beer.

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Photo of charliedvrs
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellowish amber with one finger of thick white head. Tons of hop citrus hop aroma, just bright, sweet, juicy grapefruit. There's a touch of sweet malt in the taste, but it's more than overpowered by the sharp citric hop flavor. From beginning to end this one is just full of that classic American hop taste. Moderate carbonation and a slightly less than medium body give a very smooth mouthfeel that ends with a moderate bitterness and a nice dryness on the palate. The beer just screams classic American IPA, and does so very well.

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Photo of mrseano
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured light golden color with orange hue. Moderate carbonation visible, small white head that quickly disappeared.

S: Cut-grass & grapefruit. Distinct, noticeable scent.

T: Excellent grapefruit, well-hopped, and sharp. Taste is excellent, not bitter from all the hops, but well-formed hop taste.

M: Lighter than ABV leads to believe. Medium-bodied, not heavy whatsoever.

O: Excellent beer. Taste and smell excite you when first trying this beer. Haven't had it in a long time (for some reason, kicking myself now).

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

Appearance: Honey colored light, transparent body, with a watery looking one-finger head that dissipated quickly with ok lacing.

Smell: Piney, citrus hops...orange and grapefruit present.

Taste: A pine and orange, grapefruit presence. Sugary sweet, with floral hops. Little grassy and floral as well.

Feel: Nice balance, round with an oily chewy finish.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer. Its one that makes you drink more.

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Photo of HoppySailor
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Born on date of 3/19/2012. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A- pours a nice gold/copper/orange color with two inches of nice foam. Foam retreats slowly leaving really good-looking lacing.

S- a floral hop aroma with light citrus and light pine. Not very aromatic at all.

T- Very drinkable, reminds me of New Belgium Ranger IPA. It has hoppy bitterness mixed with orange peel and grapefruit. The finish it orange slice candy.

M- Very smooth. Bubbles hit the front hard but are diappear completely at halfway across the tongue, leaving a cask-conditioned feel on the swallow. Very well done.

Overall- Wish I had six of these instead of just one. A great product. Surprised to see the Bros hit it so low.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.26 out of 5 based on 14,084 ratings.
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