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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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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Reviews: 3,465 | Ratings: 13,922
Photo of BelgianAleSlut
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Goose Island IPA glass. Has dark gold/bronze color with a nice foam head after the pour.

Hop smell is fantastic, not sure of hops used but the aroma is something you want to suck across your olfactory over and over.

Taste is nice - a fair amount of malt provides the balance I feel is needed for highly hopped beers.

Mouthfeel is good but is a little too thin. Carbonation feels nice on the tongue.

Drinkability is pretty good and I could probably suck a few of these down without getting tired of hops or a sour stomach.

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Photo of Generik420
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this for the first time on tap this weekend. Wow! Very good beer for the hophead. Pours a very clear yellow with a nice white head. Very strong hop aroma is one of the first things noticeable. The flavor is full of hops as can be expected, and I found citrusy overtones in the hop flavor, a nice blend of bitterness to round out the flavor. The beer has a medium body, so you could definitely drink a few of these without feeling "full". If you like a high hopped ale, this is very drinkable. I had two, and found by the end of the second one, I was starting to reach my limit on that particular hop flavor. So, it seems to me that it would be great in moderation, but not something I could drink all night long.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Wonderful citrus hop nose. Fruity esters and a mild malt sweetness. Notes of honey.

Appearance - Gold color with a nice hop haze. The head poured one fingerwidth and dissipated to 1/2 fingerwidth. The head is frothy and white with good lacing. Some visible carbonation.

Taste - The taste fully supports the aroma. Inital hop bitterness and citrus flavor. The malt comes in to support the bitterness and is followed by some esters. The bitterness is present the whole way through, but is not overwhelming. There is a mild lingering bitterness. Very nice flavors.

Mouth Feel - Medium body with medium carbonation. There is a bit of a carbonic acid bite. Bitterness, but smooth.

Overall Impression - This is one of the best IPAs that I've had the pleasure of drinking. It is nicely balanced torward the hops, but does not leave behind the malt backbone like many other IPAs do. This beer needs to be on your buy list.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice hazy copper with a delicious 1 1/2 finger sticky white head. Smell is amazing citrus/ pine, just an amazing and tranquil experience. Taste is mind-blowing as well. Citrus splash with the absolute balance of piney hops to send you wanting more with every sip. The absolute best ipa I have ever had. A complete pleasure to be experienced. Mouth feel is perfectly balance with carbination and thickness totally coinciding for a great mix. I could definately drink this IPA all day long.. I am totally amazed by Bell's 2 hearted...

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Photo of twaddlac
3.37/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy, jaundice color, little head, little lace, no visible nucleation points.

S- Coriander, honey and citrus. Slight hops, nothing too impressive here.

T- Initial sweet taste; honey, coriander, and slight citrus. Aftertaste of slight hops which leave an astringent taste.

M- Medium body, medium-heavy carbonation with a dry finish.

D- Good beer, nothing too exciting about this one, but it can be drank in large quantities. Overall, it's pretty balanced, but nothing too special about this beer.

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

This looks like a golden hazy beer with a nice billowy head on it that leaves some great lace on the sides of the glass at the beginning and throughout the drink in the entirety. It smells like hops and malts, very sweet, but a definite hoppy odor. It tastes hoppy but very sweet as well, just a touch bitter. I think this would be the perfect thirst quencher after doing something like mowing the lawn on a hot day. Can drink this all 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 Illtryit
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No born on or expiration date on bottle, took a chance and bought this from my grocery store instead of my liquor store...hopefully I'm reviewing Bells best and freshest effort.

Pours a light copper, clear and a 1 inch head which dissapates to a film. Leaves sticky lacing all overf my mug.

Smell is all citrus and hops.

Taste like citrus. Lemon and Grapefruit. Hoppy bite in the aftertaste, then citrus again.

Mouthfeel is crisp, but not over carbonated. Hearty with a littel alcohol bite to it.

Overall, this is a satisfying beer. Right up there with 5 barrel as my favorite pale ale. Glad I bought it.

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Photo of kwalters
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an exceptional brew, to be sure. Before ever having taken a sip I was already enamoured by the great label, the local brewery (I'm in Michigan), and the fantastic name. The Two Hearted is a great trout stream in Michigan's upper pennisula. It also happens to be one of Hemmingway's favorites. Very cool!

Two Hearted pours like liquid gold with slight hints of orange and copper color. The wonderful flowery aroma is instantly noticeable. Drink this stuff out of a brandy snifter because you'll most definately want to stick your nose inside to soak up the scents. If you could bottle spring air, this is what it would smell like.

Now for the taste. The first sensation your tongue gets is the same as the one picked up by your olfactory nerves. Flowery, hoppy, delicious. There's also plenty of citrus flavors to enjoy as well. In fact, if Two Hearted smells like spring air, it surely tastes the way I imagine fresh orange blossoms would.

Try a bottle (or six!). You'll be belching pleasant flower burps for the rest of the evening!

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Photo of DrunkenMaster
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles. Clear golden amber with a quickly diminishing, nicely laced head. Aroma is floral hops with grapefruit. Moderately bitter with more grapefruit and a nice malt backbone. Good beer to drink while you sit around and play darts all night. Its also a good beer to drink with chicken wings.

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

Appearance: A very nice white thick foamy head which lingered throughout the beer. The lacing was a beautiful sight on the side of the glass. The color was gold and cloudy (similar to an unfiltered wheat).

Smell: A sweet floral high hop aroma with a hint of citrus. The hop aroma never realy faded and stayed all through drinking the beer.

Taste; The taste was a great hop taste. It was clean and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Was rich and full not overly carbonated.

Drinkability: This a very good beer. It was one of the best I have had recently.

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Photo of dolemite77
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color, the head is tremendous though, rocky and thick. Aroma is sweet malt, and HEAVY on the cascade hops. Flavor is sweetly hoppy... the malt has a nice sweetness to it that works well with the citrus hops, as well as just the plain ol' bitter hops. Woodsy and piny hops on the back end. Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of manitouman84
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber orange with a nice head. Intense hop aroma, resiny pine and citrus aroma. Strong bitterness, again, pine, citrus, and a hint of grapefruit to the body of the beer. Finishes clean and dry. I find this beer maybe a little too dry on the malt body, but I am a little picky when it comes to bitter hoppy beers. I prefer from the bottle than to the tap on this one. Drink on a hot and muggy day, you will surely be rewarded.

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

A: Hazy amber / orange color wit a two finger white head, nice lacing, some alcohol legs and active carbonation below the surface.

S: Big hops, citrus, pine with bready sweet maltyness in the background.

T: Citrus / piny hops and sweet malt meld nicely to form a very well balanced flavor.

M: Balanced carbonation to match the flavor. Medium - Thin (as it warms) and a bittersweet aftertaste. Smooth and easy to drink.

O: This is a Top Notch every day, go-to easy drinking IPA. Its the type you can give to someone who is fairly new to the hap flavor thing and start to convert them to a Hop Head. Try it you'll like it.

Glass = Pint.

Serving Temp = 45F.

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Photo of Naters333
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into a pint glass. Nice two finger head that dissipates rapidly. Has a cloudy light copper color. Does have some nice lacing that forms after I take a few drinks. Nothing extra ordinary here.

S-Nothing exciting here. I get a few notes of citrus, but that's about it.

T-I get a few of the "floral Hop" flavors that the bottle talks about, but that's about it. Very light on the citrus flavors. I guess I was hoping for more of a in your face IPA, or maybe that's what I prefer.

M-Very crisp and smooth. A very easy to drink IPA.

O-I nice beer. For me this is a good solid IPA. There was nothing that stood out to me appearance, smell, or taste wise. Maybe I will pick up on some things after I drink another 6 pack. Just a nice solid IPA.

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Photo of kirkmichel
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Amber-gold semi opaque. light foam which leaves thin lace on the surface and down the pint glass I am using.
S-Smells like honey and stone fruit; maybe peaches and apricots, a bit of pear thrown in there and possible banana...You can smell the hops, but I don't find them piney.
T-Tastes like lots of great hops; the piney flavor coats your entire tongue and you get an oily-hoppy flavor, with bananas and some other fruits like peach thrown in.
M-Nice but a bit oily, presumably from the density of hops. They definitely stay with you, but in a good way.
D-Could definitely drink a few of these. They taste super.

This was a little rushed...had a near dinner catastrophe in the middle of my review...

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Photo of ScottUCF84
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Golden amber with a thick slightly off white head that fizzled away into a thin 'algae' on top of the brew. Some lacing formed, and hung to dry throughout the brew.

S- An explosion of sharp hops nearly cleared my sinuses, along with some citrus peel. Some sweet malt.

T- Caramel malt and bold, floral hops at first. A bit of tangerine, and then finally some very bitter hops. The alcohol was hidden very well until it warmed.

M-Pretty crisp and smooth. Medium body, medium carbonation.

D- Towards the end of this beer I am just hopped out... but if strong, complex hops are what you are looking for, you'll enjoy this brew.

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Photo of montecristo2
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to say this is my favorite IPA so far. Can't find it NJ, so I have a friend buy it for me in Va.

Great hop aroma and taste. Citrus with a bit of bitterness- a great accompaniment to Indian food. Also great with an aged Stilton cheese. Not overpowering, but you know you are drinking an IPA, no doubt.

Awesome thick off-white head, at least three fingers.

I have tried it with different glass styles, but the pint glass seems to be the best because it allows the floral and citrus notes to really hit your nose before you take a sip without being overpowering.

Highly recommended!

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Photo of lewzer99
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Two hearted
L: straw yellow with a one finger white head
S: citrus and pine
T: hoppy resin balanced by sweet malts, some orange and finally a lingering bitterness
M: crisp and light
O: tasty and balanced

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

My opinion on this is that If a beer is ever made with a better mouth and drinkability, they'll have to add a 5.5 and 6 to the scale. Good as it gets. Appearance is good but nothing remarkable It's typical of the class in color and top which doesn't warrant a 5. Smell is tangy and citrusy. Hops are prominent and there is some backbone with a decent malt-sweetness there. Taste is very good. Easy on the tongue, while finishing with a very light sweet creaminess. Alcohol is not apparent which added to just the right amount of carbonation, makes the mouthfeel just incredible. So smooth, so drinkable. And not just for a draft or bottle but all night long, all week long, all month long, and any time of year.

Another success for Bells. Their lineup isn't perfect but still stands out as one of the top breweries in my opinion. I hate it when they place sixers of TH in the case beside sixers of DFH 60-min because it forces me to buy both. And at ten bucks, who wouldn't?

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Photo of bonk0076
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear, golden color with an ambitious white head that leaves behing a sticky lacing. Aroma is dominated by citrus (lemon and orange notes) as well as pine, with a slight caramel aroma underneath it. Taste features a prominent hop bitterness to begin, but is balanced a slight caramel sweetness and a short finish. In all honesty, it seemed a bit watery, and the short finish, which makes it drinkable, undermines it.

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Photo of milkbaby9
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into Samuel Adams sensory glass. Sparkling clear gold with 3 finger white foamy head that stays around a while. Recedes to a 1 finger head leaving great lacing.

Aroma is all hops: grapefruit, fresh green vines, green pine needles, a touch of grass. Taste starts sweetly malty and builds up a spicy hoppy crescendo similar to the aromas, lotsa pine and bitter grapefruit. The grapefruit bitterness hangs on the roof of my mouth as the sweet malt lasts on and on with a touch of honey lemon.

Medium carbonation seems to increase the spicyness on the tongue. Relatively light bodied. Very drinkable as the sweet malt is strong enough to hold its own against the hops and bitterness.

2015 edit: Had fresher bottles of Two Hearted and it is a much better beer fresh than a couple months old! Had to update my ratings. Totally delish!

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, the infamous Bell's Two Hearted Ale! Finally getting around to reviewing this beer seeing as Ive been drinking it religiously for a few years. 12oz bottle # 9953 with no freshness date poured into my Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours a cloudy orangish golden with a good looking 2" off white head that stays around for about 5 then dissipate's into a thin film across the brew.

Smell is dominated by the Citra hops used here, and I'm more than certain this beer is %100 Citra, even in the dry hopping. This brew has a nice floral, fruity, resinous hop character and a subtle sweet pale crystal malt background. Not too much yeast character to be noticed here, most like a SafAle breed or Nottingham.

This wicked brew tastes like an awesome homebrew! Full of citrus like resinous hop flavor from the Citra's, a subtle yeasty touch, and a sweet pale malt character to back it up. Very nicely balanced in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is pretty standard for the style, even though I view this brew as a APA, not an IPA. A crisp drink with a somewhat oily characteristic to it.

Overall I have always been a fan of Bells. Yes I know some of their brews are extremely overpriced, but I seem to always go back for more. Even @ $11.99 for a 6pk at various places here in Atlanta, this brew is always a must if you see a few on the shelves. Cheers!

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A very orange yet amber color, head was abundant on the pour but dissipated quickly. There are some bubbles that remain on the surface of the beer. This seems to fit the description of an American IPA.

Smell: A lot of hops and malt is first smelled. I don't so much smell any citrus but that doesn't really phase me. It smells flavorful and delicious. I am excited to taste this.

Taste: There are a lot of flavors in the taste, but they change very quickly. At the end of the sip, i can taste a citrus flavor which is sort of enlightening. I really enjoy the taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer isn't very thick and it has a middle of the ground carbonation. It makes it drinkable. But it does really say much to me. Its just sort of middle ground.

Overall: I had this beer recommended to me from a few girls from Michigan. I am not disappointed nor am i impressed. This is definitely a good American IPA, but feel like there is more to give.

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

Nice deep amber color. Smells of oranges. The upfront taste is bitter and of lemon peel, followed by tastes of tangerine and orange. Overall, this is quite a crisp and refreshing IPA.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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