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 | website

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 IceTrey9785
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally a review on old-reliable....

A: Poured the beer into a nice sized English pub glass. The color is honey gold, and a bit hazy, with a nice off-white spider webbed lacing that slowly seems to creep up the rim of the glass.

S: Pine resin, citrus, and an overwhelming notion of plastic model glue (lemony, and oily). Hints of malt character, and salted thyme and rosemary. Fresh buttered bread, and a slight note of maple syrup.

T&M: A nice dry, crisp, floral and juicy mouthfeel. A bit creamy, but packed with hoppy bitterness and sweet citrus fruit, maybe some candied ginger on the finish. Tastes of violets and zucchini blossoms dominate the floral aspect, with tangerine being the predominate citrus flavor.

How can you not like this beer? Seriously -- it has good fruit, nice acidity, a lovely perfumed aroma, and a crisp, clean, long-lasting finish! This is the craft-beer generations go-to brew. I can only imagine how lovely this would be with Jerk Chicken, maybe some spicy enchiladas, etc. I'm so glad I took the time to review this ale...

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Photo of beerhobo22
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden color. Great Centennial hop aroma. Head retention is very good. Good balance of malt and hop bitterness. Easy to drink; definitely a go-to-ale.

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Photo of RedBeerHead
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a cloudy golden body and a white frothy head. Looks more like a witbier at first glance.

Smell is spicy with prevalent citrus tones.

Someone else described the taste as "piny" which is pretty much spot on. But the taste, like the appearance has characteristics of a wheat beer.

Very refreshing and light.

Another Good summer beer, I will certainly be having this one again.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been hesitant to try this beer just because of all the hype it seems to be getting in my circle lately. Serves me right... after realizing this is an awesome IPA, I also realize I can't get it here (get Bell's, but no THA).

A - light copper, very clear

S - beautiful, exactly what I want - bright, citrusy

T - just like the smell, VERY clean-tasting, citrusy hops

M - light, but not thin

D - If I could get it here, I would drink these all night.

EDIT: It's been two years since I first tried this beer and I've had the chance to try it multiple times and in comparison to a variety of other IPAs. As a whole, it's still a very nice IPA, but the overwhelming Centennial nose makes the beer smell cereal-sweet (i.e. fruit loops).

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Photo of ArrogantBastage
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured into a glass.

A: Deep orange and cloudy. Very thick head that lingers for a long time. Heavy lacing present throughout the glass.

S: Citrusy hops dominate the nose. Some sweet malt and yeast present too.

T: Lots of citrus from the hops. Balanced, not overly bitter. Finish is dry with some residual bitterness lingering from the hops.

M: Medium bodied with a great carbonation level giving a creaminess to the mouthfeel.

D: A great beer to sip on and enjoy. Definitely recommended to those looking for a fantastic IPA. Easy to have more than one in a session.

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Photo of mmercede
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: typical copper-golden IPA color. Thin 1/4" head with minimal lacing.

S: pepper, lemon zest, pine, citrus notes, fresh baked bread. A rather reserved scent in general.

T: very balanced bittering hop profile with light citrus and pepper notes. A strong piney taste as well. A simple yet very nice malt backbone which really makes the flavor stand out to me. A perfect amount of residual sweetness.

M: A great medium bodied mouthfeel. However, I personally thought the carbonation was a bit strong.

D: I am not in love with this beer. However, it is a great go to IPA which is highly drinkable. Decent price too!

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Photo of Jfriz25
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- hazey golden color with visible particles floating around.

Smell- dominant smell is pine needles.

Taste- I get nice floral notes, more than the smell would indicate but the pine isn't far behind. Just the right amout of bitterness lingers, not enough to over power.

Mouthfeel- medium body that washes over the tounge but doesn't leave a thick resiny feel afterward.

Overall- Ill buy this for $9 a six pack all day long vs hopslam at $16. One of Bells best IMO.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick white head, beautiful lacing that clings to the glass like a magnet (to a metal glass). It has a very hoppy grassy aroma. Tastes of hops, the air in a pine forest, and more hops. Was going to rate taste 4.25 but the amazing aftertaste changed my mind, so bitter and wonderful. Tried this several months back and didnt really appreciate it until now. Fantastic ipa.

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Photo of DackAchan
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Good appearance. Golden with a hint of red, one finger head that takes a while to settle and laces well around the edges.

S- Nice hops smell. Touch of grapefruit because of the hops.

T- Excellent taste, very good IPA. Complex and rich full flavor.

M- Good mouthfeel, slightly bitter (good thing) with a touch more of a bite at the end (also good thing)

D- A good beer, with good drinkablity for an IPA. Because of the bitterness and the bite, not a good session beer.

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Photo of jdflyer06
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at One Eyed Jack's in Beavercreek, Ohio. A little known Gem.

A - light golden in color. A solid head that is fluffy and light. Fairly clear with a few floaties.

S - Very floral. The smell of hops is evident off the bat. There's another aroma that is so hard to place. At the risk of sounding like its a negative, it's almost like new car smell. But I like it!

M - Light and crisp. Very dry for the style with a refreshing finish. This one is neither dense nor sticky but retains some great flavor.

T - Not as complex as I would have imagined. Definitely some oily hop character and light citrus. Good malt body although I really wouldn't want to let this one warm up.

D - I could definitely drink a few of these. A pretty good session beer. A bit lighter than I'm used to for the style, but a solid offering overall.

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

Presentation - Poured the fishy bottle into a tulip as it was the only clean glass. Paired with a porter-laced irish chedder. Mmmmm!

Appearance - A pretty golden color all the way through. Held to the light it is luminously yellow, straw-colored but more vibrant in hue than your average straw colored beer. Ivory head caps a bubbly body, leaving lacings all up and down the inside of the tulip.

Smell - Citric, piney hops. The malt doesn't come through very well in the aroma, perhaps a bready note here or there?

Taste - Here's where the beer really shines. It is definitely hops forward, but there's a very substantial maltiness as well if one pays attention to the overall flavor. It's a biscuity, grain flavor, like baked bread. The hops are citric, but also floral and piney, a characteristic I prefer because too many IPAs I have tasted are grapefruit or tangerine bombs with nary a note of malt, or even a non citric hop to be found. This is a more balanced brew with a solid malt backbone and a more complex hop bouquet. Luckily this brew also escapes one of the worse pitfalls that IPAs can fall into: extreme bitterness. This has a bitter taste about mid swallow, and a dry finish, but the aftertaste is all hops. Despite this, there's no lingering bitterness, and the bitter tastes in the drink are balanced by the malt.

Mouthfeel - Light, yet substantial. The carbonation is moderate, not too much or too little.

Drinkability - A bit higher ABV than my usual brews, but definitely refreshing and thirst quenching in any situation. I have drank myself stupid on my friend's two hearted (wouldnt waste mine that way) and I can assure you it's just as tasty and drinkable after ten than after one.

A Note - This will start to lose hop flavor after a month or so in the fridge, and less in the cellar. Some people might not like this, but I say it is about equally good after losing some hops than before. It allows the tasty malts to really shine, and two hearted has a delicious grain bill, so maybe take a bottle when you grab a sixer and stick it somewhere for a month or two. Try it then if you're open minded enough.

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Photo of rhodeska
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour, beautiful orange color with a solid citrus smell and a nice head and bubbles.

solid taste, a little bit of hops, but its much more subtle than I expected. Really smooth, something that I could drink all day during the summer or fall. Really good from the bottle too, normally only had this one on tap.

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

A- a deep tarnished gold color with hints of copper. Billowing white head explodes at first but then settles to just skim the top.

S-notes of grapefruit, Apple, pineapple, and flowers. Sweet aroma to it.

T- the malt supports the hops ad a vehicle for the hops. A dry grapefruit flavor is present, but never is overwhelming. Slight alcohol sweetness.

M- moderate staying power, it hits hard but then leaves very little trace. Persistent carbonation.

O- this is a text book American Ipa. Balance of malt and strong hop flavor. Perfect hoppy aroma, and little aftermath. Very good.

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

Bells Two Hearted Ale

A: Pours a very nice looking golden honey with very little head. Mild carbonation on it. The beer is clear and not cloudy, you can see through it to some extent. Same color and appearance when held up to the light.

S: Malt and hops up front, with the hops being teh stronger of the two. Reminds me a bit of Dales Pale Ale that i've been drinking recently, but with a more subtle hop smell to it.

T: Well blended and smooth drinking beer. The hops are there, but are mild, and goes down easy. Has a good healthy bit of spice to it, but in a good way. This is the type of beer would be GREAT for a growler and drinking a lot of.

M: Medium body and mild carbonation

O: A good pickup for a growler. This would be a good pickup for a tailgate or drinking in large quantities as I did. Goes nice from a growler, but I suspect this beer is a tad more complicated than it tastes coming from a keg. Perhaps from a bottle you can pickup on some more tastes. I'm not disapointed with it one bit.

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Photo of Twisted_Halo
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best IPA's out there today. Perfectly hopped for those of us that don't particularly enjoy the IPA's on the market that are part of what I like to call the "hops for hops sake" fad in today's craft beer world. Bell's Two Hearted doesn't overpower your taste buds with bitterness, but that doesn't mean it is lacking in flavor. Just outstanding!

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Photo of rugger
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love a good IPA. This is a no-brainer as I love it too. Pours a nice hazy copper with a nice lacy head. Has the aroma of nice citrusy hops which makes me smile every time. The taste isn't as hoppy as I thought it would be but it is nice and crisp with a nice citursy hop flovor, almost a lime taste to it. Anyway this beer is what people claim that it is, but I am happy that there are others out there that are easier to find. I love hops therefore I am biased to any hoppy beer. Respect HOPs.

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Photo of xtremejammn
3.26/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is some good stuff, I think Bell's did well on this one.

A: Beautiful pure copper color with a remarkably long lasting head.

S: Has a strong hop pressence, and smells of an orange peel.

T: As I have made mention before, I'm not a big fan of pale ales, but this is one hell of a pale ale, very strong hop pressence, slight spicy-ness to it, tastes of an orange peel and has a weak graniness to it, with a pleasent bitterness to it to finish it off.

M: On the downside it's very bubbly, but it's not quite TOO bubbly.

D: Goes down smooth, and leaves a pleasenet aftertaste after a drink. And although it's a little acidy it's drinkable.

Bottom Line: I'd reccomend this to any pale ale fan, and to anyone who hasn't tried a pale ale yet. Ta Ta

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

One bottle was given to me by a friend of mine. This would be my 1st Bell's anything beer and so far im glad it's the 1st.

a- Color is a burt orange/golden with a very nice 1-1.5" head and lacing sticks to the glass like glue.

s- Smell is of citrus and piney hops with a hint of grapefruit and I swear honey.

t- Very strong hop flavor with a nice malty backbone that rounds it out perfectly. I may get a hint of hotness due to the alcohol.

m- Very thick and smooth.

d- I could drink this all night I believe very good beer and I am looking forward to trying the Hop Slam next!

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

Appearance is a golden yellow and pours a decent head.

Smell is not strong more of a slightly stale hop. I expected more on the hop aroma.

Taste is a typical IPA with a bitter aftertaste. Not a lot of distinction from others.

Mouthfeel is decent carbonation level.

Overall a good brew but not a distinctive IPA for me.

The code on the bottle was 10207. Was that over a year ago?

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

Had on tap at the Northside Tavern, Cincinnati, OH.

Poured a hazy golden color with a decent head and good retention. Lacing was also good all the way down.

Smelled fantastic. The grapefruit hops dominated, with a bit of piney hop aroma peaking through. Definitiely one sided on the nose, but I liked it like that.

Tasted almost exactly like it smelled. The grapefruity hops dominate, but unlike the nose, the clean biscuity hops peak through. It's not enough that I'd call it a well balanced beer, but the hops flavor is just so damn good here. So fresh and so fruity, citrusy. The mouthfeel is good. It's fairly full bodied and warms the belly on the way down.

Drinkibility is high. This is a ridiculously refreshing beer. Perfect for a beautiful spring night like tonight, on an outdoor patio at my favorite bar in town, with my favorite person in the world. Excellent.

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Photo of jamiesessions
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A slightly hazy (but very clear for an unfiltered beer) light orange colour with a thick white head that leaves lace for days. Hoppy smell is present, and the citrus is very nice. As the beer warms the citrus becomes more and more prevalent, nudging the score up a slight bit. The taste is something to behold. I gave this the full 5 and i don't question that rating one bit. Grapefruit is noticeable right off the bat, and while many times you hear the term "hop bomb" used to describe the strong taste that we come to associate with a good IPA, this is more of a "hop delivery". Every sip brings more wonderful hops taste without ever being overly strong or too bitter. A perfect taste every time, that feels just right. Great feeling, not too carbonated, and the aftertaste is almost as delicious as the taste. If i could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be a serious contender. If i could only drink one IPA for the rest of my life, this would be the frontrunner by a large margin, like a Barack Obama to Al Sharpton margin

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

A: pours a deep orange color with a nice white head and has some decent lacing down the glass.

S: I get some nice floral hop aroma with a tid bit of grapefruit thrown in.

T: up front this beer is quite malty and then as you get into the middle you start to hit with the beautiful hop character of the beer and tastes like centennials. the end of the beer is nice and dry and leaves you wanting another sip.

M: The mouth feel is pretty good, nice medium body not too heavy not too light.

O: This is a great beer and one of my favorite IPAs. Its extremely quaff able and can be drank whether it is 100 degrees outside or 0 degrees outside.

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Photo of vitrael
3.16/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy gold-colored pour with a nice bone-white 1-finger head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S: An somewhat lacking hoppy nose--my bottle isn't old, but it doesn't smell like it's been recently dry hopped. Still a light fresh hop aroma that appetizes me.

T: Nice aggressive hop bitterness with strong piney and spicy aspect--Centennial hops. The grapefruit flavor of freshly dryhopped Centennial is missing (as expected from a beer like Hop Stoopid). A slightly sweet and bready malt flavor cowers behind the lingering hop bitterness. Familiar and similar beer--Three Floyd's PA, Alpha King, although that is a different style in which I am more ready to accept a lack of strong hop aroma and flavor.

M: Average carbonation and on the thin side that I would rate A in a sessionable PA but here it's a little lacking.

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Photo of Chug-a-lug
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maybe my favorite beer. Bursting with flavor is how I would describe it. I was floored on the first taste. I actually said wow out loud. Probably the beer I will compare the rest to from now on.

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Photo of adamhdg
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this from a tap. Nice golden orange with a 1 inch cream head. Smelled mildly tropical. Taste was an explosion of tropical fruit with the predominance of mango. Sweetly spicy with a hop forward taste. It was easily drank with a cool and clean finish. Loved it.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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