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

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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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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date to be found. Thanks to sakaroo for the sample.

Appearance: Overly foamy to being with, nice densely rocky head with a patch lace. Slightly hazy in the golden hue.

Smell: Big aroma of floral and citric hop, lots of hops. Faintly ester with a blanket of fruitiness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Moderate body, smooth crispness and a touch of creaminess in the back. Light pale malt and yeast give a doughy biscuity flavour throughout. The hop character is strong with a semi-sharp bitterness and a long lingering citric toned flavour. Bitter dry finish.

Notes: A super hoppy brew with a puckering dryness that I would only put up against the sharpest of cheddars. A hop heads delight without a doubt.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great orange-copper haze colored brew, with a big white head that hollows itself out, and sticks around to a pretty big height. Smells heavily of citrus and hops, a great smelling beer. This is everything an IPA should be. Citrus and a good amount of hops, make this a very well rounded beer. Just a damn good beer, no questions about it. If you like hops in your beer, this is it. Maybe the finest IPA in existance.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is golden, with an excellent foamy head. The smell is a strong, citrusy hops. The taste is a very nice citrus hop blend, and a very well-balanced taste that doesn't approach hop juice. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have this all day.

Mmm...a fantastic beer, and probably a close 2nd favorite to the Expedition Stout (of all the Bell's beers). A nice hoppiness leads to a deserved position on the Top 50, and certainly one I'll have again!

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a beer engine at the Map Room, and at English Ale temperature. Good thin yet persistent head. The hand pull yeilded a beer with no bubbles, yet a firm mouthfeel. The IPA hops were actually subdued, nicely balanced between floral and bitter. Somehow I picked up a note of cherries, too. Color is lighter than the usual American IPA, closer to a Vienna or even a Pilsner. I had hoped to get a better impression of Bells than I did at their Eccentric Cafe taproom, and I was right.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At first, way too bitterly unbalanced. Much like Stone Ipa or Ruination. I like those once in a while for a hop assault, but not for more casual drinking. Anyway, the more I drank, the more the nuances showed through. Surprisingly complex and floral with a strong honey presence. Reccomended

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Photo of Finn
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two hearted is light gold in color, good strong carbonation. dense foamy head is on top, and sticks to the side of the glass well. The aroma is fabulous, it smells quite citrusy to me, namely oranges. Flavor starts with a little malt sweetness, then turns into hops. Alot of hop flavor, and the hops taste like they smell, oranges (to my palate, anyway). Mouthfeel is more on the light side compared to some other ipa's i've had, but there's good body backing this one up. Drinkability is high on this one. It's one of those beers where i always wish there was more when i'm done. Two-Hearted has been one of my favorite american ipa's for a long time. If you like hoppy american ipa's, try one!

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Photo of Gump
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard nothing but good things about this beer, so I stopped by Surdyk's Mpls. to get some. The manager mentioned that it was a seasonal fall/winter beer :(
Fortunately the delivery guy made a mistake and they had a six pack in stock in July!

Pours cloudy with an amber color.
They say this is an IPA, but it's not intensely bitter.
The unique fragrance is apparent from the first pour. Just how do they manage to get all that pale grapefruit aroma into one little bottle?
And it tastes as good as it smells!
Smooth, and little aftertaste.
Pine! That's it. After consulting the other reviews (which I don't do until after I have presented my own) I concur. Pine, as well as grapefruit, are the two main characteristics of this beer.
--further edit--
This beer is much better on tap, full of flavor, and fresher.

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Photo of benmiliron
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My first Bell's pale ale. I never tried their regular pale ale just because I couldn't get past the stouts and porters, they were just too good to pass up! I'm glad I tried the two-hearted though. A good pouring beer, decent head that disappears in about a minute, leaving a nicely scented lace. The smell is fantastic, just like opening up that bag of whole leaf for the brewpot. The hops are the showcase here, and they tend to dominate the malt with little interplay between the two.

I like my IPA drinkable, more of a spring/summer drink than a cold winter night drink. (Except of course for Dogfish 90-minute!) This beer would be perfect for mowing the lawn or doing yard work. Nice and light (for Bell's anyway.) It's worth buying a six-pack if you're a hophead, because if you're like me, you would easily drink a lot of this beer. Have fun!

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmm, i've been eagerly awaiting my chance to try Bell's seasonal Two-hearted, and I was afforded that opportunity when my favorite pub finally got it on tap.

This Kalamazoo brew pours out to a cloudy bronze with the trademark Bell's yeast haze. This beer only had a tiny head, but I've noticed that a few of the bartenders can't pour properly so i'll attribute to that instead of blaming the beer.

A nice lacing appeared about 1/4 of the way down on the glass and decorated the pint 'til the bottom.

I was sort of expecting some ridiculously hopped entry, but this is something almost anyone would love. The initial taste is light and almost grainy, with a distinct resemblance to a lower-class wit beer. This sounds like a negative comment, but for some reason it works perfectly in this beer.

The malt balance is especially nice when you are used to drinking hop-monsters, but there are those hops in the background, rising like the sun to remind you that this is Bells. A great hop burp follows!

Larry Bell has crafted yet another winner in the Two-Hearted, a beer so aptly named its frightening. A perfect competition for hops and malt in the nose, and a beer that can be loved by both spectrums of beer drinkers. Hopefully next year's will be a bit stronger so it can be cellared, but overall a VERY enjoyable and equal-opportunity ale!

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a few of these in my cellar, so after reading all the hype I just had to sample one. Pours a murky honey gold colour with an off-white head that wants to hang around for awhile. Laces all over the pint tumbler. Aroma is overpowering(I'm getting used to this), lavender, pine, and citrus. Mouthfeel is a good balance of carbonation, hops, and a malt background. This is good stuff working together here. Kinda burp producing after a couple of sips. As it warms up, several dark fruit flavours are catching my attention. This one reminds me of some of Dogfish Head's better offerings. I'm still getting used to the hop assault of some of the better USA brews, so I'm sure I'll update this review in a few weeks. This ale has a bitter finish that is very crisp and clean.

The hoppy American IPAs like this are certainly grabbing my attention, and this one is one of the best.

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Photo of Dantes
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12 oz. longneck, crowned bottle. Bottle-conditioned. Space for date/lot was blank. New color label, depicting two leaping (tiger?) trout. 6.0% ABV.

Cost: $30 case at Shangy’s

Presentation: Imperial pint glass at ~45º

Appearance: As noted by so many others, this is a lovely IPA, with a burnished amber body and a voluminous (2-3 finger), dry, white head which reached a self-sustaining ¾” layer. The body approaches the ruddiness of Celebration, but wasn’t as cloudy as I expected from previous descriptions. Perhaps the 7% version was cloudier. Active, fine bubbles.

Smell: Florally hoppy, with a cushion of rich malt. I find that most IPA’s fall into two categories: the harsh, medicinal ones, and the floral, fruity ones. Thankfully, this is one of the latter. I’m told it’s the Centennial that really marks this beer’s fresh aroma. Well, whatever it is, the hops palette plays beautifully off the malts.

Taste: One of the rare beers that lives up to its hype. The initial sensation is crisply hoppy, but as it rolls around your tongue, the more complex hop notes and malts make an appearance. I would characterize this as more herbaceously hoppy than citrusy hoppy. I always seem to fall back on this characteristic, but this beer is well-balanced. It is both refreshing and satisfying. The medium finish is very crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel: Almost achieves the fine texture of cask-conditioned ale in a bottle, with more vigor. Carbonation is excellent, while the body is a touch on the watery side. I would guess the “old” 7% version was probably a bit better in this regard. I do find that many “regular” IPA’s (sub-Imperial level) tend to be brittle.

Drinkability: Comes close to defining drinkability. Only the best cask ales, Celebration, and Brutal Bitter top this for quaffability IMO.

Backwash: Probably my favorite “pure” American IPA. Excluding “Imperial IPA’s” and beers like Brutal Bitter and Celebration (once categorized as a Winter Seasonal) which are maltier and bit heartier, this really hits the bullseye. Definitely surpasses peers like HopDevil and 60 Minute IPA. All things great beer should be: complex, refreshing, satisfying and endlessly quaffable. Must be killer on draught.

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Photo of leeenglewood
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a slight yeast haze and the head is thick and stick around till you finish your glass. Smells like fresh hops with a citrus overtone. Initial taste of hop bitterness that is very perfumey followed along by a slight malt flavor although not sweet more grainy. Aftertaste is all hops very citrusy. Very perfumery hops flavor. Mouthful is rich and oily is rather drinkable. This beer has more dry hopped flavor then any beer ive ever had before.

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

Too me this epitomizes the US trend of going for the hop heads. I've had debates with a few over whether this one belongs in the so-called Imperial IPA class with Arrogant Bastard, Dogfish Head, etc.
That being said, this beer is great. Aroma is overpoweringly hoppy/floral. I need to ask Larry Bell how many different types of hops he uses. Definite grapefruit in the nose and maybe even some melon ? Has almost and orange tint to the golden hue as it pours. Taste is a real surprise given the aroma, very chewy malty taste that is then devoured by the hop backnote. For the me the balance works but both the front and the back are very aggressive and I can see how some don't like it. If you like this in bottles, seek it out on draught and you'll like it even more.

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

Very similar to Sierra Nevada Celebration and Dogfish Head 90 minute. Biscuity malt with a strong and perfectly balanced tang of Cascades and I assume Chinooks or Centennials. Goes down easy with a good dry finish. Mine was a little warm as it had just been transported from PA to CT but at 45-50 degrees I am sure this is perfection. A great American-style IPA.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lighter than most IPAs, with an off-white head.

Very clear, especially for a bottle conditioned ale. Aroma is muted grapefruit and pine, with some orange zest thrown in.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have liked, more "hop-water" than balanced. Similar to other hop heavy ales (in particular, HopDevil), but the hops here seem "greener."

Finish is much drier than many IPAs, with a definate oak taste and maple wood after-smell in the nose.

Drinkable, but misses the pure juicyness of I've found in offerings from Southern Tier, Lagunitas, and Victory, for starters, and which I prefer in my IPAs. I'm sure for some, though, this is perfect.

This is worth purchasing a sixer here and there, but all in all, not something I'd leap at when I saw it in the future.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured beautifully although I had quite a bit of sediment come from the bottle. Beautiful head that lasted for a while with lots of bottle bubbles. Overall, this is a great example of a good IPA. Bell's brewery in general has a great lineup of beers for all sorts of tastes in mind!

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

Pours a cloudy, light golden/orange color. The head is good sized (1+ fingers thick), white, somewhat foamy, and very persistent. The glass becomes nicely laced throughout drinking from the sticky head. A very good hoppy aroma. Tastes of fruity/citrus hops with some good bitterness, which leaves a very nice tingle on the tongue. Nice tasting malt flavors are present as well, but are dominated by the hops. One of my favorite beers and one which I look forward to reappearing each year.

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Photo of Realale
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crystal clear pale gold. Seems fractionally lighter than the bottled. Very fine white head stays at a robust 1" from a swan neck with no sparkler.

Nose is fresh Centennial in all of its grapefruity/piney glory. Its beautiful, but the malt is completely over-whelmed.

A bit thinner than the bottled on the palate, but incredibly well balanced. The malt really shines in the mouth combining elegently with the hop flavor. Definitely more bitter than the bottled, particularly on the long finish, but its really well put together. I prefer the taste of this one to the bottle.

Mouthfeel is excellent soft carbonation that only cask-conditioning gives to a beer. The bartender thought this cask might have been broached a bit too early, but the carbonation was just right for me. Way too easy to drink a lot of this one. Simply outstanding stuff!

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Photo of mikeys01
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Two Hearted Ale is probably just about my favorite IPA in terms of most drinkable, most character, and just great taste. I just reacquainted myself with this beer when I picked up a 6 pack on a business trip this week. The Two Hearted pour into the glass a radiant honey gold color topped by a generous and fairly dense white head, that sticks around for most of the drinking. Aroma is mouthwatering floral hops and just a little bit of yeast. Taste is intitially agressively grapefruit/citrus hoppy but somehow soft at the same time, giving amazing hop flavor without being overly bitter. Flavor develops a little more malt character towards the end but finishes very crisp. This is a very easy drinking beer, surprisingly smooth and absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First beer I had after making my first shopping stop in Indianapolis. Two Hearted was very near the top of my “have to find” list. Presented in a 12oz brown bottle, Two Hearted Ale had a hazy dark golden color and a firm, foamy off-white head that never really died down and generated a nice patchwork of lace.
The aromas of grapefruit, soft pine and floral hops along with a faintly yeasty smell came wafting from the glass. The taste had a lightly bready malt note initially which was promptly pushed aside by a strong grapefruit and lighter pine flavor that built through the finish and left a long bitter taste residing on the palate. The feel was medium-bodied and very smooth.
This offering from Kalamazoo Brewing is one of the best American IPA’s out there. Assertive in its hoppiness but not off-the-chart, Two Hearted Ale is one of the most well-crafted IPA’s I’ve had. I’m real glad I saved a couple to bring home to savor later.

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Photo of nomad
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
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 budgood1
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a cloudy, glowing golden colour. thin white head and slight traces of lace. delicious fruit and floral hop aroma...maltiness abounds to make this quite appealing to the nose. upon tasting...the balance is striking. a complex IPA...fruity yeastiness...bitter hops...malty foundation...dry mouthfeel. i'm surprised by the dryness. it makes me want to keep sipping it and experience the odd cascade of different flavours and bitterness. extremely drinkable. very tasty. smooth. nice twist with the belgian yeast in an american IPA. best of both worlds i suppose. i detect no unseemingly sourness that has been otherwise noted is some reviews. a unique and balanced ale. quite deserving of its high regard and respect.

a huge thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

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Photo of scottum
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stoked to finally get to try a Bell's beer. Two Hearted is all I could have hoped for. Pours a deep amber with a nice white head. The hop profile is a beauty and takes control of this beer from sip one. The balance is very nice. Oh so smooth of a brew. I certainly hope this is not the last of the Two Hearted I sample. I love it. These better come east!

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Photo of hotstuff
3.32/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured, this beer had a medium sized white frothy and creamy head with fine-medium sized bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body was cloudy and uncarbonated with a golden hue. The nose was hoppy, sweet, citrusy and fruity with a bitter and hoppy flavor. The mouthfeel was a bit tingly, smooth and dry and it was medium bodied. This beer had excellent lacing.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I last tried the draught version of this a year ago, and after getting a sixer of it this year I don't know why I didn't give it a higher score. Pours a lightly hazy dark orange color with a medium off-white head. Thin lacing. The aroma is nicely floral, grapefruity and hoppy. Medium body with an excellent texture. It never goes overboard with hops, but retains a nice refined blend of hops, citrus, pine and a hint of malt. The finish is nicely bitter throughout. This is a top of the line IPA.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 14,655 ratings