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

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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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Photo of Bruiser81
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a very murky orange color with a white foamy head that settled down to a thick sheet. Lacing was all over the place.
The aroma had a lot going on. Lots of citrus coming through along with a strong floral hop aroma. While hops mostly dominated the nose their was a very powerful sweet malt backbone. A strong alcohol spice was also present.
The taste was great. A beautifully balanced beer. The first sip hits with a big bready malt flavor. Lots of pale malt and an overall biscuity flavor. This is followed by huge hop kick with lots of grapefruit leading to a slightly bitter finish. A little bit of alcohol spiciness lingers into the aftertaste.
This beer has sort of a creamy mouthfeel and goes down real smooth. Very drinkable. Its a shame I can't get this here.

Big thanks to feloniousmonk for sending this my way.

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Photo of Gasp100
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orange/amber with a frothy white head and considerable lacing. The smell was pine and citrus bigtime. The taste was piney, acidic, citrusy but just too astringent for my taste. The first couple of sips were a little jarring, but once my taste buds got comfortable I started to feel the overall balance and crispness of the brew. Still, a little too heavy on the citrus aspect and after about 2 I was done. This is a great IPA but I did not find this to be my favorite style of IPA overall -- there is something different between the East Coast brewer's IPA's (Sly Fox, Victory) and the West Coast (other area's) which I can't put my finger on but I know I like the East Coast's IPA brews better (more balance, malt, not as much citrus/acidic taste?).

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

It pours a hazy honey orange, an almost vibrant hue. A puffy off-white head swells then settles gradually to a bubble-specked pond of uneven froth. There's considerable amorphous lacing.

The aroma brings a dense fragrance of pine, along with sweet berry notes skittering about the edges. Dry citrus flits between the more dominant elements, along with a decided but slinky malt sweetness.

On first sip the malt sweetness asserts itself immediately on the tongue, only to be swept aside by an astringent and spicy grapfruit assault. Pine and floral tones intermingle through the middle, as well as a gentle baked-dough warmth. Hops dominate toward the end, with a genuine deciduous bitterness along the back ridge of the tongue. The hops are more poignant, but the malt character evens the scales impressively.

Medium bodied, the flavor is distributed with a buttery feel, pillowing on the palate, then leaving a healthy and pleasant hops tingle on the tongue.

My eternal appreciation to kwalters for getting this one to me!
There's malt to spare, but the hops are the headliner here. Everything about this splendid brew draws attention to the piney hops presence and results in a simple and balanced treat. Calling it drinkable would be a considerable understatement, as the crisp flavors dare you to stop at just one. And as with potato chips, you just can't. But then, why would you want to when you know how good the next one will be? The reputation is well earned, delivering in grand style across the board. Certainly, in this case, Two Hearts are better than one.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-hazy golden orange color with a tall foamy white head that slowly dissipates into a heavy and rocky lace. Nose is floral hops and fruity esters (grapefruit, tangerine, and peach) along with a bit of fresh grain. Medium in body with a good deal of active carbonation, though the initial zestiness becomes more creamy towards the finish. Taste begins with some sweet malt quickly followed by a doughy and biscuity flavor. A lot of fruit bitterness is present towards the end with notes of grapefruit and a bit of lemon rind. Nice IPA here—just wish it was available locally. Thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

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Photo of kwalters
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
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 barleysangel
3.37/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First of all, I'm not a big fan of IPAs, but being a sport, I try everything.
The appearance of this beer was a cloudy light brown with an orange tinge. The head was white and foamy with lacing to the end of the beer. I like the smell, it's flowery. The taste was bitter I definitely didn't like the aftertaste. It was a little less bitter when it was warmer. The mouthfeel was good, it went down easily, normal carbonation and relatively light. Again, I'm not a fan of IPAs, and I most likely won't have another one of these.

5/24/04: Wrong, I had another.

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

This is a great hoppy beer. It is a hazy light orange with a thin head that laced the glass all the way to the bottom. The floral hoppy fragrance is incredible, as is the taste. It is a very drinkable beer with a good mouthfeel. I think it's time for another.

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Photo of budsboy
3.94/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light orange with a quickly disappearing white bubbly head and some pretty sticky lacing.

Fragrant this is. Smells wonderful. Floral hops indeed. There's a spiceness in there too that I can't quite figure out.

Taste is sharp, floral and hopped up. Bitter bitter dry finish. I'm usually not much for the hopsters, but the floral essence of this one is pleasing. Bold, foreward beer.

Medium bodied, heavier than I expected from the looks of it. It isn't the kind of beer I could double up on, but one here and there would be a pleasure.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is poured into my glass and a hazy yellow color shows up. A fairly substantial bright white head follows closely behind the pour, then fades to a thin layer around the edge of the glass. Aroma is hoppy! Floral characteristics and some sour grapefruit scents too.

The first sip reveals a fairly mild flavor, I get a short trace of malt sweetness which is followed and overwhelmed by hops, mostly citrus through to a crisp, sour grapefruity finish.
The brew has an average body and medium carbonation.
This would be a nice brew on a hot day or with a plate of cheese and crackers. Now I see why all the "hopheads" rave about this one!

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Photo of jwilli7122
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

label reads: "...well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula." So - this beer is named after the great Hemingway short story "big two-hearted river."

Pours a murky dark yellow with a monsterous off-white head that's slow to fade. good lacing.

Nose is loud spicy grapefruit with hints of banana and a pinch of malt sweetness. Taste up front is very smooth- bready with sweet fruit flavors. develops into a soft fatness in the middle before being cut by a medium-heavy rush of hops that is just perfect. aftertaste is typical IPA medium/heavy bitterness... not overdone. The ideal IPA.

I think this is my new favorite beer.

note: Even in the same 6 pack I've noticed differences bottle to bottle. Some bottles seem to be more heavy on hops than others. Is it possible that this is due to other factors, such as temperature when consumed?

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Photo of stewart124
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A golden yellow brew with a thick white head and an aroma that I could smell as soon as I opened the bottle. My mouth was watering while I poured this beauty. Strong floral hop smell as well as notes of citrus and maybe a pear. The taste is of a hop spice that does well to blend with the tastes of fruit. Very well balanced beer. There is a sweetness to this beer that lets the hops tickle your tastebuds without causing too much damage. This was truely a delight and I would recommend this to anyone in love with hops.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy golden-copper color, and is topped by a offwhite creamy head. The aroma is of hops; grapefruit, apricot, citrus, and perhaps some pine, which adds an astringent note. The taste of the beer is quite good, to be to the point. But let me pontificate a bit more. There is a light sweetness which contributes to the citrusy hop flavor quite a bit. It is pretty bitter in the finish as well. The hops are not totally dominated by citrus though, there is some herbal notes, some hop spicines, and some notes of pine here as well. In the end a fairly dry beer, but made so because of the generous hopping. There is some malt sweetness here which helps to hold up the hop onslaught. The hops set a tingling sensation to my tongue, that screams pay attention to my hoppiness. This is a great everday beer, though perhaps it is just missing some slight amount of hop flavor & malt backbone to push it over the edge.

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

Beautiful, slightly hazy apricot body with a fluffy, yet sticky off-white head. Hugely aromatic citrus hops--orange, lemons, and grapefruit. Lean malt backing lends a nice sugary complement to the heavenly hops. Taste: some malt up front, fruity with a bit of caramel. Big citrus hops dominate. Big, but not too big, in bitterness. This has just an amazing citrus taste to it! Finish is long, acidic and bitter. Big feel for it's size, and very drinkable.

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Photo of mrpicklerelish
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance - Poured a very nice amber color with a very cloud like fluffy white head that left some very very nice lace coating my glass.

Smell - Strong hop smell with hints of citrus really make this one great smelling brew.

Taste - Strong hop kick that leaves a very nice sweet citrus taste left in your mouth.

Mouthfeel - Thicker feeling beer but doesn't feel to heavy in your mouth. Very nice carbonation that helps make this heavier beer smoother and crisper than expected.

Drinkability - The hops really had a nice balance in this beer. They were strong, you did take notice of them upon the first sip, but they weren't to overpowering. It was actually a very easy to drink beer.

Comments - Thanks to chilidog and the '03 holiday beer exchange I was able to get my hands on this great representation of an IPA. One of the best IPA's out there that should be tried by all.

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

Pours bright orange with a thick, fluffy white head that lasts forever. Nose is fresh, fragrant hops all over the place with some sour spiciness in the mix. Yeast and citrus hiding in the background.

Taste is bright, fresh and aggressive. Tons of yeasty, bready textures with a large hop profile and subtle malt. Dry, bitter, crisp, light on the palate and leaves the mouth clean with little aftertaste.

Even though bottled, this tastes like fresh-brewed. One of the better IPAs I've found. Many thanks to trbeer for introducing/sharing this with me.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber with a huge frothy pillow of a white head. Smells a little bready, buttery, hoppy. Tatses quite reasonable for an IPA, a style I admit I'm trying to open myself too. A little bit of buttery diacetyl up front is followed by a pleasant wave of hops. Some citrus and grass like hints follow the initial hop explosion. Mouthfeel is moderate. Lots of afterglow on the palate with this one. Emminently drinkable.

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

This Bell's lived up to what I was expecting it to. The hazy orange-golden colored ale picks away from the bottom up at the large, full golden tan head. Lace is plenty but in spots. The aroma is bursting with floral and citric hops. That hop is carried over to the taste with a more citric favor. Taste of grapefruit with a not overdone lingering bitter is left on the mouth. If your expecting a drinkable, well hopped IPA thats well put together, you can expect thisone to do the job.

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Photo of HonestWeightBeer
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
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 HappyHourHero
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick golden-cream colored head made of large bubbles, leaves a pieces of lace. Oops, guess it's bottle conditioned. Hazy dark golden colored beer. Grapefuity hop aroma is strong and inviting. Bitter grapefruit flavor is suprisingly smooth and never overbearing. The aftertaste is crisp and lightly bitter. Very carbonated beer that prickles your tongue. Not sure what kind of hops they are, but I like em a lot.

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

The Two Hearted poured a lovely clear, and bubbly, golden color with a thin white froth that lingered on the glass as it settled. The first smell is of floral hops, not too strong, and with an underlying sweetness--apples, maple syrup? Very intricate. So, too, was the taste; there's a lot going on here: a good blend of soaring hops upon a foundation of subtle malts. And right at the end, a bready yeastiness lingers. While I found it slightly too carbonated for my preference, the mouthfeel has some body to it.

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

Wonderful beer, freakin solid IPA.

Color is a hazy orangish golden brown with gigantic bright white head. Scent is extremely profound and starts the taste buds right up. Floral aromas are extremly pungent and predominate but Two Hearted offers a string and complex grapefruit-citrus scent to compliment. Taste is incredible. Very bitter but in a delicate way. Im sure the IBUs for this is through the roof but its not a biting bitterness like Ruination, Stone reg or any other top shelf IPA. Malt profile does much to broaden flavors and taste. Extremely tasty.

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Photo of Jables
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy orange with a thick creamy white head.

Smells of sweet fruits, some citrus and some granny smith apple.

Body is full yet the taste is light, crisp and fruity, apricots, lemon peel, and more granny smith.

This is an extremely tasty beer. Much less bitter than many IPAs, making this a very complex and diverse beer.

Highly recommended and worthy of the hype!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, what a friggin' enjoyable brew (and i'm not the world's biggest ipa fan, either)! this one just looks remarkable. it pours a cloudy orange with a massive monstrosity of a head. thick and creamy as hell...just spectacular, really. the smell is front and back loaded with hops...lots and lots of hops. interlaced are some malt, bread and fruit smells with hints of spice as well. the taste is quite nice, with the hop flavour much more subdued that the smell would lead you to believe. this goes into a nice sweet fruitiness with some welcome cream flavouring and finishes quite dry. this one is smooth as can be and is most enjoyable. a great first brew for me from bell's.

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

Pours a medium golden with hints of orange. Lacy head. Citrusy grapefruit aroma is nice. This has an even that is elegantly balanced citrus hop and malt flavor. It is almost too balanced as neither jump out but both are there in generous amounts. It is smoothe but not weak. I could drink a lot of these easily.

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Photo of far333
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy apricot color with a light beige, nearly white, chunky fluffy head that just sits there. Reminds me of meringue. Aroma is floral hops, but smells a bit malty and sweet at the same time. Very fresh and crisp flavor, accompanied by a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Aroma greets my nose every time I bring the glass to my mouth. There is a strong undercurrent of orange flavor, sweet as it mixes with the hops upfront, and tart and tingly as it mixes with the piney hops finish. The alcohol makes itself known subtley. Thanks to MJR for sharing this!

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 14,730 ratings