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 hoffman
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Supplied to me by Fugazme. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Vigor is needed to induce head. White froth does stick around a while with some spotty lacing down the glass. The color is a thin hazy gold. The smell is robust predominately citrus and hop. A very pleasant boquet. The taste is quite nice as well. A smooth tangy citrus in front balanced by a nice tart malt in the middle and some dry hop bitterness in the finish. Pretty pleasing actually. This beer screams SESSIONABLE when you sip it. I wish I could get my hands on it more easily I would make this one a mainstay in my cooler. The mouthfeel is a bit weak and somewhat overcarbonated. But oh so drinkable...almost too easy.

I recommend for an everyday quaff if you can find it.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This 12 oz brown bottle of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale poured a rich gold to light orange in color. It had a slight haze, likely due to the sediment from bottle conditioning and/or the incredible amount of hops that must have been used to brew this fine ale. Tiny bubbles evolve rapidly from the bottom of the glass, continuously replenishing the thin white persistent head.

The Aroma of Two Hearted Ale is definitely dominated by the hops, so much so that upon pouring it in the glass, hop aroma is evident from about 3 feet away! Resiny, floral and citrusy with hints of pineapple, the hop bouquet is pleasing.

Two Hearted Ale has a complex flavor as well. As with the aroma, the flavor is dominated by the hops. Hop bitterness was assertive, but pleasant. Hop flavor was citrusy and crisp with hints of grapefruit. Malt flavors were difficult to pick out through the hops, but a slight sweet malt and caramel malt character were in the background.

Two Hearted is medium bodied and has a strong carbon dioxide bite, it has a nice mouth coat and finishes sweet.

All in all Two Hearted is a great beer, especially if you love hops! If you are fortunate enough to live in a portion of the country where you can get some… do so!

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Photo of cubedbee
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, pours a dark slightly hazy amber, two fingers of frothy off-white head, pretty decent retention, nice rings of lacing. Nose is a nice solid dose of piney and citric hops over a nice pale malt. Taste has a great orangy citric hoppiness that blends superbly with a smooth pale malt, slightest bit of caramel flavor, gentle piney finish with just the slightest bit of bitter aftertaste. Very nicely balanced APA, good hop taste without being overly bitter. Medium bodied with a moderate/high carbonation, this is a real easy drinking beer, an everyday APA that would be good to have aroud.

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Photo of pweis909
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two bottles at a recent party. Didn't notice if there was a time stamp. I drank these out of the bottle because of a shortage of glasses. The folks with glasses held a trablucent amber (not red) brew with a nice white head. Some metallic taste/smell overtones fade after a couple swallows. Maybe because I drank from the bottles? This is a fine hoppy beer, with a pleasant, lightly sweet, malt backbone. Did I mention hoppy? These would be those citrusy American hops. Best IPA I've had in a while.

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Photo of bort11
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After discussing the label on another thread, I thought I should post a review.

A- 12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. The head is a tight egg white foam peppered with larger bubbles. it stands about a finger and quickly comes down to a solid lace. The beer is a hazy honey color.

S- Honey sweet with some notes of citrus hops underneath. The combo comes off as a bit strawberry.

T- This is what an IPA is all about! Sweet bitter hops kick with a grapefruit finish. mixes in those honey notes, Malt comes through a bit as it warms in your mouth. Everything is well balanced

M- Very smooth start and the bitter creeps its way down your throat. Perfect carbonation, it tickles, there is some substance to it, it wants to linger but doesn't over stay it's welcome. The after taste floats in the mouth instead of laying down on the tongue.

D- Very drinkable. One makes me want another. This will be great for out on the deck on a hot summer night. This is one to come back to again and again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle(rom temp) a hazy medium gold with a large head of foam that hangs around for the entire session.

The smell is hoppy and spicy with big notes of citrus fruit..grapefruit.

The initial taste is just like the smell(:^) ...a very nice grapefruit bitter bite but there's enough of a fairly sweet malt character there as well to balance things out. Yum. And, at only 6%abv, I just want to drink another and another....

Bottom line: Super good American IPA that I find to be one of the most drinkable in its style. Highly recommended!

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Photo of EPseja
4.87/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my dad for calling in from his business trip in Illinois to see if there was any beer I would like him to bring home for me. How great is that?

Served from a 12 oz. bottle in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours with a glowing light gold color and a very slight haze. An off-white one inch head adorns the surface of the beer; creamy and marshmallowy with the tiniest of bubbles. Lacing begins the moment the head touches the glass, creating snowdrift-like curves as the head slowly recedes to a thin wisp on the surface. As the glass is drained intricate, lacy, peekaboo-sheers appear all the way down the glass. If only the head would have held, it would have been perfection. Very very nice.

S - Loud and fragrant with citrus and and floral flourishes. Light and sweet, with touches of honey and lavender. Some spicy notes as the beer warms. Alcohol is apparent, but way in the background, underneath the mild maltiness. Upon warming, an intriguing scent of latex paint esthers becomes noticeable, but somehow it compliments the rest of the nose.

T - Sweet with the taste of light malts and Bazooka bubblegum up front. In the middle comes more florals and honey, along with more toasted malts. The end lets both the floral and bitter hops shine through, each in a quantity that allows neither quality to be overshadowed. The aftertaste is crisp, bitter and refreshing.

M - Excellent progression of texture as it goes from smooth and slick to tingly and creamy. Washes down the throat in a way that lets every cell get a little hit of the hops.

D - As with all highly rated beers I taste, I do my best *not* to get caught up in the hoopla and be extremely objective. However, no amount of skew on objectivity can deny a beer its kudos when it is so obviously well deserving. Two Hearted Ale is a joy to look at, to smell, to drink and to savor.

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Photo of Graham21
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured well at first then the head got weird, thick almost whip creamish foam. overall the beer is light in color with hues of orange yellow and red.

the nose is very crisp and hoppy. it has strong floral and perfumy smells, along with spices, and piny tones.

tastes of oranges, hops, brown sugar/caramel. very fresh and clean
very good

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.87/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let's start with the fact that this brew is an IPA in everything except labeling. Going from that starting point, I'm rating this ale as the IPA it so definitely is. Of course, I'm not a real hop lover and have been off IPA's for most of a year now.

Pours a orange/golden amber with a 1" off-white head that drops to 1/2" firm layer then slowly fades to a thick film. Good lace.
Smell is oh so hoppy, floral, hint of malt with an almost piney scent like the northern Michigan woods you're supposed to be thinking of while drinking it.
Taste is hops, hops, floral & malt.
Crisp effervescence, medium body leaning towards the fuller side, warming. Curious as to how many IBU's this "ale" has. A good sipping kind of beer but not a thirst quencher.

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Photo of chargerfanjess
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Poured very clear rich nut brown with red tint. excellent head that lasted forever. Superb rich malty hoppy aroma. The taste would have been a 5 but it was way too sweet and very distracting. The palate was very thick and chewy perfect for the style. Not very drinkable due to the overpowering sweetness...may be good for small snifter but real tough to finish 12 oz

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottled poured into Sammy Smith oversized pint glass. Have had this one numerous times, but decided to finally review it tonight (in a face-off with Alpha King).

A - Cloudy golden orange when held up to the light. Lasting off-white head with thick lacing.

S- Hops (yes, hops) with floral touch and also a bit of citrusy fruits

T - Obviously hops are the overload here, and there is an almost banana-like fruity taste on the way down. Slight biscuity taste as well. No signs of alcohol.

M - Dry bitterness is balanced by a creamy weight and feel.

D - A very palatable ale for sessioning or single enjoyment. Do with it what you will, but you must enjoy!

Overall, doesn't have the malt balance of Alpha King and the hops aren't as intense, but Two Hearted does its own thing very well. Wouldn't so no to either of these fine ales.

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

Pretty good pour, it golden orange. The head is about a fingers width. Smell is curious, a dash of pine followed up with orange juice. Taste is lemony, orange followed by a dash of bitter pine. The bitter is almost meek, as if trying to be inoffensive. This one manages to be very citrusy, without incorporating any grapefruit. It almost seems naked without the grapefruit. After those initial tastes, the back tastes like seltzer water. The malt doesn't really show other than to provide a bit of sweetness. In spite of that minor gripe, this is still a very enjoyable brew. Mouthfeel is near perfect, lush and creamy. If this were a local brew, I fear that it would be overshadowed by many of the premiere IPA's. Of the top of my head I can think of a couple that taste almost just like it. In any case, I did enjoy this and were it available here, I'd buy a sixer every now and then.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.29/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bell's 2 Hearted Ale

On tap at Isaac Newton's, Newtown, PA

Appearance- hazy orange with a nice lacing head.
Smell- sugary sweet pine hops.
Taste- Too sweet. Sugary sweet with a strong piney hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- at first just too sugary but it finishes off with a nice strong pine hop kick.

Overall- very excited when I saw this on tap bt after drinking I was slighty disappointed. Just too sweet. I wish there were some citrius thrown in to help mellow the sugar. 1 was more than enough.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: My bottle has a fish, trout maybe, on the label.

Aroma: Fresh fresh hops! Wet dripping goodness! A solid dose of coriander and lemon grass that accents the west coast citric hop taste perfectly. Wow that smells great!

Appearance: Hazy gold, thin to no head but a swirl will produce a nice white cap that rises and falls leaving lace in spots.

Flavor: Matches the aroma perfectly! Some mild grapefruit rind, orange juice, coriander and cola taste in the mix as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, firm carbonation, mild oil.

Overall Impression: Hits all the notes I like in an IPA. Citric (Amarillo maybe?) hops heavy on the aroma and taste side, not so much on the bittering, coriander and clean. Wow, I’ve drunk the kool-aid, I’ve seen the light. Bell’s rocks the house!

Hand carried back from Royal Liquors in Kansas City, MO.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on Cask at the Pub in Rookwood Commons

Appearance: Good cask pour...not much head (off-white, but it has staying power), low carbonation. Deep yellow color with red overtones and a bit of chill haze.

Aroma: Huge hop hit upfront, punches you right in the nose with citrus and pine. Slight sweetness also present behind the hoppiness.

Taste: Crisp maltiness with some biscuit comes through behind the citrus hoppiness. Balance obviously leans towards hops, but there is just enough body to give this brew some character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, however little sweetness. Beer dries out well toward the end, and the bitterness from the hops helps pronounce this.

Drinkability: An overassertive hoppiness makes this something you can't have a whole lot of.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.19/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

slightly hazy yellowish orange with an inch of foamy white head that effervesces and falls quickly.

tons of piney hops hit the aroma first; leaves, grapefruits, peaches and gumdrops after. a touch of sugary malts balances out the very nice aroma.

piney bitter hops in the taste as well with a harshly drying, bitter finish. high carbonation and a coating, oily bitterness. little to no malts in the taste. overall needs a little more balance.

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Photo of NolanGTI
4.89/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5 Pours a much clearer pour than in bottles. A nice small head with a copper body. The head dances around a bit during drinking and this beer makes love to the side of the glass and doesn't want to let go. Like the bottle, huge pine and citrus in the nose. An absolute overflow of fresh hop flavor in the mouth with just the right amount of playfulness in the mouth, not enough to overwhelm the flavors. I could drink this all day..if it didn't put me under the table first.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper orange appearance, not much for a head but has a nice thick ring. Aroma of luscious orange hops, sweet and citrusy. Taste is mildly sweet, with more orange/citrus flavor and lightly spicy hops, a bit tangy. Bitterness is subdued, making it mostly a sweeter IPA, but very nice. Medium thick, good coating ability, nice light carbonation present. I would drink this all day long. Thanks Archer Liquors...

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Photo of jaluria
3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade with feloniousmonk (thanks) and excited to try it. Not nearly as good as I had hoped, but still enjoyable.

Appeared an orange-yellow color with an off-white colored head that was relatively thick and left behind spots of lacing. Nice white bubbles covered the surface. Aromas of hops, alcohol, and ripe fruits. Citrus and grapefruit flavors along with the hops dominated the taste with a strong bitterness that lingers the whole time. Much more like hop juice than an IPA. Thin and dry in my mouth with a citrus-dervied finish. My biggest problem with this beer was it's lack of complexity. It truly bordered on pure hops and that's not a great thing.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

David and I both really enjoyed this one. Had on tap a few times at the Fox and Hound in Beavercreek. Not quite crystal clear, pale gold in color. I think what makes this one stand out is you get two different hop impressions. Initially, the aroma brings it with strong flowery hops, with a second layer of grassy notes too, let's call it the meadow. This carries into the taste, which backs those impressions up with enough malt, and just a touch of sweetness. The finish is more of a citrusy hop taste. A strong medium body, enough carbonation, you have a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper to gold color with a creamy head that dissipates quickly. Smells of light caramel mixed with the scent of mouth watering sweet floral hop goodness. Taste is at first citrusy with grassy-ness with strong bitterness that lingers on the tongue with a very slight alcohol warmth. Nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel. My memory of this beer was more balanced but in reviewing it today the hop bitterness was very prominent. A solid IPA from Bell's that I am sure I will drink many more of.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold color, much lighter than i was expecting. Not much in the way of head or lacing either. Also very cloudy. Smell of citrus and floral. This is the most I've noticed floral in a beer that i can remember. Taste is initially bitter up front and then becomes somewhat earthy. I want to say hay or that first cutting of wet springtime grass. Very interesting beer. I don't know that i've tasted an IPA like this before. There is enough of the hop note that it fits the category but there is definately something unique about this beer. As the beer warms a bitter aftertaste becomes more noticable. Is that now a piney note coming through in the finish. What an interesting beer. I have a couple more of these and i'm looking forward to exploring this one a little bit more.

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

This is my last one out of a 6 pack that cahege was kind enough to bring to Florida with her when she visited a couple of weeks ago. I have a small bone to pick with cahege - she met Larry Bell last week and beermailed me to tell me about it and rub it in!!! :jealous: ;) On to the review!!

Pours a nice VERY cloudy golden color with a pillowy, dense head that sticks around a while. Nice lacing, too.

Smells citrusy as hell, with some floral notes. Very juicy smelling.

First taste is a juicy citrus explosion. Very crisp and bitter, with a nice grassiness. Tasty. Finish is hoppy, bitter, and perhaps a bit green, which is nice. Mouthfeel is creamy, and viscous, like someone squeezed the juice out of some fresh hops as they bottled it. Im a fan.

Malt really doesnt show itself too much with this one....Its pretty much a hop bomb, which surprised me after reading many reviews on this beer. I like a good hop bomb though, so no complaints.

Easy drinker and thirst quenching. I like it. I like it alot. High drinkability. My first Bell's beer, but certainly not my last. Ill be sampling many more of their beers when I visit family in Michigan in June.

A rock-solid IPA offering from what I can tell is a great brewery. Keep it up Larry!

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

Burnt orange in color with a half inch head. Fruity and hoppy in smell. Many tastes flow through this beer. Obiviously the hops fly through first with a bit of citrus, a dash of malt and grains, make for a balanced recipe and a smooth and drinkable India Pale Ale.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale piss yellow, surprised for an IPA. Head sticks very little, very airy, not dense, but hold's its own. Aromas are lemony spruce, with a grapefruit backbone. Where's the hops???? This one is very dissapointing in that area, was hoping it could be a substitute for HopDevil or Stone, but alas, it is not. Very balanced though, malts come through in a particularly sweet way, hmm. This would go nicely with most cuisine, I'll give it that, just dissapointed in the lack of hops ugh.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 15,028 ratings