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

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
14,792 Ratings
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 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 AsburyParkJMH
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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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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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 14,792 ratings