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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Ratings: 14,996 |  Reviews: 3,694
Photo of Hhawk06
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was looking forward to giving this a sample, grabbed one on my last trip out to Minnesota. It poured a hazy, golden-to-straw color with a big beaded bleach white head that is quite substantial and leaves a good, clinging lace. The floral hop bouquet is...lovely! Its almost like potpourri, quite an accomplishment. The body is best described as medium with a mouthfeel that's full of a good juicy malt character. The hop character in the beer itself is a pleasant combo of citrus and floral notes, really the perfect marriage. Also adding to the intrigue is the complex sugary balance, which is outstanding. It finishes with a little lemony pucker but still clings to the rose-like passiveness. An outstanding IPA, best I've had in a while!

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark honey brown that is slightly cloudy. The head is fluffy and a dirty brown. It fell quickly to a fluffy film. Great lacing!

The smell is incredibly aromatic that playfully stings my nose with huge pineapple and nectarine hops. No malt detected.

Tastes of strong pine and citrus hops with a fantastic understated foundation of oat and caramel malts. Well paired flavors! The finish is a nice sour dryness that makes me want another sip in a bad way.

Mouth feel is full and creamy with a medium body and a little carbonation.

Nice beer, Bell’s! It’s not too heavy, but delicious and easy to drink!

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Photo of isubsmith
3.77/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange. Slightly hazy. Lots of lacing. White foamy head.

Nose: Hoppy and grassy. Some fruity notes.

Taste: Malty upfront, bitter hoppy finish. Not overpowering though.

Medium body. Pretty light carbonation

Relatively drinkable beer for an IPA

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Photo of kohoutek
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It is odd to sit down and write a review for my favorite session beer. It is almost as if I was forced to tell my best friend what I loved about them, but only got one chance to do it. My subconscious says, "Don't screw up, this is a special one. The two of you have been together for a while. Through thick and thin - times good and bad - celebration and dissapointment."

Well, here goes. . .

A beautiful amber orange sunset display.
Ah yes! A bit cloudy from its natural, unfiltered state.
Floral, citrus and perfumed oils percolate through the air.
Wonderful white, bubbling foam fills my pint.
Lacing continues to the last drop.
Hop oils do wonders for lace and bubbles. Are there hops in here? :)

The nose releases bisquit malt, honey and just a whisper of vanilla.
These qualities are barely discernable due to the hop overload.
Lemon, grapefuit, grapes, herbal-freshly cut grass. . . .ohm . . .

I love you my friend.

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Photo of paultierney1
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Please let me know if there is a better ale out there! Two Hearted seems to be available in parts of the Midwest, but I don't think it's on the East Coast yet. What a shame!

Warning: this delicious ale (about $9 a six pack in Ohio) will ruin your drinking-out experience unless you are in a fine establishment with its own quality cask ale. I can't wait to get home in the evening to see those bottom-feeders (trout hardly) on the label.

Strong taste, but dry and clean. Fruity but not sweet. Better than the other Bells. What the heck is lacing and who cares?

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Photo of markman
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale:

Crystal clear vigorous pour put a huge head on this puppy…hope the hops don’t get lost in it. No chance…big, piney hops nose and flavor. Good lord what a beer! Very easy malt presence but the freakin’ hops is what this beer is all about. An IPA for IPA lovers, and just too damn drinkable.


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

I was able to finally try this beer thanks to a friend bringing it back for me. I was very happy with it. It did surprise me that it was cloudy but the floral aroma of the hops was fantastic. It appears to have multiple types of hops in it which adds to the complexity of the beer. Surprisingly it did not hold its head well but the little head it did keep clung to the glass. The beer felt almost creamy with a nice hop bite. It does have a bit too much stickyness to it but that is just getting picky. I noticed a slight residual sweetness in the finish but very little malt character.

Overall - I am very happy with this well balance yet still hoppy ipa.


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

It's been nearly a year since I last had a Two Hearted, which I've already reviewed here, but which, upon tasting it again, compelled me to sit down and right a review.

I should reveal my bias before going any further: I believe that this is one of the single best beers brewed in America today.

It pours a transparent copper and tangerine with appropriate head and good carbonation. The bouquet is dominated by hops, a floral sniff that is both straitforward and defined, though not overwhelming. As with the appearance, the beauty of this beer lies in its measure, its balance, its restraint.

As for taste, Two Hearted is the standard by which all other IPAs should be measured: a clean, hop bitterness that occasionally surprises me, perhaps as a reminder to say, 'don't forget what's driving this beer.' And yet, it's balanced by a crisp sweetness that imparts a refreshing quality to the beer that is quite remarkable. Beyond this, it's the simplicity here is what strikes me again and again: this brew perfectly captures its style with a striking simplicity, and I can't imagine how it could be improved upon. Whereas many other IPAs or Double IPAs (and very good ones at that), strive for shocking levels of hops or a more complex palate, Two Hearted seems content to reveal itself quickly and cleanly and perfectly, again and again.

Exemplary in every way.

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

Fresh from the tap in a 25oz. happy hour glass mug.

An old friend I just tried again for the first time since the unfortunate Bell's quality control problems. Thankfully, this time it did not taste like oxidized vegetable oil.

A nice copper-orange color with a wispy white head. The smell is enormously hoppy. Loads of citrus (zest), rose petals, pine, and floral flavor with a hoppy dry finish. Nice full mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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

The label had a fish on the front, didn't look as pictured. I'm not one to be able to guess fish by looks, but I would guess it's a trout?

This poured a hazy amber into a nonick pint glass. The inch head was a creamy white (almost caramel colored) and it lasted a few minutes it is leaving heavy lacing.

The smell was of oats and yeast with a hint of apple.

The taste was a lively blend of hops and malt. a real heart warmer. Compared to the other IPAs I have had, the hops are more subdued. It was very enjoyable - I feel like I drank a good bitter. I would drink this again - in a heartbeat. - no pun intended

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Photo of bruachan
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sticky sudsy foam over a light amber. i get a juicy hop aroma with a shot of pine. floral too

this beer has great balance. nice malty sweetness with a fruit hint serves as a springboard for the more exciting hop character. here we get into a zesty pine and a resinous bitterness; my burps are all pine forest

bitterness isn't the focus here, which is nice. i'm supposed to taste what's going on instead of walk away with a numb tongue

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Photo of nvsblman
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light copper color with a thick fizy head. The aroma is mostly hops, some piney, some citrusy, with a hint of biscuit. The taste doesn't reveal as much hoppiness as expected from the smell, but it does linger into the aftertaste. Nice malt structure, but a little more balanced that I would have guessed. It's well carbonated, with a slightly dry finish. I've had better American IPAs, but this is a pretty good offering.

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

I got this as a single at UJ's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. Date stamped on the label.

Pours a hazy gold with a slight orange tint. A big two fingered head of off-white foam forms on top, falling to a nice coating and a ring, with great lacing.

Aroma is grassy/citrusy hops, some pine needles, and clean, freshly baked biscuits, and caramel. This beer smells wonderful!

The first flavor is strong citrus/grassy hops, with notes of lemon and mowed lawn. There is a really good biscuity malt base to back up the hops, and a pretty big hop bitterness. Now I know why so many people like this beer! Aftertaste is floral and grassy, with a lingering bitterness and a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a very nice texture for an IPA. Carbonation is soft, and the finish is long and bitter at your throat.

This has to be one of the top five IPA's in the country. Smooth, delicious, very well balanced, with a great hop character. Awesome in every way. Can't detect alcohol, even as it warms. Highly recommended.

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

this brew poured a beautiful, slightly hazy golden/orange with a one inch head and lots of bubbling.
the nose is sweet and citrusy - with alot of grapefruit and orange, as well as floral elements -and the taste offers up more of the same, with a strong piney hop profile. nice malty sweetness up front for just a moment, which gives way to the hoppy middle and finish. a nice bit of sheeting on the glass...
really excellent mouthfeel, with good carbonation and a bit of graininess. just nice.
don't know if i could session this, but two or three would go down quite nicely.

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

Pours aa hazy orange in color with a nice white foamy head. Citrusy aroma of grapefruit and pine. Full-bodied mouthfeel. First taste matches what was alluded to in the nose. Juicy hop bitterness strikes the tongue. Flavors of grapefruit, apricot and citrus explode on the palate. Malt backbone layers the hop bitterness to near perfection. The bitterness of the hops and the supporting malt flavor merge just before the long lingering piney finish. The finish is a tad dry and begs you to take another sip. Amazing IPA. I could drink this all night long.

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Photo of banker
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into an imperial pint... cloudy amber in color, smallish head that stuck around until the end

hops dominate the smell, nice floral aroma

the first sip hits you with hops- a citrusy, floral character that lingers for a while and finishes nicely, doesn't overpower you, medium body

overall, a very drinkable beer with a strong hop character, one of my favorites year round

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

Serving temp: 50F Serving glass: Pint Glass

Aroma: Big hops, obviously. Pine, grapefruit, orange, Sweet candy like smell there, too. Somewhat unique to this particular IPA is an earthy, "leaf like" smell that I can't quite put my finger on. Really intruiging..

Appearance: Cloudy light tangerine colored beer with an ample head, somewhat rocky in texture. Very good lacing with this one. You know, I can't stop smelling this one..

Taste: Excellent. Very well presented hoppy citrus with that same earthy smell present in the taste. A real mellow sweetness chops some of the inital hop blast and balances quite well. Leaves just a bit of spiciness on the palate along with a cleansing bitternes. Hey, I just burped up a flower. Cool.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation intensifies the hops. Somewhat creamy feel to it blends really well with that spiciness I mentioned. Interesting..

Drinkability: A superb IPA in my opinion. The hops are obviously there, but it has some unique and quite pleasing aspects to it as well. Nice job, Bell's.

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Photo of lou91
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a no-nonsense solid American IPA. The pour and look were not exceptional but nice to look at. The smell was nicer as to be expected for the style. The taste is a notch above full of citrus, grapefruit, pine - even some subtle honey. Long dry hop bitter aftertaste add to the pleasure of drinking this top notch IPA. Can't say I wanted to drink another one right away but I'm glad dirtylou reminded me about this one.

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Photo of hero27
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 7010. Only 10 batches after the phenomenal Batch 7000 that I had a couple weeks prior. Packaged on August 10th, 2005.

Pours a slightly hazy golden orange. Head is ultra-frothy and leaves trails of lacing behind it. This being my 4th Two-Hearted this week, it's damn hard to find any flaws in this outstanding beer.. The aroma is nothing short of heavenly. I'm not sure what's more potent..the floral or citrus hops..but one thing's for sure..they're both out in full force. What's so amazing is that as highly-hopped as this beer is, it's actually smooth, drinkable..and even..dare i say...balanced! With 6% abv and the full-flavor it has, you'd think it'd be much less palatable...but it's as easy to drink as any IPA. It's certainly a beer that is deservedly at the top of it's class. A masterpiece painted with hops...and maybe the help of a fish.

One of the best beers I've ever tried, no doubt about it. A hophead's fantasy, plain and simple.

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Photo of jamesdergen
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a nice, hazy honey color with a one-inch off white foam head that leaves great lacing.

Smell: Gorgeous floral hop aroma with hints of pine! You can smell it from across the room!

Taste: Incredibly floral hop aroma with just the right amount of bitterness. The alcohol comes in lightly at the end, the perfect clean finish!

Mouthfeel: Very light and carbonated, but not in an offensive way. Leaves a nice, piney bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not too heavy or palate-ruining but still has the nice IPA bitterness. I could definitely have another one, or three...

Wow, this is one great brew. I think even people who aren't into IPAs would probably find this one very palatable. I will definitely work this into the regular rotation. If you can find it, make the purchase.

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Photo of bozebus17
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I checked the batch number on Bell's website to make sure it was fresh. Although it was I wish they would just put dates on their bottles.

Poured a deep golden color with a thick foamy head. It appears to be alive with carbonation bubbles rushing towards the top of the glass.

It smells like the model IPA should, all hops with hints of citrus.

I was in love from the second this beer reached the inside of my mouth. The hoppy flavor gave me a real kick without being overpowering. Afer swallowing a gulp the carbonation stays a while to dance on my tongue. This beer was refreshing and full-bodied at the same time. Drinkability is dangerousely high for a beer of this strength. A great offering from Bell's and one of my favorite two beers that they make. This also stood up very well to a spicy chicken pita that I ate for dinner. All and all a great beer. If you're a hophead it is a must-have.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

batch 7076

appearance: a nice clear orange/dark golden pour, very bubbly upon pour, attractive white head, nice lacing

smell: quite nice...very hoppy and very fruity...mostly grapefruit, with some orange, and a little lemon, some pine

taste: outstanding. definately one of the best ipa's out there. This is a very fresh bottle and you can taste it. extremely juicy grapefruit hops, fresh lemon, fresh orange. very floral, not over the top with the hops, very smooth.

mouthfeel: bittersweet hops, juicy, thirst quenching

drinkability: the classic session beer

Oh two hearted, it has been too long. I have become so engrossed in all these other beers that I almost forgot about you! This very fresh 6 pack hit the spot

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

Poured a nice slightly hazy bronze with a thick off white head.

Smell was dominated by the green hoppyness you would expect.

Taste is very solid, has a slight caramel malt taste up front but is quickly taken over by the solid grapefruit and pine flavored hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy yet dry.

Drinkability is very good, a very good IPA from Bells.

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

I had to crack open as soon as it was chilled. Thanks Dertbert. I had one of these a while ago living in Michigan, and miss it dearly.

Poured in a Pint Glass and the heavy hops hit as soon as the beer hit the glass. Smell was oranges and other fruit, citrus. The hops are nearly overwhelming, excellent for this style.

One of the top IPA's without a doubt. Cheers to my fellow hop heads and the folks in Kalamazoo.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i have been waiting awhile to try this monster. i've heard such great things about it. i am a bit dissapointed because my first look/smell/taste of this beer reminds me of so many others, and it just rides the same plane as so many other american i.p.a.'s. (three floyds, etc.) yes it is a hop monster. yes it is good, but so are so many others and they taste alot alike. so it is good, but it has some stiff competition so in the end my overall review will show it. what the hell? it's an awsome beer and you should try it and judge it yourself. cheers!

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 14,996 ratings