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 brewandbbq
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with an orangy tint,full of a thick haze and a rich,creamy white head.
Pungent nose with lots of citrus fruit,pine sap and light malt.
Full flavored.
Tons of fruit and zest.
Grapefruit,oranges,pears,apples,melons and pine needles.
Crisp and bitter. Like a whip cracking on the tongue.
Lingering tart finish, the grapefruit stays..
Medium bodied and very refreshing.
This baby would hold up to the hottest Thai food.
One of the best IPA's,reminiscent of Smutty IPA.

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

Secret Santa 2004 # 12

First off, Bell makes good beer, but could use a graphic designer. Nothing shouts "IPA" like half a fish.

A slightly hazy orange body, fine carbonation streams, topped by three plus fingers of tight just off white foam, which "rocky"-ed up above the rim.

Nose has a nice mix of floral and citric notes.

Nice assertive malty start, says "this is beer, not just hop juice". Of course, a beat later the hops crash the party like a swat team bursting through every door and window, pushing the malt away down the throat and taking over the room. Intersting hops too, not a grove of grapefruit, but an intriguing blend. The hops give a light sandpaper rub over the entire mouth and slowly almost fade away. Two hours later, there's still a bit of hoppiness tickling my tongue. Not overpowering, just enjoyable.

Nice mouthfeel, and damn great drinkability.

Another fine Bells beer, I've had eight and have enjoyed them all.

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

Tasted at Bastante St. Louis...

Wow.... I mean wow....

Anyway, pours cloudy orangish- yellowed with nice white head that sticks to everything. The smell is wonderful- powerful, floral, citrusy and a hint of pine resin. The taste gives more wonderful grapefruit along with the pine and flowery tastes, and just a hint of grass and spice. I've never tasted a hoppy ale that balances the different hop flavors so well; the bitterness is actually a little less than expected, but perfectly restrained. Oh, and don't forget the toasty, biscuity flavors that are underneath all those hops- yum. Feels full, coating the whole mouth. A few little hop burps follow after awhile (completely pleasant). Has a sticky feel as well that's very nice. I could drink these and drink these and drink these...

Overall, really incredible. The best of the American style IPA's that I've had. Anybody who's had a bad one must have been victim to Bell's occasional bottling QC problems (or bad storage). Really, on tap, this is magnificent.

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

03/27/05- Received via BA member Spinlock.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a nice looking either salmon or trout on the label. Back label has a code of 6661. Poured into my Powerhouse Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Nice semi-cloudy orange pour with a very smmoth and creamy looking head that still has some remaining at the end of the glass. Above average lacing.

Smell- Definitely one of the best smelling IPA's I have put my nose too. Nice strong hoopy scent with a good amount of pine and a really sweet candied smell as well.

Taste- Hmmmm, was expecting much more hops. Nice malt and hops, but not huge. Very well balanced though. Good amount of pine and a bit of grapefruit. Not the huge amount I was predicting though.

Mouthfeel- Above average carbonation for an IPA.

Drinkability- This along with Stone IPA, are among the best balanced IPA's I have had. This would be an excellent choice for a session beer if you aren't looking for a hop bomb.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA, one of the best you'll ever find. Pours an orangish amber with a nice 1" head that settles to about 1/4" and stays put. Smell is quite hoppy, though not as floral as I tend to like. Also has a bit of a pine scent. Taste is incredible... so smooth yet so hoppy. A very quenching beer, would go great with any number of foods. Stone IPA is still my favorite, but this is one of the best.

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

A clean golden colored beer. Has a big fluffy bright white head, that leaves some nice lace.The aroma is very hoppy, citrusy (serious grapefuit character) with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. There is a sweetness to the hoppiness in the strat of the taste. Followed by a smoothing out with a gentle malt push in the middle. All finishes clean and well balanced.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy golden orange color with thick white head that stayed a while. Good lacing, light carbonation

Smell was piney hops and citrus.

The taste is hoppy, almost pungent at first. Settle into a pleasant mix of pine and citrus hops. No strong after taste. A powerful flavor but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel isn't thick but is "chewy."

Very enjoyable. I'd drink another

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Photo of jward
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An impressive looking beer - Tupelo Honey gold with sparkling carbonation and nice lacing. The nose is piney, with an element of lemon rind. The flavor is bursting with bitter hops and strong, tangy citrus notes. A crisp mouthfeel is followed by lingering bitterness as this one goes down.

This beer, while interesting, is one-dimensional, with overpowering hop bitterness from beginning to end. Ultimately, I think that it lacks the balance of some of other highly rated American IPAs like Masala Mama or HopDevil. Interesting, but not an everyday beer for me.

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Photo of nogoodreason
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I kept resisting the urge to do so, but damn... here it is. I have to give this beer the big 5. There's simply not anything wrong with it. It's the perfect American IPA. Untouchable.

It pours out clean and clear (if poured carefully) with an agressive and sticky bone head. Color is reminiscent of a sunset or the flesh of a peach. The lacing sticks all the way down.

Oh, the nose on this beer. Oh my golly. Oh my gollly. It's like home-made shortcake, glazed with citrusey pulp, vanilla and orchid petals. Hoppy to the extreme but showing a wonderful sweet malt base.

It's full, but not fat or bloated in the mouth. Perfectly carbonated, keeping it light, but not thin... just right.

When it hits your tounge, it's citrus bitter, rolling directly into sweet shortbread and vanilla malts. Plenty of fruit character shows, with some apricot and other fleshy stone fruits. The hop flavor doesn't back off though, it's there, and very strong, a lucious mix of citrus fruits, grapefruit, satsumas (mmmm) and the lovely spring like flavor of flower petals. All of this is rolled up into an ellegant dance of malt and hops... perfection. Seriously.

This is a beer to cherish and savor slowly. Every sip is an excuse to inhale the insanely wonderful aroma and to roll this heavenly ale around your tongue. I can't see how this beer could get better. Don't listen to the haters... they're just blinded by the light.

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Photo of foXXtail
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful looking beer. It pours pale amber with just a touch of cloudiness and a medium-thick but very dense head. The lacing on this beer is something impressive – it practically leaves a sheet of foam all around the glass on the way down. Light estery aromas rise off the beer – honey and cherry are heaviest with a spice sting in the back ground.

The spicy hop and bright effervescence hit hard and heavy at the front, then gives way to honey and cherry sweetness with a touch of vanilla. The sweetness fades as the hops come back, this time piney, and linger on the palate as long as I would let them. I paired this with some strongly spicy jambalaya, and it held it’s own. It’s quite a strongly hopped beer, but has a terrific hop/malt balance. Got this on a keep the glass special, and I’m happy to keep a memory of this great IPA.

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Photo of Vancer
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Re-reviewed 8/18 - Oh... had fresh on tap - NOW I see.

Absolutely a beauty! .Drink’em up at any chance. Previous ratings were:
appearance: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3

Don’t know about this one. Pour produced a hazy amber orange, which was good. But there was this suspended cloud of yeast (?) floating around in the glass – nasty looking ! Aroma was OK, the citrus was nice, but the flora was too much for me. Flora also came across to strong in the flavor – citrus and hops were powerful and expected. Don’t really like fruit in my beer, not that flower power. May need to get another bottle or 2 of Two Hearted, and some other IPAs, for further review.

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

My palate sure has come a long way in a mere 10 months. I definatly appreciate this beer a lot more than I did on my first review. Though, even then I could tell it was something special. It is certainly hoppy, but it is fairly balanced with a nice malt foundation, and that distinctive Bell's ale yeast lends something special to this refreshing thirst quencher. Grapefruity hops abound, very nice. Everything in my earlier review still applies, but I definatly underrated this beer before at a 3.6 overall.

Original Review 2/28/05:
This is easily one of the more drinkable IPA's I've ever had. Not sure that's saying much though....

Pours a medium toned gold in color with a two-fingered white head to compliment. Nose was piney, quite hoppy but with notes of citrus, almost lemony in a way. Taste was actually quite nice, and actually leaning toward the well-balanced side if you taken into consideration that it's an American IPA which tend to lean toward the mega overly hopped side in my honest opinion. Fairly enjoyable though and quite drinkable, and I don't really even enjoy IPA's that much.


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

Yow. This one caught me off-guard with its uniqueness. Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a steady stream of tiny bubbles journeying upward toward a creamy, small but mighty head. Smells like a barrel of fresh hop flowers - seriously. It's maybe the most floral smelling beer I've ever had. The smell was so floral, it actually caused a sensory flashback to my days of homebrewing. Wicked. While still mostly floral, as it sat for a bit, a sweet apricot smell also began to emerge as well. Phew. Taste was as expected but somehow less severe than its aroma forecast: Way spicy up front, coupled with some sweet flavors that sit back and let the hops take charge but still keep them in some sort of balance. Can't put my finger on the sweet flavors but thankfully they're there. Maybe it's a kiss of honeysuckle. Finish is of sour lemon and then a puckering, bitter finish that forces another sip almost immediately after swallowing. If you let the bitterness sit in your mouth, it overtakes it and lasts and lasts and lasts, revealing some piney flavors late in the taste. For the first time in my life, I can't honestly say the hop burps sent a rush of tears into my eyes. Mouth is a creamy medium-bodied and chock full o' tightly knit, miniscule bubbles... a blanket of effervescence. This stuff is obviously one for the hop heads yet still completely embracable by someone like myself that requires some sort of balance. Why did I only buy one?!

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

This brew pours an orange color with a sparse mingling of chunky unfiltered goodness. A decent head forms and slowly recedes until it reaches a sustained level on the edge of the glass. Nicely carbonated. There is a requisite amount of lacing left around the circumference of the glass throughout sampling.

The smell is definitely dominated by hops. Huge orange juice aroma flies off the top of this beer. Grainy malt tones lie underneath. I actually sniffed down too deep and drew some right up into the old snot locker. That really revealed an interesting perspective. Smells good.

The first sip caused a smile to stretch across my face. Very nicely flavored. This one is not too over the top and could easily find acceptance with those who are not huge fans of the super bitter IPA styles. This is more of a fruity citrus hop showcase than an exercise in alpha acid. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A nice wet start with a pleasant dry finish that is so crisp. Very enjoyable stuff. I will definitely add this to the repertoire. Drinkability is good as I can see myself putting a goodly number of these away with ease. Nice beer.


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

Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a clear, golden amber color. Very tiny particles could be seen floating throughout the brew. After the whole bottle had been added to the glass, the sheer number of particles made the beer appear hazy, even though a chill haze was not present. The stark white head rose up easily to about two fingers and settled slowly, becoming fluffy as it did so. A thin skin of bubbles remained until the beer was gone. Tons of lace was left behind on the side of the glass

Smell: A great balance of juicy, citric hops and strong roasted malt. Just like a fresh hop cone balanced on a cracker and wrapped in a piece of bread. Lemon, vanilla, and hints of spice floated underneath. Very nice, overall.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied. Its downfall was that it seemed a little watery at times. However, the smoothness and chewy maltiness gave it a nice presence anyway.

Taste: A mixture of sweet and astringent malt upfront. The hops kicked in with a vengence in the middle. They provided big citrus and floral flavors, as well as a nice dose of bitterness. The hops continued well into the aftertaste. Roasted malt arose on the finish to linger with the hops. Hints of spicy alcohol poked through in the aftertaste as well. A light acidity lingered underneath everything and gained strength in the finish.

Not a lot of complexity, but nevertheless very enjoyable. A good, solid IPA.

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

Pours a really nice amber color with some slight hazy, and a big frothy white head. The smell is a grand bouquet of hops, lots of clean juicy citrous, a little pine, and some wonderful floral qualities. Taste is crisp citrous hops that move towards a bit of spiciness towards the end. Subtle creamy malts attempt to back up the hops, but to no avail. Finish is dry and clean with citrous and spice. I am thoroughly enjoying this IPA! One for the hopheads from the boys in K-zoo.

After seeing them take their stouts to the next level (with Expedition), I would absolutely love to see a double IPA from Bell's.

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

Pours a hazy gold with a two finger head that sticks around for the duration. First impression is spicy hops with citrus tones. Second pull is more complex, revealing an earthy, yeasty finish that balances the hops well and is more prevalant as the beer warms. Pretty highly carbonated. A very good session beer that is better on tap if you can get it.

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

Thanks to the very informative and generous onecrazymofo for this normally, unreachable IPA.
Pours a beautiful, golden orange w/ a full finger of creamy, tan head after a subtle poor....impressive lace.
Smells a bit sweet w/ hints of orange, grapefruit and vanilla. I can actually smell more malt than hops, which is reminding me of a Victory Hop Devil.
Taste is bitter hops in a good way....not the sweet IPA I was expecting. Again, tasting grapefruit...very refreshing and well balanced.
I could definitely make a session out of this beer....thanks again to onecrazymofo for the chance to try this very exceptional offering.

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Photo of trumick
2.7/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a re-review. And, after opening and pouring I can already tell I am going to have to change it, somewhat.

Pours a pale, orange, cloudy color, nice 1/2 inch head with lacing all around.

Scent is of, sweet malt, knock me over citrusy hops and yeast.

Taste follows the nose with a very sweet, sugary malt flavor, supercharged citrus hops, and finishes dry. The last time I had this beer, the taste reminded me of Oberon. This bottle is not nearly as bad as Oberon. It's an ok flavor, but still unbalanced, and I would put Arcadia's and New Holland's IPAs (two more locals) above this one. If anything this is, at best, a below average, unbalanced, over-hopped, american ale.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, creamy, smooth but the carbination seems a bit on the low side for the style.

Drinkability is still on the negative side of the scale. I wouldn't go out of my way to seek this beer out. Hell, I wouldn't even buy it again if it were right in front of me, but if somebody handed me one at a party I wouldn't turn it down. That's not saying much, cause I wouldn't turn down a High Life either. The only way I would give this beer another chance is on tap or cask.

I still wouldn't put this beer on the Best of BA. There are at least a dozen others that should be rated above this average, boring pale ale. I like IPA's, NO, I really like IPAs and have sampled enough to know that TH would rank at the very bottom of that list. It's not terrible but it's not good either. Let me put it this way, it's not even close to a Finest Kind IPA..

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Photo of carln26
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured from a bottle to a chalice a slightly hazy copper color with a decent cream colored head and a fair bit of lace down the side of the glass. The nose has some hop flower up front, with pine hints, perhaps some grass and light citrus. The flavor has sharp citrus, grapefruit with a remarkable hop bitterness. Malt sweetness comes later with just a hint of caramel. Less of the velvety mouth feel I’ve come to love with Bell's, very drinkable.

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

Pours a cloudy golden with a nice fluffy off white head, some nice lacing. Smell hops as soon as I pop the cap floral and herbal mixture of hops, slightly different then the citrus and pine of most IPA's, with some biscuit malt in the background. Taste is hops herbal spicy mixture nice flavors mingle with biscuity malt, almost taste like some pepper present nice light clean tasting little IPA, lightly bitter after taste but no real pine resin at all. Mouthfeel is a little light but makes this brew go down that much quicker. Drinkability is good a different likeable IPA would be wonderful in the summer for a great sessions brew

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a hazy copper color, with nice, quick-moving carbonation and a near-white head. The head stays almost the whole way - and leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Smells of bitter, floral hops mixed with an herbal almost fruity spicyness. A great smelling beer, full of hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A smooth, bitter hop flavor mixes with a bit of a "watered down" malt flavor. The malts are too weak, but the hops are dead on. Spicy, floral, herbal, piney, the works. They all taste great and mix well. The mouthy feel is fizzy and fun.

Drinkability and Overall: I'm glad I picked up a 6'er of this stuff. Could kill it tonight without a problem. This is very hoppy beer, that takes a hop-head too truly enjoy and appreciate. A great beer worth trying.

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

Batch 6351

Chunky white biscuit foam over a clear golden orange body- lovely.
A delicate, complex mix of floral scents with some hint of spiciness in the background.

The flavor is sublime- a marriage of hops with a baseline of malt. Why don't I drink more IPAs? If this is available I will in the future.

The finish is almost abrupt but it is quite drinkable for the style.

Bonus- I called the brewery to ask about date codes. They do not date code just using sequential batch numbers. Anyway, John there was very good to talk to. This is what I like about craft brewers.

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

Poured out a orange color, with a shade of some peach in there as well. A nice head that settled down with time.

Smell consisted a lot of herbal hops with an underlying of sweet malts to give a good balance. Some fruit can also be detected. Grapefruit and peaches are the big fruit aromas in this one.

Taste was good as well. A good amount of hops in this one, with a nice underlying malt to really balance this IPA out. You can tell that there's some piney hops, juicy and citrusy hops. But one doesn't override the other, which is very nice to see.

Mouthfeel had a creamy body to it. Mediumish body. Finished on the bitter side, but in a good way.

Truly a great IPA. I'm not a hop-head, but it's these types of IPA's that make me crave for some IPA's.

Many, many thanks to Feloniousmonk for this bottle!

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Photo of fdrich29
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feloniousmonk, you truly are your brother's keeper. Many thanks for this brew.

Huge white, frothy head.

Hops smell crisp and fresh, like you're smelling them on the vine.

Taste threw me for a loop...but a good one. Tasted like vanilla and hops. Very sweet and incredibly tasty.

This beer was a pleasant surprise. I can't compare it to anything else. Possibly worth moving to Michigan to have access to. Try it if you can.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 14,937 ratings