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

12 Oz bottle Sampled through the efforts of Boxing Day BIF and Pentathlete.

Pours a hazy golden colored ale with a good white head.

Smell is lots of very aromatic and fresh hops. Good mix of hops not just limited to the usual North Western USA pine and grapefruit varieties. Aromas of spices and mint with a touch of citrus and pineapple. There is a nice malt backbone here to, sweet fruit juice.

Taste is mildly sweet and candy like with a good hop hit at first. The malt is a bit honey like but there is ample bitterness to hide it here. Good floral hop flavors here along with some pine and citrus that it seems every IPA has. Spicy and woody flavors are the last level of hop flavors to emerge. An extremely full flavored IPA.

Mouthfeel is good.

A super solid IPA experience here. Very tasty but after one your taste buds are a bit hop saturated so that it would be a waste of good beer to drink this just to get drunk.

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

Foggy gold with a large white head that falls to a sturdy table. Nose is all pine sap and lemon rind. Taste is all perfumey hops with some raw bitter oils and a lemony after taste. There is no balance here, this is a hop heads brew all the way. Mouthfeel is medium to full, outstanding finish. Decent drinakbility for such a hoppy beer. A fine IPA.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle provided by Frozensoul327

Pours a quite hazy golden color with a white head that thins, but doesn't completely fade. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of citrusy grapefruit with a hint of caramel maltiness that peeks through now and then. It smells "tangy".

Has a very smooth combo of citrusy hops and a caramel malty sweetness upfront. This is washed away by a gentle wave of hops and finishes quite cleanly. Actually quite balanced and very delicious.

Nice full, smooth body.

This is a great version of an American IPA. I could drink this every day. This beer definitely deserves the hype that it gets.

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

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a very pretty amber to peach coloration. The head is a massive off white fluffy mountain. The beer has a few floaty particles but they are of no matter.

Smell: The beer smells a marvellous sweet malty citrusy grapefruit treat. By all the beer Gods this is a treat. There is the smell of piney spicy funkyness.

Taste: The beer is a hop punch to the mouth. Small amounts of syrupy sweetness attempt to make themselves known; however, expect no mercy as the hoppyness continues. There is a mouthfull of grapefruit present in the beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a very crisp and dry finishing beer. The beer is medium bodied and very tasty.

Drinkability: This is practically everything I want in an IPA. I am not 100% sure but I think Two Hearted Ale was the first craft brewed beer I ever drank. I loved it then and still love it.

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Photo of ihscout426
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a nice head and immediate aroma of hops. A good beer to just stick your nose i an close your eyes. Hints of pine and hay in the smell. Good flavors on the front end and a blast of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. I really enjoy the finish on this beer.

A good beer to finish off a session of Wheat beers because of the contrast. Not the biggest of Hoppers but an great representation escpecially in the midwest where it is hard to find big IPA's.

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Photo of indy169
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's can do little wrong these days & as evidenced by this exceptional IPA.
The Two Hearted Ale is one I enjoy on tap and in bottles with little variation between the two.
This is a classic IPA with more malty mid-tones than the ever-popular Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and not quite the high end of the Dogfish Head offerings.
To me this is the ideal IPA. Drinkable, interesting and satisfying.
Balanced, rich and simply wonderful.

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

This is an excellent beer. Definitely the first to disappear from the mixed case I picked up the other day. Beautiful orange tone to this one, and a huge, solid, rocky head that maintains it's shape for a while and then fades to a still substantial foam that lasts til the final sip. Mmmm. In terms of smell and taste, this is a perfectly balanced beer, yet robust in both the malt and hop areas. I generally don't draw comparisons between beers, but I like this just about as much as the Alesmith Yulesmith, which I couldn't help but be reminded of while drinking this beer. They both have that great almost vanilla ice cream sweet malt character backing up a load of hops. Very resinous and oily hops in the nose, and also on the palate, but moving towards a more citrusy orange peel and spice bouquet. Also, I could be imagining this but I'm detecting either some light spicing, or just little complexities such as clove and nutmeg. Really nice. This is pretty much a medium bodied beer but it has a great slightly thick and sticky mouthfeel, super creamy and smooth. I know this is tough or nearly impossible to find on the east coast, but if you find some on your travels definitely pick it up, it's one of the best IPAs I've had. And you have to love any beer that has a generic looking wildlife photo on it, a la Schmidt's.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle
pours a clear, burnt yellow color with a small, white head. A strong citrusy, floral smell is incredibly nice. Light bodied with an airy texture. A very good , grainy malt taste meshes nicely with the perfumy, spicey hops.
A great ipa, this would be a regular in my fridg. if it were available locally to me.

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

A slightly couldy golden, with a fluffy head that gently receeded and left a hearty lace. Strong piney and floral hops greet the nose, crisp and sharp. My heavens though, it is a nice beer. Full bodied floral hops, not watery at all, just all hops, all the time. I could drink this all afternoon, except for that pesky 6%. An outstanding IPA, the best 'floral hops' IPA I have tasted.

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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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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 15,030 ratings