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

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#692
Reviews:
3,646
Ratings:
14,735
pDev:
10.77%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
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Ratings: 14,735 |  Reviews: 3,646
Photo of Sudmissle
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a milky white creamy head. Initial flavor has powerful hops that remains on palate and does not fade away as with most other IPA beers. Has strong citrus flavor and is incredibly smooth in spite of its rather high alcohol content. The bite of the hops is very potent and even after making great efforts to sample other IPAs, this one stands alone and the novelty of the wonderful blend of powerful citrus taste and hops has not worn off after over a year of sampling other hops-laden brews. By a wide margin, my favorite IPA.

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

A gorgeous pour--hazy apricot color that lightens to a lemonade hue at the edges. Large frothy head that reduces to a cream-colored cake with decent lacing as well. Crisp, hoppy aroma complemented nicely by grapefruit/pineapple notes. Grapefruit is even more noticeable in the taste, which has a malty foundation that could be stronger to balance the hoppy, citrus flavors. This balance actually seems to improve as the beer warms. Bitter IPA finish is actually a bit sour; this is truly an IPA with a twist. Excellent mouthfeel in this nicely drinkable beer. A unique take on the American-style IPA, but a good one even in a toe-to-toe.

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Photo of Sidabeef7
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer I have ever had from Kalamazoo Brewing Company and needless to say, I was very impressed. It pours with a nice, lasting, white head and a cloudy golden hue. The lace is amazing and makes this beer almost as good to watch as to taste (well, not quite but you get the idea). Citrus dominates the aroma and it has a crisp taste of huge hops. I could hardly tell that this is 7.0% abv by the taste. It is difficult to have only one glass of this great tasting brew. Thanks goes out to Ashley's in Ann Arbor, MI for introducing me to this fantastic brew.

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Photo of aaronh
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a voluminous cream colored head atop a hazy orange beer with amber highlights. The head slowly recedes while it leaves a thick, sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is very sweet bubble gum with a strong lemon-pine hop presence. The sweetness is evident on the pour, and as you carry the glass to your seat. I wanted to take a drink immediately! Who needs notes anyway, right? The first drink is truly heavenly, with a great malt sweetness sparked by a terrific hop bite. What a dichotomy of tastes that somehow blend together perfectly! Very strong citrus notes are prevalent in subsequent quaffs, but the malt is never forgotten. The finish is exceptionally smooth and clean for such a flavorful beer. All that is left is a hint of fruitiness and a hint of bitterness. The mouthfeel is very rich and supple, while not becoming too heavy as the beer is finished. Drinakbility is terrific, but I only had one! So I made it last as long as possible. I'm not sure if the "two hearted" refers to the strong prescence of both the malt and the hops. All I know is that the name had no meaning to me until know. My heart was swept away by this beer. By both the malt and the hops. Thank you, oh thank you cretemixer for this absolutely fantastic beer. My advice to all BA's: Sacrifice anything necessary to obtain this beer. But be prepared to lose your heart: she'll take it and run with it, twice!

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

Citrusy, orangey, hoppy, GREAT! a large, frothy, wonderful off-white head greats you. The smell is amazingly fruity and hoppy. This is a superbly balanced IPA. I've had some IPA's where I just can't stand the very high bitterness level. But it's very enjoyable here and not overpowering by any means. The higher ABV is not noticeable at all. This is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. I wish I could buy this often, but at $9.25 for a six pack (spoiled rich neighborhood), it's a wonderful occasional treat. This is my favorite IPA and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to crossover into this style.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This a good IPA. Huge hops with enough malt to back it up. A bit citrucy in flavor and aroma.Thick creamy head leaves nice lacing and lasts. Amber color slightly cloudy due to bottle conditioning. I thought the aroma was a bit foul...fresh apples when I opened it went down to what seemed like an old sock full of older hops(OK, it wasn't that bad). I had an urge for hops and decided to try this stuff. Mission Accomplished.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours cloudy and golden (unfiltered), with creamy, dense white head. Aroma is very herbal,maybe even lemony (dry hopped) more english than the pacific northwest variety. The beer is medium bodied
with hops in front and long in the finish, very creamy and great mellow hop bitterness. The malt is solid but balanced (not sweet). Yum, this won a head to head blind tasting vs Hopdevil and Stone Ipa over the holidays with my hophead inlaws.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle that's allowed to sit for some time and then carefully poured delivers just a slightly hazy (almost clear) peachy-gold body that's topped by a frothy white head which holds fairly well. It eventually drops but keeps a really nice creamy collar, and a simple swirl of the glass brings it right back up! Additionally, it leaves some nice lace - although it's fleeting. The aroma, however, is even more astonishing than the appearance with a bright, bold combination of soft ripe fruit, tangy grapefruit and resiny pine. Intense! But it goes even one step further as the flavor is even bolder than the aroma with a searing bitterness right-up front, and from start to finish! If it weren't for the rich (almost sugary) and fruity (apricot, tangerine, mild pineapple) malt underneath this beer would be way too much! Surprisingly, and thankfully, the hop flavors are limited to the fruity side of things and the interplay between the crushing bitterness and the sweet malt is really interesting. It's kind of like a "tug of war" in the mouth. The firm maltiness is enlivened by a very fine and gently effervescent carbonation that helps this to happen. It's surprisingly smooth and creamy. This is one hell of a "take no prisoners" IPA that should clearly be sought out and destroyed - one bottle at a time! Most highly recommended.

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Photo of Brent
4.62/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a surprising beer - mega-hoppy aroma of grapefruit rind makes you brace both feet for the hops onslaught. Hops are there, big and bold, no question, but - in something of a contradition in terms - quite mellow. Usually this much grapefruity hops stomps on your tongue with hobnail boots, but this beer manages to finesse the hops and go heavier on flavor than bitterness. A great beer - ranks in my top five of the style.

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

Thap...thap, thap. The sound of whole hop laden vines descending on your buds in a blitzkrieg of bitterness. If not for a decent dose of malt your mouth might be puckered into 2004. Bouquet of hard lemon candy and catnip. A hop assault on the senses. Aggressively carbonated and wild. Is there some airborne yeast in Kalamazoo Larry Bell has decided to culture?

This will be my last review until I can get some taste buds surgically implanted on my tongue. Yikes!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light copper-amberish color with orange highlights. The head is a off-white color, and leaves good lace. On the nose the aroma is of pine, grapefruit, hoppy and fruity. On the palate more pine, grapefruit flavor, citrus, hints of orange peels, delicate malt backbone bringing in some balance, and a little spiciness. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the finish is some-what dry.
Overall a great american styled IPA...

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

Bottle

Warm, glowing, light peach with perfect clarity. Huge, puffy off-white head that fades here and there, leaving huge, cloud-like pillows of foam. Tons of sticky lace. Enormously aromatic nose with a huge blast of floral Centennial hops, with soft pink grapefruit, and hints of orange, peach, and mango. Underneath is a thin foundation of toasted malt and slightly chalky yeast. Flavor is an eruption of hop flavor and velvet hammer-like bitterness. Flowers, pink grapefruit, peaches, oranges, mangos…it’s all there in an incredibly soft and sticky delivery. The malt and yeast manage to stay afloat enough to provide a solid base for the hop explosion happening above. Medium in body, with a soft and round mouthfeel that only gets better with the yeast pour towards the bottom. Finishes dry, firm, and bitter, with a splash of citrus and black pepper. Through my many years of better beer, this is still my favorite expression of the IPA style, and one of only a few beers that I cannot drink only one of. My opening of a bottle of this guarantees a second and third. It’s worth noting that since the new brewery opened in Comstock, this beer’s flavor profile has been much cleaner, with much less sediment.

Absolutely untouchable American IPA. Just perfect.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One hoppy IPA. As with most Bells products, I love the slightly cloudy look..light golden color. Nice white head. Hops, hops and more hops dominate the aroma but somehow they squeezed a little citrus in there too. The taste mirrors the smell. I was not dissapointed, left a nice tangy aftertaste. Pretty drinkable for the abv Way to go Larry!

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Photo of yen157
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and light amber with a large, stiff, white head. Smelled like a good AIPA should, big citrus. Also, notes of yeast, grains, and some malt. Extremely well balanced beer (for an AIPA) with some toasty malt providing sontrast to the raw hop and alcohol flavors. Fairly light body and carbonation which I liked very much.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put one of the best beers of any type I've ever had. Had a nice creamy head sitting on top of a brilliant cloudy beer. The taste and smell both yelled out hops! One of those beers a hophead would be more than happy to get ahold of, yet also has enough balance to even things out abit for something who is not a huge fan of hops. Bell's has done is again!

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Photo of pheurton
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy yellowish-orange. the aroma of this beer is the first thing you notice...powerful citrusy hops. a nice, slightly off white head. taste is all hops....grapefruit, floral, a bit spicy...without any astrigent bitterness at all. the malt is there to offer a nice balance. this beer is very impressive...extremely balanced, with tons of hop flavor that is not harshly bitter at all. one of, if not the best american ipa i've had the pleasure to have, when it's "on". i've had a few samples in which the sweet fruitiness is muted and the bitterness more pronounced, which would knock it down some for me. when it's on target though, it is hard to beat.

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Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may be my favorite IPA of all-time....Incredible nose...I get the huge citrus aroma with pineaples the predominant fruit...looks a little cloudy but a big rocky white head tops this bad boy....the nose invites you in, and then the taste takes over...no disappointment here....great hops flavor...all citrus...grapefruit the big one...also some pear core on the finish....malt doesn't assert itself but this is very balanced in the mouth...highly drinkable, particulary if you like hopped up beers....Next to some of their stouts this is without question their best beer.

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Photo of maxpower
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy copper color, citrus hoppy aroma, nice hop profile, crazy ass foamy clingy head. Juicy grapefruit-citrus flavors, medium bodied IPA with a nice rounded full mouthfeel, this may be the most drinkable IPA I have ever tasted, I just can't stop at one.

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

I haven't reviewed this one yet??? Let's change that...
Heavily clouded peach-orange body. Alpine-esque head never recedes past the 3/4" mark. Massive, thick, sculptable.
Grapefruit hoppy resinous nose. Not quite eye-watering, but fairly intense.
Bitter as hell.
Searing concentrated grapefruit, sprinkled with alum and pine needles. Metallic notes as well. The hops have come to play. The big malt body helps balance. It mostly just adds heft, but brings with it some faint toasted toffee notes. Tangerine is thrown in here as well, adding some fruity sweetness. Almost sugary at times. Yeast is a major player here too, as with most of Kzoo's stuff. There is plenty of weird shit going on in the background. Veggies? Gravel? Dandelions? Socks? Cardboard? These could almost qualify as off-flavors, but they are only ephemeral, quickly crushed under the hop tidal wave. They do, however, keep this from scoring a perfect 5 taste-wise.
Hefty bodied, with tons of amphetamine-riddled tiny bubbles. Absolutely perfect for a big IPA.
Has been, and will continue to be right near the top of my list.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber orange with a massive white head, Nice hoppy aroma, and a killer taste excellent hopiness, and a hint of Maudite?, I could be crazy, but one of the flavors I associate with Maudite is in there. Great hoppy beer to add to my arsenal.

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Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light golden hue w/ slight haze, topped by a creamy, cappachino like, sticky ivory white head. Trails of Belgian lace. Delectable combination of assertively citrusy hops, light caramel and mild tart fruity esters in aroma lend a vibrant, but rounded tangerine overtone. Crisp, sharp, hop bitterness hits the palate initially, then yields to citrus rind hop flavor w/ a distinct grapefruit note. Malt and yeast derived character is overshadowed by the strong hop profile, but notes of dextrinous light caramel and pearish tartness from Bell's yeast strain can be discerned. Well attenuated, dryish body. Finishes a lingering impression of lightly sugared pink grapefruit. Two Hearted is a delicious vehicle for Centennials. Malt is not showcased at all in this brew, yet manages to adequately support the assertive hopping. Superbly drinkable-- not unlike spiked carbonated grapefruit juice... but in a great way. Very unique. Would be an American classic if distributed more widely.

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

Clear orange-yellow with a thin white head. Aroma was abounding with hops (citrus and floral). When I first tasted the beer, all I tasted was grapefruit... I could almost detect some malt trying to sneak through and balace things out, but it couldn't quite surface. As the beer warmed a bit, the malt became more pronounced, and balanced things out quite nicely, making this a very drinkable brew. It has a medium body, and medium carbonation, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Another fine beer from Kalamazoo!

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a great big head - three fingers. You can smell the hops just filling the air, also smell of grapefruit. Gold in color. First sip reveals a taste that delivers what the aroma promises. A nicely hopped beer but not overly so. The hops balances well with the citrus taste. Tastes of grapefruit rinds. This is one fresh bottle - thanks, Cloverleaf.

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

I just love this beer. Right off the bat, I could smell the hops. I did not even know what this beer was before I ordered it, but when it was placed in front of me, I could smell the hops- they screamed at me- wonderful smell of citrus. I knew this was an IPA. Taste was fabulous as well, of course, hops and more hops. Orange and slight grapefruit flavors balance this beer out- of course that it if you like the bitterness of an insanly hopped brew. For hop heads only.

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Photo of beernut7
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After sucking down a few malty bocks, I figure a touch of hops would do my buds some good. Decided on the Two Hearted and its light copper color and lacy whitish head. The aroma told me I has chosen wisely. The fresh burst of spicy hop punched me right in the nose and my mouth started watering. The huge hoppy spicy hoppy flavor is sharp and exactly the right contrast to any malty brew. The medium body helps take a bit of the edge off and brings out some of the malt to make this an extremely satisfying beer. The knife-edge sharp bitterness finishes the experience off with a great bite.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 14,735 ratings