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

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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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 jackndan
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, rocky off-white head, with some lace. Copper colored beer, with haze and noticeable suspended particles. Very noticeable fruit sweetness in the aroma, with a hint of hops. The taste is all hops, from the start to the finish, very pleasant but without much malt. The taste was very long lasting, with oily hops feel. Very nice, buy it if you can get it.

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

@ Bell's Eccentric Cafe

This beer was a cloudy orange color with some carbonation present. It formed a sudsy white head that left some nice lace(but could have been better if they had poured it right). The aroma was huge hops with malt and the usual citrus present in many Bell's beer. The flavor was of hops, malt and citrus and the finish was slightly bitter. On tap at the bar(or maybe it's this year's version)seemed a bit more citrusy than from the bottle.

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

Fresh released 2002. Tasted with AVBC Hop Ottin.
Nose of deeper citrus; more like tangerine and grapefruit. Overripe fruit. Lemongrass. Twigs. Pure and bright honey malt flavors with some exotic Asian spices. Commanding hop presence through to the long finish.

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

The setting...a local bar near my home. Its the Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season. I have been ultra stressed out at work and at home and am looking for a hour or two of quiet, reflective, solitude. I leave an off-site work assignment and head to the bar to catch some of the Opening Day games. I sit by myself and stare at the 5 large TV screens. The first Two-Hearted arrives. It is a picture of perfection. Slightly cloudy, with a beautiful, whipped cream head. It begs for a sip. The bitterness takes over and the hop dance does its thing on the tongue. My stress starts to slip away. A couple of hours and a few pints later, I am completely relaxed and have reached a place we rarely get to go to. I am chillin' bigtime. It has been the perfect session beer. I have yet to have a "beer moment" quite like this one.

The actual review from 2002: This is one incredible IPA. The nose is that of grapefruit with a deliciously bitter hop taste. Pours out to a golden color, all its own. Its almost pastel in color. The head is large and reminds me of whipped cream. The taste excels. Yes the hops are huge, but their is malt here too. Enought to keep the big boys (the hops) from being overwhelming and giving this beer its wonderful character. The hop taste lives on long after the beer has been swallowed. The hops grab you and nearly make you beg for another sip. Once you find your palate likes hops, beers like this will hook you and your journey to all that is hop goodness will be well on its way.

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

2003 (Tasted side-by-side with 2002 bottling 10/2/03):

Hazy golden with fluffy white head. Excellent retention and great lacing. Floral, resinous hop aroma. Grapefruit, grass, and additional herbal and hoppy notes on the palate. Deeply complex, yet structured. Medium-bodied, mildly carbonated and irrestible, an IPA for all seasons. I wish Kalamazoo bottled this year-round, not just as a fall seasonal. One of my personal favorites.

2002 (Tasted side-by-side with 2003 bottling 10/2/03):

Murky caramel color with a thick white head. Sturdy retention, excellent lace. Nose is more subdued than its fresher brethren's, however the floral hops still loom underneath a seemingly smoky aroma. Less floral, earthy hops on the palate but more yeasty, toasted quality than noted in other bottles from 2002. The bottle conditioning imparts deeper, more complex flavors that hit the palate a bit differently than the younger, more assertive, and hoppier 2003 version. Of course, this stuff tasted the same as the new stuff a year ago. Pleasant, smooth mouthfeel with some subtle carbonation. Great for a year-old bottle conditioned IPA.

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

Pours a bright clear golden with a huge rocky head and a nice sticky lace. Smell is all hops, huge fruity/floral aromas, enough to singe the nose hairs. Balance is the first word that comes to mind for the flavor. Although it is not quite as evident when the brew is colder, as it warms it shows a very nice, very smooth malt character. Just enough not to let the insane hopping drive you insane. Piney, flowery, and citrusy hops abound and hold a party on the tongue. Fairly dry and nicely crisp and refreshing, this is one drinkable IPA with its great balance and completely undetected alcohol content. I was very impressed with this brew as I seem to have been with everything from this excellent brewery so far. A hopheads dream brew. Thanks to Deuce for the sample.

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

Best IPA I've had, if it's really an IPA (people here make me doubt). I think it might be the first or close to perfect 'taste' I'd rated. I was floored, it might make me a long-term fan of IPA.

Bronzish-copper and cloudy look with a solid head that holds. Spicy and citrusy, hoppy as sin, strong. Lovely. Bloody sin lovely. Must try IMO.

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Photo of Viking
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[tried on draught]

O! This is some good stuff! Two Hearted is a seriously hopped brew. Herbal and citrusy, with a bit of a yeasty tang. Unfortunately, I haven't seen this in bottles in the area. If I do, this will become a standard in my beer fridge.

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Photo of pbrian
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's nothing tame about this beer. It jumps into your glass with a head that rivals most Belgians. The dregs of the bottle swirl around the light amber liquid like the milky way through space. You're hit with the most incredible barrage of aromas including apricots, orange rind and yeast undertones. In you mouth, it's pretty much all about citrusy hops. Malts? Who needs 'em? Finishes lemony with a spicy yeast profile establishing itself as the beer warms. Great beer, but what's up with that label? Thanks, proc, for the experience.

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

Does taste like an IPA but is very hearty...

Medium head, long lasting. Hazy amber color, upcharge of streams of medium bubbles. Straw aroma with definite marmalade smells. Hoppy, bitey flavor, more like orange rind than grapefruit. Malts slightly cut the hops, preventing a "back swallow" burn and giving a lightly syrupy, medium body. Impressive fullness. Solid beer, definitely as interesting as Kalamazoo's fleet of Stouts. A mouth "wrangler" to some degree, but not catoonish. Its rare that I get particularly excited by an American IPA but the hops on this one are outstanding without being overwhelming, juicy and straddling the line between citric and minty but retaining a fresh sense.

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