Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An India Pale Ale style well suited for adventurous trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and an incredibly floral aroma.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,531
Ratings:
14,186
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
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Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow. It boasts a thick, fluffy, off white head with a slight yellow tint to it. It fades slowly, leaving a thick lacing.

This beer has a very pleasent floral hop aroma. I smell some citrusy hops as well. It smells slightly grassy.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Floral, with some citrusy zest. It has a very subtle sweet caramel flavor as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down very smooth, leaving a floral aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

This beer would probably make a great session beer. The flavor is great, and not aggressive, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: Thanks to Markgugs for generously hooking me up. The last time I had this beer, it was the first IPA that I enjoyed. I can see how it would have started me down the hop road. I love hops now. I rated this beer lower than I know it deserves because of my inexperience. Now I simply love it. My last review will not be deleted though since it was a valid review when I had a different taste.

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

Frothy off white head. Clear deep golden color with little to no carbonation bubbles.

Floral aroma with fruit, specifically cranberries, and black pepper, big wonderful smell.

Tastes of herbs and malt up front and is quickly met with lots of spicy floral hops. It's robust and complex. With every drink you get that great aroma and a surpisingly different taste that both contrasts and compliments each other.

Nice mouthfeel almost creamy and very smooth.

Lots of hops, but very smooth and fun to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with about two fingers of foamy off-white head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some lacing.

Strong hop smells. Lots of floral notes and citrus.

Up front is a big grapefruit taste, it's almost sour. Followed by a little bit of the floral/piney taste that the nose picks up. Finishes with a little bit of balancing malt.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated.

The malt that balances out the hops in the back makes this beer nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Natural510
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7/9/2010-

Have to amend my original review and up the ratings a bit from when I tasted the brew for the first time.
Two-Hearted continues to be an amazing ale as my palate expands. The aroma is a beautiful perfume of tropical fruit and hop oils. The flavor is heavily floral, fruity (again, tropical), with bitterness from fresh hops.
This is likely the best IPA Mid-America has to offer, and one of the best American IPAs being brewed today.

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Pours a golden, lager-like color from 12oz bottle.Nice head, which leaves a lasting lacing in the glass.
Smells very hoppy, with aromas of lemon & flowers.
Hops are the first thing which come through when tasting, leaving a distinct bite. Lavender & grapefruit come through in the finish as well. Malts are not very discernible, yet this comes across as a well-balanced brew nonetheless.
Stays well in the mouth and is very drinkable, given one's tolerance for hoppiness. The crisp finish allows for smoother drinkability and the bitterness does not overpower the palate.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap as the Bell's seasonal at BW3 in Mishawaka IN on 3/1/08.

A - A dark golden color with hints of orange coming through to lighten up the darker aspects of the beer. There were some light streams of carbonation floating up through the bottle as well. On the top say a thin, white head which did not last at all and then just left the beer with a slight amount of white just barely sitting on top. After having this from a bottle and seeing a nice head, I almost have to think this is a result of the way it was poured than the beer itself but nevertheless it detracted from the beauty of this one.

S - could glean a slight citrus hoppiness emanating from this brew which was also mixed in with sweeter citrus such as mango. Didn't really get much of the piney aspects of this brew as I did when I had it from a bottle.

T - Ahh, now here is where th e on tap version shines as the hops just taste so much fresher and seem to have a bit more of a pop and life to them. The first taste that hit the tongue was a hit of orange citrus hops which were actually a bit sweet. After that, it seemed to become even a bit sweeter as mango rolled in over my taste buds as well. There was also some of the sweeter malt backbone of this beer which was definitely needed to keep it balanced the strong pine hops aspect which was the last prominent flavor to move in on me. This pine aspect is what remained in the mouth also in the aftertaste and it served as a good reminder of the hops dominance of this brew.

MF - actually felt like this is a rather full bodied beer especially for the style. At first, sip you definitely get some hefitness in your mouth and it reminded of taking a bit of bread or even gettin a mouth full of thick foam. There was also a nice amount of carbonation in the beer that really helped to bring out the hops in this one.

D - overall, two hearted ale on tap has some aspects better than the bottle and some worse. Thought the taste was mildly better as the hops seemed to pop a bit more. However, I didn't get the smell or the look of the beer that I got in the bottle. Couldn't get the hops smell to be as strong even after letting it warm up to room temperature. Overall, though this was a very good beer and one of the hits from Bell's which to me always seems like a hit or miss brewery. I would definitely get this again if it were on tap and would always pick up some bottles as a beer to just relax and drink.

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Photo of toolbrew
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured with a nice white head that disappeared quickly. Clear golden-brown color.

Not an overly floral hoppy aroma but nice.

Good balance of flavor with a slightly sour finish. Nice hoppy taste.

Nice smooth mouthfeel. May be a little too carbonated.

Certainly a beer that I would enojoy, one after another. Great for one or for several.

Very drinkable Michigan IPA.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Hazy golden orange; easy 1" fluffy off-white head

Smell
Smells of fresh hops; very piney and something fruity and juicy; nice rich smell; very in-line with an IPA

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nice lingering spicey pine finish; medium bodied; good malt presence; a tad weak on front palate, but solid afterwards; some citrus notes--orange, tangerine, apricot bread!

Overall
Pretty solid minus the weak front palate. It's a great IPA, though I'm not sure it deserves to be on the pedestal people lift it up to. I just don't taste what makes it better than say Titan, Celebration Ale, or Avery IPA.

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Photo of DukeofAle
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another very well made AIPA that for me just is not a standout in anyway. Lacks the strong citrus aroma and taste of some others, such as Racer 5, Bridgeport, Mojo. This beer has no major faults - I just think ther are some better choices in this category.

The color is a light, sienna-orange than most. Decent head and retention. Taste is good but the hops do not come across as well as some. Drinkabilty is good. To me, an AIPA should pack some punch, bring out the citrus- grapefruit charactor of the hops, and be a bit "bigger".

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Photo of JDV
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich golden amber pour with a big sudsy white head in a tulip. Smell is sweet caramel like with a soapy floral hop aroma. Nice hop flavor with a bit of a dull malt sweetness, however. Not a bad IPA by any means, but I found it fairly mildly flavored in comparison to some others I liked more. Still, extremely drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of edchicma
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy lemon with a decent head and some lacing. Smell is a rich blend of hops and yeast undertones...mmm. This is a taste that is exceptional. Not only is a a fantastic hops assault but the balance. Mouthfeel is rich, almost chewy. Although not having a super high abv, it is a sipper, due to its rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of youngleo
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured to a 2 fingered head that disapeared fairly fast, leaving some rings with every swallow. Head was orangeish in color. IPA was a hazy yellow in color.
S- Smelled of citrus, pine and sweet flowers.
T- Tasted exactly as it smelled. Strong pine flavor and citrusy hops. Like flowers.
M- Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was just about right. Felt light in the mouth.
D- I could drink these all the time. The taste was unique in its own way. The higher alcohol content might slow you down a little bit. But you dont want to slow down because the flavor is good.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheodorHerzl for the opportunity to try this.

A- Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Brooklyn flute. Pours a hazy light orange w/ yellow highlights. Began as a 1/2" head which is now about 1/8".

S- Notes of grapefruit and other citrus in this one. Not too piney like other IPAs. You smell the malty base also.

T- Nice malty IPA actually. Maybe b/c I had this after the Hopslam it seems quite tame for a IPA. I like the sweet malt and the citrus hop flavors. I really like this beer.

M- This is a pretty thin beer. Nice and carbonated!

D- This is a nice drinker. I didn't even realize it was 7% before I looked at the description on the top. Great beer.

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Photo of tayner
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date or batch number.

cloudy amber with a big rocky head that dissipated to nothing as the beer warmed in my glass. the only lace is at the very top of the glass.

smell is overwhelmingly citrus/flowery hops.

Taste is, well, like i am chewing on some hop flowers. Not alot of malt to balance it out. It is almost "west coast" hop heavy.

It seems carbonated enough to drink if you drink it fast.. not a sipper, the hops are too bitter to sip it.

i think it needs more malt to help with the balance and improve drinkability. I managed to finish one, but i dont want another.

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Photo of Gehrig
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Along with HopSlam, I had the rare foresight to pick up a sixer of Two Hearted Ale today, and this is equally remarkable. This makes me all the angrier that I cannot get Bell's in Illinois, with their stupid, corrupt distributor's dispute. What a disgrace, being deprived of beer this outstanding.

Two Hearted Ale has the presentation that HopSlam lacks (the ONLY thing it lacks)--two full fingers of sticky white head capping a fairly clear, light orange body--positively picturesque. The nose is ridiculously good--citrus abounds, as does delicious malt and a whiff of pine. It tastes at least as good as it smells--the citrus, malt, and pine comingle like old friends. The mouthfeel is quite good but, without as much of a hop residue as I would (selfishly) like, this tastes almost like a sturdy amber ale, which isn't an enormous problem by any means. My point is just that it loses a little of the standard IPA, well-hopped mouthfeel that I like and, after HopSlam, expected. Then again, how can I possibly expect something close to the mouthfeel of HopSlam? Clearly I'm splitting hairs.

This is one remarkable, smooth, flavorful beer. At $7.99 a sixer, this is highway robbery, yet another tremendous offering from Bell's.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with 2 finger widths of off-white head that shrinks down into a nice foamy retention that leaves huge sticky hop lacing all over the place. The aroma is very lush with some piney floral hops intermingled with an assortment of pleasing fruity citrus notes and caramel sweetness.

The taste is a smooth blend of a dry feeling caramel and citrus backbone that gives way to a subtle tingle of resinous hops that linger for only a little bit before it melts into a final wash of fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pleasant slick creamy feel.

One of, not only my favorites from Bell's, but also the IPA style as a whole. Just a really great blend of refreshing citrus and piney hops that never becomes overbearing with either, while remaining hugely quaffable with an easy going body and finish. Just a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of illidurit
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy apple juice color with a big eggshell head that leaves a ton of lacing, all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is very tropical, with orange and pineapple hoppiness.

Flavors echo the fruity hops of the aroma, with fresh pineapple followed by a decent dose of bitterness. Not too much malt, maybe a bit of yeasty dough.

Medium-light body, a little undercarbonated, dry, not particularly clean finish. Supremely drinkable.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pale, hazy gold with 2 1/2 inches of froth upon first pour. The head retains well and never completely disappears.

Smell - Fruity and floral; aromas of lemon, grapefruit and orange with subtle notes of pine. The nose is all hops with very little presence from the malt, which is exactly how I like my IPAs.

Taste & mouthfeel - More of a pine flavor than the aroma suggests. Fruity notes are present but subdued. The malt backbone is dry and light; it's little more than a foundation for the hops. Light on the palate and very crisp, this is highly drinkable stuff. Unfortunately for me I only have one bottle. The finish is oily and resiny but easy on the palate, leaving a pleasant hoppy bitterness with very little bite.

Notes - Easily one of the better IPAs I've had. Many thanks to dyan for the chance to try this great beer.

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Photo of deapokid
3.41/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opening with a sweet apricot aroma and a orange presence accompanied with chalky foam, this IPA matches a hefeweizen's sweetness with a big blast of hops, which works considerably well... most of the time.
This floral little beer invigorates the tastebuds with scintillating hop undertones and the bitterness of orange peel and lemon, which is an intriguing combination but not a completely satisfying one. It'll make a hop addict yearn for the close, but a wheat beer aficionado will be confused by the bitter aftertaste. I, myself, wanted something more along the lines of an Arrogant Bastard or Nugget Nectar, while this strange little brew left me confused and distracted.

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copperish golden color almost like that of a lager.

S: Hop smell doesn't dominate but makes it self known. Alcohol is very present. Orange rind, melon, floral, herbal tea, sweat cream and molasses. Spices can be detected as well.

T: Actually pretty tasty. Not a dominating IPA, but certainly not lacking either. Carbonated up front, and has a nice spicy taste that lingers long after you're done with your drink. Very tart finish. Crisp.

M: As mentioned before, very carbonated but oddly it has a creamy feel going down.

D: I wouldn't have more than two of these at a sitting, but would be a nice beer to keep in the fridge for a cold night.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisted because I really like this bottle.

A- Golden, murky and glowing. Half inchl head, leaves fast, thick webby lacing persists.

S - Floral with deep malt back.

T - Very sweet thick malt up front taken fairly quickly by bitter hops. Hops still on the floral perfume side of the scale.

M - Medium body, good carb, good mouthfeel.

D - Nice beer.

NOTE: This was re edited after a revisit about a year after the first experience. Whether it was my developing palate, or that the second beer was much fresher, I didn't feel my original review did it justice.

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Photo of jobyone
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Orange color with slightly off white head. Lots of citrus on the aroma. Some sweeetness. The flavor is full of hops with a nicely balanced sweetness some citrus. Finish is long and bitter. This is a really nice drinking IPA that would be easy to drink all night.

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Photo of foxmul924
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle into Semi-Chilled Pint Glass)

Appearance: Light Orange Hue with Full and Lasting Cream-Colored Head--Clouding a Bit Upon Pouring in the Last of the Sediment. Thick Lace.

Smell: Delicious Floral Scents of Fresh Hops (Grassy/Piney)

Taste: Great Balance Between Underlying 'Bready' Maltiness and its Predominant Earthy Hop Character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Bodied, Quite Smooth with a Semi-Clean Finish. Perfect Carbonation.

Drinkability: Its Freshness and Smoothness Make This One to Enjoy Over and Over Again. 7% ABV Also Makes for a Cool Buzz.

Other: Very Impressed, a Must Try for any Hop-Head!

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from tap to pint glass in a bar in Kalamazoo, MI.

Brilliant golden color with a cloudy chill haze, very good head and lots of lace held on the glass. Loads of citrus in the nose with a little bit of grain. Very sharp bitter hop bite jumps out first, but surprisingly not much malt balance comes through. All bitter grapefruit citrus flavor, but almost seems metallic without a sweeter foundation. This beer comes off a little astringent. Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Definitely good to get your hop craving out of this beer, but a little too harsh to go for more than one or two. I know this beer gets outstanding reviews, but I can't put it at the top of my IPA lists. But all in all, not a bad IPA.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light gold with a slight haze. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass producing a very light white head, eventually reducing to thing ring. Minimal lacing.

S: Nice floral hoppy smell, but on the lighter side.

T: A good long pull spreads a decent bit of pale malt over the tongue that rather quickly gives way to the sharpness of the hops. There is some bittering but more flavor in the hops. There is a pretty good hop bitterness left behind in the finish.

M&D: Medium weight in the mouth but generally light taste. Abundant carbonation but not overly so. Smooth going down.

This is a good strong IPA. I was a little thrown by the fish on the bottle, but hey, I haven't been disappointed with any of the Bell's brews to date. This was no exception. This bottle just seemed to go down exceedingly smooth and left me looking for the next. Recommended.

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Photo of dsigmon
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: came to me in a bells glass with a beautiful copper orange color and thin foamy head that left quickly leaving some nice lacing on the glass

S: smell of grapefruit and citrus with some grassiness and touch of malt

T: i agree that this has a very clean and tart taste. the citrus hits you first coming next with the hop bitterness and pine that tingles the tongue and then the bread and malt like tones finish off the taste.

M: lighter than many IPA's at this alcohol level. crisp and clean with a good amount of carbonation

D: very good IPA but not on the top of my list. I could definitely drink this one again to re-rate since I didn't feel it lived up to its hype.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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