Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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

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

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into the SA Glass

A - Light amber in color, extremely high level of carbonation. Thin, tall bright white head with tremendous retention. Opaque but not cloudy.

S - Sweet, citrusy hop smell. Notes of grapefruit and pineapple.

T - Surprisingly bitter, particularly at the back of the mouth. Very mellow front where the hops detected in the nose really come through. Complex but a bit overpowering.

MF - Definitely a 'chewy' beer, with a mild bite due to carbonation. Very nice.

D - Not a beer to be chugged - each taste packs a bitter hop burst to the back of the mouth, rendering a taste taken in quick succession rather dull. Best enjoyed slowly on its own, or with food that can hold up to its bite.

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

A: Hazy orange-yellow body with a moderate sized tan head that sticks around for a good amount of time

S: The aroma is sufficiently complex for my liking... floral and citrus hops are the hallmark and a touch of yeast and malts come through

T: The hops certainly come through first leaving a citrus and floral mark easing into light malts before finishing strong with citrus hops once again... the transitions are smooth and have a nice balance

M: Light with a healthy blast of carbonation which stays behind briefly after each swig

D: Easily a staple in any hop lovers fridge... keep plenty around as you can through them quickly

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

A-- a sort of golden with hues of orange and amber clouds swirling(if you look for it)

S-- smells like a 'garden' full of hops and flowers. also a grassy smell on tip of nose

T-- beautifuly arousing to the tounge. split at 60/40 percent favoring the bitter side but is quite balanced and lingers. actually tastes better after every sip. alcohol is hiding very good behind the hops.

M-- very smooth and easy going. could almost chug this one if it didnt cost so much

D-- very easy and enjoyable beer to drink but also sneaks up on you as the alcohol is well hidden inside the hops

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Photo of shaebs99
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to NCSUdo for this
Poured a slightly hazy golden peach color. With large sticky white head with great lacing

Aroma is mostly of fruity hops and resiny pine notes. Nice and intense

Taste features the grapefruit and bitter hops with some malt background which gives this beer a decent balance.
Good carbonation and pretty smooth mouthfeel.
Overall a very enjoyable IPA. Especially since this was 7% abv. I had no idea. I figured it was a little under 6% (that may seem like a small difference,but a difference nonetheless).
A beer that I will look for again, but will probably wait a few months before searching for a trade

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Photo of Atricapilla
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a large white frothy head, the body was a cloudy honey. The aroma was immensely hoppy. Taste was good: dominated by hops with some citrus overtones. It had a light sweetness to the taste. It felt a little gummy in my mouth, the resin seemed to let the hoppiness linger in my mouth long after quaffing.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into nonic.

Accidentally started off by absent mindedly pouring into a regular drinking glass I had for my water. Slightly hazy hue that perfectly matches honey. The head is about one finger thick and slowly settles to a thin cap leaving a solid wall of lacing in its place. The color of the head is khaki. Rings of lacing show up down the glass from each sip.

The aroma is sharp and grassy, almost completely overtaking the biscuity malts. The hop aroma has a flowery quality to it. It's actually very enjoyable. Maybe a touch of diacetyl (yeast byproduct) is in there, but nothing that would discourage anyone from drinking it. The high amount of alochol is well hidden, even when the beer is closer to room temperature.

This one exhibits a great balance of hops and malts. Usually in an American IPA the hops sometimes make it impossible to taste the malts, but not in this one. Although the sharp citrusy hops show up first, they eventually give way for some light toasty grain. Though, the hops eventually end up taking over again in the end, and linger for a while after each sip. The feel is smooth without too much carbonation.

This one lived up to the hype. I only wish I didn't accidentally waste some of it by pouring it in the wrong glass. Highly recommended.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, pours a soft, clear amber, a big ass frothy off-white head with loads of lacing. The aroma is powerful, resinous, piney hops exploding from the bottle, retching the air with citrus and fruit, fantastic. And if my olfactories weren't sent into overdrive, my taste buds sure were. The bitterness is jarring, the hops biting, the mouth delighting, the malts enlivening (and balancing, for sure). Its a sensory cornucopia, but not quite perfect. One could ask for a little more malt to balance, a little more body to hold, but thats cents on the dollar on this fine, bad ass beer. There isn't much to say about this beer that hasn't already been said, so I'll conclude; highly drinkable, highly recommended, yum yum

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Photo of mareyna82
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite everyday beer that I wish I could have in my fridge all the time. Unfortunately, I can't get it anymore because of the crazy distribution laws in Illinois.

It pours a hazy orange with beautiful floral aromatics shooting out of the bottle. It has nice frothy white head that sticks to the glass. The nose is all hops, very floral and colorful. the taste is like heaven. perfect hop blend that jolt the taste buds. and a great bitter finish that isn't overwhelming.

Could be the best interpretation of an American IPA.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle stamped 7877 on rear label, which equates to being packaged on Mar 26, 07 according to their website. Poured into a tall slender mug.

Appearance: cloudy orange and gold body with off-white head which recedes to leave sticky lacing. Looks more of a hefeweizen than an IPA. Residual hops has got something to do this.

Smell: resinous, grassy hops with an earthy fresh smell. Sweet caramel and grains. I can't believe this smells this good at seven months old.

Taste: first and foremost are the hops. Piney fresh with bits of sweetened grapefruit rinds. A caramel sweetness wanes in and out to keep the hops from becoming overpowering.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and chewy with the fresh taste and feel of hops. The carbonation is spot on for me and was almost unnoticeable trying to see it through a haze. This is creamy good.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer after being let down a bit by Oberon. It's fresh tasting qualities and hidden alcohol along with it's creaminess and balance made for one easy drinking beer. I will seek this one out on draft.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap House in Hampton. I've always wanted to compare it with the bottles I love so much...

A - Dark golden hue, quarter inch head that didn't hang out for too long, laces well.

S - Definitely more potent than bottled versions. The citrus cuts through the hop smell and is quite pungent. Almost like fresh oranges.

T - It differs considerably, this has less of a dry finish and is much creamier. Still tastes great, but it seems like some of the bite is gone.

M - Feels medium bodied, very smooth.

D - Still high, I could put these back all night. It was thicker and less bitter than it's bottled counterpart. Still an excellent brew, but I prefer bottles to draught on this particular one.

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Photo of crwills
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One bottle of this at Beer Bistro a few weeks back has skyrocketed this beer into top spot on my list of favourite IPAs. I don't know if it was just the shock of finding Bell's stuff in Ontario but, man, what a fantastic beer. The aroma was shockingly hoppy, with those great American pine-and-grapefruit hop flavours shining through but not overpowering. Expertly balanced flavour, with those same hop flavours supported by a great malt backbone. Restrained carbonation, and zero off-flavours all the way through. I love this beer. I want more. Much more. Perhaps a trip to Michigan is in my future...

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

An excellent IPA or Double IPA that pours a light coppery gold with a nice lacy head, almost Belgian in nature.

Aroma is incredible, with ample bitterness and flavor. Not over the top like some American IPA's.

Some nice maltiness and but a nice dry finish too.

I could a bunch of these, but don't. Savour them.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light copper with a solid 1.5 fingers of bubbly, delicious-looking foam.

S: Some bright citrus notes come through with hints of sweetness around them.

T: Some citrus and grapefruit hit you up front, yet this beer possesses a nice hit of malty sweetness that provides balance. A bit of alcohol warmth creeps in, but overall this is very nicely balanced. It's got a strong hops bitterness to it, but it's not overpowering. Well done.

M: Smooth with a crisp finish.

D: I wish this was sold in the Boston area! I would add this to my rotation. It's a great IPA that's probably not too far off from being a DIPA. The balance of it keeps it from going too far into that territory. An excellent brew from Bell's!

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Photo of sleazo
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Monsone for this in the 7-8-9-10 BIF

A-Pours a hazy golden/copper mix. Slight 2.5 finger off white head is foamy and slow to dissipate. It finally goes downn to a ridge rimmed cap that does the beer justice.

S-A very clean smelling grapefruit tangerine odour. Not too strong yet not weak.

T-Avery pleasing bitterness, grapefruit and other citrus. The bitterness remains throughout. The malt is slightly sweet, mostly dry and bread like. The aftertaste is very bitter and leaves a great impression.

M-A twinge above medium bodied. the carbonation is there to cut through the oiliness of the hops.

D-This is a very good IPA. A very good hop combo produces a very good punch for the hophead in me. Overall the only negative is there could be a bit more of a malt presence. Still this is better than most AIPAs and a pleasure to drink.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A. Clear amber goldish brew with an inch high head that slowly dissipates.

S. Very aggresive floral hops. Definitely a strong aroma.

T. Very hoppy citrusy beer. A very good sample of the style.

M. Great smooth drinking beer. Goes down fast.

D. A great session beer for people who like IPA's. If it were more readilly available for me, this would stay in the refrigerator.

A great session beer all around!!!!

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright golden orange with a thin white head. Very effervescent, almost sparkling.

S- Strong citrusy hop smell right off the bat. Floral undertones folowed by light malt whispering "I'm here too"

T- Bitter citrus with floral coming through in the taste more than the smell would suggest. Light malt flavor wraps it all up without detracting from the hops.

M- Rather effervescent, very refreshing.

D- The only thing getting in the way here is the 7.0abv. Very drinkable for a non-session beer.

In my opinion easily among the best IPA's out there. Very seldom will you hear people disscuss IPA's without mentioning this beer.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Light orange/amber in color, with a thin white head. Serious carbonation is evident in the glass.

Aroma is big on citrus. The hops have a big grapefruit and orange punch right up front. Sweet malt and caramel attempt to make their way through and almost succeed.

The hops hit you hard again upon tasting. Citrus and floral notes that give way to such a pleasantly bitter finish. All the while a mingling of sweet maltiness with floral hoppiness just light up your senses with pleasure.

This American IPA is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Good body and quite hearty. Drinkable to be certain, but it will definitely creep up on you.

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

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a lively, frothy head that hangs around. Looks very inviting and attractive. It has a large pine and floral aroma. You know what you are in for when you smell this beer. The hop bitterness is the first thing I taste with just a hint of malt then finishes dry and clean. The body might be a little thin but it is perfectly carbonated which enhances the bitterness of the hops brillaintly. An exellant example of an American IPA.

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Photo of baos
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. into Mason jar.

A: 3 finger head. Nice amber color.

S: Hoppiness, bright orange and clover notes.

T: Awesome hops with a bit of malt. Nice bitter bite that finishes dry and hoppy. Yum!

M: Needs more body I thought, but after I ate I noticed it had more body? descent but I thought it was the only thing that wasn't a-one with this beer.

D: Very good, I give her a B+

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Photo of littleshamrocks
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a large, frothy, white head. Good carbonation has the beer looking alive and inviting. Excellent lacing left all the way down the glass. Strong piney hop presence in the nose, citris and flowery notes as well. Nice hop bitterness with notes of grapefruit rind, also a solid malt backbone, but the hops definitely prevail. Medium body with lively carbonation and a lightly astringent finish on the palate.

Overall, everything you could want from the style. Well balanced with enough hops to keep the hopheads happy. I will certainly be having more of this one.

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4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very active off white head explodes to a three finger thick bubble foam. Bubbles pop fat and leave a little lace. Body is a straw colored amber. Nose is very loud with floral citrus notes and nice hoppy sweetness, this nose is lucious and inviting. A realatively silky oilly hop feel enters the mouth and is nicely coating. Slight piney citrus rind feel is long and even. Carries a bitter zip all the way through the the mouthfeel. Not quite as polished on the edges as Bells other hop masterpiece Hopslam, but still very good.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. One of my absolute favorite ipas. I seem never to be in a place or time to review it properly, but I finally find myself alone with a bottle with everyone else in bed and decided to have at it. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy golden with a very healthy head that sticks around and leaves some very nice lacing. The smellis wonderful. Deep and bright aromas of citrusy hops, some slight grassiness, and a slight hint of malt in the back to balance. Perfect ipa aromas in my book. The taste is also wonderful. The same wonderful citrus flavors and bitterness, a slight sense of graininess, and the hops turn earthy and spicy as the flavor goes on. Not the most bitter beer I've had, or the one with the longest finish, or the most perfectly balanced, but the overall package is nice- quite hoppy while retaining a certain subtlety. Very nice. The mouthfeelis full and slightly grainy. I like it, but I'd be happy if it were slightly less grainy. Exquisitely tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of zdk9
3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Ashley's in AA

A- Comes out a gorgeous copper color. A fingers worth of eggwhite head dissipates slowly leaving a nice film of foam on the top of the beer. The lacing is strong and forms solid walls on the sides of the glass.

S- Some light husky maltiness on the nose, but dominated by earthy slightly citrusy hops notes.

T- The husky straw greets my mouth first. This is quickly taken over by a dominating bitter flavor. Some citrus flavors- very pithy grapefruit and lime zest. Also some grassy tones. There is a decent complexity to the taste, but overall I found it to be weaker than expected.

M- The bitterness of the beer grabs my tongue and refuses to let go- the aftertaste only streathens its hold. There is a decent creaminess along with this.

D- I enjoyed this beer, but did find it to be too bitter for my taste.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at Capital Ale House Innsbrook as part of Beer Geek Week '07.

Crack the Firkin!

A: A slightly hazy/murky deep orange with barely any head from the cask conditioning.

S: Very mellow hop profile, much less than out of the bottle. Appears rather thin, but still a hearty color and enticing bouquet.

T: Hops are out the frame on this one. Cask definitely imparts a different flavor profile for this one, as it tastes more bitter than out of the bottle, but you can definitely taste the freshness as well.

M: Rather thin, but tasty nevertheless. The carbonation is lower of course because of the natural fermentation inside the firkin, but hop residuals are all over the palate still.

D: To be honest, not as drinkable as the bottled version. Nevertheless, it was definitely worth it to taste it out of the firkin in order to see how the beer I know and love changes with its fermentation process.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Amber-orange color, rather cloudy. 1.5 to 2 inches of foamy white head that leaves a layer atop the beer. A little amount of slowly-rising carbonation is visible. Lovely, thick and sticky rings of lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Warm and nippy floral hops are right in your face. There's a hint of honey/caramel sweetness behind the hops, with some spicy citrus scents, as well. Perhaps a whiff of sweet melon?
T: Well-balanced and pleasant throughout. Floral hops lead the way, followed by a taste of citrus which blends into a caramel malt flavor. All three of these tastes follow through to the finish and fade out in unison. Hard to say which one is more prevalent in the end; it really depends on what you try to notice, since the balance between them is amazing.
M: Bitterness up front with the hop tastes, but a smoother feel is brought in by the malts. Finish is creamy and satisfying.
D: Very drinkable. Never noticed the 7% ABV.
Overall, a fantastic IPA. The malt character is more noticeable than in other hoppier IPAs that I like, but that just makes this one stand out in my mind for accomplishing this with such a perfect hop/malt balance for this style. If you see this beer, definitely try it.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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