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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

3,446 Reviews
Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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

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

Batch 7703, packaged on October 23, 2006. Big thanks go to Ego for the big score and letting some NJ BAs sample some of Bell's finest works.

Served in an imperial pint glass at just over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful radiant gold... it doesn't quite know whether to go more towards yellow or red. There is a slight haze, and the head swells to three fingers of thickness. The crown settles to a fat cap of foam, leaving both sheets and spots of lacing behind.

Smell- Sweet, floral notes showcasing honey and ruby red grapefruit... the nose alone is thirst quenching, mingling with the cool air above the beer and waking the taste buds.

Taste- The success of this beer is its balance. The citrusy hop character surrounds the tongue and grips the mouth, while the malts set up their bready, clean finish. The ensuing burps are wonderfully fragrant, at least from my perspective. I get to smell them instantly!

Mouthfeel- I had to bump this number up to 5. While some IPAs begin their descent after decanting in a glass for a half-hour, this only gets smoother and more enjoyable. Slick and absolutely amazing... the carbonation *swooshes* in the mouth with grace and perfection.

Drinkability- With so many IPAs available in NJ (and more are coming), this would be a real gift to hopheads in our region. This beer has it all... and it makes me want to savor each sip. My glass is empty now, and my only want is to have another.

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Photo of sponberg
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's a salmon on the damned bottle. This means that the beer is good for your cholesterol, and swims upstream to spawn. What's upstream from Kzoo? Got me. Pours a cloudy gold/amber with a white head that lasts forever. Aroma of bready malt, rindy citric hops, and a fish fry.

HELlo!!! Big IPA blast right off the rip - citrusy hops all over the place along with a honey/caramel biscuity, bready malt, with the hop rindiness grabbing the tongue while the rest of the balanced honey and hops glide over the taste buds. There's some solid, highly drinkable beer in this bottle - the kind that says "yeah, it's a session, but you're gonna be calling a cab." Finishes with this great bitter-and-honey-lemon flavor that has me reaching for more.

Bless you, BA JeffKrenner, for the bottle!!!

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

After the recent discussion in the forums about favorite IPAs and then Bell's Two Hearted specifically, I decided it was time to revisit it.

This is from a 12 oz bottle, Batch 7720

Pours a bright golden straw color, quite clear but not completely. Nice fluffy inch or so of head, that stands up out of glass, above the rim before receding to a light bubbly foam. Laces nicely down the glass.

Smell bursts of hops, not overpowering though. Floral and citrus here. Slightly sweet. I've heard this described as beer Froot Loops (like the cereal) and that fits it well

And the taste, wow. This is such a great IPA, the balance is perfect. There a nice malt presence that, while less prominent than the hops, allows this to be a very quaffable beer. The hops make this one quite juicy and I get a little pine as well. The finish is crisp, drying and bitter.

Mouthfeel is drying and the carbonation on this one makes it quite crisp, as I said above.

This beer really excels in drinkability, its such a tasty beer and would make for an excellent session beer when your taste buds are in a bitter mood. This is one of my favorite IPAs out there, I'm glad I picked it up again.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright gold with about an inch of white head. Some lacing remains on the glass as the head dissipates.

S- Nice hoppy smell with tart citrus and some sweet floral notes. Quite inviting.

T- Citrusy hops hit first with a nice tangy flavor. A smooth, bready malt flavor follows with a touch of honey-like sweetness. Moderate bitterness on the finish, not harsh at all.

M- Nice medium body, perhaps on the light side of medium, with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Excellent drinkability. I could definitely put down a few of these with ease.

It didn't blow my socks off, but it was a solid, flavorful, easy-drinking IPA. I will definitely get more of this in the future. Recommended.

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Photo of Hitman23
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper color, two finger head, can really see the hops and malt.

S - Unreal smell out of the bottle, the pour just adds to it. Strong IPA aroma with a hint of citrus.

T - Really gets the tastes buds going. This is one of if not the best tasting American IPA out there.

M - Bittersweet and will make your jaws clinch ever so slightly with a smooth finish.

D - Goes down nice and easy. Putting away six would be a lot of fun.

Thanks to my cousin in Madison, WI for finally giving me chance to taste this awesome craft!

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Photo of Atlas1
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed the last bottle of Two Hearted tonight from my local beer store. Glad I did too. Pours a nice golden orange-yellow, with a bit of haziness to it. Quite pretty. A nice two-finger head which lasted a while and left a beautiful lace down the glass. The aroma is very citrusy. Orange and lemon hoppiness. Tastes delicious too. The perfect blend of malt and hops. Very fresh. Orange hoppy flavor to finish it off. On a second gulp I get hints of lemon and starfruit. Some pine as well in the following aroma. A tasty and complex IPA for sure. Mouthfeel is solid. A fantastic beer from Bell's. Quality stuff.

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Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright hazy gold color. A decent head, and a lot of carbonation visible.

Aromas are hoppy and citrus like, and there is a candied sweetness to it as well. Interesting and enjoyable.

Flavors are a bit muted, but tasty. There is carbonation noted up front, and then a finish of bitterness, and some malty sweetness. This is a very dry tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is maybe a bit watery to me. Kind of lean...

This is a very drinkable IPA. I could see this being a session beer.

Thanks for the bottle MuenchenerKindl!

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

Served from 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours honey gold in color with a thick, foamy 2 finger white head that just sticks to the glass. Streams of carbonated bubbles flow to the surface. The head last forever as is ever so slowly fades.

Smell: Big wafts of lovely Centennial hops explode from the glass with aromas of grapefruit rind and pine with just a mild hint of sweet amber fruits trying to breakthrough the Centennials.

Taste: Start with a bang with those Centennial hops really shining through. Big juicy grapefruit flavor with a hint of pine thrown in for good measure. The middle is where the malts make an appearance with a pleasant honey like sweetness that tries to balance out the hops, however the hops prevail but the malts do make a nice showing. The finish is all Centennials as a grapefruity bitterness lingers long on the tongue after the swallow leaving the mouth dry and begging for more. Alcohol extremely well hidden. Outstanding !

Mouthfeel: Somewhat creamy and dry to the finish. Definitely makes you take another sip. Carbonation spot on with a lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability/Notes: After much anticipation, Bell's Two Hearted made it to the DC area and the wait was well worth it. A fantastic IPA made with all Centennial hops makes for a hop heads delight. Big grapefruity hops with just a touch of honey like sweetness to balance makes for a delicious IPA. Alcohol is well hidden. Visually this is one great beer as the clarity of the beer, the long lasting head and huge amounts of sticky lacing make it visually appealing. Two Hearted lives up to its billing as one of the best IPA's and one that has found a permanent home in my DBF. Drinkability factor is through the roof as I could drink these all day. Highly recommended. Seek and Enjoy

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Photo of Wren
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured a thick bright head which hungaround in clumps till the last sip, great sticky textured lacing

beer is slightly hazy golden yellow/slight orange tinge
lighter in colour than the more orangeish AIPAs

I can only compare the smell of this beer to opening a fresh bag of whloe leaf cascade hops and sticking your nose right in, giant popping hop aroma with no grassy notes detectiable

taste follows the same line as the smell - fantastic hop freshness and flavour which lingers nicely and blends with a balanced bitter finish

mouthfeel is med-light, heavy carbonation combined with hop resin, enjoyable

great american IPA, goes down easy, but more than two or three of these in session will certainly dull your senses

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

One of the best IPA's I have ever had.
It has a semi transparent orange color with a nice creamy tan head, that goes away quickly. The smell and taste however, are wonderful. I just kept smelling it over and over until one of fiends told me to finally taste it. The smell was compromised mostly of sweet spices, orange peel, coriander, and hints of hops. The taste was spicy, a good blend of hops and fruity tones. A perfect amount of carbonation and alcohol (which isn’t very noticeable) make this brew easily drinkable.
Wish I had more and will definitely purchase more in the future. Highly recommend this one to the IPA fans!

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

Poured into Goose Island IPA glass. Has dark gold/bronze color with a nice foam head after the pour.

Hop smell is fantastic, not sure of hops used but the aroma is something you want to suck across your olfactory over and over.

Taste is nice - a fair amount of malt provides the balance I feel is needed for highly hopped beers.

Mouthfeel is good but is a little too thin. Carbonation feels nice on the tongue.

Drinkability is pretty good and I could probably suck a few of these down without getting tired of hops or a sour stomach.

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

I've been waiting to try this beer for a long while, but it has only recently become available in Virginia. To celebrate its arrival in the Old Dominion, I have poured it into my etched Monticello stein, in honor of one of the commonwealth's most famous sons.

It's a slightly cloudy beer, brassy in color, with a thin and resilient head and thin trails of lace. Its aroma is similar to DFH 60 minute, but finer, more delicate, and eminently floral. Marvelous in the mouth -- chewy, with slightly burning grapefruit and pine nicely offset by malt... my word, my word, was this worth the wait.

After you swallow, your mouth tingles slightly, and it seems that the beer is now coming out of your salivary glands! Which is far more pleasant an effect than it probably sounds.

I keep coming back to the word "delicate." That's a strange word, considering that this is such a hoppy brew. But it is, it is delicate. Perhaps balanced is a better word. This is very nice. As it warms, it becomes even more complicated.

This is far too drinkable. I don't usually find beers that make that characteristic so easy to score. I love a moderately-alcoholic IPA that still manages to slap you around a bit. Only, this beer is like being slapped by the most beautiful person you could imagine... and wanting more!

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

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color, with a small, but persistent white head, and excellent broken lace.

Aroma: Massive pine and lesser grapefruit and orange hops. There is also a slightly grainy malt presence.

Taste: Opens with mildly spicy hops, slightly sweet malt and tropical fruit notes, soon a strong pine and orange hop presence manifests itself. Finishes quite dry, with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-made example of the style.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this from ThedarkertheBetter and Blitheringidiot via Double Trouble BIF. Thanks again guys.

Appearance: This one poured a burnt ornage hue but bright orange when held to the light. The frothy white head stood up to be recognized and maintained its standing power for quite some time, leaveing behind a thick trail of bubbles. Also you can find lots of beading floating vigoriously to the top.

Smell: The aromas are strong, sweet, and piney hops. Mild roasted maltiness. Has just hint of alcohol in the nose. Mostly im detecting some fresh greens and pines. Not bad by any means.

Taste: The flavors are much like the nose, prodominately piney hops and fresh greens straight from the garden. Has just subtle sweetness from the malts. The alcohol is definitely there but not enough to steal from this bittersweet blend.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium body and high levels of carbonation. Smooth and easy going down. Has a bubblely finish and leaves a slight bittering in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would love to sit back and throw a few of these away. I consider myself a stout fanatic, but after drinking this, IPAs have moved up a notch in my book. Very good choice indeed.


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Photo of rayjay
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of akorsak. Much thanks! Batch 7437

A: Hazy light amber colored with light carbonation and a white head.

S: GREAT smelling beer. C-hops and American malts. Potent nose.

T: Again, lots of C-hops. Spring water, light roasted malts, finishes kind of like a wit beer with a bitter kick. This beer is a real beaut.

M: The carbonation is right, but the body is just a bit thick for me. Boarderline sticky.

D: Great beer, absolutely delicious, with the delicate touch of a masterful brewer. Highly recommended. Cheers!

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

Thanks to JohnnyM2002 for my first two-hearted

Pours a merky amber color with a nice 1 finger frothy head that was slow to disappear, this just looks yummy. Smell is knock your socks off!! Citrusy hops all the way, unreal smell, orange and grapefruit in there. Taste is loaded down with citrus, with a fantastic dry hoppy finish. A bit of a grassy, pine taste, but one of the most citrus favored hops I have ever tasted. Went down ohh soo smooth, just right carbonation. This is so a keeper, cannot wait to get my hands on some more of this. Just awesome, really awesome brew.

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Light amber, golden color. Great head with excellent sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

Citrusy, with aromas of ruby red grapefruit, and a hint of malt sweetness in the background and maybe some cut grass. This smells very fresh and springlike.

What a perfectly balanced beer. Lovely hops and fruit flavors perfectly balanced with a slightly sweet maltiness that perfectly compliments the hops. This is exceptional!

Smooth, refreshing, light on the palate yet full bodies. Clean aftertaste leaves you wanting more.

This is an exceptional beer, and one of the best American IPAs I've had. Delicious!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with an impressive white craggy head that melts to very sticky lacing covery the top of the brew.
Aroma is sort of an orange type of citrus hops...not too intense and not bitter at all. A nice little bit of sweet malt as well.
Taste comes through as light pale malt and then light citrus hops...more in an English type than an American to me. Definately not a west coast type.
This is a very easy drinker and easy summer quencher.

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Photo of andrewmartin
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours in hues ranging from burnt gold to amber with a pillowy head

S: Pretty straightforward piney hops aroma dominate, some malt

T: The inital hop bitterness was balanced out by creamy malt undertones, hop bitterness lingers one. As it warms a bit of grass becomes evidence, as does grapefruit, both on the palate and the mouthfeel (biting, acidic).

M: Starts off pretty creamy, but as it warms, becomes increasingly acidic.

D: A very nice example of the IPA style, if not mind blowing.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice two finger head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is citrus and floral hops primarily and a faint caramel smell in the background.

Taste is more of the same. Citrusy hops. A little grapefruit and a little orange peel. Also a little pale malt present as well. A bread/dough like pressence towards the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and is very pleasant.

This is definitely an easy drinking beer that I will pick up again.

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Photo of Matthew
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Orangish to light copper in color with a near perfect inch of frothy and sticky head. Good lacing and head retention.
Candied hops. Thats the best way I can describe this unique smelling IPA. The hop character in the nose itself is mostly of citrus, mainly grapefruit, orange rind, and very subtle hints of pine. But all of those characters smell like they have been coated with the candy you coat candy apples with.
Hop bite upfront consisting of a piny like flavor that gives way to a grapefruity bitterness. Fruit tartness leads to a nice sweet bready malt backbone that holds this unique and bold hop character in its place.
Nice full and nicely carbonated mouthfeel for the style.
A very drinkable IPA from Bells that has really impressed me. Too bad I only have 2 bottles.

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

Served on tap from my draft system into a 16oz pub glass

Light copper,reddish hue,almost clear slight hazieness,very livey looking beer. A very dense,rocky looking head,Sticking to the sides of the glass,looking like chunks of cottage cheese,very retentative,equally as inviting.
The breathtaking aroma super clean,a intense grapefruit aroma,like having a fresh grapefruit ripped apart in frount of your face,also piney and caramelly sweet.
Tasted like a sugar coated grapefruit,crisp and clean,tangy.Carmelly and piney,a perfectly balanced taste. It was so hard to rate the taste,I didn't want to put the glass long enough to jot down the notes
A medium mouthfeel,the perfect cloyingness,a nice inviting prickley feeling on the palate. An unforgetable tongue swelling juicyness making me crave more,more,more.
The more you drink the more you want,the most drinkable IPA I've ever had.The standard of IPA's to me. The draft version of this one seems better than the bottled version. This beer will spend a lot of time on my draft system.
A must try IPA!

Try not to give out all 5"s,but I couldn't do it any other way!

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Photo of terrabyte
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, light-copper beer with a tall frothy white head.

Aroma is strong with sweet wheat and grapefruit.

Flavor is typical with citrus, grapefruit, and bitter pine hops. Has a nice, bready body that isn't very sweet. That is a huge plus for me. Even the citrus flavor isn't very strong compared to what I was expecting from the aroma. I suppose it depends on the mood, but I found the piney, bitter, dry aftertaste to be a bit strong, throwing off whack an otherwise perfectly balanced beer.

Drinkability is quite high. A bottle will disappear before you know it.

Very pleasing beer. I found the flavor much more appealing than the aroma.

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Photo of unclecrappy
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sharp Edge in East Liberty. Poured in a pint glass.

A: Interesting ... dark amber, almost orange. Head holds on forever.

S: It's a pale ale, so you get some of the things you expect, like pine and citrus. But there's also something sweet ... and that's a tease for ...

T/M: Here's where Two-Hearted Ale steps away from the norm. The pines and citrus from the hops are heavy, but they mix with a honey-sweetness you don't expect at all. Wow, it's good. And even with the sweet tones, the beer has a nice, slightly bitter finish. Very smooth.

D: Um, I'll have another, please.

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

Pours goldish amber with a towering foamy head.

I poured this into a snifter and I'm glad I did. Wonderful aromatics, floral, citrusy (lots of grapefruit and tangy lemon peel), a touch of pine resin, with a whiff of yeasty character. All that hop gets matched by a very nice bready malt in the mouth, medium body, with a light, smooth carbonation. Not unlike drinking some tropical flower. Surprisingly light on bitterness, if a bit on the tart side; hops ease back into a mineral bite.

Deceptively easy drinking; nice to have a good old-fashioned single IPA without too much alcohol showing through. Very pleasing all around, especially on the nose.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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