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 TexIndy
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz with a batch ID on the back label that allows you to go to website to get info on the beer like the date brewed. Was a hazy copper orange color. Had a good head that settles down to a constant foamy top. Considerable lacing throughout the drink. The mouthfeel was awesome - nice and creamy. The aroma is most definitely IPA with dominance of hops and what another reviewer called piney resin. There is also something sweet in there but I can't identify it. The taste is also awesome with a smooth start then a big bit of hops then settles down before becoming to bitter. Very well balanced. I really enjoyed this one but seems best as a regular instead of heavy player. Highly recommend. (4, RR, T, Y)

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Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts balanced, sweetness in the background but hops dominate as this IPA is true to style. $1.89 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

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

Aroma: Huge Floral Hop aroma. Caramel malt sweetness and some alcohol.

Appearance: Clear golden with a creamy head retention that lasts till the last drop.

Flavor: Huge floral hop flavor and finishes with a spicy hop bitterness that lingers a bit but delicious, all balanced with a base and caramel malt sweetness. Has a touch of alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy and perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: This beer RULES on the beer engine or hand pull.

A “beer engine” or hand pump is used to siphon the beer, using air. The beer engine is a half-pint (sometimes a 1/4 pint), airtight piston chamber - pulling down on the handle raises the piston which drags up a half pint of beer. When a cask is first tapped into the beer engine, or after the lines have been washed through, the pump needs to be pulled several times to clear the lines of air or water. The line will continue to hold beer, which will tend to go stale overnight, so the first beer pulled through will be bad beer, and this will be simply thrown away. Most pubs will pull through at least a pint of beer on each beer engine before they open, while others will wait for the first order of beer on that pump before pulling through. Experienced bar staff will serve a pint with two long, smooth, slow pulls of the pump handle, plus a short third just to make sure the glass is full.

Hangin' at Bell's in 1999, every Sunday was Two Hearted Ale on the hand pull afternoons. We would go up there after a heavy night of college drinking and would cure our hangovers. If you ever catch this beer at the Brewery on the hand pull, it will probably be the only beer you drink that day. This is an India Pale Ale -IPA style beer.

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Photo of xav33
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Two Hearted Ale
12 oz bottle
Packaged 11/06, fished out 12/06
Moderate pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a clear amber with an average white frothy somewhat lasting head with layered rings of lacing denoting my sip timeline.

Smelt of strong oily pine resin, grapefruit rinds, fish, light peaches, strawberries, and sweet bread.

Taste was upfront medium strong bittersweet spruce and moderate bitter and sour grapefruit followed by a moderate bitter and skunky and fishy resin taste on a long peach and spruce finish. Palate was medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated, and lightly astringent.

Overall, a very satisfying soft yet hearty IPA. Excellent flavors, and well balanced in its flavor profile. I've nothing bad to say really. It's just good.

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Photo of mhaugan
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to travel from Phoenix to Minneapolis to get my hands on some, but since I have a business need to do so, its not too bad. Picked up a sixer to keep in my hotel fridge.

A - Nice Amber with a decent head and some quality lacing

S - Nice and hoppy with just a hint of sweet

T - Hoppy with a great sweet, smooth finish

D - Wonderful. Once of the few IPAs that I would really call a session beer without killing all of my taste buds. The slight sweetness from the malt really helps a bunch.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught at The Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill, PA on 12/8/06.

A - Light amber hue with a nice creamy white head that mostly diminished, leaving in its wake some beautiful lacing on the glass. The body was quite clear and bursting with bubbles.

S - Moderate hoppy nose with a well-balanced malty aroma as well. Lots of citrus/grapefruit hops... it even smelled a bit sticky!

T - Moderately bitter initial flavor followed by a surprisingly bitter sweet finish with an average duration.

M - The hops feel like they stick to the sides of your tongue, giving way to an almost numbing sensation. This was quite a little lively beer, with lots of carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

D - Overall, this is a very well-rounded IPA that was surprisingly a bit sweeter than I had anticipated. Lots of nice, sticky hops. I would pick up a case of this sometime. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours the color of a dark pumpkin rind, with a bubbly head colored a nice eggshell situated on top. Retains well, with vigorous lacing.

Smell: Invigorating floral hops that are nicely accompanied by some simple, sweet malts.

Taste: Very good. Malts and hops compliment one another aptly to produce a simple yet satisfying flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and roundly carbonated.

Drinkability: Superb. Phenomenal session beer that I could drink anytime, for a long time. Blissful simplicity.

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

On tap at the GABF.

Poured a beautiful amber with a nice white head.

The aroma was of citrusy hops, rich biscuity malts, and English ale yeast.

The flavor of the beer was very citrusy with lots of grapefruit. The maltiness of the beer was relatively prominent for an American IPA. Rich caramel and biscuit malt flavors.

The mouthfeel was crisp and the carbonation was spot on.

Another American classic. This beer is perfectly balanced and very distinct.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at Nicholson's in downtown Cincy.
Served in a pub pint glass. Had a nice inch and a half frothy head. Plenty of hoppy aroma. More of the piney hop smell than anything else came through. This beer on cask is really interesting. You lose a lot of the hop bite, but this beer is so smooth and creamy that it makes up for it. Instead of getting the hop bite as soon as you drink it, it really comes through about midway through each drink. A little more subtle, but it's there.
This is very drinkable. This is so smooth that it's dangerous. All in all a good offering, but I prefer non hoppy beers for cask offerings.

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Photo of SMark
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale, tan with a very respectable head. Lace lasted completely through drinking the pint over 30 minutes.

Definitely a lot of hops which made the mouth water in anticipation of what was ahead.

Crisp and clean with all the anticipated hops coming through. It was difficult to make this last 30 minutes.

Probably did not give enough thought to how it felt. Too excited to drink and then provide a proper evaluation. Nothing off here.

Very difficult to only drink one, but alas I was by myself and had to be able to get home. Could enjoy a few of these as I cannot imagine getting tired of it.

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Photo of Impsonsay
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a 13oz mug

A: Pours a light goldenrod color with thick lingering head that grasps tightly along the sides of the glass.

S: Strong hints of hops and citrus

T: Strong hop and citrus bitterness. I can't help but be reminded of the taste of a gin and tonic... only with hops of course.

M: A bit thin feeling in the mouth, but strong bubbly carbonation sings in perfect harmony with the taste and smell of this brew.

D: This is a beer that made me see IPA's as something to be savored instead of my previous thoughts as just being a "sour beer".

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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 InsolublePancake
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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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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