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

On cask at Wonder's Pub. I first had this on tap at the Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor and was blown away by the hops and the depth of flavor. The tap carbonation definitely made for a more assertive ale, which I nonetheless enjoyed immensely. That said, I enjoy this on cask a lot more.

Appearance: Amber with copper hints. 1/2 inch head lingers for several minutes. Medium visibility, with medium/low viscosity. Thick stick lacing on the sides of glass.

Aroma: Grapefruit, heavy honey and orange notes. Refreshing and balanced.

Taste: Despite the hops, this is well balanced. Nice bold grapefruit and anise up front, with a caramel malt and sweet citrus back palate. Yeasty finish, with gradually developing bitter aftertaste that nonehtless remains refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Cask conditioning definitely helps bring out the flavors and renders a smooth mouthfeel. Allows room for both mellow malts and floral hops.

Drinkability: Truly sessionable despite bold flavor. The body isn't too heavy and showcases the hops without making the bitterness oppressive.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium ambe with a fluffy 2 finger head, nice longevity and lace. Nice aromas of hops mixed with a fair amount of orange. Malt aromas are present but quickly fade due to the hop aromas. Something seems off in the flavor. I think it is too unbalanced. Yes, it is supposed to heavy on the hop side but its kind of harsh. I think it just needs a bigger malt presence. The hop amounts are fine, as is their flavor, its just a weak malt presence. It is still a good and quality made beer just unbalanced IMHO. If the malts were a bit more dominate, it would make an excellent brew.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7463 on the label - Pours a hazy orange shade with some suspended yeast particles and an epic white head that sticks around forever. Nose is ...oh man ... hops are superbly aggressive here. Citrus, piney, and ever so slightly sweet. Can they bottle this aroma and sell it in a spray like Febreze? One of the best smelling beers I've enjoyed in a long while. Palate is a hop paradise ... pine and citrus combine with an incredible sweetness and texture that almost brings a tear to the eye. This may well be the best balanced AIPA I've ever had ... could the hop/malt ratio be better? Doubt it. Mouthfeel is soft, thick, and luxurious. Medium bodied. Lingering sweetness and absolutely amazing hop tastes linger in the mouth long after each sip. Where do I begin with one ... you simply must have Bell's Two Hearted. I don't know why it's called Two Hearted and I don't know why there is a fish on the label, but I do know it's the best AIPA I've ever had the pleasure of consuming ... and one of the overall best beers made in the USA. More than recommended.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a fluffy almost-white head. The head sticks to the side like glue. Very nice
Smell is fantastically hoppy. Spicy, citrusy hops with a nice subtly-sweet background.
Taste is mellower than expected and suprisingly well balanced. I'm drinking this after a DFH 90 minute, and this is so much better balanced. And smooth. The mouthfeel is moderate, but the smooth carbonation offers a bit of creamyness. This is a damn fine beer.

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Photo of rabsten
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bright clear orange-amber with thick, light tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Very good lacing.

Heavy floral hop aroma with light malt in the background. Not overwhelming hoppiness, though. Another beer that I could smell all day long and not get tired of.

Crisp bitterness. Highly hopped but with a nice malt balance. Top notch, both for the style and on its own.

Well balanced mouthfeel. Crisp and dry at the start with mellow finish.

Perhaps the most drinkable IPA I've had this year. I love drinking this beer.

Believe the hype. By far the best Bell's product I've had and an excellent IPA. Period. Worthy of my Beer HoF.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Cloudy orange with a nice thick head that clings nicely.

Smell- Lots of floral and citrus hops. Nice malt backbone that promises a balanced brew.

Taste- Again, floral and citrus hops. Pine in the background with slick hop oilyness.

Mouthfeel- Slick and creamy with a crisp finish.

Drinkability- Easy to quaff; great summer day beer

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

A - Pours a cloudy golden color, nice carbonation, nice small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, citrus, and slight spices.

T - The taste is sweet hoppy, with a nice sweet dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. My first Bell's brew and it is very delicious. An outstanding IPA.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale golden amber maybe a little light for the style, with a foamy white head. Smells of sweet pine and citrus. Taste is similar to smell with overwhelming hops dominating the flavor which is ok in my book. Mouthfeel is light with not much carbonation.

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

Thanks to thefatkid13 for the trade. Pours a bright golden-orange hue topped by an inch of pretty, creamy white head that gradually subsides to a thin film. Smell of sharp, floral hops, with some pine and grapefruit. A touch of light sweet malt and a little bit of ale yeast balance out the appealing aroma.
Palate is a pleasing blend of light, slightly sweet malt and assertive, floral hops. Notes of light citrus, grass, and a fleeting hint of smoke are detectable. Body is just a little thin for the style, but more or less fine. A very drinkable IPA, one that could hold its own here on the over-hopped west coast.

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

Had this on tap the other night, and MAN was I surprised!
Came to me in a pint glass- thick frothy head aching to escape over the top of my glass. The pale golden amber liquid within quickly subsided and gave way to some fantastic lacing.
Smells incredibly hoppy and fruity. Some citrus aromas as well.
Delicious and malty, the hops creep up and add a significant amount of bitterness to this brew, without disturbing the balance. I could even detect some fruit flavoring...peaches and grapefruit.
This is one delightful IPA, I'll be looking for this again when I want a smooth, flavorful beer with a dry finish that is not overpowering.

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Photo of errantnight
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, just wow.

Pours a hazy dirty orange straw with tantalizing lacing and a smooth, bountiful head that dissipates suitably quickly.

The aroma on this beer is phenomenal. An orange-y, almost passion fruit sweetness hits the nose... not sickly sweet and overpowering, but pleasantly enticing.

The taste is something of a shock. The bitterness hits up front and rides a wave out as hits of orange and lemon with just a hint of malt... the hops seem citrusy with just a hint of flower in the nose. It finishes clean and dry, with a touch of sweetness that's canceled out. It's remarkably refreshing, and easy drinking.

No west coast hop bomb here, the body is light, and while there's some crisp carbonation the mouth is mainly smooth as silk.

I could, and feel the desire to, drink this all night long. There's not much more to an IPA I would want than this. Stone IPA has always been my stand-out favorite, even with such luminary brews as HopDevil and 60 Min. readily available... it's got competition now.

A pantheon level brew.

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Photo of Phatz
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is beautifully crafted to be one of the most tasty easy drinking IPAs I have had to date. Thanks to 'YBSober' for this beer.

Appearance: Pours a magnificent orange peach color with a huge head that lasts and lasts. Then heavy sheets of lacing decorate the glass.

Smell: Tons of fresh orange rinds. I cracked open the bottle and even before I poured the beer my wife asked (from across the room) "Is that an orange beer?" It is that bold in the initial orange citrus aroma. It settles to a perfect level of citric orange rind and sweet toasted malt.

Taste: If you have ever juiced your own oranges in a juicer you can peel off the top orange layer and leave the white rinds on the orange that you juice. It makes a more bold tart tasty fresh orange juice. This beer reminded me of that juice I used to make. My juicer is still in the attic from when we moved. I think it will stay there and I will get more of this Two Hearted Ale. Wow!

Mouthfeel: So remarkably smooth. A bit juicy with just a bit of a hop nibble keeping the medium/light body interesting.

Drinkability: Now that I have met this beer, buy stock in Bell's Brewery because I am on a quest for cases. I could drink this all day everyday. It really hits the spot and is remarkably easy to drink!

Hope this is helpful.

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

Damn the three-tiered distribution system! Years spent on the East Coast comparing West Coast v. East Coast IPAs can leave one oblivious to the delicious IPA offerings of the Midwest. While not as over-the-top as Three Floyd's Dreadnaught, Bell's Two Hearted Ale may just represent the perfectly balanced IPA.
Pours a lovely, light copper-orange with a substantial and unyielding head.
The aroma offers the first hints of conversion. Sublime intimations of citrus, from sweet orange to grapefruit to kaffir lime. A succulent, fruit sweetness lurks beneath the citrus. A hint of pininess, but not too much. All of this underscored by a delicate floral quality. Beautifully balanced.
The palate is more of the same. Good carbonation. Pleasant, floral, citrusy bitterness all the way through. Although the malt takes a backseat here, the beer has a very pleasant pale maltiness. A slightly bitter, floral finish.
The overall effect is borderline narcotic. This is the perfect midwestern IPA. An excellent choice for anytime and/or occasion.

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My mom and step dad had to go on a business trip to Michigan and asked me to house sit. I jokingly said "Sure, but you have to bring me back some local beer." To my suprise, when they arived back in town they had a 6 pack of this and a 6 pack of Lake Superior Special Ale... Go mom!

This one pours a clear golden orange. A small white head gives off some decent lacing.
Smells citrussy orange and a bit hoppy.
Tastes of good toasted malt and citrussy orange hops. I like the orange flavor so much more than some of the IPA's with a strong grapefruit taste. Good flavor.
This one is a good, malty, medium bodied brew. A nice ammount of carbonation. Bitterness on the back of the tounge. The flavor dristributes well throughout the palate.
This is a good drinkable beer.

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

12oz. bottle with a label with a close up picture of a trout or some other trout like looking fish swimming up stream. The label looks like something that should have or was appeared on the cover of the fishing magazine Field and Stream. The back label has some information about the beer on the top, the Govt. warning in the middle, and a bin number at the bottom. Mine being 7252. I've had this beer a while in my possession and I finally get to drink it. It's a good thing that the beer itself is nothing like the label!

Appearance: When poured into a mug, the beer was a nice IPA color of copper/orange with a nice 1 inch head of white sticky foam. It had good retention leaving behind very a small amount of white rings and just a little sticky white lace around the mug.

Smell: They said on the back of the bottle was that it had "an incredibly floral hop aroma." Where I ask? It doesn't matter, but what I got instead was a nice aroma of piny hops, just a hint of citrus fruits, and a something else in the background that I just put my finger on. I know it's not the floral hops.

Taste: The best way I can describe the taste is that every flavor doesn't come separately, it came to me in one big flavor. What was in this jumble was the flavors of piny hops, citrus fruits, a trace of juicy fruits, and even some toasted malt was in here. Great Taste! Never had an IPA where all the flavors came to me all at once.

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied, carbonated, very crisp, and with a nice piny hops aftertaste.

Drinkability: Although I only got a single of this, I wish I have gotten a six pack of this. An excellent beer that I'm glad I tried and will try again! A must IPA beer!

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a very white rocky head. Spotty, thick lacing with bib bubbles. Powerful perfumey, piney smell that screams, "Drink me!"

Flavor is like a muted version of the smell, and it builds in the mouth over the course of a bottle. I thought it was piney but too weak to start. But by the time I was hlaf-way through it seemed perfect.

It was kind of watery, and the carbonation a bit weak, but I'll be coming back for more Two Hearted Ale.

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Photo of kdmorse
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy goldenrod. Topped with one fat finger of sticky head.

S: Sweet citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit. Gorgeous.

T/M: Well-balanced, spicy, sweet beer. Same sweet grapefruit notes with solid malt underneath. Thick and syrupy. Mmm.

D: Love to drink this. Great beer whether it's hot or cold out. Easy to session all night, and easy to find on tap in the area so it's possible to do so.

Notes: Greatest of the great midwestern IPAs. Seek it out. Enjoy it.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - deep golden color, pretty cloudy, one inch dense white head that has good retention, nice lacing

s - very floral hop aroma, piney too, some citrus in there

t - slightly sweet and piney up front with the bitterness quickly developing after that to fill the whole mouth, the finish is long and bitter with notes of citrus

m - medium-bodied with ample, yet not overdone, carbonation, very crisp

d - the perfect session IPA in my book, I could drink this all night

Two Hearted is what I measure all other IPAs against. It's everything I look for in an IPA and a beer in general. I just wish I could get it regularly where I'm at.

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

Uh oh...foam is cascading out of the bottle after this one, also. I thought it was a fluke with the first one. No problem. Grab a towel and wipe it up, too. Never had that happen unless the beer had been shaken prior to opening. Oh well. Pours a slighlty hazy copper with a thick white head that leaves heavy lacing. Aroma is hoppy. Pine and citrus are dominant. The taste follows in the same direction. Very earthy with pine, citrus and some light, biscuity malts in there as well. Hops are the highlight, as expected, in this tasty brew. Medium body with nice carbonation and a dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will always have a mild love affair with this beer.
Pours an amber/gold with thick puffed head.

smells of citrusy hop/pine/diacitle

tastes of hop/grapefruit.lemo zest/ and pine nuts, It's delicious!

could drink all day if it werent so alcoholic! If you dont have it available, GET IT!

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Photo of cproioi
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper body with a white head that stood around 11/2 fingers and quickly subsided to a film over the top of the beer.

S: Pine cone earthy hops aroma comes to the nose very defined.

T: Very similar to the smell. Which is wonderful, a nice hoppy taste that invades your taste buds. Leaves a crisp clean hoppy finish.

M: Decent body with an average amount of carbonation. Very crisp beer.

D: Very drinkable. Every time I have a Two Hearted Ale it makes me want another one.

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

P: 12 oz bottle with a fish on it
A: Hazy orange, nice thick head with lace
S: Citrus hop, a little cheddar
T/M: Nicely balanced, hops and malt are in harmony, good bitterness
M: Very nice, lingering aftertaste, but not unpleasant
D: Very drinkable, I could easily put down a few of these
Notes: This is a hell of an IPA and as the previous review noted, also a great value. Certainly not the best, but very good and true to style.

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Photo of ski271
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy gold with an orange tinge to it. Head is small, white, foamy and slowly to diminish. Some light attractive lacing. Smell is of, no surprise, hops but with a nice biscuit-like malt balancing it out a bit. Lots of citrus and floral scents. Taste follows suit with the wonderful flavors and bitterness that are bold but do not overpower and shut out the moderate-light bready malt. It has a medium-long finish that is fairly sweet with a lingering dryness. It has a medium body, lightly oily texture, and moderate carbonation. This is a wonderful IPA that is a pleasure to drink and is definitely worth seeking out.

On-tap 5-17-07 - same as above for the most part, just better. 4.5's across the board

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Photo of becktone
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance of this brew is "Noice Egyptian!" Color is gold and the beer is fairly clear. It is not crystal clear, its more of a murky clear. Pours with a beautiful creamy golden tinged white head. Lacing is excellent, head retention is also superb. One great looking beer.

The nose of this beer is quite appetizing. Big floral and citrus aroma. Hops dominate the aroma of this beer as is appropriate for this style.

Hop influence is apparent in this beer. Quite a bitter brew, very appropriate stylistically. Floral (and some citrus) characteristics are the backbone of this beer's flavor profile. The hop character is pronounced, don't get me wrong, but I would like to see a bit more hop flavor, I think that some stronger hop flavor might just add to this brew, or maybe my palate is off today. Aftertaste is dry, floral hops that linger in the mouth

Mouthfeel of this beer is also great, medium bodied with a dry finish that leaves you begging for more. Low carbonation, just enough to playfully dance the tongue and give rise to the realization that this is a carbonated beverage. This beer is a sipper, don't try to drain this quickly, what would be the good in that? As with all great beers it needs to be appreciated. Don't gulp this one down, sit, realx and enjoy the flavor of this great IPA. Definitely worth the money, will be buying this one again. However, Stone IPA is still my default.

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Photo of shivtim
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two Hearted is a beautiful deep clear gold with a tinge of rusty brown. It's got a small head that fades, and the lacing is nice. The nose is all floral hops... not too complicated here. Taste is as expected heavy hops up front (not overdone), but with a nice amount of malts to balance it out, a surprising tiny hint of pine, and finally a slightly bitter finish. Excellent combination. Mouthfeel is very good, and drinkability on this one is high. No wonder it's one of Bell's more popular brews.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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