Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 100% Centennial hops from the Pacific Northwest and named after the Two Hearted River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, this IPA is bursting with hop aromas ranging from pine to grapefruit from massive hop additions in both the kettle and the fermenter.

Perfectly balanced with a malt backbone and combined with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this beer is remarkably drinkable and well suited for adventures everywhere.

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Reviews: 3,725 | Ratings: 15,161
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light copper-amberish color with orange highlights. The head is a off-white color, and leaves good lace. On the nose the aroma is of pine, grapefruit, hoppy and fruity. On the palate more pine, grapefruit flavor, citrus, hints of orange peels, delicate malt backbone bringing in some balance, and a little spiciness. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and the finish is some-what dry.
Overall a great american styled IPA...

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Photo of MJR
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Warm, glowing, light peach with perfect clarity. Huge, puffy off-white head that fades here and there, leaving huge, cloud-like pillows of foam. Tons of sticky lace. Enormously aromatic nose with a huge blast of floral Centennial hops, with soft pink grapefruit, and hints of orange, peach, and mango. Underneath is a thin foundation of toasted malt and slightly chalky yeast. Flavor is an eruption of hop flavor and velvet hammer-like bitterness. Flowers, pink grapefruit, peaches, oranges, mangos…it’s all there in an incredibly soft and sticky delivery. The malt and yeast manage to stay afloat enough to provide a solid base for the hop explosion happening above. Medium in body, with a soft and round mouthfeel that only gets better with the yeast pour towards the bottom. Finishes dry, firm, and bitter, with a splash of citrus and black pepper. Through my many years of better beer, this is still my favorite expression of the IPA style, and one of only a few beers that I cannot drink only one of. My opening of a bottle of this guarantees a second and third. It’s worth noting that since the new brewery opened in Comstock, this beer’s flavor profile has been much cleaner, with much less sediment.

Absolutely untouchable American IPA. Just perfect.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One hoppy IPA. As with most Bells products, I love the slightly cloudy look..light golden color. Nice white head. Hops, hops and more hops dominate the aroma but somehow they squeezed a little citrus in there too. The taste mirrors the smell. I was not dissapointed, left a nice tangy aftertaste. Pretty drinkable for the abv Way to go Larry!

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Photo of yen157
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and light amber with a large, stiff, white head. Smelled like a good AIPA should, big citrus. Also, notes of yeast, grains, and some malt. Extremely well balanced beer (for an AIPA) with some toasty malt providing sontrast to the raw hop and alcohol flavors. Fairly light body and carbonation which I liked very much.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply put one of the best beers of any type I've ever had. Had a nice creamy head sitting on top of a brilliant cloudy beer. The taste and smell both yelled out hops! One of those beers a hophead would be more than happy to get ahold of, yet also has enough balance to even things out abit for something who is not a huge fan of hops. Bell's has done is again!

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Photo of pheurton
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy yellowish-orange. the aroma of this beer is the first thing you notice...powerful citrusy hops. a nice, slightly off white head. taste is all hops....grapefruit, floral, a bit spicy...without any astrigent bitterness at all. the malt is there to offer a nice balance. this beer is very impressive...extremely balanced, with tons of hop flavor that is not harshly bitter at all. one of, if not the best american ipa i've had the pleasure to have, when it's "on". i've had a few samples in which the sweet fruitiness is muted and the bitterness more pronounced, which would knock it down some for me. when it's on target though, it is hard to beat.

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Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This may be my favorite IPA of all-time....Incredible nose...I get the huge citrus aroma with pineaples the predominant fruit...looks a little cloudy but a big rocky white head tops this bad boy....the nose invites you in, and then the taste takes disappointment here....great hops flavor...all citrus...grapefruit the big one...also some pear core on the finish....malt doesn't assert itself but this is very balanced in the mouth...highly drinkable, particulary if you like hopped up beers....Next to some of their stouts this is without question their best beer.

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Photo of maxpower
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours cloudy copper color, citrus hoppy aroma, nice hop profile, crazy ass foamy clingy head. Juicy grapefruit-citrus flavors, medium bodied IPA with a nice rounded full mouthfeel, this may be the most drinkable IPA I have ever tasted, I just can't stop at one.

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Photo of cokes
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't reviewed this one yet??? Let's change that...
Heavily clouded peach-orange body. Alpine-esque head never recedes past the 3/4" mark. Massive, thick, sculptable.
Grapefruit hoppy resinous nose. Not quite eye-watering, but fairly intense.
Bitter as hell.
Searing concentrated grapefruit, sprinkled with alum and pine needles. Metallic notes as well. The hops have come to play. The big malt body helps balance. It mostly just adds heft, but brings with it some faint toasted toffee notes. Tangerine is thrown in here as well, adding some fruity sweetness. Almost sugary at times. Yeast is a major player here too, as with most of Kzoo's stuff. There is plenty of weird shit going on in the background. Veggies? Gravel? Dandelions? Socks? Cardboard? These could almost qualify as off-flavors, but they are only ephemeral, quickly crushed under the hop tidal wave. They do, however, keep this from scoring a perfect 5 taste-wise.
Hefty bodied, with tons of amphetamine-riddled tiny bubbles. Absolutely perfect for a big IPA.
Has been, and will continue to be right near the top of my list.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber orange with a massive white head, Nice hoppy aroma, and a killer taste excellent hopiness, and a hint of Maudite?, I could be crazy, but one of the flavors I associate with Maudite is in there. Great hoppy beer to add to my arsenal.

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Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light golden hue w/ slight haze, topped by a creamy, cappachino like, sticky ivory white head. Trails of Belgian lace. Delectable combination of assertively citrusy hops, light caramel and mild tart fruity esters in aroma lend a vibrant, but rounded tangerine overtone. Crisp, sharp, hop bitterness hits the palate initially, then yields to citrus rind hop flavor w/ a distinct grapefruit note. Malt and yeast derived character is overshadowed by the strong hop profile, but notes of dextrinous light caramel and pearish tartness from Bell's yeast strain can be discerned. Well attenuated, dryish body. Finishes a lingering impression of lightly sugared pink grapefruit. Two Hearted is a delicious vehicle for Centennials. Malt is not showcased at all in this brew, yet manages to adequately support the assertive hopping. Superbly drinkable-- not unlike spiked carbonated grapefruit juice... but in a great way. Very unique. Would be an American classic if distributed more widely.

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Photo of zerk
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-yellow with a thin white head. Aroma was abounding with hops (citrus and floral). When I first tasted the beer, all I tasted was grapefruit... I could almost detect some malt trying to sneak through and balace things out, but it couldn't quite surface. As the beer warmed a bit, the malt became more pronounced, and balanced things out quite nicely, making this a very drinkable brew. It has a medium body, and medium carbonation, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Another fine beer from Kalamazoo!

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.79/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a great big head - three fingers. You can smell the hops just filling the air, also smell of grapefruit. Gold in color. First sip reveals a taste that delivers what the aroma promises. A nicely hopped beer but not overly so. The hops balances well with the citrus taste. Tastes of grapefruit rinds. This is one fresh bottle - thanks, Cloverleaf.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just love this beer. Right off the bat, I could smell the hops. I did not even know what this beer was before I ordered it, but when it was placed in front of me, I could smell the hops- they screamed at me- wonderful smell of citrus. I knew this was an IPA. Taste was fabulous as well, of course, hops and more hops. Orange and slight grapefruit flavors balance this beer out- of course that it if you like the bitterness of an insanly hopped brew. For hop heads only.

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Photo of beernut7
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After sucking down a few malty bocks, I figure a touch of hops would do my buds some good. Decided on the Two Hearted and its light copper color and lacy whitish head. The aroma told me I has chosen wisely. The fresh burst of spicy hop punched me right in the nose and my mouth started watering. The huge hoppy spicy hoppy flavor is sharp and exactly the right contrast to any malty brew. The medium body helps take a bit of the edge off and brings out some of the malt to make this an extremely satisfying beer. The knife-edge sharp bitterness finishes the experience off with a great bite.

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

Thick, rocky off-white head, with some lace. Copper colored beer, with haze and noticeable suspended particles. Very noticeable fruit sweetness in the aroma, with a hint of hops. The taste is all hops, from the start to the finish, very pleasant but without much malt. The taste was very long lasting, with oily hops feel. Very nice, buy it if you can get it.

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Photo of Wildman
4.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

@ Bell's Eccentric Cafe

This beer was a cloudy orange color with some carbonation present. It formed a sudsy white head that left some nice lace(but could have been better if they had poured it right). The aroma was huge hops with malt and the usual citrus present in many Bell's beer. The flavor was of hops, malt and citrus and the finish was slightly bitter. On tap at the bar(or maybe it's this year's version)seemed a bit more citrusy than from the bottle.

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Photo of putnam
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh released 2002. Tasted with AVBC Hop Ottin.
Nose of deeper citrus; more like tangerine and grapefruit. Overripe fruit. Lemongrass. Twigs. Pure and bright honey malt flavors with some exotic Asian spices. Commanding hop presence through to the long finish.

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Photo of proc
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The setting...a local bar near my home. Its the Opening Day of the Major League Baseball season. I have been ultra stressed out at work and at home and am looking for a hour or two of quiet, reflective, solitude. I leave an off-site work assignment and head to the bar to catch some of the Opening Day games. I sit by myself and stare at the 5 large TV screens. The first Two-Hearted arrives. It is a picture of perfection. Slightly cloudy, with a beautiful, whipped cream head. It begs for a sip. The bitterness takes over and the hop dance does its thing on the tongue. My stress starts to slip away. A couple of hours and a few pints later, I am completely relaxed and have reached a place we rarely get to go to. I am chillin' bigtime. It has been the perfect session beer. I have yet to have a "beer moment" quite like this one.

The actual review from 2002: This is one incredible IPA. The nose is that of grapefruit with a deliciously bitter hop taste. Pours out to a golden color, all its own. Its almost pastel in color. The head is large and reminds me of whipped cream. The taste excels. Yes the hops are huge, but their is malt here too. Enought to keep the big boys (the hops) from being overwhelming and giving this beer its wonderful character. The hop taste lives on long after the beer has been swallowed. The hops grab you and nearly make you beg for another sip. Once you find your palate likes hops, beers like this will hook you and your journey to all that is hop goodness will be well on its way.

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Photo of Jon
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 (Tasted side-by-side with 2002 bottling 10/2/03):

Hazy golden with fluffy white head. Excellent retention and great lacing. Floral, resinous hop aroma. Grapefruit, grass, and additional herbal and hoppy notes on the palate. Deeply complex, yet structured. Medium-bodied, mildly carbonated and irrestible, an IPA for all seasons. I wish Kalamazoo bottled this year-round, not just as a fall seasonal. One of my personal favorites.

2002 (Tasted side-by-side with 2003 bottling 10/2/03):

Murky caramel color with a thick white head. Sturdy retention, excellent lace. Nose is more subdued than its fresher brethren's, however the floral hops still loom underneath a seemingly smoky aroma. Less floral, earthy hops on the palate but more yeasty, toasted quality than noted in other bottles from 2002. The bottle conditioning imparts deeper, more complex flavors that hit the palate a bit differently than the younger, more assertive, and hoppier 2003 version. Of course, this stuff tasted the same as the new stuff a year ago. Pleasant, smooth mouthfeel with some subtle carbonation. Great for a year-old bottle conditioned IPA.

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Photo of Murph
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear golden with a huge rocky head and a nice sticky lace. Smell is all hops, huge fruity/floral aromas, enough to singe the nose hairs. Balance is the first word that comes to mind for the flavor. Although it is not quite as evident when the brew is colder, as it warms it shows a very nice, very smooth malt character. Just enough not to let the insane hopping drive you insane. Piney, flowery, and citrusy hops abound and hold a party on the tongue. Fairly dry and nicely crisp and refreshing, this is one drinkable IPA with its great balance and completely undetected alcohol content. I was very impressed with this brew as I seem to have been with everything from this excellent brewery so far. A hopheads dream brew. Thanks to Deuce for the sample.

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Photo of packetknife
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best IPA I've had, if it's really an IPA (people here make me doubt). I think it might be the first or close to perfect 'taste' I'd rated. I was floored, it might make me a long-term fan of IPA.

Bronzish-copper and cloudy look with a solid head that holds. Spicy and citrusy, hoppy as sin, strong. Lovely. Bloody sin lovely. Must try IMO.

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Photo of Viking
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[tried on draught]

O! This is some good stuff! Two Hearted is a seriously hopped brew. Herbal and citrusy, with a bit of a yeasty tang. Unfortunately, I haven't seen this in bottles in the area. If I do, this will become a standard in my beer fridge.

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Photo of pbrian
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's nothing tame about this beer. It jumps into your glass with a head that rivals most Belgians. The dregs of the bottle swirl around the light amber liquid like the milky way through space. You're hit with the most incredible barrage of aromas including apricots, orange rind and yeast undertones. In you mouth, it's pretty much all about citrusy hops. Malts? Who needs 'em? Finishes lemony with a spicy yeast profile establishing itself as the beer warms. Great beer, but what's up with that label? Thanks, proc, for the experience.

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Photo of ADR
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Does taste like an IPA but is very hearty...

Medium head, long lasting. Hazy amber color, upcharge of streams of medium bubbles. Straw aroma with definite marmalade smells. Hoppy, bitey flavor, more like orange rind than grapefruit. Malts slightly cut the hops, preventing a "back swallow" burn and giving a lightly syrupy, medium body. Impressive fullness. Solid beer, definitely as interesting as Kalamazoo's fleet of Stouts. A mouth "wrangler" to some degree, but not catoonish. Its rare that I get particularly excited by an American IPA but the hops on this one are outstanding without being overwhelming, juicy and straddling the line between citric and minty but retaining a fresh sense.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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