Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

BA SCORE
95
world-class
14,320 Ratings
Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
14,320
Reviews:
3,563
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
941
Gots:
4,410
For Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At last, Bell's Two Hearted Ale! Had this on tap at Hopleaf in Chicago, where apparently the relationship between this beer and that bar is about as institutionalized as Pliny is with Toronado Pub in SF. Served in a shaker pint glass. Review is from my notes.

Pours a gold amber clear color immediately reminds me of everything I love in IPAs. Shines beautifully in the light, completed with a cascading, massive amount of carbonation that rises to the top thanks to the Hopleaf's very own pint glasses with nucleation points (which I noticed later)! A a result, there's a half finger of head that lasts on this beer the entire time, and makes this instant eye candy. Tons of lacing stick to the glass, and every swirl further reveals this beer's oily, resinous nature that I wish were more common than not in these types of hoppy beers. Excellent stuff.

The aroma is filled with all kinds of fruity varieties that I love, ranging from bittered oranges, mangos, pineapple, and grapefruit, for starters. I'm loving the particularly earthy flavor that this beer has going for it right from the start, which is presented in the malts in a slightly sweetened, caramel-toffee combo, and within the delightfully mineral-y and integrated hop oil phenols. Slight graininess, and a kiss of alcohol that adds extra balance to the beer. I think I was whiffing at this like a total dork the entire time that I was consuming this. It's so porous and dank - yet not in an exaggerated but rather soothing manner.

The flavor is fantastic. Not only does get all of the fruity flavors in various separate stages of consumption - rather than lumping them all together in one giant, dank bouquet - but it contains an earthy, nearly rustic feel that's as great as any fresh homebrew. Oranges, mangos, pineapple, lemon, a smidgen of pine, and little bit of other dried citrus rinds mixed with some faded grassy texture. Very earthy, but in a way where you get the core of the hop flavors from the vine all the way to the soil it came from. Other than Zombie Dust and occasionally with Pliny, I've never had a hoppy beer other than this one that does it this well. Everything is well integrated, and when the hops are all said and done, you're left with a clean, hearty, slightly syrupy but never too sweet finish of grains and slight breadiness that works so well. The astringency is never too grating, and, in fact, drinking this every few minutes allows the resin to settle on the palate and bring forth more of those mineral and earthy properties.

Wow! Everyone that's ever raved about this beer was right about it's greatness. I wish I could have brought six packs of this home. I really don't need to finish with a huge closing statement about this beer. As someone who's just started homebrewing and a huge fan of hops when they're pervasive in a beer but not grating, and also with beers that strive to find so much balance and use such fresh ingredients - which many brewers fail to do with IPAs - this really is one of the hop masterpieces of this country. I hate to add so much to the hype, but find fresh batches of this and drink it on tap whenever you have the chance. If always this consistent, this is probably the best IPA brewed year-round in the country. And with that, I leave myself in mountains of hops and joy. My favorite beer I had on my trip to Chicago. One of my new favorite beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Hendry
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There is a lot of mention on the BA site about Bell's, both Hopslam and Two Hearted Ale are names that appear often. Thanks to Bunzilla, who packs a porch crushing box, hooked me up right!

Light copper color with a 1 finger head,nicely effervescent without being aggressive. Impressive lacing and a white cap that stays put.

The nose is one of subtlety: hops are apparent,sort of a lemon tinged aroma in there with some grassy pine notes along with a slight bit of malt.

Taste is also subtle, not necessarily following the nose however the lemony tones are in there and it is a crisp IPA for certain. Light to medium bodied without feeling or tasting watery, this one goes down the hatch very easily, leaving a slight bitterness that is pleasant.

Not a hop bomb, not a malt bomb: the end result is a nicely balanced IPA without any booziness. There is a subtleness to Two Hearted Ale that makes it very palatable and a smooth, easy one to drink. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of myron317
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of BoseMan421
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent gold with one full finger of pure white head. The foam takes a bit to settle and there is a decent amount of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is light malt and a good helping of pine an citrus. I get a lot of orange and lemon and a good bit of pine. Nothing too crazy in the nose, here. It smells juicy and inviting.

T: It starts out sweet and covers the palate. The hops take charge in the middle where I get pine first and then some great orange and citrus notes a bit later. As it moves to the back end, I get more grapefruit type hops and a bit of yeast.

M: Medium bodied beer. It starts out wet, tightens up in the middle, and finishes slightly drying that to the carbonation. The grapefruit really intensifies after the beer is gone. With that being said, nothing is too intense. The balance of malt is hops is great. Super drinkable.

O: Wonderful beer. It's spot on for the style, and I love drinking this beer whenever I get the chance. I'm glad to have finally reviewed this one.

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3.29/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: golden orange in color. fast fading head, not super carbonated

Smell: A bit of pine smell, but it is very vague

Taste: Very malty. The hop flavor is very prominant leaving a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, even silky and full bodied.

Overall: I am not a huge fan of IPA's in general so I tried to be unbiased in my review. It tasted a bit less strong than some of the other IPAs I have tried so, for someone who doesn't typically like IPAs, it is not bad at all.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of bylerteck
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured bright and golden. Mild carbonation with a good 2 finger fluffy white head. Great finger of retention and great, thick lace rings. Beautiful.

S - Lovely grapefruit, pineapple, lime, citrus, crackery malt aroma. Not pungent, but nice.

T - Good hop again. Orange, floral. Less citrus and aggressive than aroma. Less abrasive than West Coast takes on the style. Very pleasant floral and orange flavour. Nice stuff. Balanced well and the floral hop flavour is nice.

M - Good carbonation, full body, not overly bitter but it's there.

O/D - A delicious IPA. Very sessionable and the ABV is well hidden. I could drink this one all day.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.26 out of 5 based on 14,320 ratings.
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