Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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14,579 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy honey-yellow, with about two fingers of white head. Lacing is respectable. Looks pretty much just like Oberon, but a quarter-shade darker.

S - Smells like an IPA. Dirt, grass, pine needles, hops beyond belief. This gets old after awhile. Citrus, I guess.

T - Tastes like an IPA. Basically all that stuff mentioned above, yet this particular one seems to have a little malt presence. Lo and behold, we have a somewhat unique IPA.

M - Thanks to the malt, it's actually pretty smooth for the style. Not as much carbonation though, so it's not quite so dry on your tongue. But overall, it still is.

O - Another case where I'm just not a fan of the IPA style, but I can tell it's a good one. If you like IPAs you'll love Two-Hearted Ale.

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4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice cloudy amber color, with very little head. Standard IPA appearance but quite well done. Scents of malt, slight pine and slight citrus. Flavors are a nice balance of pine, pine resin, slight floral notes and very, very slight grapefruit and grapefruit pith. There is a strong malt backbone as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a resinous feel and moderate carbonation. It's a very good IPA, with a character different from the West Coast style I am used to, which makes it a nice change.

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like Paul Newman in a chain gang, Raul digs this. And you should have seen Raul's face when he first saw this thang in the cooler of his local SoCal liquor store; it was like the first time he saw Kim Kardashians booty in HD - Boooing!!!

Not the type of IPA that Raulsky is used to, but pretty solid down the line. Damn thing is beautiful because it is so light, but still hauntingly seductive.

Raul does this. Raul does this well and good.

Note - the beer was bottled 2-26-13 (today is 5-2-13). Yeah, Raul can only fantasize about what could be...

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
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 +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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