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

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Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale

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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.

Added by Todd on 12-11-2001

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Photo of zrbeer1579
3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just recently had this on tap. It was much better. there was a stranger taste, though. Not as bitter as it was before. It's a good IPA, but nothing incredibly significant. 02-7-2014 Score: 3.8

Below is older review: 03-26-2013

Appearance: Transparent golden orange with a one finger creamy white head

Aroma: Floral, grapefruit, tangerine, and a slight pine.

Taste: Bitter pine and grapefruit; in a bad way. Some tangerine. A very faint sweetness and breadiness. Flavors seem a little watered down. And too much bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Crisp. Bitterness in the finish is a little too aggressive.

Overall: I was not too impressed with this IPA. It smells good but taste didn't do it for me. It may have something to do with the bottle being two months old. When I get a much fresher bottle, I'll edit my review. That is, if it's any better.

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Photo of jzdecourcy
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Maxwell
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden orange, with a finger width head made of small tightly packed bubbles. The beer leaves a lacing of tightly packed bubbles that form a sticky curtain on the sides of the glass. The beer’s body is a cloudy haze, and a steady stream of bubbles can be seen racing up the glass. On the nose, the beer smells pungently citrusy with nice spicy notes of pine. The malt base of the beer is light and bready with a touch of spice, but nearly nonexistent on the nose. Orange peel citrus is the big player in the nose, and is nicely inviting. On the tongue the beer tastes bitter with a touch of sweet acidity. In flavor, the beer tastes of bitter medicinal hops with touches of citrus orange peel. The finish is strong with caramel bready malts with touches of spice. The aftertaste lingers with bitter hops and light orange citrus. On the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a light velvety carbonation. The mouth is left clean with a bitter dryness lingering on the tongue. Overall this is a solid IPA with some nice orange citrus hops. It is not the best I’ve had, but it is solid and tasty. If it’s in your area, you should try this beer.

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Photo of Cutty
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of DavidHume
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of screamking
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into tapered pint glass.

This beer pours a hazy gold-yellow with a nice foamy white head. The lacing on this thing is great. The aroma on this beer is very citrusy with great big notes of apricot and lemon. I'm also getting a honey sweetness in there. One of the better smelling single IPA's out there.

This beer is super sweet right up front, then bitter on its way down. The citrus is really the focal point in the taste. Very refreshing. This is a beer that is good all year long. If its hot, cold, or somewhere in between I could always go for one of these. It is medium in bodied but still light enough to have a couple or more. Price point is reasonable, right at or a little above ten dollars. For a beer that I can pick up at any grocery store it is hard to beat.

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Photo of Toddlat
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Wolfhead
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of BWH999
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of jamescweber
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of TheConnMan
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of jburgess90
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of megamass
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of tsm2011
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of slay
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of doardreptul99
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MostlyNorwegian
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been feeling inspired to get back into reviewing with the new change to how scores are calculated. What better one to kick it off with a reknowned beer from my new home state. Enjoyed out of a 12 oz bottle that was picked up at the General Store in Kalamazoo--bottling date of 6/27/15. Poured into a fancy Speigelau IPA glass for maximum IPA-ness.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a hazy tangelo orange with the body up in the bulb of the glass being darker and more opaque than the lighter orange rind color of the smaller base. Yellowish highlights rest at the bottom where teh light passes through the glass. Atop the body sits a finger and a half of frothy, bright white foam. Retention is moderate before fading away to leave just a spot of lace here and there on the glass--not much residue at all.

Smell (4.0) - Initially I get some bright notes of stone fruit and tropical, maybe nectarine and mango, but not as sweet. On second and third times sticking my nose down in the glass, I get faint herbal notes and the grain base makes itself known, but gently. Nothing individually jumps out in this beer, with all the players melding together in a nice blend. A part of me wishes something in here was a little more aggressive, but the harmony makes for a very easy-to-drink beer.

Taste (4.0) - Much like the aroma, the flavors contained here all blend very well together, making for a slightly different impression with each swallow. The same notes of fruit are present, with an additional depth coming from some floral notes. Peach, mango, and light bready sweetness all make an appearance, and there is a slight bite from the alcohol, but nothing unpleasant or overpowering--just some minor astringency.

Mouthfeel (4.0) - Medium body with carbonation on the low side of moderate. Finish is mostly dry with just a hint of sweetness on the tongue.

Overall (4.0) a very well-done beer that has stood the test of time for good reason. Something I never find myself going out of my way to get, but always a great backup option if I can't decide on something else because I know what to expect and that I will be satisfied once the beer is gone.

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Photo of Jae9979
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of h2k2c
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Bones10
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is the best IPA I have tasted to date. It is everything I want in this style of brew. It has balance, hops and subtle malts working together to form a hoppy sweet taste without overwhelming your senses. It hides the 7%abv well with great flavors. I have a new friend today. I am very happy with this purchase.

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Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of pmorey
2.75/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle pour into an imperial pint glass, date stamp of 2/11/13.

Very nice amber orange color with a decent creamy-looking head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Nose is very, very promising. Floral/fruity with a bit of pine. Good initial mouth-feel, carbonation is just right. But then...

I am really puzzled by this tasting. With all the stellar reviews and past experience with Oberon, I was very much looking forward to this. Frankly, it makes me think of drinking Christmas tree water. Very bitey hops and bitterness with no other noticeable flavors.

I tried a second and that was all I can do. I will look to give away the rest of the six and then make a doctors appointment to make sure I don't have a terminal illness or something that is affecting my taste buds.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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