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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 2beerdogs
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can. God, I love that they can this now.
Pours a honey, tangerine sunset. White, frothy foam leaps up and kisses me with aromas of citrus, earthy bitter, and I think apricot.
The first sip brings me grapefruit from the citrus spectrum, but it moves past the pith towards a more subtle lemon zest, powdery textured biscuit malt, and something that reminds me of an ever so light homage to wildflower honey (maybe orange blossom- we still have that in the few non-overly developed parts of SoCal).
The flavor really moves elegantly from the bold pithy citrus to the subtle, understated malt backbone like a ballerina. I’m clicking my palate, enjoying the finish, and then looking forward to starting over again with another sip.
Mouthfeel is sufficient for style, and slightly slick.
Had this a few years ago, not very fresh, and wasn't overwhelmed. But now, I'm a HUGE fan.
I now understand the immense love for this elixir. I am born again. This will now be part of my regular rotation…distro continuing of course.

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Photo of halo3one
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - light yellow sunshine, 1/2 inch of froth, moderate lacing

S - fresh, earth, bitter citrus

T - very piny, hoppy, tart citrus - white grapefruit

M - clean, light to medium bodied

O - very good, year round available IPA, what else do you expect from Bell's

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Photo of philipquarles
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz bottle. Drinking this while reading Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River" for the first time. Very nice hazy golden body with a big, fluffy white head that laces incredibly. Smells hugely of citrus. Grapefruit galore and pine, with a tiny bit of pot thrown in for good measure. Slightly sweet, biscuity malt, which detracts from it a bit. Initial malty-sweet taste, though with a general citric hoppiness. Grapefruit and orange juice with some pine resin. Bitter, but not overly so. This seemed too malty up-front, but the dry finish keeps it pleasant and refreshing, in the end. Medium-full body with plenty of carbonation. A nice ale, but not the magnificent creation it's cracked up to be. Ironically, the Hemingway story wasn't great either; guess I'm a bit picky as a Hem fan though. Granted, both could be better if enjoyed during a summer on the UP.

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Photo of Docer
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to JoBoTo for adding this great IPA into the shipment for trade. A very good Ale indeed.

- Love the look of these Bells I have tried... like an unfiltered Hefe.. light amber orange with a cloudy haze of goodness. Huge creamy head on this one. Batch 8752. The bottle sat, and still flowed out the bottle when opened. Great lacing, and left a nice soft later of creamy head.

- Smell is quite floral indeed.. little bit of rye, bread.. and sweet success.

- Taste is of rye, bread, and floral hop. Creamy and light. (7%? wow). Some lemon and citrus zest in there too.. almost like adding peel zest to the mix instead of Honey to the "strong ale Hopslam".

- Leaves my mouth about the same as a Widmer Hefe. Bready chewy rye aftertaste w/ light carb.

- So easy to drink... and would be so easy to slam 6 pints from tap w/out notice.

A great drinker... I am impressed by Bells. Wish they shipped to Portland Oregon on a regular bases. I wouldn't mind paying more than the usual every once in awhile.

I have noticed that their beers seem to be in the wrong classifications. I just ask myself if they use rye. Hopslam should be considered an American Strong Ale... as it doesn't state it is an IIPA I believe.

To me this is a Pale though :-/

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Photo of friendofbeer
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into non-labelled tulip glass on a sunny cold afternoon.

Aroma: golden, slightly hazy, less than an inch of white foam head.

Scent: slight floral notes, fresh grains

Taste: Floral hops, balanced nicely with malt attributes

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium bodied, not super sticky like some bigger ipas can be.

overall: every time i drink this beer I am reminded why this is one of the best examples of an IPA. Really well balanced, drinkable, and something new to enjoy each time you drink it.

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Photo of redmosquito
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The legend...at least in the midwest. Copper amber in color with a nice yeasty haze and everlasting white head. A floral hop aroma hits the nose in waves, followed by a light citrus hop and nice toasted malt background. Flavor is a solid balance of caramel malt, toasted malt, floral hops & bitterness, and fruity yeast. Nice smooth mouthfeel, not cloying but nicely sweet and lingering. A solid IPA deserving of it’s reputation.

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Photo of zac16125
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at a columbus airport bar, into a large weizen glass
I’ve had this beer many times, but finally decided to review it while I sit at the airport waiting for connection flights

A: Dark golden with 1.5 fingers of dense white head. Has good retention and leaves a solid amount of lacing.

S: Citrus hop aromas, particularly orange and grapefruit, with a subtle piney aroma as well.

T: Citrus hops again, with a nice (but not overwhelming) bitterness. Heavy grapefruit, along with some orange and lemon zest. There is also the soapy flavor that I always notice when I drink this beer, which isn’t really a positive or negative, but it makes it identifiable if nothing else.

M/D: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Served too cold at this place, but can’t fault the beer for that.

O: Certainly a good IPA. There are many better ones out there, as Two Hearted doesn’t have the depth or complex palate profile as some of the best IPAs, but its definitely worthy of a drink and a nice find at a random airport bar.

Side note- better from the bottle.

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Photo of waltonc
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this after a long jet-lagged week of work following a great trip to Japan the prior week. Pours hazy gold with poofy white head. Smells of biting floral and citrusy hops. Taste follows - fairly dry finish, but this definitely has some malt balance. Body and carbonation are medium. For an IPA, this is quite drinkable.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Two Hearted pours a clear copper color with a moderate sized head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving a fair amount of lace on the glass.

The aroma has lots of citrus hops, mainly lemon & grapefruit. Some caramel and toasted malt is also present.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and watery with light carbonation. The flavor is well balanced. Sweet pale malt and a little tropical fruit blend nicely with orange and lemony citrus hops. Some floral (rose) flavors are also present. It finishes slightly tart and bitter with lingering lemon citrus when gone.

Overall this is a very tasty, well balanced, easy drinking beer. A good beer for any day of the year.

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Photo of PerHops
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had an on again, off again relationship with this beer. It was the first IPA that made me fall in love with the style. I claimed it was my favorite for a few years, until I moved out west and discovered some others. I than fell back in love with it, only to write it off for other IPAs from the midwest. When it comes down to it, however, this is neither my favorite IPA or a bad one, at that. I will always be a fan of this for being one of the first american IPAs to be a solid example of this style

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

A- a great looking ogange color with a huge head that lasts and leaves lots of sticky lacing. A little hazy with good cabonation.

S- citrus hops and some floral and pine notes. Nose candy for sure.

T- hop forward, lots of citrus and some pine. A note of malt back there as well.

M- thick, full body. Good cabonation. A dry hop finish that lingers between sips. Drinkable.

O-A solid American IPA on all counts.

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Photo of BryanReed
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really really nice beer. Clear copper gold pour with a nice head that sticks around quite a while. Amazing lacing.

Smell is a balance between juicy hops and sweet malt. Little pine tingle back there somewhere.

Taste is much the same. Juicy fruity hops with some citrus and strong malt presence.

Long smooth finish, lingering bitterness. Really nice carbonation.

Overall, and very solid beer. Im starting to really jive on these eastern us ipas. You guys got it good over here.

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Photo of Larrytown
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with plenty of lacing. Really nice looking beer. Grapefruit hits me first in the nose along with the hops, but a little tamer than I was expecting.

Balance is the key word with this one. Oh yeah, the hops are there, but this is a well-rounded beer; a tiny bit of breadiness and a quick punch of sweetness at the end give this is nice rounded taste.

Not too hard to get to the bottom of this glass; I think another one might be following it quickly.

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Photo of mavbrew
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Brooklyn snifter, labeled 10155 on bottle.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a finger thick, off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves lace retention.

S: This beer has more of a citrus scent to it than a hop scent, unlike Hopslam, but it has a slight floral hop scent to it.

T: The taste is like the nose, there are some citrus notes up front, which are followed by the sweet malts. The hops show up in the finish and leave bitters long after, the finish is also slightly dry.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Has a smooth and crisp feel throughout.

D: This is a nicely balanced beer, not a trace of alcohol. Starts off sweet and finishes bitter and drinks really smooth and crisp. Not sure if having a Hopslam beforehand hurt the scoring or not, but it is good nonetheless.

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Photo of RyBrew54
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber, pillowy white head, with decent amount of lacing. Loaded with sediment. Smell is not as hop forward as I thought it would be. Notes of clean floral hops, earthy, sweeter malt profile. Nice balanced flavor, malt backs the the bitter hop residual with a clean finish. A nice ipa overall.

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Photo of shaebs99
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to NCSUdo for this
Poured a slightly hazy golden peach color. With large sticky white head with great lacing

Aroma is mostly of fruity hops and resiny pine notes. Nice and intense

Taste features the grapefruit and bitter hops with some malt background which gives this beer a decent balance.
Good carbonation and pretty smooth mouthfeel.
Overall a very enjoyable IPA. Especially since this was 7% abv. I had no idea. I figured it was a little under 6% (that may seem like a small difference,but a difference nonetheless).
A beer that I will look for again, but will probably wait a few months before searching for a trade

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Photo of BierStein711
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle had at a farmtown bar.

poured into pint created two finger off white head; nice carbonation

Winning smell of pine, I am loving the northwoods vibe.

Taste: pine, grapefruit, hops, malt, and a great bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but with a great bite at the end.

Overall, this is a great beer; I'd love to try it on draught.

Yet, it is way too expensive to warrant a six pack.

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Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant amber color with decent clarity. A large inch and a half slightly yellowed head sits on top and lingers with great retention leaving some lacing behind.

The aroma is nice. A good bit of hops giving some citrus and pine in the nose. Some caramel as well.

The taste is nice. A nice hop presence giving a bit of a piney taste with a mild bitterness. The malt presence is quite obvious giving a bit of caramel and bread to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and adequately carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate to high. Easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blisscent for the opportunity to try this one. Batch# 8491 served in a nonic. Poured a hazy caramel-orange with a rocky, bright white, two inch head. Copious strands of sticky lacing with strong legs. Scent is floral hops and citrus. Primary flavors consist of hops, citrus and a piney essesnce. Also picked up a feint sweetness as well a biscuity quality and some residual spice that is difficult to place. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied with a pronounced carbonation burn. Easy drinking IPA with an interesting character and balance.

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Photo of nandemo1
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a crystal clear golden with a full finger of puffy head. Head dissipated after a while leaving a good amount of lacing on the way down.

Smell is slightly citrusy but I get a lot of bitterness and piney hop flavor mixed in. The bitterness sticks around a while, not picking up much sweetness. This one does finish a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with good carbonation.

Overall, a solid single IPA. A go-to session beer.

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Photo of RedChrome
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange colored body. White thick head was and inch and a half and faded slowly. A few streams of average sized carbonation. Sticky clumps of lace.

A very nice hops oil aroma was strong up front. Pine needle scents blended very nice with a light citrus blend. A very minor sweet biscuit presence in the very end.

A super hop explosion. Citric flavors are mainly grapefruit. Pine resin taste is a bit subdued from the aroma. A minor bread taste, but slightly underpowered.

A sticky thick fluid on the surfaces. Carbonation has a hard time holding against the thickness.

A very good brew. Great with a plate of mild buffalo wings. A nice offering from Bell's. A bit unbalanced, but some good flavors nonetheless.

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Photo of brian44556
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Southern Tier Tulip. Bottle dated 10/12/11.

Pours a hazy, dark orange with a thick, white head. The head stays afloat almost through the whole beer. As small portions of the head do fade away it leaves a thick, sporadic lace on the sides of the glass. Strong piney aroma is about all I get, but that is all I need from a good IPA. Slight bitterness from the hops with a sweet malt finish. This has a great crisp finish and carbonation is spot on. Great, readily available IPA that is definitely one of my go to beers year round.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into mug.

A - Hazy dark golden/coppery color.

S - Sweet smelling with a hint of some floral hops. Smells alot like a weaker version of their Hopslam.

T - Doughy taste along with some citric hop bite.

M/D - Smooth and creamy. Nice carbonation. A very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of rhodeska
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice pour, beautiful orange color with a solid citrus smell and a nice head and bubbles.

solid taste, a little bit of hops, but its much more subtle than I expected. Really smooth, something that I could drink all day during the summer or fall. Really good from the bottle too, normally only had this one on tap.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Batch 8918.

A- Golden/light amber. Clear, but with a thin solution of sediment suspended. Pours with ~2 finger of off white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving ample lacing as consumed.

S-Nice grapefruit/floral hops, with minimal malt presence.

T- Solid grapefruit hoppiness, with a citrus peel bitterness on finish. Very muted malt sweetness in the mix. This blend works, and works quite well.

M- Moderately high carbonation with a bit of a crisp bite, but still goes down quite smoothly.

D- Quite good. Would be a delight to session.

Future outlook: Another beer that I can't believe I took so long to sample. Worth it's solid reputation it would seem. Will consume again.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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