Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

3,519 Reviews
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 jbone78
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One that i can trust to be at the store and taste the same every time.

A- Pours nice and hazy, as a dry hopped brew should.
S- not all that aromatic like an AIPA should be, but who cares.
T- this is the part that keeps you coming back! Great balance between the malts and the hops. Not a super sweet flavor or super hoppy flavor.
M- As mentioned, there is not an over malty or over hoppiness. Meaning, very smooth in my book.
D- One of my favorites.


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Photo of begforme4484
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden/amber in color, with a slight orange hue. Poured with a really heaving looking pillowy white head. It's a very unique looking head, very alluring. About 2 fingers width with heavy lacing left on the glass. The lacing clearly showed each sip taken.

Mainly floral hops in the nose, subtle hints of citrus. Nice bready malt tones as well.

Very well blended doughy malt with an earthen hop bite. A good amount of bitterness but not overwhelming or oily at all.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and medium bodied. Very nice.

Overall it's a very solid beer, one I'm sure I would grade higher had I tasted it on tap.

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Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright hazy gold color. A decent head, and a lot of carbonation visible.

Aromas are hoppy and citrus like, and there is a candied sweetness to it as well. Interesting and enjoyable.

Flavors are a bit muted, but tasty. There is carbonation noted up front, and then a finish of bitterness, and some malty sweetness. This is a very dry tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is maybe a bit watery to me. Kind of lean...

This is a very drinkable IPA. I could see this being a session beer.

Thanks for the bottle MuenchenerKindl!

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Photo of Motladiwa
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite IPAs as well as being a staple in my fridge. I consume a lot of this beer and am having one now at my favorite pub.

A- Pours a golden-brass with an off-white head that quickly dissipates. Nice lacing and subtle head retention.

S- Very hop forward with a hint of light malt. Grapefruit rind and fresh strawberries.

T- Bitter grapefruit. Lovely bitter tinge through and through. Very well balanced with a touch of sweetness.

M- Smooth and bitter. Good amount of carbonation. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. The hops are very prevalent.

O- Had fresh, this beer is quite lovely. It is what I look for in an American IPA and always consistent, never disappoints.

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Photo of RedBeerHead
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a cloudy golden body and a white frothy head. Looks more like a witbier at first glance.

Smell is spicy with prevalent citrus tones.

Someone else described the taste as "piny" which is pretty much spot on. But the taste, like the appearance has characteristics of a wheat beer.

Very refreshing and light.

Another Good summer beer, I will certainly be having this one again.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, gold color with maybe a hint of red. Small head with some nice lacing.

Smell: A little fruity smell with a hoppy background.

Taste: Has a very nice sweet start with a good bitter aftertaste. I could taste a little fruit at the beginning but I couldn't place it. Maybe blueberry?

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin with a little bit of carbonated character.

Drinkability: Very good ale that I will definately be drinking again.

This is a really good beer that has a lot of flavor. Personally, I would prefer this in the fall than in the summer, but that's just me. In the end, this is a really good, flavorful beer.

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Photo of brewintheLou
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a white head that leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smell is a hoppy grapefruit.

Taste is a solid IPA... a slight malt with more prevelant hop. The hop is more grapefruit. There is little carbonation and a very nice mouthfeel on this beer. When I am in the mood for an IPA this is a really good one.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this side by side with the HopSlam to finally end the debate over which is better. (look at my scores to figure the outcome)

Pours a nice fairly transparent orange with a white 1/2 finger head.

The smell is a little weak but has a hoppy note.

The taste is a little dull(to cold?) but its still a very nice drinkable beer.

Overall, the beer is good. I could drink this quite often.

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Photo of yen157
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Bruno74200
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm really disapointed with that one. Maybe it's a bit old (it was brewed four months ago) but there are almost no hops left. Lemony and malt forward. It gets better as it warms up but nothing of the world class brew everyone talks about. Maybe I'll have to revisit with a fresher one

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big foamy head! No!!! Don't overflow. No, no, no, no. Phew, the pour was fine. Brownish orange in color, like clay-dirtied water. Some sediment floating around in there. Nose is full of light hops, but... Wow! Are they ever hidden once I tasted. Last time I homebrewed I had some extra whole hops and threw some in my mouth. Taste just like that. Very green and rich and vibrant and earthy. Feels like I am hiking in oregon again. Great balance with the malts too. Just enough sweetness to not allow the bitters to be overpowering. Just little bits of citrus rinds too. Do they also cask condition this ale? I wish, I surely wish... Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice and dry finish. Actually drank it just slightly chilled and it tasted absolutely awesome.

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Photo of jayrod20
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a small head that faded quickly and aroma of pine and hop. Flavor is nice with the good crisp clean and refreshing flavor all the way down. Very easy to drink. I acquired this via a trade and wish Bells had distribution in my state. Get a box when you find this.

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Photo of Thanby
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy blonde with a lingering head and some lacing. Smells of citrusy hops, a little light malt, and a lemon background from the hops. Tastes primarily of northern hops with a light wheat malt, some hops citrus and light spices. Medium-full body, lots of carbonation, lingering hops in the finish. Overall a solid hoppy ale.

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Photo of MsRif
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have had on-tap and in bottles too many times to count. Pours a nice golden color that is slightly hazy. Good head, nice retention and beautiful lacing. Smells of sweet hops and citrus with a bit of earthy notes to it. Tastes of citrus, hops and grass/earthiness. For an IPA, it is exceptionally smooth.

Light bodied...refreshing. Nice carbonation. I really enjoy this particular IPA...and I usually am not an IPA person.

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Photo of tjinohio
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of the beer is a wonderful orange-amber in keeping with an American IPA.

The color also prepares you for the bouquet which is sweet with an orange citrus scent with a hint of coriander.

That coriander and citrus also comes out in the taste. There is a good hops bite, but it is well balanced with the other flavors.

The mouthfeel is good. Nice level of carbonation.

This is very drinkable beer. It goes down smoothly. The balance of the bitterness of the hops with the sweet of the citrus makes it a comfortable beer to drink, unlike some IPA's which are more of an assault (as wonderful as that assault might be) on the pallet.

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Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with JohnTravolta21 thanks for the hopportunity!

Appearance: A touch on the yellow side for an IPA but nice oily foam head that retains well and exhibits nice lacing.

Smell: Some centennial hops but a touch faded. I'm starting to think that this bottle is a bit dated.

Taste: A bit bitter which is what holds me back from giving it a 4.5 in the taste category. Sweet pale malt works with the carbonation to create a buttery element.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation makes this one nice and creamy. Medium body.

Drinkability: Carbonation and a medium body make this fairly easy to drink for an IPA. The hops being a touch bitter works against the drinkability.

Again I don't think I got the freshest bottle so I will sample another bottle in the future and review it again. I know that JohnTravolta21 sent me the bottle straight off of the shelf but perhaps the retail store had it sitting around for a while or perhaps Bells skimped a bit on this batch due to a hop shortage....

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Photo of minnunderground
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn it. I was waiting in hopes of getting a fresh one. Well mine was bottled on oct 28 or something. About 2 1/2 months old I really wanted a fresher one. Well the taste is good. I am not a huge hop head and only drink IPA's every couple of weeks and not many doubles for that matter. And really this tastes good but Not as much hop as I was expecting. Anyways had a kinda dry mouthfeel and adequate carbonation decent head retention, Piney then citrus hops. Very drinkable stuff and not too overpowering could get you in some trouble with the 7% and tasting like this. A good IPA, Even though Michigan is close unless I can get it fresher I will stick with the Wisconsin IPA's

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/09/08. Batch 8303.

Pours a golden orange color with two fingers of soft white head, which left no lacing around the glass. Aroma is crisp grassy hops, citrus (especially orange and grapefruit). Simple, but not bad.

Taste is very very nice. More grassy hops, very crisp. Lots of citrus flavors. Lemon, orange, grapefruit. Good bitter aftertaste. Smooth with a medium body. Leaves a bit of stickiness in the mouth though. I could easily see drinking a few of these on a hot summer day.

Probably my new favorite IPA. Another solid beer from the folks at Bell's.

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Photo of fdig23
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Appearance: a ruddy copper color with an off-white head.

Nose: Very floral, with honeysuckle and some funky dogwood flowers. Pineapple and orange are their as well. Everything is cloaked in sweetness.

Taste: Like a mouthful of pungent flowers followed by grilled pineapples, bitter green tea, honey, and toast.

Mouthfeel: Nice and balanced but could be a bit fuller.

Overall: A classic IPA that is really unlike anything else. Even other all-Centennial brews don't have this much floral to them.

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Photo of muletrane
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (bottled on 11/3/11) into a Bruery tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange colour. 2 fingers of frothy ivory head and some lacing.

S: Some bready malts and floral hop notes. Slightly sweet as well.

T: The bready notes come out up front and then the floral hop notes take over. The finish is slightly bitter and floral.

M: Moderate body and moderate carbonation. Slight prickliness on the tongue but overall nice and smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall this a very nice floral IPA. Not a whole lot of citrus here. So if your a fan of the more floral hoppy beers then this one is for you.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly hazy golden amber with a fairly thick off-white head. Aroma is fairly strong and quite hoppy, promising a good IPA. Flavor is strongly hoppy but only slightly bitter and has just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is smooth and fizzy, quite lively on the tongue.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this from ThedarkertheBetter and Blitheringidiot via Double Trouble BIF. Thanks again guys.

Appearance: This one poured a burnt ornage hue but bright orange when held to the light. The frothy white head stood up to be recognized and maintained its standing power for quite some time, leaveing behind a thick trail of bubbles. Also you can find lots of beading floating vigoriously to the top.

Smell: The aromas are strong, sweet, and piney hops. Mild roasted maltiness. Has just hint of alcohol in the nose. Mostly im detecting some fresh greens and pines. Not bad by any means.

Taste: The flavors are much like the nose, prodominately piney hops and fresh greens straight from the garden. Has just subtle sweetness from the malts. The alcohol is definitely there but not enough to steal from this bittersweet blend.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium body and high levels of carbonation. Smooth and easy going down. Has a bubblely finish and leaves a slight bittering in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would love to sit back and throw a few of these away. I consider myself a stout fanatic, but after drinking this, IPAs have moved up a notch in my book. Very good choice indeed.


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Photo of rawhydes1
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My gold standard for "grapefruity" IPAs is Stone IPA.

Having said that, Bell's Two Hearted gives Stone a pretty good run for it's money.

I have experienced a bad batch of this brew, which was cloudy, and "off" in flavor.

However, I am glad that I have given Bells a second chance. Multiple good experiences since.

Not quite translucent, which is not a negative, IMHO. Nice white head.

Smells and tastes strongly of grapefruit/citrus.

Crisp mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

Very drinkable.

All-in-all, I like this beer very much, and would not hesitate to purchase it... in the absence of Stone IPA.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a mason jar-style glass.

A: Bright, hazy copper with 2/3" white head that settles down quickly. Retention is good, lacing is OK.

S: Piney hops & some herbal notes over caramelly malt.

T: Exceptional. Hop-bitter fruity & somewhat resinous character wrapped in toffee. Savory elements & flowery elements mingle on the mid-palate. Finishes with slightly lingering bitterness.

M: Nice carb helps to lighten up what would otherwise be a mighty malt body. Very dry.

O: Not a typical go-to IPA for me, but clearly deserving of it's world-class status here on BA. Impressive.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to MilwaukeeCrusher for delivering us this beer.

A : Pours a clear apricot colour with big billowy and tight bone white head which leaves an abundance of lacing.

S : Tropical and juicy upfront scents combined with sweet floral notes and hints of musk.

T: Follows the scent, possibly even sweeter upfront, followed by a lingering grapefruit rind bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and low carbonation, leaves a nice coating over the tongue.

O: Very balanced and bright, it contains the right amount of bitter notes while adding front notes of tropical sweetness that compliments.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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