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

Mmm...I'm a native Michigander, so was excited to pick up a couple of these on a trip back home.

A) Nice hazy orange-straw colored with a finger of tight mounds of white foam that left nice lacing behind.

S) Good smell, very inviting. Hoppy goodness. Citrus, floral, pine.

T) Mmmm, more hoppy goodness. Pineapple and citrus-hops dominate. Also more pine-y hops and bitterness, with some malt sweetness as an undertone.

MF) Medium and crisp.

D) VERY good. I love IPAs, and this one was no exception.

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

12 FL OZ
Alc. 7.0% by Vol.
Bottle print-stamped '8427'

Appearance - light orange hazy body with an unexpected and persistent rise of carbonation (hints of over-carbonation); excellent inch-thick, white, frothy head at pour that has staying power; chunky lace

Smell - Spicy; pine; citrus rind; light brown sugar

Taste - biscuit and grapefruit; spicy and hoppy close; distinctive - could be picked out from a line-up

Mouthfeel - good balance of crisp and slick; appearance of over-carbonation didn't follow through in the feel which was a positive

Drinkability - relatively smooth; some dryness at close; for the last 2-3 sips, it really flattened out

I wasn't immediately bowled over in part due to the big expectations but Two Hearted has grown on me. It's a definite recommendation.

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

A: A golden hazy yellow with a two finger ivory head that dissipates very quickly.

S: A sweet and bitter aroma. I can't identify the hop variety through the sweetness the comes from the beer.

T: Bitter at first with a pine and citrus note to it. It is then followed by a little too much sweetness for my liking.

M: OK carbonation and good retention.

O: A solid IPA. Is worth trying but don't go too far to get it.

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

I have had this beer many times over the years, and am quite overdue to write a review.

The appearance is clear and light orange hued. The head stands in at around an inch thick, displays lasting retention and leaving ample lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is not particularly grand, but is pleasant nonetheless. Scents include malt, floral notes, light pine. The flavor is tasty, and though the beer is primarily hop forward, it definitely has a strong malt backbone. This is a good example of what I would consider a "balanced" IPA. Though I prefer beers of this ilk to be lighter on the palate and more hop forward with a pronounced citrus component, there is no denying that Bell's Two Hearted Ale is a tasty brew. Additionally, I think this beer, like many IPAs, is a notch better on draft versus the bottle.

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Photo of Pabs311
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- beers pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head that settles to leave way to some decent lacing.

S- hoppy aroma with tropical and citrus fruit aromas. also some grassiness can be picked up as well as the sweet malty backbone of the beer.

T-Same hoppy characteristics of the nose. tropical and citrus fruits play the main role while the maltiness of the beer takes a back seat

M/D medium bodied and good carbonation for this style of beer. good drinkability.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: A clear golden color with some pleasing visible carbonation. There is an off-white head of one finger which is fairly foamy with larger bubbles interspersed across the top. It fades moderately quickly to thin cap of foam and leaves heavy lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Heavy on the hops; mostly floral and pine smell with just a hint of citrus in the background.

T: Hops dominate the flavor as they do the smell. They contribute pine, floral notes and grass cuttings to the flavor. There is little in the way of fruit or citrus to taste and very little sweetness. A decent dose of caramel malts helps temper the bitterness slightly, and provides a bit of balance to the drink. The aftertaste is moderate in length and intensity and seems to highlight the earthy grass flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied. Aftertaste is fairly bitter but that doesn’t affect drinkability very much.

O: When I’m looking for a cost efficient IPA, this is hard to beat. It has many of the characteristics of a strong IPA, but I could drink this all evening without any problem.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice honey-orange colour, with some pale haze... Head is white and looks fluffy on top, yet has some large bubbles underneath. Head holds on fairly well, but does leave some decent lace behind.

The smell is all about the hops, with ovetones of fresh orange and roses. There's a bit of spice underneath.

The flavour has hops all over it up front, with just a bit of fresh orange coming out of it, and a bit of cereal grain on the end. theres' a nice spiciness throughout.

The mouthfeel is not exciting, but is solid. Medium liquid is topped by a tight to medium carbonation that swells just past the halfway point.

I find it very drinkable but not perfect. I would not turn it down, and could easily make a session out of it. It's interesting enough to keep my attention.

Be well

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Photo of VMWhelan
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently decided to retry this beer and found it MUCH more enjoyable than the first time.

Pours a golden orange with half a finger of white head.

Pretty sweet smelling with grapefruit notes, subtle pine.

Taste follows up on the nose. Bitter hoppyness balanced with a nice mellow sweetness. The hops definitely give off more grapefruit than anything else, as well as some pine again.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation, though the bottle I had last week was better than this.

Drinkability is good. Definitely better than the first time I've had it, must've been a bad bottle. This one was a little flat but when I had it last week, it was better. Going to have to get this on tap to really judge this beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- O'Reilly's Irish Pub

from notes

A- 16 oz draft arrives at my table an amber gold color. A nice little lacing is left behind on my glass.

S- a hoppy grapefruit/orange aroma. Very citrusy. slight malts that have hints of toffee or caramel.

T- A hoppy grapefruit. it tastes like i actually bit into a grapefruit. orange or coriander. slight bready/biscuit rounds out.

M- juicy yet dry. hoppy and citrusy.

D- easy to put down and very smooth. a six pack would be great.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on Cask at the Pub in Rookwood Commons

Appearance: Good cask pour...not much head (off-white, but it has staying power), low carbonation. Deep yellow color with red overtones and a bit of chill haze.

Aroma: Huge hop hit upfront, punches you right in the nose with citrus and pine. Slight sweetness also present behind the hoppiness.

Taste: Crisp maltiness with some biscuit comes through behind the citrus hoppiness. Balance obviously leans towards hops, but there is just enough body to give this brew some character.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, however little sweetness. Beer dries out well toward the end, and the bitterness from the hops helps pronounce this.

Drinkability: An overassertive hoppiness makes this something you can't have a whole lot of.

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Photo of jman42
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Light orange in color with a slight haze to it. Nice head retention

S: ORANGE! Very pronounced citrus aroma - love the smell

T: Can taste the orange too. Nicely hopped too. Liking this

M: Slightly creamy texture left in my mouth. Best way to describe it is that my mouth was left feeling happy and wanting more

O: I'm digging this. Hard to find where I live - will need to keep my eyes open when traveling and pick some up when I see it

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Photo of NJbeerman
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was able to finally try this beer thanks to a friend bringing it back for me. I was very happy with it. It did surprise me that it was cloudy but the floral aroma of the hops was fantastic. It appears to have multiple types of hops in it which adds to the complexity of the beer. Surprisingly it did not hold its head well but the little head it did keep clung to the glass. The beer felt almost creamy with a nice hop bite. It does have a bit too much stickyness to it but that is just getting picky. I noticed a slight residual sweetness in the finish but very little malt character.

Overall - I am very happy with this well balance yet still hoppy ipa.


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Photo of gogreen99
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very hoppy beer. Taste extremely hoppy which creates an equally hoppy aroma. This beer has a very unique story for bells brewery! A citrus and floral aroma frequent this beer with after notes of grapefruit. In appearance the beer appears cloudy... A caramel aroma characterized the beer

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an antique pilsner glass

Appearance: solid two finger white foam head. Settles with nice lacings. Golden yellow-orange clear liquid with a steady stream of carbonation.

Aroma: fruit, bubblegum and a hint of grass

Taste: slight bitterness on the tip of the tongue, citrus hops in the middle , gentle bitter finish, slight pine hop bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: suds up in the mouth but not too much, medium weight

Good iPa that I would reach for again if it was within striking distance

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Photo of BakaGaijin
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a six pack in Niagara Falls, USA for $10.95.

A - Nice dark amber thick white head. Good retention.

S - Slight citrus and pine. A little malt. Much less aroma than I expected.

T - Mild hops flavours and some mild malt sweetness. This beer is incredibly well-balanced and the alcohol is almost unnoticeable.

M - Very smooth and light.

O - Fantastic beer. Great stuff.

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Photo of MarzenMan
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Huge foamy head that had good retention and lots of lacing. Rocky appearance. Golden amber color.

S - Vey floral. Sweet and citrusy.

T - Good. A pretty tame IPA but good for what it is. Fairly sweet and floral. Not very bitter. Slightly thicker mouthfeel than expected. Lots of floral flavors that remind me of scented soap (Dawn). Bad comparison but thats what I'm thinking

D - Very high. Toes the line between Pale Ale and IPA. A very quaffable IPA. You hear people talk about a sessionable IPA, this is it.

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Photo of trecker
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 1 inch foam head and a copper color. Definite hop rom a with a fruity grapefruit smell. Taste was quite hoppy in a good way.

I'd heard a lot of hype on this beer, and overall I'd say it wasn't a letdown but I don't see myself craving this anytime soon.

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Photo of therica
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We happened to be in Kalamazoo for a few days, and Bell's was recommended, so we tracked down the brew-pup and brewery-store - WHAT A HASSLE! After an hour of driving in circles, stopping and asking people on the streets (EVERYONE seemed to know where it was but were useless in giving helpful directions), we finally succeeded. It's near the downtown section, and none of the other places outside the city as shown on some maps etc. As a result, there wasn't enough time to stay for the pub, but we hit the store and bought a few cases-- including a case of Two-Hearted Ale.

It's rather hop-ish, typical of an IPA. If you're an IPA fan then you'll probably enjoy it quite a bit.

The basic consensus of our little group was mixed-- I thought it was pretty decent, but nothing I would seek out, again. Most of the others thought it was far too bitter. Of course they aren't much in the way of APA or IPA fans.

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Photo of mltobin
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe this just may be the first time that I have consumed a beer from Bell`s Brewery, took me long enough !
Poured into a snifter.
The appearance is a lighter brown color with a decent sized head.
Two Hearted has a citrus aroma, average amount of hops for an ipa, with a good amount of a spice kick to your senses. Upon sipping, I am impressed with the basic yet tasty balance of this beer, not leaning too far in any particular direction of the different tastes. Mouthfeel is very good and drinkability is good.

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Photo of eclipse54
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just realized I didn't have a review for this one. Pulled a bottle from the fridge and promptly poured into a tulip.

Pours a translucent gold color with roughly two fingers of foamy, pure-white head. Medeocre retention, but phenomenal lacing. The aroma is of spicy, earthen hops, pine, orange, and grapefruit. There's some wet earth and a bit of grass, as well as some subtle floral notes. Perhaps a hint of caramel malt to round things out. It tastes of lemon, grapefruit, and orange citrus up front, with spicy, almost gritty hops following suit. Some earth, grass, and even a touch of coriander appear, and a tiny amount of sweet caramel finishes it off. The mouthfeel is light (but not watery), vibrant, and bitter. It finishes clean and doesn't linger any longer than desired. Overall, this is a great, well-rounded IPA that is easy to drink and full of flavor. It does a great job of showcasing aromatic, flavoring, and bittering hops all in one, and is one I'm happy to frequent.

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Photo of kevanb
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Bells tulip.

The beer pours a very clear golden copper color, just a few bubbles rising up to the top of the glass, with a soft, cloudy white head, about 2 fingers high that has good retention and leaves behind a nice amount of spotted lace. The aroma is very pleasant, subtle piney hops, light grapefruit with touches of wildflower before pale grain and a touch of caramel malt sweetness eases out. The hops are more impactful on the tongue, lots of sweet tangerine, zesty grapefruit, smooth but bitter resinous pine, lightly floral with some smooth, sweet malt at the finish to help balance the bitter hops. The body is really nice, very smooth, almost juicy with a perfect level of lively carbonation and a lightly dry, lightly sweet finish.

Verdict: Two Hearted never fails to be an enjoyable IPA and is certainly one of the benchmarks for the style. Balanced, not overly complex yet certainly not simple, very smooth with a soft finish that doesn't push any boundaries and remains extremely quaffable.

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Photo of krausenman
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-The beer poured a hazy dark golden color. The thick, pillow-like head that capped the beer was an off white and lasted for almost the enitre duration of the drinking session.

S-For a supposed IPA I would have expected more hops in the aroma. My bottle might have been dated but it still smelled pretty good. There was a faint fruitiness (like marmalade or jelly) that was mixed with a more pronounced citrus/pine-like aroma. This ended with a hint of herbs or grassiness.

T-Initially, there was some fruit flavor and sweetness that transitioned into a more malty flavor but this changed over to the bitterness from the hops. While the IBU's in the beer weren't over the top, they did seem to balance the beer out well. There was a slight astringent flavor left after you swallowed along with a grassy herbal flavor from the hops.

M-My bottle had a low carbonation level and a light to medium body.

D-This was a good, balanced beer that lived up to some of the hype that has been put out about it. It is very drinkable due to it's lower body and low level of carbonation.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange color. Thick two fingered head that settles and leaves a good amount of lacing as you go.

Smell: Piney hops dominate. Grapefruit and citrus in the background. Pleasant aroma.

Taste: Citrus takes the front in the taste. Each swallow turns into a piney hoppy taste with a bit of floral hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and easy to drink. The hoppy aftertaste will be a bit much for those who do not consider themselves hopheads.

Drinkability: Good tasting brew with mabey a bit too hoppy of an aftertaste to appeal to non hop fans. Would not have more than one of these at a time. Not that it is bad, but leans a bit too much on the hops. I still believe that the 90 Minute is the ultimate beer when it comes to this style.

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Photo of AllForAugust
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To date, one of the most fantastic examples of American IPA I've had the pleasure to enjoy. Such character in this beer... The alcohol is brilliantly masked by the piney hops while the malt plays the support role fantastically, careful not to overwhelm.

A: Damn near what my perception of what an American IPA should be. Pale, yet vibrant. Hues of amber blended nicely against the original English colour. Slightly cloudy.
4.25-would bang.

S: "Oh what a delicate floral bouquet...Nope, wait a tick, piney yum yum." The use of American hops is clearly evident among the first whiff. My guess... Centennial Hops? Fuck if I know, I'm no pro. The balance here is fantastic, but perhaps, if my own criticisms would be permitted, could use a tad more hop character. However, the simplicity does not work against it.

T: Ya ever walk into an English pub and instantly crave a pint of English "real ale". This is what I imagine the american version of that to be. The idea of California Common shakes your tongues' hand (like your fucking tongue has a goddam hand), but then pulls the ole switcharoo and is like "wait, I'm an IPA". Malty sweetness again, plays prop to the bitterness of the hops. This beer tastes almost exactly as it smells.

M: There's that distinctive grindy feeling Coca Cola leaves on your teeth after you drink it; we must find a word for it. Subtle hints of it are present here, but only barely. The "front nine" presents itself smoothly, with little, but an appropriate level of carbonation, allowing you to truly taste this brew. The "back nine" leaves a dry finish, much akin to red wine.

O: Maybe, possibly think about getting around to trying this beer. No, wait, do it. This one's a must.

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Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a clear pumpkin orange with a one finger height head and plenty of small champagne like bubbles.

Smell- Distinct notes of citrus, grapefruit, pine dominate here.

Taste-Here is where this brew really opens up. Flavor by the tons! Piney bitterness that blends really well with crisp, light malty notes. Dried Apricot comes through in the finish and most of the character expresses itself in the back half of the palate. Perfect carbonation is also noteworthy here.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.26 out of 5 based on 13,979 ratings.
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