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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 dbONE
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another find on my recent trip to ND.
A cloudy unfiltered look with a dense clean white head.
Lots of floral and citrus hops with a touch of pine and grass.
For a midwest IPA style this is on the map with a very grapefruity citrus flavor with a clean orange peel finish. Keeping it on the coolder side helps the drinkibility. The flavor slips as it warms up.
The sticky malt finish begs for another sip.
Be sure to share your sixer because you will get bored after a few.
Still a good beer though.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- One and a half finger head that sticks around with excellent lacing. Lots of bubbles coming up. Brew is a copper/golden color with an unfiltered haze.

S- Sweet flowers and tropical fruit (mangoes and papaya). Just a hint of yeasty funk. Smells amazing.

T- Starts floral leading into tropical fruits with a nice hoppy bite on the backside. I notice some yeast and light malts in the finish.

M- Lighter for the style, great carbonation, alcohol is well hidden. Somewhat oily and slick on the tongue.

O- Easy drinking and well balanced. I've always had a special place in my heart for Two Hearted. I just wish Bell's was distributed in CO...

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.
Bottle date of 12/16/11.

Appearance: A golden straw colored beer with 3 fingers worth of thick white head. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: strong notes of pine and citrus. Smells really good! Not getting much from the malt profile of this beer.

Taste: moderate bitterness from the hops profile. Pine upfront with grapefruit and oranges. Its a well balanced IPA. You can just detect the malts as a biscuity flavor and you dont get much else from the malts. Aftertaste is not really all that bitter, it quite pleasant. The hop flavors just kind of fade away so that you want to take another drink right away to get more hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: high end of a low bodied beer. Moderately carbonated. The beer is crisp, clean, and easy drinking all the way.

Overall: I am a fisherman so i really love this label with a trout on it. The beer is better than your average IPA. I think this would be a good beer to take fishing to give you more luck! Also because its a tasty beer! Bells make quality beer! Glad its a local beer for me!

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Photo of dpnelson1978
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Original tasting: 12/10/2009

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$9.99 / 6 pk.

S: Sweet caramel malt, bready. Nice floral hop aroma.

A: Clear amber body topped by a big loose head that dissipates quickly leaving light lacing and a thin creamy cover.

T: Well balanced malt and citrus hop flavors. Bready. Nothing stands out as overpowering. More pronounced malt flavors than a typical IPA.

M: Smooth medium body with medium carbonation. Crisp finish with a nice hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

D: Very sessionable IPA, and better solo than many of the hop bombs I've had recently.

O: This brew stands out for its balance of flavors, a treat that has been on the decline in craft IPA's it would seem. Don't confuse balance with absence however, this beer is very flavorful.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Two Hearted Ale poured a cloudy, slightly too pale amber with a creamy two-finger head that left sporadic sticky lace.

The smell and taste are also too pale; undistinguished yet easy to drink, with a touch of lemon/grapefruit that lingers a bit acidy, like the rind.

Two Hearted Ale is a good, but not great, IPA that leaves a less than pleasant after-smell and after-taste, similar to what smacks the palate after biting into an orange peel to get it started.

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Photo of dave39
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I have had this before but after a few glasses of wine before dinner, so I want a clean palate to test it. I was a little drunk when having it, so not sure, so here comes a sober review with a clean palate.

WOW, I love this one. Very sweet aroma, sweet malts, alcohol very well hidden.

Sweet orange, sweet peach, taste. Excellent, excellent beer. Flavors are very different then a traditional IPA. Unique. You can tell it is not a West Coast IPA, and as much as I love those, this is awesome and different in it's own way.

World class IPA.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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 smcolw
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head, but it leaves a near blanket of lace on the glass. The liquid is cloudy with an orange hued dirty copper color.

Very mild smell for the style. Pale grain nose is stronger than the floral hop. Well balanced but meek.

The hop is fresh tasting, providing a black pepper finish. Starts with a clean "round" pale malted barley flavor. Only a touch of sweetness. Full bodied and a below average level of carbonation. Good counterpoint to hot wings.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours golden with a tall solid off white head that leaves some nice lace.

Smells of citrus, lemon, and malt with a nice floral bouquet.

Taste is nice hop punch of bitter citrus and herb/floral notes. It is a solid I'd faint malt middle with some biscuit notes. Finishes dry with more bitter herb. It has some nice fruit notes and good lively carbonation that keeps the subtle complexities alluring.

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Photo of Ell
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty, nicely hoppy beer.

It has an exceptionally floral aftertaste. Very nice and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is light, but not too light. Good nose - again, floral and very hoppy with a bit of grapefruit.

This is a very nice and drinkable pale ale.

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Photo of jimdalton
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, dark copper.
Odor: Floral, malty, and bitter
Taste: Earthy with a floral, citrus hop kick and a nice back end sweetness Smooth, floral, earthy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Earthy with a floral, citrus hop kick. Nice, floral, earthy aftertaste.
Overall: Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale brings the a new spin to the IPA style. This IPA has all the usual suspects as far as flavor, but brings a special kick that is not found in other IPAs.

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Photo of MacDomer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't get this easily in Chicago, but picked some up over the holidays when I was in Ohio. Consumed about 5 weeks after it was bottled. Excited to try this one...

Poured into my standard pint glass. This one is a light golden orange with a big foamy head and excellent retention. Good, forward aroma of floral hops. A hint of semi-sweet malts. The taste is crisp and citrusy. Good balance and mouthfeel.

Overall, I enjoyed this, no doubt. But, given the hype and ratings, I'm left a bit disappointed. It's really good, but not great. Will have one if offered, and I'd like to have it again, but I'm happy to stick with more easily attainable IPAs.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review was long overdue.

Appearance -- Pours a honey amber hue with a finger of sudsy white head. Handsome.

Smell -- the aroma is bursting with sweet juicy citrus flesh, pithy peel, wet-nap, and honey malt. Vibrant hop bomb with a soft underlay of malt.

Taste -- Massive citrus hops, akin to tangerine flesh and grapefruit zest. Hop bitterness is in good proportion: assertive, but not a trial by ordeal. Malt is drier than the nose would suggest, but still with a modicum of honey sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with crisp carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall -- A great easy-drinking, go-to IPA. However, freshness is especially critical with Two Hearted as the hop character falls off in a hurry. Great, but not a show-stopper.

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Photo of Celtics17
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Solid IPA, but not what I want. Maybe I'm a west coast IPA kind of guy. This is a malt driven IPA, and it doesn't hit the citrus, bitter grapefruit tones that I look for..

Update: The second time I had this it seemed to have a different profile. I got a bit more fruit forward flavor, and less malt, but the malt is still there. Maybe a 4.25 for me.

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Photo of MBbeerking14
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's

This is a beer that has gained close to bigger fame than Bell's flagship Oberon. In a class interview at Michigan State University, Larry Bell told us that Two Hearted has become the new Bell's favorite.

The beer pours a a clear gold, hazy, has a 1 finger index of head. The body is thick, heavy, and powerful. It smells of honey, floral hops, citrus, and pine, a very complex beer. Has a malty finish. Tastes like it smells, with the honey and citrus hops leading the charge finishing dry and crisp.

Drinkability: Great IPA, but not one I could drink to many of before being carried home, as it is high in alcohol. For an IPA however, it is very drinkable and someone could easily drink more than one.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a decent amount of head and good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of hops and citrus, more than anything else.

T: Not a strong, overpowering taste, but well done. Hops, grapefruit and mild malt.

M: A fairly high rate of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a likable, drinkable beer. Not the most stunning of IPAs, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the Matchbox in Chicago. This has got to be one of the smallest bars I have ever seen. I’m guessing the “official” capacity must be about 20 people.

Beer poured a lighter than expected gold with a thick head and great lacing. I was expecting a slightly darker beer given that it is an IPA.

Nice pine & citrus aroma. Clear use of quality ingredients.

The taste was fine, but seemed a little on the light side for an IPA. Still it is a very tasty beer with a bracing hop bite and nice puckering citrus taste. The beer also seems to posses a nice malt backbone to keep things balanced.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both fine. I was expecting something different, but was not disappointed by this one. It is a keeper and one I would love to try on tap.

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Photo of RTrain12
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle.

Color is a light amber/gold. Half inch head that fadded away quickly.

Smells very good with a sent of fresh hops.

This is a very good tasting ale. I would say it is just right. Not to over powering with hops.

It goes down smooth with a light carbonation.

Good drinkability! I could see my self drinking a couple of these.

Overall I think this is a very good beer! I have had other beers from Bell's and have always been happy. I also notictied at the liqour store that you know can get a 5 liter (1.32) gal. mini keg of Two hearted ale for your fridge! I thought that was pretty cool.

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Photo of roggae
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i found this beer very drinkable and very fruity. the appearance is a bit cloudy due to the unpasturized nature, but that did not distract orm the taste. the taste was very pleasurable and i really enjoyed the fruity/hoppy balance. i would gladly pay money for this beer again.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pale malt scent with a dry grainy finish. It is full of floral hops and earthy malts. The taste is good. It has a very bitter hop flavor followed up with some pale malts and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine American pale ale. It has good flavor and aroma; a good drinker/sessions ale.

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Photo of Homerbag
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper orange with thins foamy head that beautifully laces down the glass.

Smells of citrus hops with some light malt. Suprisingly clean aroma for an IPA. Tastes almost sweet, not tart like some IPAs. The citrusy hops bring out a more orange like flavor than the common grapefruit/piney flavor. Sweet malt compliments and makes this beer almost sessionable. Feels good, slightly thick. I only call this slightly thick because as easy as it is to drink I would excpect an almost watery lager like beer instead of an IPA at 7%.

I would get this beer again. Not the greatest IPA, but if I saw it on a menu or in the cooler I would put it in my choices.

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Photo of honestdave
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz ale into one of my favorite pint ale glasses.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a very thick creamy white head. Head holds up well for several minutes.

S: Nice floral scent with citrus notes as well. Good overall nose.

T: Good balance between the citrus hop bite and a malty backbone. Did I say balanced? Refreshing too. Good summer beer. I like the slightly dry aftertaste.

M: Slightly syrupy but enough carbonation to keep it keep it an easy drinker.

D: Good drinkable beer with an alcohol content that isn't overpowering. This is one that you can enjoy several without overdoing it. I like that it isn't too sweet and has a dry finish too.

Summary: Good solid IPA. One that I will buy again. Would also satisfy those that don't like really bitter ales. Easy to like!

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Photo of Sideswipe
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Dated 9/8/11

Two Hearted pours an orange/amber color. Two fingers of white foam recede leaving minimal lacing and a thin coaster which lingers atop the beer. The nose is citrus and floral hops. Taste is orange rind and pale malt. Mild bitterness and and bread give way to a sweet citrusy finish. The beer is medium bodied with creamy texture. A nice take on the style by Bells.

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Photo of jockstrappy
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper color with a small white head. Aroma is a balanced combination of floral hop notes and mild pear. Taste begins with a generous floral hop punch as soon as it hits the mouth. A slight bread-like malt backbone can be noticed in the roof of the mouth right before a dry, hoppy finish that leaves you no choice but to take another sip. Being fairly light in both body and carbonation make this one easy on the palate, and quite easy to throw back several in a sitting. Very nice year-round beer!

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Photo of caresville
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received in trade from kadonny, poured into pint glass.

a- light orange to brown, white sudsy foam, look like apple juice with a head. great lacing and lots of carbonation.

s- smells like a winner, lots of acidity and bitterness coming out right from the stench. if you have ever cracked open a rangpur and gave it a nice big old whiff this is what it smells like. a mix of oranges, lemons and grapefruit.

t&m- see definition of rangpur!! this thing really tastes like a hybrid of a highly acidic mandarin orange and a lemon (rangpur). slight hints of hay and straw, compliment the acidity and bitterness this one has to offer.

d- easily one of the best IPAs out there, dangerously drinkable. delicious and not overly bitter, easy to session upwards of 4 or 5 of these guys without burning a hole in your stomach.

i did give this one straight 4's because although it is a truly great beer, i feel like something isnt there that is making it highly rememberable and that will stick out like a sore thumb in my mind.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.26 out of 5 based on 13,918 ratings.
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