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 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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Photo of Coolcheech
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, drank from a tulip.

A: Pours a rich golden color with a white foamy head.

S: Floral with a hint of apple. No change in smell over time.

T: Floral again but not overly hoppy, and again some apple notes are noticed.

M: Medium body, and heavier than I would imagine from the sight and smell. No real alcohol flavor from the 7.0% ABV either.

D: No surprises here in flavor. It tastes just like it smells with no complex layers that I can discern. I don’t say that in a bad way, though. The beer wasn’t heavy but heavier than I imagined and it rounds off the fruity taste nicely.

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Photo of tempest
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #7877, bottled March 27, 2007.

Ok, this might be the best looking IPA I've ever had, but not the best. The appearance has a short creamy head with thick lacing. The aroma is just a general citrus punch, a little weak. The flavor picks things up a bit, but it's not as bitter as I expected. It's a smooth bitter that puts it on par with a hearty pale ale. Still, the taste is of wonderfully fruity hop juice. Not overly powerful, but nice. I'd like a little more kick, but it's still a great beer.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I've had this beer many times and it's one of my favorite IPAs that are readily available. Batch number 10207, packaged on 02/09/11, enjoyed on 03/02/11. Pretty fresh considering how long it usually takes stuff to reach the beer wasteland of Alabama.

A - Poured into a DFH pint glass. Good looking light gold color with just slight haze. White one finger head, leaves splotchy lacing. Good looking beer.

S - As fresh as it is, the aroma seems somewhat muted for an IPA. What I can pick up, however, is quite good. Nice piney, resin hops with a good malt backbone. Quite fruity as well.

T - Taste is nice and balanced. Good sweet, nutty malts with a big hop bitterness. Citrus, resin, pine, and some fruity hoppiness. I'd like this bitterness to linger for a little longer but other than that, a very good IPA.

M/D - Mouthfeel is just a little thin and doesn't leave the taste on the tongue for quite long enough. Not bad though. That being said, I can drink this stuff like water. Delicious and very drinkable.

Another tasty one from Bell's as always. It's very good for the price and always available. Good stuff.

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Photo of mbusster88
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle *batch 10161.

A: Body is very hazy orange color. Head is thick and foamy with an off white color. Very good lacing on the glass and head retention is rather decent.

S: Hop profile starts right away in the nose, but is also very spicy/zesty. This tangy aroma is a bit different from a lot of IPAs I have had, but really very nice.

T/M: Great grapefruit hop profile with a malty backbone. Very well balanced and very drinkable. Smooth and refreshing, while still being hop driven and cleansing.

D: Easy drinking beer that has a great balance and great spicy hop profile that makes it a bit distinct.

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Photo of dleigh
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/28, poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pretty solid, nice hoppy, floral taste, but lacks the aromatics that would really set it apart from the crowd for me. Just my personal opinion, but I think this one was probably world class some years ago, but other easily-available beers have surpassed it. Like, a biplane is awesome and I respect it for it's role in history, but I'd still rather fly on a 777, you know?

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Photo of jimmah120
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pkgd 04/03/12

Slightly hazy amber-gold, small creamy head with some lace. Smell is pine, grass, pineapple. There isn't much sensation at first swig, but toasted malt fades into super bitter, fruity, piney hops. The hoppy bitterness dominates from here. Medium-light body, but syrupy.

If you like em hoppy and bitter, try this.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice floral aroma. Very well balanced with good malt backbone, some earthy hoppyness, dry bitter finish. Nicely carbed, slick feel. First class IPA.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Golden orange color with a nice white head. Diminishes into a nice amount of lacing along the glass and top of the beer.

Smell: It's disappointing to say the least because I don't get that much hops. Very faint citrusy and piney notes.

Taste: Ahhh, this is where the hops are. It has a citrusy hop taste to it, but piney hops are the dominant flavor here. Very nice balance with a slight sweetness towards the finish. There is a final touch of bitterness to it also that disappears quite quickly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Great carbonation. A definitely mowing-the-lawn beer.

Overall: This was my first time having this beer, and I have to admit I'm kind of disappointed. I heard great things about this IPA, but it left a little to be desired. It's still a very good beer. Very good, but maybe a bit over-hyped in my opinion.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pale amber with a decent, light bubbly head. Dissipates quickly leaving thin lacing, a ton of sediment prancing around inside the glass. Smell leans heavily toward citrus, with a touch of bitter earth in there.
Tastes of piney hops on the back of your tongue with a little tart bite on the sides. Bitter grapefruit pith and piney hops with a shade of sweet malt to balance it out. No real alcohol burn, at 7% it's covered up well. Carbonation is on the money, and it feels refreshing in the mouth. Not a chore to suck down a sixer on a Friday night.

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Photo of DannyS
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a magic hat keg glass.

A - Hazy but bright orange amber. Not surprising. Little head but it sticks around forever and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - It's actually pretty muted on the nose. Predominantly fruity/floral hops on the nose but it's not very strong.

T - VERY low bitterness for an IPA. Surprised at how mild the bitterness is, actually. The citric and piney hops are there but not overwhelmingly so, countered deftly by the roasty malt. That is one hell of a sessionable IPA.

M - Light on the carbonation and not heavy at all on the tongue. This beer goes down so easy I'm tempted to just crack open another and keep drinking.

Overall - 7% ABV? Sure don't taste like it! This one is subtle, fresh, strikes a killer balance of hops and malt, and finishes really clean. Unlike most IPA's that send you wave upon crashing wave of hop flavor and bitterness, this one drinks so easy that its 7% ABV will sneak up on you if you're not careful. A great choice both as an introductory IPA and an everyday brew.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into the SA Glass

A - Light amber in color, extremely high level of carbonation. Thin, tall bright white head with tremendous retention. Opaque but not cloudy.

S - Sweet, citrusy hop smell. Notes of grapefruit and pineapple.

T - Surprisingly bitter, particularly at the back of the mouth. Very mellow front where the hops detected in the nose really come through. Complex but a bit overpowering.

MF - Definitely a 'chewy' beer, with a mild bite due to carbonation. Very nice.

D - Not a beer to be chugged - each taste packs a bitter hop burst to the back of the mouth, rendering a taste taken in quick succession rather dull. Best enjoyed slowly on its own, or with food that can hold up to its bite.

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Photo of WillKorn
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is just as good as any other IPA that is on the market right now, but this seems to just be exploding in popularity lately. There have been lots of great deals on this beer as well. It is very hoppy of course, but to me it has a slightly more florally flavor that other IPAs.

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

Straight 4's on this one a very solid beer, pours a somehwat hazy orange color with a nice medium sticky head.The aroma is very very hoppy and citriusy and resiny,the taste is pretty biiter with a caramel sweet backbone the hops are the definent taste here very citrius fruit like.A pretty balanced IPA very well done.

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Photo of daveg36
4/5  rDev -6.1%

So, they don't warn you on the bottle, but I am telling you this will not be good more than 1 month after the bottle date. I had one bottled from 10/ 21, which was perfectly floral and sweet, and drain poured one from 10/08 which had lost alot of what makes it great. This is an awesome IPA, and consume fresh, for the best experience.

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

Bell's Two Hearted Ale is a very good American IPA, that is just short of the great beers that are now being produced. This is a beer that's been a standard for so long that perhaps it's being usurped by newer offerings. However, it is still a very good beer that does not disappoint the hophead. I've had this beer on draft and in the bottle several times, and have always enjoyed it, but today, I will review it.

The beer pours a light amber that looks green when held up to the light. A soft head clings to the top of the beer and sticks lightly to the sides of the glass. The beer smells of fresh pine, just peeled orange rind, and flowery honey. The beer tastes very crisp with bitterness up front that marries with the taste of ripe peaches and malted barley. The beer is refreshing and with tannins providing good mouth feel and a dry finish. Very drinkable and deceiving for the the 7+% ABV, but definitely not sustainable for a session.

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - dark burnt yellow color with a rich head that leaves a nice lacing

Smell - rich malty flavor with little hints of citrus. No much hops on the front end.

Taste - lots of malts in this one. I do not get a lot of citrus or bitterness from this one.

Mouthfeel - this leaves your mouth still wanting more.

Overall - this is quite an enjoyable beer for sure. Not sure it lives up to the hype, but I still really enjoyed the beer.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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