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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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Reviews: 3,463 | Ratings: 13,916
Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisted because I really like this bottle.

A- Golden, murky and glowing. Half inchl head, leaves fast, thick webby lacing persists.

S - Floral with deep malt back.

T - Very sweet thick malt up front taken fairly quickly by bitter hops. Hops still on the floral perfume side of the scale.

M - Medium body, good carb, good mouthfeel.

D - Nice beer.

NOTE: This was re edited after a revisit about a year after the first experience. Whether it was my developing palate, or that the second beer was much fresher, I didn't feel my original review did it justice.

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

Very nice, pale copper color with a decent head. Nice grassy and citrusy aroma. Blast of bitterness though not overwhelming. Moderate amount of grapefruit flavor. Good malty flavor to go along with the high bitterness. Nice malty body. The whole thing is quite well balanced. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Damn good US IPA.

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

I am not an experienced beer taster/reviewer.

I can tell this is a wonderful beer and probably well-balanced for most. It has a really nice hoppy bite, but for me, it's a bit too sweet compared to my favorite IPAs.

Maybe my tastes will change down the road and I do look forward to trying it again.

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

A cloudy straw-amber color with a frothy good head of white and excellent lacing. The aroma is a polite touch of lemony/grapefruit hops with a malty caramel underlayer and a hint nutmeg. The taste is quite bitter with a more floral/lemony hops and plenty of it. There's a candy malt touch but it's very light. This is a bright bitterness with fine carbonation, easy drinking if you're fond of hops. I get a slight popcorn sense under the bitterness. The feel is fairly medium body for a brew that is so sharp. This didn't strike me as being quite so good as it is on tap. I think it was a little mellower on tap, but this is definitely still very good stuff.

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Photo of b3shine
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's good, draft or bottle. I'd describe it as a beginner's ipa because the hops are masked by the honey (as they are in Hopslam, just less pronounced). Yeah, it's good, but there are plenty of other better ipa's out there - assuming you're a hophead. Just depends on if you wanna take off the training wheels...

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

Honey orange hues with a fluffy white head. Aroma of orange zest and bubblegum. More of the same in flavor on a of soft malty backbone that straddles the line of dry and sweet. Medium body with a beautiful finish of delicate hops redolent of orange blossoms.

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

A: came to me in a bells glass with a beautiful copper orange color and thin foamy head that left quickly leaving some nice lacing on the glass

S: smell of grapefruit and citrus with some grassiness and touch of malt

T: i agree that this has a very clean and tart taste. the citrus hits you first coming next with the hop bitterness and pine that tingles the tongue and then the bread and malt like tones finish off the taste.

M: lighter than many IPA's at this alcohol level. crisp and clean with a good amount of carbonation

D: very good IPA but not on the top of my list. I could definitely drink this one again to re-rate since I didn't feel it lived up to its hype.

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

A- Really thick white head on a clear orange body.
S- Really big pine and grapefruit hops, sweet malt background, and hints of lemon.
T- Grapefruit juice and other fruit juice hops with hints of pine in there to help balance it out. Sweeter caramel malt body to help balance the hops. Nothing that is hugely bitter but leaves a nice medium bitterness on the mid -tongue.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- I think it is pretty good but wouldn't say it is one of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of philly224
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a golden color with a decent white head.

S - You can smell the hops a lot with this one

T - Pretty bitter even taste throughout the sip

M - Medium to light body with some carbonation

O: Great beer for the price will be revisiting again soon.

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

Was a little disappointed with this one after hearing all the build-up. Maybe because I'm a west coaster I found this a little dull. Much prefer PtE or Alpine, Moylan's, Green Flash even Dirt Wolf.

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

Pours a pale orange with thin white head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of hops, but not as much as I'd expect. Quite sweet too, almost like honeydew melon. Taste has some citrus hop bitterness with lots of malt, with some floral hops on the after taste. I wondered if the bottle I got may have been old and missing some of the hop flavours that I expected, but I checked on Bell's website and it says it was bottled on May 4th. Still tastes good though.

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

Poured into a standard pint.

Pours a medium straw, with a nice pillowy head that recedes slowly.

Aroma is of hops up front and caramel malt. Sweet clover honey and yeast.

Taste is astringent hops FOLLOWED by malt. Piney, citrus hops with a grassy fresh bite. Caramel malt with a biscuit flavor that rides in the background. Hops are a little overpowering here. The hops make the beer a little soapy, almost acidic.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, good and clean.

A good ale. Not great, good.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass. Amber in color...nothing too special. Lots of hoppy/citrus smell but really nothing else to note. Tastes like it smells, hops/floral/citrus with a clean finish. Mouthfeel is okay but really nothing to note...light carbonation and light body. I like this beer, but there are other IPAs I prefer.

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

This beer was pleasant. A nice first impression along with a nice after taste. I was not in the least bit disappointed. This lives up to my expectation of an IPA just fine to date. Definitely give Two Hearted Ale a taste. I think beers like this among many others are starting to convince me I'ma big fan of IPAs.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Hazy gold in color with a sticky, white, 2 finger head. The aroma is full of grape fruit and mango. The flavor follows and has a long lingering finsish. A solid medium bodied brew that is very drinkable. A solid middle of the road IPA.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very foamy head with some lacings on top of a clear, dark gold body. A citric and floral burst in the hops along with a decent malt presence. Taste is more of the same, as even though they are a good amount of hops for a dry, citric taste, there is also some smooth and creaminess in the body thanks to a little bit of sweet malt taste. Great beer.

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

Poured from a bottle dated December, 2010 into a tulip:

A: Pours a honey/apricot hue with a fluffy off-white head that settles down to a thin ring within some time. Grips to the sides of the glass in a bubbly, splotchy pattern.

S: The sweet smell of lemon grass upfront meshed with more floral hoppy aromas. A faint, sweet caramel malt note brushes up in the finish. Overall an inviting aroma that tows the line of the standard, quality India Pale Ale nose with ease.

T: Graces the palate upon each sip with an inviting juicy and citric hop essence weaved with dominant tones of floral lemon grass propped up by a very mild earthy, resin character. Finishes with a bitter-sweet caramel malt profile in a moderately bitter manner that lingers for just a few seconds. Well balanced and flavorful, however not something that stands head an heels above all the other India Pale Ale variations out there.

M: Medium bodied and slightly sticky in the mouth with well done carbonation. Coats the palate with a lingering bitter after the swallow but it is note overbearing. Finishes with a dry and refreshing character.

D: Well balanced, affordable, and very easy to drink, Bell's Two Hearted Ale goes down as a quality example of the India Pale Ale style in my books. However, it strength is also a bit of its weakness in my opinion as it really doesn't deviate much from the norm. Nevertheless, it is more drinkable than your standard India Pale Ale due to its more pleasant (less acerbic) finish than you will find in some.

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Photo of sls0210
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass. Light orange with inch white head that dissolves only slightly. Nice citrus tones upfront. Very creamy mouthfeel with almost a biscuit-y aftertaste. Good body. I could definitely buy a 6 pack for the house of this brew. My first try from Bells and am very pleased.

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

A clean golden colored beer. Has a big fluffy bright white head, that leaves some nice lace.The aroma is very hoppy, citrusy (serious grapefuit character) with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. There is a sweetness to the hoppiness in the strat of the taste. Followed by a smoothing out with a gentle malt push in the middle. All finishes clean and well balanced.

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

I have had this beer time and time again. It’s a good “go to” beer, especially when you find a bar that doesn’t have a wide selection of beers. I drink this one a lot over at Golf 365. All the guys there really dig this stuff. It’s a good, standard IPA.

The beer smells like… like an IPA. Again, this beer doesn’t knock my socks off, but it does have a familiar and repeatable flavor. It smells like any other IPA you have had, and drinks like one too. It has a hint of carbonation on the front of the palate, spread itself thin on the tongue, and finishes smooth and wet. (I use that word a lot… wet.)

The aftertaste does stick around for a little while. One thing I did learn about this beer, here on 1001 Bottles, is the high ABV. I didn’t realize it was 7%. I always assumed it was a 5 or 6%. The beer is also readily available at pretty much any and every liquor store and grocery store you can find. So if you want to try it, it won’t be hard to find.

The label on the bottle has a fish on it… I am sure that has something to do with the city it is brewed in. Having only been to Michigan once, I can’t speak on behalf of the patrons… but it just seems like a place that would breed a lot of fishermen. That’s not a bad thing, but the fish on the bottle makes sense.

I like the beer… a lot. Of course, I like a lot of IPAs. I could and will drink this beer over and over again.

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Photo of keoki182
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hoppy aroma immediately brings to mind sugary flowers. Orange/tangerine notes rush forward as well. The color is dark gold with with a smaller white head. The mouthfeel is exceptionally full and delicious. The flavor is of course the main attraction. More citrus on the tongue, really kind of bitter but like any IPA. This is the IPA to measure against all others.

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

A: Golden orange, well carbonated. Frothy white head with good lacing.

S: Fantastic hoppy aromas: very piney especially, with some citrus and grapefruit. The hops are very clear without being super-strong.

T/M: Really nice and well-balanced. The hops hit up front, a little piney and bitter, but quickly balanced out by some sweetness.

O: A very solid IPA, not overly strong but really well-done and balanced.

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

medium hazy orange with a fluffy white head

smells is strong of hops and spices

taste is wow with hops..very strong up front and never lets down.

good amount of carbonation with a faily thin mouthfeel

pretty easy to drink one or two at a time...but anymore would sacrafice the unique taste for me.

pretty damn good, and definitely different. it takes similar to other IPA's that ive had, but stronger and more crisp.

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Photo of Eric_Edwardson
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Tasting notes of pine and grapefruit are present in this Ipa with an incredibly hoppy and piney armoa. Add a slight note off maltiness to balance the hops and you have Bell's Two Hearted Ale.Very drinkable American IPA.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbnooshay for the bottle.

Deep golden color. A touch hazy with a big foamy head. Excellent retention with full rings of lacing.

Hops are fruity and aromatic with a definite grapefruit character. Nothing harsh about the nose.

Layered hop flavor is very citric without being too acidic, as well as floral and fruity. Soft fruitiness lasts long into the finish where it slowly transitions to a moderate lingering bitterness. Sweet, almost sugary malt base.

Smooth, creamy feel.

Pretty nice & drinkable overall.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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