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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class
3,474 Reviews
Two Hearted AleTwo Hearted Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,474
Ratings:
13,959
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
Wants:
913
Gots:
4,165
For Trade:
52
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Reviews: 3,474 | Ratings: 13,959
Photo of billshmeinke
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Middle of the road darkness orange/gold hue. Exceptionally clear with effervescent bubbles rushing around. Two finger rocky white head with huge chunky lacing left behind.

Light tropical fruit notes of pineapple and mango with a some earthiness and a touch of bread.

Sweet malts up front that are immediately overwhelmed with earthy, dank, and pineapple hops flavors. A dank/resinous bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect, could maybe use just a touch more carbonation.

This beer is very tasty overall. Could be amped up on the citrus/tropical fruit characteristics, but the alcohol is super well hidden, and it's very drinkable.

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Photo of orcsinspace
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second beer from Bell's, and this one is much better. I did like it, but whoever gave this beer a 95 rating at BA needs to stop drinking on the job. It is a good beer, but just like with the other beer I had from Bell's, there are too many on the market where I live that shame this one, and shame it hard. Beer is becoming like indie rock was 15 years ago--the more obscure, the better people will think it is.

The head was nice on this, and the color was a rich, typical IPA color. Very standard. There was some nice lacing down the glass, but nothing like you'd get from a Ranger, or a Torpedo.

The smell was very standard, and if you have ever had an IPA before, imagine that. This one is more piney than citrusy, so I do like that.

The taste was also very standard, and again, more pine. It tasted fairly fresh, and had a nice bitter bite to it.

Overall, a decent beer, but where I live this beer rings in at nearly 12 bucks for six at the grocery. This beer is overrated, and while it is good, I just can't justify spending that much on a six pack.

Bell's is middle of the pack for me, and I have to admit that I am let down. All I have hear about lately is Bell's it seems, but this is really nothing special.

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Photo of CreamCity
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

S- Huge hop presence, fruity, someone below me said grapefruit and I'm going to roll with that

A- Light orange copper, head has large bubbles, is dissipating quickly, not much lacing

T- Grassy, tangy, I'm really starting to think they threw grapefruit in here

M- Good carbonation, dry finish, sweet and tangy, hoppy

O- Not a fan of IPA's but I could have 1 or 2 more of these. Better than most IPA's I've had that just overload the beer with hops. This offers something different and more pleasant.

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Photo of JonMich13
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Nice amber color, little head and lacing in my pour.

S = Very nice pungent hoppiness with citrus notes dominant

T = Good but something out of balance here. Very hoppy with loud grapefruit and orange peel. Lingers in the aftertaste.

M = Crisp and dry. Nice carbonation.

D = Fairly drinkable for hop fans.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review 8/2016 on bottle 7 weeks old:
Pours a dark side of golden, but clear, with a couple fingers of white head on an aggressive pour. Head maintained quite well and laced the glass with sheets and islands.

Nose isn't very strong, but I get a balanced spiced bread malt note with a bit of citrus bitterness.

Taste starts off a little sweeter than expected, but also with a little bite to it. An orange citrus bitterness balances it out before a more classic grapefruit citrus takes over in the end. A nice full range from malty to bitter, as the end does get decently bitter for an overall seemingly balanced IPA. There is a bit of spice that runs throughout, as well, that seems more from the ingredients than the carbonation (which is soft on this pour).

Definitely a solid, classic, little less balanced than it seems IPA. Seems a little more east coast than west, though the hop profile seems to be more of the latter.

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Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A = A very pretty amber IPA, long-lasting head with lacing.
S = True to the label, it is heady with hops!
T = For the IPA lover, this would be heaven; for me, too hoppy, but IPAs aren't a favorite. Leaves a floral, hoppy aftertaste on the tongue.
M = A slight bit creamy and not overly carbonated. Quite nice!

I am not an IPA lover by any means. In fact, I am allergic to the hops as my head stuffs up almost immediately after the first few sips of drinking an IPA. But, the label didn't identify itself as an IPA, only in the verbiage on the back label did I discover its pedigree. So, in fairness, I would have to say in this review that this is one of the better IPAs I've tasted, although I would have initially skipped it if I had known it was an IPA! Very cool artwork on the label, too.

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Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a orange hue to it. White head leaving small amounts of lacing in the glass. Pine and citrus up front with a caramel and fair amount of biscuit in the background. Citrus, pine, and a lemony finish with a nice balance of biscuity flavors noticed with each sip. Higher on the carbonation scale and a medium body makes the one pretty nice to drink.

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Photo of shepdog72
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice orange copper color with a 1/2" head that lasted. The smell was at first a little biscuity but then the citrusy smells kicks in. The taste is initially of apricot to me but becomes hoppy with citrus flavors as it hits the back of the tongue. It's a nice tingle crisp feel.

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Photo of vkv822
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip pint.

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick frothy white head that leaves a web of lacing.

The hops are a very nice balance between pine and citrus notes in both the nose and taste. There are pleasant biscuit malts that come through in the finish of the taste.

It has a well carbonated, medium body.

A very well done IPA, and if it were distributed near me would no doubt be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of Paincane
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange golden in color with a two finger off-white soapy head that has very good retention and moderate lacing. Poured into my Bell's pint glass.
S: Floral, pine, citrus aromas are all subtle but present.
T: Very hoppy with citrus up front, followed by malt presence and a sharp bitter finish that lingers. Well balanced beer.
M: Medium bodied with clean finish and moderate carbonation.
O: Balanced brew that was very enjoyable and one that I will seek out again.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Snifter. The appearance is good. It comes out a citrus golden color, with some pretty good clarity. The white head was pretty big with an aggressive pour and it provides some very good lacing. Lots of different sized bubbles and there the head sticks around for most of the session, good looking IPA.

Smells good, like most IPA's the hops jump out at you. Citrus hops jump out at you the most. There's a slight sweetness in the smell too, almost a natural sugar to it. There really isn't much else to say here, it's pretty straight forward. I just wish it was a little stronger in the smell.

Taste is a step up from the smell. Slightly complex balance between the malts and hops. Again the hops are the stronger more dominant features in the beer. Citrus zest bitterness is the by far the strongest feature of the flavor profile. Still it's pretty well malted, there are slight features of pale roasted malts that provide a little bit of sweetness. A good tasting IPA overall.

The moutfeel is good, light bodied, and pretty refreshing. It's pretty smooth and has a slightly earthy finish, but overall clean. A pretty drinkable IPA, but gets better if you slow down and let it warm up. All in all it's a very good IPA, I've heard a lot of good things about this beer and I think it's pretty good. I'd like to have it a little more accessible to me to give it more of a chance, but I'm glad to have the opportunity to drink and review Two Hearted Ale.

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Photo of ChestSplitter
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.
Smells fruity; not just grapefruit, but sweeter.
Tastes fruity as well. No malt to speak of, but despite this it's still tasty and interesting and doesn't just rake the palate with dish soap bitterness. The finish is certainly bitter like any good IPA, but by the end of the glass you notice the fruity hoppy flavor much more than the bite. Well done.
On the scale from balanced, complex beer to one-dimensional hop bomb:

Sierra Nevada Torpedo=Bells Two Hearted > NOLA Mechahopzilla >> Green Flash West Coast IPA

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Photo of SuperChugLosAngeles
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I thought I had found a goto favorite drinking IPA in 6 packs when I first tried it after drinking some draft brews at a beer place. My tongue palate must have been shot.

Don't get me wrong, it is just that Founders Centennial IPA became my go to 6-pack IPA a week later. Modern Times' City of the Sun, what I am drinking now, it better.

This beer is better than average, meaning better than Sierra Nevada. It's also better than a majority of west coast IPA's. So, this is good stuff. Slightly bitter, but decently balanced.

I will drink this again.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Dark yellow amberand transparent with a good inch and a half of nearly white head that keeps its form fairly well. Little sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Pouring it in gives the color an amber opaqueness.

Smells hoppy like an American IPA. The hop taste is not overpowering at all. Some grains also come through. A good balance here. But don't expect a lot of hops in this one. Even the bitter bite of the hops is subdued quickly in favor of malts' sweet feel. Overall a good beer, very drinkable, but like I said don't expect a lot of hops in this one.

Cheers

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a sam adams perfect pint.

A- Very clear golden yellow with a nice foamy 2 finger head. Pretty classic pale ale.
S- A surprisingly strong aroma when being poured and through the foam on top. centennial hops, Somewhat fruity, lemons and orange. But very skunky in a nice way. A very sweet smell coming from this one and it has a rather light characteristic.
T- Some fruit skunkyness on the way in. A surprising alcohol presence but only every so often. Not very bitter for an IPA. This really has a lot of taste characteristics similar to a gold ale or lager.
M- Not a lot of bitterness from the hops and a very light/easy to drink quality. Goes down smoother then smooth and rather refreshing.
O- I have had this a long time ago and remember it being better then it is. Id like to think that its because I got an old bottle but its less then 2 months old. Having said that, its a good beer, more along the lines of a pale ale then an IPA in my opinion. A good choice for any entry level IPA drinkers or somebody wanting a hoppy taste that wont bog them down.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. A pale orange with fluffy white head. Not completely clear, but not completly hazy. Slight activity from bottom to top. Pretty sticky with nice lacing draping the side of my glass.

S. Very light, white grapes, a little bit of peach, grainy, dry hops, and some slight caramel. Too light in the nose. I wish there was more here, because the scents that come up and out are pretty good.

T. Tons of grain and malt tastes. Fairly dry hopped. Light caramel accents, and really sticky on the tongue. Some woody tastes are present as well. Its a little rough but its definitely what I was in the mood for.

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Photo of John1985
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ale pours a dirty gold with a finger head. Nice lacing down the pint glass. Citrus aroma, hops strike first up front with a good solid malt backbone the provides a bittersweet finish. Very drinkable and pleasant but nothing spectacular considering the premium price ($12/6 pack Kentucky). It would be a great value at $8.99/6 pack.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a Sam Adams tulip glass. Thick white foam on top about 1 in. thick. Clear golden orange color that turned hazy after the yeast mixed in from the sediment.

Smell was good. citrus and floral notes. not that pronounce for an IPA though.

taste was a good balance of malt and herbal citrusy hops... not as dominant as most American IPAs

medium body good carbonation

Overall a good IPA that was medium on the hops.

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Photo of rudzud
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jlindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a standard tulip glass with a creamy head that leaves nice side lacing

S - Nice candy citrus hop aromas with a nice sweet malt. Not as upfront and fragrant as I would like.

T - much betterthan the nose. Good candy citrus hops with a strong sweet malt finish.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer liked the candied aspect.

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Photo of scotorum
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up two of these as part of a mixed-six in Traverse City Michigan two weeks ago.

Tulip glass fill from a 12 oz. bottle.

a. A happy nearly ckear amber. Finger plus thick head shrank slowly to a nice white surface film with a heavier foam ring which spread evenly as lacing as it was drained.

s: Mild fruit.

t: Nice light citrus/pine hop notes with enough hop bite to let you know it's there.

m: Refreshingly light. Quite a lot of carbonation.

o: A great warm weather drink. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of beer2day
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with 1 finger head and excellent lacing. Nose is a little on the fruity side for my taste, but the actual taste of the beer brings that out less than the nose does.

Hits the tongue relatively clean, but finishes creamy, spicy, and nicely bitter. Slight citrus lemon feel.

An IPA you can drink all day.

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Photo of crayphish
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got my hands on some more Bells after they pulled out of Illinois. This IPA pours a cloudy golden orange liquid with a decent amount of carbonation trails. A nice fluffy chunky head leaves thick sticky lace about the glass. Powerful floral and fruity hops nose. Some piney grass elements. Taste is a full on hoppy affair. Seems some what tempered by sweet malt elements. The sweetness also hints at grapefruit and green apples. Mouthfeel is fairly full for such a hop centered brew. Finishes a bit tart. I found this to be a drinkable beer, not something you want to session, but a good dinner or conversation beer.

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Photo of unclecrappy
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sharp Edge in East Liberty. Poured in a pint glass.

A: Interesting ... dark amber, almost orange. Head holds on forever.

S: It's a pale ale, so you get some of the things you expect, like pine and citrus. But there's also something sweet ... and that's a tease for ...

T/M: Here's where Two-Hearted Ale steps away from the norm. The pines and citrus from the hops are heavy, but they mix with a honey-sweetness you don't expect at all. Wow, it's good. And even with the sweet tones, the beer has a nice, slightly bitter finish. Very smooth.

D: Um, I'll have another, please.

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Photo of spoony
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 16 oz can into a wine glass. Indecipherable date code on bottom of can.

A-The beer is orange-tinted honey in color. My average pour produces about one and one-half fingers of off-white head. The retention is good and the beer leaves sticky curtains of lacing on the glass. Nice looking stuff.

S-The aroma is mildly citrusy with orange, some grapefruit, orange zest, and a bit of woody, oaky hop smell. The hops are balanced by a slightly sweet, bready malt that reminds me of wonderbread.

T-The taste, like the smell, is mostly hoppy with a woodsy, orange zest hop flavor competing with a semisweet malt base. I get toast and honey to go with the hops. No one flavor dominates here.

M-The feel is medium in heft with a slightly gritty, hoppy coating feeling. Carbonation is less than average in volume and strength.

O-I have tried this beer on three occasions now and finally got around to doing a proper review. It still has yet to blow me away, but I can see why people like it. It drinks easy, but provides enough flavor to keep things interesting. Although not a session beer (at 7% ABV), I could drink a few of these without feeling overwhelmed.

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Photo of bfirkin45
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I found this to be a solid beer, refreshing with decent hops notes and a good aftertaste.

Appearance: Light-honey color with a lingering head that creates rings as I drink from my pint glass.

Smell: Other types of beers have a larger smell profile and spectrum but for an IPA, this beer has a good fruit and airy smell to it. More malty than hoppy.

Taste: I like to think that Bell's named this beer two hearted for the two distinct tastes that I happen to experience when I drink it. First, I get a smooth yet bitter hops taste that brings in a zesty feel while after lingering for a moment, the second taste is the malty overtone that clears up my mouth. It is refreshing and leaves me wanting more.

Feel: It lingers but does not leave me with an overbearing taste once I swallow it. Carbonation adds to the refreshment of the beer.

Highly recommend this beer.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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