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 | website

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 allergictomacros
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear gold with a giant, sticky, long lasting head.

S - Hoppy. Big pine and grapefruit.

T - Resinous hops: fresh grapefruit and grapefruit rind, tangerines. Intensely bitter aftertaste.

M - Slick, oily body with appropriate carbonation.

D - I quite like this one - a big, fragrant hoppy IPA.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is hazy but brightly golden-orange with an off-white head. Great lacing. Aroma...ahhhh...take a big whiff of citrusy-orange and lucious Centennial hops along with semi-sweet biscuity malts. Flavor is bursting with those lucious hops. There's almost a juciness to the mouthfeel from the flavorful hops and semi-sweet "graham cracker-like" malts. Hop bitterness is moderate but very smooth so that the finish is semi-dry and not harsh at all which makes it very refreshing.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DATE REVIEWED: August 8, 2014... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde tulip... OCCASION: Happy 38th birthday, myself--with the fam, Jer and Matt...APPEARANCE: orange amber body; filmy and hazy; thick, white three-finger head; lacing extends upward and thickly spreads across the glass--a great start... AROMA: fruity and hoppy; apple and citrus first; some bubblegum yeasts too; lastly, some metallic suggestions... PALATE: fantastic, medium-bodied and arresting--effervescent and alive; an IPA to sip and simmer with--little suggestion of alcohol, but definitely weightier than a pint glass... TASTE: balanced caramel malts underpin a hop festival of Noble and citrus--tangy tangerine and teeth-rattling pine resin, a combo that shakes and soothes in unison--this is the IPA the beer folk warn us about...OVERALL: as IPAs go, a mecca of sorts--the hype is to be believed--and although there are many that rival Two Hearted, it is a beer I will seek out again, even if it's only found in a case at a PSU distributor, as this was; the name itself evokes that "slow" short story that nonetheless reveals so much of man's plight and hope, and this is a worthwhile stab at perfection....

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Photo of ihscout426
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass with a nice head and immediate aroma of hops. A good beer to just stick your nose i an close your eyes. Hints of pine and hay in the smell. Good flavors on the front end and a blast of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. I really enjoy the finish on this beer.

A good beer to finish off a session of Wheat beers because of the contrast. Not the biggest of Hoppers but an great representation escpecially in the midwest where it is hard to find big IPA's.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold with 2 finger widths of off-white head that shrinks down into a nice foamy retention that leaves huge sticky hop lacing all over the place. The aroma is very lush with some piney floral hops intermingled with an assortment of pleasing fruity citrus notes and caramel sweetness.

The taste is a smooth blend of a dry feeling caramel and citrus backbone that gives way to a subtle tingle of resinous hops that linger for only a little bit before it melts into a final wash of fruity sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pleasant slick creamy feel.

One of, not only my favorites from Bell's, but also the IPA style as a whole. Just a really great blend of refreshing citrus and piney hops that never becomes overbearing with either, while remaining hugely quaffable with an easy going body and finish. Just a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of dimitrius
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Rich in color, with a good off-white head. Slightly hazy.
Smell - Citrus notes, in the form of a sweet grapefruit, with floral end notes. Slight passionfruit notes as well.
Taste - Bitter hops up front, with a sweet middle and a nice nutty, malty end. I taste the grapefruit/passionfruit I smelled.
Mouthfeel - Crisp, with a nice bite and perfect carbonation.
Drinkability - I could put a few of these down with a smile.

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Photo of EmpiricalBill
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two Hearted is still a standard-setting IPA, even though the exclusivity factor has dropped. When Bell's was still avoiding distribution in Illinois, we would drive to Indiana to hunt this down. Now it's in my grocery store, usually on sale (Dominick's needs to seriously rethink discounting this one). Fairly light in color, it's more of a yellow than an amber or an orange. Well carbed, you can stir it up to maintain a nice, foamy white head throughout your session. Lots of orange up front and hops in the back. It's hoppy enough for a hob head like me but won't offend.

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Photo of Jmayhaus
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice hop finish with a hint of citrus, very refreshing with lunch. I poured them into a ale glass and it has a thick head, citrus smell. I wouldn't drink them all day but very light and refreshing to wash down a gourmet burger and fries.I would love to try this on tap, i would imagine it would make the experience even better.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is golden. Light color for an IPA. Solid head w/excellent lacing.

Smell is floral. Citrus fruits. Lots of grapefruit and some orange?

Flavor is slightly hop bitter up front but the aftetaste is almost sweet (in a good way) with the citrus flavors lingering.

Mouth feel is excellent. Smooth. Goes down easily for the 7% ABV.

Overall this is an outstanding IPA. It makes an appearance in my fridge fairly regularly.

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Photo of rjd722
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could probably be considered a Two Hearted Ale convert. I've had a few bottles in my life, but I hadn't really taken my time to appreciate this beer in proper glassware. Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass, the color was an orange-yellow with a nice, solid foam head that hung around for a little and then faded to a coating with decent lacing. Initial burst of floral with hints of citrus and then a sweet malt backdrop. Incredibly drinkable and with the perfect balance of hoppy bitterness and sweet malt. Great level of carbonation and finish, the layer of citrus that coats your tongue on the way through is awesome.

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Photo of dgmirelli
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

look is rich orange , smell is citrus and taste was deep and rich, to me this was a pale ale style more than IPA, but this is a solid well made great drinking beer.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rereviewed 3/15/10

Was shocked to find that my local pub had this on tap. Until recently, this place didn't even have the proper liquor license and served near-beer. Their taps have gotten significantly better in the past month and they had an extremely fresh keg of this on tap so out of other options I thought I would revisit this bad boy. It's been a while since I've had this, and while not fully appreciating it the first time around, I gave it a B+, 3.95.

Served in a pint glass, I was kind of shocked at how light this is. Clear and golden, with only a slight copper tint to it. A juicy off-white head sits on top with excellent retention and leaves some awesome lacing.

Any doubts I had about this actually being Two Hearted were laid to rest as soon as I took a whiff. Orange and grapefruit, tons and tons of citrus notes in this one. Wet and juicy hops are overflowing in this. I can't beleive I haven't had this in so long, this is amazing!

The taste is floral and citrus as well, but does manage to kick a piney bitter punch. Pale malts are subtle at best, in the background.

Mouthfeel is about medium body with a crisp carbonation and a lingering bitter bite. Drinkability is amazing.

Last time I had this was in bottles, but I have to say the fresh keg makes this thing expontially better on tap.

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Photo of BitterLover
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This afternoon, my two sons and I dropped into Tyler's Taprooom in Durham, NC to have a pint before a Bulls baseball game (it doesn't get much better than this). My sons ordered their pints (root beers), and I ordered a Rogue Imperial IPA. The bartender pulled the tap, but it just spat some foam. She suggested that I try a Bell's Two Hearted Ale instead. I'd never had one, so I agreed. To be honest, I was expecting to be a little disappointed (it's hard to compete against a Rogue I2PA). Man, was I wrong!

Appearance: Poured a nice polished copper color, with a one finger, off-white colored head. The head diminished quickly, but didn't disappear altogether. It left some nice lacing at the top of the pint glass. Slight carbonation.

Smell: This was one of the most fragrant beers that I've ever experienced. It smelled like walking through a field of wild flowers, with citrus fruits and orange peel thrown in. Absolutely wonderful - this is how an IPA should smell.

Taste: No disappointment here either! Fresh grapefruit up front followed by an intense hoppy bitterness. The hoppy finish just went on and on. The only reason I didn't give it a five was because it lacked just a little malty sweetness to balance the bitterness. Awesome!

Mouthfeel: The slight carbonation made it very smooth.

Drinkability: Yes. May I have another please? Unfortunately, I only had time to have one, but I'll be back. Now I just have to find this in bottles. Fantastic stuff, excellent IPA.

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Photo of SurgeonGeneral
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving temp: 50F Serving glass: Pint Glass

Aroma: Big hops, obviously. Pine, grapefruit, orange, Sweet candy like smell there, too. Somewhat unique to this particular IPA is an earthy, "leaf like" smell that I can't quite put my finger on. Really intruiging..

Appearance: Cloudy light tangerine colored beer with an ample head, somewhat rocky in texture. Very good lacing with this one. You know, I can't stop smelling this one..

Taste: Excellent. Very well presented hoppy citrus with that same earthy smell present in the taste. A real mellow sweetness chops some of the inital hop blast and balances quite well. Leaves just a bit of spiciness on the palate along with a cleansing bitternes. Hey, I just burped up a flower. Cool.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation intensifies the hops. Somewhat creamy feel to it blends really well with that spiciness I mentioned. Interesting..

Drinkability: A superb IPA in my opinion. The hops are obviously there, but it has some unique and quite pleasing aspects to it as well. Nice job, Bell's.

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Photo of cracgor
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored beer with thin white head. Has a nice fruity aroma I can smell a mile away with a good oily hop coming out closer to the beer. Pretty amazing taste. A good amount of hops up front followed by the sweet esters...and as the bitter hop fades the sweet/smooth malt flavor is brought out. Drinks pretty well...a good beer to enjoy most of the night.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Amazing. Simply amazing. Had this one many times, yet never rated or reviewed.
For the sake of this one, had on tap at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, MI. Sipped while walking around slices of Americana. Even the plastic cup couldn't detect from this beauty. The color is golden orange with a thick, solid head that stays put. Thick, juicy mouthfeel, deep grapefruit and floral aroma. Taste is malty grapefruit with pine bite on the end. Hands down one of the best out there.

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Photo of fingolfin72
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy blonde color with a white, short-lived head.

I love the nose of this beer- Pine, butter, herbs, perhaps a faint hint of maple wood. The palate is bracingly bitter, with enough dryness to make this a food-friendly, session-friendly and non-cloying beer. The bitterness is faintly reminiscent of Campari, and the body is present but lean.

This is a beer that brings back my will to live when I get home from a bad day at work.

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Photo of mjgardner
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from batch 7895

Appearance - Pours a hazy copper color with a nice white head that disspates a bit with time.

Aroma - A big grapefruit citrus aroma. I do pick up some pineapple and pine as well. Detected a bit of a malt backbone as well.

Taste - Again, a big burst of grapefruit hops right away. This one amazingly good tasting beer. It is very well balanced with a biscuity, malt backbone.

Mouth - Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability - This is an extremely drinkable beer. You do have to be a bit careful at 7%, cause it could sneak up on you if you turn it into your session beer.

What a fantastic IPA. There is a reason it has a 91 rating here. Get if you can; if you can't, trade for it!!!

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Photo of westweasel
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into one of the new Sam Adams tasting glasses.

The appearance is a hazy dark yellow straw color with a 1/2 inch of off-white head. Lots of belgian lace was left on the glass.

The aroma is fantastic! A wonderful grapefruit and lemon scent. There are definitely Amarillo hops involved.

The taste is very hoppy, yet balanced. There is a biscuity malt sweetness with a very complex citrus fruit hop bitterness (including grapefruit and lemons).

The mouthfeel is medium, and the drinkability is great. I could drink these all day. The bitterness is not overpowering.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: yellowish-amber color, one finger of white head with some lacing

S: really powerful piney hops

T: lots of hop bitterness up front and finishes on the dry side

MF: smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability: this IPA is excellent. very easy to drink, it doesn't take long before i'm looking for a refill.

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Photo of DocTheDJ
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

PoW! Wow! I have had this many times now and it was my 1st try at this style of beer. I must say it is not for the faint of taste! Smells of piney hops and taste to match it. Bitter oh yes! Looks good and feels good in your mouth. (make sure to decant this one though!) Amazing frothy head with fairly nice sticky lacing for this style. Smooth and drinkable for its style, not over carbonated. Lacking a bit on depth of taste but I believe it fits its style nicely. 2 or 3 will go down great on a hot day but the high alcohol content will knock you down fairly quickly! Not sessionable for me but a good start to a tasty evening of drinks. Yum.

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Photo of jgurley
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice warm honey color. Thin head with good lacing. This beer has the a solid 5 for smell. I get citrusy hops, but as it warms, it gets even better. Imagine the wonderful smell of a summer produce market with tons of ripe melons, apples, pears. Ripe cantaloupe is very present. The taste is fresh and hoppy with some malty sweetness. Clean, dry finish. Good full bodied yet refreshing mouthfeel. Delicious. I feel the need to add that this beer seems to be EXTREMELY fresh.

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Photo of digitalflood
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bells Two Hearted Ale (2014) - 7% ABV. When I stopped in at Casey's Beer & Soda (Pine Bush NY) the staff informed me about this bargain ($8 for a four pack) and how I possibly was missing the best beer out there if you like hops. That is a big rep to live up to... but Bells pulls it off. The moment you pop the top of the can you smell the piney goodness-- a hint of lilac and some citrus. Pours a solid amber with very active carbonation. Excellent head and lacing retention. The nose is pine nuts and coriander. A quick bite of malty barley and the sting of pine mark the mid-palate transition. Lingering malt and spice. Finishes crisp, dry, and some lemon bite. A bit of skunk lager notes but the copper ale note persists in the aftertaste. Full bodied with good crisp mouthfeel. The alcohol is subdued. This is very sessionable from a taste standpoint. Very mellow IPA flavor. Tastes like a "baby war elephant" or session IPA but that 7% is there-- proceed with care and respect the beer. Really good. Excellent for that matter. Welcome to the Top Ten list Two Hearted Ale. 4.5 out of 5.

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Photo of Davidstan
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent balance of hop and malt. I didnt get any grapefruit mentioned in Bells ad but got a lot of other great tastes on the up front and finish. Pine and resin mostly and gladly detected no tropical.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper orange appearance, not much for a head but has a nice thick ring. Aroma of luscious orange hops, sweet and citrusy. Taste is mildly sweet, with more orange/citrus flavor and lightly spicy hops, a bit tangy. Bitterness is subdued, making it mostly a sweeter IPA, but very nice. Medium thick, good coating ability, nice light carbonation present. I would drink this all day long. Thanks Archer Liquors...

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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