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

Appearance - 1/2 finger head, quickly fades leaving lacing. Hazy reddish/golden color. Cloudy, looks very inviting.

Smell - hoppy, citrusy, sweet, some pineapple/orange smell.

Taste - delicious strong hop flavor. nice sweet aftertaste. some piney notes. definitely blends well together.

Mouthfeel - very smooth/crisp. Not overly carbonated, medium body.

Drinkability - 7%, great amount of alcohol, obviously no burn, a great flavor, and even better taste. Will have this whenever I'm outside NY!

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Photo of
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Two Hearted poured into standard pint glass garners big foamy off-white head three fingers high. The color of the brew is lighter than one would expect from a big flavorful IPA, something almost close to a macro brew. One whiff of this lad and there is no doubt that Two Hearted is not some crappy macro brew. Fine white silky lacing is left on my glass as I sip away. An abundance of floral hops hits the nose hard. Two Hearted is one of the best smelling beers in all the land. The first swig of this brew and you will be about knocked over by the hop punch. Citrus and piney hop notes continue to evolve and make this one of the best IPA's available. Two Hearted has a level mouthfeel that easily hides the 7% ABV. The drinkabilitiy is dangerously smooth as Two Hearted has lead to too many rough mornings by people who have mistakenly made Two Hearted their session beer for an evening.

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Photo of Hendry
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

There is a lot of mention on the BA site about Bell's, both Hopslam and Two Hearted Ale are names that appear often. Thanks to Bunzilla, who packs a porch crushing box, hooked me up right!

Light copper color with a 1 finger head,nicely effervescent without being aggressive. Impressive lacing and a white cap that stays put.

The nose is one of subtlety: hops are apparent,sort of a lemon tinged aroma in there with some grassy pine notes along with a slight bit of malt.

Taste is also subtle, not necessarily following the nose however the lemony tones are in there and it is a crisp IPA for certain. Light to medium bodied without feeling or tasting watery, this one goes down the hatch very easily, leaving a slight bitterness that is pleasant.

Not a hop bomb, not a malt bomb: the end result is a nicely balanced IPA without any booziness. There is a subtleness to Two Hearted Ale that makes it very palatable and a smooth, easy one to drink. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of drpimento
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a freshly tapped firkin. With a huge foamy frothy cream colored head. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is hoppy grapefruit malt caramel. Flavor is like aroma plus huge bittersweet. And caramel comes out too. Body is what you'd expect from this beer out of a firkin - low carbonation with full roundness. Finish is like flavor with a slow lingering sweetness that tapers off to a slight bitterness. Excellent beer. Session if you can get it.

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

I love the look of this beer. Like the golden glow of a slowly fading sunset - this one just chose to stick around until the evening. The head starts at about 1/4", and dies down to leave only a light white lacing.

Sweetly hopped, with floral, citrus, and a hint of honey.

So wonderfully hopped - absolutely well-balanced and lovely - it's not a word I use often, but appropriate here. Reflective of the nose, with a touch of spice to close. Not heavy for an IPA though - just on the big side of a PA.

Great in the mouth - perfect subtle carbonation for this beer.

One of my favorite IPAs. Just an outstanding beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome! This beer reminded me of Rogues 12PA and that is a good thing, as I love that particular beer from Rogue. This beer poured a very clear dark golden colour with a nice foamy head to it. This smelled of Grapefruit, Metal and Various Hops with some Tiny Malts in the background as well. This tasted very hoppy and rustic. The aftertaste was quite metallic as well as very fruity and grapefruit like. This beer had a very crisp, classic mouthfeel and a great drinkability as well.
My first beer from Bells and I am very impressed.
Many thanks to Sakaroo for the fresh sample!

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

My god - I'm so impressed I almost don't know where to begin...

The pour is very good - a bright golden color with a large, sticky off-white head. The head dies down to a small cap which leaves lots of lacing as you go through the glass...

The smell is quite hoppy - plenty of new mown grass and citrus in this one. A bit of toasted grain as well so it's not that one sided but it's primarily hops, hops and hops.

The taste is exquisite... I keep going back and forth between rating it 4.5 or 5.0 Since it's not completely perfect I'll give it a less than perfect score - but just barely (I wish there was a 4.75!) There's a pretty simple but honest malt base here - grain/fresh bread with a bit of sweetness. The hops are ever present and they are -huge- but more importantly they're not overpowering and it's incredibly smooth. When I'm disappointed by an IPA it's usually because the brewer seems to have thought "if I throw in too many hops, people will be impressed" leaving a very unbalanced brew. This, on the other hand, is an incredibly balanced brew - plenty of subtle, complex hops notes of citrus, herb and pine with a taste I don't quite recognize but there's no doubt it's a hop.

As if the taste wasn't good enough, the mouthfeel is complete perfection. Even with the billowy head there's still plenty of fine carbonation in the beer and it couldn't go down any smoother. The feel is somewhere between velvet and silk and it's all good. No oily residue. No bitter aftertaste. Very light feel. Amazing that it isn't on tap - I've never experienced a bottled brew that has this feel.

Drinkability is off the scale. I'm already checking Mapquest to find out how far to Kalamazoo Brewing (2288 miles) This is one outstanding beer.

[Many, many thanks to TikkiGodxxx for shipping this out West - I'm now officially hooked on trades!]

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Photo of Bone53
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2 week old bottle into a tulip glass at around 45°F

Appearance: A beautiful hazy honey golden color. One finger soapy off white/light beige head. A ton of lacing. Probably the best looking IPA iv seen

Smell: Mellow but very clean. Floral notes such as earthy hops and tropical fruits. Almost smells like a juice to me. I pick up toasted malts in the back end as well.

Taste: Matches the nose with extremely clean flavors. Candied tropical fruits and sweet toasted malts that come through as well. The flavors linger on the palate, are superbly balanced, and the burps taste phenomenonal as well!

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Moderate bitterness yet very smooth. crisp and refreshing, especially for 7% abv.

Overall: This is one of my go to IPA's. It's very clean, refreshing, and drinkable yet all the flavors and aromas are there. I put this right next to my favorites in the style, and right under my current favorite (Head Hunter). Most likely because I can regularly find both of these within a couple weeks of bottling, but fresh is key! Highly recommended!

EDIT: $7.99 16 oz can four packs. By far the best value beer in my area. Its in my fridge at all times these days

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Photo of MattyBones
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hand on a six pack of this after hearing so much about it, was a little scared that the hype may not live up to its reputation. Well, I must say it did live up to it and I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Appearance: A nice golden brown with a thin head. Very appealing to the eye.
Smell: Lots of things going on here, picked out some floral scents but couldn't really make out the rest. A hole bunch of smells coming out of this one, very pleasant.
Taste: Very nice bite from the hops but not overpoweringly bitter. Picked out some pine and a slight citrus taste. Very smooth and drinkable. Barely get the alcohol which could easily lead me to make this a session ale until I fall on my ass when I'm done.
Mouthfeel: smooth but coats the tongue to fully let you enjoy the beautiful mix of flavors, but doesn't linger too long to beat up the palette
Overall: I was very pleased to have finally tried this much hyped brew. Great mix of flavors with a nice clean finish that makes you want to go back for me.

Very interested in trying Hopslam after this.

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Photo of raznug
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Two hearted pours a medium-dark orange color and is topped with a good solid 1” of white head that leads to lacing most of the way down the glass.
Smell: There is a nice blend of hops in the aroma of this beer grass, citrus, and pine hops are mixed in the nose.
Taste: The hops dominate the palate like it always does this is a darn tasty beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium bodied beer that when served the proper temp will stand out as one of the best brewed beers of this style in the world.

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

A - Translucent golden yellowy orange. Pours a white three finger head and some pretty serious lacing. Looks clean and inviting, makes me thirsty.

S - Grass, lemon, a little grapefruit, some cracker, and a slight windex-alcohol smell going on.

T - Awesome malt + hop balance, both are well represented and neither overtake the other. Ok, the hops are in charge here, but the malt is great too. Loads of grass and citrus - lemon, mango, mandarin orange, a tiny bit of pepper spicyness and pine bitterness in the end of the hop profile. The malt profile is fairly pale, but definitely notes of cracker, white bread and almond.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium body with perfect carbonation. The mouthfeel + taste it so good, this isn't really a beer I put down or even consider just sipping.

D - I'm somewhat biased, because this is my go-to ipa, so I consider it a pleasure to fly through a 6 pack. I guess that in itself is a pretty high recommendation for its drinkability. I'm a huge fan of citrus forward, less bitter ipas, and this is it for me. Give me Two Hearted & Dreadnaught and that's all I'll ever need.

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

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: A bit lighter than an amber, the two hearted ale pours a full orange color with a rich, creamy head. Leaves slight, but noticeable lacing down the side of the glass in rings at the level of rest.

Smell: A strong caramel malt aroma with citrus hints, along with a strong hop character.

Taste: A strong malt flavor greets the palette, with the orange and apricot citrus flavors creeping in. The hops bring in the more detailed grapefruit and peach flavors. A nice bitter pinch at the end of the sip is nicely offset by a caramelized sweetness, leaving my mouth with a wonderful taste.

Mouthfeel: A full, somewhat grainy feel. More creamy than carbonated.

Drinkability: A good beer with a strong, balanced flavor. Definitely a nice beer to enjoy with a flavorful sandwich. This beer has enough flavor to keep me interested and is balanced enough for me to really savor it.

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Photo of Beertsipper
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Definitely in my top 5 as far as IPA's go. Bought a sixer that was three weeks old. This will definitely be in my regular rotation, and may bump out a few other IPA's. Forever.

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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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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
4.26 out of 5 based on 14,081 ratings.
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