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.

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Photo of Neehan
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After having at least 50 of these over the course of a few years (as it is one I can't stay away from for long) I figure it is time to sit down and give it a review. This pours a light body that is slightly orange, slightly gold with a nice head that has a good deal of substance and fantastic lacing. The smell is of hops, mainly citrusy but also with floral and a bit of pine. Fantastic. This is repeated in the taste. Light bodied enough to be very drinkable, and the drinkability is only enhanced exponentially by the delicious taste. Good enough to serve as a thirst quencher. I can't think of a scenario that this beer wouldn't compliment whether it be a sunny day outside or a lazy day on the couch watching ball games. IMO, it doesn't get much better than this. This beer is the essence of what quality, crafted brewing is all about. Exceptional, all the way around.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle purchased at 1 Stop Beverage in Wyomissing, PA. The majority of craft beer at this location has to be purchased in a case.

Crimson gold w/ 1" foam to boot. Decent retention with an abundance of lacing clinging fiercely to the inner walls of my pint glass.

The smell is excellent. A wonderful blend of citrus and floral notes; this is damn near perfect for an IPA. Also detected some bready, caramel malt undertones.

Fiyah!!! Here's a situation where the taste lives up to the smell, then exceeds it. Much of the same floral and citrus action, but balanced equally by the malt characteristic. Bell's captured an ideal taste for an American IPA.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp finish. Bitter hop aftertaste - very nice.

Although I waited awhile to drink and review this beer, both experiences were worth it. An extreme pleasure to drink, I could easily spend an outing or relaxed evening consuming nothing but this. A stand-out IPA.

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Photo of Tumpster
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer felt very hoppy through and through with no over powering bitterness with it. Seems like Bell got the right mix here of it all, very drinkable and most importantly DELICIOUS! Try it cold or warm it's great either way. Hints of orange underneath but one of my top IPA's to drink!

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark golden color into my Sam Adams glass providing a perfect two finger off white head. The head lasted approximately two minutes before dissipating to a thin off white head that lasted the entire drink. Plenty of lacing.

The smell is citrus and hops. The aroma gets stronger and hoppy as the beer warms in the glass.

Taste is hopped up but not over done. Light and crisp on the palate. Not bitter like many other IPA's.

Mouth feel is very good. Nice body, moderately carbonated.

Very good drinkability. This IPA is one that you can dance with all night.

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Photo of jeremyd365
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was first introduced to IPAs with this beer, and my appreciates and done nothing but grown for it.

It's full of hops both smell and taste-wise. It's only slightly bitter on the palette making it very drinkable.

It poured a dark orange with a solid head.

One of my favorite IPAs, and for the price, definitely one I like keeping always stocked.

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Photo of johnnyirishman
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Apperance- An interesting cloudy, copper color. Good off-white head, with good retention and good lacing.

Smell- Prominant hops and slight citrius smell, pleasing to the nose.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Hopps but not overpowering, and sweet malt to finish a crisp enjoyable IPA. Medium Body, and carb.

Drinkability- A great IPA, very tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2011 update; on about month and a half old bottle.

A: This one pours an ever so hazy amber orange color and is topped with a frothy stark white head which has decent retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit zest and pine. Gotta love it.

T: Taste follows up with what the nose suggests. Grapefruit rind and pine delightfully tingle the palate. This has a dry feeling about it with just a slight suggestion of toasted grains. Truly a fantastic beer to which all other IPA's should be judged.

M: Prickly

O: A real classic, this beer always impresses me every time I try it.

'08 review

What a great IPA this beer is...

Its not overwhelming, but is powerful enough to captivate. The factor that keeps me coming back is the fruity bouquet on the nose and backup with the flavor. It's so full of citrus and grapefruit, but in a purely essence of and bitter way. This beer is one which will be appreciated by the beer connoisseur and the nube alike.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint. Thanks to lightindarkness for this one! Amber color with slight haze with a thin, wispy white head. Nice lacing. Smells of citrusy hops, light at first, but stronger as the beer warms and with each sip. Perfect flavor for an IPA. Good hop bite, but not overdone. I am a hophead, so I like it if it is overdone, but this one is what I would call perfectly balanced! The malts smooth out the flavor as the beer sits on my mouth. Great medium bodied beer, extremely drinkable! What I would call a perfect session beer!

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Photo of jettjon
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle stamped "8319", into a pint glass. This one's a hazed orange color with a bit of residual yeast at the bottom. Small wispy head of white suds sticks around for a while, clinging a bit to the sides of the glass on the way down. Floral and citrus hops are clearly in evidence on the nose with some hints of malt in the background. Tastes of firm floral-citrus hops right out front, with some pink grapefruit sweetness evening things out so that it's not all bitter hops. Semi-dry finish with hints of grapefruit. In the mouth, it's crisp and sharp, the carbonation nicely accenting the crisp hops character. It's nicely tingly yet smooth and wet going down. Drinkability is very good; it's crisp yet smooth and balanced. The 7% alcohol needs to be watched however for sessions.

Overall: A solid American-style IPA that's tasty and drinkable. I'd definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of timbro81
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to deepsouth in the Brews 'N' Tunes 3 BIF for the chance to try this great beer.

Pours a light orange/straw color with a good sized fluffy head. Smell is amazingly floral with a titch of maltiness. Taste is most exceptional, big floral hops with some citrus oil (think orange peel). Malts don't make their presence till its time to swallow and its only a flash. Even though it is unbalanced it pulls it off really well. I wish there was a little more body to it but then again the lightness keeps it sessionable. Very good beer.

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Photo of jbm5
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep pale color. Seems an oxymoron perhaps. But has a very thick hazy color that implies depth. Thick head which leaves a hearty lace and dissipates slowly.
S: Rich piney smell with heavy floral overtones.
T: Follows with the smell. A rich deep piney flavor up front that carries through with a bitter, mildly spicy back.
M: Smooth. Coats the mouth evenly throughout and washes around the whole palate well. Very robust.
D: Fantastic. My favorite american IPA. All around a great beer. Has a heavy piney, floral taste that is smooth and not too bitter for the amount of hops. A beer you can sip on all night (the ABV sneaks up on you). One of my overall favorite beers. Very well-balanced for an IPA with this much hop character.

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Photo of buckobrock
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. pint glass

Bottled on ?

Consumed on 8 March 2008

A - Pours a brilliant golden color with a hint of orange. A thick, white, soapy head forms and peaks just at the top of the pint glass. A marvelous pour indeed. Three sips later, a thick lacing has formed on the sides of the glass reminding me of the foam sticking on the sand at the beach.

S - Grapefruit is the very first thing to hit my nostrils. Strong hops in this brew for sure; just what I expect in an IPA. Digging a little deeper, I sense some piney notes and barely catching my attention is a slight bready smell.

T - Hopheads beware, you may leave your significant other for this one. A very crisp beer with Cascade hops seemingly sliding down my tongue. As I swallow a nice bitter taste remains on the back of my tongue. A very enjoyable sip.

M - Light on the tongue, yet the flavor seems complex. As I swish it around my mouth, it seems that every particle on my tongue is being pleasured. Piney is the word that I think describes the mouthfeel best. There's also a slight bready taste which I think helps to balance the bitterness of the hops.

D - A very drinkable beer no doubt. An afternoon with a 6-pack of Two Hearted and a nice big pizza could be heavenly. It's a good thing that they sell this by the case!

To date, this is the best representation of an American IPA that I've tasted.

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Photo of StrangeBrew1
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this in a mini-party keg and boy was it good. I went out and bought 2 more after that.The smell is of apricot and citrusy flavors. Probably made with cascade hops and a strong hop flavor. Perfect for hop heads like me. I love the packaging too,I think bell's should make this their flagship beer and change their other ones to follow the lead.If you like this beer a close second is Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA

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Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow. It boasts a thick, fluffy, off white head with a slight yellow tint to it. It fades slowly, leaving a thick lacing.

This beer has a very pleasent floral hop aroma. I smell some citrusy hops as well. It smells slightly grassy.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Floral, with some citrusy zest. It has a very subtle sweet caramel flavor as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down very smooth, leaving a floral aftertaste. It is carbonated to perfection.

This beer would probably make a great session beer. The flavor is great, and not aggressive, and it is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: Thanks to Markgugs for generously hooking me up. The last time I had this beer, it was the first IPA that I enjoyed. I can see how it would have started me down the hop road. I love hops now. I rated this beer lower than I know it deserves because of my inexperience. Now I simply love it. My last review will not be deleted though since it was a valid review when I had a different taste.

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Photo of MOShepp
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Frothy off white head. Clear deep golden color with little to no carbonation bubbles.

Floral aroma with fruit, specifically cranberries, and black pepper, big wonderful smell.

Tastes of herbs and malt up front and is quickly met with lots of spicy floral hops. It's robust and complex. With every drink you get that great aroma and a surpisingly different taste that both contrasts and compliments each other.

Nice mouthfeel almost creamy and very smooth.

Lots of hops, but very smooth and fun to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with about two fingers of foamy off-white head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some lacing.

Strong hop smells. Lots of floral notes and citrus.

Up front is a big grapefruit taste, it's almost sour. Followed by a little bit of the floral/piney taste that the nose picks up. Finishes with a little bit of balancing malt.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated.

The malt that balances out the hops in the back makes this beer nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Natural510
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Have to amend my original review and up the ratings a bit from when I tasted the brew for the first time.
Two-Hearted continues to be an amazing ale as my palate expands. The aroma is a beautiful perfume of tropical fruit and hop oils. The flavor is heavily floral, fruity (again, tropical), with bitterness from fresh hops.
This is likely the best IPA Mid-America has to offer, and one of the best American IPAs being brewed today.


Pours a golden, lager-like color from 12oz bottle.Nice head, which leaves a lasting lacing in the glass.
Smells very hoppy, with aromas of lemon & flowers.
Hops are the first thing which come through when tasting, leaving a distinct bite. Lavender & grapefruit come through in the finish as well. Malts are not very discernible, yet this comes across as a well-balanced brew nonetheless.
Stays well in the mouth and is very drinkable, given one's tolerance for hoppiness. The crisp finish allows for smoother drinkability and the bitterness does not overpower the palate.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap as the Bell's seasonal at BW3 in Mishawaka IN on 3/1/08.

A - A dark golden color with hints of orange coming through to lighten up the darker aspects of the beer. There were some light streams of carbonation floating up through the bottle as well. On the top say a thin, white head which did not last at all and then just left the beer with a slight amount of white just barely sitting on top. After having this from a bottle and seeing a nice head, I almost have to think this is a result of the way it was poured than the beer itself but nevertheless it detracted from the beauty of this one.

S - could glean a slight citrus hoppiness emanating from this brew which was also mixed in with sweeter citrus such as mango. Didn't really get much of the piney aspects of this brew as I did when I had it from a bottle.

T - Ahh, now here is where th e on tap version shines as the hops just taste so much fresher and seem to have a bit more of a pop and life to them. The first taste that hit the tongue was a hit of orange citrus hops which were actually a bit sweet. After that, it seemed to become even a bit sweeter as mango rolled in over my taste buds as well. There was also some of the sweeter malt backbone of this beer which was definitely needed to keep it balanced the strong pine hops aspect which was the last prominent flavor to move in on me. This pine aspect is what remained in the mouth also in the aftertaste and it served as a good reminder of the hops dominance of this brew.

MF - actually felt like this is a rather full bodied beer especially for the style. At first, sip you definitely get some hefitness in your mouth and it reminded of taking a bit of bread or even gettin a mouth full of thick foam. There was also a nice amount of carbonation in the beer that really helped to bring out the hops in this one.

D - overall, two hearted ale on tap has some aspects better than the bottle and some worse. Thought the taste was mildly better as the hops seemed to pop a bit more. However, I didn't get the smell or the look of the beer that I got in the bottle. Couldn't get the hops smell to be as strong even after letting it warm up to room temperature. Overall, though this was a very good beer and one of the hits from Bell's which to me always seems like a hit or miss brewery. I would definitely get this again if it were on tap and would always pick up some bottles as a beer to just relax and drink.

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Photo of toolbrew
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured with a nice white head that disappeared quickly. Clear golden-brown color.

Not an overly floral hoppy aroma but nice.

Good balance of flavor with a slightly sour finish. Nice hoppy taste.

Nice smooth mouthfeel. May be a little too carbonated.

Certainly a beer that I would enojoy, one after another. Great for one or for several.

Very drinkable Michigan IPA.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden orange; easy 1" fluffy off-white head

Smells of fresh hops; very piney and something fruity and juicy; nice rich smell; very in-line with an IPA

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nice lingering spicey pine finish; medium bodied; good malt presence; a tad weak on front palate, but solid afterwards; some citrus notes--orange, tangerine, apricot bread!

Pretty solid minus the weak front palate. It's a great IPA, though I'm not sure it deserves to be on the pedestal people lift it up to. I just don't taste what makes it better than say Titan, Celebration Ale, or Avery IPA.

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Photo of DukeofAle
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another very well made AIPA that for me just is not a standout in anyway. Lacks the strong citrus aroma and taste of some others, such as Racer 5, Bridgeport, Mojo. This beer has no major faults - I just think ther are some better choices in this category.

The color is a light, sienna-orange than most. Decent head and retention. Taste is good but the hops do not come across as well as some. Drinkabilty is good. To me, an AIPA should pack some punch, bring out the citrus- grapefruit charactor of the hops, and be a bit "bigger".

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Photo of JDV
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich golden amber pour with a big sudsy white head in a tulip. Smell is sweet caramel like with a soapy floral hop aroma. Nice hop flavor with a bit of a dull malt sweetness, however. Not a bad IPA by any means, but I found it fairly mildly flavored in comparison to some others I liked more. Still, extremely drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of edchicma
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy lemon with a decent head and some lacing. Smell is a rich blend of hops and yeast undertones...mmm. This is a taste that is exceptional. Not only is a a fantastic hops assault but the balance. Mouthfeel is rich, almost chewy. Although not having a super high abv, it is a sipper, due to its rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of youngleo
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured to a 2 fingered head that disapeared fairly fast, leaving some rings with every swallow. Head was orangeish in color. IPA was a hazy yellow in color.
S- Smelled of citrus, pine and sweet flowers.
T- Tasted exactly as it smelled. Strong pine flavor and citrusy hops. Like flowers.
M- Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was just about right. Felt light in the mouth.
D- I could drink these all the time. The taste was unique in its own way. The higher alcohol content might slow you down a little bit. But you dont want to slow down because the flavor is good.

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Photo of Mudpuppet
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheodorHerzl for the opportunity to try this.

A- Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Brooklyn flute. Pours a hazy light orange w/ yellow highlights. Began as a 1/2" head which is now about 1/8".

S- Notes of grapefruit and other citrus in this one. Not too piney like other IPAs. You smell the malty base also.

T- Nice malty IPA actually. Maybe b/c I had this after the Hopslam it seems quite tame for a IPA. I like the sweet malt and the citrus hop flavors. I really like this beer.

M- This is a pretty thin beer. Nice and carbonated!

D- This is a nice drinker. I didn't even realize it was 7% before I looked at the description on the top. Great beer.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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