Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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:
3,461
Ratings:
13,890
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
21.6%
 
 
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Photo of Talisker
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for JAYW for a 12oz bottle in a great trade.

Pours a hazy light orange, inclining toward yellow. Dense one-finger head - persistent lacing. Wonderful fruity American hop aroma with a sweet malt undertone. Taste is perfectly integrated, and the star here - mostly tangerine, some faint pine. Certainly a hop showcase, but not the monster some other reviewers portray (did my bottle mellow?). Malt is not the star, but isn't absent, either - no bread or dough, just a silky firm texture that screams out for another drink. A tad bit more body might be welcome.

A great IPA. Its own beast - not quite like the NorCal standard I'm used to (the puckery bitterness isn't here), but it's no English-style wallflower. I love this beer and want more!

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Photo of adams82
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly burnt orange with a huge, billowy, white head. Hops dominate the nose, slightly citric and mostly floral with some sweetness in the background. The flavor is unmistakably hoppy, more tart and citric than the aroma indicated and the hops really shine throughout each sip and don't let up. While there are all sorts of hop flavors in this, it is certainly not one dimensional as the citric hop profile is rounded out by a nice floral flavor and and some slightly sweet, lightly toasted malt character. This is a medium bodied beer with great character! The mouthfeel is slightly fluffy and this brew is highly drinkable especially on a hot and lazy summer afternoon.

This is certainly a wonderful IPA, almost a quintessential example of the style. It's complex and the hop profile is inviting rather than overpowering. I think I'll just skip my spring and head right into summer with the wonderful brew.

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Photo of brdc
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this one got messed up, but let's try.
This was served way too cold at Ike's in the Minneapolis airport.
Golden brew with a foamy white head, a heavy hoppy smell that although pleasant, is somewhat unidimensional, I could not really smell anything else.
Light body, the taste has more balancing malts than one would expect from the smell. Dry, pleasant finish.
A good hoppy brew, although not very complex. The low serving temperature might have reduced its taste, though.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out into my glass a fairly light orange/amber color more of a golden yellow in the light, large, white head that lasts forever. Each sip leaves generous lacing.

Smell is very hoppy and fragrant. There's also some pine and citrus going on as well, however the hops dominates the nose.

Taste is surprisingly sweet at first, lots of citrus flavor, predominately oranges with malt sweetness and a touch of caramel. Hops take over as you finish the sip, but not overly bitter. Overall, a very well-balanced brew. Well-carbonated and smooth going down without much of a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle. Batch 7856 served in my Dogfish Head shaker "pint" glass. Appears a hazy, golden amber color with at least two fingers of dense, fluffy off-white head. Decent lacing is left on the glass with each sip. Smells of flowery hops very similar to fruity pebbles cereal (of which I'm a fan) and sweet malt. Taste is the same as the smell and very well balanced. Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation. An overall great beer.

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

Had this one at Eulogy in Philadelphia.

Appearance: Orangey amber in color, nice and clear, good head with very nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Juicy, citrusy hops. Like juicy fruit gum dropped into grapefruit juice.

Taste: Juicy hops. Nice malt character, but the hops dominate for sure. Just the way an IPA should taste.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Probably my favorite beer I tried during my Philadelphia trip. I could drink this often, and now that it's finally distributed in Florida, maybe I will!

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Photo of BMoney575
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on 3-19-07
Batch 7814
Bottled on 1-29-07

Pours a light and semi-cloudy red/gold, with big, bubbly head that fades quickly leaving huge lacing.

Floral hops. Thats the smell and that's all it needs.

Taste is slightly sweet malt and then an avalanche of floral, citrusy hops. Grapefruit, lemon, sweet orange and slight pine and grassiness make this beer a hops opera.

Mouthfeel is great, resiny hops from beginning to end.

Drinkability is phenomenal, the taste is so good you could easily put away a sixer.

Overall, this might be my favorite beer of all time. It's not the most extreme, and thats why I like it. It takes the concept of a hoppy beer to the next level by having as much flavor as bitterness. Fantastic all around and highly recommended.

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Photo of Duster72
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass, a very nice slighlty cloudy orange hue. Smallish head; very sticky lacing. Very pleasant aroma of citrus hops. You could almost just smell this beer. Excellent balance of citrus and hops flavor. Just bitter enough, but not enough to pucker your mouth. Predominantly orange flavors with some grapefruit in the mix. Finish is dry and clean. Exceptional drinkability. My favorite 60 minute IPA so far.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An orange, light amber beer with a small head.

Smell is hoppy, resinous and piney. There is also some fruitiness with peaches, honey and some hard candy.

Taste is bitter, but not extremely mouth puckering. The hops are citric and piney, with no grapefruit to be tasted. Malt is just faintly present and plays hardly any role. Yeast profile is fruity with some peach and hard candy. Balance is pretty much absent, but for hopheads this beer is great, it all revolves around the hops, rest is just supporting.

For me it is not clear why this is ranked so much higher than other IPAs, it is very good, but there is not earth shakeing difference. It is probably all these hopheads ;-)). Thanks to todd1 for this great beer.

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Photo of rowew
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Short description of the style, indecipherable bottling code.

Appearance: Bright orange with a medium sized head, decent retention.

Smell: Immediate whiff of citrusy hops when I opened the bottle. Citrusy hops and just a bit of grassiness. Only the slightest hint of malt sweetness in the background.

Taste: This one is definitely not going for balance - its strongly hop dominated. Tart citrus flavors in the beginning with just a bit of resiny pine as well. Finishes dry and bitter.

Overall impression: Definitely for hop heads only - this is a quality IPA if you appreciate the over the top hop character.

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Photo of nriech
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden orange, decent offwhite head. Medium amount of lacing.

Smell: Tons of hops, very piney, citrusy and fresh. The kind I love to smell almost as much as to drink.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine up front. Decent bittering and a little sweet. Good overall balance. The hops linger around for a good amount of time but not until unwelcome. Not sticky or high in alcohol in taste at all.

Overall a good contender for the 60 min IPA. Tastes a little fresher but I will have to drink a few more before I consider making a switch.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy golden color with lots of tiny suspended particles, a nice off-white head, nice active carbonation, and good lace. Intense citrusy hop-pellet like aroma -- fresh !! Nice hoppy flavors; not really bitter; nice resiny character. Light-medium bodied with a light dry hoppy finish.

Awesome fresh hop monster ! Pricey but worth it. My favorite Bell's brew so far and the best IPA I've had in a long time.

Per BB website: OG 1.058 & 7% ABV.

Batch # 7754 ('6329' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 02/15/07

($8.49 / 6-pack)

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Photo of Matteox3
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA. Variety Case.

This orange colored brew was very aromatic. I keep hearing this called an IPA, and I guess that would suit it best, but I found this beer to be very very similar but more original than the typical American IPA. Most of the originality stems from the aroma, very very fruity. I loved Bell's take on the IPA.

However, I found this to be harder to drink than most IPA's. But please dont let that keep your from trying this beer, its excellent in my opinion.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dear friend brought this back from Minnesota on recent business trip. 12oz brown bottle with a salmon on the label. Poured into a mini tulip it forms a sticky white head that leaves chunky lace. Orange body.

Speaking of oranges this is full if bitter orange zest. I thought I found the greatest IPA in the land when I tried green flash but this is as good if not better. "Lively" would be a good term to describe this brew. "Fresh" would be another. Its just got that freshly picked from the garden type feel to it. Carbonation is super fine and gives it a cascading drop after each pull. Sweetness is more evident as it warms a bit but it is still acting as support and balance.

Notes: One of the best....If not the best Ipa's I've had to date.

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

Poured from the bottle cloudy orange-gold. Came with a healthy head and left with nice lacing.

Floral hops and grapefruit greet the nose.

Hops, hops, and hops with the grapefruit make it something special.

Mid-bodied with light carbonation.

This is a great IPA. Very drinkable and one I'll always have in the fridge.

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

Pours a pale copper color with a small white head. Aroma is a balanced combination of floral hop notes and mild pear. Taste begins with a generous floral hop punch as soon as it hits the mouth. A slight bread-like malt backbone can be noticed in the roof of the mouth right before a dry, hoppy finish that leaves you no choice but to take another sip. Being fairly light in both body and carbonation make this one easy on the palate, and quite easy to throw back several in a sitting. Very nice year-round beer!

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

i first had this beer at a bar across the street from wrigley before an afternoon game to which i had rooftop tickets. bright sunny day, bar was packed w/usual cubbie crowd of khaki-wearing, lite-swilling yuppies, but i was encouraged to see a nice tap selection (don't remember which bar at this point). this was last summer and i was still somewhat of a beer neophyte, my experience was limited to various imports, a few micros, and the beers at the local brewpub. i don't know why i picked this beer, i guess i had heard from a friend that bell's was good but thank f*cking allah that i did. this beer, although served in a 16oz plastic cup (stupid drunk cub fans-thanks), absolutely kicked my ass. this was the first beer of this quality that i had ever enjoyed up to this point. it was a nice hazy orange in color, and had an unbelievably powerful and wonderful fragrant aroma, dominated by pleasing, complex citrus (orange) notes with some floral and pine in the nose as well. that first sip was incredible, just beautifully balanced between the sweet caramel/bready malts and the delirious hops. the finish was awesome, again wonderful interplay between the malts and hops-perfect. how they made a beer taste this big and balanced at 6?% i have no idea. i only had time for two of these before we had to go the game, but the whole time i was mesmerized by this beer, despite being amidst the chaotic pre-game summer scene. i was considering ditching my party and staying at this bar for the game (the cubs suck anyways) so i could stay and have more of these.
update: have had too many times to count, perfect every time. i like that this is unique in it's light color and honeyed, floral characterisitics. also that it's always well-carbonated, moreso than most bottled ipa's, but not in a seemingly artificial manner.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, batch #7818. According to the website, this was bottled on Feb 5, '07 - nice and fresh.

pours a pretty peachy gold color with a very slight haze, with a nearly white pillowy head of 2 fingers thickness. Average retention. No rings of lacing, but rather a thin sheet that nearly covers one side of the glass.

This definately smells fresh. Big hop aroma, very floral and quite a bit of earthiness. The aroma suggests more bittering than citrus though, which did not come through in the flavor. Very pleasant.

The aroma had me momentarily thinking ESB, but the flavor is all nice hoppy/sweet/citrusy IPA. Definately sweeter than I expected from the nose, and not what I'd call balanced - who cares - I'll call it delicious! A medium bitter bite that doesn't detract from drinkability in the least. Lighter than I expected and the hop attack never numbs the tastebuds. A surprisingly clean finish with just a bit of bittering. Carbonation is appropriate and despite the light mouthfeel this brew is very satisfying - well done!

Not available where I live...story of my life. Not the best IPA I've ever had, but definately top 20. This beer is devoid of any true flaws and has some great strengths. This goes down absurdly easy and I'd love to have a few more tonite but I must ration my supply.

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Photo of meatyard
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear amber with an orange hue, The head is a good 2-3 fingers of ivory color that drops slowly leaving a good amount of lacing. The smell is a very fresh, pungent pine & citrus. It has a sharp hops and resin taste with a bitter bite and a lot of complexity in between. A nice medium mouthfeel. A very tasty, easy to drink, gone before you know it beer. Anyone liking an Am. IPA will probably appreciate another high quality Bell's beer. I'd love to be able to have a fresh one of these anytime I felt like it.

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

Appearance: golden orange , mostly clear , with a large , foamy offwhite head. Walls of lacing left on my pint.

Smell: Hops abound , lots of different hop scents , citrusy , some fruit cup , grapefruit, peach , floral , mango , quite complex.

Taste: A very interesting and intricate, hoppy ride. Lots of hops that are floral , semi-pungent , slightly citrusy , grapefruit, some more fruity tastes in there , nice mild underlying bisquity malt throughout. The hop flavors take their turns on the tongue , pleasantly complex. The aftertaste is citrusy/bit fruity , slighty dry , and very lasting.

Mouthfeel: smooth and medium bodied.

Drinkability: A damn drinkable and fresh IPA. Great hop profile that shows lots of complexity , with a nice restraint for the amount of hops there is. Really tasty a balanced , nicely crafted brew.

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Photo of mjc410
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The pour into my Sam Smith glass raises a wild inch-and-a-half head after a not-so-hard pour (I like hyphens). It falls, of course; but ever so slowly, leaving thick bubbles and lace stuck to the sides of the glass. It's only slightly off-white. The body is a bright, translucent gold with a honey coloration. When the glass is tilted, the lacing is patchy and slick. The nose is bitter and filled with citrus notes, and perhaps slight hints of white raisins. The taste is just on the bitter side of balanced, and reminds me of a rich white bread with marmalade. There's also a bit of pepper. Very nice. The mouth is quite thin, with perfect carbonation. Paired exceptionally with some sharp cheddar. I usually don't overly enjoy IPAs, and this bottle of the six pack, the very last, tasted much better than the others. Maybe I'm just in the mood, but this is a great beer.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this beer in a trade (thanks markgugs). Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a hazy copper orange color, with about two fingers of thick, frothy white head that hung around almost to the end. Left sticky , thick gobs of lace on the side of the glass. Had a rather mild nose to it. Hops , grass, bread, and some sweet fruity tones. Taste was of mild bittering hops, sweet malt that balances the beer out nicely. Some citrus notes in the background as well. A pretty mild brew. Pretty well balanced in the mouth, moderately carbonated with a nice full refreshing feel to it. Drinkability is great. I have to get more of this brew.

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Photo of BillyB
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First tried this at a Michael Jackson beer dinner and then got a bottle in a trade.

Pours a dark amber to light copper color. Thick 2 fingered head lasted pretty long.

Piney hop aromatics dominate but there are some complex fruity esters in there to. Berries, Pear, and citrus notes.

Bitterness is up front . Slightly sweet maltiness with just a hint of caramel.

Medium bodied and very smooth drinking. A great session beer.

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Photo of quikfish13
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon the finish of pouring this beer, looking at the light copper tone of the body brings a warm inviting apearence. A thick foamy 2 finger head shows a light tan shade. This is all complimented upon the sweet aroma eminating from the glass. A burst of hops with a citrus (orange and lemon flavors come to mind) undertone come out full force from this beverage.

With tasting this fine Bell's beer my mouth is overwhelmed with the sweet flavor of hops. Coming out strong on the begining this is definetly a style of beer for people that want hoppiness in there beer. The malty taste comes out in the middle and at the end the bitterness hits, but does not leave a unpleasent after taste.

Leaving a pleasent feel in my mouth, with a tangy feeling brought on from the constant citrus flavors this is a beer that goes down so smooth but allows you to realize that you are drinking a beer, and not water. I personally am the biggest fan of the smell and taste but this is probably the standard that all IPAs should try and live up too.

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Photo of eberkman
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy, honeylike orange-amber with a full, rocky white head that retained very well. Presented an inviting aroma of floral hops with some piney and citrus notes.

The taste was about the most perfect example of an American IPA I can think of. Strong floral hops up front, balanced out by a smooth, delicate maltiness toward the middle, transforming into a hoppy, bitter, dry finish that didn't linger too much in an unpleasant way.

Very crisp, refreshing mouthfeel with outstanding drinkability. This is one I'd desperately like to be able to have around, but Bell's doesn't distribute in Massachusetts so I'm limited to my yearly trip home to Michigan. Too bad. This would probably be my go-to, 6-pack-in-the-fridge-at-all-times beer.

I also had one last night on tap at All-Season Grill in East Lansing -- very nice as well, but I preferred it out of the bottle.

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