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:
3,519
Ratings:
14,141
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
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Photo of Ageloff
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the most reliably fabulous beers, tap, bottle or canned. Never disappointed, even after drinking SOS or Heady topper....Truly one of the world's best overall American. IPAs.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---THANKS KEVIN!
This fine ale pours a chill hazed golden amber color with a nice head of white foam that
settles to a thick big bubbled ring, thin light pool, and features some darn nice sticky lacing.
Nose of heavy pine hops, sweet malts, honey, and a touch of orange rind with other light
citrus notes. Flavors lightly exceed by presentation with citrus touched hops featuring orange
zest zest and subtle pineapple notes touched by light breaded malts and honey that fade into
the background with a sticky pine note. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium carbonation,
and a citrus and pine laden hoppy finish.

Overall, a legend among the craft brew scene and a solid IPA.

Cheers

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Photo of BJB13
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

01/05/17 printed on the label.
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice two finger head that is thick and foamy, lasting, and has good lacing. It has a decent aroma of sweet citrusy hops and bready malts. Sweet, hoppy and mildly bitter, it has a decent malt to hop balance with some caramel sweetness and a smooth finish. Light to medium body and carbonation this drinks fast.

This is good stuff, not a hoppy juice bomb, but a great representative IPA.

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Photo of Premo88
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(2/17/2017 born-on date)

L: opaque gold, hard to see through, topped with almost full inch of offwhite foam that sticks a little; keeps a thick collar and bubbly skin; a little lacing, not much

S: piney grapefruit and orange, plenty of sweetness under the stinging hop bitterness, sweet biscuit/donut malt

T: candied hops ... bitter but sweet, grapefruit, pine, orange, slight grassy/lime/cilantro finish to the hop bite; loads of biscuit malt flavor, sweet but only as a balance to the bitter hop bite up front

F: thick but lightened a bit with good carbonation ... definitely a mouthful

O: it's as good as advertised; I think I drank the first half of this six-pack just in time to get the really good grapefruity hop flavor, for this fourth bottle about a week later is starting to experience some caramel-mango-like malt takeover; still, it's a fantastic beer and one I will seek out again and again, especially if I can find it inside a month old

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Photo of KalCal
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The best IPA I've ever had. Period. It is perfectly balanced, with a huge hop profile. But, the balance of this beer would make even a 'non-hop' drinker appreciate and enjoy this IPA.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Made my own six in a Texas HEB and for the first time I see some Bell's brewery chilling there waiting for me! I just got Two Hearted this time because there were one or two more exciting choices and a LOT of really cheap incredible beers or ones that I hadn't heard of.

Pours an orange gold with a bit of haze into a pint glass. Keeps a thin ring of foam and one-sided, spotty lacing. The smell and taste take this to a whole new level.

Smell is dank, piney, grapefruit, thing wreeks of hops. Taste follows suit with the hoppy bitter, pine, grass, grapefruit, and a floral aftertaste. This beer is pretty crazy good. I very much regret not going ahead and grabbing the full Bell's catalogue available at the store so I could give all their beers a shot.

Maybe you guys across the country are spoiled, but this is super good and deserves the ratings I am throwing at it. The freshness has to have something to do with it, being packaged on 2/21/17. Good shit!

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz draft pour into a pint glass shows a hazy orange ish gold body floating a fluffy white head. Some spotted lacing.
Aroma is indistinct, or muted. There is some pine resin and citrus, though.
Flavors include grapefruit, pineapple, grass, pine resin, and a slight bready malt.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, medium and oily, just short of chewy.
Overall a well balanced, well crafted beer that doesn't knock my socks off, and doesn't need to.

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Photo of mjurney
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Golden-amber color, touch of haze. Highly carbonated. Thick bright white head.

Aroma:
Citrusy, orange, grassy, a little herbal, sweet bread.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Fresh hop bitterness up front, citrus, grassy, bitter orange. Strong malt backbone, sweet bread, a little caramel. Finish is very crisp and clean. Medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, tangy, super drinkable.

Overall:
It's a world class American IPA!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Citrus with some slight caramel base and slight piney hop. Not as strong as I would have imagined. There is a bigger piney hop to the taste. Mild citrus with a malty caramel ending. Maybe some slight honey. Mildly astringent finish. Not quite what I was expecting. More of a malty base, while I tend to venture more towards the West Coast style. This was bottled just over a month ago, so it is still fresh, but would like to try one less than a week old.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appears golden-copper, crisp-looking with a low head, but nice threads lacing.
Nose is bready, with citrus and pine.
Taste is something else. As in, something unlike so many ipa's that have soaked the market.....this
Juicy grapefruit, massive hop bitterness. Tasty in that another sip can't come soon enough. Peppery, with what to me has a pilsner-like malt quality, and it feels so smooth...medium-bodied. Zesty orange notes come through as I sip it longer. Impressive IPA taste. I'm equally impressed by the malt backbone. The flavor and balance with the centennial hops is superb there. The easiest benchmark IPA to compare it with, as far as centennial-hopped IPAs go, would be Founder's IPA. Only issue there, in my book, is that this Bell's IPA appears to be the new benchmark. Glad they came to Texas.

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Photo of eppCOS
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Two Hearted as a beer in general, but as an IPA it falls short of the other benchmarks now. It's what IPA tasted like 15 - 20 years ago. Then, it would have stood out. Now, not so much. Looks and smells "proper," but it doesn't have much taste or mouthfeel impression. It is a mid-pack IPA now, especially given that it's a solid 7.0% ABV, and there are much better ones out there. Still, it is a smooth, even-handed version of the style.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into conical pint at Mermaid Inn on UWS, NYC, presumably from a bottle. Golden orange with 3/8", foamy white head and substantial lacing. Nose: citrus, honey, mowed grass, initially, dissipating with the head. Tastes refreshing with notes of grapefruit/peach nicely balanced with the malt for a clean finish. Medium bodied. A nicely executed IPA; would serve or drink again.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle dated 01/09/2017

Pours hazy gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like peach, apricot, fresh grapefruit, orange citrus, toasted caramel malts, with floral earthy grassy pine. Tastes like dark toasted caramel malts, peach, apricot, fresh grapefruit, orange citrus, with floral earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice and balanced IPA.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Heavy jazz drums beating* “A B C D E F G H I gotta' gal wears her toenails long. Drives a red Barracuda, singin' meat packer songs, And she ain't from Kalamazoo…” if you know your Primus (as well I do) by now you’ll have that Ler electric guitar riff ringing through that grey lump between your ears and singing about a 55’ Chrysler where the trunk never ends… but what has any of that got to do with Bell’s Two Hearted Ale??? Specifically: Bell’s is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Whenever I hear Kalamazoo the Primus takes over, I’ve learned not to fight it all these years - just slap on Brown Album and get into a Claypool-esque bass-slapping groove and see exactly where the funk takes me [somewhere funky no doubt].

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Hazed amber bodied - the colour of autumn in a glass - with a decent off-white half centimetre head. There is some nice lace scrawl on the side of the glass denoting that this is perhaps a kick-ass IPA. 8/10.

S: West Coast IPA then: Piney/citrusy hops straight up on the nose, hints of biscuit and caramel malts, a light honey scent, but overall nothing spectacular - it’s a fairly standard West Coast IPA aroma, a decent one, however nonetheless a tad ordinary to this nose these days (though I do suspect considerable hop fade from the package date of 29 Sep 2016 - that’s 5 months of hop fade there!). 6/10.

T: Honey/biscuit maltiness to the fore, light piney/citrus hop presence - yep, hop fade - boy it sucks knowing how highly praised this beer is in the US and knowing now what a fresh IPA tastes and smells like. I mean it’s still a really tasty IPA, don’t get me wrong, but the hops have faded off big time. Balance is pretty spot on, I can only imagine how good a fresh Two Hearted would taste. Finish is a herbal/floral mild bitterness. 8/10.

M: Almost medium bodied with a thin but dense carbonation… spot on here. 8/10.

D: I really need to do a beer tour of the US, so many beers that are hop-heavy are getting to Australia 2-3 months (at the earliest) and it’s impossible to imagine how good this and many other American IPAs I’ve tried are… except there have been a few IPAs that have tasted really good from the US (Deschutes Fresh Squeezed, Victory DirtWolf, anything Victory really) so maybe it’s down to what the distro is doing? Who knows. Shame for Bell’s this isn’t getting to us quick enough though - they deserve better - all US craft brewers deserve better. 8/10.

Food match: I would hazard a guess a fresh bottle would pair with spicy BBQ ribs.

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

This feels like when I first had Bass Ale over 20 years ago...I talked about it to anyone who would listen to me saying things like, "you can drink it in all four seasons...". My favorite beer right now and I don't think that's going to change any time soon.

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Photo of Jay92
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a 25oz glass from draught .about an inch of head, golden color, smell is a little lacking.With awesome lacing. One of the best ipa I have had.

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

This one rates the highest on my list of brews. I am not a big hop fan but this one blends the hops in with the malts and other ingredients so perfectly that it blows me away! I would drink this as a staple were it not for the high cost. Damn good stuff!!

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Photo of Spikester
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold with one finger of bone colored head that drops to a skim coat in about ten minutes leaving rings of lace on the side of the nonic pint glass.
Smell is floral and pine.
Taste is floral pine some grapefruit and a good amount of bready malt.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and long lasting bitterness.
Overall a fine Ale from Bell's Brewery in Comstock, Michigan USA.

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Photo of SMZBrew
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured clear medium brown with a nice head. Nice lacing. Smell is hops, pine, and sweet malt. There is an off flavor that a bit like wet grass - maybe in a good way. Taste is well balanced with a strong hop/pine presence. What really kicks this beer up a notch is the smooth medium body. Really makes it for me.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours copper/orange with 1 finger white head.

Smell is mostly sweet malts with just a hint of floral hops but seems like more malt than hop.

Taste is malty up front and didn't seem very hoppy till after it went down, the finish turned out very floral.

Feel is medium body with some carbonation burn.

Overall its a good drink I would certainly buy again.

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Photo of funk_master_flex
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased a 16 oz can from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon. Less than two months old, packaged on 12/21/16. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: This beer has a beautiful semi translucent burnt orange color with a thick, creamy white head that dissipates after a minute or two. The color is reminiscent of orange marmalade.
Smell: The smell is the only subtle part of this beer. Grapefruit rind with a backdrop of pine needles and subtle floral scent.
Taste: A blast of grapefruit and mango to the palate with associated bitterness that is balanced out by a backbone of malt. The malt is very clearly the support player and does not add much besides a balancing sweetness for the hops. The pine taste comes near the end with the lingering but pleasant bitterness on the back and sides of my tongue.
Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.
Overall: This is a beautiful showcase of centennial hops and one of the best examples of an old school American IPA. At 7% alcohol it is extremely drinkable and could pass off as a 5% beer (until you get about 4 beers deep lol). This is the second Bell's beer I have ever had (being from Oregon) and the hype was well deserved. I could drink this beer all day. For being a single hopped IPA there is a great complexity of flavor that truly speaks to the allure of the Centennial hop and why it has become such a powerhouse in the American craft brewing scene.

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

Sampled from a fresh can.

Look: Pours a bright, translucent orange hue with a billowing two finger eggshell colored hell.

Aroma: Lots of orange and grapefruit pith with generous amounts of resinous, piney hops.

Taste: I'm getting sweet grapefruit, bitter orange rind and a juicy mango flavor capped off by gentle but somewhat assertive pine resin. Over time a biscuity, malty, vanilla taste becomes pronounced. It almost tastes like orange sherbet as it warms.

Feel: Even at 7% I could crush these back to back. Not trying to brag but this beer is seriously thirst quenching and smooth. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry and bittersweet, but effervescent and crisp.

Overall: One of my go to IPAs. Can't go wrong with this one. Two hearted ale has something to offer for the novice IPA drinker and seasoned IPA vet alike.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Quarter of a finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice clear brown/amberish color. Better than average looking beer.
S- Sweet and syrupy malts followed by piney, earthy grassy hops and floral hops, booziness follows. Very fragrant beer. Could be one of the most fragrant smelling beers I've had.
T- Slight grapefruit-y bitterness from the hops that grows as the beer warms. Malty flavor follows this. Very pleasant, not a hop punch in the mouth. Very minimal in juxtaposition to the aroma. But a nice balance.
MF- Smooth and mellow with a dry kick.
O- It is earthy, it is mysterious, it is minimal, and it is a very, very good beer. This "like the beer itself says" is definitely a beer I would take hiking with me. It seems that it would go well with being in the wilderness.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, golden amber. Creamy, eggshell head with sheet lacing. Solid retention. Aroma is light biscuit malt with floral and fruit accents. Flavor is very much hop forward. Citrus and pine. Grass and herbal notes. Resinous and tingling on the tongue. A touch of malt to keep it relatively smooth. Very good overall.

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Photo of raspy22
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had last night on draft.
L: nice dark gold, thick head.
S: Possibly the best floral beer I have smelled before. Really stands out among all the floral IPAs that I have had in terms of aroma. My favorite part of this beer. Some pine and grapefruit as well.
T: Again, the floral hops are the shining part of this beer. Floral, pine, malt, minor citrus.
F: quite smooth
O: A very bold, uncommon, and flavorful IPA, yet sessionable. I can definitely do more of this!

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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