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 Toddv29424
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy golden color, with a wavy head that's characteristically smooth for a heavy-loaded IPA. Smell is perfect: many layers, but mostly floral hops of the cascade and fuggles variety, but also a certain sweetness that's hard to put your finger on. The taste is big and chewy, with the same hop character as in the smell. Terrifically balanced though, many times beers have a one-dimentional hop taste and this seems to totally buck that trend. As the glass empties the taste seems a little less spectacular but just as dense, a feat of a great beer.

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

12oz bottle given to me by rudge75. Thanks Dave! Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a murky straw colour, lighter than some IPA's, less coppery but tons of unfiltered goodness. 1 inch of head from a vigorous pour, medium-high carbonation. The head recedes to about 1/8th of an inch and sticks around, leaves a bit of sticky lace. Aroma is outstanding, Tropical fruit, pineapple, mandarin orange, grapefruit, pine, and a lovely floral sweetness as well. Malt shines through with a little caramel in the back and some fresh baking as well. Delicious!

Taste does not dissapoint in the least. Herbal hops dominate, aniseed, pine, citrus in smaller doses. The lovely part about all this is that this beer is extremely well-balanced. Lots of bready/biscuity malt that is almost cookie like at times, other typical baking flavours come through, a little vanilla, caramel, and even a bit of banana surprisingly. Grainy in the finish with lots of hop bitterness. Well-balanced which I appreciate so much in an IPA. Not as dry as a lot of IPA's I've had but I don't mind that, although the carbonation could be toned down a little. This is probably the most drinkable IPA I've had the pleasure of trying, the balance and the flavour is just outstanding, and I could session this all night long to be sure. GET ME MORE!

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured in a pint glass at cellar temperature. Nice head which clings to the glass. Amber in color. Hoppy smell which is mostly floral. The taste is a perfect match of pine & citrus hops with a great malt base. Mouthfeel is very smooth & this beer is one of the most drinkable IPA's out there. At $35-40 a case, this is a bargain. One of my favorite beers.


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

The body on this beer is amber with a one finger white head. The aroma has a ton of grapefruit in it. That grapefruit is present in the flavor as well along with a bunch of hop bitterness in the flavor but it is balanced with the malt. As it warms up, the sweetness become more up front and brings the balance more toward the center. This beer has a medium body and it fits the beer perfectly.

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Photo of cueball52
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a yellow golden color with a full white head about 1" thick. It settles to a small head over the top leaving a heavy lace around the sides of the glass as it dissipates.
The floral hop aroma is exceptional! This is one of the best smelling beers I've found. It makes you want to keep going back for another whiff.
A full, chewy mouth feel.
Very well balanced. Full bodied malt to go with the citrus, grapefruit bitterness of the hops.
This beer is hard to beat. The only thing better would be more of the same. The name "HopSlam" comes to mind!

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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 jsbrendle
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a standard shaker pint glass. Appearance isn't thrilling... rather unremarkable golden color with some white head that disappeared quickly & left no lace. Smell is good ... full of citrusy/piney hop notes and a bit of the malt sweetness. Flavor likewise shows some of the malt notes (cereal/biscuit) & plenty of the floral/spicy/citrusy hops. Finish is dry and very hoppy. Very much balanced toward the hop-head's taste preferences (very unbalanced toward hop aroma, flavor and bitterness). Mouthfeel is smooth, body pretty much "medium" weight. One of my favorites in the style (along with Stone IPA, DFH 60 Minute). A decent choice for a session ale if you are a hop-head & also a good choice to recommend to people who appreciate hoppy beers or are willing to at least try to push their envelope further.

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Photo of cameraman
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden/amber color with an off whitw colored head. The aroma very complex, with citrus, pine, and earthy scents. The taste starts with a strong malt flavor, and it dominates the palate till the very end, when that expected bitterness caomes in at the end. A thin watery feel, very surprising, folowed by the strong presence of carbonation at the back of the throat. An incredible aroma, is let down by a mediocre taste and less than appealing feel, was very disappointed, but I will probably give this beer another try.

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Photo of asabreed
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow body with some copper in there for good measure. Lots of bubbles initially floating to the top, and rings of lacing are left above in massive clumps, with the head never really dissipating below the top of the brew--you're always seeing white.

Smell: A wonderful meld of grassy and citrus hops with a nice malt backbone of more fruity sweetness. I get some sour cherries in the mix too, along with some lemon zest, grapefruit rind, and earthy characteristics. Still, with the malt backbone and fruit elements, it helps the balance rather than everything being completely controlled by the hops (which would certainly still be fine with me).

Taste: One of the best attributes of the brew is the finish, which never seems to die, especially if you're constantly sipping. The hop oils and fruit from the malt meld harmoniously enough to keep smacking your lips, and there are tons of flavors from sour fruit to oily citrus, with everything always being in balance.

Mouthfeel: Throughout the entire process the mouthfeel remains creamy, which astounds me in some sense, as the body seems medium to full, though the carbonation levels are certainly spot on.

Drinkability: This is a brew where the year round hype is a valid one. Bells outdid themselves with HopSlam, but this stuff is beyond damn good for the sessionable brew. It has the flavor, the balance, the alcohol at 7% (via the Bells website as I write this), and the quality for one of the best IPAs available, especially, as I said, year round. It took me a long time to try this, and I suggest you don't make the same mistake I did.

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Photo of NClifestyle
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Bell's beers are slowly showing up all over NC. I had this one once in a bottle and thought it was pretty good, but on tap, it's great.
Appearance wasn't much. Dark gold, big bubbles in the head, retained some, but not great lace.
Smell was much better, citrus and hops, some nice tang in there to boot.
Taste was the best aspect, one of the best IPA's out there. Similar to but not as sweet as 90 min, very dry citrus flavor, like a less sweet orange, but not as bitter as grapefruit. A medium does of earthy malts keep it from being over the top.
Crisp, medium, lots of carbonation, very nice. I had 3 of them, if that tells you anything about drinkability, and will have it again!


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

Orange transparent body. Great off-white rocky head. Amazing retention and clumpy lace.
Grass, flower, sweet hay, very well balanced with abit of butter.
Great taste, so full of flavor, sweet yet hoppy and spiced, perfect balance. Grass pine, flower and bread. Long balanced aftertaste, very delicious.
Moderate body, good coating, somewhat slick and rough.
Highly drinkable, great brew.


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

Clear, light amber color with nice, big white head. Almost fluffy with good retention.

Spicy, citrus hop aroma with cascades and something a bit more spicy. Very nice.

Taste is sweet and hoppy with some bitterness closely following. Then a toasty malt backbone peeks through, followed by a bitter hoppy, dry finish. Points for complexity and the weaving in and out of flavors.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and very drinkable.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Flying Saucer in Raleigh.

The beer goddess brought out a pretty standard looking IPA with a golden orange hue and a thick white head that left decent lacing. The aroma was fantastic...uber-foresty hops mixed with citrus, mango, bubble gum, and a hint of the sticky icky.

Taste spikes a balance of fruit and hops. Orange, plum, peach, mango, and apple cidar. The carbonation levels were great, and the mouthfeel was juicy & crisp: flat out amazing. A nice hoppy aftertaste lingered, but not so long that is frazzled the tastebuds. Drinkability is top notch; goes down smooth and has plenty of taste and complexity. Solid IPA, Bell's.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle split with a friend. The color was a light orange-yellow with a fluffy white head. The smell was oddly sweet. The taste reminded me of candy and nothing else. Grape candy to be specific. Maybe I will try this again but I was not too impressed.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a crystal clear, pale golden color. Huge pillowy three finger head that leaves a mess of sticky lace all over the glass. Active carbonation.

S: Big whack of citrus hops! Upon further sniffing I detected aromas of peach, apple, and alcohol.

T: See above with the addition of an excellent dry malt backbone. Incredible hoppiness! Finish starts dry and hoppy, turns dry and malty, then becomes tart and fruity.

M: Very hoppy and very dry. The excellent balance from the malt keep this from becoming too dry. Dry and oily at the same time.

D: It's been a few years since I've had one of these and I'm kicking myself for passing over this at the beer store for many other less worthy IPA's. So satisfyingly hoppy! An excellent drinker that, dare I say, can be sessioned. Come back to IL, Larry Bell.

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Photo of jmalex
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on tap at a bar but thought to give it its real fair shot, I needed to sit down with one at home in a bottle.

APPEARANCE: A pale straw color with a hint of orange. A small head shrinks quickly to small patches.

SMELL: Incredibly citrusy and a tad bit sweet. Smells very much of resinous grapefruit.

TASTE: Much more complex than I remember it on tap. The hops are so incredibly grapefruity, but they morph a bit on the finish to something more floral and piny. It also has a bit of a sweetness to it initially, but the hops really shine the whole way through.

MOUTHFEEL: Crisp and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is just right.

DRINKABILITY: Two Hearted does not suffer from being over-the-top like some IPAs do. The hops are packed in, but the flavors are carefully selected to give the beer a really nice mesh of flavors rather than an amalgam of bitterness. A very drinkable IPA.

I'm glad I had another chance at this. It's a different experience when I'm away from the bar. I'm able to pick up many more flavors this way, and for the most part, they aided in my experience of this beer. Bell's continues to impress.

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

Pours orangish amber with a persistent white head and glass-climbing lace.

Smells of orange rinds and a little pine, with some light malts in evidence. Oranges initially appear in the flavor, with bitterness appearing mid-palate and persisting to the end.

The mouthfeel is light, fluffy, and refreshing, with just the right amount of carbonation. The drinkability increases, as the late-palate bitterness diminishes a bit (or maybe I'm just getting used to it), giving way to some nondescript hop oil flavors. I believe I could put a few of these away.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazey golden brown, with a very think white head that goes away after a few minutes, leaving some spottyness.

S: Something here struck me the wrong way. I could detect it more when i breathed the brew in my mouth. I know that sounds weird, the whole taste a smell thing, but something was there that i didnt like. Im not sure what it was. wasnt skunk or sulphur or any of the usual suspects...maybe im just crazy. Regardless this is what i percieved sooo...

T: The taste is relatively nice. That smell that was stated earlier that seemed like a taste, is the first senstation in tasting too. This time it almost seemed hoppy, maybe some trait im not used to.It was not as bad as a tasteand goes away immediatly leaving a somewhat watery ale flavor. This is not all bad as the brew is easy to ejoy. The flavor is good, just seems weak. This caused a slightly unbalanced feel to this beer. Maybe i got my hopes up based on the avg this beer recieved, but i was dissapointed.

Its drinkable, and enjoyable but dont think i would choose this beer again. worth a try, but imho not so "great" just good

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

12oz. bottle poured a dark golden color with a large white head that leaves some spots of lace. Smell of citrusy hops like tangerines and oranges. Taste has a bit of a watery feel at first and a slight bitterness towards the end with flavors of both sweet and bitter citrus fruits. This brew is very easy to drink and is one of my favorite go to beers to have a few of.

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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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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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