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:
3,531
Ratings:
14,184
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
10.8%
 
 
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Reviews: 3,531 | Ratings: 14,184
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

courtesy of stopbarking

A - this IPA pours a golden amber color, with a half finger of frothy white head, plenty of visible carbonation keeps it alive

S - a sweeter than normal IPA aroma, still ahs the bitter, grapefruit, piney, floral IPA aroma, but a sugary version, a downright splendid aroma

T - wow, one of the more balanced IPA's i ahve had,a cloying bitterness that a subtle sweetness keeps from exploding and maintains the balance, the flavors are very good, piney and floral with that sugary sweetness

M/D - masterfully balanced, the flavors are great, but overshadowed by the amazing balance, Bell's continues to brew amazing beers

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Photo of ScottUCF84
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into a pint glass.

A- Golden amber with a thick slightly off white head that fizzled away into a thin 'algae' on top of the brew. Some lacing formed, and hung to dry throughout the brew.

S- An explosion of sharp hops nearly cleared my sinuses, along with some citrus peel. Some sweet malt.

T- Caramel malt and bold, floral hops at first. A bit of tangerine, and then finally some very bitter hops. The alcohol was hidden very well until it warmed.

M-Pretty crisp and smooth. Medium body, medium carbonation.

D- Towards the end of this beer I am just hopped out... but if strong, complex hops are what you are looking for, you'll enjoy this brew.

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Photo of osi
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice dark honey colored brown with average lace with stickies down the glass.

S - There is a jungle of scents emerging from this brew. Sweet malts, barley to start off with. A sweet tropical fruit smell hangs in there strong as well which is carried by nice floral hops.

T - Barley through and through until the end. Malt background let the bitter hops shine through and leave with a bitter finish.

M - Light to medium body with good carbonation that rolls around the tongue for a while even after the swallow.

D - I would have this again but I would prefer and IPA that finishes a tad cleaner.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Over a thousand reviews of the one already, what's left to say?

Enjoy it with salsa and chips, I did, and it was delicious. Oh, the beer is orange, it reeks of delicious hops and taste like a american IPA.

A tamer "hopslam" if a definition is required. Thanks to Greg for sending this one on a recent trade.

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

a: pours a nice golden orange color with a nice half inch of head that doesnt dissapear but leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass
s: strong aromas of citrusy and florall hops aromas with balancing coming from caramel malts
t: strong floral and citrusy hop bitterness so good nice balace comes from the sweet malts
m: medium to full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

oveall, this is a really good brew that i wish was cheaper but still not horrible at about $1.60 a bottle

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Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured a bright orange with a dense 2-finger foamy head that lingered for ages and left very good lacing. The slightest swirl sends the head back up to a finger. Nice.

S: The fruits leapt out of the bottle at me - oranges, grapefruits, lemons, etc. A slight piny, grassy scent could be detected under the floral fruits, as well as a slightly sweet malt base.

T: Clean, crisp taste that was dominated by the floral and citrus side of things. Quite a zing on the taste buds. I caught a little bit of the malt in the background, but not much. Zesty.

M: Medium bodied with a decent clean finish with only the slightest bitterness in the aftertaste.

D: This is a great example of an IPA, though it was probably a litle bit on the fruity side to be in my top few IPAs. Nonetheless, a well crafted brew from Bells.

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

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange. Thick, fluffy, rocky head with great retention and lacing. The smell is probably the best I've ever experienced in an IPA. A great blend of those bitter hops with a strong citrus accent to it. Taste is incredible too. Very well balanced, obviously it leans more to the hop side but the hops arent overly dominant. They are there and present, but there is a malty sweetness to it as well. Taste very "fresh" and clean, just a great IPA. Carbonation is moderate and I'd say a medium mouthfeel to it. There is a slightly bitter, oily hop residue left behind. Overall this is just a great beer and I couldnt be more impressed.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An amber pour, with a bit of a fog rolling in. Slightly offwhite, but rather large head.

S: Floral, slightly earthy, with a definite citrus peel hoppiness.

T + M: Citrus hops, a little bit yeasty/biscuity. An oily slickness over the tongue, smoothing towards the finish, with a dry finish and lingering hoppiness.

D: Pretty clean and dry, and it goes down quite smooth for the style. A notable brew, though I'd probably go in the Hopslam direction if after a hoppy Bell's brew, personally.

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Photo of coalcracker
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours an even golden color with good head retention.
Smell: Citrusy and floral hop aroma immediately noted.
Taste: The hoppy bite is a little delayed. there seems to be a nice balance between the malts and hops here- not a bitter hop challenge. There is a crisp floral character to the hops. Aftertaste lingers for a small while.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with an IPA slickness.
Drinkability: This could be handy as a session ale. Not oppressive like some IPAs and DIPAs.

Overall: A well-balanced IPA, great for hop-heads who seek more balance than a hop blast in their IPAs.

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Photo of FleeVT
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: A dull and hazy amber beer with an off-white head that sticks around.

S: A great hop and orange rind on the nose. The hops dominate and leave little room for the faint bread malt lurking. Bell's nailed the style with this one.

T: Citrus and hops again. Slight malts towards the finish. Hop oils remain through the finish and into the aftertaste. This is a bitter one but inline with the style.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this one goes down fine.

D: It's loaded with hops and bitter. A thirst quencher and probably a good one. Good for several rounds but not all night.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this side by side with the HopSlam to finally end the debate over which is better. (look at my scores to figure the outcome)

Pours a nice fairly transparent orange with a white 1/2 finger head.

The smell is a little weak but has a hoppy note.

The taste is a little dull(to cold?) but its still a very nice drinkable beer.

Overall, the beer is good. I could drink this quite often.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - clear copper/burnt orange color. 2 finger head with great lacing. It looked amazing in my pint glass as the head went right to the top of the glass. Perfect fit :) Good sticky webbing.

s - floral and pine. Something very odd is that it also smells like new carpet. It's that smell you get when you walk into a carpet store.

t - floral and pine again in the taste. Not as bitter as I was thinking which is nice. You get the good hop taste without the cheek puckering shake your head type of bitterness.

m - so smooth and light, very nice.

d - This was much better then I was expecting :) This is a very popular beer and thus I was expecting something crazy and slightly over the top. This is the first IPA I have had that I can sit all the way through and enjoy every sip. This might be the gateway beer I have been looking for in hopes of gaining an appreciation for highly hopped beers.

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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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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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