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Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

3,443 Reviews
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 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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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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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
95 out of 100 based on 3,443 ratings.
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