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

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 SaCkErZ9
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Golden in color with a very nice, tight, white head. Very rocky and thick. Tons of lacing. Is this a Belgian? Would be all five except for the haziness involved. Could be chill haze but who knows? Teensy tiny bubbles fight there way to the top to make their presence known in the dense white head.

Aroma is beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Full of citrus delights like lemons, tons of grapefruit, orange, even some light berries, grass. You name it, its there. Perfect.

While there is a ton of hop flavor, there is hardly any bitterness. That is beautiful balance. Very citrusy and orangey.

This is a damn near perfect beer. I have had this on draft at some less than reputable establishments and it never tasted half as good as this. This is great. Maybe a touch too much carbonation but this still seems to be a benchmark for me. Possibly the best IPA I have sampled.

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

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a one finger white head. Nice lace.

S: Citrusy Hops

T: The hops are very present (matches the nose). Nicely bittered, a little pine in the background. I like the balance here, it is a great pale ale but it needs a little more malt.

M: Light in the mouth, very crisp. Given the lace, I would expect a creamier mouthfeel.

D: Top notch, one of my favorite American IPAs. I highly recommend giving this a try.

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

Enjoyed this one on tap at Tyler's Taproom in Durham on Saturday while waiting for the rain to clear up so we could watch the Bulls game across the street. Review conducted from notes. I only ordered it after I was informed that they were out of Hopslam but it turned out to be a good call.

This IPA featured a bright rust color with a solid, entrenched one finger display of off-white head. The nose featured tangy piney hops and a late cut of lemon zest and other citrus, maybe even orange. Attractive rings of lace appear after the first sip.

Taste is very refreshing despite the bitterness with fruit and spice notes. A late blast of pine reminds you that this is still an IPA. Mouthfeel is broad and consistent with a creamy texture and a longlasting aftetastte that kept bitter in your mouth almost ad infinitum.

This is very enjoyable and goes down like water. Quite the sessionable IPA.

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

On tap at Vintage estates in Boardman, Ohio. Pours a nice golden amber color with fluffy head that does hang around for some time and leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Smell is very hoppy, what else would you expect it is an ipa, and a damn fine one at that. Taste is very good a bit bitter but not as bitter as others a little bit more carbonation than others as well, making this beer highly drinkable and such a good find having it on draft.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very good overall, balanced IPA with a good hop kick.

A - Light orange pour with a decent head that holds on to the glass, good lacing.
S - Floral and citrus hops pop out with the aroma on this one
T - Floral and Citrus hops, good buiscuit malty flavor. Juicy and Fruity
M - Hops hit the back of the throat for a good touch, very well carbonated.
D - Extremely easy to drink, I love IPA's in general but the best ones are the ones I can only have a couple of because the wonderful hop flavor drys me out a little. This is no exception, Great beer.

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

Thanks to limesmut for this beer via a wonderful trade!

Poured this IPA into a pint glass. Batch 7895.

Two Hearted has a burnt straw color to it with a nice two finger bright white head that slowly dies down throughout tasting. Lacing is very sticky, holds on the the glass with all it's got. Unique fruit aroma, mostly grapefruit but it also has a hint of sweet apple underneath as well. Taste is very similar to smell, but that isn't a bad thing. Very enjoyable to the taste buds. Some floral notes seem to arise as well on the tounge. I would say this is a pretty light bodied IPA with a fair amount of carbonation, quite balanced if I do say so myself. Lovin' this IPA for sure, glad limesmut sent me an extra one ;)

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

I've had it on-tap and I've had it from the bottle. This just seems to be near perfect in every aspect. Pour is light golden with a fluffy off white head. Pretty good carbonation and lacing. Smell is of fresh grapefruit hops with an excellent floral aroma. Definitely one of the best smelling IPA's to me. The hops seem more inviting rather than aggressive although they are there throughout. Taste is exceptional. Grapefruit citrus hops with a sweet floral aroma. Great hop bite that is lightly malted as well but the hops surely dominate. Mouthfeel is tingly from the hops, yet smooth as they come. Nice crisp finish that stays on the tongue forever it seems. Drinkability is through the roof as well. As I said above the hops are there and definitely dominate but they are balanced in such a way that makes this the most refreshing and drinkable IPA out there. This is one of my favorite styles and Two Hearted seems to set the bar pretty high. It doesn't look much better than your average, though you can't judge a book by its cover. Highly recommended. Thanks to Scoobydank and Nathan15 for the bottles.

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Photo of Luchman
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours out very thin with a very light and clear amber/orange color with just a hint of yellow at the bottom of the glass. Atop sits a huge, fluffy/foamy, white head.

S: A nice mixture of hop smells. Grapefruit rinds, orange, pine, and some floral notes all mix together. Sweet malts are there that blend actually pretty well with the hops. Not too bad!

T: Pine and floral hops lead the taste with the grapefruit rinds taking the back. Those sweet malts are definitely there and not too hard find in end.
Half way through the beer and it becomes a little on the sweet side to me. Hops are oily and juicy and the malt presence is there to add to the sweetness. Ends bitter and dry.

M: A little on the light/medium body side with a medium/low carbonation.

D: I don’t know, call me a hater but I was not too fond of this beer. Overall I did not think the hop/malt mix was all to great and the sweet and bitter taste got a little annoying for me towards the end. Its not hard to finish but I don’t think I’ll be revisiting this again..

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Photo of mjgardner
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from batch 7895

Appearance - Pours a hazy copper color with a nice white head that disspates a bit with time.

Aroma - A big grapefruit citrus aroma. I do pick up some pineapple and pine as well. Detected a bit of a malt backbone as well.

Taste - Again, a big burst of grapefruit hops right away. This one amazingly good tasting beer. It is very well balanced with a biscuity, malt backbone.

Mouth - Medium body with medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability - This is an extremely drinkable beer. You do have to be a bit careful at 7%, cause it could sneak up on you if you turn it into your session beer.

What a fantastic IPA. There is a reason it has a 91 rating here. Get if you can; if you can't, trade for it!!!

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Photo of ChazMania
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled from batch 7770. Pours with a small head that faded quickly and aroma of pine and hop. Flavor is nice with the good crisp clean and refreshing flavor all the way down. Very easy to drink. I acquired this via a trade and wish Bells had distribution in my state. I can't wait to try to Hopslam!

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Photo of Caesar1pup
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served at the Saw Mill Tap Room in Raleigh.

What's not to like? I have to say that this is, without a doubt, one of the best beers this guy has ever had. Hops Hops and more Hop but well balanced and very drinkable. Don't let the man get you down Two Hearted, you are the best of the best!

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Photo of kkipple
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Charlotte.

There's no two ways around it, Bell's Two Hearted is a beautiful lookin' beer. A sea-foam white head hugs the stop of a clear bubbly gold beer. Lace everywhere, and leaves big rings as I down the pint. Head has great retention, too. No complaints.

This is a fruity smelling IPA, with peaches, bubblegum, and fresh citrus hops shining through. Sweet light malt and mandarin oranges, which is interesting... a bit more hop presence in the smell would bring this close to perfection.

A few sips produce tons of fruit notes and sweet malt balanced with a crisp, fresh piney hop flavor. The mouthfeel is super creamy; you could drink this IPA quickly in a pinch. Aftertaste is bitter grapefruit seeds with a hint of earth. This is a good tasting beer, more drinkable than Stone IPA, but not quite as flavorful. Perhaps a bit watered down. Finishes dry.

Two-Hearted is a fine beer, not the best IPA I've had but certainly in the top 10. More aggressive hopping would get this higher marks from me.

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

A- Really thick white head on a clear orange body.
S- Really big pine and grapefruit hops, sweet malt background, and hints of lemon.
T- Grapefruit juice and other fruit juice hops with hints of pine in there to help balance it out. Sweeter caramel malt body to help balance the hops. Nothing that is hugely bitter but leaves a nice medium bitterness on the mid -tongue.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- I think it is pretty good but wouldn't say it is one of my favorite IPAs.

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

Two Hearted Ale pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a finger of white head that fades to a cap after about 5 minutes. Nice lacing as the beer is drunk.

Smell is dominated by citrusy hop notes. Very inviting. The taste is citrusy as well, with a nice malt background.

Mouthfeel is good too. Just what I expects from an American IPA.

Drinkability is solid. The only hit it gets comes from the 6% abv. I wouldn't want to make plans for after sessioning this beer, but a couple would be great. Recommended.

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

Bell's is a new arrival in Florida. If I remember right, they have introduced four of their brews here. I haven't had their beers since my former co-worker Adam's girlfriend brought some down here years ago.

This is a lovely light amber in color with a very large off-white foamy head. It has a nice aroma of citrus-like hops.

The flavor is good and hoppy but not overwhelmingly so. It is bitter, but there is balance from the biscuity malts. There is quite the layer of hops in this beer. It's been seriously hopped.

The body is very nice and chewy. It's far from watery.

Overall this is a fine American IPA and well worth seeking out, especially for hop fans.

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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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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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