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:
3,461
Ratings:
13,890
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
21.6%
 
 
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911
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Photo of schoolboy
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of Bells' that I really like. It is way out there hops-wise, but with an appropriate balance. It just works.

I was sort of down on Bells unil I tried this and the KAlamazoo stout. Excellent stuff.

Compared to any other high-hops beers, it has the best balance.

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Photo of DGryger
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance:
Rusty tan color body, fairly cloudy with moderate amounts of bubbles streaming up through the glass. Nice off white head rises to around 1.25-1.5” and settles down to some coarse bubbles and a good lace.

Smell:
Upon opening the bottles I am greeted with a sweet malty odor. There is a little biscuity-citrusness to the smell as well. Floral notes appear as beer warms. I think aroma is the weak spot of this particular brew.

Taste:
I can taste some biscuity malt notes up front with a hop bite in the middle to finish. Floral hop taste in the middle with a bitter/tangy finish. Well balanced and not a bottle full of bitter. Biscuity-bready notes become more apparent as the beer warms along with a bit of sweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel:
Thin to medium bodied brew, good carbonation and goes down pretty smooth for an IPA. Little nip on the tip of my tongue as I swallow it down. Overall it has a very nice feel.

Drinkability:
Quite tasty and easy drinking for an IPA, mostly due to the good balance between the hops and the malt. The relatively low ABV (for an IPA) make this a decently sessionable beer that I would have no problem packing away three or four. Definitely will add this to my “would buy a case of it” list.

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Photo of schusterbauer
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

slightly cloudy golden beer with hints of tangerine coloring. floral and hops aromas dominate. amazingly blended and balanced. fresh citric hops stand out against a smooth malt profile. fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice mixed with orange pulp. grains and spices are also noticable.

beautifully crafted, very well controlled. most brewers attempting something like this would've given into the temptation of overly sweetening and hopping to the point of ridiculousness.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One bottle from a six-pack purchased from local Wild Oats on the east side of Cleveland. When the Batch ID from the back label is entered at the brewery website it is noted that this six-pack was packaged on January 16, 2007.

Great 2-finger head, residual foam and plenty of Belgian lace throughout the tasting. Strong piney-hops predominate with citrus and a behind-the-scenes malt aroma that conjures memories of DFH's 60- and 90-minute IPAs.

Wonderful hop flavor with subtle malt balance but disappears as the hops predominate and linger on the palate. Mouthfeel is a bit oily and thin.

From the aroma I expected a full throttle hop explosion but discovered an overall well balanced IPA that allows the starring hops to be well supported by a nice malt flavor. I have not been disappointed by Bell's and plan to make a pilgrimage this summer.

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Photo of browner
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This golden orange IPA has a 2" rocky white head which stands up. An impressive blend of aromatic hops, citrus overtones and hints of pine this is a beer that starts out strong and finishes pretty true to deliver a well balanced IPA. Very drinkable and a real palate teaser. One of the best blends of IPA out there and worthy for any red blooded Muskie fisherman.

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

Poured a nice golden yellow with a one finger head that remained pretty much throughout the drink
Nice citrus smell with just a touch of pine
Medium mouthfeel with a nice citrus aftertaste that lingers quite a while. Neither the hops or malts were overpowering, everything is balanced perfectly.
This is one of the best IPA's I've tried and Bell's never disappoints with any of their releases

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to thefatkid13 for this one :banned:

A: Dull copper pumpkin color with a lot of haze. Head is low lying made up of medium sized off white bubbles.

S: Pinecone, grapefruit rind and orange blossums.

T: Begins with pink grapefruit, kiwi and green apple to start things off. Sugary pine comes next with a substantial bitterness ensueing. Caramel apple acts as a good backbone with licks of lemon peel rounding it out. Finishes with lingering buttery watered down OJ and lymon.

M: Medium body, prickly mouthfeel at times.

D: Nice IPA with very good balance. Really opens up as it warms too.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first 6 pack, got it now that we can get Bell's in IA!!! Whoo hoo!!

Anyway, it pours a big beautiful head without even trying, I poured a little rough and had to stop the ensueing head from overflowing the glass. Looks great!! The smell is very nice grassy hops that are smooth and not harsh at all. The taste is a bit reminiscent of the Bohemoth this year from FFF, so if you've had it this is very similar. The mouthfeel is very nice, only a little bit of harsh carbonation comes through. Overall I am very glad to get this fine drink in IOWA!!!! I will have many more to come. Thank you so much Bell's!!

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

A classic American IPA. It pours the color would expect, has a perfect head, and then the nose- wow! Great hop aromatics. The taste is just perfect- fruity, perfume hops, without any astringent bitterness. Just amazing. Malts are then as a great backbone, but this beer is about the hops as it should be. The approachableness of the hops is what really sets this apart from the crowd. Any average non hop head can have a sip of this and say- this is a really tasty beer. That is an accomplishment that can't be understated- for the masses and for the hop head. Between Two Hearted and Stone IPA for the best all round IPA in the US, in my limited experience.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden/orange color with a white head that lingers around a while. Lacing is good. It smells mostly like floral and citrusy hops, very nice. The taste is obviously hoppy, with just a bit of malty sweetness, it has good balance to it. The mouthfeel is thin, but it's very smooth and crisp. Drinkability is very good too, I think it's a good sessionable beer. IMO, it's a good IPA, I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I got sick the week before last, I didn't smoke. Only
stupid people smoke when they are sick. But when I was
not sick anymore, I decided to carry on not smoking and
see what happened.

What happened was I coughed up a bunch of squishy brown
stuff, and day by day, I started noticing things.

The first thing that really struck me was beer. Last friday, I
went down to the E' for a steak, beer, and some music, what
was happening was so vivid I took some notes.

I got a Bell's Two Hearted Ale from Amanda (along with a glass-
you can't really see and smell your brew when you suck it out of
a bottle), and started scribbling.

Two Hearted Ale pours out a fluffy head with some nice lacing
over a golden brew. The lot number on the bottle (#7591), looked
up later at Bell's website, indicated the beer was bottled back on
August 16, 2006. The nose was this remarkable blend of strawberry
marmelade, pine, and herb- which I completely missed the first time
I had some about a year ago. I thought at the time that it was it was hoppy,
but well made- I missed all the subtleties because at the time I was
sucking on a pipe a few times a day. The flavor was malt with a more
herbal hoppyness, and the aftertaste was also herbal. A lot of brewers
settle for lots of bitterness when they cook up a batch of India Pale Ale-
the fact that Bell's has the skill and insight to get as much as they can out
of their choice of ingredients is what makes their reputation. Two Hearted
Ale is what I measure all IPA's against- so far, it's the best in my book.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I’ve heard a lot about this beer in the short time it’s been here in the NoVa area and I must say it manages to live up to the hype. Aromatic floral hops in the enticing nose. Rich, but not overly bitter hops blend well with a delicious grain palate that features great caramel malt flavors as well. My only complaint is the slightly watery mouthfeel, but even that has an upside; it adds the beer’s already excellent drinkability.

Highly recommended…

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Photo of beerphan
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> goblet
batch # 7754
packaged 12/11/2006 according to www.bellsbeer.com

Pours a mostly clear orange with a full white head that settles to a quarter inch blanket and leaves some quality albeit random lace. Carbonation appears medium and persistant.

Piney hop nose, with hints of apricots and oranges. The pineapple is all over the place.

Taste: The fruity hop nose is mimicked in the initial flavor. Not much of a malt backbone here, instead the fruity hops melt into the bitter finish with only a peak of pale sweet malty goodness. The bittering hops leave the mouth dry and the hand reaching for the h20.

Mouthfeel is crisp, mostly full and drying.

A really drinkable light ipa, with alot of hop character but seems a tad unbalanced. i think a little more malt character would make this brew even better than its reputation. Still easily drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of barondebourgogne
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, orange hued with an incredible head that lasts from the first quaff to the bottom of the glass. Residual lace lined the glass. Wonderful presentation.

I love the dry fruitiness of these aromas intermingled with citrusy hops. Very complex aromas for an american pale ale. Just begs to be sipped!

Taste is everything one would expect from the aromas and appearance. This one does not disappoint. Complex and fruity up front, followed by a battle between hops and malt. Finishes clean and dry. The perfect balance. This beer is not overly malty and cloying like many pale ales that try to balance a gargantuan hop schedule.

Light and fluffy on the tongue. Bottle conditioning is well worth it. This beer would be disapointing if force carbonated. Finishes hoppy, but not to the point of oily and bitter on the tongue.

A very enjoyable IPA. This one is on the top of my all time favorite domestic IPA's. The dry finish keeps my palate alive and awake, waiting for that next incredible quaff.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly cloudy golden color with more than a finger egg shell head with descent hang time. Has a substantial fresh hop aroma and a notable fruity characteristic. A smooth and creamy hop flavor. A medium body that's slightly carbonated. Very drinkable. Would like to do a side by side with Southern Tier IPA.

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Photo of david131
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a slightly cloudy copperish with a perfect looking head. The head diminishes into a beautiful lacing that lasts the whole drink.

S- Floral, sweet, and just enough malt to back it up. One of the best smelling beers I have ever had the pleasure to quaff. Words can hardly do it justice.

T- Very very balanced but hops are dominant. No "caramel" sneaking up on you, or any vegetable-y hops there either. Pure floral Centennial hops. I have often wished they made an air freshener out of this brew.

M- Very clean. The carbonation is very well done, not too much or little.

D- I could drink this beer every day at all times.

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Photo of markgugs
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass, beer graciously provided by BA member "cardsmith"

A: poured a beautiful golden orange with a huge frothy, white head and a ton of lacing

S: as is the case with many top beers of this style, the beer gives off an ample floral aroma. I am definitely getting some slight citrus and/or coriander scents as well. Very appealing.

T: A gorgeous wallop of hops smacks your tongue right off the bat, then the malts slip in to balance the overall flavor, and everything finishes at once, like a perfectly timed meal. Hop lovers will definitely want to grab this beer.

M: Not a ton of body, a tiny bit thin, but overall very nice.

D: Now here is where this beer truly shines. The excellent taste + reasonable alcohol content + an amazing level of refreshing qualities makes this an all-day drinker. Wonderful beer that I could and would go back to time & time again.

Recommended.

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Photo of a10t2
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Swirling golden-orange with a thick white head and good lacing.

S: Citrus hop aroma with just a hit of grassy and earthy undertones.

T: Pure hop heaven, with the citrusy Centennial hops dominating from beginning to end. Malts are so light as to be basically undetectable.

M: Lighter and thinner than I would expect, probably due to the increased alcohol and overall paleness of the malt. Pleasant.

D: I can drink this beer for an entire double-header and never get tired of it, it's so refreshing and smooth.

This is my go-to IPA; I almost always have it on tap and have yet to find another that is so consistently enjoyable.

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that made me appreciate IPA's.
Two Hearted is a regional staple in the Great Lakes, i'm sad to see it leave IL (temporarily I hope).

Pours a cloudy, swirling orange. Big foamy head, spots of lacing ring the glass. Looks like a fresh and lively ale, which it delivers in it's other aspects as well.

Sharp fruity hops in the aroma, abundant but not overboard. Taste follows the hoppy nose, distinctly grapefruit and pale malt. Slight dryness increases it's drinkability quite a bit.

This is great for a session...i'm going to miss this on tap around Chicago, especially the Empty Bottle (this was their best beer option). Come back Bell's!

Notes 11-2007: Sampled an "aged cask" of this recently, after a year it is way mellow, and strongly similar to hop tea. Uncarbonated, watery, with an earthy suggestion of hops, but nowhere near as balanced as it is fresh. A novelty (not altering any scores here). Do not cellar this, for the love of all things good and holy.

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

Lovely beer, pours a full cloudy orangy color with a nice white head and some good lacing. Smells great, citrusy floral hops, very fresh. Taste of grapefruit and freshness, love those hops. Has just the right amount of bitterness to balance the thickness. Very smooth and delicious. Great IPA!

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

Appearance - Poured orangish gold in color with a white head that left plenty of lacing.

Smell - Lovely floral hop aroma, very pleasant.

Taste - Hops dominate the taste. The beer is light enough on the malt and heavy enough on the hops that I am getting my much needed hop fix without interference from the malt. Great hop flavor to pair with the great hop aroma.

Mouthfeel - light/medium in body. Nice and crisp.

Drinkability - Sessionable, in fact if I could get this easier it would be my new go to IPA. We've just began to see Bell's here in VA and I couldnt be more excited. Hopefully we'll get some better distribution b/c this would always have a home in my fridge.

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Photo of Damian
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
(Thanks to my girlfriend Nari for bringing this one back from Ohio.)

Poured a hazy, straw yellow with a fizzy, white, one-finger head. A touch of floating sediment was noticeable. Some drippy, short-lived streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

Aroma was quite subdued at first. Mildly hoppy with a bit of sweet malts. As the beer warmed, the hops became somewhat more pronounced and took on citrusy characteristics. Some sweet, bready malts came out as well.

The taste was much more pronounced than the aroma. Intense hops assaulted the palate from start to finish. Aggressively hoppy up front with piney, resiny, grapefruit-like cascade hops and a touch of sweet malts. The hoppiness seemed to settle mid-palate and some bready notes were apparent. Crisp on the swallow with a bitter, biting, lingering, hoppy finish. Alcohol taste was hardly perceivable, but you could feel it effects toward the end of the drink.

Medium bodied with a lush and creamy mouthfeel.

This is a hop bomb, pure and simple. It has enough hops for a DIPA but lacks the malt and alcohol presence. A good IPA overall, but I expected more complexity and/or balance.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this on-tap at Skipper's in Athens.

Appearance: gold-orange color with a nice 3/4" white head from the tap; looks pretty good
Smell: hops dominate
Taste: ehhh, decent, but nothing too impressive; there's a hoppiness, but a mustiness also; im not sure where the mustiness comes from, but it didnt please me too much; slight sweet malt presence
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, good carbonation
Drinkability: decent, didn't have another one on the night

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

cask at Maduro Madison with dirtylou and golden2wenty1

appearance: The fluffy, off-white head recedes only partially, exhibiting great retention and nice lacing. The beer is a pretty clear golden-amber in color.

smell: The aroma is full of leafy green C hops and pale, grainy husk aromas. The usual tropical fruits, though slightly muddied in the cask.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is low, and the body a full, smooth medium.

taste: At first I notice an unexpected oak flavor. Flavors of crisp hops and subdued caramel malts. Light to moderate bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: easy...There was more of a difference between this and a standard Two Hearted than I expected.

bottle dated 11.12.13 consumed 12.06.13 - just as lovely as always, floral and bright citrus rind of lemon/lime/tangerine, so fresh, exceedingly cleanly malted with a perfect bitterness, a personal favorite and key to my intro into the scene - scores left intact. going back to my roots tonight with two hearted, double cream, cherry, java, expedition, and third coast on deck.

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Photo of kboett77
3.32/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was always put off this beer by the freaky looking fish on the label. However, having recieved some as a gift, I thought I would give it a try. It is drinkable, with a strong grapefruit tone and a nice fullness to it. But I was no super impressed, to me it lacked some of the complexity and over tones of other IPAs. If I try it again I'll give an update as I am suprised that this well liked beer from a well respected brewery isn't doin' it for me.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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