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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 scottakelly
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Golden orange color. Slightly hazy. Big, fluffy white head with lots of lacing.

S – Lots of hops. Spicy, citrusy, piney.

T – Lots of flavor hops in this one. Lots of bitter hops and aroma too, but the flavor hops stand out. Sweet, earthy, citrusy, bitter. The malt backbone is perfect: providing just enough support for the big hop profile.

M – Refreshingly crisp.

D – Immensely high.

This is my favorite beer. I crave Two-Hearted’s hoppy goodness often.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orange-brown color with a large, thick, dense head and solid lacing throughout drink.

S - aroma was very good, heavy floral notes, somewhat perfumy and honey-like sweetness. Probably the best smelling APA I've had.

T - sweet honey like malt up front and strong floral and earthy hop finish. Nice balance, leaning toward hops, like a solid APA. Some citus (grapefruit), but not much on my palate. Bitterness is present in finish, but not overpowering IMO.

M - thicker than I anticipated for the style, but not unpleasant. Definately not a watered down feel.

D - Very good. While the alcohol is on the higher end (7%) the strong hop/malt presence masks it. Very refreshing and a great expression of the APA style. In some ways, much like Sierra Nevada, but I think the quality may be better.

Overall, this is a great pale ale, and highly recommended. More expensive than some other similar offerings, but it's worth trying.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange color. Thick two fingered head that settles and leaves a good amount of lacing as you go.

Smell: Piney hops dominate. Grapefruit and citrus in the background. Pleasant aroma.

Taste: Citrus takes the front in the taste. Each swallow turns into a piney hoppy taste with a bit of floral hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and easy to drink. The hoppy aftertaste will be a bit much for those who do not consider themselves hopheads.

Drinkability: Good tasting brew with mabey a bit too hoppy of an aftertaste to appeal to non hop fans. Would not have more than one of these at a time. Not that it is bad, but leans a bit too much on the hops. I still believe that the 90 Minute is the ultimate beer when it comes to this style.

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Photo of Atron67
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in the pitcher as a foggy amber with a solid whiteish frothy head that stuck around forever. could smell the piney hops a mile away. This tasted great with a solid hop bitterness throughout, making it a very enjoyable drink throughout there was a medium body to it throughout, and had a big carbonation. this was a great IPA

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Photo of srrn
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy amber with white head that quickly reduces. Some lacing on the glass. Smell of piney hops. Taste of same with a good malt backbone. Well balanced. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style, right carbonation, oilyness and a dry finish. I only bought one, I'll need to pick this up again. Paired well the very hot Thai curry. I do not detect the citrus most others seem to, I get pine and bitterness.

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Photo of irishtimepiece
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up on a recent trip to Florida along with Kalamazoo Stout and Oberon.

Pours a slighty hazy pale orange with an inch and a half of off white head. Lacing...? Lacing...? More like sheeting. The entire glass is covered with lace. Ridiculous retention as well... when I finished 20 minutes later, there was still a half inch of head sitting in the bottom of the glass.
Smell is very floral, reminds me of my local Elissa IPA.
Taste is a mix of piney and floral hops. Very subtle malt, almost masked entirely by hops.
Mouthfeel is nice. Chewy and on the lower end for carbonation.
Strength aside, highly drinkable.
A very, very nice IPA. I wish I could get it in my area.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours and orangey, amber. Big head with sticky lacing all around the glass. Aroma is distinctively citrusy and piney with some caramel while the taste reflects a lot of citrus. Big hops explode in this beer but do not overwhelm the smooth taste of this brew. Very clean and smooth despite being hopped up. Big bitter aftertaste lets you know what beer you just drank. Very dry finish. A damn good IPA not to be passed up.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, batch 7796 - packaged 1/16/07. It pours a hazed, unfiltered amber/gold, with low carbonation, and a big, three-finger head that leaves large clumps of foam on the glass. The aroma consists of floral, perfumy, and piney hops, white grapefruit, pineapple?, mango?, and a touch of biscuity malts. About the same in taste, with floral, citric, and piney hops leading the way, bringing with them a hefty bitterness that is only lightly balanced by the malts. Medium in body and carbonation, it has a long, dry, and refreshing finish - overall a pretty drinkable IPA, and a good go-to beer, but at 7%, it can sneak up on you rather easily.

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Photo of bosco7
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight hazy orange color with a rocky white head that doesn't give up.

Pungent grapefruit, bready, perfumey floral, and caramel like aromas. Smells fresh and in your face. Beautiful.

Starts off with a hint of caramel that moves into huge perfumey floral flavor components (reminiscent of Stone's IPA) and ruby red grapefruit pulp. Some mild bubblegum. Plenty of dry bitterness in the finish.

This is an IPA man. I thought I would never say this but, this is an East Coast IPA that contends with the best from California. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a pale golden amber color with a nice creamy off-white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is probably the best aroma of any IPA I have ever smelled. Fresh citrusy hops immediately fill the air and just dares you to take a sip. The taste much like the aroma is a hop heads paradise. The hops seemingly explode in your mouth making you die to take the next sip. Wow! This is one hell of a brew that will certainly become a staple in my fridge. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of Drew966
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Two Hearted Ale pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a piney, resinous hop aroma. The flavor is also dominated by resinous and piney hops. There is a strong malt backbone in there somewhere, but that's exactly where it needs to be, in the background. The mouthfeel seems a bit on the thin side perhaps, but that hardly bears mentioning.

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

The pour results in a pale amber color that is very clear with a decent amount of rising bubbles. Since the pour was generous, I was given a three finger head, off-white in color. The lingering head allows for specks of sticky lace.

The aroma is a sweet flowery smell with a nice balance of hop oils and scents of pine. The taste is excellent with a strong hop bitterness and a nice balancing maltiness. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with that IPA spiciness. A very good example of the style.

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Photo of genog
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap the other night at Gallos Tap Room. 44oz of this beer and thats a great night.
Pours an orange hazy color from the cold tap. Smell is like a huge floral garden. Massive hops make this beer smell amazing. Taste is citrus, hoppy, with an absolutely awesome balance. High carbonation on this one and slight warming alcohol presence make this an all around good presentation.
Over 2 1/2 years ago, long before I was ever a BeerAdvocate, we used to go to Gallos and order this beer to try something different. Two of this would really rock our socks, and make for a nice evening. Little did I know how awesome this beer really is.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first beer from cask and love it. Cloudy burned orange with a nice off-white head and full lacing down the glass until I finished it. Looks unbelievable. Powerful scents of floral and citrus, strong hops, the nose is much better this time then out of the bottle. Tastes of strong citrus and powerful dry and bitter hops immediately followed by delicious malts. The carbonation is very low which allows more flavors to present themselves. Dry finish is perfect, no bitterness at all. An impeccable brew with an improved twist from the cask. MMM

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

Received from jimbowood in a trade, thanks again.

Served chilled and poured into my Padres pint glass.

Appearance is good. Hazy light-bronze colored brew with a very nice clumpy head that leaves a lot of lacing as it dies down.

Smell is good. Grapefruit and bittering hops and sweet malts. Very citrusy smell. I like.

Taste is very good. Pink grapefruit, tangarine with a nice fat, oily, hoppy bitterness. Nothing too bitter though; extremely balanced and crafted almost perfectly. Awesome blend of bitterness and sweetness. Reminds me of another favorite; Alesmith IPA.

Mouthfeel is very good. Thick and chewy (for the style) on the palet with fantastic texture. Love bottle conditioned beers.

Drinkability is very good. I can kill a sixer of this stuff quite easily me thinks.

An awesome IPA that deserves all the hype. East coast brewery, west coast taste. Gotta love it.

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

Mad props to BARLEYWINEO for this one!

Pours an ever-so slightlty hazed amber with 4+ fingers of fluffed up eggshel white head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Big time citrus & piney hops, plus some breadyness

T: Big-time breadyness & grapefruitty hops up front. More grapefruit & orangey hops as this warms. Nice breadyness, with a hint of brown, sugar, booze & loads of citrussy & piney/resiny hops, yummy!!

MF: Rich, chewy medium-bodied with perfrect balance

Super AIPA, too drinkable, this is one that lives up to the hype IMO. I like my IPAs to have malt to back up the hops & this one comes through with flying colors!

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Photo of kwakwhore
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap pours a beautiful golden orange with a smallish white head. Citrus pine aromas dominate the smell. Beautifully balanced combination of sweet malt with an understated hop bitterness in the flavor. Silky smooth mouthfeel. A wonderful example of a session IPA with very high marks for drinkability. My first Bell's beer, but it certainly won't be my last.
On tap at Howard's Pub 11/27/09
Simply outstanding. The most citrus in an IPA I've ever encountered. Like eating an orange with peel attached.

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

This is the one I was waiting for from the "Summer Beers - International Collection of Specially Selected World Class Beers- 8 Pack" delivered by Brandy. 12 oz bottle with a greenish label and picture of a fish (as pictured above).
Pours a deep golden color, thick cap of foam that has very good retention and thin lacey streams. Lots of hop aromas, this is an IPA (sorry Alexander Keith). Fresh grapefruit and pine and spiciness. A solid tasting beer, sweet pale malt under a great hop punch. It tastes perfectly balanced, full bodied, hoppy, has everything going for it. The mouthfeel is smooth with a good amount of carbonation to keep it slightly dry and refreshing. Great flavor, not so much hops that you can't taste anything else. Very nice example of the style.

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Photo of rborthwick
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Pours a burnt orange yellow color with half an inch of head, which dissipates quickly. The smell is hoppy with a touch of floral, spice and orange. Very gentle nose. Starts a little sweeter than your standard IPA which I like. It transitions slowly to a medium hop bitterness in the end. Very nice balance and more drinkable than most other IPAs. In fact, I think this IPA has better drinkability than Dogfishhead 60min. That says a lot being that Dogfish IPA is one of my absolute favorite beers period.

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Photo of enfield249
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light golden orange color. One finger of head when poured that dissipates quickly.

S - Spicy hop aroma, slight citrus behind that.

T - Almost the same as the smell. Some IPAs go for the big citrus hop flavor, but this one really seems to lean on the spicier side of hops, and it works out really well. There is some citrus in there, more orange the grapefruit, but it's on the smaller side.

M - Medium thickness, slight tingle from the CO2. It only leaves you with a little of the hop bitterness, and for an IPA I'll call it "clean" in that sense.

D - What a great beer all around. I've had IPA's at twice the price that were not this good. A great IPA to knock a few back in. Makes me think of warm weather. Well done Bells.

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

Poured hazy orange-yellow with a smooth ivory head.
As floral as it is tropical.
Taste is distinctive and delicious. Unmistakably unique to Bell's. Really nice and hoppy but balanced by sweet malts.
Feels like an IPA, through and through. Medium to full with low carbonation.
Drinkability is top-notch and potentially dangerous. That distinctive taste really doesn't get old. It gets better and better. Why try any other IPAs when this one is likely to be better?

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy yellow/orange color with a huge head. Wow! The aroma is robust – first of hops then citrus and malt noticeable. The taste is initially bitter from hops, but the sweet malt follows quickly; creating a nice balance. The mouthfeel is full bodied. This beer smells wonderful and the flavors follow that lead – very drinkable.

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Photo of maltysfalcon
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a medium amber color with average size head. This beer has a great depth of flavor, because the hops are backed up by enough malt to balance it out. It is medium to full bodied, but not heavy. I thought overall this beer was very drinkable and all of its flavors were in harmony: I can't wait to get some more of this!

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a small off white head, quickly disapates. The color was a orange/amber the beer is so hazy that the color looks darker than it really is. The nose had a strong pine scent with apricots and sweetgrass. The carbonation was high and the beer tasted fresh.
The first sip is a onslaught of prickly hops and fresh apricots then a soft caramel malt slides in to rescue your palate. The finish is dry with a hint of peacans and fig. The beer is so well balanced that is gives a nice creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of younger35
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to tdp975 for this bad boy! I’ve been wanting to try this beer for quite a while. Poured the 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. Drank on 7/28/2007.

Appearance- Pours an effervescent honey orange with a big creamy off-white head. The fluffy goodness stays almost the entire beer leaving thick lacing down the glass. A very very attractive beer.
Smell- Very Citrusy. Lot’s of earthy grapefruit and lemongrass really shine here. The fruit almost seems to burst out of my glass.
Taste- Much like the nose, there is a big citrus kick of hops. A nice grapefruit bitterness that leaves an almost floral sensation on the palette. There is a hint of malty sweetness that helps balance the beer but still allows the big hop punch to come through. Slight alcohol warming from the 7% but like everything else in this beer, fits nicely.
Mouthfeel- Lots of fine carbonation that gently tickles the tongue. Medium to heavy body that adds a nice slick creamyness to the feel.
Drinkability- Excellent! This is an absolutely delicious brew that I wish I had access to. As a session beer, the ABV and slight heaviness to it may hinder it slightly but that’s the only negative. This is one of the tastiest IPA I’ve had in a long time and would highly recommend it. Thanks again tdp975!

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