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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 ChrisA
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the Mellow Mushroom in Indy for staying late and pouring me an extra pint of Two Hearted. I could still taste it in the morning. I have heard fabled stories of this fine ale and may now report back that they are legitimate. One of the best IPA's I have ever had. It made the Alpha King that I tried after it pale in comparison. Wish I could get this out in Colorado. This is a definite hophead's favorite!!!

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

Bottle from batch number 7895 poured into a tulip glass

A- This beer poured a golden orange with a medium (1") off-white head. I would say it had medium carbonation and a decent amount of lacing that stuck around.

S- The nose came through with hoppy, grassy, pine tones. I felt that I picked up some citrus too. I seemed quite complex in scent.

T- Traditional grapefruit taste of a hoppy American IPA. The hop flavor is readily apparent, but stays in balance. Anybody can add tons of hops to a homebrew and end up with a very bitter taste. Two Hearted seems to push the hop flavor to the edge without going over.

M- Medium carbonation, with a somewhat thicker mouthfeel than expected. However, it stays quite smooth.

D- I can't say I'm really new to Bell's in general or even Two Hearted specifically. This will continue to be a "go-to" beer for me, especially in the warmer months. As I don't consider myself a true "hop head", this is the hoppiest (yet drinkable) I've enjoyed.

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

A - Clear light orange, small off-white head. Ok lacing.

S - clean hop nose

T - Very smooth hops from start to finish, including the bitterness. Malt is barely noticable, but it works.

M - You get a bit of a carbonation zing at the start of each sip. More crisp and refreshing than other IPAs I've had recently.

D - I've been drinking this pretty fast, and I haven't picked up on any alcohol tones.

An excellent, hop-forward IPA. From what I know of this beer, it is a very basic recipe, but is executed flawlessly.

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Photo of jp62099
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really impressed me. I am not a hop-head and it's a style that up to recently I did'nt spend much time on, but I am exploring more now. I enter each one with caution. Pour is cloudy rosy orange, rocky head. Smell is great, floral and fruity, hops right. Taste and mouthfeel is smooth, light, nice hop presence with just the right amount of bitterness, fruity but not overly so. Overall this beer does'nt make my mouth pucker, and I would love to have had lots more, but only bought a single, will be looking forward to it coming to my state, I hope.

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Photo of number1bum
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerTruth for this one.

Pours a beautiful honeysuckle amber with nice clarity and a pillowy finger and a half of off-white head. Lots of bubbles and the head has good retention, leaving a film across the top and some stick on the sides.

Smell is very fragrant with flowery aromas as well as grapefruit and some honey-like sweetness. The smell is really turning me on to this beer.

Taste starts off with a citrusy sweet splash of hops, grapefruit and honey, followed by more floral and citrusy hops. There is a little bit of bitterness toward the end but this is superbly balanced and has very little lingering bitterness for an IPA. Mouthfeel is nearly full-bodied and the carbonation is just right. It's very smooth and creamy on the tongue.

I can see why this is consistently rated so highly. Awesome IPA.

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

This afternoon, my two sons and I dropped into Tyler's Taprooom in Durham, NC to have a pint before a Bulls baseball game (it doesn't get much better than this). My sons ordered their pints (root beers), and I ordered a Rogue Imperial IPA. The bartender pulled the tap, but it just spat some foam. She suggested that I try a Bell's Two Hearted Ale instead. I'd never had one, so I agreed. To be honest, I was expecting to be a little disappointed (it's hard to compete against a Rogue I2PA). Man, was I wrong!

Appearance: Poured a nice polished copper color, with a one finger, off-white colored head. The head diminished quickly, but didn't disappear altogether. It left some nice lacing at the top of the pint glass. Slight carbonation.

Smell: This was one of the most fragrant beers that I've ever experienced. It smelled like walking through a field of wild flowers, with citrus fruits and orange peel thrown in. Absolutely wonderful - this is how an IPA should smell.

Taste: No disappointment here either! Fresh grapefruit up front followed by an intense hoppy bitterness. The hoppy finish just went on and on. The only reason I didn't give it a five was because it lacked just a little malty sweetness to balance the bitterness. Awesome!

Mouthfeel: The slight carbonation made it very smooth.

Drinkability: Yes. May I have another please? Unfortunately, I only had time to have one, but I'll be back. Now I just have to find this in bottles. Fantastic stuff, excellent IPA.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Pint glass.

A- Wow, real nice head on this guy(or shall I say fish?). Golden in color, lots of bubble in this one.

S- Nice fruity smell, like apples, plums, and oranges. Nice floral hops smell also.

T- Floral tastes come out in beginning with lots of hops. I sense a nice orange taste with a dry finish. Delicious.

M- Pretty thick for a IPA with some carbonation. Nice dry finish.

D- I could drink a sixer of these easily with the low ABV and awesome taste. This is one of the best IPA's I've had and quite frankly need many more.


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Photo of k3n
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of Tangfoot. Thanks! I've been looking forward to this one...

A: Hazy amber, poured a gigantic rocky, off-white head that receded to a film of bubbles, and patchy lacing. A fairly steady stream of tiny bubbles streams from the bottom of my pint glass.

S: Clean, hoppy.

T: Really well-balanced! It seems like the flavors alternate from malt to hop and back again, with neither flavor trying to out-do the other. The finish is pleasant with a drying bitterness.

M: Smooth and creamy, with a light prickle from the carbonation.

D: Excellent. Two Hearted has lived up to my expectations. Too bad I don't live in MI.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an American pub glass, at fridge temperature.

A: Poured a rather hazy copper into the glass, even though I was careful not to disturb the yeast layer at the bottom of the bottle. Some chill haze, I suspect, is evident. The head was a nice dense foam, just a little off-white, that stayed with the beer. Some lacing.

S: Has a nice floral aroma, almost like lavender, rather than the grapefruit nose often present in American IPAs. Some spiciness, perhaps a little pine, as well, and some malt notes. Very nicely hop forward yet still balanced.

T: Noticeable hop flavor is the first impression, followed by nicely balanced malt sweetness. A subtle spiciness is present throughout. The malt yields to a lingering, dry and bitter finish, that manages not to overwhelm. This is an exceptional American IPA; probably the best I've had. The hops are well featured, but the beer maintains balance and does not take on any of the astringent character so common to the style.

M: Light to medium bodied, with pleasant carbonation.

D: This is a dangerously easy beer to drink. Despite its fairly high alcohol content (this site says 6% but the bottle says 7%) and the aggressive use of hops, the beer's perfect balance makes it a real joy to drink.

Overall: Perhaps my favorite thing about this beer, aside from its wonderful taste, is that it is bottle conditioned. Surprisingly few American craft brews are. This living beer is an outstanding examplar of the style.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Packaged on 4/9/07. I have a firkin pour in front of me, let's begin. Obviously, no head, rather a couple of layers of bubbles form on top of my glass. We tapped this thing at 4PM, it is now 3AM. Smells like dank, buttery hops. The usual Two-Hearted profile, more fruity esters, but slightly muted otherwise. No lacing, and slightly cloudy.

The first time I tasted this beer from a firkin, I preferred bottle or tap. Now, I am in love with the different flavors that the cask brings to the table. Buttery smooth hops, slight grassiness. I think what I love about this beer from a firkin is the smooth yeastiness in addition to the smooth hops. Of course, mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated, but slick and very smooth. Drinkability, oh jhee, let me think, ..it's perfect!

I must add that when drinking this beer from the firkin, I prefer it with a month at least of cask age before drinking. I have drank this less than a two weeks after it was casked, and about a month after it was casked. This has definitely been my most favorable experience with Two-Hearted from the firkin.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-yellow - not as dark as expected for a rich IPA. But the head is thick and frothy - quality! And it sticks around...

Sticky indeed...but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Smell is pure apricot, with the added, fresh aromas of a floral boquet. Powerful olfactory attack. Awesome.

Taste is intense apricot, tart finish with a thick sugary sweetness (a good measure of malts) - almost like a liquid candy. I detect grass, flowers, pine resin and lemon. Great IPA!

Mouthfeel is sticky, but the sharp finish cleans it up. Nice.

Very drinkable...but as I said, it is thick for an IPA. The thick sweetness (though nicely balanced by the tartness) makes one enough for me...for now. Yummy.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally I get to have my favorite session beer on-tap.
Served in an old mason jar at the Mellow Mushroom in Blowing Rock, NC.
Pours a hazy orange, golden color with 1/2" sticky off-white head that holds awhile.
Man this is one of, if not the most, aromatic beer I've had yet. It smells like I'm walking in a rose garden in full bloom.
Tons of hop flavor but not palate ruining. Lot's of tropical flavors with mango being the most prominate. Medium mouthfeel with excellent drinkability.
Simply one of my favorite beers.

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Photo of kenito799
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Golden amber with some cloudiness from the bottom of the bottle. Sticky lacing.

Intensely aromatic and deliciously complex: pink grapefruit, tangerine, pine, roses...fruity and floral and everything lovable about fresh aromatic hops. The flavor delivers on the high expectations raised by the intoxicating aroma...fruity sweetness up front and then deliciously tangy and complex floral (roses, violets) and then pine in the finish, bitterness evenly balanced with malt. A highly aromatic expression of the IPA form and I think it may be my favorite.

As I drink this sixpack over a week or two I fall in love with this beer more and more. Utterly blissful beer experience. This beer just sings on the palate--smooth creaminess, fantastic aromatics and bitterness, balanced touch of sweetness in the malt--perfect harmony, you can't stop sipping, before you know it the glass is empty...and you are SAD--genuinely dejected that the pleasure pouring from this bottle will live on only in your vivid, tantalizing memories. I will need to make regular pilgrimages to get this stuff...

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

A great IPA, in the same class as Celebration Ale. Pours a hazy straw gold color with a nice size white head that hangs in there. Sheets of lacing on the glass. Good strong IPA smell, hops and citrus.

Fantastic taste!!! Hops bitterness and pine and citrus. Rich and varied taste, I could sip this one all day. Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. Certainly would not enjoy a lesser tasting beer after one of these. Drinkability is good, this would be a three-and-out session beer, but it would be a good session. I can't get Bells products here (This one came from D's 6 packs and dawgs near Pittsburg). If I could buy them here or if I could find this beer on tap in Tidewater VA...life would be good.

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

Orange, lightly hazed. A whipped-looking white head rises a good three fingers high and leaves behind patchy lacing. Bright sugary citrus aroma, like a handful of centennial hops. The flavor is certainly not a letdown if you're looking for hops. But its not an in-your-face tongue massacre, its loads of fresh, oily hop flower power. Like candied grapefruit, but never heavy and cloying, the filling mouthfeel is surprisingly easy to handle . Naturally bitter, though not overly so. This is an IPA all about that sticky hop cone FLAVOR, not just IBUs. Really delicious stuff...I've found its already become one of my favorites.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Poured with a huge creamy had. Golden appearence with a little haziness. Head leaves some lacing and sticks around on top of the beer.

S: Big floral citrusy nose, lemons is the first fruit that hit me with some grapefruit later on. A great hop smell. Some hints of pine and grass. Great nose. Strong but not overpowering.

T: Fruity/citrusy, lemons up front, hints of grapefruit. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Some piney flavor. Very well balanced, 7% is nowhere to be found in the tastes. Ultimately finishes with a certain dryness which contributes to drinkability.

M/D: Nice mouthfeel, slightly heavy on the carbonation. Light to a slightly medium body. Above average drinkability considering the 7% mark.

This beer would be a nice sipper on a late summer afternoon. Dry quality pushes it towards a session beer.

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

Appearance: It's transparent and golden in color. Foamy one and a half finger head. Retention was decent and a nice coat of lace remained after the head subsided.

Smell: Very citrusy. It smells of grapefruit, mango, and lemon (perhaps a little pineapple). Great hoppy aroma. A light scent of caramel malt also comes through.

Taste: Citrusy sweet. Very good grapefruit taste. A bit of lemon and orange flavors are also there. But, grapefruit is the main feature. Hops are fantastic and provide just the right amount of bitterness. It's somewhat balanced by the malts, but leans in the hoppy direction.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Very smooth and drinkable. Carbonation and abv are perfect. I could easily session this beer. Overall, this is an excellent IPA. Highly recommended.

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

Bottle dated 4 weeks old.

Poured a delicious looking hazed orange-gold ale in the glass with a puffy 3 finger white cap that lasts and laces the glass well.

Aromas are delightful: sweet malts under grape fruit tones and floral aromas...a light earthy mustiness...very much like Anchor Liberty but more pronounced.

Flavor and Mouth -Feel Profile:

The delivery:
....up front thick caramelized malts to chew on which are almost instantly balanced off with a ceadr-citrus bittering. Silken mouth feel.

Mid palate:
....you get some complexity of tastes as the hop alphas and yeast by-products produce some interesting succulent fruits-pine-citrus peel tones that blend with the sweet rich breadiness of the malts, much like a tart-floral marmalade on toast...perfect balance in this "big" rich full bodied ale.

The finish:
...malt-hop balance slowly dissipates as the long finish becomes slowly more bitter an floral with a final light citrus peel after taste and a light warming from the 7%ABV.

A very well put together American styled IPA...not exactly in the Pacific NW style but it bears many characteristcs. tThe nose and flavor are infused with a wonderful hop mixture that indicates both hopback infusion and dry hopping. Smooth, Big flavor, well balanced, drinkable and satifying. This ale has all you ask for in a daily beer.

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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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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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