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 BelgianAleSlut
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Goose Island IPA glass. Has dark gold/bronze color with a nice foam head after the pour.

Hop smell is fantastic, not sure of hops used but the aroma is something you want to suck across your olfactory over and over.

Taste is nice - a fair amount of malt provides the balance I feel is needed for highly hopped beers.

Mouthfeel is good but is a little too thin. Carbonation feels nice on the tongue.

Drinkability is pretty good and I could probably suck a few of these down without getting tired of hops or a sour stomach.

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Photo of Darkale
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to try this beer for a long while, but it has only recently become available in Virginia. To celebrate its arrival in the Old Dominion, I have poured it into my etched Monticello stein, in honor of one of the commonwealth's most famous sons.

It's a slightly cloudy beer, brassy in color, with a thin and resilient head and thin trails of lace. Its aroma is similar to DFH 60 minute, but finer, more delicate, and eminently floral. Marvelous in the mouth -- chewy, with slightly burning grapefruit and pine nicely offset by malt... my word, my word, was this worth the wait.

After you swallow, your mouth tingles slightly, and it seems that the beer is now coming out of your salivary glands! Which is far more pleasant an effect than it probably sounds.

I keep coming back to the word "delicate." That's a strange word, considering that this is such a hoppy brew. But it is, it is delicate. Perhaps balanced is a better word. This is very nice. As it warms, it becomes even more complicated.

This is far too drinkable. I don't usually find beers that make that characteristic so easy to score. I love a moderately-alcoholic IPA that still manages to slap you around a bit. Only, this beer is like being slapped by the most beautiful person you could imagine... and wanting more!

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

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color, with a small, but persistent white head, and excellent broken lace.

Aroma: Massive pine and lesser grapefruit and orange hops. There is also a slightly grainy malt presence.

Taste: Opens with mildly spicy hops, slightly sweet malt and tropical fruit notes, soon a strong pine and orange hop presence manifests itself. Finishes quite dry, with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-made example of the style.

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Photo of cheers2beers
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this from ThedarkertheBetter and Blitheringidiot via Double Trouble BIF. Thanks again guys.

Appearance: This one poured a burnt ornage hue but bright orange when held to the light. The frothy white head stood up to be recognized and maintained its standing power for quite some time, leaveing behind a thick trail of bubbles. Also you can find lots of beading floating vigoriously to the top.

Smell: The aromas are strong, sweet, and piney hops. Mild roasted maltiness. Has just hint of alcohol in the nose. Mostly im detecting some fresh greens and pines. Not bad by any means.

Taste: The flavors are much like the nose, prodominately piney hops and fresh greens straight from the garden. Has just subtle sweetness from the malts. The alcohol is definitely there but not enough to steal from this bittersweet blend.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium body and high levels of carbonation. Smooth and easy going down. Has a bubblely finish and leaves a slight bittering in the aftertaste.

Drinkability: I would love to sit back and throw a few of these away. I consider myself a stout fanatic, but after drinking this, IPAs have moved up a notch in my book. Very good choice indeed.


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Photo of rayjay
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of akorsak. Much thanks! Batch 7437

A: Hazy light amber colored with light carbonation and a white head.

S: GREAT smelling beer. C-hops and American malts. Potent nose.

T: Again, lots of C-hops. Spring water, light roasted malts, finishes kind of like a wit beer with a bitter kick. This beer is a real beaut.

M: The carbonation is right, but the body is just a bit thick for me. Boarderline sticky.

D: Great beer, absolutely delicious, with the delicate touch of a masterful brewer. Highly recommended. Cheers!

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

Thanks to JohnnyM2002 for my first two-hearted

Pours a merky amber color with a nice 1 finger frothy head that was slow to disappear, this just looks yummy. Smell is knock your socks off!! Citrusy hops all the way, unreal smell, orange and grapefruit in there. Taste is loaded down with citrus, with a fantastic dry hoppy finish. A bit of a grassy, pine taste, but one of the most citrus favored hops I have ever tasted. Went down ohh soo smooth, just right carbonation. This is so a keeper, cannot wait to get my hands on some more of this. Just awesome, really awesome brew.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Light amber, golden color. Great head with excellent sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

Citrusy, with aromas of ruby red grapefruit, and a hint of malt sweetness in the background and maybe some cut grass. This smells very fresh and springlike.

What a perfectly balanced beer. Lovely hops and fruit flavors perfectly balanced with a slightly sweet maltiness that perfectly compliments the hops. This is exceptional!

Smooth, refreshing, light on the palate yet full bodies. Clean aftertaste leaves you wanting more.

This is an exceptional beer, and one of the best American IPAs I've had. Delicious!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange with an impressive white craggy head that melts to very sticky lacing covery the top of the brew.
Aroma is sort of an orange type of citrus hops...not too intense and not bitter at all. A nice little bit of sweet malt as well.
Taste comes through as light pale malt and then light citrus hops...more in an English type than an American to me. Definately not a west coast type.
This is a very easy drinker and easy summer quencher.

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Photo of andrewmartin
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours in hues ranging from burnt gold to amber with a pillowy head

S: Pretty straightforward piney hops aroma dominate, some malt

T: The inital hop bitterness was balanced out by creamy malt undertones, hop bitterness lingers one. As it warms a bit of grass becomes evidence, as does grapefruit, both on the palate and the mouthfeel (biting, acidic).

M: Starts off pretty creamy, but as it warms, becomes increasingly acidic.

D: A very nice example of the IPA style, if not mind blowing.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a nice two finger head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma is citrus and floral hops primarily and a faint caramel smell in the background.

Taste is more of the same. Citrusy hops. A little grapefruit and a little orange peel. Also a little pale malt present as well. A bread/dough like pressence towards the end.

Mouthfeel is smooth and is very pleasant.

This is definitely an easy drinking beer that I will pick up again.

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Photo of Matthew
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Orangish to light copper in color with a near perfect inch of frothy and sticky head. Good lacing and head retention.
Candied hops. Thats the best way I can describe this unique smelling IPA. The hop character in the nose itself is mostly of citrus, mainly grapefruit, orange rind, and very subtle hints of pine. But all of those characters smell like they have been coated with the candy you coat candy apples with.
Hop bite upfront consisting of a piny like flavor that gives way to a grapefruity bitterness. Fruit tartness leads to a nice sweet bready malt backbone that holds this unique and bold hop character in its place.
Nice full and nicely carbonated mouthfeel for the style.
A very drinkable IPA from Bells that has really impressed me. Too bad I only have 2 bottles.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap from my draft system into a 16oz pub glass

Light copper,reddish hue,almost clear slight hazieness,very livey looking beer. A very dense,rocky looking head,Sticking to the sides of the glass,looking like chunks of cottage cheese,very retentative,equally as inviting.
The breathtaking aroma super clean,a intense grapefruit aroma,like having a fresh grapefruit ripped apart in frount of your face,also piney and caramelly sweet.
Tasted like a sugar coated grapefruit,crisp and clean,tangy.Carmelly and piney,a perfectly balanced taste. It was so hard to rate the taste,I didn't want to put the glass long enough to jot down the notes
A medium mouthfeel,the perfect cloyingness,a nice inviting prickley feeling on the palate. An unforgetable tongue swelling juicyness making me crave more,more,more.
The more you drink the more you want,the most drinkable IPA I've ever had.The standard of IPA's to me. The draft version of this one seems better than the bottled version. This beer will spend a lot of time on my draft system.
A must try IPA!

Try not to give out all 5"s,but I couldn't do it any other way!

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Photo of terrabyte
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, light-copper beer with a tall frothy white head.

Aroma is strong with sweet wheat and grapefruit.

Flavor is typical with citrus, grapefruit, and bitter pine hops. Has a nice, bready body that isn't very sweet. That is a huge plus for me. Even the citrus flavor isn't very strong compared to what I was expecting from the aroma. I suppose it depends on the mood, but I found the piney, bitter, dry aftertaste to be a bit strong, throwing off whack an otherwise perfectly balanced beer.

Drinkability is quite high. A bottle will disappear before you know it.

Very pleasing beer. I found the flavor much more appealing than the aroma.

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Photo of unclecrappy
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sharp Edge in East Liberty. Poured in a pint glass.

A: Interesting ... dark amber, almost orange. Head holds on forever.

S: It's a pale ale, so you get some of the things you expect, like pine and citrus. But there's also something sweet ... and that's a tease for ...

T/M: Here's where Two-Hearted Ale steps away from the norm. The pines and citrus from the hops are heavy, but they mix with a honey-sweetness you don't expect at all. Wow, it's good. And even with the sweet tones, the beer has a nice, slightly bitter finish. Very smooth.

D: Um, I'll have another, please.

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours goldish amber with a towering foamy head.

I poured this into a snifter and I'm glad I did. Wonderful aromatics, floral, citrusy (lots of grapefruit and tangy lemon peel), a touch of pine resin, with a whiff of yeasty character. All that hop gets matched by a very nice bready malt in the mouth, medium body, with a light, smooth carbonation. Not unlike drinking some tropical flower. Surprisingly light on bitterness, if a bit on the tart side; hops ease back into a mineral bite.

Deceptively easy drinking; nice to have a good old-fashioned single IPA without too much alcohol showing through. Very pleasing all around, especially on the nose.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received this 12 oz. bottle in a recent trade with froggyfrog. Poured to a pint glass. What's the deal with the fish on the label? and the name: two hearted? I digress...

A: Hazy golden color, very warm with some shades of amber and a huge frothy off-white head, at least 2 fingers. Dissolves v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y... Busy streams of carbonation and nice lacing.

S: Wow, they weren't kidding about "enormous hops" on the label...big fruity, resinous and floral hops explode out of the glass. Sweet malts are present, too. Nose is predominantly tangerine/citrus and sourdough bread. Smells wonderful.

T: Hoppy and juicy sweet. Great full flavors of citrus and loads of grainy/sugary malt. A nearly perfect IPA, holds it's own with any of the best that my area (Pacific NW) can offer...great balance.

M: Crisp and clean, with a medium body and full mouthfeel. MY tongue curled at the sides, salivating from the copious juicy hops. Surprisingly sweet thoughout, but with a nice lingering bitterness and smooth citrus-hopped backbone.

D: Simply a wonderful IPA! No doubt I'd have another of these - fortunately I received two in the trade. Thanks again, JE!

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

I poured this from a 12oz bottle I got from Westy's outside of Harrisburg PA. It's sort of a golden amber with a smallish head that lingered for a while. Nice lacing throughout. The smell is great with lots of pine, citrus, and a little honey. Very balanced. The taste is much like the smell lots of citrus, pine, and some clove as well. Not too bitter but not sweet at all. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry at the end. This is a very drinkable beer. The kind of AIPA that you can have many of. Definitely one of the best AIPA's I have ever had. Really perfect for the style. Very hoppy but not stringently bitter - nicely balanced. Great beer.

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Photo of redmash
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a great amber/orange color. Awesome hop aroma. Citrus/piney notes very apparent. Solid, long lasting white head with good lace throughout the beer.

Taste is well balanced with a great bittering hop character. Not overwhelming, but perfect for this style. Finish is dry with a citrus note. Excellent beer. Well made. Kudos to Bells for making great beer!

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

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. Orange with white head. This brew is a bit clearer than the other Bell's beers I have had.

Smell: Citrus - You name the fruit
Taste: Hops - Hops hops hops, yummy
Mouthfeel - Actually rather light to medium but so very refreshing
Drinkability - Given the crisp refreshing nature and the ABV, exceptional.

Explanation: awesome citrus hop, hop, hop with an ABV that allows you to session until you get yourself into trouble (and you just might!).

Description - Freakin' delicious. Perfect summertime quencher.

The best that I have tried so far from Bell's.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glass fills with a bright yet murky golden orange liquid capped with a billowy monster of a white cumulus cloud head. Big chunky-butt rocky lacing. Most impressive.

I can smell the tangy citrus and evergreen/grassy hops from 5 feet away. Tons of hop aroma ride quite nicely atop a solid bed of citrus sweet candy.

Hello American IPA! This fantastic beer is packed with taste without succumbing to overdone bitterness levels or off-balanced maltiness.

This beer is extremely smooth and drinkable. Lots of nice crisp citrus hop aroma and flavor mixed with lightly toasty malt and a nice clean lemon finish.

I just realized that my case of this is almost empty and I had yet to review it. So I quickly banged out this review. I hope I did this beer some justice.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’d heard a lot of positive buzz about this beer before trying it for the first time. Now, in my part of the world at least, it seems like it occupies sort of a gold standard of craft beer (IPAs at least). Appearance is amber and cloudy. Gead sticks around, and around. This particular example was still sitting around even after the glass was empty. Aroma is definitely hoppy, and a bit sweet. Flavor is hops plus citrus and very pleasant. And after, you get those great hop-flavored burps! I’ve had it before, and I’ll be having it again.

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

My first-ever beer from the legendary Bell's comes courtesy of super-trader melbatoast93. Thanks Hart!

The color and cap alone indicate this is going to be a kickass beer. Vibrant dirty orange color with a foamy, fluffy head that sticks around long enough to appreciate it. Stayed for the whole drink, and even left thick strands of lace.

Smell is a big robust hoppiness, pine and grapefruit both coming to mind, with a juicy sour grape essence providing the kicker.

The flavors deliver on the promise of the aroma: Bitter/sour grapefruit provides a prickly bite, with a juicy, piney, resin-like goodness following. The malt is but a faint lick in the background, but it's there and at least tries to make itself known through the hop haze. Nice mellow honey sweetness shows up in the finish.

Ok, so I'd probably have the mouthfeel be just a little chewier, and definitely creamier. It's just a little too carbonated, and on the thinner side. But still, that's a minor criticism. This beer delivers. It's utterly satisfying, while at the same time leaving you wanting more.

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Photo of cafemondegar
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

By the time the beer was brought to my table, it had lost all head, if it had any to begin with. Golden-orange in color. Has a rich, hoppy aroma. Very tempting.
The taste is equally great. Plenty of hops, well balanced. Mouthfeel is a great mix of sweet & bitterness and the aftertaste lingers on, playing on your taste buds. I tend to be stricter in my assessment of American IPAs, those being my favorite and I recognize my tendency to get carried away while having one - but this is indeed a great beer and I'll definitely recommend to all beer enthusiasts.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stumbled on this at a good restaurant in Akron. This is one great IPA. Great hop aroma and a nice crisp taste. Not over the top and not too pine resin-like. A little different that some of my other favorite IPAs. A little smoother to drink. They went down really quick.

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

Thanks to Ron as this is his selection in our beer club.

A-Amber/copper, cloudy from bottle conditioning. Holding the glass up, I see a swirl of "stuff" in the glass. Crowned 1-1/2 inch head of an off white color, head also very thick and creamy.

S-Pine hops, Pine Hops, Pine hops, then a little green hops come though. Very very strong aroma, I can smell it while pouring long before I ever brought to my nose. A great smell maybe a little one-dimensional but non-the-less great.

T-strong piney hops throughout with some green herbaceous hops thrown in for good measure. there is a good malt backbone with a little sweetness in the middle. But this beer is by no means balanced as the pine hops beats the malt into submission with a 16 lb sledge. That is not necessarily a bad thing though as this is one good beer.

M-perfect carbonation for the style IMO, not fizzy but present. Medium body with a oily characteristic that coats the mouth. Residual sugars leave a stickiness on the lips.

D-I could have a couple, but after that I might have to break into a rendition of O' Tannenbaum.

Overall-A fine well crafted beer with over the top pine hops that I could certainly appreciate on a frequent basis.

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