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 | website

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 Rhettroactive
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/30/12

-- How have I never reviewed this beer? Time to correct this, pronto. --

Bottle date: 4/25/12

A: Gorgeous tangerine orange-amber. Slightly cloudy or chill-hazy. A good pour yields a big three finger head. It's dense, thick and sticks to the walls of the glass like crazy. Epic rentention and a massive collar.

S: Just the perfect balance of juicy, tropical hop oil and sappy pine resin. It's lush and exotic from top to bottom. Extremely expressive from the moment the cap comes off.

T: The bittering hops take precedent, yet as it loosens it's grip, I get buckets of juicy, island style hop oil. The malt is certainly there, yet it takes a backseat to be sure. As it warms, I get some peach, mango and citrus. Phenomenal stuff.

M: Thick and plenty rich, yet it's easy to drink. The texture is very elegant, it's creamy and the carbonation is smooth and well integrated.

O: Easily one of the best beers, let alone IPA's, this side of the Mississippi. Bell's Two Hearted is spectacular, and every time I have one, I wonder why I don't drink it more often. If I had my head on straight, I'd stop trading and simply buy a case of this every other week, as it warrants more attention then I give it. A world class offering from one of the best in the business.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very foamy head with some lacings on top of a clear, dark gold body. A citric and floral burst in the hops along with a decent malt presence. Taste is more of the same, as even though they are a good amount of hops for a dry, citric taste, there is also some smooth and creaminess in the body thanks to a little bit of sweet malt taste. Great beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received after a friends visit home. Thank you, Mara.

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a hazy, cloudy orangeish-yellow with just over an inch of white head that dissipated quickly, leaving a medium amount of lacing.

A very nice piney hop aroma greets the nose, with a hint of citrus mixed in. The flavors are very similar to the aromas, lots of pine and citrus, little malt, just amplified.

The body was typical for the style, not light or full. Drinkability was a little better than average since this is not a tastebud burner of an IPA. As with the other 2 Bells brews I received, if this were locally available to me I would drink it in my regular rotation.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. snifter.

pours a dark copper with a nice head. smell is good and hoppy but not over the top. the taste follows suit but the flavor is really nice. its a bit citrus and a bit tropical. not fruity but not bitter. very balanced. real well done and you know they've perfected this. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall great IPA from bells available all the time

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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 dar482
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a slightly clear golden honey orange.

The aroma has fresh hoppiness, lemon zest and citrus essence, big forest green, big floral, a slightly sweet breadiness.

The flavor follows of bright forest green trees, almost like air freshener. Then of sweet honey and floral notes of rose and lavender, a touch of a orange peel and grapefruit, a medium breadiness, and then onto a medium plus drying and slight pine bitterness finish.

The hops are not abrasive and the malt body is medium. A wonderfully clean and balanced beer. An “everyday” IPA.

(Had this next to Perpetual IPA, enjoyed that beer more for its complexity and fruity notes.)

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

Poured from 12oz bottle(rom temp) a hazy medium gold with a large head of foam that hangs around for the entire session.

The smell is hoppy and spicy with big notes of citrus fruit..grapefruit.

The initial taste is just like the smell(:^) ...a very nice grapefruit bitter bite but there's enough of a fairly sweet malt character there as well to balance things out. Yum. And, at only 6%abv, I just want to drink another and another....

Bottom line: Super good American IPA that I find to be one of the most drinkable in its style. Highly recommended!

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

A: Slightly hazy light gold/amber color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy light biege head with fair retention. Decanted continually.

S: Very pleasant grapefruit and citrus floral hops. Minimal malt presence.

T: Grapefruit up front then lemon peel in the bittering hop finish. Light, sweet malt in the background. Nice tasting without being overdone in hop character (not looking for a DIPA here).

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Drinks smooth with a dry cripness that still lets it go down smooth.

D: Solid APA session beer here...I had three and loved them all.

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip aug22 2010

A hazy pale golden with lots of little particles being moved around by a few bubbles floating up to a two finger head that lasted for a couple of minuets and left a few specks of lace

S big floral and tropical fruit with a little caramel, quite a nice blend of fruit with a little pine

T again plenty of tropical fruit and a little more pine then I could smell some caramels and no booze whatsoever, enough malt to balance things out preventing the hops from taking over completely

M not sure where all the carbonation comes from because I couldn't see this much in the glass but it creams it up a bit and this beer has great length and sticks to your gums a bit

D this is a great IPA and I was shocked at how easily it went down, for 7%alc it's very dangerous because I would be drinking this at the rate of water and I doubt that would end well

I need to thank irishkyle21 for sending this gem my way it's a great well rounded beer that I would be drinking all the time if I could get it in my area

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Photo of spinrsx
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy orange colour with a fairly large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some really good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, tangerine

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also some citrus juice and zest.. grapefruits and tangerines. A little bit of pine flavour comes in during the lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall – This is probably one of the most drinkable beers I’ve ever had.. after every sip I just wanted more and more. The flavours are perfectly balanced and it came across as very clean and crisp. I find most IPA’s a little too sugary sweet to have a few of them in during one sitting.. but this one is flavoured perfectly.

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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" bright white head above a slightly (but only slightly) copperish golden brew. Head had reasonable staying power, and laced excellently. Aroma is about spicy hops, and there's probably some malt in there, but that's not the point. Smells like what I would imagine something out of the DFH Randall would. The taste is as well all about the hops, but there is enough pale malts to round the corners and keep the taste buds alive. Also slight citrus notes are present. It impresses me that such a hop monster remains quite smooth and imminently drinkable.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Nose: flowery, citrusy, grassy hops, light fruit, melon.
Pours gold to amber with a light chill haze under a 1" off-white foam cap. Lacy.
Begins with rich malt then the fruit somewhere between peach and apricot rises accented by hop citrus, a slight earthiness, finishing with an assertive citrus rind bitterness.
Crisp, well balanced, medium bodied, with carbonation just above average in intensity.

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

A-Golden in color with a fine head. Riddled with bubbles.

S-Big fruity hops. Clementines. Very smooth smell. Malt is nicely intertwined. Smells like a damn good brew.

T-Hello! Absolutely delectible hop profile. Not violently bitter but more refined and palatable. Fruity hops take over my tongue. Subtle malt, hop foward. I get an almost bubblegum taste on the back end. Delicious and modestly unique.

M-Exceptional mouthfeel. Well carbonated yet slick. Sticks to your tongue. Hop flavors never go away.

D-The alcohol is completely silenced. A 7% brew that could easily sneak up on you especially because the flavor is savory. I wish I could get this beer all the time. Why won't you reside in MA with me? Would be my go-to beer if I could get it locally.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A brownish-yellow-copper with two fingers worth of tight laced, just a smidge off white head.

S: Full nose of piney and resiny hops with a slight malt character underneath. A very hop forward IPA, yet not overly aggressive. Good balance here.

T: Big, bitter grapefruit and resiny hops that linger for quite some time. Figured the malt backbone on the nose would come through a bit more here, nevertheless it remains a very solid IPA. Good citrus notes upfront, met with grapefruit and bitter hops. Slightly dry with some white grape flavors as well.

M: Bitter and drying. Astringency is my only qualm with this one. Higher carbonation level than I am used to in an IPA as well with a mouth drying quality.

D: This beer is certainly crisp and refreshing and boasts many qualities that hop heads would love, but it just remains a bit on the bitter side for me. Easy drinking IPA with great aroma and flavor, and crisp carbonation

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Photo of barczar
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a frothy half inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Resin, grapefruit, and bready caramel malt sweetness dominate the aroma initially. Hints of onion, fresh cut grass, and cattiness add complexity.

Flavor is, at first, somewhat sweet, with caramel malt serving as a nice backdrop for muted grapefruit and strong resin. The finish is moderately bitter. Notes of pine emerge as it warms, and the citrus character strengthens.

Body is moderately full and slightly creamy, with moderate carbonation, slight astringency, and notable alcohol warmth.

Certainly not the most complex hop character, but a good amount of malt to stand up to the hops without overwhelming, and not overly bitter.

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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 scruffwhor
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly hazy amber with hints oif a grainy yellow hue. Light bubbling a lacing add to the visual experience. The aroma is like baking hop biscuits. The flavor compliments the aroma very well in not having too many off flavors from whats set in your palate. A hint of lemon grass can be detected with faint nuances of anise beleive it or not. Good IPA.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear amber brown with a full inch of creamy white head. Lacing is also pretty nice.

S - Pretty much a citrus bound IPA I also get some gram cracker like malt keeping the hops in check from being to pine forward.

T - Actually better than expected the bitterness seems to be more balanced giving it a juicy fresh citrus and pineapple like bitterness which finishes with the typical fresh baked sweetness of caramel and gram crackers. It's finish is just bitter enough to make you take another sip.

M - Light to medium and not cloyingly bitter.

Overall I guess I really like this beer with either some age or just on tap so I might have to track down one of the "mini kegs" Tasty stuff bells!

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Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky golden amber colour, topped by a half-inch slightly rocky, white head that shows good retention and some lacing. Definitely unfiltered, with small particulates in suspension, but clears up considerably as it warms. Hop aroma was evident as soon as I opened the bottle, a nice mix of citrus and spice. Mild malty nose as well, but this is only evident after it's been in the glass for a while. Malt sweetness to start, quickly followed by piney bitterness. Hop flavours (citrus and spice) show up part way through. The finish is quite long, dry and bitter, with more of a sharp orange peel flavour. High carbonation with a medium body and a bit of creaminess. Also just a bit of alcohol warming after it's swallowed, mostly after it warms a bit.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Back label says PKGD 04/16/13

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a 1/4 inch head. Non-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind on the glass.

S- Sweet-smelling hop aroma that's mildly citrusy and a bit musty.

T- Modestly bitter with a bready malt backbone. Slightly sweet with a lingering citrus flavor and very little alcohol detected. Quite similar to a standard pale ale in its overall profile. Balanced and delicate.

M- Slick and oily with medium carbonation and a standard body for the style.

O- The beauty in this beer lies in its drinkability in relation to the ABV. It's subtle in the best way and actually quite sessionable. An American classic.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a decent amount of head and good lacing.

S: A sweet smell of hops and citrus, more than anything else.

T: Not a strong, overpowering taste, but well done. Hops, grapefruit and mild malt.

M: A fairly high rate of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a likable, drinkable beer. Not the most stunning of IPAs, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Batch #9254.

(A)- Pours a clear golden orange color that produced a rather large off-white to yellow head with great retention.

(S)- Massive pineapple and grapefruit citrus fruits up front followed by a rather dry pine sol aroma.

(T)- Very dry up front with pineapple and grapefruit citrus. Slightly creamy in the middle with a dry biscuity finish.

(M)- Rather smooth and dry; this has tons of hop characters, but its implemented well creating mouthwatering citrus notes. Great carbonation level.

(D)- A great all-around beer that offers you just a bit more potency than your run of the mill IPA. Massive hop addition in this one, but is still rather fruity as opposed to just drying bitterness. Solid stuff!

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

Pours a lighter shade of golden amber, full frothy white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is of floral and citrus hops and biscuity malts. Taste brings the floral and citrus hops, adds a touch of pine. Bisuity and yeasty backbone. Smooth, medium bodied, clean aftertaste. Very good IPA with a nice hop profile and malt backbone.

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Photo of Brad007
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a one-finger head and ample carbonation.

The aroma is comprised of a fresh, floral hop character with even a hint of mint in the nose, accompanied by a bready malt character. The aroma of hops is nearly intoxicating to this hophead.

The taste is very smooth and the breadiness of the malt peeks out from the strong, floral hop bitterness. Only a hint of citrus/grapefruit due to the hops.

Mouthfeel is comprised of a smooth hop bitterness and very mild sweetness and breadiness of the malt. Dry, but not overwhelming.

A very drinkable example of the style at only 7%. I can think of only one area where it may fall flat and that's the mouthfeel, which feels somewhat too dry and citrusy. Other than that, this beer is definitely a winner in my eyes.

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

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.
Bottle date of 12/16/11.

Appearance: A golden straw colored beer with 3 fingers worth of thick white head. Spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: strong notes of pine and citrus. Smells really good! Not getting much from the malt profile of this beer.

Taste: moderate bitterness from the hops profile. Pine upfront with grapefruit and oranges. Its a well balanced IPA. You can just detect the malts as a biscuity flavor and you dont get much else from the malts. Aftertaste is not really all that bitter, it quite pleasant. The hop flavors just kind of fade away so that you want to take another drink right away to get more hops flavor.

Mouthfeel: high end of a low bodied beer. Moderately carbonated. The beer is crisp, clean, and easy drinking all the way.

Overall: I am a fisherman so i really love this label with a trout on it. The beer is better than your average IPA. I think this would be a good beer to take fishing to give you more luck! Also because its a tasty beer! Bells make quality beer! Glad its a local beer for me!

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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