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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:
3,478
Ratings:
13,978
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
21.6%
 
 
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915
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Reviews: 3,478 | Ratings: 13,978
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer had a thick creamy white head with a second head of big rocky bubbles. The body was a deep orange with no carbonation noticed. There was a very faint haze but not much.

S- The smell of fresh green hops with a faint wriggly spearmint gum note that was nice. There was some soft slightly sweet toasted malt notes tucked in behind the hops.

T- The pale malt with some toasted malt flavor had a nice depth and good character like floor dried malt. The hops were strong but the aroma , taste and bitter hops were all balanced nicely. The faint note of mint bubblegum was in the background but gave a nice twist to the hops.

M- This beer had a medium mouthfeel with a nice creamy texture.

D- This beer had good quality grain and great hops that really taste like a simple top notch IPA until you start to notice nuances in flavor and aroma that are very nice.

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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 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 kscaldef
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy golden, with a tinge of orange. Creamy half-finger head

S: Citrus notes, some breadiness. Pineapple and other tropical fruit. A little hint of caramel.

T: Nicely balanced mild sweetness enhancing the tropical notes, then a clean bitter finish

M: Pleasant, moderate carbonation. Flavors linger on the tongue nicely.

O: Very pleasant drinking, would definitely seek this out again.

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Photo of akorsak
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is of the 5 L mini-keg that just made its way to South Central PA. Kudos to Westy's for bringin' in a whole pallet of 'em. If you feel strongly that I should classify the serving type as something else, drop me a beermail.

A: The ale has a hazy orange color, like a tea or apple juice. The keg pours with a thick 3 plus finger head that requires two pours to fill my glass. Light hints of dried lace evidence that head.

S: The nose is hoppy delicious, thick with orange peel and citrus notes. Solid but subtle caramel malts support the hop nose.

T: Does life get any better than sittin' and sippin' on an IPA like this? The hop profile in this beer is damn near perfect, an excellent blend of citrusy tangerine and sweet but bitter orange peel. Caramel graininess mid-sip seems to rejuvenate the mouth, resetting it for the blast of hops at the end of the sip. The hop profile, either warm or cold, is a real treat, bitter without scalding the tastebuds. This is, by far, one of my all-time favorites.

M: Sweet pungent hops dominate the ale, creating an incredible hop profile that almost defies words. This is easily one of the best IPAs that you'll ever encounter.

D: With proper focus and devotion, I think that i could finish the mini keg in one day. As it is, it'll probably only last two days (this is a good one for the Ravens MNF game). This is not the only mini keg that I'll be purchasing.

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

Hazy golden color with lots of tiny suspended particles, a nice off-white head, nice active carbonation, and good lace. Intense citrusy hop-pellet like aroma -- fresh !! Nice hoppy flavors; not really bitter; nice resiny character. Light-medium bodied with a light dry hoppy finish.

Awesome fresh hop monster ! Pricey but worth it. My favorite Bell's brew so far and the best IPA I've had in a long time.

Per BB website: OG 1.058 & 7% ABV.

Batch # 7754 ('6329' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 02/15/07

($8.49 / 6-pack)

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of those classic beers nobody on noobadvocate talks about anymore.

Has that orange appearance I like. Good head formation, this looks bad ass, 1" range. Old enough of a recipe that it came out before the advent of aroma hops per se, but its still a nice grapefruit kick in the nose.

Taste has that mild bitterness, alcohol warmth. Some citrus. Another beer that is real easy to crush several of in one setting. Has a slight caramel edge to it and related sweetness. A classic among beers.

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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 Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 5/14/2013, poured into a Bell's snifter straight out of the fridge and consumed today 6/7/2013. Thanks to Benish for giving me a spare bottle- have had this many times in the past but haven't had any recently to review.

Aroma: Lots of floral hops and a bit of pine. Maybe a little citrus. And there is a bit of caramel and toffee, but its mostly the floral hops. Smells very nice. (4.25)

Colour: Nice looking IPA. Pours an hazy dark burnt orange, perhaps copper, body with a nice thick 1cm white head that dissipates into a thick bubbly collar and thin film in the center of the beer. Lacing is solid, not all there but definitely is an appetizing beer. (4.25)

Flavour: I get a lot of floral hop flavour in the beginning, with a small bit of caramel, toffee and even a little bit of graham cracker coming through. At the end there's a good bit of piney bitterness that reminds me I'm drinking an IPA. Tasty beer for sure. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied for an IPA, well carbonated and leaves me with a wet, piney and resinous finish. Not bad, it's a very refreshing IPA that doesn't burn my liver up. The aftertaste is definitely bitter pine, but its not overwhelmingly bitter- it sticks around for a short while but doesn't destroy my palate. Very nice. (4.25)

Overall: Well-crafted floral IPA that has just enough malt backbone that it isn't a one-dimensional floral hop bomb. Easy to drink, refreshing. Bells' continues to do their excellent brewing and this is one of their better beers (Black Note remains my total favorite, obviously). (4.25)

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Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy orange/gold with a one inch head and big carbonation

Smell: hops-grapefruit, and citrus

Taste: Based off of the smell, I was thinking this was going to be a hop bomb. The taste is really complex however. Hops do shine through, but it is balanced by malt and fruit. I get tastes of honey, honeydew melon, sweet fruit like orange and pineapple..Just a wonderful taste.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, sweet with a small bitter hoppy aftertaste

Drinkability: This is a very balanced beer and firmly has me as a Bells convert. To me this does to IPAs what their Amber did to ambers. I love this beer. The highish ABV is masked, but I could otherwise drink these as a session.

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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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