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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 milkbaby9
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into Samuel Adams sensory glass. Sparkling clear gold with 3 finger white foamy head that stays around a while. Recedes to a 1 finger head leaving great lacing.

Aroma is all hops: grapefruit, fresh green vines, green pine needles, a touch of grass. Taste starts sweetly malty and builds up a spicy hoppy crescendo similar to the aromas, lotsa pine and bitter grapefruit. The grapefruit bitterness hangs on the roof of my mouth as the sweet malt lasts on and on with a touch of honey lemon.

Medium carbonation seems to increase the spicyness on the tongue. Relatively light bodied. Very drinkable as the sweet malt is strong enough to hold its own against the hops and bitterness.

2015 edit: Had fresher bottles of Two Hearted and it is a much better beer fresh than a couple months old! Had to update my ratings. Totally delish!

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Photo of OhYesILoveBeer
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah yes, the infamous Bell's Two Hearted Ale! Finally getting around to reviewing this beer seeing as Ive been drinking it religiously for a few years. 12oz bottle # 9953 with no freshness date poured into my Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours a cloudy orangish golden with a good looking 2" off white head that stays around for about 5 then dissipate's into a thin film across the brew.

Smell is dominated by the Citra hops used here, and I'm more than certain this beer is %100 Citra, even in the dry hopping. This brew has a nice floral, fruity, resinous hop character and a subtle sweet pale crystal malt background. Not too much yeast character to be noticed here, most like a SafAle breed or Nottingham.

This wicked brew tastes like an awesome homebrew! Full of citrus like resinous hop flavor from the Citra's, a subtle yeasty touch, and a sweet pale malt character to back it up. Very nicely balanced in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is pretty standard for the style, even though I view this brew as a APA, not an IPA. A crisp drink with a somewhat oily characteristic to it.

Overall I have always been a fan of Bells. Yes I know some of their brews are extremely overpriced, but I seem to always go back for more. Even @ $11.99 for a 6pk at various places here in Atlanta, this brew is always a must if you see a few on the shelves. Cheers!

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Photo of Fergyx825
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A very orange yet amber color, head was abundant on the pour but dissipated quickly. There are some bubbles that remain on the surface of the beer. This seems to fit the description of an American IPA.

Smell: A lot of hops and malt is first smelled. I don't so much smell any citrus but that doesn't really phase me. It smells flavorful and delicious. I am excited to taste this.

Taste: There are a lot of flavors in the taste, but they change very quickly. At the end of the sip, i can taste a citrus flavor which is sort of enlightening. I really enjoy the taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer isn't very thick and it has a middle of the ground carbonation. It makes it drinkable. But it does really say much to me. Its just sort of middle ground.

Overall: I had this beer recommended to me from a few girls from Michigan. I am not disappointed nor am i impressed. This is definitely a good American IPA, but feel like there is more to give.

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Photo of Graham21
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured well at first then the head got weird, thick almost whip creamish foam. overall the beer is light in color with hues of orange yellow and red.

the nose is very crisp and hoppy. it has strong floral and perfumy smells, along with spices, and piny tones.

tastes of oranges, hops, brown sugar/caramel. very fresh and clean
very good

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Photo of HardcoreKeith
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Somehow I forgot to review this!

12 ounce bottle ... with a fish on it. I never bought this beer because the fish was unappealing to me. Then one day I saw the review and decided I had to try it. My palate has come quite a long way for me to now enjoy such bitter beers as this.

A: Hazy gold, super lacey, like a cobweb of stickiness on the glass.
S: Floral hops. Super strong hops. A symphony of hoppiness. Like sticking your face in a bag of hops.
T: Like the smell. Pretty much a hoptastic hopstravaganza. There's some malt sweetness to balance it, and it tastes more balanced as it warms up. IMO this is comparable to most double IPAs in terms of hoppiness. It's not all just bitterness though, the taste and aroma are both also really strong, and it's certainly enjoyable.
M: Dry and bitter on the aftertaste.
D: Although it's really good, I couldn't drink too much of this at once.

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Photo of nickshep7
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice translucent gold, almost tangerine color with one finger white head. Very little retention and spotty lacing. Smell is citrus hops with a touch of sweet raw honey. Nice citrusy hop profile in the taste. Good mouthfeel - a rather refreshing IPA. I think this is a tweener IPA - in between the big west coast hop bombs and balanced east cost IPAs.

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Photo of Schneic8
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a mug. No brew date on bottle.

Appearance: Nice orangish/copper color. It poured a nice white head that lasts. It appears to have a nice amount of carbonation and good lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus and floral scents. Smells great and is very appealing.

Taste: Nice strong flavor and slightly bitter. Well balanced with a hint of sweetness. The slight bitterness lasts well after the last drink.

Mouthfeel: Sits well in the mouth with a nice crisp feel. Carbonation is mildly high and goes smooth.

Overall: Very good beer that I will definitely purchase again. It sits relatively light and is easy to drink.

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Photo of culver501
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-straw colored, low carbonation, head retention is minimal, sediment (a lot left in the bottle, more than I expected for this)

S-piney hops, citrus (orange or grapefruit)

T-Hops, Hops, Hops! beautiful, floral, aromatic, reveals deeper layers of bitterness as the taste lingers

M-great mouthfeel, slightly sticky, oily. The hops definitely linger throughout

D-Awesome. Don't sense the alcohol. One of my new favorite hop-packing beverages

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Photo of thebarnesbomb
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz. bottle to pint glass with one inch head.

A- Color of honey, I was expecting a darker amber hue, but this looks pretty good too.

S- The hops are exceptionally apparent, with very little else pulling through. Almost musty smelling. But again, very hoppy.

T- As is expected from an IPA, and at $9 a six-pack, the crisp quality resounds. The bitterness of a mulitude of hops lingers in the long aftertaste. Some faint taste of orange rind is also present with the aftertaste. Some creaminess as well as it goes down. It almost tastes like a wheat ale?

M- Some body to it, just right, what I expected in this brew. No watery presence at all, but a little body for you to work with.

D- Fair, I think the problem was my expectations were a bit high upon receiving this brew. Unfortunately for me, there is a bit of a wheat ale taste to it, which for me is a huge turn off. This is mostly taken over by the hops, which are abounding in this drink. Would come highly suggested for hop loving drinkers that don't mind a little hint of wheat.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass with a very good looking orange/golden color. Very nice looking brew.

S: Outrageously tasty smell. Smells of fresh hops just picked from the vine. Couldn't wait to try this beer;

T: Good lord. This is an IPA for hop heads. Very balanced with a great hop presence. The taste is so flavorful and smooth and the alcohol is hidden better then Waldo. One of the best IPAs I have had.

D: Overall an outstanding beer and one of the best IPAs I have had.

Two Thumbs Way Up

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Photo of bigdonniebrasco
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a HYOOOOGE Hopslam freak I was jazzed to try this brew from Bells.
Sadly I was disappointed!

Appearance- A modest amber color common amongst beers of this style.

Smell- A very fruity bouquet of fruits ranging from melon to citrus, and passion fruit. I was thinking a hopslam lil brother!

Taste- To me it seemed diluted in the flavor category until the bitterness kicked in. A lot of you Left coasters will love this IPA.

Mouthfeel- VERY thin to me, until once again the resinous bitter residue anchors itself to the back of your tongue.

Drinkability- Drinkable in the sense that it's not heavy, but NOT in the sense that I want any more.

Overall- I am glad I tried it, but for my tastes it is a bit too "one note". The aroma is AWESOME, then the flavor, and mouthfeel left me wanting.

Just my 0.02

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Photo of HarrySTruman
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber, almost orange, single finger head. Noticeable lacing, but not over the top.

Smells of pine resin with a hint of floral accents. Smell matches the taste almost perfectly. Smell is very potent.

Drinks smooth. The alcohol is hidden very well on this one. Not nearly as bitter as some IPA's. Hoppiness isn't over the top.

A very good beer overall. Certainly worth drinking on multiple occasions, great that it is year round and easy to find fresh. Not that expensive either (10.99 a 6 pack for a 7% ABV beer is right in the middle of the price range, imo). A great job from Bell's.

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Photo of BobaFret
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - A hazy light orange. Almost looks like a DIPA/IIPA.

S - A mix of floral hops, malt, and sweetness.

T - A superb balance of everything that you get from the smell. Hops up front, followed by a nice maltiness.

M - Medium body.

O - An outstanding IPA that is highly drinkable/sessionable.This is one beer that every BA should try, especially those that are hopheads. Buy it by the case!

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

This is THE beer everyone.
From west to east coast none shines brighter. TH mixes west coast and Brit-coast IPA resulting in perfection.

A - Orange-red haze - the deep red I see is distinct.
S - Hopp-y, Hopp-y, joy, joy. It is wonderful.
T - Unlike anything you will ever taste - hops, tart, pine, and mellow citrus.
M - Thick, and thick again. TH will coat your existence.
D - The first one gives you the ability to change lives and taste miracles; however, as you go on, you may want to ensure employment.

Two-hearted reigns supreme over all!

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

Another very well made AIPA that for me just is not a standout in anyway. Lacks the strong citrus aroma and taste of some others, such as Racer 5, Bridgeport, Mojo. This beer has no major faults - I just think ther are some better choices in this category.

The color is a light, sienna-orange than most. Decent head and retention. Taste is good but the hops do not come across as well as some. Drinkabilty is good. To me, an AIPA should pack some punch, bring out the citrus- grapefruit charactor of the hops, and be a bit "bigger".

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Photo of Birchgrove77
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle from batch 9059 poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice golden color, with hints of orange hue, with a nice half-inch white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a lot of lacing on glass.

S: Nicely balanced aroma. Hop aroma hints at pine and lemon zest, but seems to be dominated with grassy notes. Malt quality lies faintly beneath the hops and seems to hint at honey.

T: Piney hop quality tickles the front of the tounge, but explodes with a grassy/herbal (basil) note in the back of the throat. Nice residual sweetness remains with hints of grapefruit. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of Jeriba
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, batch number 9846 (that makes it about 2 1/2 months old, for those keeping score). Enjoyed from my Lost Coast pint glass.

A: Fairly clear yellowy orange in color, with about 1 1/2 inch head. Left a bit of lacing along the top edge of the glass.

S: Plenty of grapefruit and lemon, with a hit of pine and dry hop. Very little malt aroma.

T: Light, fruity and floral with lots of pungent grapefruit. There is a touch of sweet malt, but it is well balanced and not overpowering.

M: Thin with medium-low carbonation relative to other IPAs I have reviewed recently. It is also lacking that dry, astringent feel of a very hoppy IPA.

D: This one is a little too drinkable. If the ABV and price were a bit lower, I would call this a "session IPA."

Two Hearted is by no means a hop bomb IPA, but a perfect choice if you're in the mood for something mellow. I would recommend this one as a "starter" IPA for people who want to experiment with the style but haven't yet succumbed to hop addiction.

Having said that, I would like to try a fresher batch of this beer. I spent 5 minutes digging around for the pack with the highest batch number and still came home with one over 2 months old. Curse you, Bell's esoteric batch numbering system!!

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Photo of ScrewBud
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - typical IPA, little hazy
S - dank, fresh cut grass
T - crisp and woodsy, kinda unique in a good way
F - again crisp refreshing
O - pleastly surprised, was recommended by someone who didn't like IPA. Thanks Casey.

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

This is one of my favorites! When it was on sale for $6.99 at Big Red for a month, I probably bought 30 six-packs! It also makes a bad-ass black and tan. Way better than Bass and Guiness, and my last name is Bass. This is one of the best beers I've ever had. Great look, taste, buzz, everything!

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

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A: Deep golden body with a 1.5 finger white head. The head actually never fully recedes. I'm halfway through the whole thing right now and there is still a full, white head that remains. I am extremely impressed.

S: Wonderful. I am not a huge hop-head, but I am always willing to try something new. The first smell is that of the hops. A general hops scent, maybe a little piney, but nothing specific. The reason that this beer blew me away was the fact that I could smell the malts almost immediately. The secondary rush of smell is fantastic. The malt aroma is subtle, but it is thick, mild and almost roasted. The balance of smell is probably my personal favorite of any IPA I've had.

T: Well, the smell was wonderful...and the taste follows. Just like the smell, hops hit first, a little bitter, a little citrus-y. There is also a hint of pine in those first notes. However, there is none of the super-bitter feel that so many IPA seem to have these days. Hops are great, but a balanced beer is so nice, and this is a balanced beer. The initial hoppiness is mellowed out quickly by a richer malt flavor. The final flavor left on the tongue is hoppy, reminding the drinker that this is, after all, a full IPA.

M: Again, it's great. Light and crisp, for sure, due to those hops. However, the beer is thicker than the crispness would indicate. Also a nice level of carbonation.

O: Great beer. Nothing else need be said.

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

This is one of my favorite IPA's for everyday drinking. It pours with a nice head and has a piney citrusy smell to it with a little bit of sweetness. It is very hoppy with a complex taste which is very drinkable with a nice balance between piney and fruity hops.

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Photo of AngryDutchman
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pleasant apricot color, floral hop nose, tremendous head retention, citrusy hop flavor that doesn't linger bitterly on the tongue like so many IPAs tend to. Clean finish, just a bit dry. One of the better examples of the style, glad I grabbed a 12 on the road coming back through Indiana. Would be a top-notch festival/camping beer where cans are required.

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

P: 12 oz bottle with a fish on it
A: Hazy orange, nice thick head with lace
S: Citrus hop, a little cheddar
T/M: Nicely balanced, hops and malt are in harmony, good bitterness
M: Very nice, lingering aftertaste, but not unpleasant
D: Very drinkable, I could easily put down a few of these
Notes: This is a hell of an IPA and as the previous review noted, also a great value. Certainly not the best, but very good and true to style.

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Photo of a10t2
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Swirling golden-orange with a thick white head and good lacing.

S: Citrus hop aroma with just a hit of grassy and earthy undertones.

T: Pure hop heaven, with the citrusy Centennial hops dominating from beginning to end. Malts are so light as to be basically undetectable.

M: Lighter and thinner than I would expect, probably due to the increased alcohol and overall paleness of the malt. Pleasant.

D: I can drink this beer for an entire double-header and never get tired of it, it's so refreshing and smooth.

This is my go-to IPA; I almost always have it on tap and have yet to find another that is so consistently enjoyable.

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Photo of WindUpBird
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a lovely amber/honey color with a vigorous creamy head that leaves a delicate lace on the glass as it recedes. The smell is piney citrus with and underlying sweetness. The taste is satisfyingly complex with layers of hoppy goodness supported by a perfectly subtle malty foundation underneath. The mouthfeel is clean and refreshing...a lovely ipa.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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