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 | 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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
3,455
Ratings:
13,853
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
21.6%
 
 
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Photo of ABabbidge
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Small lacing head. Murky orange/amber color.

S: Floral and hoppy. Maybe some orange.

T&F: Initial citrusy flavors, followed by some bitter dryness in the finish. Not overly flowery like many IPAs I have tried.

O: Very sessionable beer. Well balanced flavors and does not kick you in the teeth with too much flower taste like some IPAs I have tried.

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

Pours a deep golden straw color, somewhat hazy but not too hazy with a thin white head. Astoundingly fragrant, a wonderful bouquet of aromas. Brilliant piney hops shooting through with grapefruit citrus tones at their side. Very floral, probably the most floral single IPA I've ever had. A very crisp and well-balanced nose. The hops seem to be as well used in bell ipas if not better than any I've tasted. They just strike the perfect note here for me; piney, farmhouselike, and faintly smoky at the end. Citrus is still present, grapefruit in this case. A mild nuttyness. This is one distinct ipa and really something special. Mouthfeel is a very crisp and deliberate light-medium body. Quite smooth and highly drinkable this beer is one to savor anytime and with just about any kind of food too. Exceptional.

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Photo of paultierney1
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Please let me know if there is a better ale out there! Two Hearted seems to be available in parts of the Midwest, but I don't think it's on the East Coast yet. What a shame!

Warning: this delicious ale (about $9 a six pack in Ohio) will ruin your drinking-out experience unless you are in a fine establishment with its own quality cask ale. I can't wait to get home in the evening to see those bottom-feeders (trout hardly) on the label.

Strong taste, but dry and clean. Fruity but not sweet. Better than the other Bells. What the heck is lacing and who cares?

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light copperish golden color almost like that of a lager.

S: Hop smell doesn't dominate but makes it self known. Alcohol is very present. Orange rind, melon, floral, herbal tea, sweat cream and molasses. Spices can be detected as well.

T: Actually pretty tasty. Not a dominating IPA, but certainly not lacking either. Carbonated up front, and has a nice spicy taste that lingers long after you're done with your drink. Very tart finish. Crisp.

M: As mentioned before, very carbonated but oddly it has a creamy feel going down.

D: I wouldn't have more than two of these at a sitting, but would be a nice beer to keep in the fridge for a cold night.

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Photo of xfactor9600
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: a golden color with a foamy white head.

S: A citrus aroma

T: A long flavorful hops that ends in an infusion of citrus.

M: Moderately carbonated, which felt just about right.

D: I notice this was on tap last night, and thought why not try it after reading favorable mentions here. I trulyu enjoyed it, and am anxious to pick up some for home consumption.

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

Poured from a 12ounce bottle into a Pint Glass

Pours an amber with hints of mahogany, the head is a phenomenal three fingers and amber white. The lacing of this beer almost outdoes the massive fluffy head and the retention never leaves the top of the beer uncovered. Once settled into the glass the beer takes on a beautiful haze letting you know that this beer is packed with flavour!

Hop citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit and some more grapefruit waft from my glass. I love the smell of the Centennial hops absolutely fantastic.

The smell is a perfect preview to the deliciousness that awaits in each mouthful of hop infused goodness. A sweet, citrusy, hop flavour of grapefruit balances well against the bittering hop characteristics of this beer. Seems to sweeten as it warms, a very bold candied sugar flavour is present for the majority of the taste, a slight bitterness presents itself almost as an afterthought and soon fades back to a light candy and citrus flavour.

Carbonation and viscosity make this beer pleasing to the palate.

A very drinkable and well-crafted beer, it has everything if not more than I would expect from an American IPA. Extremely flavourful and well balanced this beer plays on itself first by captivating you with it's deep amber and frothing white head. It takes hold with it's magnificent aroma of grapefruit, citrusy hops, and a hint of sweet fruit. The flavour drags you in with a ridiculously large grapefruit and citrus flavour congruous to the bittering subtleties of the hops. The feel of this beer in your mouth and it's sheer need to be consumed get you hooked. I set this beer as the standard to which all others in this style strive to reach.

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Photo of tgorgz
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: I poured it into a pint glass, and the head just billowed up- a good, thick two-finger head. It stayed for quite some time. Not super-hazy, but enough to qualify it as "opaque".

S: About what you'd expect from an IPA- flowery, with lots of citrus. I'm detecting lemon, melon, and other tropical fruits. I'm used to lemony scents from IPAs, but this one has something different- it's the distinct melon I'm getting from the nose.

T:Very "clean" tasting, lots of citrus at the beginning. As it moves back through your mouth, the lemon becomes more pronounced. It's not as strong in the melon as I was expecting based upon the smell, however. The ending is quite bitter, but not a much as some IPA's I've tried. I think it's a good thing, as the bitterness doesn't dilute the other flavours.

M: Not as thick as other IPA's, but very clean and refreshing. The lingering, subtle bitterness is quite welcome.

D: Very, very smooth- excellent drinkability.

Overall, fabulous IPA- what else would you expect from Bell's?

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Photo of brendanbeer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice.

a. mellow yellow

s. its like hopslam, but cut in half. nice piny citrus, and hoppy punch... mellow.

t. exact as smell. mellow, its nice

m. carb med low, i want a but more silk, but its so smooth, nothing really missing,

d, its super drinkable, except after a hopslam, its incredibly UNDRINKABLE because i want more hopslam instead.

ITS HOPSLAM CUT IN HALF

real nice.

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Photo of Hanby
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep amber colour. Very thick, almost cloudy. It has a surprising amount of head which lingers throughout.

S- Strong hoppy smell; very inviting.

T- Bold, bitter hops, and lots of them. It has a good zing; strong hops, as well as citrus and other fruity flavors. Delicious.

M- Good carbonation.

O- Very good IPA. It has an intense flavour, but it's well balanced bitterness with citrus. I'll definitely come back to Two Hearted Ale.

The first couple times I tried an IPA, I didn't like it much at all, but it grew on me, and now it's one of my favourite styles, especially for summer.

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Photo of Mardrommar
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The label on the back describes the beer as having a crisp finish and a strong floral hop aroma. On the bottom of the label, the bottling date is listed as 02/06/13

Poured into a Libbey tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful golden color with bright yellow highlights. Formed a soapy finger-width head that dissipated within the first 5 minutes. Leaves a spotty amount of lacing that has a soapy consistency. A minor cm or so head remained throughout the duration of the drinking session.

As described, the aroma is potently floral and hoppy. A sweet, bready malt pierces the hop aroma, giving way to a floral scent. Hints of pine, grass, citrus, grapefruit, and lemon are present. The aroma is very well balanced. No one scent truly dominates (not including the sharp sweetness from the malts). Mouthfeel is light and has moderate carbonation.

The initial flavor is citrus that instantly gives way to the bready, caramel sweetness from the malts, and then transitions into a bitter, floral finish with a slight astringency. The finish is crisp and moderately dry. The finish is not extensive at all. Aftertaste is bread and hops.

This beer is extremely well balanced and highly drinkable. One of the more pleasant IPAs I’ve had in recent memory.

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Photo of davecavemaster
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice IPA. The beer pours a nice amber color with a couple of fingers of foam on top. As you drink, the foam sticks to the glass in random shapes and stays there.
The nose on this brew is filled with floral hops, grapefruit, and a touch of pine.
Taste is very grapefruity and citrus, with an excellent hoppy bitterness at the end. Although you can also get a slight bit of malt taste to this brew as well, somewhat toasty.
This is not a highly carbonated beer, and it feels very refreshing in the mouth. After about half the beer is down, you can begin to feel the 7% ABV.

A great IPA! Refreshing, not overly hoppy, and well balanced.

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Photo of JohnF
3.18/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer a while back and again last week in the Outer Banks, NC. Perhaps this batch was placed under too much heat? Anyway, I like the IPAs with a bit more body.
This one is lighter, very crisp, with a grapefruit taste. A basically good IPA, but one of the few beers that I largely disagree with the score listed on the site.

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Photo of Cyrion
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a hefe glass. Sue me.

Appearance: Deep gold and clear, with an inch of off-white head. Weblike lacing rings all the way down the glass. Lovely.

Smell: Both pine and citrus hope, with neither side truly gaining the upper hand. The grapefruit is particularly good, giving me something that is more mouthwatering than pine. I'm not getting much malt, except for a vague sweetness somewhere.

Taste: A delightful citric hop that is softer than you would expect for such well-known IPA.

Mouthfeel: A dry and crisp experience, pleasant without becoming astringent.

Overall: An IPA that is very easy to like. The hops are noticeable, but not assertive, placing it in another category from the unpalatable hop bombs that are in vogue. Lacks the malt I've been searching for, but is a complex beer nonetheless. Well recommended, and possibly my new favorite IPA.

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Photo of Grugalug
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a golden amber color with a some cloudiness that is almost ribbon-like. Poured a good 1.5 finger head and some sticky lacing.

S-Huge citrus and pine. It has a grapefruit and almost lemon-like quality to it that is rather unique. Just a little bit of maltiness. Very floral as well. Pretty incredibly overall.

T-Not quite as citrus-forward as the head, but it is still present with a great deal more pine and earthy bitterness. Quite bitter but not a hop bomb by any means. A surprising spicy character hits you as it goes down and it is really welcome and intriguing. There is even still some malt fighting its way through the considerable complexity of the hops. Really great.

M-A fair amount of carbonation that lends a refreshing quality to this beer. Relatively thin and easy to drink. As it should be.

O-An absolutely fantastic beer. Seriously hop-forward without being a hop bomb and still leaves some room for the malt to come through. Very aromatic, with hops ranging from floral and citrus-like to earthy and pine. Certainly not one to be missed, although probably not for one that is not used to such a flavorful beer.

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Photo of bigsteve45
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful Golden/Orange Color with a thick creamy head. No other way to put it besides that this is how a beer should look. Head leaves heavy lacing.

Aroma: Citrus, Floral, Slighty Sweet. Not a very strong aroma overall though.

Taste: Being used to West Coast IPAs this beer didn’t have the kick that I am always ready for. Was actually a really well balanced beer though. Sweet orange and grapefruit flavor that follows the nose and you really get a floral hoppy backbone. Smooth. Not overpowering.

Feel: No doubt that this is a very smooth beer. Medium viscosity and just the right level of carbonation

Overall: Was a really great IPA that I have always wanted to try. Was disappointed with the nose but all other aspects of the beer made up for it. A great beer that I wouldn’t hesitate to buy again.

EDIT: Nose opened up ALOT as beer warmed. Still did not impress. But worth of some more points

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Photo of BryanLogaru
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite go-to IPAs. Always crisp and refreshing, slightly juicy, a hint of malt flavoring, some faint piney undertones, and a clean bitter finish.

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

Poured into a Bell's logo pint glass.Peach colored with a white fizzy head that fades fairly quickly. Smell is grassy with citrus notes. Taste is nice bready slightly nutty body with some serious citrus notes. Grapefruit, orange with slightly sweet malty base. Hops are well balanced and coat the palate for a great lingering aftertaste. This is my favorite IPA. The carbonation, hop balance, slight sweetness are really in perfect harmony. This is one of those "deserted island" type beers.

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Photo of irishtimepiece
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up on a recent trip to Florida along with Kalamazoo Stout and Oberon.

Pours a slighty hazy pale orange with an inch and a half of off white head. Lacing...? Lacing...? More like sheeting. The entire glass is covered with lace. Ridiculous retention as well... when I finished 20 minutes later, there was still a half inch of head sitting in the bottom of the glass.
Smell is very floral, reminds me of my local Elissa IPA.
Taste is a mix of piney and floral hops. Very subtle malt, almost masked entirely by hops.
Mouthfeel is nice. Chewy and on the lower end for carbonation.
Strength aside, highly drinkable.
A very, very nice IPA. I wish I could get it in my area.

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Photo of Mechphisto
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A bright golden color. See through, rich amber. The head was surprisingly thick and solid. Biteable even. Leaves a very nice lacing.

S: Slightly fruity smell, but just slightly. Nice.

T: When cold, it has that crisp bitterness that masks any subtlety.
It has an odd, fishy aftertaste that reminds me of lake water... but that's probably because of the bottle label. Unfortunately as it warms up it gets noticeably sour. Like warm, old orange juice. (personal experience. Don't ask.)

M: Crisp, significant carbonation. A slight greasy feel that goes away quickly.

Not bad. No danger of it becoming my favorite beer, but certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered. I like it better cold, unlike most darker beers, and ales in general for that matter. Cold and out of the bottle instead of in a glass, it's actually very good.
And for that I bump drinkability from 3.5 to 4.

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Photo of Guzzler78
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange. unfiltered. A white head that leaves lots of lace.
Smells hops, floral, pine and of sweet malts.
Tastes very hoppy, hints of spice and citrus. A bitter hoppy aftertaste.
A light body and somewhat dry mouthfeel.
A solid IPA style, a good drinker.

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Photo of harperman69
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner style glass from Paoli Peaks lodge in Indiana. Don't hate on my limited skiing abilities.

Pours a hazy very light orange with half a finger head, my color may differ from other reviews, I suspect from dimmer lighting. Leaves very light lacing.

Smells very citric and piney with grapefruit smell being predominant.

Mouthfeel was very light, a very easy drinker.

Taste is exceptional. A very well balanced IPA utilizing the malts and hops on a near perfect level. My first Bell's product and won't be my last, if it were only distributed somewhere in west or middle TN. Until then, I must prepare more trips to Bowling Green.

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Photo of kwc017
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a green flash tulip. Lovely light straw color. Nice head and retention. Smell is amazing. Citrus, citrus and more citrus. Orange peel, grapefruit. Just an amazing smell. I think they should make a perfume that smells like this beer. Taste is just soooo good. Citrus, hops, maybe a little pine. Awesome, awesome beer. This should be a staple in every hop heads collection.

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Photo of lbaker
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(a) Pours a light caramel color, perfect amount of head, great lacing remains. Little bit of carbonation, pretty visible and see through. (4/5)

(s) I've got a decent sniffer, but for the amount of hops thrown in this brew its not as floral as I expected. Very unique, citrus, pine...outdoors. (3.5/5)

(t) delicious. Not too heavy, not too light. Great balance, great proportion of hops and sweets. (4.5/5)

(m) light on the tongue but not too light, great from front to back. (4.5/5)

(d) For a beer that brags on its hops this beer offers superb drinkability. Keep em coming. (4.5/5)

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Photo of Sethzilla
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First Review!

Poured in to a standard pint glass.

A: Proper pour produces a tight inch-thick head that sticks around for a while. The beer has a burnt orange color.

S: Notes of cotton candy, sweet fruit; tangerine and mango. Slight astringency in the nose as well.

T: Quite tasty! Pine notes and more tangerine/mango. There is a clean bitterness, bready malt profile and just the slightest bit of astringency.

M: Coats the mouth nicely, but the carbonation helps dry it up a little. Refreshing, and leaves me ready for the next sip! Has a certain 'juicy' quality.

O: I really enjoy this beer. Overall it is really well balanced -- the piney/floral/fruity character is held up by the malt. This beer gets a lot of hype and in my opinion, is very deserving of it.

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Photo of awillick
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two Hearted Ale is just a good quality IPA that's distinctively bitter and complex without an overpowering after-taste. I can't detect much a flavor aside from the hops. It's genius is really its simplicity.

It sits pretty heavy with me though. Not sure if it's because of the 7% ABV or the hoppiness of the beer itself, but I'm satisfied with just one before switching to something a bit lighter.

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Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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