Two Hearted Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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4.27/5
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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
Ranking:
#666
Reviews:
3,610
Ratings:
14,588
pDev:
10.77%
Bros Score:
4.02
 
 
Wants:
954
Gots:
4,626
Trade:
47
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Ratings: 14,588 |  Reviews: 3,610
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours golden with a tall solid off white head that leaves some nice lace.

Smells of citrus, lemon, and malt with a nice floral bouquet.

Taste is nice hop punch of bitter citrus and herb/floral notes. It is a solid I'd faint malt middle with some biscuit notes. Finishes dry with more bitter herb. It has some nice fruit notes and good lively carbonation that keeps the subtle complexities alluring.

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Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally able to try the famous Two Hearted Ale (Hopslam, you're next...)
Poured into tulip; slightly hazy orange-gold with a fluffy white head, very nice lacing. Smell is muted bready malts balanced very nicely with sweet floral and fruity notes, as well as some yeast scents. Taste is incredibly well balanced; it starts out with smooth subdued malt, buttery flavors and herbal/citrus/bitter hops all blend together in a delicious orgy of flavor. 7% isn't noticeable at all, I'd be tempted to session this one all day. Overall I'm a bit underwhelmed, but such is the case with probably almost any super-hyped beer.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a solid finger of head. A light burnt orange color to the brew. Below average carbonation active in the glass while drinking. Sticky rings of lacing left at each level of the beer.

Smell: The front is a citrus heavy aroma with main accents of oranges, tangerines, and pine. The malt adds a distinctive punch that again is heavy on the nose. The dominant tones of this beer seem to keep anything else in check from adding complexity to this brew. Very bold and straight forward.

Taste: Pretty much what I would have expected after the aroma with some added complexity. The front right away is a tasty bouquet of tropical fruits. The body is the heavy tones of bitter hops and thick malt. The finish returns with some tropical fruit tones and resin.

Mouthfeel: Pretty middle of the road. Decent floral tones with the malt and hops taking their toll on the palate.

Overall: I remember having this early in my craft career and not being impressed so I figured it was time to try it again. I'm not going to sit here and call it a shitty beer, just not an IPA made for my palate. Too heavy all around and not enough complexity with the hop profile.

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Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of CorgiDad
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of nomad
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful straw gold with a slight haze. Had a pocky head settling to frothy clumps, other times to a smooth sheen. Also had bulbous but inconsistent staining, and slick but nice lacing. Plenty of good miniscule carbonation rising quite quickly underneath helped support the efforts.

Smelled of grapefruit that tranquilize my nose with citric juice headiness, then tickled me with a textured pine scent, and occasionally threw me some hop leaf scents, too. All of these together tended to create a husky and peculiarly expressive combination. It opened to a depth of sweet apricot scents like putting your nose in grandma’s best marmalade. Settles into a glorious ambrosia of delights that is sometimes gilded by floral edges. Not bad, I guess, eh?

Taste was of a quite true grapefruit flavor followed by big floral hops. Had high-alpha bitterness but was soft and blended in impact, and supported by an easy pale sort of malt backbone. Unbelievably easy on the palette considering the complexity of hops. The finish was so tender, leaving some tart hop flavors and an ounce or two of dryness, but overall an easy load on the tongue. Burps up tasty grapefruit juice with spiky pine, for me a sign of a well-hopped beer. Highly drinkable, this beer’s session-like mouthfeel could use a touch more body and less carbonation.

Large enough to show its bold stripes, subtle enough to blend them together, this is a highly complex (in a quiet way) yet highly drinkable beer. Surprising power and complexity for a low abv IPA, yet delicately so. The best of the pale sort of American IPAs.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly cloudy orange with a nice thick head with good retention. Nice heavy crusty lacing.

S: One of the most flowery hops smells I've run into in a while. Some sweetness there too.

T: So damn good-- floral, sweet citrus, and grapefruit. Its bitter front to back, but not overpowering. Its close to perfect for an IPA.

M: This is nice. Full bodied, thick and almost creamy, but not syrupy.

D: The only thing stopping me from drinking the rest of the sixpack is work tomorrow.

This is a near perfect IPA. Its refreshing and crisp enough to drink on a hot day outside, but full bodied and warming for chilling on the couch.

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Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Gushue3
3.91/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date on bottle 07/06/12. Poured into Jacks Abby pint.

A. Large 2 finger white head that leaves great lacing and a 1/2 inch of froth. Body is a slightly hazy gold with some smaller carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the top. This is how an IPA should look.

S. Cereal grain malt and floral hops.

T. Nice hops upfront followed by a solid malt nicely balanced IPA. Lighter citrusy and floral hops that is accompanied by a sweet malt. Some bitterness of the dry finish that lingers a bit

M. Medium thickness with a heavier carbonation feel.

O. Much better than the first time I had this beer. Tastes great for an everyday local IPA I can't get around me. Looks fantastic and drinks way easier than 7% Yo Bells, get to Mass.

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Photo of mkirkland80
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a hazy golden color with a large off-white head. Piney hop aroma. Juicy hop flavor. The hops are very strong and give this beer flavors of grapefruit, pine, and flowers. The finish is very spicy and bitter. Malt flavor comes through a bit, but is really dominated by the hops. Any hop fan will love this beer.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Two Hearted Ale was golden amber in color with a large white head. The head had good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was mostly hops (grapefruit) with a little malt in the backround. The taste was very good, cirus hops with a malt backround and a bitter finish. It is medium bodied and medium in carbonation. While the beer is bitter, it is not overly so, making it a very drinkable beer. Recommended.

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Photo of chasmandocharles
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of grimey68
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fscottkey
2.87/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Cloudy rust color. Generates a 1 finger persistent head.

S: Slight floral and hop smells.

T: Hops and not much else. Nothing very powerful pushing through

M: Very easy going down - almost too easy. Like water.

O: My first sip made me think it was fairly weak for an IPA. That combined with the lack of a real presence in mouth feel left me slightly disappointed. I expected more depth and complexity for such a highly regarded IPA. It just didn't deliver for me.

* - As always - when I am this far "off" the norm I will try this again in the future and make sure I am comfortable with my review.

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Photo of rallison
4.67/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to limesmut for this one!

A: Slightly hazy amber with a 2 finger white head.

S: Nicely floral and aromatic. Slight toffee sweetness. Very nice.

T: Floral, piny hops. Definitely some grapefruit. Bit of a nice hop juiciness, with nice balance from a touch of caramel and toffee.

M: Just the right fullness with a good crisp finish and a nice lingering bitterness.

D: Extremely good.

Highly recommended. One of the best single IPAs I've had outside of California.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, picked up on my trip to dark lord day

A: Pours a super intense fluffy and rocky yellowish white head, very very bubbly and one to one and a half inches thick. the beer itself is a cloudy banana peel and orange and looks a lot like a hefeweizen in color and clarity, and i like hefes so this one looks damn inviting but the head fades to a cap in about five minutes or so but leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Huge medicinal hop quality, like, way beyond super pine oilyness though a second pass yields mellower, fruitier characteristics like orange juice and mango and pineapple, not so much grapefruit which is a nice change of pace, but maybe too a medicinal opening for my taste.

T/MF: Hop heavy tongue ripper, that is how I would describe the mouthfeel on this baby, the taste is a bit different from other IPAs in recent memory, this one is very earthy, heavy on the pine and medicinal qualities and a bit lighter on the fruit flavors with a too bitter orange being the main citrus taste here, letting this beer warm a bit unlocks a bit more sweetness in the citrus aspect of the beer, has a bitter but sort of odd buttery finish, not sure how to explain that one.

D: To be honest I was expecting more out of this beer with all I've heard about it, not bad, pretty good, but not mind blowing and a little out of balance

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Photo of tsauce2
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: 12 fl oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottle date is 01/17/12 = 3 days old!

A: SRM is straw yellow with a tinge of orange and brown. Semi-translucent and hazy. Head is off-white, 1 in, puffy, dissipates to 1 cm.

S: Big hops come off the nose with citrus notes and a malt base that gives some caramel and bread notes.

T: Big hop notes of citrus(grapefruit) along with some light floral notes. A touch of honey sweetness hits before the mild malt base. Aftertaste is a mild hop bitterness and light malt.

M: Medium body. Hops hitting first opens up the palate. Honey and malt hit, adding a bit of body. Mild hop bitterness on the aftertaste adds to the complexity of the beer and hits the edges of the palate. Semi-wet finish.

O: A classic. I have had this beer hundreds of times, but never written a review until now. This beer is very flavorful, packs a big hop punch, but is still mellow enough for the average beer drinker to enjoy. It pairs fantastically with a number of foods as well. I was very excited to get a sixer of this so fresh; how does Bells get it bottled and in stores in 3 days??? I will buy this again and again.

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Photo of PaulsBrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of mabermud
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright, hazy orange.
S - Faint grapefruit and citrus aroma.
M - Medium body, crisp medium-dense carbonation, crisp, and clean mouthfeel.
T - Tangerines...Good balance. A little piney sweetness. A little bitter at the end.
O - Easy to drink. Nothing stands out.

Decent IPA. Worth another shot in the future.

Update
Solid beer - along the lines of Stone IPA and Founders Centennial IPA. Nice. Scores updated.

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Photo of MooseBoose
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of illini4x4
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of macesq
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Two Hearted Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 14,588 ratings