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RATINGS: 3371   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.06   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2004
For a style with a lot of competition, this beer truly stands out. It pours a nice, thick head with _layered_ lacing that lasts to the end of the glass. The initial aroma is strongly rosy with a little hop perkiness. The beer is well carbonated and bubbles out quite nicely on the palate. As it’s sipped, a unique yet simple maltiness affirms itself, and the floral aromas blend together with citrus tangs and well-pronounced hops and some hard-to-describe nutmeg-like spice elements. In my opinion, the problem with a lot of IPA’s (including most of the big ones) is that they simply don’t use enough hops to balance the malts and allow the nuances to show through. However, this brew is bold enough to virtually make that statement in its commercial description. The result of this well-balanced brew is that the aftertaste immediately shows the same strong rose aroma as the initial impression -- yet after half a minute or so it evolves into a refreshing lemon, and a couple minutes more it’s the typical, generic malt/hop aftertaste, sort of like trainmen on a caboose waving to kids on a bridge - to me, this progression is the highlight of drinking Two Hearted Ale! Perfect for a warm day in May after dropping things off at Goodwill during spring cleaning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
This is a great IPA. Citrus, grapfruit, pine hoppy and malty flavors. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry, Recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pacman (9) - muncie, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2004 does not count
Sweet, floral, citusy hop aroma... Golden yellow color with a slight haze.. Good toasty maltiness at first quickly overtaken by the citrusy/hoppy flavor and bitterness. There is a lingering toastiness and bitterness. Medium low body with high carb. Overall this is one of my favorite IPAs to drink. I can’t get enough of this beer. It is also one of the beers I continue to try and clone in my homebrewing...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
bottle: straight poured into a tulip glass, creating a large white frothy head. light gold (i like gold) cloudy from a good amount of sediment floating in the glass. Smells of a mellow hop, floral, citrusy aroma. There is no incredible hop explosion from this ipa..Fairly carbonated ale, with somewhat of a thin to moderate mouth feel, and a fruity aftertaste. well balanced, but I think i was biased in thinking that it would be bombastic..chill

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Medium fast fading head. Nice, mostly clear orange-yellow color. Fresh hoppy and citrusy aroma. Flavor is strongly hoppy and floral balanced nicely by maltiness not detracting from the top notch hop character. In terms of an IPA, the bitterness is slightly on the low side, but made up for by the quality of the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2004
Unfiltered cloudy amber color. Straight-up hop aroma of a typical American IPA. Definitely an easy drinker. Good summertime IPA. I'm quite fond of the two-hearted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2005 So in my glass is the famous Two Hearted IPA. It looks good, potent dark sun yellow, lightly hazy, with a great very foamy and rocky white head, highly carbonated in appearance. Acute citrusy C-hops nose, very flowery, sweet, sour, hints at lemon pie, lilac (orval anyone?), grapefruit, grass. Solid toasty/cookie malt attack early like a good pils, quickly complemented by the direct floral and citrusy hops. Great flavor development for an IPA, but you know where they’re from, hophead’s neck of the wood and always lacking a touch of "multidimensionality". Tremendous velvety texture, less carbonated than anticipated. Clean and long oily bitter finish. Quite good, but top 100 in the world? I think not. Maybe a top 10 IPA though. Thanks Jeff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
suberb fruity hopiness but w/o some of the apple notes I detect in quite a few midwest IPAs. There is a formidable malt undertow to support the hopiness. Another top tier effort from Bells

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (3793) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a hazy amber with a very thick white head and lots of carbonation. Very strong hoppy and citrusy aroma. Tangy and a bit peppery taste with a hint of the citrus aroma. Very smooth and crisp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2004
Well rounded IPA. Poured golden yellow with nice head. Citrus aroma that is evident in the taste. Strong hops add to good mouthfeel and smooth finish.

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