Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very nice IPA. The hops aroma is superb. It lingers on after the beer is swallowed. A mixture of citrus and spicy floral aromas. A mix that I have tasted in no other brew. The malt is balanced against the bitterness nicely but this beer says HOPS.
jahughey (65) - Franklin, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good India. Incredibly citrusy, slightly piney aroma. Fairly pale, with assertive bitterness and hop flavor. Solid malt base stays out of the way of the lupulin. Good beer, great brewery.
Jojojam (65) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2014 16 oz can. Dated 4/28/14. Pours a beautiful orangish tan color 1 finger head. Color matches the trim on the can. Love when that happens. Tons of juicy citrus on the nose. Slight sweetness. Taste is super smooth. Still one of the best IPAs available. Terrific combo of bitterness and sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
CountPrattula (64) - - AUG 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The old standby...Piney hop aroma, with a great balance of pine/citrus hops and malt backbone.
Eells (64) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer that got me into Bells. Incredible foamy head, outstanding balance and a unique flavor that separates it from the pack. A must try for anyone who likes IPAís. When I head to northern minnesota itís the only descent non-import available, and i donít mind.
RichieBoy (64) - Getzville, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice Golden color with big white head. Floral and grapefruit aromas. Nice finish and easy to drink.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
peteysmu (63) - USA - DEC 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
neontb (63) - - JUL 2, 2012
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 Bottle pour. One of the smoothest IPAís I have ever had. Glorious hop notes, with a fresh finish. I have had a lot of IPAís and this one is not the hoppiest, nor the maltiest. It doesnt have the highest ABV I have ever had or anything like that. But I give it a 4.9 because there is absolutely nothing I would change about this beer. As an experienced homebrewer I often find myself thinking, oh I would add this hop to a beer, oh I would modify this or that. I cannot find anything at all that I would change about two hearted ale. It is far and away the most balanced, best all around beer I may have ever had. Cheers Bellís Brewery, thanks for perfecting the American IPA.
Update vs Stone IPA:
Oh man. Here we go. Its rumble time. Im pouring six IPAís tonight, into two identical tulip glasses so I can compare, with this one going head to head with Stone IPA. The two american IPAís, both with 100/100 on ratebeer. Damn, this ought to be fun. Aroma of stone is nice and floral, but Two hearted wins the category. Dont get me wrong, the citrus and glorious honey and hop aroma of stone is great but it has to go up against the two hearted, and two hearteds balanced hop aroma wins. In taste Stone IPA is more hoppy, citrus and floral, but Two hearted is more balanced. Two hearted though just is so unbelievably smooth with all the citrus hops coming through still that I have to give it the category. Two heartedís finish is better as well. Im calling it for Two hearted here. Both are epic, but in a battle of heavyweights the two hearted wins. On to the next!
Into the finished stone glass I poured Bear Republic Racer 5. They look incredibly similar in identical glasses. Two hearted won against stone IPA, can it take down a equally matched racer 5? I think racer 5 wins the aroma category. Both are gloriously hoppy, but the racer has a more hop forward aroma with the obviously floral hops coming out nicely. It smells like the lineup of glorious american hops it has in it, chinooks, cascades, columbus and centennials. Two hearted, hands down wins the taste category though. if only barely. Two hearted is balanced where racer 5 is bold. Both are citrusy with racer 5 bringing out more citrus where two hearted is more floral. Finish though, two hearted wins every time. I honestly dont think it can be beaten as an American IPA. The other beers Im having tonight come close, but not close enough.
IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice lighter IPA (i consider this more of a good pale ale). Reviewing this as a hoppy pale ale (not an IPA), I like the dryness of this beer and how that helps highlight the citric/floral notes of the hops in the beer. Iíve had the beer in bottle and on tap and prefer the tap as the cleaness and crisp hops come through better. This is a very nice pale ale!
Having brewed this beer as a homebrewer, I think it would improve with alittle more variety of hops (though love cents).
mj23 (63) - south holland, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great IPA, nice hoppy aroma. Poured real well, head and lacing excellent.Dry hoppy flavor, with a little citrus ? Nice light orange coloring slightly cloudly. When the bottling is on itís hard to beat this beer.