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 kaiho (71) - - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle from an American friend. Instant attack of hops on the nose from the moment of opening. Beautiful straw color with persistent light white head. Intensely bitter without tons of caramel sweetness on the back like some IPAs get. This is a quintessential American craft IPA. Can’t go wrong with this if looking for the style. Does not taste of its abv, another indication of balance.
Aromas of pine, dank pineapple and light citrus. TappanGordo (71) - New York, USA - JUN 1, 2014
From a growler. Citrus and pine. Light amber in color. Not an overpowering flavor, just well balanced. qxn (71) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Purchased from Keg Liquors in Clarksville, IN. Poured from a very fresh 16oz can. The nose is bright, resinous, and citrusy - very hop-forward with a supportive sweet malt backing. The appearance is appropriate for an unfiltered IPA, with one finger of a lasting white head. The flavor matches the nose with an initial influx of piney, citrusy hops that fades into a mild, slightly bitter, sweet malt finish. I detect little to no alcohol in the flavor. Smooth and medium-light on the palate with an average to lively carbonation that held up throughout the 20 minutes that I was sipping on it. The only possible detracting characteristic that I can detect is slightly below medium bitterness which is a maybe a little low for the style according to the BJCP guidelines, but this may just be my palate. It doesn’t detract from the beer itself at all. I think this is an incredibly well-balanced beer. I’d heard good things, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Highly recommended! rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 I forgot how good this really was. The aroma is so fresh and hoppy with floral in the bakground. Huge frothy head. Lacing stays around for the experience. Taste is refreshing with the hops coming through evenly. Can’t wait to have this one on the first snow day in northern Indiana.
neontb (70) - - JUL 2, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 Bottle pour. One of the smoothest IPA’s I have ever had. Glorious hop notes, with a fresh finish. I have had a lot of IPA’s 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 Bell’s Brewery, thanks for perfecting the American IPA.
Update vs Stone IPA:
Oh man. Here we go. Its rumble time. Im pouring six IPA’s tonight, into two identical tulip glasses so I can compare, with this one going head to head with Stone IPA. The two american IPA’s, 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 hearted’s 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. darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Magnificent head. Orange color slightly cloudy. The aroma is incredible. Not sure if I smell flowers or grapefruit or both. Just the right amount of malt and hops for me. Don’t think I’ve ever had anything this perfect. Everything an IPA should be. This may be my new favorite.