Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by BB1313:
3.91/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Batch #11705; Bottled on 1/15/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours almost a hazy pale straw color, but it remains golden like the name suggests. The aromas are fine, but don't exactly slap you in the face. The word of the day with this one is earthy. The nose is calm and subtle, but still has a fruity aroma with orange peel leading the way. Very floral. The flavors start off extremely spicy and bitter, but it definitely cools down the more you drink it. Lots of pine needles and grass. The malts aren't heavy, but there. The rye is extremely noticeable in the flavors. Well done. Lots of black pepper in the in mix as well. This is an extremely rustic beer. Crisp and refreshing as well. The mouthfeel is wonderful, like most of Bell's beers. Medium-bodied, fluffy, creamy, active carbonation. The mouthfeel stands out and definitely makes this beer an easy drinker. Alcohol goes unnoticed.
Enjoyable beer. Bell's own description of the beer is spot on. Very earthy beer. It's definitely a unique take on the Pale Ale style. It also nails the rye aspect. The craftsmanship is there. I was just hoping for something a little bolder. This would be great for the summer.
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2013 00:58:32 | More by BB1313
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3.69/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Big review dump from camping the last week. This was consumed in Sioux Falls, SD at our campground. Full notes taken on phone.
A- Hazy golden-apricot body poured from a 12oz to a goblet. A white head rises up to about one finger with decent retention and a frothy foamy texture. Thin islands and the small ring leaves spotty lace
S- Pretty much half and half balance of hops and malts for me. Maybe a bit to the hoppy side if I had to chose. Hops bring resin citrus grapefruit and floral. Caramel, rye and pale grains.
T- A small shift happens here with an increase in floral and specifically citrus oily feel, lemon oil almost with flowery herbal and spicy notes. Base of medium caramelized grains, spicy rye, slight sweets, rye crusty bread and some apple fruit esters.
MF- Light bodied with a nice texture from the rye. Silky and creamy with high end carbonation that helps drive the medium bitterness.
Nice balance of citrus floral hop strength and rye crusty cracked grain.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 23:14:47 | More by cbutova
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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