Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
We pour a brew of rusty bronze. It holds a one finger head of big, soapy bubbles, taking the color of sand. Islands and rods of lacing are left around the glass as it bubbles away at a faster pace. A thick haze and big chunks of sediment come with the dregs of the bottle, with carbonation appearing to be light . The aroma gives harsh metallics, pale and chalky white malts, baker’s sourdough yeastiness, mineral of well water, dandelion florals, adjuncty corn, Band-Aid medicinal phenols, definite rye bite, lemony and grassy hops, alcohol, lemon drop candy sweetness, and lime juiciness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much, much better than the aroma, with a deep graininess that keeps you guessing until the very end. As we sip, the taste opens with granular white sugars, rye, surprisingly clean pale maltiness, burnt plastics, buttery popcorn, bitter citric and grassy hops, lemon rind, heavy creamer, and light adjuncty corniness. The middle comes to a peak with watermelon juice fruitiness, orange and lemon flesh bite, parsley herbals, lightly soaped hoppiness, pale grit, freshly baked wheat and rye breadiness, and candy corn sugars. The end washes with sunflower seeds, salt lick, honey-Dijon mustard, brown sugar, herbal raspberry tea, corn tortillas, baked beans, metallic coin, earthy mustiness, bitter herbal hops, red cherry sweetness, and freshly sliced apples. The aftertaste breathes of coffee bean metallics, medical tape adhesives, penicillin, resinous green grassiness, newspaper ink and paper towel, cooked brown sugars, green bean vegetals, dandelion aromatics, mossy musk, and light cheddar cheese funk. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip gives pleasant slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is cooled, but quickly fades to a chalky, lightly puckered, and chalky astringency across the entire palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks quite easily.
Overall, the best thing about this beer is its flavor, coupled with its ease of drinkability. The rye really flourishes with warmth, adding to the depth of the grain bill, while lightening up any inherent bitterness of hops that may have escaped the final blend. This is nice, as it adds a robustness to the main bulk of both the nose and the tongue. This does, however, seem like more of a commercial pull, with enough lightness to appeal to the masses. That said, we ended up very much appreciating that aspect of it, as it made it wonderfully drinkable, especially when coupled with the soft and creamy drag to each sip. Although well known within the stage, this is one of Bell’s sleepers, and definitely something we feel would appeal to many beer appreciators.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2013 01:26:07 | More by TheBrewo
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