Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by beerweevil:
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer pleases me a lot, in part because there are too few beers with this sort of bitterness (as far as I know there is not a vocabulary in English to distinguish differing qualities of bitter). Perhaps it's the rye I am into. Otherwise I'd love to know which bittering hops were included. The substantial body (for a "pale ale") seems to help keep that flavor lingering long enough that I can really relax into it. In contrast, some very tastey beers have fleeting flavors that I would rather hold onto longer. Perhaps I'll have some criticism after a few more, but the first two just taste balanced and delicious.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2013 03:01:10 | More by beerweevil
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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.
83 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.