Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Smitten Golden Rye AleBell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale

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85
very good

273 Reviews
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Reviews: 273
Hads: 1,513
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 26
Gots: 215 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008

Drawn from one of our oldest recipes, Smitten Ale began as part of a series of rye beers at our Eccentric Café. The combination of sharp citrus & resinous flavors from the hops with the earthy, rustic overtones of the rye malt contribution yield an interesting take on the American Pale Ale.
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Reviews: 273 | Hads: 1,513
Reviews by crashdavisinoh:
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Packaged on 01/13/15:

Pours slightly hazed golden. A thin lasting white head leaves lacing.

The smell is floral, slightly citric, bready. A hint of minty rye comes through.

The taste is floral, piney, citric, bitter, with a touch of sweetened bread to balance it. There is a subtle hint of minty/spicy rye in the dry finish.

It is light-bodied, a bit fizzy. Crisp.

An easy-drinking, balanced refreshing pale ale with a subtle hint of rye. (444 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to pilsner glass. Color is liquid gold, with two fingers of white rocky head that settles to one finger, still rocky, with sticky lacing. Lots of solid streams of carbonation. Aroma is sweet tea, rye malt, and light citrus notes. Taste is that of a crisp, clean rye ale with a slight grapefruit bite. Refreshing. A little high on the ABV for me to be a summer afternoon session ale, but otherwise would be perfect mowing or barbeque ale. (456 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours into a standard pint a clear light to medium golden with a great looking sticky over one finger white head that lift multiple rings of broken lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Aromas were just mild with a sharp note of rye over top of light citric hops,again pretty light.Flavors have some decent citric hops and sharp rye notes but they end ebruptly and nothing really lingers.There is some earthiness that comes into play but the flavors seem to die out pretty quickly after a good start.Not one of the better rye ales I have had but it's not horrible by any means. (577 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a somewhat hazy, golden-yellow color, some light amber highlights when held up to the light. A soapy and foamy white head forms and settles at about a quarter-inch where it sits atop the beer for a surprisingly long time. The nose has a very crispy and sharp stature, almost clean and lager-like with mild grains and dryness, most likely from the rye. The hops have an earthy, dirty, and musty appearance, maybe just a bit floral and rosey. All in all, the nose is a little quieter than I would have liked. Even upon letting this warm up a little bit, it never really hits your nostrils that hard and the rye isn't as powerful as I'd hoped for.

The taste has an initial bitter spike from the hops, which retain their musty, earthy, and floral characther. Coupled with the high level of carbonation, Smitten cuts the tongue sharply and feels very crispy and refreshing. This is drinking almost more like a lager than an ale. Some dry rye and bread comes out about midway through and rides into the aftertaste which actually becomes dominated by heavy rye, along with a light bitterness. Some clean yeast flavors on the very tail end, but not really enough to combat the rye. I'm very pleased to see the rye make a big appearance, even if it isn't until nearly the end of the sip. Better late than never, I guess, although I still wish it held a larger stance in the aroma. Medium body with pretty heavy carbonation.

A crispy, tasty, and refreshing ale that feels almost more like a lager. Nice helping of rye, though it would've been nice if it were more "up front" with it. Drinkability is great, but I could see this one getting old fairly quickly. Still a solid choice, though, but there are better rye beers out there. (1,729 characters)

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a quite hazy gold with a dense white head that leaves lots of lacing.
Great aroma with hints of citrus and spice, pine, candied fruit and dark bread.
I dig the taste. Pine and citrus up front with hints of spice and a lingering bitter, resinous bite.
Great mouthfeel, smooth and almost creamy.
Thoroughly enjoyable beer. (326 characters)

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of warnerry
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #336 of 508

A - Pours a clear pale copper with one finger or so of off-white head. Head has decent retention but leaves only small spots of lacing.

S - Quite a bit of malt in the aroma. A faint spiciness, but really much going here.

T- Nice spicy rye up front, along with some floral hops. Malt becomes very prominent in the middle. Finishes with a bit of bitterness and spice. Pretty nice, if not the most complex taste around.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly watery in the middle, but finishes nice and dry.

O - Pretty good beer with a nice rye presence, but otherwise nothing really sticks out. Enjoyable, but not sure this warranted being in the 750 series. (667 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Wolvmar
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gets mixed reviews but one of my favorites. A beer that grows on you; at least that was my experience. (102 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, what Bells does as well as any brewery is take ordinary styles and perfects them. They make super clean and tasty offerings of styles that I would not be as excited to drink a six pack of. Smitten is no exception. The beer tastes somewhat leafy, very citrusy, and has a touch of spice from the rye. Not the most complex brew, but wow is this juicy and drinkable. This is one that I will certainly revisit. (425 characters)

Photo of Torey
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Jstewart6
3.09/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My 2nd beer from Bell's and my 2nd let down. The label to me explains how it tastes. As a kid we would dare each other to break the stem of a dandelion and lick the white stuff....this beer taste like that. Very bitter and immediately after sipping I feel my sinuses clear. The after taste taste like a generic beer to me. (322 characters)

Photo of lostandwandering
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of sculls65
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with moderate stark white head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Sharp citrus, almost like orange zest and lemon rind. Some breadiness. Much of the aroma dies off after a few minutes, and it just smells bitter and dry.

Taste: Bready backbone, with strong juicy hop citrus overtones of orange and lemon. Some earthy, floral and spicy notes on the finish. Quite bitter.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good hybrid of an American Blonde Ale and IPA, with some rye flourishes. Refreshing and crisp. (626 characters)

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured from a bottle a nice golden and cloudy colour. There was visible sediment in the bottle that was seen before even pouring into the pint glass. Ale smelled of rye and citrus hops, and tasted of bitter hops and rye. Very strong flavors. Sweet malt notes blended well with the citrus hops, and lingered on in the aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe. (375 characters)

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Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.