Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by screamking:
3.65/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle dated 01/14/13 poured into pint glass.
This pours a hazy golden straw color, nice thick white head. Very nice looking beer with lots of lacing. A very slight citrus aroma. You also get a little of the rye spice in there, not as strong as I though it would be. Smell on this could have been stronger.
The taste is kinda surprising, not heavy on the rye. Instead it has a much more tropical tone. Lots of pineapple and mango. After that, the rye starts to kick in, but is subdued by a bitter aftertaste. The feel is on the fuller side of light, if that makes sense.
To me this would make a good summer beer, I'm not totally sure why its bottled in January. It's very drinkable and price point is right on track with most craft sold today. My only real gripe is if its a rye ale, I think it should use a much heavier rye recipe. Overall a nice little beer for a hot summer/spring day.
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2013 23:16:00 | More by screamking
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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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