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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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Ratings: 1,357
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 18
Gots: 121 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of denver10
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange golden with a slight white head that quickly recedes. Aroma is toasted grains, what starts off more like taffy when cold transitions into some fruitiness as it warms, spicy rye, and some hops. Flavor follows suit with a slightly bitter, resinous finish. A crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with a dry finish. Overall, I enjoyed this one. Offers a nice twist to a pretty straightfoward style. Would pair well with some summertime baseball I'd imagine, too bad it isn't around then.

Photo of huysmans
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TeamMathis
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge head. Cloudy orange liquid. Not a big smell, but it had orange and pine. The taste had a nice mix of sweet citrus and little bitterness to it. Very spritzy. All in all, I could drink it all the time just because it's refreshing.

Photo of gutbuster
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Floydster
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can

Appearance is clear yellow, moderate carbonation, one inch of off white head with tons of lacing

Smell is grapefruit, piney hops, rye, caramel, and

Taste starts off with a big orange flavor followed by other citrus like lemon peel and tangerine, fades into large amount of spicy rye flavors that linger in finish along with crisp hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crispy with strong carbonation, rushes of bubbles keep this beer refreshing

This was very strong in the citrus department for a rye beer, spiciness provided balance and made this quite drinkable

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kornkid8600
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyI
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the growler in to an IPA glass with a light golden hue and just a kiss of red rye. The minimal white head settles quickly in to a thin collar, while the transparent liquid shows just a touch of chilled haze. The aroma yields bready pale malts and hops of the earthy variety. Only moderately aromatic, with just traces of rye discernible. The taste follows the nose. Mildly flavored and balanced, with a slightly drying finish. A bit of peppery spice from the rye and a lingering mild hop bitterness leave a lasting impression. A spritzy, lively carbonation helps give the impression of a fuller body, though it's mostly an illusion, and a good one. Overall, this is a pretty standard affair, and it makes me yearn for something more potent and flavorful, like a Ruthless Rye. When a pale ale takes on the same basic profile of an IPA, but tames all of the desirable characteristics down, it simply leaves me unsatisfied. It's not easy enough to be a session beer, and not bold enough to stand out. Perhaps a good bridge to better things if you're trying to ease in to the craft world.

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Buzz3d
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The color of this beer is insane. The smell is also great.

Photo of SackBlabbath
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dave1999
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a bright white foamy head.

The smell is spicy rye, earthy hops.

The taste is much like the smell, a little spicy rye and earthy hops.

The feel is light and refreshing.

Overall an easy drinking beer, nothing especially exciting though.

Photo of larryarms847
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly orange golden yellow with nice straight white foam.

Floral, lemony, and resinous hops met with a slight spiciness of rye.

Floral, earthy, herbal, citrus, and some rye spice.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, floral bitterness, slightly grainy, and soft.

Overall, this is much better than I anticipated. Light and citrusy, but just enough earthy rye spiciness to balance things out.

Photo of snansel
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of egrace84
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lanciloti
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BCPope
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Packaged 1/22/15.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, rye, earth, black tea, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, spicy rye, earth, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of rye and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the rye and herbal hop aspects mix together give this one a fairly assertive bitterness that make it a bit of a chore to drink in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of neenerzig
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pint glass, this beer pours a slightly hazy/cloudy, but mainly clear, medium golden color with a nice, fluffy white head about 1/2 to 2/3 inch thick when first poured. Has lots and lots of streams of little bubbles rising to the top of the glass. the head eventually settles to a solid 1/4 inch thick and has excellent retention down to the last sip retention, along with good lacing. Aromas of grassy, herbal, citrus hop notes and a nice rye presence upfront, followed by some bready malt notes. Has a good herbal, slightly grassy, earthy, citrus hop flavor upfront that gives way to the rye flavor that is rounded out with toasted bready malt sweetness. Good balance of flavors here. The hop bitterness and rye bitterness are certainly the dominant flavor profile here, but the toasted bready malt sweetness is not overpowered by the bitterness. It has a really nice balance! Has a crisp, yet quite smooth and frothy, almost creamy, medium to full bodied mouthful with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Quite easy to drink in the way well crafted beer ought to be. An excellent offering here that is well worth a try.


Photo of WiscoTerr
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HarpuaCritz
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Golden with moderate head that dissapates slowly into a lacy white collar. Subtle nose with notes of grass and slight fruitiness. Medium bodied with nice complexity. Starts off slightly sweet and fruity and transitions to bready, then earthy almost woody hop notes. Well balanced and easily drinkable. Yum.

Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice citrus and hop smell.
Appearance- The beer pours a clear yellow and has a small white head.
Taste- Has a nice blend of citrus, hop and rye.
Palate- This is a medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It has a crisp fairly dry finish.
Overall- Bell's has once again formulated a very nice brew. I recommend everyone give it a try.

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