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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: 1,258
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 18
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008

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3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 12/26/13 at 40 degrees into standard pint
Aroma light hops and rye spiceness
Head average (4 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 4 -8 mm layer.
Lacing poor – few small islands of small bubbles
Body light yellow, chill haze
Flavor spicey, slight hop citrus; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

A very nice pale ale, very easy to quaff to excess. A very pleasing appearance, light aroma and flavor, and enjoyable palate.

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3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a thick, dense white foam with excellent staying power that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus hop and floral aromas up front with rye malt notes in tow. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a resinous feel. Flavors are similar to aromas with citrus and floral hops up front followed by spicy rye malt through the middle and a clean, light crisp finish. Refreshing and easy to drink 

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

Hazy golden yellow with a trace of head and lace.

Spicy nose with some lightly toasted grains present.

Needless to say the overall character of the beer was spicy but very pleasing. More toasted grains in the malt character. Some spice from hops to play along with the rye. Really drinks like toast would honestly but it is quite tasty and easy to drink.

The 6.5% alcohol is not noticeable. Solid beer

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3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Yellow pilsner color, with little clarity and very nice foam and lace retention left on the glass.

S - Grassy/malt grains. Some bitter hops in there as well

T - A big malty pale/golden ale. A touch of bitter hops to balance it out. Grapefruit. Easy to drink

M - High carbonation. Oily and slick.

O - An enjoyable golden ale for sure. Will seek it out again

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4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up at a bottle shop/bar in Carolina Beach, NC, and enjoyed at the Marriott across the street. Poured into a hotel-issue glass tumbler.

Appearance is really light, yellow golden, translucent. Nothing spectacular, reminiscent of a bmc beer, but with a much better head, which is very white, about a finger which recedes with some cling.

Smells like dandelions, grass, and hops.

Flavors are similar, with rye. Sweet, resinous, hoppy, and light.

Feel is smooth up front and slightly bitter on the end.

Overall Smitten is an excellent surprise. I found it delicious and enjoyable, and will certainly seek it out again. Cheers.

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4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a nice 3-finger, frothy, foamy, cream-colored head. Awesome retention and some fantastic rings of lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles but with lots of floaters, giving the beer an almost gelatinous appearance.

S – The aroma consists of grainy, bready malt, spicy rye, and a nice bouquet of hops with citrus and grassy notes. It smells like a solid pale ale with some rye thrown in.

T – The taste opens up with the spicy bite of rye and bitter blast of grapefruit, orange, grassy, and floral hops. As those stronger flavors subside, citrus sweetness and grainy, caramel, and bready malt take the forefront.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a creamy and sticky mouthfeel, and a bittersweet, spicy, and very dry finish. Citrus hops and caramel malt probably linger the longest out of all of the flavors.

O – I really liked this beer. It really had all the things that I look for in a pale ale, plus the addition of rye to make it a “rye beer.” There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking here, but it’s definitely tasty, drinkable, and a great example of the style.

Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,258 ratings.