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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: 1,426
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 20
Gots: 158 | 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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Ratings: 1,426 | Reviews: 271
Photo of philbe311
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - A negligible half fingers worth of fizzy slightly off white colored head... Once faded there is a mostly full veil of lacing and thin collar... The liquid is a pale golden straw color... There is a distinct haziness and some hanging sediment... Some rapid paced streaks of carbonation rise throughout...

S - Light citrus... Lemon zest... Sweet orange... Rye... Some light grassy notes... Pleasant enough, but somewhat too subdued...

T - A strong lemon component... Lots of grassy and floral notes... The hops on the finish are surprisingly unrelenting... The flavors don't compliment one another and make for a bit of a muddled mess... Definitely not what I expect from the style...

M - Medium bodied... A good bit of fizzy carbonation... The finish is slightly astringent...

D - I'm a big fan of both Bell's Brewery and Rye Beers,but this one misses the mark for me... The rye component isn't nearly present enough in any facet and there isn't too much else here to get excited about... This is something that I'll avoid in the future...

Photo of mooseo
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Hazy gold/yellow with a small fluffy white head.

S - Lemony citrus hops, pine, sweet malt, and a hint of rye.

T - Sweet bready malt, spicy rye, and a good amount of citrus and piney hops. A touch bitter on the finish, and a bit earthy. Well balanced.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium body. Average carbonation.

O - Pretty good rye beer. The spicy rye is done just right, and the assertive hop profile really balances this beer out. Very drinkable.

Photo of XenonX
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of justinm4bama
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)
Bottled 1/18/13
A- This beer has a hazy golden yellow body with lots of hops jetsam suspended while big bubbles push their way to the surface. The thin snow white head sticks to the glass and soon forms a thick ring.

S- The green British hops have a bright pungent woody herbal quality to them with a fresh pale malt note that is a bit dry coming through as it warms.

T- The green pungent hops have a British hop character and a papery quality to them. There is a full spicy hop or rye character in the finish. An earthy rye note comes through as the dry finish opens a bit. The woody herbal hops pungent flavor lingers in the aftertaste but it is never overly bitter.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz that cuts into the hop flavor until it dies back a bit.

O- The great hop flavor and nice rye support is full and tasty but it is dry enough and light enough in the body that it is very drinkable as a session beer.

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of GuzzLah
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear gold with a white head. Nice lace. Very bubbly.

S - citrus, floral and mild pine hops. Bells yeast. Hint of rye.

T - is just like the aroma with a medium citrus hop presence. The rye isn't huge, but it leaves a nice spicy note in the finish.

M - light-medium body. Slightly oily. Creamy. Low-medium bitterness with a hint of sweetness.

O - this is nice pale ale with a touch of rye. I like it a lot better than Bells regular pale ale. It's a better PA than a rye beer, but it's a nice beer regardless.

Photo of bigclydeoliver
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Tjvan2
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of zrab11
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of NateMac13
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of illiniipa
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of King_KongDCO93
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of e30todamax
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jacothom
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 3.20.13
Batch: 11812

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a two inch yellow-tan head with good retention.

S - Citrus, wheat, lemon, rye.

T - Citrus, floral, lemon and a rye finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light, crisp, and refreshing. Rye kicks in at the finish.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Photo of MCain04
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of 451beer
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become one of my favorites. I'm surprised to not see it rated higher. I have drank allot if the top beers. Heady, pliny, zombie , to name a few and loved all of them and think this should be ranked up there with the rest. Must be my love of rye beers. They are definitely under rated

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