Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
One of the better RyePA's out there. It has a great appearance with a lingering head. What sets it apart from its Sierra Nevada counterpart is it's more comforting mouthfeel. It's not as harshly bitter as the Ruthless Rye ( which is a great beer, don't get me wrong). One of my favorite Rye beers.
02-08-2013 05:33:13 | More by Luke4
4.26/5 rDev +16.7%
Serving Type - Bottle
Appearance - Golden yellow/light tan, nice 1 inch foamy head, plenty of sticky lacing.
Smell - Nice grapefruit hops, rye, orange, lemon, spices, A little barnyard/saision like funk.
Taste - Big grapefruit hop kick at first sip. Lots of orange, lemon, pineapple and Rye! Pale malts add a bready/farmhouse flavor. Some added spices give it a pepperish flavor also. Decnt amount of bitter but the sweetness of the floral hops and sugars balance it out alot.
MOuthfeel - Hops coat the tounge at first, Then the rye comes in along with some spices at balance out the bitterness. Palate gets alot of rye and bitter hops. The finish is bitter, peppery and malty.
Overall - Very tasty, easy to enjoy, and plenty of rye. Think sierra nevadas ruthless rye made a big enough impression that bells had to bottle this one. Very solid, not to bitter, not to pale malt forward, great balance, a must try for rye fans.
02-07-2013 23:55:13 | More by wvsabbath
4.05/5 rDev +11%
Poured into my tulip from a 12 oz bottle dated 1/15/13.
A- Poured a nice golden color with a great pure white sticky head that doesn't recede very quickly. Leaves great lacing. Not filtered. All kinds of floaties in this beer. As I drink, keeps a nice 1/4 inch white head.
S- I have a cold, so this doesn't work as well. Bread,grass, hops, slight orange peel. Flowers, fresh, malts.
T-Very smooth. Nice bready, grainy taste going on. Really, really nice. Slight bitterness, with that just smooth grainy taste on the back end.
M-Nice mouthful. Great for the style. Smooth, yet bitter. Delicious.
O-I enjoyed this beer. The appearance was the best part and the lingering aftertaste. Just a really smooth easy drinking rye ale. Would love this on a nice spring day.
Update on 2/8/13
I had this on tap and its a bit different. There are no floaties, which must mean they are at the bottom of the barrel and the finish is really bitter. The bitter end, really takes away from that bread finish you get this beer.
02-07-2013 07:38:23 | More by Naters333
4.38/5 rDev +20%
Appearance: Pours a lovely deep golden orange…80% opacity, there’s tons of sediment floating about…just off white head formed nice, thick and settled to a thin layer…livens up a bit when I swirl it around…(4/5)
Smell: I could smell the floral hops as soon as I began to pour…from the glass, I’m getting rye malt, perfume, floral hops…very flowery, almost like daisy petals up close…all that with a hint of bitterness and maybe a dash of yeast…I wouldn’t call it strong, but it’s aromatic…pleasant, inviting, fresh, light…(4/5)
Taste: Hmm, this is no ordinary beer…it’s bitter, sour, floral…there’s some lemon/orange peel…there’s some pale malts, some earthy bitterness…there’s a nice bit of peppery/rye bite that I’ve been digging lately…tons of flavor…it’s light, it’s zesty, it’s interesting...(4.5/5)
Mouthfeel: Light to medium body…there’s a good amount of life and carbonation to this brew…it fluffs up creating a cloud of citrus/floral bitterness that is more refreshing than off putting…refreshing and crisp…finishes noticeably dry…fantastic! (4.5/5)
Overall: This is a superior brew…the flavor is unique and distinct…Bell’s took the “APA” concept on a journey, got a bit guidance from a magical liopleurodon and ultimately found candy mountain with this one…it’s super good, zesty, lively, refreshing, but there’s a touch of sour that I actually like…the peppery/rye flavored brews have taken over for me as the choice seasonal, I’m gonna be on the look out for more of these in the future…I could drink this flavor all night and now am curious how this is out of a tap, I really need to make a trip to Kalamazoo…total score, I’m definitely picking up another sixer for later…(4.5/5)
02-06-2013 23:04:44 | More by SerialHiker
3.49/5 rDev -4.4%
12oz bottled Jan 24, 2013. Served at 40F.
Pours lightly hazy golden amber with a one finger white head that leaves nice webs of lacing behind and recedes to a small cap.
Aroma is noble hops, grassy, earthy, touch sulfur, some lemon citrus, spicy rye, floral. Good to very good strength.
Flavor generally follows suit, noble hops with a grassy mildly sulfur taste, lemon citrus, spicy rye, some bready malt, mild to moderate sweetness in the middle, nice bitterness on the finish, minimal alcohol.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, somewhat oily, good carbonation.
Light, refreshing and easy drinking, would be great for the warmer weather. I get a good bit of Pilsner qualities in this...like a hybrid of Prima Pils and a Pale Ale with a dash of rye. Pretty good...better than their regular Pale Ale.
02-06-2013 04:03:55 | More by elgiacomo
3.81/5 rDev +4.4%
3rd bottle of the sixer thus far, it's fairly unique, and more of a Rye IPA imho.
Pale orange yellow, murky with suspended sediment, billowing white foam and concentric halos of spindly lace in the glass. Lasting head retention, looks rustic like a saison, and the first whiff lent to this impression.
Complex aromatic combination of hops, rye, and yeast, sort of rustic and herbal, mildly grainy.
Firm herbal bitterness, floral, lemon rind, rye and pale malt, lingering dandelion bitterness. Light bodied and a little bit thin, would be quenching on a hot summer day for sure. Hope to revisit in warmer months.
02-06-2013 02:52:02 | More by emerge077
4.38/5 rDev +20%
Type: 12 oz bottle
From: Plum Market in Ann Arbor
Price: $9 a 6 pack
Appearance: a deep hazy yellowish orange. almost opaque. lots of floating sediment and extremely bubbly. a very small head that left behind a lacing on the edges. I think its a good looking beer
Smell: very faint hops, earthy mostly but maybe a touch of citrus. some rye and breadiness but nothing to strong. I wish it was more aromatic as the smells are kind of dull
Taste: hops, earthy with a touch of citrus. not overpowering but certainly there. followed by rye and breadiness. The rye ends up being pretty strong. ends with rye but is slightly bitter finish
Mouthfeel: crisp, due to the high carbonation, and light. ends slightly bitter but it is refreshing.
Overall: I am impressed by this one. not overly complex, just nicely balanced and well done. certainly would be happy to have one of these when I am in the mood for a pale or just a refreshing beer. I hope its around for the summer. I would like to crack a Red's Rye open and see how it goes. I think I have to give the edge to Founders but this isn't fair behind.
02-05-2013 02:24:48 | More by SportsandJorts
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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