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

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Ratings: 1,424
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 20
Gots: 156 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 1,424 | Reviews: 270
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear bright orange, not much carbonation, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Rye spicyness, malt, citrus hops and slight grassy notes.

T-Light and refreshing. Nice rye spicyness. Balanced out with mild citrus hops.

M-Light, not much carbonation, some hop resins even.

O-An easy drinking spring beer, however adding more rye or hops would give the beer slightly more flavor, which it needs.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of jjanega08
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11711 PKGD
01/18/13 A

A= Pours a nice hazy orangy yellow color with a nice looking two fingers of head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is excellent with a nice hop bite and a little rye spice buried in it. The rye in this one is nice and subtle. Sometimes too much rye can give it an oily aroma but this is great.

T= The taste is a awesome hop punch with great citrus hops smoothed over by some nice spicy dirty rye. It works perfectly with the hop profile. Again not over done with the spicy rye.

M= A nice smooth mouth.

O= This is a great beer. Offers a smooth transition from winter to spring. I don't know if this is seasonal or what but I like this baby. A nice smooth sipper with great flavors.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There is a lot of stuff in the bottle, but with semicareful decanting pours mostly clear amber. Well carbonated and pours with a foamy head. This is pretty hoppy, and the rye seems to add some spiciness. Still, the hoppiness does not seem to be as over the top as in All Day IPA, but I sense a head to head tasting coming up. The carbonation and hoppiness combine for a solid mouthfeel. Overall, this goes down very easily, perhaps sessionable by taste, despite ABV = 6.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

forget the rye,I don't get it at all. what I got is a very well balanced and bright Saison like pale ale with. pale color, great lacing and a mouthfeel which belies its color, more body than expected.

don't get caught up in the style, just drink it. a very nice beer, will take this over Oberon as a better spring offering from bells.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of punky796
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings.

A - Poured a cloudy amber-orange, with about a finger of head when served. BWW's laser-etching helped keep the head alive. Impressive lacing.

S - Very hoppy smell, as expected from Bell's, fruity, with some wildflowers thrown in.

T - Hops again. Lots of them. Next comes the rye, which didn't really show up in the smell for me, but I like. Who knows, I might have confused the hops and the rye a little bit, making for less hops than I perceived, but they go together nicely. The wildfloweryness of it transforms into a kind of honey taste. An interesting combination.

M - Pretty smooth, with medium carbonation, but with relatively heavy thickness. Nice.

O - Generally wouldn't be my type of beer considering it's hop-heaviness, but Bell's does it well.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a six pack of Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale a couple weeks ago for $8.99 at Meijers. I'm always down to try a new beer from Bell's and when I saw this at the grocery store I knew I had to pick some up and give it a try, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 1/14/2012. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, but it's a little plain and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a nice golden yellow color that took on a darker golden hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of sticky rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight honey aroma to it and it was followed by lots of rye aromas that imparted a pretty nice spicy aroma. After that comes the hops which have a slight earthy aroma and a pretty big floral hops aroma that blend nicely with the spicy rye aromas. This beer had a good aroma the spicy rye and floral hops went together nicely.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some light biscuit malt flavors followed by a medium amount of rye that imparts some nice spicy rye flavors. Up next comes a medium amount of hops that impart a light earthy and a medium flavor hops flavor that went nicely with the spicy rye. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness with a spicy rye and floral hops aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer. the flavors were pretty well balanced, but they didn't really pop like they did in the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, a little refreshing, crisp, slight creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but I think it would help the drinkability, if it was a little thinner to go with the crisp mouthfeel.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and an above average example of the style, this beer had good balance and the spicy rye flavors went nicely with the floral hop profile. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth and the flavors held my attention, but it was a little filling so I think two would be enough for me, but I might be inclined to drink a few of these on a nice warm spring day. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both good and pretty true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was decent, but it was a little to thick and too filling for my liking. I would buy this beer again when it gets warmer, it seems like it would be a nice and refreshing warm weather beer, I would recommend this to people who like rye beers. All in all I was satisfied with this beer, but I think it would be more fitting if they released this beer in the late spring/ early summer, it just seems like this beer would be good for that time of the year. This is a nice rye beer but I think I would rather have a Founders Reds Rye or any of the Short's Rye beers instead, but this one wasn't bad by any means. This was another solid offering from Bell's, keep up the good work guys.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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