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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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1,193 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,193
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 16
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008)
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

NickSMpls, Jan 27, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev +3.6%

This beer is a style that I have slowly been warming up to for the last year or so. It is especially pretty in the glass. A nice yellow beer with a moderate head that poops out quickly.

The aroma is faint, but a bit hoppy. The taste is more of an APA hops taste, which is a good thing. It is not as dark and bitter tasting as the style would indicate. Instead of dark it is somewhat fresh and piney.

The aftertaste is a nice lingering of the pine taste, again, more like an APA or AIPA. Everything about it gets better as it warms.

schoolboy, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

jak, Jan 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

tripledbrew, Jan 27, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Batch #11705; Bottled on 1/15/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours almost a hazy pale straw color, but it remains golden like the name suggests. The aromas are fine, but don't exactly slap you in the face. The word of the day with this one is earthy. The nose is calm and subtle, but still has a fruity aroma with orange peel leading the way. Very floral. The flavors start off extremely spicy and bitter, but it definitely cools down the more you drink it. Lots of pine needles and grass. The malts aren't heavy, but there. The rye is extremely noticeable in the flavors. Well done. Lots of black pepper in the in mix as well. This is an extremely rustic beer. Crisp and refreshing as well. The mouthfeel is wonderful, like most of Bell's beers. Medium-bodied, fluffy, creamy, active carbonation. The mouthfeel stands out and definitely makes this beer an easy drinker. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Enjoyable beer. Bell's own description of the beer is spot on. Very earthy beer. It's definitely a unique take on the Pale Ale style. It also nails the rye aspect. The craftsmanship is there. I was just hoping for something a little bolder. This would be great for the summer.

BB1313, Jan 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Axnjxn, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

sparx1100, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

AmitC, Jan 25, 2013
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3.58/5  rDev -1.9%

An enjoyable pale ale-- I've been struggling recently to find beers that were both interesting, and accessible to friends who are less interested in beer/trying something new. Saisons, IPAs, and some other styles were a bit much for them; I am confident that this is both something I will enjoy, and something they will as well.

Appearance: golden, as in the title.

Smell: fairly hoppy, but more floral than citrus.

Taste: crisp, hoppy, but not overpowering. Can be had on its own, or with food.

Mouthfeel: stays on the palate, fairly rich and staying for the pale ale style.

Overall: happy to have found a good beer that is both accessible and well done.

pvo, Jan 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

johnnydicfore, Jan 25, 2013
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,193 ratings.