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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: 1,414
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 20
Gots: 151 | 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: 1,414 | Reviews: 266
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A: A careful pour still ended up with a lot of yeast floaties, is this a different yeast from Two Hearted because I don't remember this much yeast in the glass. Topped with a 1 finger bright white head that leaves lots of lace.
S: Smells bright and citrusy
T: A definite citrus hop along with a dryness that I associate with rye combined with what I think is a yeast driven fruitiness.
M: Crisp and highly carbonated, if a little lighter in body would make a great lawnmower beer.
O: In the end, I think this is a very good beer, but I am not sure how often I will buy it. I think I would always prefer two hearted over this especially since this is 6%. If this was a 4.5 - 5% beer, this would end up in the fridge more often. Like it, don't love it, but worth trying.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to Momar42 for the 12 oz bottle! Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a golden orange color with a ton of yeast particles floating around. The head is a two finger white shade. Both texturing and retention are pretty damn good, and the lacing left by the receding head is quite attractive as well. Pretty face, ugly body, let's split the difference here.

S: I do notice a bit of rye to it, along side some piny, herbal hops. The hop profile seems to fit the rye malt quite well. It becomes a bit maltier as it warms up, and grows a biscuity component as well. Aromatically, it could be a little less muted.

T: One thing that lets me down right from the onset is the lack of distinctive character to it. It starts and finishes with a combination of earthy, spicy malts and piny hops. After a while, the finish will develop a grassy hop quality to it that I enjoy somewhat. This really is the type of beer more conducive to simple drinking than actual reviewing...

M: Rougher than I like, which is exasperated by the coarse yet strong carbonation and fuller body. The back end is quite clean and crisp; so maybe this would be good in the summer time?

O: Not bad - but I'm certainly not smitten with it. It's too sharp in feel for its nondescript flavor profile.

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Bells Smitten Golden Rye Ale

Pours a honey gold color with a white head and a bit of lace. Large chunks of yeast or proteins are hanging in suspension. Aroma of clean maltyness, some floral and sweet fresh doughy bread. In the taste, bready malt sweetness balanced by a citrusy hop character and a bit of grainy rye. Mild bitterness with notes of grapefruit. Medium bodied with a chalky finish. Overall, this was an ok beer but a little disappointed. This ale could use some cleaning up.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smitten is golden in color with alot of sediment floating about. A tall white head sits on top with gentile carbonation seen through the haze.
It smells dank and of oily hops, earthy too. Malts are present with spicy rye punching through.
Taste is mostly malts with a spicy and subdued sour taste from the rye. It's not that hoppy, some peak through with a floral and or earthy taste but very understated.
Drinks rather bitter with a dry finish.
I like this beer the rye is nicely balanced and not over powering which is good because I'm really not that big into rye beers. Plenty drinkable.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: bright golden hue with the characteristic Bell's suspended sediment. The foamy white head recedes slowing leaving some nice lacing.

Strong piney aromas are evident along with some rye aroma.

The flaver is very crisp and dry with a solid citrusy profile mixed with a noticeable rye flavor. The rye presence is represented more in the this ale than any other "rye" ale I have tried. As the ale warms, a little malt backbone comes through, giving the ale a pleasant balance.

The mouthfeel is light, flavorful and refreshing with a pleasing level of carbonation. Bittersweet flavors linger on the palate

This is my favorite rye ale thus far. You can actually taste and enjoy the addition of rye in this one. Quite quenching and sessionable, this would also make a great ale for summer.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It starts, as it usually doesn’t, with something special. What the hell are these little pollen dusts doing in my glass, and why are they turning me on? Am I drinking beer today or chicken stock from a Michelin starred kitchen?

These Rye Beers have put me on full tilt. Like Emmy Rossum, I can’t stop thinking about them.

So I let this brew with the IPA nose sit for a few weeks before granting myself the privilege of tasting it. The moment had to be right, as it is now. A near Spring day, momma bear and little b napping, and little ol’ me with nothing to do except relax with a pint that smells like cantaloupe, coriander and pine.

It’s not my favorite in this style, no. But it is a decent effort, highlighted by a refreshing weight. It’s rare to find a cool-your-mouth brew with enough body that you have to be reminded to swallow. Maybe I’m overreacting to last night. Or maybe not. I think it really does have that balance.

When the lips meet the glass there’s also rye bread (more obviously than with others in this style), bitter honey, dried leaves and mostly there roundness that’s sullied only by the absence of a citrus, ideally tangerine, note.

Beeradvocate Rating: 85

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Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,414 ratings.