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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: 1,257
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 79 | FT: 2
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008

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Photo of BHansen214
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SerialHiker
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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)

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of adamant1912
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of XavierMuskies
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of henryhampton
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Joel12
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Pint
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.

Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden color with a two finger white head. The head fades quite fast to leave a fantastic level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of rye bread and hop. The hop of the beer is mainly of a citrus nature with aromas of grapefruit and lemon but along with the citrus are some hop notes of pine as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bitter and dry bready taste. The grapefruit hop and rye bread flavor that is present upfront is met with a light fruity sweetness in the middle with some flavors of wheat. These flavors soften the taste from the initial starting more bitter and dry taste. These flavors largely take the taste to its end where they are joined by a light pine hop flavor bringing back a slightly more resinous bitter flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is slightly above average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little more creaminess may have suited the rye flavors of the brew slightly better, but even so the mouthfeel was still quite nice.

Overall – A nicely hopped rye with lighter notes of wheat and a decent citrus showing. A little more refreshing then the typical rye IPA, but not quite as complex. A great brew to try (and likely try again).

Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a somewhat hazy, golden-yellow color, some light amber highlights when held up to the light. A soapy and foamy white head forms and settles at about a quarter-inch where it sits atop the beer for a surprisingly long time. The nose has a very crispy and sharp stature, almost clean and lager-like with mild grains and dryness, most likely from the rye. The hops have an earthy, dirty, and musty appearance, maybe just a bit floral and rosey. All in all, the nose is a little quieter than I would have liked. Even upon letting this warm up a little bit, it never really hits your nostrils that hard and the rye isn't as powerful as I'd hoped for.

The taste has an initial bitter spike from the hops, which retain their musty, earthy, and floral characther. Coupled with the high level of carbonation, Smitten cuts the tongue sharply and feels very crispy and refreshing. This is drinking almost more like a lager than an ale. Some dry rye and bread comes out about midway through and rides into the aftertaste which actually becomes dominated by heavy rye, along with a light bitterness. Some clean yeast flavors on the very tail end, but not really enough to combat the rye. I'm very pleased to see the rye make a big appearance, even if it isn't until nearly the end of the sip. Better late than never, I guess, although I still wish it held a larger stance in the aroma. Medium body with pretty heavy carbonation.

A crispy, tasty, and refreshing ale that feels almost more like a lager. Nice helping of rye, though it would've been nice if it were more "up front" with it. Drinkability is great, but I could see this one getting old fairly quickly. Still a solid choice, though, but there are better rye beers out there.

Photo of GPHarris
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick, fluffy off-white head into a tulip glass that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright straw gold color with some orange tints.
s - very citrusy with a lot of lemon.
t - sticky hops with some nice rye spice.
m - prickly and lively carbonation.
o - terrific beer, very refreshing. i'll be going back to this one.

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of SpongeRuiner
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy gold color, leaving a shit-load of sediment behind in the bottle. The head is tall and densely creamy, slipping down to a cushy covering and heavy lace. Pleasant floral and spicy hop aromas, rye, citrus, and a trailing pale malt sweetness. A little more sweetness in the flavor, which is welcome to balance the hops. Zesty citrus and rye, green and floral. Medium-ish, crisp, and refreshing. I like it.

Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with moderate stark white head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Sharp citrus, almost like orange zest and lemon rind. Some breadiness. Much of the aroma dies off after a few minutes, and it just smells bitter and dry.

Taste: Bready backbone, with strong juicy hop citrus overtones of orange and lemon. Some earthy, floral and spicy notes on the finish. Quite bitter.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good hybrid of an American Blonde Ale and IPA, with some rye flourishes. Refreshing and crisp.

Photo of skaboom420
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 11/14/2013, batch 11695
The ale pours a nice bright golden color with some yeast particulates suspended, plenty of carbonation, and is topped with a frothy, white head that leaves some chunky lacing is on the glass. Aromas are grassy, earthy, spicy rye, fresh citric hops. Tastes are crisp, grassy, earthy, nice dry spiciness from the rye, lemony citrus, while finishing bitter. Thin-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice balance of flavors. Overall, I really like the rye in this one. Very crisp & clean. Nice variation on an APA with some rye. I'm surprised this wasn't released in the summer as I found it to be nice and refreshing.

Photo of morimech
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color that is slightly hazy. Two fingers of head forms and has excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Thick lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a pleasant combination of citrus from the hops, and rye malt.

Rye really comes out in the flavor. It has a nice spicy, bready flavor. The hops are complimentary with citrus and subtle grassy and lemon notes. Bitterness is not that high considering the hop flavor.

Medium body with low carbonation. Smooth texture but I would of liked a touch more carbonation to liven things up.

With all the rye beers out in the market now, this one stands up with the best of them. Really enjoyed the hop flavor that goes along with the rye flavor.

Photo of lilnicky068
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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