Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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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.
01-25-2013 22:58:56 | More by pvo
3.49/5 rDev -4.4%
Pours a hazy copper with an orange tint and a foamy one inch cream head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving small sheets of lacing. Tiny floaties are present.
Citrus, resin, bready malt, and rye form the initial aroma. A catty note and pine emerge.
Grapefruit dominates the beginning of the flavor, which becomes bready and pretty dry mid palate. Sour orange and resin add intrigue. The finish is decidedly bitter, with rye notes lingering. Onion and grassy, earthy hops eventually become detectable.
Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, slight astringency, and a fair amount of alcohol warmth.
Packed with flavor, but the citrus and bitterness don't allow other ingredients to shine. And the combination just doesn't hit my palate well.
01-25-2013 01:01:50 | More by barczar
4.04/5 rDev +10.7%
This new arrival pours a light bodied, very clear and bright yellow gold in color with a soapy one finger bright white head. The nose is light and hoppy with a moderate pine character. I could smell the beer the second I took off the cap. The flavors are great for the style. It's hoppy with a pine, floral, lemon aspect with a touch of malty sweetness in the finish, rounding it out. It drinks light in body and slightly dry and drinks very easily for 6.5%. Overall this is a really nice and lighter pale. This is perfect for warmer weather.
01-24-2013 19:12:07 | More by aasher
3.99/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured golden with a white head and good sticky lacing. Aroma is lemon and citrus hops. Rye is up front on taste, Some citrus and spices, mild hop bitterness. Crisp with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Been more willing to buy rye beers lately and this has backed it up.
01-24-2013 03:06:33 | More by patpbr
3.86/5 rDev +5.8%
On tap at Max's
Pours vibrant light gold with a white head dissipating quickly into a ring.
Lemon and light citrus in the aroma with a bunch of biscuit/bread character along with spicy rye.
Wow this is rye heavy. Like rye bread in liquid form. Some lemon up front and finishes with an insane amount of rye kick.
Lighter bodied with carbonation a touch on the high side, but works with the rye.
Enjoyable beer as I was not expecting that much rye kick. Nothing substantially great, but if you are a fan of ryes you'll like it.
01-23-2013 20:44:29 | More by jmarsh123
3.71/5 rDev +1.6%
Served in a moustachioed shaker pint glass.
Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!
But what did he end up saying when the last petal was plucked? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear gold populated by a steady suspension of floaties and topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises pine sap, leek-y grass, funky lemon rind, and a light dusting of rye spice. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though now the leek character is more of a dank/dark one, and there's less of a funkiness present, allowing the lemon to express itself as it sees fit. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice rye beer, one I could easily see enjoying a few sixers of over the course of its availability.
01-21-2013 03:28:43 | More by TMoney2591
4.11/5 rDev +12.6%
Appearance was orangey with a slight haze
Nose was bready huge malt loveliness with the promise(which was delivered) of citrus and a slight spice to come. I have to say I fell in love with the nose on this one...beauty... sheer beauty...
Taste.. Ahh taste... Malty toast preceeded by a citrusy, mostly orange flavor... Good stuff...
Mouthfeel was ephervecent at first rolling about mid mouth provideing a truly balanced feeling almost maturing as you drink... Lovely probably my second favorite part
Overall I like it... I want to love it but it won't let me... Good stuff though if you see it drink it! It's totally worth it...
01-20-2013 05:13:13 | More by Cabbage_pants1
4/5 rDev +9.6%
New Bell's seasonal I believe. Bottle 1/14/13 so very fresh.
A: Appearance is nice golden light beer, small one finger head that dissipates quite quickly.
Smell: Smell is a little bit of citrus presence up front, followed by a good biscuity maltiness. Toasted.
TasteL Taste is similar to the smell, with citrus hops up front, but these leave the palate very quickly. Followed by a toasty spicy malt flavor from the rye that sticks around. Pleasant taste. Toast sticks around until the end with little bitterness, just enough to balance out the beer.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, light body, works well for the beer. Nothing special.
Overall: A tasty beer, the rye toasty flavor dominates, but there is definitely a citrus hop presence up front in the nose and mouth. A good bridge between winter and spring.
01-19-2013 05:33:37 | More by fastenoughforphish
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured 12 oz bottle which was bottled on Jan 14 2013 into blonde glass
Poured bright golden color with a solid two finger head and plenty of carbonation
Smell was different. Grassy and toasted. No real hop presence.
Different taste from any APA. No citrus notes or hop forward taste. Much like the smell. You taste the toasted rye flavor. Clean and crisp for the most part. Bitter finish. Not overpoweringly bitter but it stays on the tongue.
The mouthfeel is effervescent and almost lager-like.
Worth a try. Very fresh and grassy. Hard to compare to anything else. Bell's continues to produce thought provoking beers in variable styles.
01-18-2013 04:54:26 | More by PHBoiler
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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