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

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1,357 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,357
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 18
Gots: 121 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of secondtooth
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden and semi-cloudy due to massive chunks of sediment. My bottle is dated only a month ago, so I have no explanation for this. Regardless, there's a wealth of lovely and attractive lace.

Nose is malty and appealing, with a hint of hops. Not bad.

Taste is pleasantly hopped, with nice citrus notes and a slight bitterness. Didn't get a lot of the rye in the mix (which is fine with me), just a well-hopped pale ale. Tasty, well-done, and very enjoyable!

Photo of mtkennyp
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of bradcochran1234
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of damngoode
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of MooseBoose
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rpbuckeye
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden honey color with a frothy, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of faint citrus notes and a bit of rye.

Tastes of a nice rye and hop combination upfront followed by a grainy malt base. Sharp rye notes lead off with a bit of spiciness. Hops follow suit with some pine and citrus notes to add to the mix. A bit of herbal and floral bitterness stays around as the grainy malts come through and add sweetness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid rye beer and worth some consideration.

Photo of TypsiYpsi
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New season from Bell’s – let’s see if this is Bell’s Amber Ale-Pale Ale or Hopslam-Expedition Stout quality.

Brewed one month to the day before the date of this tasting (PKGD 01/14/13).

A: The perfect pour: a translucent golden body with a dense, fluffy white head that reaches all the way to the brim of the glass. It takes minutes for the foam to settle, and when it does, there’s a skin of lacing all the way around the glass.

S: Sweet, earthy scents of biscuit, caramel, pumpernickel, and peat – a lovely rye aroma – topped with grassy, piney hops. Hints of thick pine, bright tangerine, and juicy mango to finish.

T: Tart hops blaze a trail of pepper, lemon rind, and grapefruit across the palate, though they never get overbalanced or astringent. The grain bill delivers a mix of soft, fresh bread, salted cracker, and lightly buttered pumpernickel, flavors that remain to balance the hops and nothing more; this beer has no leaning toward bitter or sweet. Finishes with hardly any aftertaste, only a thin lemon tinge.

M: Very drinkable but only because it’s very thin – this is a lawnmower beer. Light, watery body with only the slightest carbonation leaves this one a refreshing drink.

O: This is more of a summer ale, but February’s as good a time as any to have a tasty, thirst-quenching brew. If I could get this under $10 for a six-pack, it might become a go-to when I want something relatively sessionable.

Photo of miwestcoaster
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of johunnic
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 1/14/13.

Never even knew this beer existed.

Served in a Port City tulip.

A: Poured an extremely murky, tangerine orange color with a nice pillowy, silky 1 finger froth on top.

S: Orange juice with added Wasa cracker is the best descriptor to my mind. A bit of earthy, peat moss in there as well.

T: Nice bitterness on the front and back, with a sort of mothball-esque quality that washed over the orange peel. Definitely no grapefruit in here.

M: Nice carbonation bill and lacing. The sweetness was kept in check, but unfortunately, I found the bitterness to be a bit cloying after a few sips.

O: Not bad, but it pales in comparison to Founders "Red Rye" and "Red Rocket," both of which are roughly the same price as a sixer. Sure, I'll grab this one again on draft sometime.

Photo of fredmugs
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of carlborch
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden-tan with a significant amount of minuscule flocculates - almost hazy. Produces a creamy, thick, 2 inch off-white head. Poured a second carefully and "candled" - stopped pouring when the flocculates reached the neck. The ale does have a slight haze! Beautiful, fresh citrus and hoppy nose. Bright, clean, spicy palate that lingers. Totally moreish. Perceptively sessionable, although the 6% ABV may be a concern. Develops a very nice Belgian lace. Forward bitter notes with lingering malt and woody-earthy notes! Poured a third . . .

Photo of andrewjraab
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw like yellow with three fingers of white head. Smells of hop resin, grass, citrus notes. Opens with a mellow sweet bit of honey followed by a crisp hop jab for balance. A medium bodied brew that has a tart almost sour aftertaste. This is very solid brew that is easily and dangerously sessionable.

Photo of RelentlessLefty
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of twenteone
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of djschnabel
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Kerrie
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This isn't a bad beer but I'm finding it fairly bland.

A- Golden color with minimal head yet quite a bit of lacing. Lots of sediment throughout the glass.

S- Not much here; just a faint hop smell.

T- A very mild beer with a slight hop taste. Not too strong or weak, and seems like it'd be a good summer beer.

M- Not too thick or thin; satisfying.

Not sure if I'd get this again, but it's not bad for a single bottle.

Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,357 ratings.