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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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1,134 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,134
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 46 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008)
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dumped aggressively into a cheater pint.

A: beautiful, almost self-illuminating with a glow and radiance of a golden orange color. Floaties and not transparent gets is a slight ding here. dense head collapses into a thin 2mm head that laces all the way with a white wispy lace.

S: Tropical and spicy, dusty rye. This is a hallmark of slightly dusty rye and why I love this style is embodied in this smell. I am getting that almost galaxy and rye combo, with sweet tropical fruit notes and peppery rye.

T: follows nose, leaving some very sweet up front notes, rye-sourdough bread, mango and souring from under-ripe mango, followed by apricot and nectarine notes then dries out to a rye white pepper. Complexity, due to the fact that it shifts though these notes in a predictable, welcome and harmonious fashion.

M: creamy and medium bodied with a spicy white pepper tongue action. That fruit sweetness comes and goes and makes it difficult to concentrate on the dryness. It ebbs and flows from dry to sweet to dry and back. Interesting, and never had a brew do this strange flip-flop.

O: Very nice and worth the quaff. Dare I say it, it is what I would seek if I pictured a rye Hopslam.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 01:23:17 | More by Scrapss
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farrago

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pure white foam head, tightly woven microfoam, semi-aggressive pour yields a little over a finger, retention is okay, the lacing streaks are meager but long, average stick. Filmy golden colored liquid, lots of fine particulate floating throughout, semi-opaque as a result, few visible bubbles. Very grainy nose featuring spicy rye notes, black pepper, orange and grapefruit rinds, once you get past the initial burst there’s underlying sweetness found in honey notes and peach, apricot fruit accents, light touch of mineral water and cigar ash before it floats off. Medium-bodied, the carbonation charges right out of the gate, gets things churning. On the dry side even as the rye is not over the top, hoppy with no lack of leafiness even if it’s the grains which take precedence. Stronger citrus presence here, lemon to orange. As in the nose, the apricot, peach, yellow apple fruit holds off before showing. The finish is filled with earthy, metallic notes, creates added bitterness. That said, balanced on the whole, drinking well chilled helps. You can tell it is well crafted, however, it also has a sort of lowbrow “throwback” feel and taste to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 23:19:08 | More by farrago
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HopintheSouth

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a pint from a 12oz bottle.

A-golden amber color and shines in the sunlight. Definitely fits the image of a Rye ale

S-Sweet malt mixed with floral hops, orange, lemon peel in the background. Slight spice on the nose.

T-Great flavor as soon as it hits the tongue. Delicious rye on the tongue after swallowing and a surprising hop bitterness that brings on piney, spice flavor and a sweet lemon aftertaste. I've had IPA's that didn't have as much hop bite, and I like it!

M- full bodied and refreshing for a 6% abv, very easily drinkable. I really enjoyed this beer and even my wife likes it, who usually prefers very easy-going wheat beers. I've had many a good beer from Bell's and this is one of them. Definitely a good session beer on a warm spring day.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 00:02:58 | More by HopintheSouth
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T-34-85

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-08-2014 23:47:33 | More by T-34-85
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-08-2014 03:38:00 | More by jrohrbacher
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ACarp

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-07-2014 21:54:35 | More by ACarp
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ajb1050

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -11%

04-07-2014 19:50:46 | More by ajb1050
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a bright golden, light- amber color with a bubbly white head about 3/4 inch tall. The bubbles settle slowly and form a nice layering. Great lacing as you drink.
S: Floral hops, crackers, light honey, peppery nose from rye and herbal/spicy hops. Toasty grains and a light citric/lemon peel smack on the nose round out the aroma which is not abundant.
T: Crackers with rye, lemon peel, jasmine, herbal and spicy hops. Husky grains are there to form the backbone of this beer. More bittering from the hops and rye give a dry finish.
M: Light body, with crisp carbonation and a smooth, dry finish.
O: This beer goes down so easy! It keeps you refreshed especially if it were a hot day I can imagine a cold one of these going down great. Probably good with BBQ and lounging on the porch. My only drawback is that it dries out the palate a bit much. I like what Bell's is going for here with this beer and I think it could be sessionable at 6%. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 18:28:59 | More by scottbrew4u
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Nick-K

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-07-2014 15:57:00 | More by Nick-K
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ms333

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-07-2014 01:20:08 | More by ms333
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As advertised this beer pours a transparent golden body beneath the scattered white head which dissolves to leave a faint lacing about the glass.

The aromas are primarily of pine, wheat, pale malt and rye. More of an American Pale Ale with hints of rye than anything else.

The flavor is similar with a more apparent rye presence than in the nose. More pine hops, wheat and again pale malt.

Generous carbonation on the mouthfeel, although lighter in body with a slightly drying finish.

A fairly nice brew, perhaps more of an American Pale as referenced above with hints of rye as it lacks the robust rye backbone some of its counterparts in the style possess.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 01:18:27 | More by CHADMC3
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instinct2

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-06-2014 19:27:13 | More by instinct2
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JakeZWord

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-06-2014 19:26:54 | More by JakeZWord
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Yeroc

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-06-2014 14:28:36 | More by Yeroc
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sonofliberty2

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-06-2014 03:14:28 | More by sonofliberty2
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MrBeige

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

04-06-2014 02:51:39 | More by MrBeige
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BradShook

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11%

04-05-2014 15:12:13 | More by BradShook
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msquared36

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.8%

04-05-2014 01:41:18 | More by msquared36
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IorekKatze


4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-04-2014 22:41:37 | More by IorekKatze
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Filabee

Michigan

1.75/5  rDev -52.1%

04-04-2014 21:54:38 | More by Filabee
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cathomae

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

04-04-2014 20:53:42 | More by cathomae
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billyrenfroe

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -11%

04-04-2014 19:26:03 | More by billyrenfroe
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mwar

Kentucky

1.5/5  rDev -58.9%

04-04-2014 17:29:13 | More by mwar
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Dover

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -11%

04-04-2014 12:08:59 | More by Dover
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Dovers

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -11%

04-04-2014 12:08:53 | More by Dovers
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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