Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.3/5 rDev -9.3%
Bottled 17 December 2013. Tasted 31 March 2014.
Pours clear medium golden. Floaties from the bottom of the glass, but that's my own fault. One finger of white head, fizzy. Okay retention and lacing.
Smell is an odd mix of rye spice and Belgian golden ale. Peppery rye, sweet grains.
Taste is, to my tastes, somewhat of a clash. A very light chalky bitterness mixes with rye to produce, well, spiced bitterness. But it's thin and not all that flavorful.
Feel is okay. Medium-light body, low carbonation. Chalky feel combines with the mild bitterness to make for a sort of floury feel.
Not my favorite beer. Not terrible, but the flavors mix in weird ways that don't really work for me.
04-01-2014 02:55:17 | More by zeledonia
3.74/5 rDev +2.7%
If an American Pale Ale is made of rye, does that make it an American Rye Ale? Adding rye to the grain bill has been a trendy thing for some of the hoppier ales, so I'm not surprise to see an exclusive rye ale hopped like a pale ale. With 12 ounces, it's on to the beer:
Two fingers thick of head sit on top this flame orange colored beer. Head retention remains strong, streaks of lacing rings about the glass. The aroma is pleasing and much like a classic pale ale. Rather clean with pine, citrus, floral, an edge of rye.
Tastes like a classic pale ale too, albeit with a spicy rye note. All around, the flavor is dry with splurges of hops firing out, and a kick of rye. Pine, orange, a dash of pepper, rye, all which provide the key notes to this pleasant and drinkable beer. Feels light in the mouth and airy, maybe a touch more airy than I prefer. Easy drinking too.
Here's an interesting alternative to the number of standard pale ales on the market. I like Smitten.
03-31-2014 05:29:22 | More by DoubleJ
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
Poured in to a pint glass. Hazy dark yellow, thin white head. Smells bready with floral notes. Taste light and sweet up front, dry rye and floral hops on the finish. Much to commend, but nothing particularly remarkable. Solid session beer, hides the alcohol well.
03-29-2014 20:58:05 | More by stingrayvr6
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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