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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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1,426 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,426
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 20
Gots: 157 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,426 | Reviews: 271
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of reptile3141
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtransel
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jplennon
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight rye, slight pale malt, hint of honey, hops, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of a Rye Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight rye, hint of pale malt, hint of honey, and a hint of yeast. Overall, looks good, but body and aroma are weak and not impressive.

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4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeedHops
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PVMT
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BubbleBobble
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjmiller718
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light copper in color with lots of tiny sediment suspended within the body. A quarter inch off white head rests on top. Brussels lacing. I smell earthy rye and a bit of citrus hops in the background. The flavor is a blend of bitter citrus hops and earthy rye, but the hops dominate until after the fade. If it wasn't for the lingering rye I would bill it as a rye IPA. The mouth is moderately carbonated with some stickiness from the hops.

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3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taybeh
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, what Bells does as well as any brewery is take ordinary styles and perfects them. They make super clean and tasty offerings of styles that I would not be as excited to drink a six pack of. Smitten is no exception. The beer tastes somewhat leafy, very citrusy, and has a touch of spice from the rye. Not the most complex brew, but wow is this juicy and drinkable. This is one that I will certainly revisit.

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3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cooper
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OnryAndMean
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of craftaholic
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of everythingiszen
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Full golden colored. Healthy ring of fuzz, lacing. Spicy pine. Tangy citrus. Take your pick. Definitely leads pine. Pinier than most ryes I've tried, an interesting combination. It's growing on me... fans of bitter IPAs will like this; fans of ryes with low IBUs will tolerate it I imagine.

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice gold, finger of white head with great lacing, lots of floated

Smell is earthy piney hops, some spicy rye notes, bread, some lemon like citrus

Taste is quite heavy on the rye up front but then some very piney hop notes kick in, a light citrus quality, nice bready malt, a little orange

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, slight drying in the finish

Very unique beer, good, but glad I only grabbed a single. Not something I would drink on the regular. If you like rye, my guess is you will love this.

Photo of kdown
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,426 ratings.