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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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Ratings: 1,344
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 19
Gots: 117 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of CHickman
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow gold with a big 2 finger white head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly, leaving excellent foamy lacing and rings as it went down. Impressive looking for a pale ale or rye beer, this looks like one of Bell’s IPA’s.

Smells of rye, floral hops, herbs, mild spices, mint, light grapefruit, roasted grains, yeast like that wet cardboard smell, and spices like potpourri. Nose has a lot of strong scents that work well together for a very different smelling beer, I enjoyed the nose a lot.

Tastes like it smells with rye, floral hops, herbs, mild spices like pepper, mint, coriander and allspice, grapefruit, lemon zest, pine cone/piney hops, roasted grains, yeast, and biscuit or wheat. Flavor is hoppier than the nose with the spices and rye finishing each sip on the dry side.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a little texture, light fizzy carbonation, and a slightly bitter spicy finish that’s on the dry side with rye and hops. Nice beer overall, pale ale or rye beer category is not important since it’s tasty, crisp and easy drinking. Could be a session beer if I can get more of it.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Kendo
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 1/27/14; consumed on 4/10/14.

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is hazy golden with a good-sized (1.5-fingers) fluffy off-white head. Good thick rings of foamy lacing. Lots of fine bubbles visible throughout.

S: Pleasant nose: florally, perfumey hops with some underlying cereal grains for foundation. As it warms I'm getting some skunkiness as well.

T: First impression: this is slightly light-struck, as I get a bit of skunk lingering on the aftertaste. Grainy malt foundation, then spicy rye is obvious. Good strong hoppy finish - florally again, with modest lemony bitterness. Nice spice bite too.

M: Medium in heft body with moderate, creamy carbonation.

O: I bought this single bottle at Price Chopper and I'm guessing it hasn't been properly handled. I'd like to get a fresh, clean bottle; I suspect I'd give it a better review.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Scrapss
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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3.56/5  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.

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4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,344 ratings.