Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.84/5 rDev +5.2%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on 1/27/14.
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a white head on top. Some small floaties in the glass give it the haze. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: The aroma is a blend of hops and rye malts. A bit of a citrusy floral note to the hop. The rye provides some bready toasty qualities.
T: Focus of the flavor is really on that rye malt. A bit sweet with a spice like quality, the rye is real solid. Hops give it a balance with a mild fruitiness. Aftertaste comes back around with a toasty rye flavor.
M: Light to medium body with ample carbonation. Clean refreshing finish with good drinkability.
Overall I'm a huge rye fan so this is an enjoyable brew. Solid balance and easy drinking.
02-16-2014 20:57:04 | More by CloudStrife
3.16/5 rDev -13.4%
I really like Bell's in general. I have had a few rye beers and none of them have done it for me, I thought if any brewery could do it Bell's could. Maybe my taste buds were off tonight, but this is an odd beer. It smells great, similar to an IPA or pale ale. It looks great, and in the beginning it tastes good, then that spicy bitterness hits and it lingers on the back of my tongue in a bad way. Its a very strong bitterness that I could not shake. I thought maybe it was me, I drank some water ate a few pretzels then tried again, same result. It tastes very nice on the front of my tongue but as it passes over the rest of my mouth it clings in a rather unpleasant way to the back. It gives off a strange alkaline flavor that I just cannot get past. I will have to say this is not my favorite by Bell's. I will place it in the same category as Oberon another grain that I don't enjoy in my beers, wheat! Oddly enough the other rye beers I had tried in the past did remind me of wheat beers, and is why I did not enjoy them, but now I have found another reason not to like them. I am giving this one higher marks than I should and on paper it looks better than it is, but the smell is nice, I will have to give Bell's that. Anyway, I will keep trying on occasion, but this one does fall short. I do find this odd because I generally like rye whisky and I also like wheated bourbons. But as far as beers go, neither wheat nor rye work for I.
02-16-2014 03:32:57 | More by humuloner22
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.