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: 1,499
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 205 | FT: 3
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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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Ratings: 1,499 | Reviews: 292
Photo of breakingbland
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The aroma was slightly sweet with a hint of rye and hops. Fairly typical of an American ale. The taste followed the aroma but not quite as sweet. Refreshing.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and lots of lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of rye.
T: The taste starts out with some flavors of orange citrus but quickly transitions to a light to moderate amount of spicy rye flavors that continue to linger through the finish.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I liked the citrusy notes in this rye beer as they added complexity to the taste and helped take some of the edge of the spicy flavors, making this beer more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of BikeChef
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nothing stands out about this beer, but it is a superbly balanced, beautifully crafted ale. Don't expect fireworks here, just relax and enjoy this one, being glad we're living at a time when such good, fresh beer is so readily available. I'm smitten :)

Photo of Wolvmar
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Gets mixed reviews but one of my favorites. A beer that grows on you; at least that was my experience.

Photo of desireonrepeat
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very thin and watery, the idea is there but not so great execution

Photo of frankwoj
4.56/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super refreshing beer! Citrus and Hop flavors!

Photo of Dwkasper
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth, easy drinking. Cuts through the Indra kanindra I just had

Photo of atr2605
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a white sudsy head that leaves a bit of lacing
S-predominately rye, a bit yeasty, piney
T-rye and pine bitterness followed by some citrus, and a dry biscuit malt finish. Crisp. Bitterness lingers a bit
M-medium to medium light bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O-Not my favorite beer but very drinkable.

Photo of kickbundler
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is dated 01/04/15 and was decanted to a standard pint glass. This beer pours a slightly hazy gold with a small head. A small amount of head lasts throughout with quite a lot of lacing left behind. The aroma is subtle with a nice malt and piney smell. The taste is nicely crisp and refreshing. The hop bitterness is not overwhelming and the aftertaste is clean with just a touch of lingering bitterness that fades quickly. The presence of rye is not obvious in this beer. Overall this is an extremely drinkable beer.

Photo of Chiefy770
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on January 12th, 2015
Reviewed on February 13th, 2015
Served in a Kölsch

Clean looking gold body. An average foamy white head formed, collapsed, and left a great amount of sticky white lacing throughout. Plenty of bubbles circulating throughout the body.

Tons of citrus. Floral undertones. Subtle notes of pepper and bread.

A blend of floral and citric hops hit the tongue first. Spiced rye followed the hops, mellowing things out a bit. A rather strong hit of citrus lingers in the finish. Medium/light body. Moderate carbonation.

Great hop-heavy rye. It’s bitter but goes down easily. All around a great brew.

Photo of dwagner003
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smell and taste are totally flowery and perfumey, but I just love it.

Photo of Wilson3382
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It is making me type a review

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite Bells beer, but by far better than some of the beers I had in the "flight" at the Ecentric cafe

Photo of rkat32
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle dated January 9, 2015. Poured into a New Glarus nonic pint glass. Consumed on February 10, 2015; reviewed on February 11, 2015.

L: Slight haze, deep gold in color; decent two-finger, cream-colored head that sticks around in the glass.

S: Rye, pepper spice, rustic hard bread crust, earthy hops. Looking for a little more from the aroma, but the beer is over a month old by now.

T: Spicy rye, earthy hops, hearty citrus, honey, bready malts, very floral, nice hope bite, makes one want to take another sip.

F: Creamy mouthfeel, long-lasting bitterness with pleasant floral and citric hop characteristics.

Overall: A very nice, hop-forward English-style rye pale ale. Extremely drinkable despite the bitterness. As usual, a nice offering from Bell’s and a welcome addition to their early winter seasonal rotation.

Photo of Stevedore
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated 1/12/2015, served in a Bell's snifter 2/9/2015.

A- Slightly cloudy, but for the most part a clear light orange body, two finger white head with good retention although it does not leave much lacing.

S- Bready aromas waft out, floral and earthy notes are predominant. The rye imparts a distinct aroma but is not a particularly strong aspect of the nose. The floral and earth are the main aromas here.

F- The rye is much more present on the palate. Honey, a bit of orange marmalade, toasted bread makes the malt backbone very much like a pilsner in character. Plenty of floral bitterness, a bit of earth on the backend. It's interesting, not sure I love it but it does grow on you with each sip.

M- Medium bodied, crisp but soothing on the palate even with the floral bitterness on the backend. Reasonably drinkable, although the floral bitterness does wear on my palate after a while.

O- Reasonably unique pale ale with a nice rye spice to it and plenty of citrus and floral bite. It's kind of like what I would expect a rye English bitter to taste like. It's pretty solid, nothing special but worth a shot.

Photo of jimdisser
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color. Crisp to the point of almost a bitter finish. Very refreshing. Another quality effort from Bell's.

Photo of Bosoxbennie
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I may be alone here, but I love this beer

Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a great spring beer.....different, tasty, hoppy, and truly bells. Great beer and worth trying.

Photo of JGam115
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slight hazy hay. Creamy, slightly dry, bright palate cleanser.

Photo of pbechtel
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a burnt orange with a little head and lacing. Very smooth - the right mixture of citrus and hops. I believe this beer would serve as a good introduction to American IPAs to a newer drinker...Overall a great experience!

Photo of 57md
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Cloudy light copper. Rye notes are present in the nose but I am not really getting any rye in the flavor profile. The body is light with a crisp and mildly bitter finish.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Some lighter malts on the nose, spice, light fruit – almost grape, light, some alcohol warming, medium to a little more on the carbonation, brilliant straw color.

Photo of MarkQ617
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Not bad, had this on one of the last few warm days of summer. Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. Clean golden ale with a nice spice from the rye. Usually I prefer rye in a pale or IPA, but this worked. Nice yellowish color, completely clear with a little head. Not bad.

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

Bottled 12/26/13 at 40 degrees into standard pint
Aroma light hops and rye spiceness
Head average (4 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 4 -8 mm layer.
Lacing poor – few small islands of small bubbles
Body light yellow, chill haze
Flavor spicey, slight hop citrus; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

A very nice pale ale, very easy to quaff to excess. A very pleasing appearance, light aroma and flavor, and enjoyable palate.

Photo of cbutova
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big review dump from camping the last week. This was consumed in Sioux Falls, SD at our campground. Full notes taken on phone.

A- Hazy golden-apricot body poured from a 12oz to a goblet. A white head rises up to about one finger with decent retention and a frothy foamy texture. Thin islands and the small ring leaves spotty lace

S- Pretty much half and half balance of hops and malts for me. Maybe a bit to the hoppy side if I had to chose. Hops bring resin citrus grapefruit and floral. Caramel, rye and pale grains.

T- A small shift happens here with an increase in floral and specifically citrus oily feel, lemon oil almost with flowery herbal and spicy notes. Base of medium caramelized grains, spicy rye, slight sweets, rye crusty bread and some apple fruit esters.

MF- Light bodied with a nice texture from the rye. Silky and creamy with high end carbonation that helps drive the medium bitterness.

Nice balance of citrus floral hop strength and rye crusty cracked grain.

Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.