Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.05/5 rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
freshly released sixxer, poured into a pint glass.
a: clear golden with a nice two finger head that slowly dissipated.
s: citrus hops are the predominant aroma followed by some light toasty bread. smells very fresh!
t: clean on the tongue with medium intensity hops. slight bitter/ spicy finish. citrusy hops and rye are always a great pair!
m: fresh, clean, medium body lets the bitterness linger at the back of the tongue. medium carbonation. medium alcohol heat.
o: great beer here! if you are a fan of hoppy rye beers this is one to pick up. easy drinking, some rye beers get a bit too hoppy and all the acidity can make them difficult to consume for a session beer. this has great balance. wish it was available year round. it would make a great spring/summer beer!
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 02:25:30 | More by deadchef
3.03/5 rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
My 2nd beer from Bell's and my 2nd let down. The label to me explains how it tastes. As a kid we would dare each other to break the stem of a dandelion and lick the white stuff....this beer taste like that. Very bitter and immediately after sipping I feel my sinuses clear. The after taste taste like a generic beer to me.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 01:54:30 | More by Jstewart6
3.66/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 oz. bottle, bottled on date 12/14/2013 (back label imprint). Poured into a clean Bell's Oberon Summer 2009 pint glass.
A - Poured out fast enough to build a good head on the beer, but get all 12oz into the glass with one pour. The head was pure white, roughly a finger to a finger and half tall on the beer. It mostly diminished within 2-3 minutes, with significant lacing on the glass. The body of the beer was a deep golden amber, with a hazy character, that allowed light to pass through easily, while obscuring the background of the glass. There were very fine bits of sediment suspended in the body.
S - The aroma is faint and subdued, though there is a clear hop note and a hint of citrus immediately noticeable. There is also a touch of floral scents in the aroma.
T - Labeled as a Golden Rye, there is not a pronounced rye flavor, though it is detectable as the beer progresses, never becoming significant. There is an intense piney and citrusy flavor to the beer, especially in the aftertaste. It starts with hints of sweetness, and finishes slightly bitter, as a priorly hopped pale ale should. It is not a terribly complex beer to taste, and is very much an American pale ale in its flavor profile. It has a slightly above average taste.
M - The carbonation starts very intense in the front of the mouth, but recedes a bit as the beer goes towed the throat. The beer has a medium body.
O- I enjoyed this beer, and would drink it again. The beer is labeled as a Golden Rye Ale, but the short description states that it is an "interesting take on the American Pale Ale." Based on the overall flavor of the beer, I'd concur that this is an interesting take on american pale ale, and that the Rye while part of the ingredient list is part of the flavoring rather than the primary grain. The 6.00% abv makes this a very drinkable beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2013 21:57:41 | More by Badger6
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 01/14/2013 printed on the back label. A new seasonal spring offering to me from Bell's, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store, I decided to try this one out before it was too late.
Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.
A - Pours a nice golden lemon-orange colored body with tons of dark and light sediment twirling around the glass, and steady bubbles streaming topside. Just over a finger of soft fluffy off-white head with decent staying power. Looks pretty damn nice to me.
S - Smell is nice, but faint. I am actually getting a lot of prominent lemongrass, lemon zest, floral dandelion, piney hop bitterness, and graininess up front. White pepper is in the background.
T - Taste is of bright citrus lemon zest, grass, bitter grapefruit, piney hop resins, and some dirty herbal earthiness. Hardly picking up on any peppery rye in the taste, which is to my liking.
M - Feel ends citrusy, grainy, and dry. Lots of resinous grapefruit / pine hop bitterness sticking to the palate. Medium bodied with good healthy carbonation.
Overall, I surprisingly enjoyed this much more than I would have thought. The bottle identifies this beer as an American pale ale, which works much better than as a rye beer, since the rye is hardly a key player here. Modest 6.00% abv isn't noticeable at all. A nice seasonal from Bell's; I will definitely look forward to trying this beer again.
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
11-26-2013 23:36:34 | More by mfnmbvp
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
We pour a brew of rusty bronze. It holds a one finger head of big, soapy bubbles, taking the color of sand. Islands and rods of lacing are left around the glass as it bubbles away at a faster pace. A thick haze and big chunks of sediment come with the dregs of the bottle, with carbonation appearing to be light . The aroma gives harsh metallics, pale and chalky white malts, baker’s sourdough yeastiness, mineral of well water, dandelion florals, adjuncty corn, Band-Aid medicinal phenols, definite rye bite, lemony and grassy hops, alcohol, lemon drop candy sweetness, and lime juiciness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much, much better than the aroma, with a deep graininess that keeps you guessing until the very end. As we sip, the taste opens with granular white sugars, rye, surprisingly clean pale maltiness, burnt plastics, buttery popcorn, bitter citric and grassy hops, lemon rind, heavy creamer, and light adjuncty corniness. The middle comes to a peak with watermelon juice fruitiness, orange and lemon flesh bite, parsley herbals, lightly soaped hoppiness, pale grit, freshly baked wheat and rye breadiness, and candy corn sugars. The end washes with sunflower seeds, salt lick, honey-Dijon mustard, brown sugar, herbal raspberry tea, corn tortillas, baked beans, metallic coin, earthy mustiness, bitter herbal hops, red cherry sweetness, and freshly sliced apples. The aftertaste breathes of coffee bean metallics, medical tape adhesives, penicillin, resinous green grassiness, newspaper ink and paper towel, cooked brown sugars, green bean vegetals, dandelion aromatics, mossy musk, and light cheddar cheese funk. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip gives pleasant slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is cooled, but quickly fades to a chalky, lightly puckered, and chalky astringency across the entire palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks quite easily.
Overall, the best thing about this beer is its flavor, coupled with its ease of drinkability. The rye really flourishes with warmth, adding to the depth of the grain bill, while lightening up any inherent bitterness of hops that may have escaped the final blend. This is nice, as it adds a robustness to the main bulk of both the nose and the tongue. This does, however, seem like more of a commercial pull, with enough lightness to appeal to the masses. That said, we ended up very much appreciating that aspect of it, as it made it wonderfully drinkable, especially when coupled with the soft and creamy drag to each sip. Although well known within the stage, this is one of Bell’s sleepers, and definitely something we feel would appeal to many beer appreciators.
Serving type: bottle
11-20-2013 01:26:07 | More by TheBrewo
3.74/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
"With wonderfully bitter citrus notes, resinous hop flavors and earthy overtones, this interesting take on the American Pale Ale doesn't leave a lot of room to wonder if you'll love it." Brewed in the style of an American Rye Pale Ale. This is Bell's current Spring seasonal, finally finding it's way to Georgia this spring, after being previously available on tap for several years closer to Michigan.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Bell's tulip snifter. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a crisp golden white head over a moderately hazy honey amber body with plenty of flaked sediment in tow. Carbonation is spritely and plentiful. Retention is average, lacing is light and stringy. 3.5
(Smell) Light biscuity rye serves as a mild enhancement to a sweet, clean pale malt body. The hop selections are a well-pronounced bouquet of citrusy, resinous and peppery hop notes with a modest bitterness. I do appreciate the relaxed use of rye malt in this beer as it makes a simple compliment to a recipe that could have stood just as fine on its own. Potency is medium. 3.75
(Taste) The bitterness may take you by surprise, but still manages a bright accessibility, as freshly cut flowers with a mild vegetative bitterness. Citrus notes are toned down but still very much a part of the hop profile. The malt profile remains enthusiastically balanced with an even malt body and sweetness while still maintaining a high level of drinkability. Most tame aromas are pronounced in full with the flavor but the end product is a clean, flavorful and balanced ale. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly dry, thin, clean and slick. Carbonation adds a busy wave of crisp fizzy textures to enhance the texture. Body is medium for the style and light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. Balance is equally bitter and sweet, lightness makes for high drinkability. 3.75
(Overall) As before mentioned, I appreciate not loading the flavor of this beer down with heavy rye syrup. Using a fraction of the malt bill as rye works wonders at preserving the body's lightness while still significantly altering the texture and flavor of the recipe. Aside from the rye, the flavors were all well balanced and enjoyable. I enjoyed the herbaceous hop aromas making a very "spring-like" entrance in the flavor. Hopefully this will make a return next spring, and if it does, it's worth seeking out. 3.75
Bell's Brewery, Inc.'s
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2013 01:19:59 | More by Jadjunk
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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