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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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1,136 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008)
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Nolen12

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-13-2013 00:03:02 | More by Nolen12
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Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-12-2013 16:53:57 | More by JMUbrewz
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Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-12-2013 01:34:09 | More by salinasa
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

06-11-2013 17:28:04 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-11-2013 17:27:50 | More by GraduatedCashew
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up during my latest foray to Mari's 6-Pak 'n' Mor in Reading and have been awaiting the right moment to open it. I believe the flower of the label to be a daisy and that last petal represents "She loves me" as it applies to my Old Lady, a kitten with whom I am smitten.

From the bottle: "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."

I allowed the beer to flow freely from the bottle until the foaming head threatened to pass over the lip of the glass. I easily had two fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with not only great retention, but as it fell, it was creating great lacing in its wake. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow, like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. The nose was to die for! It had the black pepper of the rye along with a very earthy scent, like digging in the garden. Mouthfeel was medium and the black pepper flavor was immediately evident on the tongue. It combined nicely with the grapefruit flavor of the hops. This is an APA?!? Wow! The finish was dry, especially with that lingering flavor of freshly-turned soil. I would have this again real soon, hopefully to share with the Old Lady.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 15:55:23 | More by woodychandler
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tarheels4life23

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-10-2013 14:25:43 | More by tarheels4life23
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Docrock

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-09-2013 12:59:00 | More by Docrock
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prototypic

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Smitten is a nice looking amber-ish gold color. It’s very hazy. There are even bits of yeast swimming about in there. A solid white cap tops it. It stands about a finger or so tall and falls back to surface bubbles rather quickly. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate. Looks pretty good.

The nose is a little weak, but isn’t bad. More strength would help. It starts out with a very earthy, grainy scent that’s attributable to rye presence. It has a nice hoppy scent. Smells like a mix of citric and floral varieties. Citrus grapefruit and orange are the most prominent hop scents. Caramel malts smell sweet and seem to be holding the fort down nicely. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. This smells pretty good. Just a little bump in strength might drive it up a notch.

This is rather tasty stuff. It has a nice, sturdy caramel malt base. It’s a little sweet, but doesn’t dominate the flavor profile. It is earthy, grainy, and a little bread-like. Rye is very tasty and prominent throughout. It’s clearly the focal point. Hops are in the mix, but are secondary to the rye. Personally, I’d prefer them being closer to equal. They add some citrus grapefruit and orange flavors the blend well. Grassy and floral notes are also present. All the flavors work pretty well together. Alcohol is very light and subtle in flavor. Finishes earthy, grainy, and a little dry.

Smitten has a body on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is dialed back nicely, and the bubbles feel very soft and smooth. It has a really nice feel. Goes down easy, too.

Bell’s did a pretty nice job with this one. Smitten? Yeah…kinda. It’s good. The rye presence is probably a tad strong. A slightly stronger hop presence (with less rye) would be spot-on. This is good stuff though. Worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 02:59:50 | More by prototypic
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kojevergas

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a plastic cup at the Elephant and Castle in the Crowne Plaza, Chicago on St. Patrick's Day. Reviewed from notes. Complimentary with my room (which, incidentally, was also complimentary with priority club points). I had high expectations given the brewery.

A: Pours a one finger head of white colour. Fair cream. Decent thickness. Nice retention. Body colour is a nontransparent murky peach. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing for the style.

Sm: Floral hops, rye grain, milky citrus, and light grass. A mild strength aroma. Generally appealing. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Floral hops, rye grain, and milky citrus - with some buried orange notes. Nicely grassy. A bit of yeasty character. Clove. Pale malts. Balanced but simple. Lacks subtlety and complexity.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Pretty good carbonation. Lightly crisp. Decent presence on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not great. I do like it, but I'm not impressed. I could take down a sixer of this with ease, but the quality just isn't high enough to warrant purchasing again. It's a solid offering from Bell's for what it is.

High C+ (Borderline B-)

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 20:53:13 | More by kojevergas
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Neorebel

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a warm golden-brown color, with a puff of white foam over top, which clings nicely to the sides of the glass. The aroma brings to mind buttery bread crust, faint floral notes, and a trace of Rye whiskey. There's a strong taste of piny hop varieties accompanied by rye bread. It's got a medium mouth feel and quite the bitter finish. Greater than the sum of it's parts, it's a very solid Rye Beer all things considered.

Serving type: bottle

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Indiana

4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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Thomas_Picton

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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mgroothuis

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

06-05-2013 21:15:31 | More by mgroothuis
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Rihup

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-04-2013 00:47:51 | More by Rihup
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bobbyr5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-02-2013 19:48:19 | More by bobbyr5
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teraflx

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-01-2013 20:47:50 | More by teraflx
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-01-2013 17:35:32 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-01-2013 01:01:12 | More by Jas45678
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Pencible

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This poured a hazy gold with lots of sediment and a little white head.
S: It smelled like earthy copper hops with some citrus zest and bread crust.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and copper hops, with some spicy rye and earthy bread crust. It had a somewhat clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was not a great rye beer. The scent was sub-par, and the taste and body weren't a big improvement. The finish wasn't bad but wasn't great. No real impressive or redeeming element. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 14:51:00 | More by Pencible
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-30-2013 03:11:17 | More by mothman
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JArena13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

05-30-2013 02:06:11 | More by JArena13
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woodchip

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-30-2013 00:29:12 | More by woodchip
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz poured into a pint. The brew appears a hazed golden with particulate stuck in suspension. A fluffy white cap rests atop with patchy lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is lemony essenced with a grassy to noble hop character. A bit of biscuit to cereal grain quality provides a pleasant contrast/backing to the hops.

The flavor is fresh and grainy with a bit of toasty taste about it that is minorly like cereal sweetness. Some lemony citrus hops break things up before getting progressively more herbal to more dank and piney in the finish.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a nice summertine refreshing brew with lots of enjoyable hop aspects. I could see where someone who doesnt dig pale ales or IPAs might be turned off by this as it has quite a hop punch to it. Thanks again Jason!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 18:15:45 | More by stakem
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.