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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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83
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1,203 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,203
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 16
Gots: 62 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008)
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

mcewesr, Feb 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

BARFLYB, Feb 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

plinythederek, Feb 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

JimGlonke, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bells Smitten Golden Rye Ale

Pours a honey gold color with a white head and a bit of lace. Large chunks of yeast or proteins are hanging in suspension. Aroma of clean maltyness, some floral and sweet fresh doughy bread. In the taste, bready malt sweetness balanced by a citrusy hop character and a bit of grainy rye. Mild bitterness with notes of grapefruit. Medium bodied with a chalky finish. Overall, this was an ok beer but a little disappointed. This ale could use some cleaning up.

Stinkypuss, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

PEIhop, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smitten is golden in color with alot of sediment floating about. A tall white head sits on top with gentile carbonation seen through the haze.
It smells dank and of oily hops, earthy too. Malts are present with spicy rye punching through.
Taste is mostly malts with a spicy and subdued sour taste from the rye. It's not that hoppy, some peak through with a floral and or earthy taste but very understated.
Drinks rather bitter with a dry finish.
I like this beer the rye is nicely balanced and not over powering which is good because I'm really not that big into rye beers. Plenty drinkable.

micromaniac129, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

tobelerone, Feb 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

ClintonRalston, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Gtg642, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jkrich
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: bright golden hue with the characteristic Bell's suspended sediment. The foamy white head recedes slowing leaving some nice lacing.

Strong piney aromas are evident along with some rye aroma.

The flaver is very crisp and dry with a solid citrusy profile mixed with a noticeable rye flavor. The rye presence is represented more in the this ale than any other "rye" ale I have tried. As the ale warms, a little malt backbone comes through, giving the ale a pleasant balance.

The mouthfeel is light, flavorful and refreshing with a pleasing level of carbonation. Bittersweet flavors linger on the palate

This is my favorite rye ale thus far. You can actually taste and enjoy the addition of rye in this one. Quite quenching and sessionable, this would also make a great ale for summer.

jkrich, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Ajbradsher, Feb 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Steimie, Feb 24, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It starts, as it usually doesn’t, with something special. What the hell are these little pollen dusts doing in my glass, and why are they turning me on? Am I drinking beer today or chicken stock from a Michelin starred kitchen?

These Rye Beers have put me on full tilt. Like Emmy Rossum, I can’t stop thinking about them.

So I let this brew with the IPA nose sit for a few weeks before granting myself the privilege of tasting it. The moment had to be right, as it is now. A near Spring day, momma bear and little b napping, and little ol’ me with nothing to do except relax with a pint that smells like cantaloupe, coriander and pine.

It’s not my favorite in this style, no. But it is a decent effort, highlighted by a refreshing weight. It’s rare to find a cool-your-mouth brew with enough body that you have to be reminded to swallow. Maybe I’m overreacting to last night. Or maybe not. I think it really does have that balance.

When the lips meet the glass there’s also rye bread (more obviously than with others in this style), bitter honey, dried leaves and mostly there roundness that’s sullied only by the absence of a citrus, ideally tangerine, note.

Beeradvocate Rating: 85

ratebeer Rating: 87

Hayward Abbey Rating: 85

viverlee, Feb 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

BrockGibson31, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

jkopeny, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

zonker17, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

BtownIrish20, Feb 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

bralston345, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

TasteTester, Feb 23, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium yellow golden color with a fat, fluffy, three finger, white head. Very clean and clear looking. Excellent head retention.

S- Fruity, spicy, grassy hops. Some notes of citrus fruits. Spicy rye bread and sweet grains.

T- There is a nice spicy, citrusy hop aroma right up front that blends very nicely with the spiciness of the rye. The flavors really help to balance each other out quite nicely. Some notes of apricot and bready grains as well.

M- Full bodied with a bit of rough carbonation but overall it is very smooth and goes down quite easily.

O- This is a very well balanced pale ale. There was a lot less rye flavor than I initially thought that there would be, however the amount present turned out to be perfect. I can not emphasize how drinkable this beer is. I drank my first bottle waaay to fast, and I'm not usually a fan of rye. A very nice spring offering.

Zachtheporter, Feb 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

rjl910953, Feb 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Supergenious, Feb 22, 2013
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Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,203 ratings.