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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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1,198 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,198
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 16
Gots: 61 | 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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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
Photo of Gtg642
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
Photo of Ajbradsher
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Steimie, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of viverlee
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
Photo of Zachtheporter
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%

OneEyedJack, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Supergenious, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Sturmthis, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

st9647v3, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of timc100
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very hazy pale orange with lots of chucks floating around. Solid foamy white head that sticks around.

S: Very mild. Lemon citrus, very slight orange/coriander, bread. Very dry

T: Much like the nose, but brighter. Biting citrus, hay/bread/spice melange of sorts. Dry and refreshing

P: Nice, do not really notice it - active carbonation, light-medium bodied.

O: Nice beer, would be better in hotter months.

timc100, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of MaddGeneral
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

MaddGeneral, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Bottled on 01/18/2013.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy golden orange with a lot of fast rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma is a mix of spicy rye and a mix of hops and malt. Big hints of rye giving a big kick of spice. Earthy and floral hops along with a scent of citrus orange, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon. Also some grass and pine. Soft malts with hints of biscuit, hay, caramel, and yeast. A little bit of honey and a slight hint of peat. The rye and citrus stands out the most from the mix. A pretty good spicy smell.

Taste: Follows the smell, a spicy and citrus forward taste of rye and hops. Big taste of rye spice throughout. Solid mix of earthy, floral, and herbal hops. Good taste of citrus orange, tangerine, lemon, and pineapple. A little sugar and honey. Soft pale malts with notes of biscuit, hay, caramel, toffee, yeast, and a little peat. Taste is somewhat laid back but well balanced and solid. The spice from the rye is pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, spicy, and somewhat juicy. Finishes dry.

Overall: A pretty solid rye beer. Good spice and citrus taste.

MattyG85, Feb 21, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pleases me a lot, in part because there are too few beers with this sort of bitterness (as far as I know there is not a vocabulary in English to distinguish differing qualities of bitter). Perhaps it's the rye I am into. Otherwise I'd love to know which bittering hops were included. The substantial body (for a "pale ale") seems to help keep that flavor lingering long enough that I can really relax into it. In contrast, some very tastey beers have fleeting flavors that I would rather hold onto longer. Perhaps I'll have some criticism after a few more, but the first two just taste balanced and delicious.

beerweevil, Feb 21, 2013
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,198 ratings.