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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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Ratings: 1,344
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 19
Gots: 117 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love Rye beers and the Bell's Smitten is no different. The beer poured a clear golden color with this white head that left a very nice lace down the pint glass. The scent carried a rye flare with subtle lemony citrus notes. The taste was a very crisp common rye taste with light sitrus backing. The mouthfeel is light to medium body with good carbonation. Overall this is a great session beer and I will be looking to drink more of it...good beer!

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head on a hazy gold body. Moderate head retention. Suddsy lacing. Aroma is a pleasant mix of citrusy, lemony hops, and a light sweetness. Taste is nicely bittered, refreshingly fresh tasting, with a mild background sweetness. Very easy to drink I would think, over and over.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - A negligible half fingers worth of fizzy slightly off white colored head... Once faded there is a mostly full veil of lacing and thin collar... The liquid is a pale golden straw color... There is a distinct haziness and some hanging sediment... Some rapid paced streaks of carbonation rise throughout...

S - Light citrus... Lemon zest... Sweet orange... Rye... Some light grassy notes... Pleasant enough, but somewhat too subdued...

T - A strong lemon component... Lots of grassy and floral notes... The hops on the finish are surprisingly unrelenting... The flavors don't compliment one another and make for a bit of a muddled mess... Definitely not what I expect from the style...

M - Medium bodied... A good bit of fizzy carbonation... The finish is slightly astringent...

D - I'm a big fan of both Bell's Brewery and Rye Beers,but this one misses the mark for me... The rye component isn't nearly present enough in any facet and there isn't too much else here to get excited about... This is something that I'll avoid in the future...

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3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Hazy gold/yellow with a small fluffy white head.

S - Lemony citrus hops, pine, sweet malt, and a hint of rye.

T - Sweet bready malt, spicy rye, and a good amount of citrus and piney hops. A touch bitter on the finish, and a bit earthy. Well balanced.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium body. Average carbonation.

O - Pretty good rye beer. The spicy rye is done just right, and the assertive hop profile really balances this beer out. Very drinkable.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a teku)
Bottled 1/18/13
A- This beer has a hazy golden yellow body with lots of hops jetsam suspended while big bubbles push their way to the surface. The thin snow white head sticks to the glass and soon forms a thick ring.

S- The green British hops have a bright pungent woody herbal quality to them with a fresh pale malt note that is a bit dry coming through as it warms.

T- The green pungent hops have a British hop character and a papery quality to them. There is a full spicy hop or rye character in the finish. An earthy rye note comes through as the dry finish opens a bit. The woody herbal hops pungent flavor lingers in the aftertaste but it is never overly bitter.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a scrubbing fizz that cuts into the hop flavor until it dies back a bit.

O- The great hop flavor and nice rye support is full and tasty but it is dry enough and light enough in the body that it is very drinkable as a session beer.

Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,344 ratings.