Smitten Golden Rye Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Biggness on 06-14-2008

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332
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1,795
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11.68%
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Photo of eppie82
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Some earthy-lemon flavor. Crisp feel.

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Photo of Quackershnoc
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: tons of chunky sediment…I mean there is a lot floating around in there; very active carbonation which sustains almost two fingers of thick, white head; a kind of golden, orange color, darker at the top/lighter at the bottom

Aroma: fairly mild all around; citrus, hops, and rye to start; there is some malty goodness coming through; a little bit floral

Taste: a nice lemon-orange start; moves into some good malt, caramel, bready notes in the middle; finishes with a slight hop kick and a big rye bite and pepper; aftertaste is mostly rye and pepper way in the back of the throat

Mouthfeel: probably my favorite part of the beer; creamy, almost fluffy; bright carbonation

Overall Impression: I like this infinitely more than Ruthless Rye from SN, but I guess rye beers just aren’t my thing…well, Founders-Red’s Rye I remember being pretty good; this is a decent beer, but that big peppery aftertaste I just do not care for; the beer itself has some very nice things going on…I dunno, not bad but not great

From notes taken on 4/24/2013

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Photo of Brenden
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Notes are from 7/2013 and 3/2014.

L: Smitten is a very pale, bright straw color with just the slightest haze to it. The pure head is light and creamy with moderately strong stick leaving good lacing on the way.
S: There's a mix of grains and honey sweetness initially on the nose before a little rye spiciness kicks in. Otherwise it's pretty grassy, almost but not quite herbal, with a light hint of citrus zest.
T: Honey and spiciness come up front on the tongue before some earthiness, leaf, and floral notes take over. Light hops / rye spiciness persists in the middle, which also goes a little coppery before finishing with a bit of pith.
F: This beer is as light-bodied as one would expect beer's but not thin. Perhaps a little dryer than I might think but in a way that works very well. Rye, hops, and a touch of alcohol add up to an overall semi-dry feel from start to finish.

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Photo of lebriarjr
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jim67
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mpmsu2003
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy golden yellow to orange color with a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head that left some stringy messy lacing. The smell had a sharp sweet citrus to piney and grassy hops over top of a light spicy rye malt. The taste was balanced between the spicy rye malt and light citrus bittering hops. There’s a lingering bitter sharp citrus aftertaste and leads to a decent sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there and good for its style and has a nice lingering bitter to sweet citrus sharpness rolling over my tongue. Overall, I say, either an APA or a Rye Beer, whatever, let’s call it a very well done blend. I’d definitely have it again.

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Photo of HopHEAD1522
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jcb7472
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of descobar
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can packaged at the end of 1/2017.
Smell: Resiny, floral, mango and tropical fruit combines with spicy peppery notes. A little bready. Faint oxidation is detected after a few sips.
Look: Pours into IPA glass deep golden color with a 1" frothy off-white head with good retention. some lacing was observed. just about perfect clarity.
Taste: light malty/bready flavors with pronounced spiciness (from rye) and significant earthy hop bitterness (well past PA levels...)
Feel: body is medium light to medium with moderate carbonation. texture is somewhere between oily and creamy and subdued astringency makes a late appearance. Finishes long and dry with a persistent bitterness. Overall: Normally one of my favorite Rye IPA (that’s what it is, really) but this one is showing slight signs of oxidation about a month before the stated shelf life (on the can)

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Photo of Tbulling
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JPadilla
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of A_Blacksmith
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VILJ
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pandaslap
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly bitter with a soft resinous aftertaste...you won't find an abundance or complexity of flavor, but a great mouthfeel.
Drinkable, but properly strong.
All told, a wonderful way to bring in the spring, and I'm super happy when I find it on tap. .
Thanks, Bells!

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Photo of SpaethJam
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazy medium golden pour. Some cloudy sediment. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Solid lacing.

S: Hops and rye... sharp and spicy.

T/F: Grains up front... giving way to a sharp and peppery hop profile. Good rye presence, mixed with some pine and resinous character. A bit spicy... tangy and tasty. Medium in body with good carbonation. Bitter finish which adds to the drinkability.

O: A fine rye style IPA from Bell's. A seasonal favorite, and always a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkrug5
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mpbuckley
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.bottled 1/10/17, so about 4 months old.

pale golden yellow body, lots of small floating particulates. Good foamy white head leaving nice lacing.

slightly bitter flavor, with a little sharp sourness from the rye.

a little under medium on the mouth, bitter on the finish. There is also an odd watery feel to it.

Overall, an okay beer. quite drinkable, methinks would be very good on a hot day.

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Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,795 ratings