Smitten Golden Rye Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Smitten Golden Rye AleSmitten Golden Rye Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.66/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smitten Golden Rye Ale has a medium, off-white head, a hazy, orange-gold, highly carbonated appearance, with some glass lacing. Aroma is of spiced, white bread, yeast, sourdough, and grass. Taste is of spicy, white bread, sugar, grassy, strong hop bitterness, and some bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium and slick. Smitten finishes dry.


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Photo of Magerbrew
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ok summer beers are back on the shelf. This one hits first with a grassy floral taste, but not overly hopped. Its actually pretty delicate in terms of hops. I like this one. Good "campfire after fishing" beer

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Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

BOD 1/10/17. Light amber pour with suspended particulate matter. Outstanding head volume and retention. World class lacing.

Very good nose of light citrus (orange, with a touch of lemon) over a slightly bready base. Rye is present but not pronounced. Very light floral hop presence.

Medium bodied with a smooth texture that has some oily aspects. The carbonation / body balance is quite outstanding. The middle provides a nice effervescent burst while the finish delivers a finely bubbled ride.

The flavor profile is very good but lacks the complexity necessary for outstanding status. It begins with touch of rye then flows to a subtly sweet middle where orange takes over. Mid palate sweetness is bready more than biscuit. Bitterness rises from the middle on and achieves a mild status. Spruce is the dominate bitterness sensation with pine and zest being mere hints. Rye spiciness gives the bitterness its primary characteristic by shifting the pine and zest into spruce. A true rye flavor never develops. The finish is a slow slightly sweet and bitter fade with orange making another appearance.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as clear yellow with a thin white head. Aromas are subtle with hops and an indistinct citrus. Crisp hops with a spicy twang is forefront with a sweet grassy malt. Good carbonation, crisp refreshing... nice Summer beer.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a hazy golden orange with a 2.5 finger, creamy off white head. Retention is very good and there are sticky rings of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is floral, citrus, earthy and sharp rye flavor.

Taste is similar, but the rye really overpowers the hop flavors. There is also a hint of bready malts.

Feel is medium, slightly sticky and very well carbonated.

Overall this beer is decent. I'm not huge on rye beers, and like most others I've had the rye really takes over.

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Photo of haines710
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great packaging. Definitely attracted me and looked like a great beer for spring. Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Nice head and Amber color. The smell and taste of rye is not my favorite. To me it overwhelms the fruit and hop taste. I like the idea of this beer more than the taste. Still nice for a change of pace. I won't rush to pick up more but glad I tried it.

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Photo of dzerri
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Just having my first one of these, very nice, let it sit and pour it and let it sit, the flavors really work for me, the bitterness and dryness and ryeness are very well-done and enjoyably present. The rye malt flavor, along with the yeast properties, knocks you right out and up. . combines well with music and weed and lesser and better beer. this is so good. a great gold pale ale. A revelation. reminds me ova ok dry-hopped blonde ale, but really good. notes of pbr. strong affinity.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 1/16/17. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a dark gold with tons of haze and sentiment. One finger frothy white head and little visible carbonation. This is an appropriate time to note that I love the bottle cap on this, with its single petaled daisy. Lacing is great.

S: smells like a hoppy pale ale, alright. There is a smell there that I used to attribute to hops that now I can properly identify as rye. I wouldn't call it spicy, per se, but I would say it smells like rye. Not really a fruity hop nose at all; floral and grainy rye with an underlying sweetness.

T: arrives dry, but bready. There is an underlying citrusy fruitiness and a solid malt backbone. Hoppiness pervades the entire experience. There is a lingering bitterness that I can only attribute to the rye.

M: solidly medium bodied with more carbonation than the appearance lets on; ale fluffiness.

O: I generally don't like rye beers, but I wanted to give this a try, and I'm glad I did. It is a hoppy new-age pale ale with a distinctly rye character and fuller body than most others. I like it, though I am more partial to the more traditional style pale ales. Probably the easiest drinking rye beer I've had.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, bottled 01/10/2017. Pours a clear, deep golden with 1/2 finger of head. Smell is citrus and pine notes with baked bread. Taste is a balance between spicy rye notes and citrus hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with a lingering dryness in the finish. This is a fantastic pale ale where the rye gives a good level of complexity but doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Semi-opaque golden hue, thinner head and decent carbonation. Aroma has lots of spicey rye malt with a little bit of grassy hops underneath. Taste is similar but a more pronounced hop bitterness, medium pine to compliment the rye. Pretty straightforward but well done.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stange Glass. Bottled on January 2nd 2017.

L: Pale straw gold with particulate. Two finger white head with good retention and some spotted lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops with some pine presence. Notes of rye bread as well.

T: Follows the nose closer however the Pine presence is a little more pronounced. Well balanced, the rye malt is delectable. Really tasty and the tastiest Rye Beer I have ever had.

F: Light bodied, crisp with the typical rye prickly feeling on the tongue.

O: I was excited to try this because I love Bell's and I haven't had a lot of Rye Beers and it was really excellent.

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Photo of bft1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, easy to drink APA. Pleasant mix of citrus, pine hoppiness. A bit sharp but not too sharp. Have not been a big fan of the 'spring' type beers in the past but really like this one...

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Photo of Squire123
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Attractive clear, amber gold color with fine bead white cap and good lacing.

Aroma is less hop forward than I would've thought given the brewer's description. Some light floral and citrus with a pine hit. What's surprising though is the yeasty rye bread scent which is rather nice.

Taste is body forward if that makes any sense. Floral and citrus hop hit is even less than in the nose. Pine spikes up though like a tall fir right on the edge of treeline in a high altitude Alpine meadow. Malt (rye?) is apparent on entry and lasts all the way to the finish. It's in the finish and moreso in the aftertaste the hops emerge with a piney edge lingering in the aftertaste.

Full texture, or at least it feels that way. Somewhat creamy as well.

Overall it's a bit puzzling. A full bodied brew that doesn't taste particularly full, floral and citrus hops covered by some sort of shadow (that tall fir perhaps) and a promising rye presence that sorta stops at the finish. I know all this sounds negative which would be unfair to what is a well crafted brew. Just seems like it revs the engine loudly then moves off slowly. Cheeseburger brew but not really sharp enough for a bacon cheeseburger.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy gold with solid head and mild lacing. Smells of citrus, sweet floral, and malt. The taste is very nice, I get sweet honey upfront with zesty citrus and some bitter hops. The feel is mild but full flavor, this is a great hoppy beer with a sweetness that just gives it a unique blend. I really liked it, it had a good mix that kept me wanting more.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You get your hoppiness you'd expect from a pale ale and a nice sweetness you'd look for in a summer beer. The hoppiness dominates, but it's very smooth overall and is a nice beer to sip slowly. All in all, good stuff.

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking one now. Pours a light coppery color.... decent head...light lacing. Taste grows on you after a few swigs. The rye taste starts off unusual but I am becoming a fan of this. Bell's scores again!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, dark golden color with slightly off-white foam. Aroma is quite malty but there is also a nice, citrusy hoppiness and some caramel. Taste is also malty with a caramel hint, slightly spicy and finishes with bitter grapefruit and earthy hop notes. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it"s a good pale ale with a classic hop profile and slightly spicy rye malt.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very reminiscent of Ithaca's Flower Power, this golden rye ale holds it's own.
Aromatic citrus and floral tones are prevalent, and the rye malt backbone creates a nice balance. Wish the finish was as sweet as Ithaca's, but it's not. Nice Springtime / early summer beer.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.61/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark gold, almost brown color, with a moderate foam head in a semi-aggressive pour that lingers for a short time, sits thin on the beer.

From the bottle it smelled of a basic malt beer, but upon pour heavy notes of hops.and citrus like orange peels.

Tastes bitter like the smell indicated of hops, has some citrus notes, subtle under the hop flavor.

Drinks smooth, mild carbonation, , almost has a bite to it.

Overall, not something I much car for in taste, the hot summer day makes it feel and taste good when it's cold. Can enjoy, but not to my taste.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a hazy golden amber with a medium head that poofs. nose; yeasty bread, resinous hops, & floral citrus. taste; bready malt, bitter citrus rind, lemon, astringent rye, grassy hops, bitter pine, & light clove. the rye definitely shows up big on the end with a very dry, peppery, & "seed bitter" bite that sticks around long afterward. medium carbonation & a medium+ creamy mouthfeel. botanical, dry, resinous, spicy... if you want to see what rye is like in a beer, this apa features it front and center.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid brew by Bells pours a copper color with a nice head. Smells of citrus and rye. Has a nice hoppy balance but you still get that nice ale taste. I will definitely be drinking some more.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy Copper color with a lasting white head. Citrus rye scent. Slight citrus with a different tang and slight rye tent. Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. Alright beer. I got it for cheap and it was worth being cheap.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This one pours a nice dark amber/honey colored body, an SRM of about 5, and a 1/2 finger of head that stays gelatinous for ages. Opacity is about 80%.

Aromas of rye malts, leafy greens, some juicy orange fruit.

In your face without being too extreme. The finish is hard to contend with, though. It starts with a robust rye body, morphing into a textured graininess with tree bark, ending on a very sharp and fuzzy pine and mint note. It's a mismatch all the way through but somehow it seems to still be drinkable. I'd tone down the finish a bit though.

Feel is crispy and snowy, tons of busy carbonation that roughs up the palate quite quickly. The finish is drying and bitter, leaving a starch behind on the tongue. Not a fan of that.

Overall I can see how people would go nuts over this, but it's not my type of beer. It's mild but still too intense, and that rough mint/pine finish just destroys it.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a smallish beer, with a clear light amber color.

Smell is quite light, but reminiscent of a India Pale Ale, with some distinct bitter hops and some citrus.

This is more of a summer ale than it is a rye beer. The drinkability is at the forefront. The rye is present, but it takes the backseat to the bitter citrus of this brew.

I don't love this beer, but I've had a lot of summer beers from breweries I love, and a lot of them have been disappointments - this is not. I could, and I hope I will, drink a lot of this on warm summer days.

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Photo of Sparty21
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with a surprisingly citrus flavor with and underlayer of hops. The beer has a great head with an orangeish amber color. There is some slight spicy notes which leave a clove-like flavor and aroma.

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