Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,086
Ranked #24,736
3.68 | pDev: 11.68%
Aug 09, 2021
Jun 14, 2008
Notes: 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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3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

12oz amber bottle

I love this one. Better than the sum of it's parts; a slightly hopped pale with not a ton of character, but what IS there IS amazing

I love the hop character in this pale. Easy drinking that's very tasty

Aug 09, 2021
3.83 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Jan 31, 2021
3.88 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Dec 21, 2020
4.25 by lebrisa from Connecticut on Jun 03, 2020
4.27 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Feb 12, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by adab123 from Ohio

Has kind of a strange tang to it. The finish is not as nice as the mouthfeel. Other than that, pretty decent beer enjoyable to drink.

Jan 14, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jadpsu from Georgia

LOOK: Pours clear and bright with an orange tint. Great looking slightly off white tight head that has solid retention and sticky side glass lace.
AROMA: What is written on the label captures my own thoughts. Bitter citrus notes, resinous hop aromas and earthy overtones.
TASTE: Citrus of lemon, earthy overtones with some bread malts.
Well balanced with a drying finish.

Jan 01, 2020
3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
3.75 by ryancl from Minnesota on Dec 02, 2019
3.71 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey on Nov 16, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by superwho24 from Arkansas

I didn’t get a lot of head. Cloudy with a lot (lot) of particles floating around. Look, aroma, and taste all have a touch of honey. Amazing mouthfeel. Smooth, moderately creamy

Oct 25, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Danieljm from Missouri

Bottle has package date 5/9/19. Poured into glass. Color is a bright orange with a very nice pure white head which disappears quick quickly but leave nice lacing on the glass. First glance appears some orange peal is added as some small bits are visible and float to the top. Smell is of some light malts, sweetness and some hops although slight considering it's dry hopped. Taste was of a pale ale, nice refreshing, nice and balanced. No overriding hops tasted, but some citrus notes on the backside. Mouthfeel is a typical pale ale so a bit thin. Overall this is a great drinkable beer to be enjoyed on a lazy afternoon on the back deck with friends with a baseball game in the background.

Oct 20, 2019
3.91 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas on Oct 17, 2019
3.35 by SWChi from Illinois on Oct 11, 2019
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4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Lavdog76 from Illinois

Fruity dry hop beer. Drank from a tap and had a balance of flavor and mouth feel. Great beer for summer

Oct 04, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Murky orange color.

Nice white head; strong lace.

Hint of smoke, grain & citrus in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Bitter marijuana flavor with a hint of smoke. Pretty good.

Sep 28, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SB2017 from Iowa

Solid, long lingering head / powerfully hoppy aromas thanks to dry-hopping / lighter in flavor than expected. Mild malts, gentle hopping, and a crisp clean finish make this a completely crushable yet enjoyable APA. Nice.

Sep 25, 2019
3.25 by C_Adams from Ohio on Sep 03, 2019
3.93 by KenC from New Jersey on Sep 02, 2019
3.95 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Aug 26, 2019
3.5 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio on Aug 18, 2019
3.77 by rolltide from Pennsylvania on Aug 16, 2019
4 by JimboBrews54 from Michigan on Aug 12, 2019
5 by Kwright from North Carolina on Aug 06, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Beaver13 from Colorado

12 oz bottle. Packaged 5/17/19. Pours hazy golden orange with big floaties and a big fluffy white head that retains well and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is sweet honey malt and rye.

The flavor is sweet honey malt and rye with a floral bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a decent APA.

Aug 06, 2019
3.79 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Aug 06, 2019
3.56 by StArnoldFan from Texas on Aug 02, 2019
3.85 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota on Jul 26, 2019
3.75 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Jul 25, 2019
3.62 by redleg64 from Michigan on Jul 17, 2019
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3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours golden with a white head that has good head retention and tight beading.

Smell: It has rye aromas with citrus and resinous notes.

Taste: It has a combination of citrus and rye. There is also a low note of mint.

Feel: It has a medium body with moderate bitterness.

Overall, a pleasant drinking beer with an interesting combination of rye and mint.

Jul 15, 2019
4.24 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico on Jul 10, 2019
3.49 by WickedBeer from Alabama on Jul 09, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Nass from Florida

I do notice a bottled on date. The pour is orange. The aroma is rather mild for a pale ale. The taste is some citrus, slight floral with a hint of bitterness that lingers on the finish, very well made. B

Jul 07, 2019
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by nicholas2121 from Ohio

Smitten brewed by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store, with an ABV 6.00% This American Pale Ale pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a nice deep amber color with a small white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is Sweetness mixed with mirror hop bitterness. There is also a nice amount of earthy grains and malts in the smell of this brew. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. There is a strong, an bold amount of hop bitterness mixed with mirror citrus sweetness. There is also a nice amount earthy grains and malts mixed in the taste as well. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The body of Smitten is a solid medium. This brew would go nice on a warm day, or with lunch. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Clean, Hoppy, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Smitten a soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store, did a super nice job with this brew.

Jul 07, 2019
3.78 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Jul 05, 2019
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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Hazy, yellow-orange pour with a LOT of floaty bits. Initial 1-finger foamy to creamy head dissipates to a creamy, active ring that keeps the nose and flavor profile alive throughout. Lots of sticky lacing. Nose is fairly mild, earthy malt with a hint of citrus. Good balance in taste. Underlying, solid, spicy rye malt with some grapefruitiness and a very mild hint of pine. A little resinous. Soft bitter, a bit of sweetness, and some pepperyness in the finish. Medium bodied and quite dry. Nice.

Jul 03, 2019
3.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Jun 30, 2019
3.71 by BKotch from Texas on Jun 29, 2019
3.41 by dstc from Florida on Jun 26, 2019
Smitten from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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