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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1,795
pDev:
11.68%
 
 
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Photo of TallTomD
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious summer beer. Not overly hoppy, but enough to enjoy. Good aroma, but not as citrusy as you might expect. Really good flavor! I bought a 6 pack, went back a week later and bought another 6 pack, then I went back a week later and told the clerk I wanted every 6 pack he had in stock. He looked at me like I was crazy, so I reassured him I was serious. I went home with 3 cases of delicious beer that day and drank it all summer. I've never seen it again since...

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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

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