Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #1,019
Ranked #25,065
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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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.83 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Dec 21, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by lebrisa from Connecticut

Jun 03, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Feb 12, 2020
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Rated by adab123 from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by ryancl from Minnesota

Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Nov 16, 2019
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Reviewed by superwho24 from Arkansas

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by Danieljm from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.91 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas

Oct 17, 2019
Rated: 3.35 by SWChi from Illinois

Oct 11, 2019
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Rated by Lavdog76 from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by SB2017 from Iowa

4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.25 by C_Adams from Ohio

Sep 03, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by KenC from South Carolina

Sep 02, 2019
Rated: 3.95 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Aug 26, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by EdmundBlackadder from Ohio

Aug 18, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by rolltide from Pennsylvania

Aug 16, 2019
Rated: 4 by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

Aug 12, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Aug 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Beaver13 from Colorado

3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 3.79 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Aug 06, 2019
Rated: 3.56 by StArnoldFan from Texas

Aug 02, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota

Jul 26, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by cbcrunch from Wyoming

Jul 25, 2019
Rated: 3.62 by redleg64 from Michigan

Jul 17, 2019
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 4.24 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

Jul 10, 2019
Rated: 3.49 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Jul 09, 2019
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
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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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.78 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Jul 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by BKotch from Texas

Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 3.41 by dstc from Florida

Jun 26, 2019
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