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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,780
Reviews:
328
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
360
For Trade:
3
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5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer. Wish I could buy it year-round.

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5/5  rDev +33%

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5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of americancontrarian
4.95/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Erichb411
4.9/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Smachuflanny
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty great warm weather beer light and refreshing

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4.8/5  rDev +27.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of busternuggz
4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Center poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle date of 1-18-13.

Beautiful golden/straw color with a puffy, finely bubbled head. Leaves a thick ring of sudsy lace.

Big, sharp, bright aromas of bitter orange, spicy rye, fresh grass, grapefruit zest. A little bit of grainy bread. Very nice, full and inviting.

Lively rye malt leads in to nice bitter grapefruit and orange zest, rye spice, bitter grassiness. Hop forward but very well balanced. Finishes dry with a long, pleasantly bitter herbal/rye aftertaste. Harmonious, bright, and very clean. Manages to be both intense and very drinkable at the same time. This beer is beautifully made.

Crisp, light texture, very smooth, ends clean and dry. Fades out with subtlety and leaves you wanting more.

This beer is immaculate. Superbly crafted, amazing balance, straightforward and clean with a nice complexity. This beer is about everything I could want from an American pale ale. My favorite beer this year so far, hands down.

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4.71/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I picked up a 6-pack of this beer the other day at Franklin Fine Wine in Royal Oak. I have never had a Bell's beer I didn't like, so I figured this one would be a good choice. And it was. I like just about any craft beer, but this is one of my favorites of the month. It had great flavor. A nice hearty flavor, but not bitter and not too filling. This is a great beer. I encourage you not to run to the store and buy them all, because I'd like to have them all for myself.

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4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The color of this beer is insane. The smell is also great.

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4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

RJT

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Photo of Norvelljeff
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic golden from Bells. Loved this.

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4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.56/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super refreshing beer! Citrus and Hop flavors!

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4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden-tan with a significant amount of minuscule flocculates - almost hazy. Produces a creamy, thick, 2 inch off-white head. Poured a second carefully and "candled" - stopped pouring when the flocculates reached the neck. The ale does have a slight haze! Beautiful, fresh citrus and hoppy nose. Bright, clean, spicy palate that lingers. Totally moreish. Perceptively sessionable, although the 6% ABV may be a concern. Develops a very nice Belgian lace. Forward bitter notes with lingering malt and woody-earthy notes! Poured a third . . .

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4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Once more, The CANQuest (tm) trumps an initial bottle review. I am reluctant to change my scores, but I reserve the right to do so if circumstances dictate. This one came from The Fridge, but now I realize that the last petal is "She loves me not." #TheOldLady and I are kaput as she does not want to be anything more than platonic friends and I have enough friends at this point. I am open to change if she changes her position, but I do not see it happening. Boo hoo.

From the CAN: "An Ameri[CAN] Rye Pale Ale, with wonderfully bitter citrus notes, resinous hop flavors and earthy overtones. Love is a sure thing."; "Unpasteurized [-] Unfiltered [-] Best Kept Refrigerated".

The loud Crack! inspired a full-on, inverted Glug, never mind that it came in a pounder CAN! This created two fingers of billowy, fluffy, tawny that fell like a souffle in an oven when the door is slammed shut. Color was a hazy-cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5), but it straddled the line between all of the above. Nose held a light black pepper spiciness with a moderate sweetness, like honey, but not precisely. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was nothing like the nose! Here, the spiciness of the rye was assertive as hell, with a minty black pepper flavor attacking my palate before giving over to a lemon/grapefruit citrusiness. Finish was dry, as you might expect from its inherent spiciness. I would certainly drink a CAN of this again.

I picked this up during my latest foray to Mari's 6-Pak 'n' Mor in Reading and have been awaiting the right moment to open it. I believe the flower of the label to be a daisy and that last petal represents "She loves me" as it applies to my Old Lady, a kitten with whom I am smitten.

From the bottle: "With wonderfully bitter citrus notes, resinous hop flavors and earthy overtones, this interesting take on the American Pale Ale doesn't leave a lot of room to wonder if you'll love it."

I allowed the beer to flow freely from the bottle until the foaming head threatened to pass over the lip of the glass. I easily had two fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with not only great retention, but as it fell, it was creating great lacing in its wake. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow, like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. The nose was to die for! It had the black pepper of the rye along with a very earthy scent, like digging in the garden. Mouthfeel was medium and the black pepper flavor was immediately evident on the tongue. It combined nicely with the grapefruit flavor of the hops. This is an APA?!? Wow! The finish was dry, especially with that lingering flavor of freshly-turned soil. I would have this again real soon, hopefully to share with the Old Lady.

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