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.

Added by Biggness on 06-14-2008

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Ratings: 1,786 |  Reviews: 330
Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of CCutch
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Twist on APA. Very punchy rye.

A - Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale pours a hazy golden body with a lazy bubbles rising to a frothy white head that lasts and laces.

S - The rye dominates and is good, peppery and earthy, with some citrusy tones. But too subtle by far.

T - on the other hand the taste is BOLD. You can feel the malt, and a bright zest of lemony, carbonation.
It offers a firm bitterness that delivers a dry, peppery spicey, and lasting conclusion. Good finale.

F - medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Nice feel, steely, flinty, peppery.

I think this is well done. Try 6.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a bright golden, light- amber color with a bubbly white head about 3/4 inch tall. The bubbles settle slowly and form a nice layering. Great lacing as you drink.
S: Floral hops, crackers, light honey, peppery nose from rye and herbal/spicy hops. Toasty grains and a light citric/lemon peel smack on the nose round out the aroma which is not abundant.
T: Crackers with rye, lemon peel, jasmine, herbal and spicy hops. Husky grains are there to form the backbone of this beer. More bittering from the hops and rye give a dry finish.
M: Light body, with crisp carbonation and a smooth, dry finish.
O: This beer goes down so easy! It keeps you refreshed especially if it were a hot day I can imagine a cold one of these going down great. Probably good with BBQ and lounging on the porch. My only drawback is that it dries out the palate a bit much. I like what Bell's is going for here with this beer and I think it could be sessionable at 6%. Give it a try.

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Photo of BigTrubble
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jpd026
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of NJB145
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Yellow pilsner color, with little clarity and very nice foam and lace retention left on the glass.

S - Grassy/malt grains. Some bitter hops in there as well

T - A big malty pale/golden ale. A touch of bitter hops to balance it out. Grapefruit. Easy to drink

M - High carbonation. Oily and slick.

O - An enjoyable golden ale for sure. Will seek it out again

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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 mcrawford
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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

Photo of ocelot2500
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy golden honey color with a frothy, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of faint citrus notes and a bit of rye.

Tastes of a nice rye and hop combination upfront followed by a grainy malt base. Sharp rye notes lead off with a bit of spiciness. Hops follow suit with some pine and citrus notes to add to the mix. A bit of herbal and floral bitterness stays around as the grainy malts come through and add sweetness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid rye beer and worth some consideration.

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Photo of tvghost
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeWard
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.bottled 1/10/17, so about 4 months old.

pale golden yellow body, lots of small floating particulates. Good foamy white head leaving nice lacing.

slightly bitter flavor, with a little sharp sourness from the rye.

a little under medium on the mouth, bitter on the finish. There is also an odd watery feel to it.

Overall, an okay beer. quite drinkable, methinks would be very good on a hot day.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of captainbearcat
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of robebo44
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,786 ratings.
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