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

Smitten Golden Rye AleSmitten Golden Rye Ale
1,788 Ratings
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden body with a soft, white head. The aroma brings grain, mild hops, earth, citrus. The flavor is ok. A bit too conservative for me. A hint of hops, mild bitterness, finishing dry. Crackers, grain, earth. Middle of the road. Not one of the better offerings from Bell's.

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3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.69 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo.
6% ABV, OG=1.055 per the website.

Pours out to a hazy dark golden, forming a billowing light yellow head with superior retention and lacing. Briskly carbonated, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is quite yeasty with a fair amount of sulfur, citrusy hops, and a certain earthiness. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied with a lightly dry finish. The taste opens with bold citrusy hops, followed by moderate malt body, some bready malts, and is hoppy on the balance spectrum. Moderate yeast autolysis throughout. The finish is hoppy and slightly astringent due to the hops.

I'm just not a huge fan, nor everyday drinker, of pale ales. As it stands, this is a good pale ale. Worth a try.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this in a snifter. Packaged 12/13/13 bottle dating.

A strong pour unleashes a finger's width of turbid white foam that appears soapy. Retention is good with a craggy ring clinging to the side of the glass, creating a crater on the cap. The jet stream-full body is a honey amber with caramel highlights.

A biting earthiness mingles with aromas of caramel and toffee malt. There is a tea-like scent as well, with a whiff of mineral water every sniff or two.

Well, the bottle says to expect resinous hops and earthy flavors, and those are certainly detected. The citrus notes, however, are another thing entirely: maybe some lemon, potentially grapefruit? The problem is that the citrus quality is overpowered by the resin notes and a twinge of aspirin on the finish. Malt? It is barely perceptible, and definitely not sweet like it was on the nose.

Smitten Golden Rye has a light-medium body and runs over the tongue almost like water, with some swishing, builds a decent creaminess. This beer is also dry, dry dry!

This Bell's offering misses the mark. I will never begrudge a hoppy beer with an edge. However, Smitten has too much resiny bitterness and not enough malt to back it up. And whatever the rye was supposed to do, it decided it had other places to be. Besides a quick earthy taste, I do not think the rye has contributed much. Really, this beer is just far too bitter with nothing to accentuate the brute force.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

freshly released sixxer, poured into a pint glass.

a: clear golden with a nice two finger head that slowly dissipated.

s: citrus hops are the predominant aroma followed by some light toasty bread. smells very fresh!

t: clean on the tongue with medium intensity hops. slight bitter/ spicy finish. citrusy hops and rye are always a great pair!

m: fresh, clean, medium body lets the bitterness linger at the back of the tongue. medium carbonation. medium alcohol heat.

o: great beer here! if you are a fan of hoppy rye beers this is one to pick up. easy drinking, some rye beers get a bit too hoppy and all the acidity can make them difficult to consume for a session beer. this has great balance. wish it was available year round. it would make a great spring/summer beer!

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My 2nd beer from Bell's and my 2nd let down. The label to me explains how it tastes. As a kid we would dare each other to break the stem of a dandelion and lick the white stuff....this beer taste like that. Very bitter and immediately after sipping I feel my sinuses clear. The after taste taste like a generic beer to me.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date 12/14/2013 (back label imprint). Poured into a clean Bell's Oberon Summer 2009 pint glass.

A - Poured out fast enough to build a good head on the beer, but get all 12oz into the glass with one pour. The head was pure white, roughly a finger to a finger and half tall on the beer. It mostly diminished within 2-3 minutes, with significant lacing on the glass. The body of the beer was a deep golden amber, with a hazy character, that allowed light to pass through easily, while obscuring the background of the glass. There were very fine bits of sediment suspended in the body.

S - The aroma is faint and subdued, though there is a clear hop note and a hint of citrus immediately noticeable. There is also a touch of floral scents in the aroma.

T - Labeled as a Golden Rye, there is not a pronounced rye flavor, though it is detectable as the beer progresses, never becoming significant. There is an intense piney and citrusy flavor to the beer, especially in the aftertaste. It starts with hints of sweetness, and finishes slightly bitter, as a priorly hopped pale ale should. It is not a terribly complex beer to taste, and is very much an American pale ale in its flavor profile. It has a slightly above average taste.

M - The carbonation starts very intense in the front of the mouth, but recedes a bit as the beer goes towed the throat. The beer has a medium body.

O- I enjoyed this beer, and would drink it again. The beer is labeled as a Golden Rye Ale, but the short description states that it is an "interesting take on the American Pale Ale." Based on the overall flavor of the beer, I'd concur that this is an interesting take on american pale ale, and that the Rye while part of the ingredient list is part of the flavoring rather than the primary grain. The 6.00% abv makes this a very drinkable beer.

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Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,788 ratings
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