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

Smitten Golden Rye AleSmitten Golden Rye Ale
BA SCORE
54.6%
Liked This Beer
3.68 w/ 1,787 ratings
Smitten Golden Rye AleSmitten Golden Rye Ale
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
Ranking:
#30,212
Reviews:
330
Ratings:
1,787
Liked:
976
Avg:
3.68/5
pDev:
11.68%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
364
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,787 |  Reviews: 330
Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 1/16/16 into the modified tulip glass.
A - Grainy yellow sun, a bit of haze, slow trails of carbonation push upward.
S - Bright spices, nice floral hops and a warm wheat bread nose.
T - Spicy up front, then a bread element and with mustard seed and honey.
M - Very clean across the palate, carbonation cleans up the remainder. dry finish.
O - So glad to have tried this, the rye, mixes well with the base beer, hop additions are spot on.
Cheers all

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of red94tt
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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 BrewThru_29
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright orange/yellow appearance with a nice head. Slightly cloudy. Smells like yeasty lemon zest. Taste is sweet citrus on the front end with some of the bitter hops and rye characters lingering. Feel is light to medium for the ABV. Resreshing beer, overall. Solid spring APA.

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Photo of Philcassella
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shockey
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jebrew
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drunkenmess
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Took a chance of a 12-pack of this while in Pittsburgh and glad I did. Pours a dark yellow or light gold color into a typical pint glass. Can pour a large frothy white head. Looks quite hazy and thick with plenty of carbonation. The smell is quite sweet and fruity. Initial taste is also sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish, definitely a different flavor but pleasant. This feels like a heavier brew despite its lighter appearance. Will definitely try more brews from Bell's, if it ever comes to WV.

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Photo of Eagleyes
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dravin
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on date of 01/20/16 A.

Look -- 2 fingers of white head atop a clear pale amber body. The lacing is decent but the overall head retention is somewhat lacking.

Smell -- Moderate resin with hints of grapefruit, a little malt sweetness is pulling through as is a very light touch of rye spiciness.

Taste -- As the nose but the rye character is coming through better here as a sourness makes itself known and the spicy character of the rye comes forward more.

Feel -- Moderate carbonation and lightish body is in the wheel house for a pale ale, though on the lighter side of that range. It's a fairly crisp beer.

Overall -- I wish the rye character came through a little more prominently, I feel like it's partially buried underneath the hops. Still, it's a tasty beer and the ABV of the peer and the crispness of it is a good combination for a spring seasonal and makes a good compliment to the warming weather.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcantella
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrKarl
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlueShepard19
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robebo44
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of scottgimbrone
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mke_Brewer
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sgreig
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of drtth
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice dark golden amber color with an ivory head that soo recedes to an island and thin film of foam on the liquid. Sipping leaves a few legs and small patches of lacing.

The aromas include some malt, some rye and some herbal hops.

The flavors include some light malt with a touch of sweetness, some rye, and some herbal hops and a touch of background bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and has a nice light crispness from the persistent carbonation. The finish begins about midway through as the sweetness fades into some light rye bread mingled with hop bitterness. This then fades away into dryness as everything leaves and the dryness invites another sip.

On the whole this is a quite nice offering from Bell's that I'll be happy to have again and will be looking to find more of soon and over the next few years. It's definitely a keeper. Even though some may not consider it to be world class it's light, clean, crisp and refreshing. A great beer to announce the coming of Spring and for the first cookout of the year. I suspect that even some of my friends who think they don't like beer might find this one enjoyable.

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Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 54.6% out of 100 with 1,787 ratings
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