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

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very good
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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
Ratings:
1,786
Reviews:
330
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
363
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Jamison85
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dogfishnoggen
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jaemeno3
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shaskins80
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jjski
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A tasty new ( to us in Upstate NY) rye beer to add to the quiver. Serious aura of lemon, earth, snappy rye spice and wheat grass coming from this. Excellent warm weather ale to compete with the lagers. The dryness is signature, very little residual sugars perceived.

Dry and sharper than Red's Rye, easier to knock back than Ruthless, but still behind Southern Tier 2x Rye IMHO. Too bad 2x is fall only release.

I will proudly drink more to support our American Brewers

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Photo of Tylers66
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mchegash
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
A bright yellow orange, fairly clear but with some haze due to the small particles that can be seen in the beer. Pours a nice finger and a half of pure white foam. There are a less-than-average amount of carbonation bubbles seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 3.75/5
Orange, some light and mellows pine and resin hops.

Taste - 3.5/5
Slightly sweet with orange citrus and pine/resin hops. A small amount of bitterness from the hops. Tastes a little bit like an amber.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied. Quite smooth, carbonation is quite light as well, although occasionally I get a little bit of a carbonation at the end of a sip.

Overall - 3.75/5
Overall, a decent beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of Khaack
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of klesniew
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a quite hazy gold with a dense white head that leaves lots of lacing.
Great aroma with hints of citrus and spice, pine, candied fruit and dark bread.
I dig the taste. Pine and citrus up front with hints of spice and a lingering bitter, resinous bite.
Great mouthfeel, smooth and almost creamy.
Thoroughly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LeshFest26
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jooler
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tastes more like a bitter shock top

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

Photo of hoppytobehere
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Packaged on 01/13/15:

Pours slightly hazed golden. A thin lasting white head leaves lacing.

The smell is floral, slightly citric, bready. A hint of minty rye comes through.

The taste is floral, piney, citric, bitter, with a touch of sweetened bread to balance it. There is a subtle hint of minty/spicy rye in the dry finish.

It is light-bodied, a bit fizzy. Crisp.

An easy-drinking, balanced refreshing pale ale with a subtle hint of rye.

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Photo of 16thstreetoutlaw
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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Photo of msscott1973
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAlmighty
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer advocate gives a harsh grade on this one. Not overly complex, But I don't the sense that was the goal. It screams "spring", simple and clean.

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Photo of Nctide
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lipster
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour from a tallboy can into a 16 oz pint glass, with a fizzy, fairly short-lived craggy white head, some lacing. Transparent gold color with mild carbonation. Faint smell of pine and hop. Tastes of pine, resin, with tiny bit of fruit, a little watery at the front but with a citrus hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is pleasant, sticky. The relative thinness of taste might fool you into thinking this is a session ale, save for the tacky, slightly boozy aftertaste that lingers. It took a couple sips for me to get into this, and I still don't love it. I always have such high hopes for anything from Bell's so I was eager to try this. For this ABV, I think I'd rather something a little more complex or flavorful. Maybe I just do not appreciate this style.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of drpimento
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance has a large off-white head, some lace and a clear amber color. Aroma is malt, hops, yeast, and a little fruit. Taste is similar to nose, bittersweet with a little carbonic tang and lingering bitterness on back of the tongue.The flavor isn't bad, just not super interesting. Body is just right. One off for me I think.

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