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

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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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Ratings: 1,786 |  Reviews: 330
Photo of bft1
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, easy to drink APA. Pleasant mix of citrus, pine hoppiness. A bit sharp but not too sharp. Have not been a big fan of the 'spring' type beers in the past but really like this one...

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Photo of VABA
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dewsby
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drsarver
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Timc32
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rymoreno
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwbetts
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squire123
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Attractive clear, amber gold color with fine bead white cap and good lacing.

Aroma is less hop forward than I would've thought given the brewer's description. Some light floral and citrus with a pine hit. What's surprising though is the yeasty rye bread scent which is rather nice.

Taste is body forward if that makes any sense. Floral and citrus hop hit is even less than in the nose. Pine spikes up though like a tall fir right on the edge of treeline in a high altitude Alpine meadow. Malt (rye?) is apparent on entry and lasts all the way to the finish. It's in the finish and moreso in the aftertaste the hops emerge with a piney edge lingering in the aftertaste.

Full texture, or at least it feels that way. Somewhat creamy as well.

Overall it's a bit puzzling. A full bodied brew that doesn't taste particularly full, floral and citrus hops covered by some sort of shadow (that tall fir perhaps) and a promising rye presence that sorta stops at the finish. I know all this sounds negative which would be unfair to what is a well crafted brew. Just seems like it revs the engine loudly then moves off slowly. Cheeseburger brew but not really sharp enough for a bacon cheeseburger.

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Photo of freshtojeff
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of heinekenike
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eddiefl
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy gold with solid head and mild lacing. Smells of citrus, sweet floral, and malt. The taste is very nice, I get sweet honey upfront with zesty citrus and some bitter hops. The feel is mild but full flavor, this is a great hoppy beer with a sweetness that just gives it a unique blend. I really liked it, it had a good mix that kept me wanting more.

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Photo of Vivs85
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Zazzi82
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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