Smitten Golden Rye Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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
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#34,680
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
1,795
pDev:
11.68%
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Ratings: 1,795 |  Reviews: 332
Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ajm5108
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Semi-opaque golden hue, thinner head and decent carbonation. Aroma has lots of spicey rye malt with a little bit of grassy hops underneath. Taste is similar but a more pronounced hop bitterness, medium pine to compliment the rye. Pretty straightforward but well done.

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Photo of jkermitj
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Stange Glass. Bottled on January 2nd 2017.

L: Pale straw gold with particulate. Two finger white head with good retention and some spotted lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops with some pine presence. Notes of rye bread as well.

T: Follows the nose closer however the Pine presence is a little more pronounced. Well balanced, the rye malt is delectable. Really tasty and the tastiest Rye Beer I have ever had.

F: Light bodied, crisp with the typical rye prickly feeling on the tongue.

O: I was excited to try this because I love Bell's and I haven't had a lot of Rye Beers and it was really excellent.

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Photo of LWagoner
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chris826
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of MJ64
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bft1
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dewsby
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drsarver
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Timc32
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rymoreno
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Justdoit1234
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bb-magic
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cd34
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Squire
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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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4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of heinekenike
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,795 ratings