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

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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
Reviews:
315
Ratings:
1,747
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
342
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 315 | Ratings: 1,747
Photo of Grand-Raggedy
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not generally the style I prefer but defiantly worth the dollar a pint my corner store is selling them for. Much better than the predecessor Winter White Ale.

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Photo of EmGM
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Look: clear golden
Smell: citrus, rye malt
Taste: sweet malts, citrus, a little grassy
Aftertaste: a bit bitter but a lighter bitter because of the citrus tones
Overall: it's okay...not really anything terribly special but it's pretty good

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Photo of importedfromdet
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting to look, golden color with lots of particulate, making a statement!

Smell is very basic, with the wheat coming through.

Taste comes in, with floral notes to start, and hops fading in to round it out. Not complex, but very good to sip. Notes of citrus throughout, though very slight. Balanced.

Definitely a pale ale finish and mouthfeel, which is what I enjoy. Taste of citrus as well.

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

Poured on tap in 16 oz glass at local yacht club. Well balanced with a nice, mild hop character and light malt back bone. Goes well with a range of food but interesting enough to drink on its own. Would not seek out but happy to drink again.

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

Tasty Rye Pale Ale.
Pours light clear amber from 16 oz can into a Bells pint glass. 3/4 head from semi aggressive pour. Nice carbonation bubbles originate from the bottom for the duration of the taste test. Very light crisp nose with just a touch of rye. A very light crisp hop profile with a nice malt balance. A light (there's that word again) mouth feel that's not overly bitter. Overall a solid beer. Even at 6% I'd call this sessionable. Not bad Larry.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy gold with white head film and lacing
Smell: citrus hops
Taste: Basically a fresh citrusy pale ale with rye overtones
Feel: light to medium body, smooth and well carbonated
Overall: A nice example of the style - the rye is well proportioned for the simple american-style pale ale. Nice balance, not much complexity. On the light and refreshing side.

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

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight rye, slight pale malt, hint of honey, hops, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of a Rye Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight rye, hint of pale malt, hint of honey, and a hint of yeast. Overall, looks good, but body and aroma are weak and not impressive.

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

Light copper in color with lots of tiny sediment suspended within the body. A quarter inch off white head rests on top. Brussels lacing. I smell earthy rye and a bit of citrus hops in the background. The flavor is a blend of bitter citrus hops and earthy rye, but the hops dominate until after the fade. If it wasn't for the lingering rye I would bill it as a rye IPA. The mouth is moderately carbonated with some stickiness from the hops.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a single into an imperial pint

a: clear light orange and a huge 3 finger head
s: super smooth and light pungency, earthy toasty rye, a little gentle citrus hoppiness
t: follows nose but much more pronounced with a lot of good balance that ends with a definite though gentle resin and flowery bitterness.
m: pretty light and mild, moderate carbonation, pleasant spicy and aromatic bitterness.

great spring beer...very different than Deschute's Red Chair and much lighter, but I somehow think of these as working together to perfectly mark the transition from winter to spring.

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, what Bells does as well as any brewery is take ordinary styles and perfects them. They make super clean and tasty offerings of styles that I would not be as excited to drink a six pack of. Smitten is no exception. The beer tastes somewhat leafy, very citrusy, and has a touch of spice from the rye. Not the most complex brew, but wow is this juicy and drinkable. This is one that I will certainly revisit.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Full golden colored. Healthy ring of fuzz, lacing. Spicy pine. Tangy citrus. Take your pick. Definitely leads pine. Pinier than most ryes I've tried, an interesting combination. It's growing on me... fans of bitter IPAs will like this; fans of ryes with low IBUs will tolerate it I imagine.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice gold, finger of white head with great lacing, lots of floated

Smell is earthy piney hops, some spicy rye notes, bread, some lemon like citrus

Taste is quite heavy on the rye up front but then some very piney hop notes kick in, a light citrus quality, nice bready malt, a little orange

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, slight drying in the finish

Very unique beer, good, but glad I only grabbed a single. Not something I would drink on the regular. If you like rye, my guess is you will love this.

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Photo of Maxbier
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour with big off white head. Big citrus pine aroma. Flavor is light spicy rye malt with piney bitter and a citrus grassy hop finish. Tasty.

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Photo of sataylor888
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the better golden ales that I have had, I am a sucker for rye at the moment though. If you sometimes feel golden ales are missing something, this may be it, a little more spice.

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Photo of megamick
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey colored, hoppy, citrus flavored 2 fingered head in a snifter was good for me. Rye is very understated, but Enjoyed immensely & would highly recommend!

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Photo of denver10
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours orange golden with a slight white head that quickly recedes. Aroma is toasted grains, honey, spicy rye, a little fruitiness and some grassy hops. Flavoris biscuit, honey, spcy rye, fruity, with a mild to moderate resinous finish. A crisp, medium bodied mouthfeel with a dry finish. Overall, surprised a little by how much I enjoyed this one. Dangerously "sessionable," because at 6% abv it is certainly no session beer.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge head. Cloudy orange liquid. Not a big smell, but it had orange and pine. The taste had a nice mix of sweet citrus and little bitterness to it. Very spritzy. All in all, I could drink it all the time just because it's refreshing.

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

16 ounce can

Appearance is clear yellow, moderate carbonation, one inch of off white head with tons of lacing

Smell is grapefruit, piney hops, rye, caramel, and

Taste starts off with a big orange flavor followed by other citrus like lemon peel and tangerine, fades into large amount of spicy rye flavors that linger in finish along with crisp hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crispy with strong carbonation, rushes of bubbles keep this beer refreshing

This was very strong in the citrus department for a rye beer, spiciness provided balance and made this quite drinkable

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours from the growler in to an IPA glass with a light golden hue and just a kiss of red rye. The minimal white head settles quickly in to a thin collar, while the transparent liquid shows just a touch of chilled haze. The aroma yields bready pale malts and hops of the earthy variety. Only moderately aromatic, with just traces of rye discernible. The taste follows the nose. Mildly flavored and balanced, with a slightly drying finish. A bit of peppery spice from the rye and a lingering mild hop bitterness leave a lasting impression. A spritzy, lively carbonation helps give the impression of a fuller body, though it's mostly an illusion, and a good one. Overall, this is a pretty standard affair, and it makes me yearn for something more potent and flavorful, like a Ruthless Rye. When a pale ale takes on the same basic profile of an IPA, but tames all of the desirable characteristics down, it simply leaves me unsatisfied. It's not easy enough to be a session beer, and not bold enough to stand out. Perhaps a good bridge to better things if you're trying to ease in to the craft world.

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Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,747 ratings.
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