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

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,783 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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:
1,783
Reviews:
328
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
362
For Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,783 |  Reviews: 328
Photo of Stevedore
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated 1/12/2015, served in a Bell's snifter 2/9/2015.

A- Slightly cloudy, but for the most part a clear light orange body, two finger white head with good retention although it does not leave much lacing.

S- Bready aromas waft out, floral and earthy notes are predominant. The rye imparts a distinct aroma but is not a particularly strong aspect of the nose. The floral and earth are the main aromas here.

F- The rye is much more present on the palate. Honey, a bit of orange marmalade, toasted bread makes the malt backbone very much like a pilsner in character. Plenty of floral bitterness, a bit of earth on the backend. It's interesting, not sure I love it but it does grow on you with each sip.

M- Medium bodied, crisp but soothing on the palate even with the floral bitterness on the backend. Reasonably drinkable, although the floral bitterness does wear on my palate after a while.

O- Reasonably unique pale ale with a nice rye spice to it and plenty of citrus and floral bite. It's kind of like what I would expect a rye English bitter to taste like. It's pretty solid, nothing special but worth a shot.

 1,129 characters

Photo of TangoJuliet
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lemmy187
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mackeyse
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of juicebox
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kelly_James_Tellez
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jimdisser
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color. Crisp to the point of almost a bitter finish. Very refreshing. Another quality effort from Bell's.

118 characters

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

Photo of jclarkn
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yannimou
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IPA1978
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of qcghost
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewpubbung
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxOhle
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of misternebbie
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tanktizzo
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of n2492004
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BTodd
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chinaskifan1
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JeltMaaj
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oldvines
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cnagle28
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bosoxbennie
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I may be alone here, but I love this beer

41 characters

Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,783 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More