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Bells Smitten Golden Rye Ale

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RATINGS: 566   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Drawn from one of our oldest recipes, Smitten Ale began as part of a series of rye beers at our Eccentric Cafť. 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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrandNewBrew (15) - - FEB 5, 2016
Love the nose on this beer. You can almost smell that rye spiciness. Malt flavors meld well with the rye, and the hops synergize well. Bit too bitter, but very enjoyable none the less.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alktrio (10) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Nice and dry. Good spicy notes and little grassiness. Too thin but drinks easily. Good with food.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorkenstein (255) - - FEB 2, 2016
Honeydew melon and cracker aromas. Taste is cantaloupe and honeydew melons, then pepper rye crackers; finally an astringent finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Msdrbeat (175) - - JAN 31, 2016
On tap at Fieldhouse. Strong rye taste and aroma. Golden color as one would guess.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsporrer (305) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with a thin white ring. Pine resin and sweet citrus aroma. Light syrupy body with medium bitterness. Mostly citrus rind with a somewhat bitter and dry finish. OK but not great.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (1543) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Pours hazy golden orange with a one finger soapy white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine resin, spicy rye, bready malts, grassy hops, and some light sweet malts. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a semi dry, semi-moderately bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a pretty tasty, easy drinking rye pale ale.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with a half finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Spicy, faint floral hop aroma with some earthy resin and sweet citrus countered by pale malt and bready yeast. Somewhat bland really with not much of a rye presence. Just some spicy, grassy hops followed by bread, biscuit and subtle light fruit notes. Full bodied and much more interesting than expected. The nose is pretty boring but itís actually complex, well balanced and flavorful. Crisp spicy hop bite up front gives off some dry bitterness with resinous oils, grass and pine needle flavor. Some peppery rye, but like the nose, itís not a dominant flavor. Nicely balanced by yeast, light fruit notes and a pale malt backbone. Hints of bread, biscuit and cracker round things out in the dry finish. Not a great beer but itís refreshing and easy to drink with nice hop flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkel07 (4664) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle from Beer Cartel 181015. Possibly the best rye beer that I have. Full bodied with a thick mouthfeel and long aftertaste. Deep golden colour with a deep pillow of foam.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (4841) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2015
Bottles and draught, Summer 2015.
Clear, bubbly hay-colored liquid has a medium-sized white head that steadily recedes to cover.
Before noticing any malt or hops in the nose, Iím greeted by fresh house yeast character that takes me all the way back to some of the first craft beers I ever had: Third Coast beer and Bells beer. Difficult to describe other than saying Bells house yeast character. But itís delightful and light citrus and bits of grain are thrown in to the mix, but the hops are pretty well restrained, adding fruitiness and tangerine/lemon notes without any harsh grapefruit/pine. No alcohol or flaws.
Crisp, tightly carbonated mouthfeel carries on a wonderfully attenuated malt texture that gains some chewiness from the rye and adds light pepper notes, tangerine, nectarine and meyer lemon. Finishes dry and crisp, with no alcohol or flaw. Love the concept and the execution here. Really, really enjoyable and incredibly drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1832) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Aroma of Rye, grain, and citrus. Taste of Rye, grapefruit, bit of malt sweetness and grain. Moderate bitterness and a clean finish. moderate body, with a slightly grainy feel but still clean and refreshing. Enjoyable beer


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