hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 3-08-2013 at 800 Degree Three Fires-Fort Wayne, IN) This draft beer pours a medium sized white head with short retention, mostly transparent/slightly hazy body, spotty amounts of lacing, slow rising carbonation, and the body hue is pale yellow. The Aroma is that of malt, rye, herbal, citrus, grapefruit, and earthy. The Taste is bitter, malty, rye, earthy, and citrus hops. The Palate is slightly tingly and this beer is medium bodied. This beer has a lingering hoppy bitterness, is worth trying, but it is a little bit too hoppy tasting for my liking.
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The ale pours a nice bright golden color with some yeast particulates suspended, plenty of carbonation, and is topped with a frothy, white head that leaves some chunky lacing is on the glass. Aromas are grassy, earthy, spicy rye, fresh citric hops. Tastes are crisp, grassy, earthy, nice dry spiciness from the rye, lemony citrus, while finishing bitter. Thin-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice balance of flavors. Overall, I really like the rye in this one. Very crisp & clean. Nice variation on an APA with some rye. Iím surprised this wasnít released in the summer as I found it to be nice and refreshing.
SanfordBrewer (1478) - Sanford, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
really chunky, like a hot lava-lamp that was just shaken up! golden with an orange hue and creamy beige head. stick resinous medium-full body with medium-high carbonation.
aroma: resinous citrus peel hops, spicy earthy grassy rye, sweet pale malt, clean bready yeast, and a lightly sour minerality.
taste: bitter grapefruit hops, spicy grass-seed rye, light crystal malt,
sigh_borg (96) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Review from 3/19/13.
Pours a hazy golden yellow with substantial foamy white head. Aroma is piney hops and grain. Having a hard time picking out the rye aroma specifically. Taste is a hint sweet and almost immediately bitter. Finish is strongly bitter. For a rye, I find this way too dominated by hops-- canít taste the rye at all. If Iíd tasted it blind, I donít think Iíd have any idea this was supposed to be a rye. I think my standard point of reference for ryes is Founderís Red Rye PA, which seems to have a much better hop to grain balance. Iíd take that over this any day. Not that is a bad beer, itís just not living up to what itís supposed to be.
sloshgator (696) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bellís Smitten Golden Rye Ale is a solid brew great to have with a meal. No aroma. Yellow, cloudy pour with a fluffy white head. Taste is very balanced with a spicy rye finish. Smitten may not be out there breaking new ground but it pairs well with food or just for a solid ale.
Ibrew2or3 (8059) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours with a deep gold body and copper hues with tiny floating sediment and supporting a white head of foam. The aroma offers up grainy malts, hay, light malt sweetened floral to tangerine to orange flavored gummy bear hops. The taste has a nice and fairly rich yet snappy start to it with a light mix of malts, hay, malt sweetened tangerine and orange peel. It then heads into a touch of lime and resiny hop bitterness. Pretty nice as this comes together in a pleasing sessionable fashion.
monkeychugg55 (1023) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden orange with a ton of floaties and a small white head. The aroma is nicely balanced with a mix of hops, rye, and sweet malt. The flavor is similar, with just the right amount of rye.
bkurtz (1060) - MOROCCO - JUL 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy golden with a decent head. Citrus and pine aromas. the rye gives it a dry feel. Well balanced and well made beer. Bells makes some fine brews.
PureMichigan (2) - Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Citrusy, somewhat tropical aroma, hops. Pours a perfect golden color, cloudy and unfiltered. Great looking beer. Good head and excellent lacing. A mild rye ale, not quite light but just right. Piny hops and a hint of pepperiness. Great taste. One of my favorite seasonals. 6.0% abv is nice, Iím a little buzzed by the two Iíve imbibed tonight. Solid offering from Bells. Should be brewed in the summer though.
DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Fantastic, really well balanced between some prickly hops and some slight rye, some citrus and earthiness. Mild without being mild. A lot of foam in the beginning; long finish.