geeklimit (232) - USA - FEB 21, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a golden amber, minimal carbonation with a lacy head. Balanced malt and hops aroma. Sharp malt and rye taste on a clean palate.
Chad9976 (1343) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
When a brewery mentions that the beer uses rye and even incorporates it into the name of the brew, it can throw me off. Some beers happen to have rye in them, but they’re not “specialty grain” brews per se. In the case of Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale there’s no doubt that it’s a rye-forward beer and it works because of that reason. A delectable palette that remarkably easy to drink – I’m impressed.
I poured a 16oz can into a mug. It was canned on 1/19/15 and cost $3.15 ($0.20 per ounce).
Appearance: Amber color; fairly hazy body but consistent carbonation is visible. Pours to a large, off-white, foamy head that retains and laces very well.
Smell: Spicy rye; slightly bready; light clean citrus notes too.
Taste: To say this beer tastes of rye is a bit of an understatement. It’s the most predominate character from start to finish. At first there’s a light zesty character, but also quite malty; akin to rye bread. Through the middle I get a lot of citrusy and herbal hop flavor. It’s bitter for sure, but nothing too intense. The finish brings the rye back in an even stronger, spicier, and drier delivery. There’s underlying notes of lemonpeel and a hint of black pepper. This is a delectable palette to be sure, and an impressive one considering it’s “just” an American pale ale brew at the core. Well done, Bell’s.
Drinkability: Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale is one of the few beers that incorporates the best of both worlds – a full-bodied brew that’s easy to get down (and how). The mouthfeel is crisp, but in no way light. That’s impressive, considering the beer weighs in at 6% ABV. Though I wouldn’t consider it refreshing, it’s in no way cloying or overwhelming. Versatile, too; pair it with a spicy meal or enjoy it on its own in any weather.
pras (517) - Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tastes just as the brewery describes it. Aromas of citrus hops, taste is earthy, citrus, resin, with a nice bite from the rye. Enjoyable.
JHeath99 (1313) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours a transparent golden with a nice layer of fluffy white head. Aroma and taste of malt forward, slight hops, decent bite from the rye.
Thechasm442 (385) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The beer is a mostly clear pale yellow orange with a thin white head that leaves ok lacing and disappears pretty quickly. Aroma is fairly faint. Rye spices, caramel, and tropical fruits are there as well as a bit of citrus. Taste is spicy citrus up front. I pick up rye, grapefruit, and some faint tropical fruit flavors as well. Mouthfeel is sticky and quenching and the finish is somewhat dry. I like this beer and would buy again.
BuckeyeBoy (3177) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours out a crisp golden topped with a fluffy white head. Nose is citrus rye malts and a floral touch. Taste is as the nose with lots of rye and a bitter touch on the end.
dresden (1071) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden with a white head. Bright citrus hop aroma, some honey. Sweet honey and spicy rye with a big hop flavour. Nice.
eaglebones (63) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours gold with a huge white head and substantial lacing. Great aroma with citrus, pine, and floral notes. Medium body with smooth texture. Strong upfront bitterness and spice, followed by a slight earthy sweetness. I always look forward to this crisp, late winter gem.
italianjohn (2439) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden pour thin white head ..... Aroma of fruity yeast, citrusy hops, light piney hops and spicy rye ..... Taste is of fruity yeast, spicy rye, citrusy hops, orange, resinous and bitter rinds .... Piney hops ..... Finishes bitter and rindy with a nice spicy rye .... Nice and fresh flavors with a lingering bitter hop bite
berkshirejohn (4972) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Wegmans, West Seneca, NY. An amber pour with a ring of white head; slightly sour grainy aroma; and an earthy grainy taste, with a citrus bitterness; and a lingering toasty finish. Very pleasant.