Beer Profile: Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale

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Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA

Pours a hazy golden color with a slight orange blush on it when held to the light in the room. Fat head of off white foam that fell slowly enough and left lace and a small ring.

Nose is lemon, lemon peel and some spicy rye. A powdery and perfume-y floral and a bit of spice. It has a juicier fruity scent that reminds me of orange but it’s hard to place. Citrusy.

The taste is sharp and bold. Dry bread-y rye with a touch of spice. The citrus is powerful and the sweeter fruitiness is juicy and laid into the beer. The finish is slightly sharp with a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and a bit of bitter to last.

This is a strong beer for only 6 percent and the flavors are bold and uncompromising.

Serving type: bottle.

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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meMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.