Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale doesn't hit the rye very hard. It's very hazy in the glass, with what looked like protein clumps, although my bottle was only about a month old. The head faded quickly and left no real lace. The rye in the aroma is very understated, mostly I picked up on some grapefruit hoppiness. Very little rye in the flavor as well. Pine, citrus hop notes made for a nice IPA like tingle, but nothing really special. I like Sierra Nevada's Ruthless Rye and Founder's Red Rye PA better, and I'll probably stick with those two for my rye fix.