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From huge powerhouse brews like Hopslam to easy-quaffing beers like Oberon, Bell’s has brewed it all—and brewed it well. Smitten Golden Rye falls on the gentler end of that scale. This is a simple ale with lots of rye and a good dose of aromatic hops—a beer with nuanced enough flavor to satisfy the pickiest of beer geeks while also remaining the sort of brew you might toss back while throwing around a Frisbee. The aroma bears grain, a touch of lemony citrus and pepper, while the rye comes out to play in the taste: Earthy with a touch of peppery spice, it’s just different enough from your usual pale ale to be intriguing. The slightly tart finish comes as a welcome surprise—one that will be even more welcome as the weather warms. This is currently on draft at Barcade, Perch Pub, American Sardine Bar and Misconduct.
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