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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Drawn from one of our oldest recipes, Smitten Ale began as part of a series of rye beers at our Eccentric Cafť. The combination of sharp citrus & resinous flavors from the hops with the earthy, rustic overtones of the rye malt contribution yield an interesting take on the American Pale Ale.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1437) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2015
Draft at the Urban Tavern The ale poured a clear light amber color with a thick white head and lacing. You detect floral citrus and resin on the nose. The taste is more complex with grapefruit bitterness mixed with rye spiciness. The medium body ale had average carbonation. Bitterness builds into into the finish for a bristly conclusion to a simple, easy-drinking swallow.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (1630) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2015
12oz bottle pours a semi-hazy golden/orange with a large white head. Mild orange citrus aroma with some light rye and malt. Taste of bready caramel malt with rye and hop spice with a solid hop bitterness. Very pleasant pale ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1204) - Redwood City, California, USA - APR 16, 2015
Can to pint glass. Citrus, bubble gum and slight perfume. Pours a slight hazy gold with pristine white head that lingers down the glass. Taste is floral with a creaminess in the finish which is quite nice. Well rounded from the rye adding nice mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kyle77 (33) - North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2015
From site: Drawn from one of our oldest recipes, Smitten Ale began as part of a series of rye beers at our Eccentric Café. The combination of sharp citrus & resinous flavors from the hops with the earthy, rustic overtones of the rye malt contribution yield an interesting take on the American Pale Ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (2991) - California, USA - APR 12, 2015
12 Apr 2015, bottle. yellow, clear, no bubbles. nose is light rye malt and lemon citrus. thin body and mildly fizzy. rye malt and lemon rind citrus. pretty good!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2521) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2015
Can stamped on bottom "01/19/15. This was poured into a nonic pint glass. The appearance was a hazy golden yellow to orange color with a quickly dissipating one finger white foamy head that left some stringy messy lacing. The smell had a sharp sweet citrus to piney and grassy hops over top of a light spicy rye malt. The taste was balanced between the spicy rye malt and light citrus bittering hops. Thereís a lingering bitter sharp citrus aftertaste and leads to a decent sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was there and good for its style and has a nice lingering bitter to sweet citrus sharpness rolling over my tongue. Overall, I say, either an APA or a Rye Beer, whatever, letís call it a very well done blend. Iíd definitely have it again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
commonmac (537) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2015
Tap at Memory Lanes during bowling. Pint glass. Minimal white head with nice lacing. Golden leaning towards orange. Not a lot of aroma but some bitterness and a crisp quality to it. Taste has a healthy grainy quality with the rye bitterness making itself known. Not an overwhelming nature as itís working with some citrus notes. Aftertaste is limited but the grains and lemon peel are the prevailing notes. Nothing complex here. Not smitten...just mildly interested.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6580) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2015
not sure when this came out. if fresh, itís really not very exciting. i love Bells beers and generally like rye beers. this is nice enough but quite boring, especially for them.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
airlocksniffer (11) - Crookston, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2015
Crisp and refreshing. A little bit of a hoppy aftertaste. A little bit of cloudiness. Itís not the best Iíve had from Bellís. Interesting, but Iíd pass on a second.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (1403) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Old rating. Dark gold. Bread dough, rye spice, lemon zest, mild hop bitterness. Nicely delicate, nothing too overpowering. Good stuff.


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