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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2210) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2013 Bottle and draft. Clear golden body. Frothy white head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of raw grain, rye, sulfur, vegetable. Hint of bread. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Bitterness lingers into the finish. Lots of raw grain and raw hop taste. Updated: Draft version is cleaner, crisper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 2/25/13. Thanks to Momar42 for the 12 oz bottle! Poured into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a golden orange color with a ton of yeast particles floating around. The head is a two finger white shade. Both texturing and retention are pretty damn good, and the lacing left by the receding head is quite attractive as well. Pretty face, ugly body, let’s split the difference here. S: I do notice a bit of rye to it, along side some piny, herbal hops. The hop profile seems to fit the rye malt quite well. It becomes a bit maltier as it warms up, and grows a biscuity component as well. Aromatically, it could be a little less muted. T: One thing that lets me down right from the onset is the lack of distinctive character to it. It starts and finishes with a combination of earthy, spicy malts and piny hops. After a while, the finish will develop a grassy hop quality to it that I enjoy somewhat. This really is the type of beer more conducive to simple drinking than actual reviewing... M: Rougher than I like, which is exasperated by the coarse yet strong carbonation and fuller body. The back end is quite clean and crisp; so maybe this would be good in the summer time? O: Not bad - but I’m certainly not smitten with it. It’s too sharp in feel for its nondescript flavor profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
csaso (1380) - Missouri, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Tap - fair size foamy head, medium gold color, fair fruity hop aroma and flavor, mild spice notes ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
4thAgeChris (66) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2013
I love this rye, citrus, rye!?, dry, hoppy. Citrus in both taste and smell. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4750) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Golden coloured body, slightly hazy with a thinnish, one centimetre tall white head. Aroma of pale malt, light hops, some citrus and a bit of honey. Light-bodied; Strong rye and malt flavours with a little sweetness, some mild bitterness from hops and a bit of herbal flavours with a hint of sweetness. Aftertaste shows light grain, a bit of yeast, some faint hops and mostly mild yet flavourful rye. Overall, a nice beer that shows some good characteristics while remaining mild - definitely worth a sample during Spring if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Grateful Red in Arlington (Clarendon), Virginia on 02-February-2013 for US$2.37 sampled at home in Washington on 10-March-2013.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2803) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Sometimes I think there should be a "Sound" rating, too. Does the little "Pssht!" when opening a bottle put you in the right mood? Anyway:
Color is just a tad darker than the average Golden Ale. There’s a bit of oxidation as I pour. But then a pleasant lightly malty beer smell. Poured gently into the Sam Adams glass, there’s a thick bit of head just before the top flare. And I can better see the murky bits of Bell’s traditionally unfiltered "floaties." Taste is more of an APA than the "Golden Ale" the label says. Still, it’s big and hoppy. Not resiny enough to be called a little brother to a Hopslam, but more bitter with a note of pine. Not a bad idea to have a lighter in alcohol but still hopalicious ale in the arsenal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (2580) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 10, 2013
It poured a clear golden/orange color with a small white head. The aroma was of citrus, earthiness and spicy hops. The taste was of lemon, orange citrus, pine, spicy hops and grains. It finished with a medium bitterness and a little juiciness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden honey with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of earthy notes, hops, citrus , bread malts and light funk. Taste is much the same as the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3223) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a slightly hazy dark orange color with a medium foamy white head. The nose hazy some spicy rye notes, but the primary smell seems to be a little wet dog and wet paper. A little oxidized perhaps? Thankfully it seems to blow off after a bit. The flavor has a light grassy bitterness, a touch of rye, spice, and light floral notes. Medium to full mouthfeel with carbonation on the softer side and a lingering bitterness. Not too bad. Definitely a different take on a pale ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4223) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
The aroma is a bit dry with some floral citrus and rye notes. The appearance golden with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma a bit soapy. The palate is average. Overall not bad but not a favorite.

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