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RATINGS: 492   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3135) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Draft at Zip’s Cafe. Really a nice IPA that blends in the spice of rye very well. Clean and easy to drink with a moderate level or sweeter, citrus hop bitterness. Refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
viverlee (18) - - FEB 23, 2013


It starts, as it usually doesn’t, with something special. What the hell are these little pollen dusts doing in my glass, and why are they turning me on? Am I drinking beer today or chicken stock from a Michelin starred kitchen?

These Rye Beers have put me on full tilt. Like Emmy Rossum, I can’t stop thinking about them.

So I let this brew with the IPA nose sit for a few weeks before granting myself the privilege of tasting it. The moment had to be right, as it is now. A near Spring day, momma bear and little b napping, and little ol’ me with nothing to do except relax with a pint that smells like cantaloupe, coriander and pine.

It’s not my favorite in this style, no. But it is a decent effort, highlighted by a refreshing weight. It’s rare to find a cool-your-mouth brew with enough body that you have to be reminded to swallow. Maybe I’m overreacting to last night. Or maybe not. I think it really does have that balance.

When the lips meet the glass there’s also rye bread (more obviously than with others in this style), bitter honey, dried leaves and mostly there roundness that’s sullied only by the absence of a citrus, ideally tangerine, note.

Beeradvocate Rating: 85

ratebeer Rating: 87

Hayward Abbey Rating: 85

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Golden pour with a huge and frothy white head. Aroma is very fresh and citrusy. Citrus, orange hop notes with a bit of grapefruit and the expected spicy finish. Lingering citrus. Pretty straightforward and tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
26th May 2012
As ’Golden Rye’. Hazy amber beer, tidy off white head. Softish palate with fine carbonation. Creamy malt, a little bretty. Mild orange and grapefruit citrus. Brett is there all the time. Mild rye spice. Smooth finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finhead (1165) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Clear, light gold pour with a frothy, white head. The aroma is a little spicy with touches of lemon and grass. It has a light body with slightly oily texture and average carbonation. The taste is bitter, very dry, and lacks flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1497) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Deep gold with mild haze. Nice peppery rye nose with mild pine, a twist of lemon, and honey. Flavor is a solid bitter rye with citrus rind that fades nicely to a honey graham cracker and lemon zest finish. Light citrus hop bitterness in the finish along with some honey. A highly enjoyable brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
camborne (655) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Hoppy resin nose. Citrus resin hops palate as well. Finish is soft bitterness. Warm weather beer. Not one of the best bells brews

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StouterRick (32) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 21, 2013
This tastes like a hoppy, peppery wheat beer. It’s good but not what the name suggests. I do like the astringent hop taste/smell but the rye is kind of in the background.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottled - Pours a golden hazy color with a lot of sediment and chunks. Nose is hops, grass and lemons. Taste was alright but much to hoppy for my liking. Had a few other ryes that were so dominant on the hops. I'd drink it again if someone gave it to me but wouldn't buy it again. -optemoz

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
A: Very hazy pale orange with lots of chucks floating around. Solid foamy white head that sticks around. S: Very mild. Lemon citrus, very slight orange/coriander, bread. Very dry T: Much like the nose, but brighter. Biting citrus, hay/bread/spice melange of sorts. Dry and refreshing P: Nice, do not really notice it - active carbonation, light-medium bodied. O: Nice beer, would be better in hotter months.


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