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RATINGS: 501   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBeforeH20 (129) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Great aroma, nice white head about 2" thick. Beer smells strongly of citrus, lemongrass, slight hint of pine and rye. Flavor is not as strong on the hops as the aroma would lead one to believe, but certainly not bad, nice rye aftertaste makes for a great finish. Surprisingly light for the ABV, I think I will buy this beer again once the weather warms up here in MN and maybe review again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Scipio (720) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy golden with a good white head that diminishes rapidly. Aroma is mostly citrus, with grapefruit, lemon, mango, spices, along with a bit of rye notes underneath. The taste loses much of the enticing citrus impressions. They are still noticed, but instead there is a heavy grainy and skunky flavor that is present and most prominent that isn’t very appetizing. That heavy grainy taste gathers strength after the initial sip throughout the aftertaste. Medium in body, with a rough, bubbly texture. I’m not a fan of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2013
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine - Pours a hazy amber color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is grain and light esters. Flavor is light grain, esters, light citrus, and herbal hops. Finish is fairly dry. Medium body. A decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikem409 (1613) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Tap. Pours gold with solid white head. Big hop aroma. Taste is spicy and skunky hops

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Tap at LIzardville, RR if you ever wanted to try a rye dominant beer this one is it, huge spicy rye flavor like good rye bread, hops balance out and add more body.. good stuff, though I wouldnt seek it out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Pours a brilliant golden-tan with a significant amount of minuscule flocculates - almost hazy. Produces a creamy, thick, 2 inch off-white head. Poured a second carefully and "candled" - stopped pouring when the flocculates reached the neck. The ale does have a slight haze! Beautiful, fresh citrus and hoppy nose. Bright, clean, spicy palate that lingers. Totally moreish. Perceptively sessionable, although the 6% ABV may be a concern. Develops a very nice Belgian lace. Forward bitter notes with lingering malt and woody-earthy notes! Poured a third . . .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryecatcher (825) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours an orangey color, decent head and lacing. Nose is citrusy hops. Mouth is medium bodied, a bit creamy some rye spiciness, malts, hoppy bitterness, and a graininess on the backend that I didn’t like, and ever so slightly skunky (!) at the tail. From what I expected after the nose, this was a bit of a letdown,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2013
12 ounce bottle from Harris Teeter Crozet, VA. Pours a hazy orange color with floating particles. Large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of spicy rye, herbal notes, pale malts, a bit of earth. The taste is rye, citrus, herbal and floral notes, mild toasted malt and caramel, overall reminiscent of Lemonheads candy. Medium bodied, well balanced. I quite like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2178) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear golden orange color with a small head that lingers a bit. Aromas are citrus, musty wet leaves, rye bread, earthiness. Taste is really good. Lots spicy rye and fresh musty hops. Moderate bitterness. Big lemon citrus finish. I will for sure enjoy a few of these this spring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Draft at the Institute. Pours a cloudy gold with small off-white head and beautiful ring lacing. Note of citrus, lemon, honey and rye. Slightly bitter finish. Decent but tough to drink after a Hopslam.

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