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RATINGS: 557   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours light orange with a slight citrus aroma. Some hops in the body but finishes very light. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gachupines (1106) - USA - FEB 25, 2013
Light golden color with a thin lacing of white head. Aroma is pine hops with just a hint of rye. Flavor is a little one note. Strong hops with a bit of rye. Not much malt to balance, makes the finish a bit thin. It’s a little average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (5480) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
This poured a darker golden color with a fluffy white head. Aroma was definite rye, citrus hops and pale malt. Flavor was spicey and earthy, lightly bitter with a clean finish. Decent for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours hazy pale gold with a lasting, frothy white head with nice lacing. Aroma is of lemon peel, earthy hops, black pepper and spice. Taste is clean and fairly dry, with some caramel up front but mostly dominated by citrusy, spicy hops. Medium-bodied with a pleasant, long hop finish. Very drinkable and a great all-around pale ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2319) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle. Fresh and springy with citrus notes. Murky orange with lots of flotillas. Thin off white head. Initial mouthfeel is pepper and alcohol. Most unexpected. Harsh finish. Not sure what I think about this beer. Pepper is pervasive. Different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3456) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hangover (1094) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (18893) - , 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finhead (1398) - 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.

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