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RATINGS: 544   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 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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Darker gold and cloudy. Distinct hop aroma. Citrus hops, bitterness, rye, grain.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leftbob (2) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013 does not count
On draft .....Appearance as in the name is golden. Very cloudy modest head which does not stick around for long The aroma is yeasty with some citrus The taste is a touch sharp with a lingering bitterness. No real presence of the citrus aroma. No strong rye notes which was disappointing. The bitterness lacked much character I had one I am not sure I would have another unless there were limited options.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11962) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Draft. Crystal clear apple juice body with large white head. Aroma is medium sweet, rye/spicy, some orange, bread. Taste is just like it smells. Soft light-medium body.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Appearance - Lots of clumps in this beer. Clearly not filtered. Otherwise, a golden color, minimal head. Aroma - citrus notes, grapefruit specifically Taste - Pretty heavy bitterness, light malt flavor, citrus hop flavor, and a surprisingly little amount of rye flavor. Palate - Appropriate levels of carbonation, medium bodied beer. Overall - Not much rye flavor and the bitterness is too intense. Easily one of my least favorite Bells beers.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
12 ounce bottle. It has a daisy on the label, which left me surprised when it tasted like an APA seasoned with tobacco and aged in a leather satchel. Appearance is a dark and fizzy yellow. Aroma is mild hops and salt of the earth grains. Taste is an unexpected mix of earth, leather, tobacco, and citrus as second-player contributors. I thoroughly enjoyed the taste of this one. Palate was medium bodied and just right for pale ale. Overall, I’d happily buy a 6 pack of this to bring to a spring picnic. It has the fresh and citrus thing going on for the light-drinking crowd, and a dynamic flavor profile for the more adventurous beer tasters. Definitely worth a try, and I’d love in Kalamazoo, within a week or two of when it hits their tapline, when the hops are in their prime.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darwenus (616) - Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Very hazy in the glass, with what looked like protein clumps, although my bottle was only about a month old. The head faded quickly and left no real lace. The rye in the aroma is very understated, mostly I picked up on some grapefruit hoppiness. Very little rye in the flavor as well. Pine, citrus hop notes made for a nice IPA like tingle, but nothing really special.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ContemplateBeer (1683) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Aroma of some rye, moderate resiny hops and cereal malts. Appearance is golden with foamy white head. Flavor matches the nose, but with a little less rye; the finish has some clean toasty accents. Palate is medium, creamy and very soft. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3019) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Clear golden yellow pour with a white soapy head. Aroma of earth, hops,and spice. Lemon, spice, and grain. Solid lacing. Really a great beer for the style. Easy to drink and with a great taste.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Poured a bright gold. Aroma was hoppy but unlike an IPA. Body was very nice as was he taste. Easy drinking with a dry finish. Very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zickbeer_ye (335) - Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Nice head. Orange yellow hue with notes of earthy citrus in scent as well as taste. Refreshing and crisp with a nice rye balance to the finish. All in all a pretty nice golden rye.


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