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RATINGS: 550   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12306) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle from Bine & Vine. Pours gold with a white head. Aroma of rye and citrus. Med + body. Flavor is very rye, with citrus and something earthy/floral. Malt. For a second I thought "strawberry jam". It’s towards dry, and it’s pretty darn bitter. Nice rye finish mixed in with the hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2214) - USA - MAR 8, 2015
This is fairly light and smooth for a rye ale. There is a bit of cantaloupe flavor to start, followed by dry APA-type hops. I tasted a little grapefruit and tobacco also. It is easy going, but not bland - a nice new release from Bell’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnwokedi89 (97) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Golden colored beer that is more typical of a wheat beer than a pale ale but delicious nonetheless. The beer has a unique flavor that is almost a cross/mash between a blonde/wheat and a pale ale. This cross ends up leaving your taste buds very satisfied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DedicatedToFun (3843) - Santa Monica, California, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Tap, west 4th than jane, gold pour white head, nose and taste are grassy, wheaty, interesting brew

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Barreras (1228) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Pours a light copper color with a clean rye malt aroma. Taste is malty with a lingering bitter aftertaste. An undetermined citrus flavor that disappears in the rye malt flavor. A clean tasting beer that wass very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RedSox2004 (1421) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Clear golden yellow, two-finger white head and decent lace. Citrus and pale malt aromas. Bitter up front, a little malt sweetness creeps in and lingers. Medium body, ample carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and a clean finish with a touch of resin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ordybill (596) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a nice citrus and hop smell. Appearance- The beer pours a clear yellow and has a small white head. Taste- Has a nice blend of citrus, hop and rye. Palate- This is a medium-bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It has a crisp fairly dry finish. Overall- Bell’s has once again formulated a very nice brew. I recommend everyone give it a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigbish (596) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2015
This is a really great rye ale that let’s the flavors really come through, isn’t overpowering with bitterness, and is overall well balanced. Great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
geeklimit (248) - USA - FEB 21, 2015
Pours a golden amber, minimal carbonation with a lacy head. Balanced malt and hops aroma. Sharp malt and rye taste on a clean palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1386) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2015
When a brewery mentions that the beer uses rye and even incorporates it into the name of the brew, it can throw me off. Some beers happen to have rye in them, but they’re not “specialty grain” brews per se. In the case of Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale there’s no doubt that it’s a rye-forward beer and it works because of that reason. A delectable palette that remarkably easy to drink – I’m impressed.

I poured a 16oz can into a mug. It was canned on 1/19/15 and cost $3.15 ($0.20 per ounce).

Appearance: Amber color; fairly hazy body but consistent carbonation is visible. Pours to a large, off-white, foamy head that retains and laces very well.

Smell: Spicy rye; slightly bready; light clean citrus notes too.

Taste: To say this beer tastes of rye is a bit of an understatement. It’s the most predominate character from start to finish. At first there’s a light zesty character, but also quite malty; akin to rye bread. Through the middle I get a lot of citrusy and herbal hop flavor. It’s bitter for sure, but nothing too intense. The finish brings the rye back in an even stronger, spicier, and drier delivery. There’s underlying notes of lemonpeel and a hint of black pepper. This is a delectable palette to be sure, and an impressive one considering it’s “just” an American pale ale brew at the core. Well done, Bell’s.

Drinkability: Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale is one of the few beers that incorporates the best of both worlds – a full-bodied brew that’s easy to get down (and how). The mouthfeel is crisp, but in no way light. That’s impressive, considering the beer weighs in at 6% ABV. Though I wouldn’t consider it refreshing, it’s in no way cloying or overwhelming. Versatile, too; pair it with a spicy meal or enjoy it on its own in any weather.

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