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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4192) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Golden orange color. Nice crisp taste. Lightly hopped. Some subtle citrus. Pretty good drinking and will be better in the summer than now in winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2508) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle from Vintage Estates. Pours a clear gold with a pretty massive head and tangy aromas. Rye is definitely there with a little bit of lemon and grass. Kind of simple and maybe better for summer than the dead of winter, but whatever... New Bells is always appreciated. Flavor is very vice. Lots of lemon and tangy rye to it, but it balances nicely against the backdrop of a honey and sweetbreads malt presence. Very nice beer... I can see it being a summer favorite.
Earlier Rating: 5/22/2009 Total Score: 3
Tap at Eccentric. Pours a hazy gold/orange with little head. Aromas and flavor are weak rye and honey.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
rhsiung (833) - USA - JAN 25, 2013
funky, which i totally didn’t expect. disappointing. especially since it’s been so long since a new beer from bell’s has made it to chicago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle. Pours straight up gold with a biiiiiiggggg white head. Big floral/rye spice aroma. Taste is slightly spicy, both from the rye and a bit of belgian yeasty notes and a bit of biting citrus. Very floral all around (which is a bit of a drag here, but not all that bad). Very drinkable. Nice balance of dry but slightly resinous finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle. Clear medium yellow pour, minimal light carbonation and an aroma of rye and a little lemony hops. Flavor is also nice bitters and light lemon citrus and complimented well by the rye all the way through to the aftertaste. Would be a great summer beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Pours clear bright golden with a soapy white head. The aroma has rye spice heavily, floralness, husk, minor toasted malt and spicy/earthy hops. It has a medium / light rough body with a paperiness to it and fairly abrasive carbonation. The flavor starts out very dry with lots of rye, some bright golden ale hidden under the assertive rye. The earthy / spicy hops from the aroma are there as well. The finish is ultra dry, crisp and clean. The rye sticks in the mouth for a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2013
750 bottle #240 of 433. Golden color tan head. Good crisp taste. Not hoppy but that rye flavor you have come to love is prevalent. Very yummy beer for a 60 degree day in winter while watching football. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6962) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
12oz bottle, bottled 1/15/13. Mostly clear golden color, hazy with many particles in the body. Good thin off-white head, leaves decent lace. Medium body, good creamy texture. Very smooth, crisp carbonation makes for easy drinking. Nice bitter taste. Good earthy citrusy hops aroma, light spicy and floral hop, some toasty malt. Good stuff. Drinkable and tasty. Nice choice for this oddball 50F January day, will definitely be a pleasure to drink when real spring comes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5840) - Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Draft to pint at Dutch’s. Looks good; a cloudy orange with fluffy off-white head. Smells solid; citrus hops, pale malt, and a touch of spice. Tastes like it smells with a nice rye tingle on the tongue. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmongoose (1393) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2013
12oz bottle pours partly cloudy yellow with eggshell head. Nice aroma of malt, hops, and rye. The flavor is mostly the rye with hop and malt undertones. Not a fan favorite but decent enough.

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