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RATINGS: 621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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 Cafť. 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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brian60625 (746) - 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, Iíd 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 Iíd love in Kalamazoo, within a week or two of when it hits their tapline, when the hops are in their prime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darwenus (908) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ContemplateBeer (2008) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3561) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zickbeer_ye (441) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with white head, heavy lacing. Smell is citrus, earthy and spicy hopsTaste is lemon and orange citrus , pine and spicy hops and spicy grain. Finishes medium bitter, juicy and highly quaffable. One of the best rye ipas Iíve had to date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2772) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, light earthy, light spice. Medium bodied. Flavor is a bit more complex and enjoyable. Rye spice, a bit of fruity hops, light sweet malts. Easy going rye but rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1854) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Purchased at Binnyís in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a cold Sunday while making some chili. Appearance is a cloudy, lightly dark gold with a thin white head. Aroma has a unique hop profile, citrus and hop resin notes, along with rye malt. Taste goes down citrusy, floral, with a light bitterness. In a way itís like a less abrasive Two Hearted, but doesnít really taste like that at all. Itís enjoyable, good Sunday afternoon beer.

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