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RATINGS: 540   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle, pours hazy honey with big fluffy white head. TONS of lacing. Didnít realize this one was bottle-conditioned. Really interesting orange peel, slightly funky aroma. Light and dry with a really nice assertive rye profile. Sturdy pithy bitterness throughout. Finishes dry and clean with just a bit of astringency. Sessionable and interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Clouded yellow pour with an off-white head. Aroma is floral and citrus hops. Taste is rye, citrusy hops, the rye is well balanced. tasty beer, ok lacing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle from the CBC. Yeah, yeah, yeah! Sparkly, golden with a light, pervasive haze. Frothy, eggshell white head with sticky melted marshmallow type lace ( a less dense meringue). Nose is lemon, light spice/rye, toasted malts. Flavor is more pronounced in every element with a much more pronounced rye character, a more juicy citrus note, grass, ends earthy and bitter. Leaves a chalky, mildly astringent bitterness on the tongue. Not bad, but would be tough to session.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle from Samís Quik Shop in Durham. Pours bright golden with hazy bits floating all around. White head, decent lacing. Nose is earthy, with notes of dandelions, rye notes, and citrusy/earthy notes. Taste is hoppier; one of the few beers thatís hoppier on the tongue than the nose. Brighter, more citrus. Unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours a beautiful golden color, had to be hugely dry hopped probably with Simcoe with as much resin coming off it. 70IBU so its a nice big hoppy beer, the rye is a great finish to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3402) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours a clear golden color with a thick white head...nice retention and lacing. Aroma has notes of fresh grass and spicy grapefruit...light rye. Flavor has earthy bitterness, spicy citrus notes, grass, and rye...very bitter and resinous. Mouthfeel is full and a bit creamy with a very bitter earthy/grassy dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5393) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle: The aroma has a good dose of citrus, cotton candy, light grapefruit, and rye. It pours a mostly transparent golden-orange, but there is quite a bit of sediment that makes it somewhat hazy. It has a two finger off-white head with decent retention and some spotty lacing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of citrus. The finish has light-moderate grapefruit and a touch of rye. Itís light-medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall, I havenít been a big fan of Rye IPAís or Pale Ales, but I like this one better than most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bagalagalaga (139) - Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pretty good, the bitterness definitely hits you and lingers for a while. Smells like distant pine trees and pours pale. Donít really detect anything unique to rye.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2013
On tap at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium. Pours a clear light golden orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet fruity malt, strawberry. Flavor of sweet fruits upfront with wheat malt. Some perfume notes and perfumy hops. I donít really get the rye notes. It is decent, light, sweet and fruity. 6/4/7/4/13 (3.3/5)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerSquare (117) - - JAN 31, 2013
I was excited to try a Bellís brew Iíd never caught before (in over 15 years of bells fandom), and this one is interesting, but itís not going to be a new "must have Bellís for me" the way some others are. Thereís a lot of good, interesting stuff here-- love the wheateyness, significant sturm and drang, and really nice light, bright, rye notes. But he sweetness going on here mystifies me. I just want it to go away so the beer can be a bit more serious. Or something. Itís obviously more complex this way, I just donít like the finish-- too sweet an end to a nice rye guy.

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