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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2013
The renamed and now bottled "Golden Rye." 6% ABV. Nose is zesty with lemon, rye spice, yeasty almost funkiness. Pours hazy to outright cloudy golden sunshine color with a fairly buoyant creamy off-white head that leaves some soapy lace. Taste is a touch sweet, pretty bitter, and a bit tart. Lighter side of medium bodied, creamy with a lengthy tingly spicy bitter finish. A nice quenching beer that as some have mentioned would be better for actual spring or summer, but itís a nice break from the bigger, darker, heavier stuff Iíve been drinking lately. Didnít quite have the pop on the nose I was looking for, but other than that, a pretty easy going beer with nice character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5799) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2016
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a softly carbonated transparent yellow colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The mild aroma was a hoppy rye. The crisp mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish hoppy aftertaste. The nice flavor contained notes of rye and hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grumbo (1518) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle at Aarhus tasting. Pours pale amber with a small white head. Aroma of malt, rye bread, caramel, fruit, vaguely sherbet too. Quite sweet, light bitterness. Oily texture, bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (10455) - Hasselager, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle @ Johns. Pours dark yellow with a white head. Aroma of malt, bread, earthy hops, citrus. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, malt, bread, fruit, little citrus. Medium body, average carbonation, light bitter finish. 081016

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16989) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting, my place. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are malt, grass, fruits and hops. Nice long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13282) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle. Creamy White good mostly deminishing head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy mango aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (17824) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2016
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear golden with a white head. Aroma is sweet, malty and moderate hoppy - fruity. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 081016

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2016
Bottle, bought@Mikkeller Webshop. Pours clear golden with a small, staying creamy white head. Aroma has spicy rye, citrus, light resin. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good malty sweetness, light crisp, resin, citrus. Fine spicy bitterness. Fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (12936) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2016
Can - Orange and some sweet notes. Cloudy gold with a nice white head. Orange and bitter hops with a long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inbreak (4722) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2016
16.09.2016, 12 oz bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet grassy, leafs, caramel, flowers, wet grass, hay, minerals, sap, moss, wet hops, grain. Taste is slightly dry grassy, weeds, leafs, hay, wet grass, caramel, minerals, paper, bark, medicine, flowers. Medium bitterness, slightly dry and harsh mouthfeel. Fair enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Pint can from VE. Nose grainy rye, as in lightly-toasted rye berries, pour clear and very rich golden with orange undertones, medium carbonation, but a large and sudsy beige head. Very subtle lace and lighter legs. Taste is strongly bitter with medium astringency, quite dry with a high degree of resin, spice; a very crisp medium-full body with heavy alcohol presence and light heat, light spice scratch, and only minimal relief from bright citrus. Rye is the dominant flavor, which is quite a compliment in the brewing world, where itís usually only a suggestion spurred by verbal associations; still, malt is a little flat and the alcohol/spice suppress any kind of significant depth. Do like the consistent and lingering earthy-bready character, and the hops here are well-chosen to complement the toast. Lightly sticky lips, some faint hidden sunshine from rye-pils (?) and a nice traditional Pre-Prohibition/whiskey character, supported by a perfumed floral base. Bitterness never quite gets to rubbery but isnít ideal; otherwise clean as a whistle. This seems to be a spring seasonal but it makes for a tremendous autumn beer in my mind, pleasantly grainy and darkly tinted with suggestions of crunching leaf mold underfoot and bracing warmth against the chilling wind. An adult beverage for sure. [2016.08.29: 3.7]

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