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RATINGS: 595   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
viverlee (18) - - FEB 23, 2013

It starts, as it usually doesn’t, with something special. What the hell are these little pollen dusts doing in my glass, and why are they turning me on? Am I drinking beer today or chicken stock from a Michelin starred kitchen?

These Rye Beers have put me on full tilt. Like Emmy Rossum, I can’t stop thinking about them.

So I let this brew with the IPA nose sit for a few weeks before granting myself the privilege of tasting it. The moment had to be right, as it is now. A near Spring day, momma bear and little b napping, and little ol’ me with nothing to do except relax with a pint that smells like cantaloupe, coriander and pine.

It’s not my favorite in this style, no. But it is a decent effort, highlighted by a refreshing weight. It’s rare to find a cool-your-mouth brew with enough body that you have to be reminded to swallow. Maybe I’m overreacting to last night. Or maybe not. I think it really does have that balance.

When the lips meet the glass there’s also rye bread (more obviously than with others in this style), bitter honey, dried leaves and mostly there roundness that’s sullied only by the absence of a citrus, ideally tangerine, note.

Beeradvocate Rating: 85

ratebeer Rating: 87

Hayward Abbey Rating: 85

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tightslice (751) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 2, 2016
Can from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is light hops with some fermented, dirty citrus. Light and smooth mouthfeel. Soft with a bitter-ish finish. Something about the soft / smooth with the bitter hops didn’t work for me on this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3732) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 26, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours a clear golden with a small white head. Dry with a mellow sweetness. Aromas of citric and grassy hops with tiny hints of gun smoke. Also a malty back bone. Light to medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry finish with more citric hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (6636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 24, 2016
Bottle shared with Niller, sourced from Mikkeller Bottle Shop, Copenhagen - fuzzy golden amber coloured pour with white head. Citrus fruity hoppy and malty aroma and taste, satsuma, lemon, straw, some grassy and floral nuances, hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansalon (2450) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2016
Pours golden with a low white head. Aromas of rye bread, citrus, earthy and malty notes. Taste is quite malty with caramel and citrusy notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (3423) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2016
Pours clear amber with low white head. Aroma of pine and citrus, lightly floral, hints of honey. Taste is sweet, malt and honey, with a mellow bitter finish. Light and smooth body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5106) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2016
On tap at Beer Culture. Nice orange body with slight head. Nose is floral, citrus, with some malts. Taste is also floral, citrus, of rye and herbs. Dry in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (799) - - APR 15, 2016
16 oz can at Tasty post bike ride. Suprised it took me this long to try it. Ususally I am a sucker for the rye beers. Nice orange pour, generous head. Rye is definitely there- spice is prominent. Quite bitter (grapefruit pith) at the end. Citrus and pine throughout. Really works, just looses points on the finish for me- slightly off. Price is right- 2$.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14938) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2016
Bottle at home. Clear Golden/amber - withe head. Roasted. Peppery. Knækbrød. Light peppery. Citrus. Nice bitterness. Hay. Straw. Earthy. Lots of citrus. Nice drinkability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4526) - Arlington, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2016
12 oz bottle. Golden with an average white head. Aroma is of rye, weeds, grass, honey, and black pepper. Taste is of honey, malt, herbs, grain, floral notes and rye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4725) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2016
Bottle. The look is mostly clear, golden in color, white head. The smell is florals, rye, flowers, fruit, malt. The taste is bitter, florals, malt, fruit, ok. Decent.

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