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RATINGS: 641   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazed golden with a medium white head. Aroma of bright citrus and hoppy notes, some mild pine and resin, mild earthiness, touches of earth and rye malt. Flavor is mostly citrus and pine hops with mild sweet malt notes. Touches of spice, earth, and umami from the rye malt. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, finishes mildly bitter. This is quite a nice little rye pale ale from Bell’s.

3.6
BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours clear golden with a off-white good amount of head. Aroma is citrus and hops. Tasted citrus upfront with a piney spicy dryness following. The mouth feel is thinner. Overall a very drinkable beer.

3.3
alliance100 (1172) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
12 oz bottle - pours a vibrant gold with thin white head . Earthy aromas with some citrus . Resiny hop notes followed by lemon citrus . Not bad . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
Nuffield (4199) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Definitely not smitten. I have had a long difficult relationship with rye, and here again...just like with dad...a few sips in I got a headache. Beyond that, I didn’t care for the hop profile. Dry, resinous, and I get the bready/earthiness of it, but it finishes too bitter and lingers too hard. Not my style for drinking enjoyment. Bottle.

3.4
subsonic (85) - Pataskala, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Cloudy golden-yellow appearance with some sediment, so seems unfiltered. Reminds me of a hoppier/citrusy unfiltered version of their Oberon.

3.4
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle picked up at a local ABC. This beer is crisp and refreshing, and if you like the rye dryness - this one is for you. It finishes bready and semi sweet with a touch of hop bitterness.

3.3
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2014 Bottle: Hazy, golden-yellow with light hints of amber; soapy & foamy white head that forms ans settles at a quarter-inch, lasting for a while. Aroma is crisp & sharp; grains, dry rye, dirty & earthy hops with a slight musty afterthought. Grows more floral and rosy with time. The rye keeps its dry nature. A little unflattering, but not bad. Taste has an up-front bitterness from the earthy & floral hops... Not getting much citrus or resin like the description states. Sharp on the tongue. Crisp like a lager. Rye bread and mild yeast esters in the aftertaste. Finishes somewhat dry and clean. Pretty drinkable, clean rye ale.

4
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Had on-tap at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan. $3 for a 12oz mug. Gimme! Appearance: A beautiful golden color with a tiny head. The lacing’s patchy and not that great, but the appearance surely isn’t what matters most. Smell: I tried, tried, and tried some more to get aromas out, and for some reason I didn’t get that many, but they were more than pleasant. Rye, floral aromas, some sweetness, maybe like a honey... very inviting. Taste/feel: Great stuff. I’ve only had about three or four rye beers in my life, and this one tastes different than most... but I think that’s a good thing. The sweetness of this beer is something I’m not used to, because ryes generally seem more bitter to me. The floral notes with the sweetness and, really, light rye makes this a super tasty beer. The rye doesn’t come out very strong, but a good beer’s a good beer.

3.5
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Transferring from beer advocate. A decent rye beer from Bells. Nothing too rememberable.

3.4
bytemesis (9240) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle, Pours hazy butterscotch, medium off-white creamy head, nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, citrus, pine, butterscotch. Flavor is light sweet, slightly bitter, with just a touch of rye spiciness. Medium body, bitterness coming on on the finish. Interesting for what it is.


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