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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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3.6
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2013
Bottle:   Orangish straw, hazy, moderate to large foamy white head, nice lacing.   Citrus peel and pith on the nose, faint rye and rustic floral notes.   Wheaty like ryeness on the tongue.   Faint resin.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Big wheaty exit, rye, with some resin, pith, and citrus peel.   Not quite as bright as other Pales, and more wheaty, more rye, but fairly entertaining and tasty!


3.3
hotstuff (5258) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Rated on 3-08-2013 at 800 Degree Three Fires-Fort Wayne, IN) This draft beer pours a medium sized white head with short retention, mostly transparent/slightly hazy body, spotty amounts of lacing, slow rising carbonation, and the body hue is pale yellow. The Aroma is that of malt, rye, herbal, citrus, grapefruit, and earthy. The Taste is bitter, malty, rye, earthy, and citrus hops. The Palate is slightly tingly and this beer is medium bodied. This beer has a lingering hoppy bitterness, is worth trying, but it is a little bit too hoppy tasting for my liking.

3.5
DoublEE (781) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
The ale pours a nice bright golden color with some yeast particulates suspended, plenty of carbonation, and is topped with a frothy, white head that leaves some chunky lacing is on the glass. Aromas are grassy, earthy, spicy rye, fresh citric hops. Tastes are crisp, grassy, earthy, nice dry spiciness from the rye, lemony citrus, while finishing bitter. Thin-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice balance of flavors. Overall, I really like the rye in this one. Very crisp & clean. Nice variation on an APA with some rye. I’m surprised this wasn’t released in the summer as I found it to be nice and refreshing.

3.3
SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2013
really chunky, like a hot lava-lamp that was just shaken up! golden with an orange hue and creamy beige head. stick resinous medium-full body with medium-high carbonation.

aroma: resinous citrus peel hops, spicy earthy grassy rye, sweet pale malt, clean bready yeast, and a lightly sour minerality.

taste: bitter grapefruit hops, spicy grass-seed rye, light crystal malt,

3.1
sigh_borg (97) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Review from 3/19/13. Pours a hazy golden yellow with substantial foamy white head. Aroma is piney hops and grain. Having a hard time picking out the rye aroma specifically. Taste is a hint sweet and almost immediately bitter. Finish is strongly bitter. For a rye, I find this way too dominated by hops-- can’t taste the rye at all. If I’d tasted it blind, I don’t think I’d have any idea this was supposed to be a rye. I think my standard point of reference for ryes is Founder’s Red Rye PA, which seems to have a much better hop to grain balance. I’d take that over this any day. Not that is a bad beer, it’s just not living up to what it’s supposed to be.

3
sloshgator (770) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale is a solid brew great to have with a meal. No aroma. Yellow, cloudy pour with a fluffy white head. Taste is very balanced with a spicy rye finish. Smitten may not be out there breaking new ground but it pairs well with food or just for a solid ale.

3.9
Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2013
12oz bottle pours with a deep gold body and copper hues with tiny floating sediment and supporting a white head of foam. The aroma offers up grainy malts, hay, light malt sweetened floral to tangerine to orange flavored gummy bear hops. The taste has a nice and fairly rich yet snappy start to it with a light mix of malts, hay, malt sweetened tangerine and orange peel. It then heads into a touch of lime and resiny hop bitterness. Pretty nice as this comes together in a pleasing sessionable fashion.

3.7
monkeychugg55 (1109) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Golden orange with a ton of floaties and a small white head. The aroma is nicely balanced with a mix of hops, rye, and sweet malt. The flavor is similar, with just the right amount of rye.

3.7
bkurtz (1134) - LITHUANIA - JUL 5, 2013
Pours a cloudy golden with a decent head. Citrus and pine aromas. the rye gives it a dry feel. Well balanced and well made beer. Bells makes some fine brews.

4.5
PureMichigan (2) - Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2013 does not count
Citrusy, somewhat tropical aroma, hops. Pours a perfect golden color, cloudy and unfiltered. Great looking beer. Good head and excellent lacing. A mild rye ale, not quite light but just right. Piny hops and a hint of pepperiness. Great taste. One of my favorite seasonals. 6.0% abv is nice, I’m a little buzzed by the two I’ve imbibed tonight. Solid offering from Bells. Should be brewed in the summer though.


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