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RATINGS: 648   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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.

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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-- canít taste the rye at all. If Iíd tasted it blind, I donít think Iíd have any idea this was supposed to be a rye. I think my standard point of reference for ryes is Founderís Red Rye PA, which seems to have a much better hop to grain balance. Iíd take that over this any day. Not that is a bad beer, itís just not living up to what itís supposed to be.

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sloshgator (741) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Bellís 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 (8607) - 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 (1086) - 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 (1080) - MOROCCO - 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, Iím a little buzzed by the two Iíve imbibed tonight. Solid offering from Bells. Should be brewed in the summer though.

4.1
DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Fantastic, really well balanced between some prickly hops and some slight rye, some citrus and earthiness. Mild without being mild. A lot of foam in the beginning; long finish.

3.3
Dal9000 (630) - Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Mild almost tiny citrus flavor. Rye flavor also very small but builds to a long finish almost a minute after tasting. A cool smooth pale ale ---Rated via Beer Buddy

3.3
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Orangish/yellow in color with thin head. Lots of floaties in the beer, which was a bit of a turnoff. Flavor is dry and bitter with nice rye spice profile. Decent rye brew.

3.5
AWISLguy (3016) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2013
On tap at Bennos. Poured clear golden-orange with a white head that hung around for a while, leaving good lacing. Aroma has some citrus, some graininess and some herbs. Taste is of light citrus, a tangy herbalness, somewhat peppery, and a bit of pine. Light to medium body and a little bit sticky and quite dry. Finishes herbally bittersweet without much length. An interestingly flavored easy drinker.


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