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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3072) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Sometimes I think there should be a "Sound" rating, too. Does the little "Pssht!" when opening a bottle put you in the right mood? Anyway:
Color is just a tad darker than the average Golden Ale. Thereís a bit of oxidation as I pour. But then a pleasant lightly malty beer smell. Poured gently into the Sam Adams glass, thereís a thick bit of head just before the top flare. And I can better see the murky bits of Bellís traditionally unfiltered "floaties." Taste is more of an APA than the "Golden Ale" the label says. Still, itís big and hoppy. Not resiny enough to be called a little brother to a Hopslam, but more bitter with a note of pine. Not a bad idea to have a lighter in alcohol but still hopalicious ale in the arsenal.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (2083) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - APR 27, 2017
Bottle. A- Rye, bread dough, subtle citrus. A- Golden orange color, hazy liquid, off white head. T- Rye, malt, grassy, black pepper, mild bitterness, subtle lemon. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, slightly sharp finish. O- Interesting stuff. Lots of rye malt and some peppery notes. A touch resinous and only a very little bit of citrus. Not bad, but maybe a tad too earthy for me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
crispaire (198) - - APR 25, 2017
Nice rye ale. Very quenchable. Slightly discernible rye characteristics which are awesome if you're into rye and/or whiskey. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ronaldtheriot (1892) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - APR 24, 2017
Smitten Golden Rye Ale has a medium, off-white head, a hazy, orange-gold, highly carbonated appearance, with some glass lacing. Aroma is of spiced, white bread, yeast, sourdough, and grass. Taste is of spicy, white bread, sugar, grassy, strong hop bitterness, and some bread crust. Mouthfeel is medium and slick. Smitten finishes dry. RJT

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tillmac62 (714) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2017
BOD 1/10/17. Light amber pour with suspended particulate matter. Outstanding head volume and retention. World class lacing. Very good nose of light citrus (orange, with a touch of lemon) over a slightly bready base. Rye is present but not pronounced. Very light floral hop presence. Medium bodied with a smooth texture that has some oily aspects. The carbonation / body balance is quite outstanding. The middle provides a nice effervescent burst while the finish delivers a finely bubbled ride. The flavor profile is very good but lacks the complexity necessary for outstanding status. It begins with touch of rye then flows to a subtly sweet middle where orange takes over. Mid palate sweetness is bready more than biscuit. Bitterness rises from the middle on and achieves a mild status. Spruce is the dominate bitterness sensation with pine and zest being mere hints. Rye spiciness gives the bitterness its primary characteristic by shifting the pine and zest into spruce. A true rye flavor never develops. The finish is a slow slightly sweet and bitter fade with orange making another appearance.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinfull (1593) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 9, 2017
Deep, amber color. . Big , off-white head . Aroma mostly of malt and pine . Balanced taste with malty backbone and decent hoppy bitterness. Some earthiness and spicy notes. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1614) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - APR 7, 2017
Not my style at all but this is passable! Cloud gold pour w/ a big white head & spotty lacing. The aroma is bready w/ a citrus undertone. The taste is somewhat complex which is cool for the style. The citrus hops make their presence known w/ the rye winning out in the end. Surprisingly quite drinkable & overall a decent beer!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Hazy light tea colored pour with white head and some lacing. Aroma is mostly hops with a slight citrus undertone. Nice mouth feel, coating well, with a soft flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
justkoehn (131) - Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Little head and medium lacing. Rye/grain aroma. Hint of floral notes, with a crisp finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Renobob (2009) - BesanÁon, FRANCE - MAR 26, 2017
Bue ŗ la pression. Blonde claire. Principalement su rue grain. Classique sans plus. Peu díamertume.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (6190) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2017
Pencil shavings and lemongrass nose. Cloudy amber, medium head, abundant glass coating. Orange and lemongrass. Full body, soft carbonation.


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