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Smithwick's Pale Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Smithwick's Pale AleSmithwick's Pale Ale

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Eramen on 10-14-2011)
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Reviews by IronLover:
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3.83/5  rDev +14.7%

Tarnished yellow in color with a slightly hazy, viscous appearance. Poured with a thick, fizzy white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Earthy, bready malt aroma followed by light herbal and slightly spicy hop notes. This needed to warm up considerably to allow the aromas show. Medium bodied, creamy smooth feel down the middle with tangy hop bitterness around the edges. Bready malt flavor up front followed by herbal hops and a spicy hop bite through the middle. Buttery bready malt, herbal hop and lemon zest notes at the end. Finished crisp and incredibly dry. Possibly the driest beer I've ever tried. 

03-24-2014 23:15:41 | More by IronLover
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3.19/5  rDev -4.5%

4.5% ABV. "Premium European style beer, craft brewed with pale ale malt and aromatic hops." Reviewed as a European pale ale. 500ml aluminum can with uninteresting label acquired as part of a Guinness variety box and served into a conical Pinthouse Pizza pint glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good frothiness.

Body colour is a transparent translucent pale copper of average vibrance. Excellent clarity. Clean; floating yeast particles or sediment is visible. Inconsistent spotty lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is nice - about 4 minutes.

Overall, it's a generally appealing appearance for a beer in this style, but it's far from unique or special. There are no overt flaws here.

Sm: My broken nose picks up nothing aside from some faint floral hop character and buttery malts. All apologies, lads. A very subdued aroma.

T/Mf: Has a fantastically creamy mouthfeel. It's also slightly buttery, which works well for this flavour profile. Mild floral hop character, buttery pale malts, a kiss of bread, and some faint caramel. I also pick up some corn adjunct mixed with some graininess.

Depth of flavour is quite low; this is a shallow beer. Below average duration and intensity of flavour. It's nicely balanced though, and has some nice flavour. Quite a cohesive build. Lacks intricacy, nuance, complexity, and subtlety, but I do like it for what it is. Just a simple sessionable pale ale with some nice flavours.

Light in body. There's not much weight on the palate, which keeps it refreshing. Smooth and wet. Good approachable presence on the palate.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. A sessionable pale ale from Guinness. It's far from their finest offering, but it's an easy drinking brew and I find it refreshing. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or go out of my way to buy it again, but it's a nice addition to the Guinness variety box.


03-02-2014 05:55:41 | More by kojevergas
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

09-26-2013 01:41:08 | More by cam477
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-29-2013 15:45:27 | More by MadScientist
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New York

4/5  rDev +19.8%

08-16-2013 15:03:31 | More by generallee
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1.25/5  rDev -62.6%

12-31-2013 07:25:39 | More by Jstewart6
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2.94/5  rDev -12%

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale amber color with a thin white head. No lacing.

Smell: Mild hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of bitter hops and it has a strong metallic after taste, most likely from being in a can I assume.

Overall: It was ok, nothing special. I probably would not waste my money on this one again.

12-04-2013 20:01:40 | More by Cavanaghty
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

05-26-2013 14:35:02 | More by innominat
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

02-05-2014 00:05:53 | More by fionn13
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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

09-22-2013 01:58:00 | More by tyleeis
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West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +14.1%

Appears a pale copper hue let's all kind of light through with a nice off white head flowing thick, the low alcohol and high aromatic hop offering adds to the allure for me, especially when it looks awesome and the lace is layered beautifully. Aroma has a clean green earthiness mild citrus notes with notes of freshly baked bread nothing revolutionary!!! I like it though a clean mild bitterness earthy dirty hops clean malts mild balanced finish, not overt sweetness just a clean drinking pale ale from across the pond. As I continue to smell this beer the citric hops play a bigger role than before especially as it warms a bit. Mouthfeel is clean bitter finish, medium to mild bodied with tame even carbonation I like this beer we need more IPAs with this sessionablility mind set. A different type of beer than I'm used to but regardless I'm happy to drink this beer especially in cans protected from the light and what not.

10-13-2013 16:55:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.88/5  rDev +46.1%

I tried this beer while on vacation in Ireland. My previous favorite beer was Viking and Tuoborg both Great Beers. This beer had a some what fruity taste. It was like I wasn't drinking beer at all. The prefect beer in my book. I highly recommend this beer for everyone.

09-03-2013 22:41:52 | More by airman85b
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-05-2014 01:57:39 | More by Aficionado_Shawn
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

06-11-2014 22:43:28 | More by DruC4
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4.76/5  rDev +42.5%

08-16-2014 19:16:07 | More by beerinabottle
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

03-30-2014 19:43:40 | More by tdm168
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3.76/5  rDev +12.6%

Smithwick's Pale Ale

Notes: Deep gold in color. Frothy 1-fingered head holds well. Average lacing. Floral and fruity in the nose. Flavor: Fruity and floral. Sweetish grainy malt - honeyish. Grassy, herbal hops. Median bitterness. Finishes dryish with grassy, herbal and floral notes. Average, but well-made. Pale ale? Yes. That adds perspective... good example of the English style. Worth trying.

04-18-2014 16:16:40 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-06-2014 12:48:39 | More by zachrotc
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3.7/5  rDev +10.8%

Smithwick's Pale Ale from Guinness pours out a light amber color. This Brew has a nice white head that sticks around. The smell is ok ,nothing bad at all. There is a lot flavor to this brew, but nothing bad at all. The beer itself goes down smooth. It is also really refreshing and enjoyable to drink. This brew reminds me of an American style brew. I will be buying this brew again.

03-05-2014 05:05:14 | More by nicholas2121
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3.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 14.9 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is malts, grains, refreshing, very light hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a little light for the style, but nonetheless a refreshing beer on a hot summer day.

08-10-2013 05:44:04 | More by tone77
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New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +14.7%

From the 14.9 fl. oz can L3115GE001-07:55. Sampled on September 11, 2013 on a 92 degree humid day.

It pours pale yellow to golden with a quick lasting white fizzy head. Good clarity and low carbonation.

The aroma is a variety of caramel malts, mild earthy hops, grass, and butter.

The body is light, creamy and refreshing.

The taste had a slight graininess up front but then it was replaced by the malty character I picked up on the nose. Then there was this mild bitterness and clean hope finale. It had some pilsener qualities to it. I thought it was decent.

09-11-2013 20:52:06 | More by puboflyons
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-21-2012 13:27:19 | More by illestkilla
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-07-2013 18:22:47 | More by Cujo65
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-18-2014 21:59:37 | More by nebula1999
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

04-27-2014 20:26:11 | More by vickersspitfire
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Smithwick's Pale Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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