Smithwick's Pale Ale - Guinness Ltd.
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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
3.5/5 rDev +4.8%
Smithwick’s Pale Ale has a very thick, fluffy, off-white head, a cloudy, sediment-rich, bubbly, golden appearance, with lots of rather heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of semi-sweet, bready malt and subdued citrus. Taste is of those elements, with hops that come across as a sort of cellar mold, something common with English/Irish ales, I’ve noticed. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Smithwick’s Pale Ale finishes fairly crisp and highly drinkable.
08-12-2014 12:26:02 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.24/5 rDev -3%
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
Look: Hazy golden body holds up a cream colored head. Decent retention great lacing.
Aroma: A blend of malt, citrus and hops.
Taste: Subtle malts open up to bitter hops and orange peel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.
Overall: A lot better than expected, but it was balanced and not without taste.
07-19-2014 00:01:37 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.39/5 rDev +1.5%
Appearance 3.25: Poured out a lovely golden color. Completely transparent. OK head with decent lacing.
Smell 3.25: Bouquet is somewhat lacking: acetone, lagery...yeah. Still, there is absolutely nothing WRONG with the bouquet on this brew.
Taste 3.5: Lager! Yep, that's what this is. Front is slightly sweet, but there is a nice dryness that comes in. Middle is balanced: malty, with a hint of hops and a slight, golden sweetness. Finish is slightly dry, but pleasant with the tell-tale lagery taste notes: bubble-gum, corn, acetone...hey, it's a lager. Kind of. Aftertaste is short, corny and dry.
Mouthfeel 3.5: Good representative of the style.
Overall 3.25: OK, beer. Good, but not great. I was expecting an English type of pale ale...boy, was I wrong. DO NOT buy this beer and pay upwards of $10 for four if you are expecting anything other than an Irish-brewed lager. Know what you are getting before you plunk down your hard-earned sheckles.
06-12-2014 05:27:13 | More by BeerDocT
3.26/5 rDev -2.4%
Served in a shaker pint glass.
Yeah, I bought the variety pack just so I could try this new offering. Sue me. This stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises white bread, mild grass, light flowers, and a touch of straight barley. The taste brings in more of the same, though the grass and bread seem old, not all that "fresh", if that makes any sense. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, it's a passable little pale ale, nothing close to special, but it ensures that this variety pack doesn't have any glaring holes.
05-01-2014 15:48:10 | More by TMoney2591
Smithwick's Pale Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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