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Smithwick's Pale Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.


kojevergas, Mar 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Trashcat, Saturday at 05:54 PM
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2.56/5  rDev -22.9%

dr_boost, Nov 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Mack, Nov 16, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -3.6%

FightinIrish88, Nov 07, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev +2.4%

howling_henrik, Oct 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13%

themorninglark, Oct 09, 2014
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2/5  rDev -39.8%

Darthkav, Oct 07, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -3.6%

Allegue04, Oct 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

Florya, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.85/5  rDev +16%

Appearance – Good amber colouration with a light head and very light lacing.

Smell – light notes of hops with some citrus and a faint wife of disinfectant. This last smell was a little off putting.

Taste – The taste is really rather good. Decent malt and citrus flavours so this one for me is better for its type than the Red. Some very nice hopped notes in there as well.

Mouthfeel – A little towards the thin side of things but not badly so. There is good tongue coating but it leaves the roof of the mouth dry which is an odd sensation but not unpleasant.

Overall – this one is very good and I actually prefer it to the Smithwicks Red Ale. It is also much stronger than the Red but does this without a heavy solvent overtone ruining the flavour.

BeerDrinkersWorldTour, Sep 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Good refreshing summer brew. Mellow & smooth, little hopps taste.

Popadeaux, Aug 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

rpbisaillon, Aug 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


RonaldTheriot, Aug 12, 2014
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Smithwick's Pale Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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