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Smithwick's Pale Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

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 TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

TMoney2591, May 01, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.81/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed amber with a decent head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of grain/malt with a touch of honey and a slight whiff of floral notes.

The taste is sweet grain and touch of honey with balancing floral dryness in the finish.

Pretty smooth - easy enough to drink.

Nothing special, but a pretty good, "sessionable" English Pale Ale. Not bad!

jwc215, Oct 05, 2013
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.

C+

kojevergas, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The terrific tone77, my local, in-person trader came by with a box o' beer that included a buncha Diagio-Guinness CANs in support/furtherance of The CANQuest (TM). He often credits me for what I prvide to him in trade, but he has a great eye for CANs. I had seen these advertised, but he was the one who scored them. CANs make me giddy.

From the CAN: "Imported"; "Premium European style beer, craft brewed with pale ale malt and aromatic hops"; [undersigned] Jon Smithwick 1710"; "Brewed in Ireland".

At last, a commercial beer that proved to be brimful on the Crack! It is like a Baker's Dozen. I went with an inverted Glug and the resulting pseudo-cascade was beautiful, ending in two-plus fingers of bone-white head that fell faster than an anvil off of a cliff and onto Wile E. Coyote's head. 8=( Color was a deep golden- yellow (SRM = 5) with NE-quality clarity and there was a fistfight in my kitchen between Croesus, Mammon and King Midas, all hoping for a sip. Meanwhile, loads of CO2 bubbles were in evidence, leading to a big, but not creamy, mouthfeel. I know that wew are not supposed to pan other reviewers, but the person who said that this was a potential drainpour was off-base, IMHO. It was sweeter than an APA, but stylistically, it was nice. The nose was very earthy, like they had used fresh, wet hops with a light, buttery maltiness. The taste was very different, to my hophead palate. It was much more muted, in terms of its hoppiness, than an APA, but at the same time, it had a great earthy quality that intermingled well with the malt sweetness, not neccesarily daicetyl, but with a light butteriness. Once more, given its relatively low ABV, I would have this in my cooler when headed to the beach.

woodychandler, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of duceswild
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

duceswild, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -9.6%

ejimhof, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

tdm168, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Bert's
Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with a decent off white head that persists for quite a while. Aromas of bready caramel and toffee with hints of light floral hops. The flavor is light sweet sugar with hints of caramel and toffee and bits of light fruit and earthy hop. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Not a bad pale ale, probably not something I would pick up often, but something I might buy for my relatives.

johnnnniee, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tone77, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +20.5%

Haybeerman, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Trashcat, Yesterday at 05:54 PM
Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

puboflyons, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice golden amber color with a two finger pure white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a rather sweet caramel smell mixed with a moderately strong corn aroma and some aromas of a grainy nature. Other than these aromas, are some smells of more tea like nature as well as a bit of earth and grass.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather sweet caramel flavor as well as some flavors of a light grainy bread taste. As the taste moves on some flavors of tea and honey come to the tongue as well as a little bit of a more grassy taste. In the end, a little bit floral and some earthy hop flavors come to the tongue, leaving a rather easy going sweet and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are rather appropriate for the sweet, tea, and lightly hopped flavors of the brew and make for an easy drinker.

Overall - A little on the lighter hop and sweeter side for a pale ale, but easy drinking none the less. A decent drinker.

Darkmagus82, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BeerForMuscle, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of gtermi
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

gtermi, May 21, 2013
Photo of ncstateplaya
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

ncstateplaya, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of JohnBender
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

JohnBender, May 27, 2013
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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

2beerdogs, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Durandal_777
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Durandal_777, May 28, 2014
Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Hellpop65, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Chucker17, Oct 15, 2013
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Smithwick's Pale Ale from Guinness Ltd.
77 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.