Smithwick's Pale Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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Smithwick's Pale AleSmithwick's Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Eramen on 10-14-2011

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Photo of hopmashian
4.59/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Sheenans in Dublin on draught. Love at first taste. I've not had the bottle. Had it again at Murphy's in Killarney. Still creamy with a crisp hop underneath. I'll be on the lookout for this again in Bunratty.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.61/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a half finger of head on a clear golden body.
The aroma is mild, dry grain.
The taste is mild overall: honey and a little metallic bitterness.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Not that great.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 14.9 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a slightly hazy, golden color with less than one-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated into a thin broken layer of bubbles, there was some lacing on the glass, slightly less than average carbonation.

SMELL: assertive smell of sweet caramel, flowers and bread.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, sweet caramel, bread and then a mildly bitter hop profile in the English style.

PALATE: medium body, somewhat creamy, slightly less than average carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a malt forward beer, I would have liked it better with a more assertive hop profile, I enjoyed this beer but would probably not seek it out as there are better beers to be had for less money.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.


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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of IronLover
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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. 

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.44/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smithwicks Pale Ale pours a straw like golden color, with a nice long lasting head. There is a very pale skunk aroma. The taste is very light, pale malty flavors, skunk notes, and very "chemically." Not very good flavors, and light (lucky). Overall it looks nice, but tastes like a adjunct. There is worse out there.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
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.


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Photo of billybobbuckley
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To compare this Pale ale to other pale ales is kinda secondary to how it tastes. Coming from Ireland if you drink ale, you drink Smickwicks. One of the reasons I got into brewing was to try to create a beer that tasted like Smithwicks. I have traveled widely over the years and have found that the ruby red ale that has all those roasted, fruity notes and just the right amount of effervescence is not a common beer, and the reason for this is the yeast. I live about 10 miles from the brewery but their secret is beyond grasp. (Much to my frustratation!) On the by & by if drinking Smithwicks Ale draught, ask for a Guiness head....Creamy...mmmmh!

Smithwick's Pale ale has an almost larger-ist look to it when poured, Its clear, light in colour compared to a lot of other English type pale ales I have tried, and has a fine head that settles but keeps good lacing on the sides.

The aroma is fresh! citrus and very hoppy. Smells like good beer on a summer day. (Roll on the amarillo hops!)

The taste does not disappoint, so long as you like the aroma because the taste remarkably similar. The after taste, is like a concentrated dose of what you've been smelling but still has that underlying smithwick's taste.(probably something to do with Diacetyl.)

I enjoyed this beer and have found it to be a good summer day beer, and a good way to get Larger drinkers to try ale and enjoy it. .To me it tastes clean,crisp and refreshing, a good beer that taste like more!

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Photo of Rhf9120
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall wasn't too bad the beer smelled of honey and citrus and in my opinion was better than the taste. The taste seemed very watered down to me however the flavors of citrus and honey still came through. Maybe this was just the can I had but I don't think that I would buy it again. That being said if it was given to me then I would definitely drink it again however I would like to try it from a bottle next time.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale golden straw.
Smell: Honey, floral, biscuit, citrus.
Taste: Same as smell.

It's not bad. The smell and taste are remarkably identical. The smell is actually very inviting. The citrus, honey, and biscuit are great draws. I wouldn't get this again unless it came in a sampler pack, bit wouldn't complain about drinking another either.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of JimKal
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this in a mixed eight pack of cans - Guinness Black Lager and Irish Stout, Smithwick Irish Red and Pale Ale.

A: Pours and orange/gold with a one finger head into a tulip. The head dissipates quickly and leave little to no lacing behind.

S: Slight hint of hops.

T: This one has a sort of odd taste to me.

M: Very light body.

O: This won't be a repeat purchase for me. There are just too many Pale Ales that I like more than this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Huffs
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass, nice head developed, off white in color, which lasted and had nice lacing. Aroma was a mild grainy and citrus. Appearance was a golden color, almost loke a lager. Tasted of grain and grass with a hoppy hint and some citrus notes. Nice, creamy mouthfeel with a dry aftertaste.

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Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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