Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Irish Ale
Dublin, Ireland
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Smithwick’s Pale Ale is a quality beer with a fuller taste, craft brewed with 100% pale ale malt and aromatic hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rok1024 (1239) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - AUG 23, 2014
Pale yellow appearance, medium head. Grassy, herbal with some citrus and malts. Rounded and decent Irish Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ronaldtheriot (1500) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - AUG 12, 2014
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Can. Golden and looking like a macro, this actually turned out to be a sturdy, even-keeled beer, if a bit "regular." There’s a mild aspect of, well ... everything ... Well balanced an quite drinkable. Pleasantly surprised. (#5587, 7/25/2014)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NikkTwist (1968) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Can at Fado. Poured in a Smithwick glass. Very slightly hazy medium-dark amber pour. Heavy carbonation. Not much aroma. Reasonably full golden ale with some amber fruit, toasted grains, and a modest hop bite. Does not feel like a typical Pale Ale at ale. Has some nice elements but feels too much like a beer crafted by committee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Allegue04 (15) - Gijon, SPAIN - JUL 19, 2014
Cerveza rica pero quizas algo normaluca. La probe en la fiesta de la cerveza de Gijón.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerViking (3099) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle at the Guinness Storehouse, golden with not much aroma, smooth body with slight hoppiness, lightly bitter. Lagery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3297) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2014
The hop character of this beer surprised me. I would normally expect given the style and the St. Jame’s Gate origin, the hop character would be subtle to non-existent. In this case though it is a decent amount of citrus and pine, very much like an American pale. It is a nice clear orange color w/ a foamy and long lasting head. After the initial surprise from the aroma hops, the beers character becomes a bit more subdues and earthy. There is a bit of a plaster note as well as some astringency. This has low carbonation but neither much bitterness nor malt character so it comes off as a bit watery. I think I might call this an ordinary bitter stylistically, despite that touch of American hop character. It is not a terrible beer but isn’t exactly extremely flavorful or subtle so I will probably be passing on this in the future.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndresTM (361) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Cerealy aroma with slightly piney, slightly fruity hops in the background. Carbonation is medium and the body is medium to light. The taste is medium bitter, with the grainy malts making the biggest impression.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Psytron (1548) - Turku, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2014
From tap at Maldron lounge bar. Mild smell of hop. Golden colour, creamy white head. Aroma of hops, straw, some mango. Mildly bitter, mildly sweet. Flat carbon, medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
twindadplus2 (627) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Can. Light golden amber color with a foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Light aroma of hops and grassy malt. Taste is light citrus and slightly herbal hops. A brisk tingle of carbonation and a finish of dry herbal hops round it out. It’s a bit lighter on the hops than I expected for a pale ale but actually pretty decent.

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