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


on tap

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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Smithwick’s Pale Ale is a quality beer with a fuller taste, craft brewed with 100% pale ale malt and aromatic hops.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
BeerViking (3335) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3534) - 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 (372) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomer (2259) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2014
Draught, small stable creamy head, quite clear light orange colour with yellow taints, aroma of bread and grains, flavour of of citrus and tropical fruits with a light bready backbone, pleasant and not too strong citrusy herbal bitterness. Suprisingly hoppy and really good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rok1024 (1270) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bulk_Carrier (2884) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light stringy lacing trickling down along the sides of the glass. The smell had some light sweet English malts that came across not as soapy as I would have expected and had a light grainy and nutty caramel aromatic tone to it. The taste was pretty much the same with a slight stronger bitter and earthy hop content to it. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued but contained a decent sharpness to it as well. Overall, I say this was a pretty decent English pale ale that I would have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ronaldtheriot (1574) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NikkTwist (2091) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6042) - 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)

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