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

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marswunder (2) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 28, 2012 does not count
bread, spruce, leaves, banana, pale, clear, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, astringent,

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Translucent gold with a dense white head. Thin body with high carbonation.

Aroma: pale malt, fruity floral hop like goldings.

Taste: grainy pale malt, shrubby hops like pacific varieties, fruity esters, and a grainy cereal note.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lorenasa (154) - Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2012
Poured from tap. Pours a golden color with a thick white head made of tiny bubbles. Aroma of hops. A complex flavor starting smooth and water-like but quickly transitioning to a sweet corn middle to bitter and hoppy finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
visionthing (2700) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 14, 2012
Half a pint from tap at McHugh’s, Belfast. Clear golden with a white head. Light fruity and malty aroma with some hints of metal and soap. Quite dissapointing. Slightly fruity but not much flavor or bitterness.(2011-06-10)

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2183) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 21, 2012
At McGann's in Doolin. Plain looking but some lacing. Kathy says you pronounce it Smithicks or you get a blank stare. Nose is great citrus and pine. Piney malty palate. Pretty decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wimpyjoe (3788) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2012
Has a great nose to it, although a weak body. The crisp pale flavour makes up for this.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sizzler80 (459) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 19, 2012
Golden amber, crisp pour with a frothy white head and good lacing. Aromas of hops, malt, citrus, grass, banana peel. Quite bitter from the hops on initial sip and vibrant on the palate. Citrus, malt and banana are there but subdued. Smithwick's Pale Ale is decently carbonated and very refreshing. Good session beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Foxbush (1265) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2012
In our travels in Ireland we did not always drink Guinness. The Galway Hooker was tasted where we could get it and then we found this pale ale form Swithwick’s. The bartender Larry at the Porter House in Westport recommeded it to me. He said that only 260 pubs had it in Ireland while they were market testing. The ale poured a nice amber color with citrus aroma from the start. The bitterness of the hops was well balanced with the malts. It had a medium body with lively carbonation. The white head laced and lasted through out.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Superwhitearmy (1) - FRANCE - OCT 23, 2011 does not count
I had a few pints of this excellent beer in Hargadons in Sligo (the only pub in Sligo stocking it apparently). As a big fan of English real ale, I normally steer well clear of mass produced ’gassy’ beers but found that in Sligo real ale doesn’t exist, so I gave this a try. I’m no beer expert so can’t give a ’technical’ review, but found this beer to have exactly the right level of bitterness and enough carbonation to keep the beer fresh throughout the pint. It reminded me of Marstons Double Drop. Very drinkable.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2011
Second rating? I had no idea. Tried this at the Galway Bay Hotel. I asked them if they had a Galway Hooker, which I had wanted to try. The waitress looked shocked. Anyway, A more knowledgable waitress suggested I try the Smitty’s Pale Ale, which I didn’t even know existed. This Ale was a typical English ale, similar to Smithwick’s Ale, but with a more pronounced hop flavor. Nice addtition to their repertoire.


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