unclemattie (3906) - Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2009
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
12oz bottle @ the 1st Annual Rocket City Brewfest. 08 may 09. Clear amber color. Aroma of sour milk and malt. Gross. Sour malt flavor. Had to dump this one out.
Ja29ck (25) - Salisbury, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ok for an Irish beer. I would buy it again and would recommend to others looking for a good hoppy beer.
TURDFERGUSON (3741) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a small white head. Smells like the last three beers I’ve had- bad. Or maybe this is how Irish ales are supposed to taste and smell. Not quite as corny as a killians, but still pretty bland and meh. Haven’t found many Irish beers I have liked at all. Of course, this one is made in Pa.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2009
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle Pours a clear amber with an off white head. The head lasts pretty well and laces nicely. Aroma is of sweetness and grains. Has a good carbonation. Flavor is not much. Watery texture, light body. No real aftertaste. Lacks a lot. It is beer but thats not saying a lot. This is a beer with out any real being about it.
jeff789 (1400) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2009
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a clear caramel almost root beer color with a decent head that fades at an average rate... Aroma is a malty mess with no hoppiness at all. Very generic.... Flavor follows suit, very very sub par, a wee bit worse than the generic taste Saranac beers tend to have... And it lingers, oh the taste lingers...
MarkBarnes (362) - Waterville, New York, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011 April 29, 2009; 12 oz. bottle. A "unknown quantity" that turned up in the supermarket today. Copper color; thin head; sweet, faintly fruity aroma. Agree with prior raters who cited diacetyl as the dominant component. Unbalanced & disappointing overall -- Smithwick’s is a far better choice in the realm of garden-variety Irish Ales. Original score: 2.1
Re-rate on Jan. 9, 2011: Have to wonder if this recipe has been tweaked a bit since 2009, or whether I’ve simply acquired a fresher batch this time. Quite malty for a pale ale . . . would love to try this on tap. This brew definitely tastes better when it warms up.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear amber-orange with a small diminishing off-white head, Sweet and grainy aroma along with caramel malt and some diacetyl. Flavour, also sweet, of caramel malt, grain, toffee and a light bitter finish. Average bodied. Mediocre, just passable. Hopefully this is better on tap.
roder60 (1270) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a clear copper color with foamy offwhite head that lasts. Aroma is earthy sweet malts, no hops, bit watery. Flavor is caramel sweetness and a bit of cherry. Sweet fruity finish, no hop or bitter presence. Overall, enjoyable.
garthicus (2469) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 16, 2009
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
With thanks to HogTownHarry, shared with Blankboy and I. Appearance: Light rusty red, small dirty dishwater head. Aroma: Lots of butter and grass, slight malt but the butter is certainly predominant. Flavour: Again butter, caramel and malt tiny bit of hops but not a lot. Hmm.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and garthicus. Clear gold, tinged with amber, smallish diminishing white head. Hint of diacetyl, sharp floral bitterness; a little sweet. Tastes sugary, butterscotch, slightly metallic floral bitterness - mmmm, not too good. Slick, somewhat still mouthfeel, it tries to be hoppy, but the bitterness devolves to harshness, diacetyl aftertaste.