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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1983   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Smithwick’s is Ireland’s number one ale. Its exceptional taste, distinctive colour and purity of ingredients make it unique. Its rich, satisfying taste has earned it five gold medals in the famous Monde Selection Beer Tasting Competition. Smithwick’s is produced using the finest hops and special roasted, malted barley. In 1998 a new enhanced draught product with improved head retention was launched along with redesigned glassware.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2005
On draught at Tigin in Stamford. Pours out red with a small dissipating head. Taste starts out on the grassy side and finished on the nutty end. Not bad for a session ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Bottle. Light mahogany with a large cream-colored head. Nose: wet leaves and cardboard. Flavor :caramel malt, hazelnuts and floral hops, all weak. I’m not impressed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2005 The aroma has some floral hops as well as some caramel. The appearance is a copper red brown with a good white head. The flavor was bitter from the hops but also had caramel as well as toffee taste in it. Overall its nice, the taste was good but not as full bodied as I would have liked. The aftertaste was nutty with the malt and hops again coming through.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2005
Not bad at all. Pours a medium-dark reddish brown with a nice, thick tan head. Nutty, earthy aroma and flavor, I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Smooth palate, but not watery. The bartender said that this stuff is what they modeled Killian’s Irish Red after.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
not bad, dark amber color, and a head that hangs around, this beer tastes a little thin, but drinkable.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
HighlanderOne (1233) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Looks nice, dark amber with a persistent head. But the aroma and flavor are off, It’s kinda a burnt organic flavor, like burning leaves or moss or something. Also has a slightly metallic aftertaste. It is drinkable though, just not quite at par with better ales.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
intoxicated notes / thin, unwanted, but unoffensive. caramel, nuttiness, sweet than *scribbled notes* what happened? there is none? not sweet, yet not sweet.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Arayaga2 (2122) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Beautiful dark maple syrup colored beer with a speckled white head... not much for aroma or taste, as I expected from a beer of that region. Somewhat sour and watery

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Pours a dark amber with a musty, grassy aroma that is a bit weak. Flavor is a bit disappointing, caramel and slight hops come through as does musty/grassy flavor from aroma. I was hoping for a bit more umpf from this one, but it is still a nice beer, albiet a bit bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Bottle poured a very clear, honey-maple-brown body with a huge, 3-finger, creamy head that lasted. First impressions aside, the aromas were weak and musty with caramel malts under light herbal hops. Creamy yet thin, the flavor was mostly malts... a little sweet to start with a very light, carbonated bite at the end. A good transitional beer for novice palates, but rather mundane.

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