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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: 1921   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
georgekillian (344) - Alabama, USA - MAR 15, 2005
a good irish beer not as good as killian’s but still alright. i haven’t seen this beer on sale very much in new york so it’s hard to get in my area

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Clear orange-red body, thick puffy off-white head. Dry, toasty aroma with just a slight hint of fruit. Bitter. Flavor reminds me a bit of Guinness with a roasted, somewhat metallic astringency damaging the palate. Relatively bitter and grainy, very dry. Just a touch of caramel/fruit at the end of the bottle when the beer had warmed significantly. Definitely not one of the best Irish Ales out there.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2005
tap 3/9/05. Sweeney’s Pub Walden NY. I like Irish ales as a general rule and I do like this one. Pours to a medium white head and kind of looks like coca-cola. Definatly reminds me of a cheap version of guinness even though guinness is a stout. Much more watered down no real distict smells. Overall its a good brew, you’ll find it at any true Irish Pub, if they got rid of some of the watery taste and added some more malts to give it some more flavor and bite it would be better. Good beer to drink if you want to feel Irish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Very little malt. Lot’s of hops and carbontion. Enjoyable but not memoralbe.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jb (2372) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2005
I was rather disappointed an unimpressed. I just had an Irish Ale I thought was disappointing (Micheal Shea’s) but it blew this stuff away. Too bland. Nice looking beer of dark orange and nice off-white head. Nothing to speak of in the aroma department but then I have a cold so I’ll give a little bit of the benefit of the doubt there. Not much in the palate department either. A little hops, well-carbonated, and a neutral finish.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Somewhat impressed but not by the brewer, for a ale, is okay.l Bitter notes, very much hopped for an ale, to much carboniatin. An okay brew on tap.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
guinness2199 (1) - levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2005 does not count
wouldve expected more than a watery version of an uncleaned tap taste of a .75 cent draft room college beer from ole mother guinness

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAR 6, 2005
Poured red with a creamy off-white head. Nose is somewhat hoppy with a touch of malt, acceptable. Taste is very thin with all hohs emphasis, almost no malt at all. Very poor example of the style.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Sparkling brown ale, thick rocky off-white head. Nose held light notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel with a slight fruity undertone to it all. Light and airy, malty, with a decent roastiness flavorwise. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth, drying caramel malty finish. A very bland and boring brew...

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 5, 2005
I had high hopes going in. on draft in cowleys irish pub. very little aroma, very little flavor. dark red and very carbonated


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