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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: 1975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBunn (2711) - 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.

3
   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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2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Had this on tap at a new Irish pub that opened out at the beaches area. Amber pour, lacey head. Caramel covered grass and maybe a little malt towards the bottom. Bland and unconvincing. Kinda skunky aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Pours a clear amber, small white head, lots of spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel, and a little grassy hop. Flavor is more grassy hops, sweet malt dominates the palate.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 May 11, 2005; 12 oz. bottle. First-timer with this one. The color and pleasant caramel notes remind me quite a bit of Bass Ale, but this a tad weaker, and a bit unbalanced (with a slightly metallic bitterness at the very end. Not bad, but certainly nothing special.

Re-rate on Feb. 4, 2007: Recently tried this again -- both in bottles and on tap at Rosie O’Grady’s (7th Ave., NYC) and it’s grown on me. The "metallic" element mentioned by many is countered by a pleasant maltiness that makes for a very good session ale.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nate (4114) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Thanks to DMeyers69. Mild nutty malt aroma but with some sulfur or skunkiness for a minutes to start. After, there is a smooth roasted quality with a bit of caramel sweetness. Dark mahoghany amber clear with thein foamy off-white lacing head. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Starts dry and mildly roasted with subtle malts. Medium acidity and some carbonic tang with a touch of biscuit. Overall, a bit watery. Light dry hops and would be more suited to cask draught - perhaps a good session beer. Mild carbonic dry finish and chalky light bitter after.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ron (3507) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Got one bottle in a trade with j_b for a Labatt Select I wanted to unload. He was disappointed with this one as well. It poured a nice head with a aroma of malts and hops. Being alittle too watery was ok by me, but I did not like the bitterness at the end.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Fairly bland ale. Nothing very distictive. No real notable hops, malt, or yeast characteristics. Not bad. Not great.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fr21555 (4) - USA - MAY 6, 2005 does not count
The key to evaluating this ale is to have more than one. They usually taste better in the second and third pints, which is unusual with so many other beers. The only problem I found with it is it is often served TOO COLD, a problem common in the USA.

1.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
dorfrx (21) - Glenmont, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Almost a stale, wet basement flavor, very disappointing. I was hoping for sooo much more. If I don’t have again, won’t be upset.


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