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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 1946   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   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
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2005
After having on draft for 3 months before it was available in bottles it wasn’t the same. Poured dark amber, waterdowned flavor. Better on draft.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
Tap. Woah, is that commercial description for real? Dark, bubbly, sodapop like appearance. Fine offwhite head. Predominantly malty and unchallenging. Tastes like beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Beer poured a nice copper/amber color and developed a nice head. There was a certain spiciness to the aroma hidden beneath the more recognizable sweet malt. The taste is a little metallic with a definate bite.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Had this one on draught in DeKalb, Illinois. Smooth, deep red pour, thin head, your architypical Irish red right here.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skisangelo (60) - Collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Smooth all occassion, all evening beer. Light roasted flavor and unlike Guiness thinner than motor oil and less than a full meal.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Spectacular appearance, large fluffy white head and dark amber color, slight carbonation. Pleasant odor and taste of caramelish malts and slight dry, hoppy bite to finish. Pretty good, but a little light on the lasting flavor. I’d like to try it on tap.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2005
This one has a watery palate that doesn’t "stick" like a good beer should; nonetheless, it is a nice beer. The slightly roasted malt takes precedence over the hops, but the latter does provide a small bite, just to let you know that yes, they are there. The aftertaste is slightly like sour caramel. Nice session beer.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Draft - malty, sweet aroma. Deep amber appearance - EXACTLY like Michelob Amber Bock. In fact, a friend and I ordered SW and his wife ordered an AB. They were brought together and we could not tell them apart without tasting them. Flavor had some malt sweetness and not much else. Very average.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cows9 (41) - Dumont, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Great aroma of roasted coffer. Good looking pur with big frothy head. Flavor is disappointing though. Just an ordinary ale.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
desurfer (1253) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Dark ruby/amber body, tight nitro-looking white head. Nice looking lace too. Aroma undetectable in the smoky bar. Flavor is moderately malty, a wee bit of hops squeezed in at the finish. Drinkable, but ho-hum in general.


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