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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: 1966   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.


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   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 (1164) - 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

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thegreenrooster (3810) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Pour is dark red with a white foamy head. Aroma is weak but there are some rosted malts in there. Flavor is pretty weak as well. Again you get some roasted malts but that is about it. When i bought this I was thinking this could be real good being brewed by Guinness and all but i was mistaken.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2005
Tried this at a Guinness promotion. It is ok and has a nice carmel like aftertaste but it is too watered down. Just does not have much flavor. I guess these are session ales. I like Harp and Bass much better but this is not "bad".

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephenhall22 (3) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2005 does not count
Initial taste is relatively good, but the aftertaste morphs from a good taste to a mild bitter taste, but overall a nice brew. Color is relatively dark. This is a nice addition to the Guinness family.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6246) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is mildly sweet and malty and lightly roasty. Pours a real dark, transparent amber. Big white creamy head with excellent retention. Malty and creamy up front with a lightly roasty and bitter finish. Very smooth. Nothing spectacular but definitely better than the only other Irish Ale I’ve had, Murphy’s Cream Ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Tap, Boston 2005: Poured amber with a medium white head. Light malt, hop aroma. Light carbonation. Mild fruit flavor, apple and grape. A decent session beer but otherwise unimpressive.


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