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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: 1978   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Deep clear ruby pour with copious offwhite head and decent lacing. Strong rich malty aroma. Flavors of dry bread, yeast and light caramel malt. The strong dry oak and bitter finish kind of bother’s me, but is probably typical for the style. Leaves too much of a bitterish astringent aftertaste for me.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2005
I don’t get anything in this beer. No malts, no hops, no flavor, nothing much interesting at all.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Nice looking copper colored brew with a creamy two fingered head and excellent lacing. Mild aroma-slightly acidic and toasty. Light bodied and dryish with a hint of caramel and a faint roasted note in the malt and a citrus peel bitterness. A little thin but decent tasting.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcb200 (8) - Pearl River, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2005 does not count
Appealing brown color and nutty,toasty smell and taste. Goes down smooth. Great on tap.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2005
tried this early evening for st. patty’s day, was not disappointed, will try many more

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Brown with a nice white head. Aroma subdued somewhat malty and nutty. Flavor is doimated by a toasty, nutty maltiness. A bit of hops in the finish. Nothing to write home about.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2972) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Pours a clear brownish color. Bitter malty flavor. Fairly full flavor roastiness. Nothing great, but it has enough flavor to keep me interested.

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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 (3191) - 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.


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