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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1925   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.


2.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mullo (102) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2004
Draft, but, unfortunately served as a lager, not an ale - probably affects the flavour? Sharpness in hte hops flavour - could be a little smoother. Fairly standard as far as an ale goes - nothing too adventurous. Lacked aroma (probably due to being served as a lager). Nothing special about the malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8311) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2004
On draft at Half Time, Poughkeepsie, NY. Pours a nice shade of ruby with a medium, white head. Aroma of malt, toffee, some fruit and cognac. Malty taste with a dense palate and a dry finish that had hints of cabernet. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2004
on tap-smooth malty taste with some hops. matls were composed of mostly caramel and fruit. Not a roasted caramel but a sweet tone. Brown in color with a white head, decent ale.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2004
The most average ale ever? Nice looking, decent palate, drinkable, but nothing unique in the flavor at all. Simply dry and bitter, and good at it.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2004
had it from the tap, amber color with quarter-inch white head. very bitter with bitter aftertaste. not the best, not the worst.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Had on tap. Nice brown color but little head. Rather watery mouthfeel but good toasted flavors. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Nice dark color on this one. Pretty bittah taste with a good roasty-ness in the aftertaste. Overall it was pretty good.

4.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
weavie123 (1) - Berwyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004 does not count
I find this ale to be one of the best beverages I have ever tasted. While not the most knowledgable beer drinker in the world, I have tasted my share of imported beers and ales and was drinking a Guinness Stout when a friend suggested I try Smithwicks. I was totally blown away and whenever I return to that particular bar (only one I know who serves Smithsicks) that is all I drink.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hmright (101) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Pretty tasty overall. Draft in San Dawg, from a beautiful Irish lass. Thin head. Kind of bland start, but enough flavor to keep ya drinking. Kind of flat finish too, but overall good.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
The numbers may look average in theory, but in practice, this is one of the tastiest and consistently drinkable DRAFT beers I’ve ever experienced. Bottled, it’s a different story (much like switching from draft Newcastle to bottled--something is lost in translation.


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