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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1905   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.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sfontain (822) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Pint on tap at Old Bag O’ Nails Pub, Hard Rd. in Columbus. Served too cold, but at least not in a frosted glass. Dark amber with a smallish, white, frothy head. Aroma is very, very weak, with just a little maltiness. Flavor is a bit better, with some malts and a bit more hops than expected. Medium-bodied, though I wouldn’t mind just a tad thicker. Nothing to rave about here.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 30, 2004
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a deep amber / reddish color, with a thin tan colored head. Average appearance for an Irish Red Ale. Left a decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of malts, some slight roastiness, some tobacco barn, and not much else. No noticeable hop aromas or flavors. Medium mouthfeel, slightly on the thin side, however. An ok beer, for something that’s so hard to find. Best drank fresh, however. Don’t hold onto this one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jde123 (765) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 Ehhh, an alright ale. Definate malt aroma and flavor to this one, lacks character, however. Don’t think I would get this one again.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Palace536 (8) - Waterford, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2004 does not count
This beer is allot like Killians but with a much darker color and fuller body. There is also not much of an after taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
Malty aroma and light caramel malt taste. Copper coloured with a thin head. Creamy mouthfeel and a decent hop bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Tap. A malty, creamy ale that was quite drinkable but could use more complexity. I would think that this is a pretty good example of the style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2004
On tap at BU pub. Tastes like freshly cut clover thrown into light honey. The color is much like maple syrup. A nice draught to keep the night alive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogivlado (6022) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 19, 2004
Canned(440ml). -dark cooper coloured with creamy head, malty and caramel flavor, very smooth taste, good stuff

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 16, 2004
A very easy drinking, mellow ale. Golden copper with medium white head, o.k. lacing. Taste is nutty cookie - like a pecan cookie, maltwise. Body was very smooth but not quite thick. At the end, hops are warm and mellow and dry out the finish. Pleasant drinking. On tap at Ray’s in Kent.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reid (1968) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Had not seen much of this in the USA before I glanced at the taps after I entered Kells Irish pub in Portland. So while me and the wife waited for a tabel I ordered one. Very attaractive clear brown beer with a lovelly off white frothy head. Nice aromas of slighly roasty malts. Not a bad tasting Irish Ale at all..smooth and malty with a small hint of hops, maybe a littel toffeeish taste too. Its sort of average on the palte, maybe on the "lager" side of thin. Overall a nice session ale for watching "footie" on the big TVs.


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