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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1897   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.


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 (1949) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
icanrate (22) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
Bottle, 500 mL. Pours a clear, dark toasted amber color, with an off-white head - a little bit of lacing. The aroma is of fairly average malt, hints of chocolate and toastiness and nutiness. Not much in the hops department. Taste-wise, there is malt, some dark chewiness, and unfortunately a little bit of metallic taste noted. Finishes mostly bitter, with the lightest hint of metal and a tiny bit more sweetness. The mouthfeel is fairly crisp and light. Light to medium carbonation. This beer is pretty good - it is not remarkable, but definately drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2004
(tap) dark chocolate colored, small creamy head, caramel notes, drinkable, i wish my nose wasn’t so stuffy... hope these drinks don’t have an adverse reaction w/ the DayQuil.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Two pints on draft at Molly Quinn’s... In a genuine Smithwick’s glass, too... pours out a dark copper color, browner at top, clear at the bottom, with a bone white layer of foam that slips away in an instant. Aroma is muted, mostly, sweet and pleasant enough. Taste: very smooth, with a small drizzle of hops, and larger helping of malt. Feels slick, caramelly, easy to toss back, just enough flavor, but not really enough to make it more than a session ale..something to pass the time, without worrying the mind...who’s up for darts?

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Amber with a big beige head. Aroma of toasty malt. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel. Kindof fizzy, but very drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2004
on tap. I should have known this is a guinness product. served at Buddy’s Shamrock, possibly for more "irishness".

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Frank (3044) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2004
On tap. Honestly one of the most flavorless beers I’ve ever had the disprivilege of sampling. Not offensive but still worthless. I've drank exactly one pint of this and by the time I die I will have drank exactly one pint of this.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2004
On tap; I want to try this out of the bottle. Dark amber, nitro head too dense to let any aroma through. Malty. Some hops when it warms up. Nitro mouthfeel obscures how full or light it might really be. Good, though, for nitro.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2004
(Draught) Pours a copper body with a descent-sized creamy beige head. Aroma is mildly sweet and toasty. Flavor of sweet malt and some caramel. Creamy mouthfeel.


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