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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1978   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6385) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crockett (1081) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2005
Pours red with a big white head. Mildly roasty aroma. Pretty earthy and I though I detected some smoke but that was probably the bar aroma. Malt and toffee with an unusually hoppy finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Not bad at all. Poured a dark red amber with a thich head and heavy lacing. Crisp light malt aroma with a flavor of light hops and malt. This is a good easy drinking beer that would do well on a hot Arizona day.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2005
Draught: Started nice with a rich thick head. Tasted of roasted malt and some nice hops. After a few more sips it started to leave a sickly sweet aftertaste. Adjuncts??

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
iambeer (255) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2005
This beer ain’t bad, if one likes drinking puke. I found it disgusting, too bad I bought six of them, sucker maybe, but a true beer drinker would stay away from it, unless your sink is plugged and you don’t have any drano around, use this.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
gratefuljohnf (1) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - FEB 20, 2005 does not count
Since I’ve tried them all, I firmly establish that "There Is None Other." Smithwick’s is the best brew on the planet we’re all stranded on ... Sweet Mother Earth! Love yourself, you are very beautiful. Namaste _/\_ Grateful John Joseph Patrick Finnegan, Jr. 02/20/2005

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2005
On tap, pretty much all kinds of malty aroma, dark brown color but still transparent, thin tan head. Taste is very smooth, and very malty, body was light to medium. I was able to drink these all night and not feel full or drunk, and even got a couple other people to have a few in place of a BMC. This wasn’t the best beer ever, but it has great drinkability and enough flavor and character to satisfy.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2005
I first had Smithwick’s on tap at a pub in Galway, Ireland where I learned that it is actually pronounced "SHMID-icks". This said, I believe this beer is much better "in context". It’s not meant to be the best beer you’ve ever had, just the best beer you’re having right now. It’s a great looking, crisp, clean, full tasting, easy drinking Irish ale...a great alternative to a creamy stout. I’ll admit that it is a bit disappointing out of the bottle (smells slightly foul, possibly due to lengthy importation?). Hoever, to say that this beer isn’t good is like watching a Grateful Dead concert on video at your Grandma’s house, and then saying "I don’t get it...these guys aren’t any good." Once again, it’s all about context with this one...find it on tap at your local Irish pub.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimlintott (13) - CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
Pours nice with a thick head and lots of lace. appealing colour. Sharp taste and somewhat bitter. Tastes better warm. Pretty average. There is better stuff out there.

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