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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: 1972   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.


0.5
   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

3.1
   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.

3.2
   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.

2.7
   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.

2.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2005
Rancid, sewer, stale-malt aroma! My first impression is, "Did I get a bad bottle!?" Pours a decent head though and has a rich tan-orange color. Flavor is actually quite zesty - rather malty with a healty dose of hops; not much subtle variation though. A strong oatmeal aftertaste comes out of nowhere. My first thought was "Stick with the Stout", but fix the aroma, Guinness, and Smith_Icks will get a better rating.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Had at KC Bier Meisters meeting. Dark amber color, off white head. Malty nose, sour notes. Malty, slighty sour flavor. Lots ’o carbonation. Light and watery. No thanks.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cdog (32) - Farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2005
A nice beer with a creamy head that has a hint of molasses . Not overly hoppy yet full boddied and a soft finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nekronos (3954) - Xalapa, MEXICO - FEB 12, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2006 For an Ale it was not that bad, it was really lager and bitter but better than most of English style Ales. Yes.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Not a bad session beer. Pours a medium amber with sufficient head. Aroma is not remarkable. Tastes like a grassy lager to me. All in all, this is a middle of the road, all-pleasing session ale.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hangover (1104) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Nice dark amber pour with an initially voluminous white head. Slighly malty and peppery aroma with a hint of something metallic. Decent effervescent mouthfeel. Taste is somewhat smokey, more malt, caramel and slightly sweet. Dry finish... minimal hopping. Easy drinking, perhaps a good session ale if you are into these. Personally, I find it rather bland and unimpressive. On tap I imagine it would be significantly better. A foamy nitro charge might work.


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