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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: 1978   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mac (2) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 7, 2005 does not count
I had this beer in a pub in Riverside CA (Royal Falconer), great irish ale one of the best i’ve had. Mixes great with Guinness for a delicious black and tan. If you have a chance at a good irish or english pub around look it up you won’t be disappointed

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2005
On tap at the Orlando Ale House. For some reason I was really repulsed by this beer. I had a hard time finishing it - bitter and flat. It might have been the tap, but it didn’t seem that promising to begin with. I am not a fan of irish ales, and this did not convert me.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 Well, considering that the bar keep at the mahwah bar n grill descibed this as a guinese like stout!???? It was light brown, had a decent head that diminished very quickly. Tasted ok, light in malts, almost no hops. I will be generous, I think they last cleaned the tap lines when Reagan was prez>

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2005
A wonderful darkish brown ale, has that ale fruitiness without being overly sweet, great hops, and is a winner from start to finish. I’m almost glad the terrible people at Guinness bought this because now I can get it here in the States. Excellent beer in every way.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastdog75 (363) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Reminds me of an English pale ale, as it has a similar fruity taste that can be found in English ales like Bass. Nice reddish copper color, and has a drying finish to it. Easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13347) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Tap. Dark amber color with a medium tan head. Complex aroma that lasted the whole drink. Flavor was spicy with complex roasted malt with sweet tone. Very drinkable brew becoming more common in this area.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
intoxyk8 (1) - USA - FEB 1, 2005 does not count
I "met" this beer on a trip to Ireland a few months ago and fell madly in love with it. It was terribly disappointing to find it wasn’t available in Scotland when I was there the following week. Nor is it available at all in Arizona. (sigh)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Garnet in color with an off white head which left a fair amount of lacing. Nice malt and mineral aroma coming off this beer, with very little hops. The flavor is malt dominated ranging from sweet to toffee and then roasted, with a bitter finish to balance. Nice carbonation and body. This is perhaps the best of the three Irish reds I’ve had, with more body and richer malt character than Murphy’s or Killean’s.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2005
On tap. Light brown color, clear, medium head. Mildly malty aroma, bread. Flavor is more of the same, slightly more exciting, with some pleasant cookie flavors in the finish. More or less an average beer, dull but innoffensive.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MJPilsener (7) - Shamong, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2005 does not count
First time I had this was in Ireland and I had no idea what I was in store for. If you had never had it and you like Iria=sh beers try to find this one. It has now been brought to certain parts in america. Only a true Irish pub would carry this.


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