intoxyk8 (1) - USA - FEB 1, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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)
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
MJPilsener (7) - Shamong, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2005 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
jennincincy (1) - Milford, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tasty and refreshing as well. The color is good and the flavor is such that it mixes well with Guiness, which of course adds a bit of coffee flavor. All in all, my favorite beer at this time.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On Tap. Light red color, clear, small head. Light aroma. Pretty bland and boring, but drinkable nontheless. Had sort of a sweetness to it.
raymow (1396) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good - highly drinkable. I only had a little sample but I’m looking forward to going back and getting a full pint. Had a nice dark copper color and slightly sweet aroma.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little carmelly, and chewy. Not that good. A watery backbone. It was either this, regular guiness, or bud on tap. So, we went with this, not bad, not great.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown Ale. Small White-brown head. Light tasting. Not a whole lot of flavor and almost nothing stays in your mouth.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last time I had a Smithwicks, the bottle was way past its "Best Before" date. So I approached this one with some trepidation.
Silly of me. This is a solid and easy drinking ale. Nice copper/red colour with surprisingly little carbonation for a macro. Little aroma - a faint hoppiness. Taste is good, lingering bitterness is good too.
Thing is, Smithwicks is a good light tasting ale. It’s almost really good, but there’s just not enough of the qualities that make it good to make it great.
Makes sense I hope.