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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jennincincy (1) - Milford, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2005 does not count
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2005
On Tap. Light red color, clear, small head. Light aroma. Pretty bland and boring, but drinkable nontheless. Had sort of a sweetness to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymow (1395) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2005
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Brown Ale. Small White-brown head. Light tasting. Not a whole lot of flavor and almost nothing stays in your mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2005
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2005 On tap at J.B. Quimby’s outside of Rochester. A malty irish red. midiocre but drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AAO (102) - Næstved, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2005
Tastet in Kilkenny. Redish kobber color. Middle head. Sweet hoppy aroma. The taste is nearly like a sweet chritsmasbeer, fresh and sweet. Ok ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2005 Ruby red color, clear with a off-white head and little lacing. Nose of malty dough, light fresh hops and tons of light caramel malts. The flavor is balanced, a bit too dry for my liking with just a touch of roasted barley in the tail and turbinado sweetness. Finishes dry, refreshing. Good Irish ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMerritt (1940) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2004
On tap at Claddagh’s Irish Pub in St. Charles, IL. The waiter told me that this is very rare stuff, and is only available in 12 places in the USA. Ha! Dark brown, small off-white head is totally diminishing. Malt dominated, and a touch peaty. Dry finish.

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