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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: 1982   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   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.


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.

4.1
   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.

2.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymow (1396) - 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.

2.8
   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.

2.6
   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.

3.2
   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.


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