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Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Irish Ale
Dublin, Ireland
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 1926   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2004
Was excited to try this one out. At spotted dick -- deep ambers and tans. Decent taste. Went through them rather quick, didn’t feel like an ale I would savor.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Draft at Yeoman’s Road Pub in Tampa. Dark amber in color scawny head. Left almost no lacing. Tasted like a beefed up Bass. Roasty and smoky where Bass is somewhat sterile. It still manages to be less than stellar, but not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5379) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2004 Tap @ McCabes, Naples Florida. Dark chestnut, with a small white head. Slightly sour, malty, toasty aroma. Nutty and dry, with a peppery flavor throughout. Nicely rich, with an ever so slight alcohol burn at the finish. Smoky, nutty aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2004
On tap at Ri-Ra Irish Pub in Charlotte. Poured a very dark hue with a small off-white head. Flavor and mouthfeel were very creamy with a mild hop finish. Not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Draft at The Rathskeller in Indy. Small sized ivory head with fine sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. Very little carbonation, transparent and an orange hue. Malty aroma and malty flavor. Smooth mouthfeel and good lacing. Nothing very special here.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5006) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 9, 2004
This draft brew from the Rathskeller Restaurant in Indianapolis was poured on our wedding day at diner. It had a small head of finely sized mostly lasting white colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was softy carbonated transparent and brown in color. The aroma was very mild with malt and hop notes. The mouth feel was mildly tingly with malt and hop notes then it smoothened in the finish. The flavor contained notes of mild malts and hops.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2004
OK. nothing stands out here. some decent malty flavours, but nothing that impressed me.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Tap. Nice deep brownish red with a tannish head, clear. Aroma is fruity and malty, with some licorice notes. FLavor is sweet and malty, with rich carmel undertones. I like this more than Bass or Boddingtons, and is way better than Killians....

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2004
On tap, Amber in the glass with a little head being produced. Malty at first but hoppy towards the end. Wasn’t a bad beer but not something worthy of a case buy.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2004
Dark/Black Amber Coloring. Some Malt Here..Sweet. Not Very Balanced or Pronounced in Flavor. Definitly Makes Me Think Guinness Should Stick to Guinness.


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