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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 1959   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Had a pint from the tap at a southside Irish bar. Poured a light brown and looked much like a brown ale, slight of head without much beading. The aroma was malty with very mild hop bitterness. There was more hop in the taste, but mainly a flat, roasted malt flavor that really wasn’t bad. Watery finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2004 Previously sold in northamerica as Kilkenny Irish Ale. Recently undergone a change to increase populatiry. Golden-Copper color, light carbonation, small white whispy head. Week hop on the nose. Taste: Mild hop, iba=25-30, mild malt, slight roasted barley sweetness. Sandy mouthfeel. Crisp clean aftertaste, folowed by cheap draft-like second aftertaste. Served cold, like it normaly is, 2/3 of flavour gone. A perfect example of clasic Irish small town ale. Nothing special but fed a nation for hundreds of years. Best enjoyed by the pint, finished in 3-4 mothfulls. Not a sippin beer {although I’ve never found a sipper I like}

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
paco (566) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 1, 2004
bitter mouth feel, offfensive aroma, struggle to get it down. dark color with a thin head.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 30, 2004
This is just not all that good. I try to sip in slowly ... I try to chug it hard ... either way it just retais the same bland / bitter taste. On a serious note, the flavor is remincient of some darker irish beers, but lacks that smoothness and transition. Somewhat unbalanced, maybe I am just being overly critical of an ale I thought would provide much much more.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Pint on tap at Old Bag O’ Nails Pub, Hard Rd. in Columbus. Served too cold, but at least not in a frosted glass. Dark amber with a smallish, white, frothy head. Aroma is very, very weak, with just a little maltiness. Flavor is a bit better, with some malts and a bit more hops than expected. Medium-bodied, though I wouldn’t mind just a tad thicker. Nothing to rave about here.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - OCT 30, 2004
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Poured out a deep amber / reddish color, with a thin tan colored head. Average appearance for an Irish Red Ale. Left a decent lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of malts, some slight roastiness, some tobacco barn, and not much else. No noticeable hop aromas or flavors. Medium mouthfeel, slightly on the thin side, however. An ok beer, for something that’s so hard to find. Best drank fresh, however. Don’t hold onto this one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jde123 (771) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 Ehhh, an alright ale. Definate malt aroma and flavor to this one, lacks character, however. Don’t think I would get this one again.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Palace536 (8) - Waterford, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2004 does not count
This beer is allot like Killians but with a much darker color and fuller body. There is also not much of an after taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
Malty aroma and light caramel malt taste. Copper coloured with a thin head. Creamy mouthfeel and a decent hop bitterness.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Tap. A malty, creamy ale that was quite drinkable but could use more complexity. I would think that this is a pretty good example of the style.


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