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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1983   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   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 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 (2079) - 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 (1941) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
r464 (2268) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2004
Deep brown in color, had it on tap. Head was tan. Very malty with a slight hoppy bitterness that was very hidden. Not bad, but not very balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2004
A very malty ale, nothing in the way of hops showing. Sticky creamy head that lasts the length of the beer. Not bad, but wouldnt order again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6738) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 I have had this one a couple of times but never been particularly impressed.+++ Sampled on draft this beer pours a light mahogany color with a medium sized white head that left great lacing. The aroma is light, bitter a bit woody and mildly hoppy. The flavor is generally mild and lightly malty on the front, followed by a nutty and woody element and then ends sharp and bitter. A pretty basic beer really.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mullo (102) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2004
Draft, but, unfortunately served as a lager, not an ale - probably affects the flavour? Sharpness in hte hops flavour - could be a little smoother. Fairly standard as far as an ale goes - nothing too adventurous. Lacked aroma (probably due to being served as a lager). Nothing special about the malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2004
On draft at Half Time, Poughkeepsie, NY. Pours a nice shade of ruby with a medium, white head. Aroma of malt, toffee, some fruit and cognac. Malty taste with a dense palate and a dry finish that had hints of cabernet. Not bad.

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