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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1878   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drugsbunny (3) - USA - APR 15, 2004 does not count
This wonderful Irish beer is now available in some bars in the NY Metro area. Great beer, and a wonderful taste. Nice dark look, but a sweet hint of flavor. My favorite beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4733) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 Bottle: Poured a brownish looking beer with a nice bubbly head with standard retention. some notes of creamy and caramely taste. Overall, this is a very decent session irish ale but nothing out of the ordinary or too complex.Aroma is a mix of hops and sweetness. Taste is quite bitter with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 11, 2004
This one kicks Killian's arse! Great deep ruby red color with a nice pearl head. Aroma is a little light with some hints of fruit, but the palate was just right: nice as soft with good balance of sweetness and tannins. I'd definitely pick up a six of this stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2004
On tap here in Tampa at the Dubliner.
Pours a robust dark maple colored body. A rather malty, nutty presence; and a fruity tartness that brings, pears and a slight balsamic vinegar an acidity in the palate. The viscosity of the palate was medium bodied…. A pretty decent offering… I had 3 of them so it was more enticing than the usual Stella!

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
Smithwicks ale pours a mohagany deep amber color with a short thin head. The aroma hints at caramel malt. The flavor is caramely. It has a creamy mouthfeel with a smooth dry finsh. Slightly sweet. Overall well balanced. There is almost a slight oak flavor in the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2004
On tap at East End Cafe in Newark, Delaware. Pours brown with no head. Aroma is a little roasty, with a bit of beef jerky. Thin and watery mouthfeel. Little sweet and smokey. Blah. I wasted 4 bucks.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2004
Pours a redish /amber body with a nice thick beige head. Aromas of sour apples and hops. Taste is slightly malty, with some bitterness to it. Overall a decent ale, with a light refreshing taste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2004
On tap in Ireland, served nitro. Creamy colored head on a deep red body. Toasted malt flavor. Kind of a stale hop flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bambus (1) - trst, SLOVENIA - MAR 29, 2004 does not count
One of the best Irish reds, even though no one I met, think the same as me...

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
freekyp (1485) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 Crisp clear amber color with light carbonation. Very light toast aroma portends a light malty mouthfeel. Hoppiness is very subdued. Very Bass-like, with a little more hop character.


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