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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: 1873   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


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 (2004) - 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 (1483) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2374) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Draft. Thin tan head which did not last long. Nice aroma of brown sugar and a little hops. Dark amber in color. Flavor was ok. A decent amount of malt with only a touch of hops. Little sweet. Finish was clean and somewhat refreshing. Or maybe it was the fact that I had just finished a 90+ min rugby practice and the puddle of water on the pitch would have been refreshing. Still a decent beer and better than just about all of the macro brews out there.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2004
All of a sudden, I see this stuff everywhere on tap. I don't know if they are giving this stuff away or what, but I didn't care for it. Dark amber color with a bit of sweetness and a mellow hop finish. I guess Guinness is everywhere and soon this will be as well. Another tap handle wasted.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Draft at Brownies Pub in Philly. Nothing really going on here. Besides a little creamy taste. Tasted and looked like an Irish red.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Draft - This beer had a nice copper color and big head. The beer was very smooth with a proper amount of carbonation. A wee bit sweet and slightly light on the malt.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2004
This is a decent beer. It did not seem to have a very distinct flavor to it. Some maltiness. Little head. I enjoyed this beer on St. Patty's day, but it tasted a little watered down.


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