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

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RATINGS: 1978   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.


4.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
weavie123 (1) - Berwyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2004 does not count
I find this ale to be one of the best beverages I have ever tasted. While not the most knowledgable beer drinker in the world, I have tasted my share of imported beers and ales and was drinking a Guinness Stout when a friend suggested I try Smithwicks. I was totally blown away and whenever I return to that particular bar (only one I know who serves Smithsicks) that is all I drink.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hmright (101) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Pretty tasty overall. Draft in San Dawg, from a beautiful Irish lass. Thin head. Kind of bland start, but enough flavor to keep ya drinking. Kind of flat finish too, but overall good.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
The numbers may look average in theory, but in practice, this is one of the tastiest and consistently drinkable DRAFT beers I’ve ever experienced. Bottled, it’s a different story (much like switching from draft Newcastle to bottled--something is lost in translation.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonB (66) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - NOV 20, 2004
330ml bottle (04-02-24). Average off-white mostly to fully diminishing head. Virtually none lacing. Sparkling clear thin to average light amber colored body. Light malt, very little hops and subtle toffee in aroma. Light sweetness as initial flavor. Moderated bitterness, a tiny bit salty as final flavor of average to long duration. Light to medium-light body in my mouth, quite dry, lively to fizzy carbonation. A sensation of metaliic feel toward the final.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Draft in Montreal. Delicious, nutty, dry ale. Beautiful lacing; subtle and balanced flavors; great session ale.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheGrandMart (1) - Brighton, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004 does not count
Can’t beat this Beer it’s like an old friend, Good head,The aroma was malty with a mild hop bitterness.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 16, 2004
Very clear amber brown with white head. Light roasted notes in the nose. Med weight w/dry finish and little body. Plain light rasted flavors with a boring lager attitude. Decent I guess!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aracauna (3496) - Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2004
This is a pretty typical English/Irish ale. It’s got a similar flavor to the stuff like Boddington’s and Bass, but it doesn’t have a lot of flavor. Very slight hops, a bit of estery fruitiness and a touch of malt. It’s easy drinking, but also very forgettable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2004
This stuff is great. Had it on tap in the Pilsen Klub, Kalamazoo MI. Quite a nice draught. Looked a bit like an amber beer, nice color to it. Quite a bit more flavor than the other Irish ales that I have had lately. Nice bitterness. I really enjoy it a lot.

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.


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