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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: 1930   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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Had this one on draft. Poured to a nice brown color with an average head. Somewhat bland earthy flavor with a mild dose of bitter hops. A decent drinking smooth ale.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bohica (36) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2004
Draft: O’Brien’s- San Diego Deep brown, small quickly dissipating head, light lacing. Lots of malt aroma, flavor and mouthfeel. Not much else going on here but maltiness. Kind of bland.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5972) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2004
Deep amber with a standing head. Sweet fruity aroma. Woodsy and lightly bitter flavors. Exceptionally smooth. Good ale.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Pours a dark brown with a small white head. I really couldn’t detect any aromas other than malt. Tastes more similar to a brown ale than an irish. No hops and a bland flavor.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2004
Clear brownish amber color, Thick, fugaceous white head with good lacing. Malty molasses aroma. Malt and caramel flavor. Medium body with lively carbonation, slighlty oily mouthfeel. Not totally bad but too weak to be enjoyable, this is a good beer for beginners because it’s not agressive with its malt character but too bland for a real afficionado.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8817) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2004
Browning amber colour with a cloudy off-white head and some lace. Malty with notes of molasses and a sweet honeyish aroma as well as some earthiness. Flavour is also malty and slightly fruity with some caramel thrown in for good measure. Metallic finish kind of detracts from it overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 On tap: great color, enough body and taste, nice head, quite smooth, yet not overpowering or too heavy an ale for a satisfying brew on a hot summer day after a round of golf. Not the best drink for a cold autumn or winter, but good for what "ales" ya!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Aha, brewed by Guinness. That’s news to me. This beer takes on a much different character than most Irish ales I’ve had, an unusual tanginess in the malt, and a good zing of hops. The malt influence may be a touch weak for me, but I think the hops make up for it flavor-wise. Interesting, and surprisingly original for such a large brewery.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Tan head, copper body. Light malty, toasted caramel aroma (emphasis on light) Light sweet flavor, definite malts, nuttiness. Not too bad, but not great.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (3793) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 [draft - Great European Beerfest 8, Sharp Edge Tavern - East Liberty, PA] Poured a dark brown color with a thin white head. Slightly sweet aroma which led me to think it would be full bodied. Like most of these previous reviews, I was wrong. The taste was semi-sweet but very thin and watery. An OK beer, but could have been more flavorful.


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