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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: 1897   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.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Very little hop aroma, slightly sweet malt aroma. Nice red color. Very tasty ale, with enough body to be interesting and low enough alcohol to drink many. In fact, I had five pints last night and have a delicious headache from it. Good stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2077) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Very smooth & drinkable, very creamy beer, other than that pretty bland, the body was light & a bit on the watery side, the flavors were bland, not much to the finish or aftertaste, not a whole lot of flavors happening

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2004
Was not imppressed. Your expect more out of Guiness and it did not deliver. Simply some form of session brew

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2004
On tap. Dark amber color with thin tan head. Very little aroma, but not terrible. I can’t really place it. Taste is a little sweet with some maltyness. It’s not a great beer, but I wouldn’t mind drinking 10 of them on my way to getting messed up.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5713) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 RerateOn tap at a new Irish Pub in Tallahassee called Finnegan’s Wake - better all around this time - more earthy and smoky - bump up a notch Original 3.1 On tap at Mackey’s Public House in Crystal City, Va. Dark copper appearance, slightly off-white head, thin lacing. Very faint earthy aroma, not unpleasant. Overall a very restrained flavor - obviously meant for session purposes. Slight maltiness with some caramel notes. Slight bitter hoppines cuts in underneath to keep the interest level going. Stays strong throughout. Overall, decent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2004
Silky beige head and deep amber body. Rich caramel malts in the nose and flavor. Medium bitter finish. Nice medium malty body with considerable texture. A good Irish ale.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2014 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, cereal, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. The aroma is inoffensive but pretty simple (the malt is kinda raw/rough, but not too bad). In the mouth it’s rather sweet, thin, and watery, but again...nothing offensive. A mindless industrial quaffer for people who don’t like bitterness (or intrigue/enticement of any kind).

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2004
Tap. Chestnut color with a dense beige head. Aromas of dough and roasted malts. Flavors of damp grain. Other flavors include mild roasted malt, peat and a light nuttiness. Drinkable, but nothing spectacular.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2004
(Draught) Pretty good, Dark brown in color, light enough to see through. I would best equate it to a really creamy ale with malts reminiscent of Newcastle.....lots of sweet caramel Very easy to drink.....nice clean finish.

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.


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