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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1955   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2004
On tap at Claddagh Irish Pub in Middleton, WI. The beer pours almost black with ruby highlights ’round the edges. Looks like rootbeer. Nice initial off-white head with good lacing all the way down. Nothing really stands out in the aroma beyond maltiness. First taste is caramelly-malty with a followup of hops. Nice, clean finish. Surprisingly light body. Reasonably tasty and inoffensive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
Perhaps I was spoiled, having just come from the Clark Street Ale House and some rather respectable brews. But I had a full Imperial pint and it was a struggle to enjoy this. Caramel flavors but very thin. Only a titch of a malt body, and overall very watery and weak, especially considering all that color (makes you think about coloring additives?). Drinkable, at least, but not much more than that. (on tap, Fado [Irish Theme Pub], Chicago, IL)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Bottled version purchased in Canada. Dry, toasted caramel, Goldings hops, and ale yeast fruit in the nose. A lot more hop than I expected but the malt is solid and round but less juicy than many English counterparts. Malt does show some toasted caramel to it. It has a fluffy mouthfeel but not fluffy/creamy from residual sugar or dextrins. More like it was highly carbonated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Had this first years ago in Ireland, and had it there since, but it’s been a while. Medium brown with small tan head--excellent lace. Malt aroma and flavor, slightly sweet. Good, but not as good as I remember the domestic version in Ireland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2004
Very malty from start to finish... just enough hops to balance the sweetness so as not to be cloying

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
socomnut (8) - USA - AUG 24, 2004 does not count
Pretty good beer. Had it on tap at four green fields Tampa florida. i think the reason i liked this beer so much was ahter drinking Guinness that night this was so crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5211) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 23, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 On tap at the Rathskeller in Indianapolis. Has a malty sweet peanut butter aroma. The taste was light with dry caramel. That is the best I can come up with. This is ok, but nothing impressive. I have had this a few more times. A nice session beer with notes of caramel and a little bit of dry apple chips.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Draft. I remember friends raving about this upon return from the British Isles. I think I had it once a long time ago in Toronto, but it didn’t leave any impression on me. In any case, glad to rate it. Medium amber, little head, slight caramel aroma. Medium bodied, slight sweet caramel flavors, bit of undefined bitterness on finish. Subtle but not special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Decent smell, better taste, looked nice and was a good beer to drink. Poured amber and had a white head. Don’t remember specifics on anything else, but was nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2004
Was excited to try this one out. At spotted dick -- deep ambers and tans. Decent taste. Went through them rather quick, didn’t feel like an ale I would savor.

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