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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: 1871   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Deep red in color. Nice beer. Subtle malt flavor. Had it on tap, and it was fresh tasting. Bitter finish. Light hop. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2004
draft: Reddish amber with a decent looking head, subtly malty aroma with some deep sweetness involved..malty flavors with some notes of biscuit, but overall mostly U.K. boringness...you know, that stale cardboard taste of over seas..fuck the U.K. They think they are bad, blah.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eructoblaster (2994) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2004
Very nice and limpid amber body topped with a thick head which fades too quickly. Pleasant sweet aroma with a hint of caramel which unfortunately lacks some character. Hopefully, the flavor has more punch. It's malty, sweet, refreshing and, above all, very equilibrated. Good bittersweet final. Among the Irish beers available in Montréal, this is my first choice.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kmasson (1) - Forest Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2004 does not count
I have traveled the World and this is by far the best beer I have tasted. A group of us went to Irland a few years ago and we all fell in love with it. I amways make sure friends bring me back a pew pints when they travel to Ireland. I here it is now in the states but still unable to locate in Chicagoland area.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
flavorflan (1) - Phila., Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2004 does not count
I had this beer in Ireland on St. Patricks day 2 years ago and i have been waiting for it ever since.....thank god it's here.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Bottle, purchased in Montreal (little did I know it would be available here soon). Dark, clear whiskey color, massive lasting billowy head. Very light malty/grassy nose, not much there. Decent malts on the tongue, light touch of hops at the finish, bit of smoke. Dull, but drinkable, and certainly better than many American approximations.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2004
Draught @ British Open

The pub, not the golf tournament, amazing what you find in these places, which just barely meet our criteria! As it sets in the pint pounder glass a pellucid burnished copper with the head pythonic in size, creamy in its texture and a toothsome tan in color, the lace forms a thick and sticky sheet upon the glass. Nose is sweet and a touch earthy, nice caramel tone also noticed, fresh and crisp, a real treat for the olfactory and ocular senses, its ambrosial at the start with a nice chewy malt profile, the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is benign in its acidity, the hops perfect in their mellow bite, dry and lingering aftertaste. Now this is a treat I’ve not had for at least ten years, and a true session beer, one I quaffed with much joy.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2004
Not spectacular by any means. a decent session ale i suppose with not much aroma, and nthing more than your average irish ale taste. Nice shake up to the mix.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
this alr was creamy with a decent head, but lacked any real flavor, across between rolling rock and killian's, only darker. It was very strange, as it was heavyier, but just tasteless

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (1960) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
Strikes up a good balance between malt and hop flavors. I was expecting it to be a little smoother and full bodied, but it's still very drinkable.


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