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Brewed by Dundalk (Diageo)
Style: Irish Ale
Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1836   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Consumed at the Waternish Rod and Gun Club near Sherbook, Nova Scotia. Pours red and heady. Has spicy hops and a crisp malt. Quite dry, but true to the style. I like it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2003
Red ale. Nutty caramel nose. The taste is caramelic and hoppy, excellent balance between malt and hops actually. Great nutty bitterness. Very well done simple and light ale.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 When in Ireland you must try this stuff. I just love the malt flavors, mild fruitiness and hop balance. I’d drink this over any other Irish beer - anytime. A memorable beer that I will look forward to drinking next trip to Ireland.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Roli (405) - laval, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2003
Not a tipical Irish beer. No coffee in that one. Malt taste is really present. A lil fruity notes and a great finish. Good one

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2003
Browner then amber in color with a handsome crown of off-white foam thats tall, thick, rich, and steady. Some patchy lace sticks but most of it drips back down. Smell is a dirty, musty, lightly roasty malts and grains. Taste is cleaner but I sense alot of grains, its got a touch of roastyness and light hops with a crispy finish. Quite empty in taste and feel, not impressed at all, was hoping for a bit more. Its a smooth and crisp refresher of a beer, but beyond that, yawn.....

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1more4dessert (326) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2003
I'm not a big Irish Ale fan but this was nice. Very dark copper color and a rootbeer float-like head which breaks off into islands. Big balsy carbonation, nice toasted malt. A winner in my book. Bottle

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pedrobeernut (13) - San Pedro, California, USA - JUN 24, 2003
Try it from the tap if you get to Ireland. Delicious ale. Nice balance of bitter and sweet. The best Guinness brew I've had. Goes down smooth. Careful with this one or you'll find yourself balls up in front of the pub. Pity they don't sell it in the States.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2003
Copper coloured with a small head. A rather straight forward ale but maybe a bit more bitter hoppy than normal. Nice to drink but a bit flat.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2167) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2003
Pours a copper, amber colour. Has a pleasing aroma. Very nice taste, kind of sweet with a moderate bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TipsyMcStager (1128) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2003
(bottle)Aromatic sweetness and mild hop aroma. Pours a ruby brown. Loses points for being completely flat and weak head. Slight sweet flavour comes through. Light malt mouthfeel. More hoppy than the usual British style pub fare. A decent beer.


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