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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 1930   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2004
On tap at The Gate. Poured dark orange/brown with minor aroma of malt. Taste was malty and a bit of chocolate with some bitterness in the aftertaste. Nothing entirely special

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (10840) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2004
Orange brown ale with a thick dirty off-white head. Rather grassy lager aroma. Some maltiness with nutty notes in the attack, but with not much else in the finsih, rather like slightly bitter mineral water with tonic. Dull.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2004
on draft: i have heard about this beer forever and couldnt wait to taste it once i saw it on draft at the bar. i was wrong for waiting. not much of a beer very watery and thin with a caramel toffee flavor that rolls around and goes away. if you want to have a smithwicks and dont want the alcohol or have to go to the bar. get a piece of caramel and drink with cold water and youll get the same impression. uninteresting.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2004 Aroma is ok, it poured very foamy. Flavour is fairly balanced between hops and malt although it’s a bit thin. Rather boring flavour and the more I drank the less I liked it.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 29, 2004
On tap at Okra’s in Manassas, VA. Burguny-brown color with a small, unattractive white head. Not much of a smell just some sugars and skuny malt. Taste is equally as plain and boring. I have no clue how this beer is rated so well. I found it to be disappointing and below average.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 27, 2004
On tap at the Cricketeer’s Arms. Murky brown in color. Flat with no head. This ale has no taste. I would say that it was crap. I’m very underwhelmed with any sense of malt body or hops to this one. Better than corn-based macro swill, but not much.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
irishjac (1) - Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2004 does not count
Best ale I ever tasted--no longer a need to travel to Ireland nor Canada to relish it--can’t wait till it is available for home consumption

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
Bottled. Pours an amberish colour with a thick creamy head. Malty, toffee nose. Tastes of caramel and mild hops with a bit of a metallic after taste. An O.K session beer but I would choose others.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 24, 2004
On draft. Slightly sweet, nutty, with a touch of caramel and nice malt flavor. I was relaxing on the patio of a pub in Santa Monica, and this really hit the spot.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11955) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2004
(draft) Creamy beige head atop clear copper body. Aroma is mild sweet, toasty,malty, some caramel, earthy, light peat. Taste is mild sweet, caramel, some earthy, light peat. Smooth, light-medium body. Ok for what it is.


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