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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: 1864   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.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2004
Draught, at McCarthy’s, Kenmare, Ireland.</br> Amber with a large creamy head, served extremely cold. Thin body and very little flavour. Slightly bitter but quite a forgettable beer really.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2004
This was an enjoyable pint - partly due to the time and place but, hey, that's part of it right? Great coppery mahogony colour with a rich creamy head. Floral and hops and caramel(?) aroma with a nice mildly bitter aftertaste. Preferable to many of the standard pub choices.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Copper pour with medium white head (Draft). Unable to determine aroma due to bar atmosphere. Caramelly burnt flavor with a nice bitterness. Very smooth to drink, a nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tessic (840) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2004
Pours a reddish copper with a nice creamy head if poured vigourously enough. Otherwise coarse bubbles. This Smithwichs was from a bottle and I think is a little stale...but I could find some dark malt aromas with a little roasting character. Very small fragrance of vineger and florals. Malty initial taste, slightly bitter finish with floral and caramel notes.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
haddon90 (1441) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2004
On tap at Siné at Pentagon Row. Dark amber pour. Nothing facy. Some caramel and roasted malt in the aroma, but other than that pretty bland. Some flavor, but very light. Guinness could do better with this beer. Too bland for my liking.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (4664) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Dark amber colour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt and not much else. Medium to Light-bodied; Subtle malt flavour with a bit of caramel and some light spices. Velvety texture with a bland palate. Overall, a pretty disapointing beer, not really worth trying...but it was a good treat! I sampled this beer on draught at Siné in Pentagon City (Arlington), Virginia on 26-December-2003.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2003
a fairly average irish beer , didn't stand up well to everything else i had the evening (bass,harp,etc) but very drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Deep amber color, nice size off-white head. Malt aromas. Flavor was malty with a touch of caramel. Hoppy finish. Medium body. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2003
Pours an amber colour beer, with a white decent sized head. Some nice malty bitterness, some fruity tang hidden underneath. Nice bitter finish. Not a bad beer at all. Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2003
Sweet malt and fruit aroma. Deep dark ruby-copper coloured body with a thick white frothy head that recedes slowly with some thin lacing. Malt flavour with some mild fruity esters and some roasted malts toward the middle with a decent bitterness in the finish. Sweetens at higher temps. Medium body with full mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated. Bottle.


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