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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1972   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 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 (5242) - 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 (3696) - 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) - Raleigh, North Carolina, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2005 Draft at Yeoman’s Road Pub in Tampa. Dark amber in color scawny head. Left almost no lacing. Tasted like a beefed up Bass. Roasty and smoky where Bass is somewhat sterile. It still manages to be less than stellar, but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5882) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2004 Tap @ McCabes, Naples Florida. Dark chestnut, with a small white head. Slightly sour, malty, toasty aroma. Nutty and dry, with a peppery flavor throughout. Nicely rich, with an ever so slight alcohol burn at the finish. Smoky, nutty aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (517) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2004
On tap at Ri-Ra Irish Pub in Charlotte. Poured a very dark hue with a small off-white head. Flavor and mouthfeel were very creamy with a mild hop finish. Not bad.

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