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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1926   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.

   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.

   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.

   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

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11898) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2004
This stuff is great on draft. This is my new session beer when I go out to the pubs. Pours a deep dark amber, with a nice tan head. The taste has a great sweet malt character, with just a nice bit of dry hopping and bitterness in the aftertaste. A perfect combo of bass, guiness and harp all in one, all the best qualities and none of weak ones.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gorbalev (2990) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
Probably my current favourite of the Guinness line. I quite enjoy the bottles with no nitro bubbles to be found. Good malt character similar to Newcastle I suppose. Good session type beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1892) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2004
Wildwood, New Jersey is one of the last places I expect to stumble upon a new beer to rate. But low and behold two Irish pubs on the island have dropped Bass for Smithwicks on draft. I sampled it twice over the weekend and found it to be a flavorful session beer. Mild hops, slight smokey / roasted malt flavor, excellent dark red body and a pleasant aroma. It was a nice change from the usual Bass - Harp - Guinness selections in the Irish pubs of Wildwood.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Very little hop aroma, slightly sweet malt aroma. Nice red color. Very tasty ale, with enough body to be interesting and low enough alcohol to drink many. In fact, I had five pints last night and have a delicious headache from it. Good stuff.

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