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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: 1862   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (2853) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2003
Orange-amber colour with a creamy off-white head. Mild aroma of malt with a slight fruitiness. Flavour is malty with some bitterness in the finish, and some nutty notes as well. For a mass produced ale, it's not bad at all.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2003
This is a very fine Irish Ale. The color is nice amber/orange and the white head retains throughout. The taste is a nice balance between hops and malt and a great choice for everyone's St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mindtheft (28) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2003
A very smooth, rich, wholesome beer. Enjoyable on tap and nitro-can. It has a very nice tan, reddish hue which almost makes it too nice to drink. Only downside it that it has an very overwhelming aftertaste!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2003
Brown/Amber/Orange colour with very little creamy, but fizzy white head. Very little aroma (but as with other tap beers here in Halifax I think it was a victim of being served too cold). Mostly straight bitter hops in the taste, with a bit of banana. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2003
Very different whether on draught or in can. Draught: Very refreshing, good hops, slightly sweet, ok bitterness, creamy and very smooth. Medium-bodied. Quite a treat after a bunch of heavy Guinness beers. My rating is based on the draught beer. The can: more carbonated, more flat and indifferent in complexity. Alcohol content 3.80%

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2003
Different whether in bottle or on tap. On tap, it's very creamy and smooth (of course). In the bottle, it's a touch crisper and fizzier. Both are pleasant, light Irish ales. Nothing remarkable. Drank it about 1 mile from the brewery. Ahhhh!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4594) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2003
Light malty nose. Dark amber. Big initial head. Some lacing. Moderate hop notes at the start which finish stroonger with some mouth dryness. Malt is stronger at the start than at the finish. A certain oakiness.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2003
Pours a nice big white head with decent lacing. Aroma is a mix of caramel, nuts and hops. Flavour didn't live up to the aroma as I found it a little weak. Finish was a little carbonated and acidic for my liking but still a decent beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rhowitt (1) - Long Island, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
Wonderful Ale that I experienced whilst in Dublin, but sadly can not find in the USA. Can anyone help!!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2003
Regularly sampled at both my local Irish and English styled pubs, this review is based on a traditional 330ml bottle. This one is as authentic as the name itself -- dubbed the Authentic Irish Ale here in Canada, this one lives up to the billing. Brewed and bottled by Smithwick"s in Killkenny, Ireland, the version sold here in Canada is of the 5%abv variety. My understanding is that the version sold in the US is slightly different and does carry different packaging (black is the prominent color), but in Canada, we get the 3 lable, green foil label with strong accents in gold, white and red. Quite a nice, almost trendy (neveau) style package. As for the important stuff -- the ale itself -- this one pours very well presenting a very large white foamy head which *slowly* disipates to a thin, but solid surface cover. Lacing is extensive (both from bottle and tap poured drinks). The brew has a striking aroma blending hints of caramel and filbert (nuts) but with a very clean mix of malt and hops without going overboard in the hop department ... something too many ales fail to handle successfully. Palette wise, the bottle version seems to have an extra carbination punch that the draught version doesn"t have, but that carbination hit turns what is very smooth from the tap to something a little more harsh. Not necessarily a bad thing, but just different and worth noting. Out of the 2 traditional Irish ales I drink regularly -- Smithwicks and Killkenny -- the Smithwicks is one that can be had in larger quantities, but the creamy smoothness of Killkenny still calls my name more frequently than here. Having said that, don"t shy away from Smithwicks as it too is a very good ale. Make that great ale!!


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