GregClow (2853) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
mindtheft (28) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
OKBeer (1170) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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%
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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!
presario (4594) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
rhowitt (1) - Long Island, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wonderful Ale that I experienced whilst in Dublin, but sadly can not find in the USA. Can anyone help!!!
49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!!