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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1974   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2005 On tap: great color, enough body and taste, nice head, quite smooth, yet not overpowering or too heavy an ale for a satisfying brew on a hot summer day after a round of golf. Not the best drink for a cold autumn or winter, but good for what "ales" ya!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Aha, brewed by Guinness. That’s news to me. This beer takes on a much different character than most Irish ales I’ve had, an unusual tanginess in the malt, and a good zing of hops. The malt influence may be a touch weak for me, but I think the hops make up for it flavor-wise. Interesting, and surprisingly original for such a large brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2004
Tan head, copper body. Light malty, toasted caramel aroma (emphasis on light) Light sweet flavor, definite malts, nuttiness. Not too bad, but not great.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 [draft - Great European Beerfest 8, Sharp Edge Tavern - East Liberty, PA] Poured a dark brown color with a thin white head. Slightly sweet aroma which led me to think it would be full bodied. Like most of these previous reviews, I was wrong. The taste was semi-sweet but very thin and watery. An OK beer, but could have been more flavorful.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2004
It looked like it had a great deal of promise. I expected something similar to a heavy stout or a Guiness. Boy, what a disappointment. Swillish and unappealing. It was tasteless and odorless, but at least it was so watery it didn’t linger.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JUN 27, 2004
Tastes almost like a watered down guinness. Lots of water. The beer pours well but the taste is weak.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUN 21, 2004
The right reverend brewshthereen and each had this brew on tap at a local watering hole. And I must whole-hartedly agree with my fellow beer drinking buddy. But I will add one word---BORING!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2004
On tap: Dark reddish/brown in color with soft white head. Appearance would suggest a more full bodied flavor. This was not the case. Clean, sweet carmel malt aroma. Flavor is soft and boring. Lightly, toasty carmel malt flavor. No hop bite at all. Rather bland. From Guinness I expected a bit more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 19, 2004
it poured in to my plastic cup with a brownish-coppery colour and with a thin white head. the taste was unimpressive, rather boring, and i had no sense of either bitter nor malty tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
This is an ale, but it’s crisp and not bitter like a lager. It’s a little lighter than Newcastle Brown Ale, more like a bitterless Bass.

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