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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1905   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2003
Sweet malt and fruit aroma. Deep dark ruby-copper coloured body with a thick white frothy head that recedes slowly with some thin lacing. Malt flavour with some mild fruity esters and some roasted malts toward the middle with a decent bitterness in the finish. Sweetens at higher temps. Medium body with full mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated. Bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2003
Had it on tap at the Rose and Thisle in Columbus. Beer came through with a nicer body than I expected, but less esters. It tasted "clean".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2003
On draught at The Claddagh in Columbus, OH. Apparently Guinness bought this brand so you will start seeing it at more places where Guinness is sold eventually. They sold Bass to Labatt's? Anyway this beer is pretty much along the lines of Killian's, but maybe a little better. Billed as "Ireland's Oldest Ale", this beer is a dark brownish-amber with a thick beige head. The lacing is super sticky and thin. Light malt aroma. Medium-bodied with flavors of malt and caramel. The finish is mostly hops. Not too bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
noons (4) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2003 does not count
Draft. Good Color, Good flavor. Had this while in Ireland. I put down my Guiness for the next 3 days while I was on the south-western side of the island. Would like to get some more of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx83 (29) - Brampton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2003
Bottle. This beer has mild character, but is a bit one dimensional. It has that irish ale hoppy bitterness and impressive dark brown hue, but not enough flavour to make it one of my regular brews. Still, I would like to have this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (8106) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 2009-05-22. Dark red body with a modest creamy beige head and light lace. (3+) Flavour has modest sweet malt with dry accents, light bitterness grows a touch in the finish and lingers pleasantly in the aftertaste. (6+) Aroma is mild, very light malt. (5+) Average palate suits it. Better than I remember it being back home - quaffable but too mild. 5+/3+/6+/3/12 - 3.0 On tap, Biddy Early’s, Kilkenny

August 2003. Draft. Nice head on it that sticks around. Dark ruby red/brown in colour. Bit of malt and "irish ale" in the aroma. Flavour on the sweet side with a bit of bitterness and more of that "Irish Ale" roasty bitterness in the flavour. Very nice mouthfeel. Is this on nitro I wonder? 4/4/6/4/12 - 3.0

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnBarleycorn (537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
A lovely thick and full head stays with the beer to the bitter end – enough to incite jealousy in even the mildest sufferer of male pattern baldness. Chestnut brown in hue, with an interesting vermilion infusion. The malty nose shows some sugar, but overall the bouquet does not compliment the appearance very well – it lacks character and displays little more than a hint of those trademark Irish ale aromas. Proving that looks can be deceiving twice, the flavour is also quite dull, with bitterness beginning and finishing on the palate. Some mild traces of wood and Fry’s Cocoa help to prop up the flavour a little, but in a blind tasting this beer would lose much of its appeal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
dermo1111 (4) - USA - AUG 6, 2003 does not count
Nice hoppy bite. Fluffy head. Great beer when a break from Guinness is needed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2003
Why can't we get this stuff in Australia? Only ever tried this on draught in Ireland and it is the nicest beer I;ve had for quite some time

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
Consumed at the Waternish Rod and Gun Club near Sherbook, Nova Scotia. Pours red and heady. Has spicy hops and a crisp malt. Quite dry, but true to the style. I like it.

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