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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1972   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 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 (12862) - 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 (3000) - 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 (1972) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2220) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Very smooth & drinkable, very creamy beer, other than that pretty bland, the body was light & a bit on the watery side, the flavors were bland, not much to the finish or aftertaste, not a whole lot of flavors happening

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 30, 2004
Was not imppressed. Your expect more out of Guiness and it did not deliver. Simply some form of session brew

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2004
On tap. Dark amber color with thin tan head. Very little aroma, but not terrible. I can’t really place it. Taste is a little sweet with some maltyness. It’s not a great beer, but I wouldn’t mind drinking 10 of them on my way to getting messed up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6986) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2005 RerateOn tap at a new Irish Pub in Tallahassee called Finnegan’s Wake - better all around this time - more earthy and smoky - bump up a notch Original 3.1 On tap at Mackey’s Public House in Crystal City, Va. Dark copper appearance, slightly off-white head, thin lacing. Very faint earthy aroma, not unpleasant. Overall a very restrained flavor - obviously meant for session purposes. Slight maltiness with some caramel notes. Slight bitter hoppines cuts in underneath to keep the interest level going. Stays strong throughout. Overall, decent.

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