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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2002
Smooth, crisp, and more like a lager than an ale. Certainly nothing waranting a letter home. re-rate: It’s okay from the tap, but out of the can it’s downright terrible. Totally ruined my impression of this beer, then I saw the 3.8% abv on the can. I nearly threw it out.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2002
It’s an easy drinking Irish red ale. With good body strength and bitterness.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wienerherb99 (21) - Wien, AUSTRIA - AUG 28, 2002
on tap in Kilkenny: smooth, creamy, nice caramel flavor, the perfect ale to go with pub food

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2004 Bottle. Nice dark copper color, pours with a thick frothy head. Some malts. Bitter finish. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2002
(On tap)A good beer for hot afternoons. Mostly malt and caramel, really easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erlik (26) - SPAIN - JUL 28, 2002
It’s a great beer. I tasted it in a recent vacation in Ireland, and I really enjoyed it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
YoYo (22) - Ballston Spa, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2002
Tried it first in Montreal on tap. Nice caramel flavor. I enjoyed the 2 pints I had, and would drink it again gladly.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 I like this beer. The english make fun of it, calling it crap, but its a great break when you have had too much guinness and just need a lighter drink. I thought it had a very good balance of malt and hops. Good caramel medium body. I cant put my finger on this one, just very round and even taste. Might be because I was drinking it on draft in Ireland. 6/3/7/3/14
Rerate. On draught at Fenway park. Pretty bad stuff, looks like a yellow beer with some small amount of caramel color added. No head. No real nose, maybe a bit of old crusty brown bread, some dry nuttiness. Flavor is not offensive, but very bland, with just a slight hint of sweet malt, a touch of toasted malt and some light bittering hops on the end. Light body. High carbonation. 5/2/4/2/8

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
Some caramel in the malt…Some malt in the caramel…Good enough when there’s nothing else...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
WastedYouthBrew (143) - Phila (Home of Geno's Steaks), Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2002
Very nice tasting ale, great beer with a nice creamy feel to it. Ireland has been brewing this beer for almost 300 years, and possibly another 300 to come.


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