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Brewed by Dundalk (Diageo)
Style: Irish Ale
Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
Serve in English pint

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1840   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deyholla (5975) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 15, 2014
On tap at Tapwerks. Pours a clear deep amber with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has an earthy grain with notes of bread and a touch of sweetness. Flavor has lots of bread and earthy grain with a hint of toffee.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ajnepple (1685) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2014
11.2 oz bottle from Tipsy’s. Light amber and clear appearance with a nice off-white head and sticky lacing. Mild aroma of toasted malts, light roast, light caramel and light earthy hops. Similar flavor, moderately sweet and bitter. Average body. Overall, it’s just OK.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuedmaster (164) - Vista, California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours copper red with a slight white head with soapy bubbles, does leave chunky lacing. Faint aroma of grain and minerals. Does have a slight amount of caramel and fruitiness going on. Is well balanced with sweetness and bitterness about equal. Light body, thin and creamy texture, lively carbonation, and clean, balanced finish. Is a good representation of the style, just lacking in anything unique. You can pound a lot of these down effortlessly.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike5326 (667) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Poured from a tap. Clear dark red color, medium white head. Slight hops, grain and malt aroma. Light malt flavor with a clean finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
perezs25 (38) - - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle. Low level of aroma, no hops detected, most a grainy aroma. Modest sudsy head with moderate to good retention, low to modest lacing but had to pour aggressively. Appearance clear with medium mahogany hues. Low complexity flavor and low to medium body. Astringent, grainy malt flavor aftertaste. Carbonation had bite. Overall very simple but not disappointing either. Would need a much greater hop character and aromatic dimension.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JesseMartineau (53) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2014 500ml bottle. Pours light Amber, very clear, thick of white head leaving a lot of lacing. Aromas of malt sweetness, dried apricot, raisin, Carmel, a little butter aroma. Taste is quite boring, compared to aroma. Some caramel, some malty sweetness up front leveling out into some bitterness and dryness in the finish. It?s an easy summer beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a clear reddish copper color. The head isn’t very nice looking: it’s a sudsy, one finger off-white shade with a slightly rough texture. About the only thing it does right is leave some lacing on the glass. S: There really isn’t much here aside from a touch of cereal grain and some caramel maltiness. Nothing defined or anything that pops out of the glass by any means. It becomes slightly nutty as it warms up, though I don’t pick up any roasted barley. T: It starts with a slightly acidic barley tingle, and finishes with some toffee. That’s about it really, but it actually kind of works considering that’s all it features. M: I’ll give it one thing: it’s drinkable as hell. The thin texture, high carbonation, and ultra-clean finish means this goes down almost like water. I actually prefer that it has a slightly sharp, angular feel over a rounded, creamy (and sweet) one. O: Not bad, not great, it’s just a very quaffable red ale with no standout characteristics. Basically, it’s one of those "chug ’em and forget when you’re in some faux-Irish pub" brews.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
achtungpv (205) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Nice rich red color. Thin head. Mild taste. A very good session beer. Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Not at all bad. An odd dark color, and a rich malty taste. Overall enjoyable beer, good with food.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (813) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Draught at Emeralds Loop. Poured dark black brown with cream beige head. Aroma of roasted malts oatmeal. Light carb med bod. Roasty malty taste.


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