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

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RATINGS: 1946   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Anzacaine (2) - HUNGARY - MAR 15, 2015 does not count
I love red ales and this is my favourite. It’s smooth but not creamy, Has a great colour and head and has a beautiful taste.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JMonJMon1 (4) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2015 does not count
One of my favorites. Nice taste not bitter. Good red color. Not dry like some ales leaves a nice feel in your mouth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ContemplateBeer (1776) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 6, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2015 Aroma: Caramel tea biscuits with light tobacco. Appearance: Dark copper pour with a foamy tan head that settles into a skin. Flavor: Tobacco and wood up front with a healthy biscuit presence; the finish is semi-dry. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, flat carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: Super clean, and chuggable; perhaps the perfect go-to beer in the world of faux Irish pubs. Speaking of which... was in Cleveland on October 5th, 2007 on a choir trip. We (some members of the choir) happened upon some hole in the wall seafood bar, looking for a late dinner + drinks. This also happened to be the night the Yankees and Indians were playing in the ALDS (the night the locusts swarmed the Yankees, and the Indians won in 11). We drank a ton of Smithwicks and ate mussels all night without paying a dime, all thanks to the friendly denizens of Cleveland. I’ll always associate this beer with that night.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Mackeon (150) - - FEB 23, 2015
An Irish red, but not a very good one. Pretty watery, the best about it is its color. Classic label, though, rather nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Augdraught1981 (201) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2015 Clear, dark pouring & easy drinking ale with a very smooth texture & taste. Love the little bit of roast & that familiar british bitter creamy aroma that’s comparable to a Boddington. This is one of those beers you can drink throughout the day or night, or keep in your fridge year round and never get tired of. Excellent drinkability & stays interesting. As a session / Pub beer, and that is what it is regardless of critiques about its lack of "wow" factor, I believe this is as good as it gets for me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alex_alkis (419) - SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2015
Very nice looking beer but lacks a bit in the taste and aroma. Could have been a bit more "heavy".

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
stevoj (2953) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Nice pour, creamy thick head. All else lacking, kind of weak and watery, unimpressive, tasteless

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (3820) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2015
12 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours a dark amber color with a beige head of foam. Good retention. The aroma has toasted bread, malt, a subtle sweetness. The taste is pretty well balanced with a touch more malty sweetness than bitterness. I get a fruity, caramelly sweetness throughout. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a bad beer, really. I am enjoying it much more than I do regular Guinness, which I think is a reasonable comparison to make even though they are completely different beers.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardbeerman (272) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
Reviewed in 2009. Pours a clear copper with a fiery hue topped by a finger or so of off-white frothy head. Retention is moderate, as is carbonation. Some chunky lacing is spotted. The nose is nutty and roasted malts with a herbal hops backbone. The taste is very nutty and roasted with the malts at the forefront. The hops do come through with a sharp and herbal features. Mouthfeel is on the medium-low mark and the finish is ok. What makes this ale interesting are the roasted elements which are very satisfying. Cheers!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsimozar (1) - - FEB 2, 2015 does not count
Had it on tap. Didn’t really have a distinct smell. Felt a bit watered down.


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