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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1840   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.


1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Jamesthebrit (196) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Aroma is sort of lifeless... Like some dull hops. Smells like an ESP. Pours a dirty off brown redish color. Looks thin. Head is pretty solid. Tastes like a really weak ESP. Sort of that dull hop note. Otherwise some strange sharp acidity. Finish is a hint of malt but otherwise nothing. Palate is light and that sharp flavor note is very off putting. A very boring beer. Goes down like water. Really not positive flavor notes. Pass

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
smaynard6000 (555) - Apopka, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours an amber red color with lively carbonation and a beige colored head. Aroma is mostly grain and malt. Sweet malty flavor. Not bad, nothing stellar.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jbuskirk (305) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Really Smithwick’s is a pretty okay Irish Ale. It has a decent color, passable carbonation, and the mouthfeel has a nice creaminess. My main problem has to do with that latter point. The heavy cream taste doesn’t work for me. It seems to clash with the toasted malts and create a bitter/sweet instability. Not bad but not something I would choose to have again.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
defothebunt (15) - - JAN 8, 2014
On tap in pint glass. Poured dark honey with smooth creamy head. Light caramel taste no aftertaste. Good finish.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fontjt (77) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Smell is caramel and bread. Kinda thin in the mouth and taste light bitter.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (763) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2014
Poured a clear dark coppery amber colour with a one- to two-finger off-white frothy head that retained a while before collapsing to settle as a collar around the glass. Laced with a few curtains. Carbonation medium with small to large bubbles forming trails. Aroma subtly of sweet caramel malt; not much aroma. Taste malty up front then to a tangy bitterness. Light body. Long mildly acrid bitter finish.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
RaucusBacchus (63) - Sandy, Utah, USA - JAN 4, 2014
11.5 oz. Bottle: Pours brown with excessive head. Excellent lacing. Malty nose with grains evident. Light bodied, dry, crisp and toasty at first flush. Lacks depth and moves rapidly to and through a fleeting, bitter, tannin laced finish. I am not particularly fond of this beer.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerathon (960) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Color- lighter brown with a reddish hue. Flavor- sweet caramel with a bit of corn. Rich, easy drinking, but nothing spectacular.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
two7offsuit (124) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Dark amber to brown in color. Notes of malt and toffee. Creamy with a hint of caramel flavor. Very good beer.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
HuskerTan (343) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - DEC 28, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. A- Malty, doughy, bread. A- Dark amber color, clear liquid, white head. T- Mild bitterness, strong malts, watery. P- Light body, thin texture, flat carbonation, malty finish. O- A boring Irish ale that leaves me feeling it could have been a lot better.


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