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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1925   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (2504) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange to red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some super light lacing all around. The smell had a light toffee to chocolate to caramel nuttiness but all combined and pretty subdued. The taste was mainly malty sweet with a decent sessionability about it. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent carbonation running about it. Overall, Irish Red ale? Uhh...sure, not bad just not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Joakgust (1062) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle. Clear red amber beer with a small white head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, toffee, herbs and dried fruit. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, toffee, herbs and dried fruit. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rok1024 (1192) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - JUL 28, 2014
Clear dark amber appearance, creamy head. Hoppy, grassy, tofee and caramel sweet aromas, malty taste with not much depth. Average Irish Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RhetoricalAns (500) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
Clear amber pour, thin pillow of a head, bit of residue. Caramel malt aroma and body, some biscuit and hints of hops in the end. Medium body good amount of carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vestlake (181) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Dark amber color with half a finger head. Smell is lightly malty with a tiny hop aroma. It has a very light mouthfeel and not a lot of taste jumps out. What taste there is is malty with just the faintest hint of hops. Decent enough beer for what it is. If I wanted a lightweight beer, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick this over an AAL.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Dark amber, finger white head Smell grainy, powdery Taste sweet grainy adjunct lagery Light body Ok

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TattooJack (221) - Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2014
This beer brought me back to when I lived in Germany in my early years, I hung out in Irish bars back then. I opened the beer and the smell made me think of fighting, and bushmills. We all have our demons and sometimes we are transformed back to them, this beer does that for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_sully (213) - - JUL 5, 2014
Very foamy white head with a dark brown body. Fruit and malts. Slightly bitter taste with a hint of caramel and wood. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
fezzy (100) - California, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Carmel malt aroma from clear amber-colored pour with a pillowy white head. Taste mostly stale biscuit - bready. A bit of hop in there somewhere, but indistinct and not aromatic or tasty. Okay mouthfeel - easy on the palate but perhaps a bit thin. Not bad, but mediocre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bellco33 (448) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Poured from bottle into a pint glass: Pours deep brown with a hint of red and a nice looking tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and sugar. Taste is a malty caramel, sweet residual sugar, a little nutty, with a surprising but small amount of hops on the back end. Light to medium body, high carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. This is a pretty solid beer.

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