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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1884   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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
vexorgtr (26) - Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Nice and dark, looked quite rich. It wasn’t. Smithwicks was quite watery and lacked distinct rich flavor. I guess this is Irish Budweiser. It’s not bad, but not remarkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltman53 (345) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - OCT 20, 2014
From a can, it pours a dark copper. Gentle maltiness on the nose. Lightly caramelly, but mostly watery coca-cola and tea flavors coming through on the palate. The finish is watery malt w/o bitterness. Overall, it translates less in a can in the U.S. than at a pub in Dublin.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RichTheVillan (3125) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Keg at Oneill’s Euston Road; clear chestnut brown pour with a creamy beige head, feint malt aroma, taste has malts, caramel and some autumn berries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
this would make a decent session ale, but nothing i’ll go out of my way for again. pours a brickish red, with decent lacing. the toffee maltiness is nice but a little simplistic. not bad & not great."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arrachtas (10) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
The best way I’d describe the beer is ’clean and sessionable’. This is readily available, back home in Ireland - almost as ubiquitous as Guinness, really. Like Guinness, it shares some of the same traits, namely that is easy to drink quite a few, due to the relatively low ABV, non-alcoholic taste, and smooth palate. The aroma is quite delicate, mostly malt, with only a trace of hops. The beer presents itself as a reddish-hued brew, and the first taste is a moderately refreshing sweet, malty, grainy brew with light hops on the finish. The brew is relatively well-made for a macro lager, but despite its sessionability and lack of any black marks against it in the vein of off-notes, there isn’t much to recommend it over something more unique. If you are in the market for a fairly quality ale to relax with, you could do worse, and it is certainly more enjoyable than many similarly-priced alternatives.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Carlisle (54) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Draft. Red ale; off-white head dissipates quickly. Malty caramel with mild bitterness. Medium finish with bitter sweetness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
JimmyBoy74 (240) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2014
På lokal i Dublin. Första kontakten med irländsk öl var inte så positiv som jag hade hoppats på!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oginme (44) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle: Poured a dark reddish amber with high off-white head. Aroma was malt strong of caramel and biscuit with no hop presence. Strong malt flavors of toffee, caramel, and roasted malts, not sweet, but malty. Clean sharp, clean, dry finish with slight hop bitterness. Mouth feel is medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - SEP 15, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 6-17-13 Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance- Served a reddish-brown colored brew with a very small tan colored head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is malty with notes of biscuit and lightly roasted smells. With these aromas comes a rather stronger sweet smell of caramel and apple. A very light grassy aroma rounds out the rest creating a rather nice smell overall. Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and biscuit flavor upfront with a moderate amount of a caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances a little bit of a fruit flavor as well as some grassy hop tastes come to the tongue. The caramel takes on a more toffee like flavor more toward the end with these flavors leaving a lightly roasted and light sweet flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly above average side for a brew of only 4.5 % abv. The carbonation level is rather average as well and in combination with the moderately thick body creates a feel that is very nice for the lightly roasted and toffee/caramel flavors of the brew. Overall – Not a flavor powerhouse but rather easy drinking and a good brew for the more session level of alcohol. Overall it’s rather well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taboada (346) - Compostela (Galiza), - SEP 11, 2014
Tasted several times. It has not intense aroma or taste but the combination and the balance between the components is really good and made a nice and refreshing beer. Next one please!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
pnastie81 (12) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Nice pour thick creamy head brownish-orange in color great aroma good palate not as bitter as I thought it would be overall good pub classic

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