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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: 1967   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   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.


camborne's rating

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Standard ale. Its st patty ’s day so oh well. Overly sweet and nothing special. Drinkable.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cagou007 (837) - FRANCE - APR 29, 2016
Pours deep black with thin tan head. Nose is roasted Malts. Aromas are roasted malts, coffee and a hint of vanilla, average carbonation, medium body. Short roasty finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfontana (477) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2016
Bottle pour into tulip glass from Cigarette City. Aroma is dominant caramel with earth and dark fruits with red wine quality. Appearance is clear dark reddish amber with trace sparkle, finger-width foamy off-white head with fair retention and fair leggy lacing. Taste is as aroma with strong caramel but also light bitter from Noble hops. Palate is medium bodied, average-to-lively carbonation with slight numbing to lips; finish is crisp and abrupt. Overall, a pretty straightforward beer without a lot of nuance outside the aroma.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cunningham (6462) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 13, 2016
Decent ok session able ale.
Fine amber pour with an ok off white head. Ok lacing. Ok intensity in the aroma. Medium body and an ok carbonation. Ok balance between sweetness and bitterness. Toffee, fruity, mild roasted and herbal flavor.
[Bottle from a local grocery store in Dublin, Ireland]

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerMan91 (9) - RUSSIA - APR 10, 2016 does not count
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.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joejames (454) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2016
Bottle to shaker glass, pours clear reddish brown. One finger light tan head that laces well and retains nicely. Aroma of caramel that’s very light. Taste of sweet malts with just a hint roast bitterness. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sticky mouth feel. Finishes moderately sweet. Tasting notes of caramel, biscuit, tree nuts, roasted malts and slight earthy bitterness. A good Irish ale, nothing spectacular but drinkable.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Claves77 (207) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2016
Good dark color, translucent with consistent brown. Thin white lace. off flavor smell, not like anything in particular. Smooth flavor, but not that well balanced. gives up quickly. Ok for a cheap beer, but likely better options.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cafgen (192) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2016
On tap. A reddish color with almost no head. Aroma is pure sweetness, malt and caramel. Taste is malt and caramel. Not my kind of beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlennHendry (223) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2016
Picked up some last St. Patrick’s Day, figuring I had to go Irish at least once that day. Smithwicks got the call and it didn’t disappoint. It poured a coppery-red with a nice balance of malts and some sort of fruity hoppiness. At 4.5 per cent it’s a fine session beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThemDubs (3) - - FEB 9, 2016 does not count
Aroma - bread, toast Appearance - dark red, clear with a frothy tan head, about 1/2 inch Taste - Slightly sweet Palate - medium body, smooth texture, flat, bitter finish Overall - A very drinkable beer. Has a not too complex taste followed by nice hoppy finish. Low abv provides for a great session beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ccex (1172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2016
11.2 oz. bottle pours a clear reddish brown with a moderate and lasting off-white head. Aroma is full of caramel and roasted malts, with some bread. Taste is slightly sweet with a grassy aftertaste that made me think of Germany instead of Ireland., Body is medium with slight carbonation and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. There’s nothing wrong with this one, but it didn’t wow me.


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