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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1864   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
HeistAlmighty (1111) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 6, 2011
500ml bottle. I found it watery, it made me feel kind of bloated and sick. Taste was bland.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rotbart (155) - - MAR 10, 2012
Amber colored with a nice full, foamy, lasting head. A medium, bitter taste with a somewhat strong metallic finsh. Disappointing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
skidmark8 (3) - - JUN 26, 2012 does not count
I don’t understand how this is Ireland’s No. 1 ale. Maybe it’s the bottle, but I don’ get much of an aroma and it’s far too fizzy. Its taste is metallic and I won’t be buying this again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2005
A really thin palate with weird metallic notes. Unattractive off-color pour, like oily residue on the sidwalk after a light rain. Thin, almost negligible flavor...some sweet caramel, but mostly pretty bland. No finish, it was just gone!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
pkbites (674) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Pours a lovely cola brown with a reddish hue. Creamy beige head lasts the duration with some nice lacing. Aroma is disappointing with only a slight hint of fresh cookie dough. Burnt grain flavor with a watery finish and not much aftertaste. A good looker but not much else. Rather weak for an Irish ale, but not offensive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2009
This is just one of those flat Irish beers, watery, foamy. Tasted like apple. Not much else. What’s funy is the bartender was out of Chimay and suggested Smithwick’s instead, saying, "If you like Chimay, you should try this." I did, but only to humor him. If you like ales like Guinness, Murphy, or Boddington’s, you should try this, that’s what I say.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Draft on a pub crawl through nitro. Pours a clear amber with a creamy foam head due to nitro. No aroma really comes out at first, then maybe a hint of caramel? On taste, bland, not rich and not satisfying. Some roast in the background. Huh.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
KNOFAC (14) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Pours a copper hue with a rocky, two-finger head. The aroma was not pleasant at all. I got nothing but metal, which is strange considering I poured it from a bottle. The flavor is slightly better (I could detect a little bit of floral kick), but still mostly metal. The mouthfeel was thin with not much carbonation. No aftertaste to speak of, maybe a little dryness. This was close to a drain-pour. I didn’t expect to have my mind blown or anything, but I was a little shocked at how bad this was.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
pianotu (65) - USA - JAN 29, 2013
It's like New Castle lite...without the sweet roundedness. Slight dryness and bitterness without much nose and coyness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jflopsu (505) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Light rust orange in pour. Little white head. Smells and tastes like a bland pale ale. Metallic taste.

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