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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1941   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
rdawson321 (145) - USA - MAY 14, 2006
Dark amber beer. Mild caramel notes, but mostly watery and thin bodied. A little sweetness, a little bitterness. Nothing special, wouldn’t drink it again unless I didn’t have other options.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alphadelic (1922) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 5, 2009
A reddy, copper beer with no head. Sweet malts with light English hops. Slight hops begin to cover the sweetness and hints of orange aid their task. Nasal tea leaf appears too. Tingly and served far too cold. Not a good ale.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
FourBees (13) - Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2010
This is how a beer should look. Deep copper, stark white head, gorgeous. Unfortunately it doesn’t follow through. Aroma doesn’t promise much of anything. Carbonation is about right. Body and bitterness are not well balanced. Too much bitter for too thin a body. No evidence of flavor hops on the sides of my tongue, and the taste overall is bland/grainy. Aftertaste is not pleasing, feels like I’ve just had a Bud (as best I can remember). Not a repeater.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
WheatKing (1319) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 25, 2012
That’s it?

This is an absolutely beautiful beer and deserves no less than a five on that scale... but I’m really surprised by the lack of flavour. I always thought macrobrews are held under greater scrutiny at RateBeer, but in this case I think it’s worse than the average reviewer does. There’s hardly any taste. It’s almost like they went out of their way to make it so. There’s got to be a reason for this... I’m drinking a tall can; maybe draft on the Emerald Isle is comparatively exquisite. But this has nothing going for it, really, other than it doesn’t go overboard with its blandness and metallic kick.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Draft pours a copper gold. Not much head. Tastes smells malt wheat sweet a bit bitter finish. Kind of skunky. I’m not sure. Just plain boring. Not that good.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gorgosh (320) - - FEB 24, 2013
Som en lätt bris passerar aromen förbi och lämnar knappt en krusning i sinnena. Hämtar igen sig något tack vare smaken men det här lämnar en hel bukett av frågetecken efter sig.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DeclanT (59) - Tervuren, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2013
One of the oldest ales on the Irish market, used be pretty tasty but years of work by Guinness brewers to make as palatable as possible to as wide an audience as possible means it’s nowadays a dull boring pint.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
calebrum (41) - Saint cloud, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Not all that great. Boring, alcoholic-tasting, light despite appearance, and pretty bland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Pyrmir (4228) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
On tap. Amber with off white head. Aroma of burnt sugar, roasted and metallic notes. Taste is about what I expected, burnt sugar, metallicness and balancing bitterness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
perezs25 (42) - - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle. Low level of aroma, no hops detected, most a grainy aroma. Modest sudsy head with moderate to good retention, low to modest lacing but had to pour aggressively. Appearance clear with medium mahogany hues. Low complexity flavor and low to medium body. Astringent, grainy malt flavor aftertaste. Carbonation had bite. Overall very simple but not disappointing either. Would need a much greater hop character and aromatic dimension.

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