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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: 1872   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mynamesjim1199 (6) - - SEP 8, 2001 does not count
Quite probably the best beer I have ever tasted, and even better from the tap.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
gryanusn (1) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2006 does not count
A darker amber color with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, hops with nutty accents. Flavor follows aroma, currently my favorite pint.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bfremgen (6) - USA - FEB 13, 2007 does not count
One of my Favs. I have never had on draught, but would love to. Thick head, with an amber color to the beer. A sweet maltyness with ever so slight bitterness to the taste.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SturmWulf (65) - USA - AUG 31, 2007
Lots of aroma of malt,, toast, touch of caramel, spiciness, slightly metallic. Poured a nice clear mahogany, a huge creamy off white(looked like cream from milk it was so creamy) head that slowly receded with heavy lacing. The head was so thick and creamy that it actually stood up about one inch above the rest of the head where I poured the ale into the pint. Flavor was fantastically malty, touch of roasted malt, touch of spiciness, slight taste of caramel,taste came in waves that was touch of bitter, then sweet, then toasted then a touch of bitter, medium to full body that was thick, creamy and sticky, medium carbonation, with a quick, dry, pleasant slightly bitter finish. This is a very good ale!!! I enjoyed it immensely and will have it again. Received it in a brew trade with a friend. Was served in a pint.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
archerlc (1) - USA - DEC 16, 2007 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.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MCO99 (6) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 8, 2002 does not count
Great Beer! I want Guinness to export to the US!

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2007
There is very little missing from this ale. Probably my favorite Irish beer that isn’t a stout. Great taste, very sessionable, and an able companion to many foods. Truly a great ale. Beautiful appearance, nice head, and semi-permanent lacing.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
phllybeer29 (20) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2007
So far, this is my favorite Irish ale. Great taste, better on draught than bottled, but still drinkable by the case.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (978) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 1, 2008
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 This was a really great beer. Pours a brown that is about the same color as the bottle it comes in but it is a clear brown with a generous head. Really nice malty flavor with this one. Very full-bodied but it is also very smooth and drinkable. Good clean finish to it as well. I was really really impressed with this beer and i highly recommend it.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2008
I love this beer. Its nothing "special" or "spectacular" but the balance of the hops, barley and all the flavors is perfect. A beer I drink on a regular basis, either out of the bottle or on tap.


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