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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: 1925   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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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2008
On draft. Pours a dark copper color with practically no head. Faint caramel malt aroma. Flavor is mildly bitter caramel malts. Some bitterness remains in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light and watery. Nothing bad about Smithwick’s but very pedestrian.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (3115) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2015
330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/30/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, and fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very good Irish red ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
smallfry (132) - - APR 14, 2015
(Bottle) Hmm. Pretty tasty water. Actually, I think this would be pretty good while grilling on a hot summer day. And, it has character, at least. I would drink this again but there are certainly better beers out there.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
willisread (459) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 12, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from Old Town. Light aromas of caramel and toasted malts. Light body with soft carbonation. Slightly watery on the palate with a touch of malty sweetness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jabah (138) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
This reminded me a bit of Killian’s Irish Red, but a bit heavier perhaps. Had a dark amber-red appearance. A bit bitter...with tastes of caramel, hops, malts. Think I prefer the Stouts they make better, but that is just my style. Was OK to try, and surely better than the average beer.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
gregorymconway (215) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2015
Huge tan foamy head. Transparent deep ruby body. Light bodied beer, sweet, soft carbonation. Sessionable. Minimal hop presence. Caramel on the nose and some toffee as well. A roasty quiality in the aroma I can’t quite place.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Franksv6 (407) - Tiel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 21, 2015
Brown, amber colored beer with a small white heead. Taste is bread, watery, malty, little bitternes and little hops.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SteveOrz85 (51) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2015
Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass. Malty caramel and bread aroma. Appearance is dark amber with big off white frothy head. Taste is light and slightly sweet. Light bodied with a thin texture. Very soft carbonation. Light malty finish. Ok tasting common beer. Nothing special but not a bad beer.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
UncleKorm (997) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2015
In tap poured a clear dark caramel hue w/ small white head diminishing to a thin cap and good lacing. Light to moderate malty aroma. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are malt, bread, and caramel. Light bodied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjmoen (119) - - MAR 15, 2015
Pours a red color with white head. A little low on flavor, kinda watery for my taste.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Anzacaine (2) - HUNGARY - MAR 15, 2015 does not count
I love red ales and this is my favourite. It’s smooth but not creamy, Has a great colour and head and has a beautiful taste.


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