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


on tap

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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81   EST. CALORIES: 114   ABV: 3.8%
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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ARH (406) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aromas are not very strong on this one, but what does appear is a cereal and grainy note with a faint caramel sweetness and an abundant damp and leather aroma. It’s a dark, but clear, amber-orange color (maybe more brown than orange) with a big white-ish, puffy head. When it reduces, it gets a swiss-cheese look to it. The head hangs around for a while until it reduces to a soda-fizz looking ring, but it leaves a good amount of puffy lace down the glass. The taste is a flat, medium-light sweetness and light bitterness. The mouth is light bodied (maybe medium bodied), thin texture, with lots of effervescent, fizzy carbonation. There’s a flat citrus flavor in the mouth with a bit of nut flavor and a light caramel. There seems to be an underlying rye, or just generally grainy, flavor throughout. It finishes with a light toasty note and some grassiness. The aftertaste is mostly clean with a rye and cereal flavor that doesn’t linger very long.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bpreo (1614) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2014
I try very hard to enjoy Smithwicks, only because it’s made by Guinness. In the end, it just doesn’t live up to the majesty of a good Guinness Draught. June 4th, 2013.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
eruizgarcia (200) - - SEP 6, 2014
Very light malty aroma, but not much really going on. Crisp and refreshing, ok for hot days.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoptimusPrimed (54) - SPAIN - SEP 5, 2014
Pours a nice deep red colour, with an average head. Not an overly flavourful beer, but consistent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Joakgust (888) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2014
Can. Clear copper and amber beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, toffee, herbs and dried fruit. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, toffee, herbs and spices. Pretty watery but Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomer (1697) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2014
Draught, creamy very long lasting, off white head, clear light brown to deep red colour, malty caramel aroma, biscuit caramel flavour with a hint of spice, quite smooth. Not too complex but very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nakedwhendrunk (2113) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a hazy dark copper/orange/brown color with a one and a half finger white mushroom cap of a head. As the head died down, there was some nice clingy somewhat foamy lacing gracing the sides of the glass. The smell had a fairly rich dark nutty aroma with light gestures of caramel and toffee notes to blend and sweeten. The taste was sweet with a light nutty caramel/ toffee toastiness going on in there on the side. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat there but showed a decent smoothness to pervade throughout. Overall, for the style, this one is good for me, not bad at all. Pass the fish n ’ chips.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
rok1024 (1115) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - AUG 23, 2014
Clear copper amber appearance, medium head. Caramel aroma, malty and fruity. Light bitterness and sweetness. Average Irish Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1624) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Draft at Moriartys in August 2014 (but have had a million times before!) The pre-Diageo recipe was less refined but much more interesting. As of today (and trying to look at blindly what for me is the standard Irish Red Ale) - Clear dark ruby pour that starts with a large foamy white head. Nutty and malty. Brazil nut shells. Plum pudding. Mild dark caramel toffee. Cloves. Toasted whole wheat bread. Gentle dark red fruits. Slightly burnt grapefruit rinds. Bing cherry. Red plums. Tinge of charcoal. Wee bit tart. Body reads too thin and watery. Memories of the earlier version read it as less fruit (no tart) and fuller nuttier toffee flavors. Juicier now, but less solid. Still a go to for me, but better halved with Guinness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ekstedt (5439) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2014
Draught at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg, Sweden. CLear copper, medium creamy tan head. Nutty, caramelly malt aroma, some floral hops. Light bodied, low carbonation. Semi dry, low bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Desverger (2094) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2014
Tap@Bishops Arms Gustov Adolfs, Malmo - amber pour with medium white head. Aroma and taste is pretty weak malty, faint caramel, toffee, slightly nutty.

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