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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1992   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2013 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Dark brown, nearly black. This beer is much darker than more common example of an Irish Red. Slightly boring albeit familiar. Aromas of nuts and roasted malts. Hardly any hop aroma that’s noticeable. Very smooth, malty, and roasted taste. Goes down well. A great finish with a crisp departure from the palate. Thinner than you’d expect from the appearance and smell, but overall smooth and well carbonated. A great beer. Fantastic Irish session beer. The best way I can describe it would be the Bud Light to Guinness’ Bud Heavy. Granted, they aren’t the same style, but you get my point.... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thejackpacker (199) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2017
Draught at several in County Sligo. An incredibly drinkable ale and one eh at has enough taste to back it up. A strange Guinness-esque foam when poured. Can be tinny after other more powerful beers. One to go the distance, my Irish Doombar.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (25953) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2017
Draught. (backlog) Deep amber colour with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malts, some toffee, mild wood as well as some herbal notes. Flavour is sweet malts, mild grains as well as some slight floral and wooden notes in the finish. Smooth, but nothing to really write home about.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skarecrow (495) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 5, 2017
11.2 Fl Oz. bottle Red brown with good head. Malty/grainy aroma but also oxidized. Medium bitterness. Some malt but I expected more and the oxidation didn’t help metters. (Date code on bottle was L6057GD004 whatever this means ???). Uninspiring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pitch992 (176) - SLOVENIA - FEB 1, 2017
Gentle, no exceptional highlights in any category. Highly drinkable, notes of gentle fruitiness, grassiness, low caramel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aholmes987 (21) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2017
Really disappointing. Nothing going on here at all. Slight malt taste, very slight. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChadPoole (391) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2017
Pours red amber with a small off white head. Malt and carmel aroma and flavour. Clean, crisp with a medium body and medium carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stchloe (1007) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Billed as a red ale, so that may throw me off, nice dark red pour with a tasty light malty body a little bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PanMarek (352) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Dark, reddish pour with quick, beige foam. Roasted malt nose with some dried fruit. Medium body, slick texture with little fizz. Caramelly malts come through in the taste with a little hop bitterness. Nicely balanced and easy to drink. Leans toward the porter side of the spectrum. A good beer for a cool night.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kermis (12176) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2016
Draft at Poteen Still, The Hague. Hazy dark amber with with a cream head. Aroma of malt, breadth notes, light red fruits, caramel. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter. Light medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wombat23 (1076) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. As Smithwick’s Premium Irish Ale. Clear amber color with a light beige head. Aroma of malt and bread. Flavors are malt, bread, caramel, and toasted nuts. Easy drinkin.

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