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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1872   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2008
Pours a deep copper color with a white head that leaves nice lacing. Fairly sweet aroma with notes of malt and caramel. Lots of carbonation on the palate leads to a great tasting brew. Sweet and malty up front with just a hint of hoppy bitterness at the end. A very tasy beer.

monksmisery (29) - - NOV 24, 2017
a very mild, easy going red ale. beautiful head, although don't expect kilkenney/guinness nitro-foam (to which this ale would honestly benefit from). in terms of malt profile and hop character, don't get this if you're looking for intriguing flavours, because they just aren't there. this is a balanced beer for a barbecue to have a few, not something to ponder what the brewmaster had in mind.

Aggiebob (1323) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2017 Draft. It poured an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma was malty caramel with a light bitter taste.

Bill Becker (1911) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Feb 2006

Poured from bottle a deep amber with a good head of foam that dissipated slowly

The smell is a light note of malt and pretty much nothing else.

The taste is a mix of malt and faint hops....not at all exciting nor complex but certainly not offensive. I'll let my next bottle get closer to room temp and if there are any noteworthy changes in my opinion of this brew, I'll edit my review. As it stands now, this just lacks the flavour that I was hoping for in a UK session ale. Too bad.

higgsbison (271) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2017
Drinkable but not great. light, highly carbonated, not much body, refreshing, A lingering aftertaste that is slightly bitter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

JorgeLee (2260) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2017
On tap, Jamusha wedding. Deep ruddy brown colour, bright, white foam. Quite smooth, hints of malty sweetness, caramel, with a surprisingly dry finish that makes it wonderfully drinkable. Very smashable, I enjoyed it.

jasz (2) - - AUG 20, 2017 does not count
It’s really a great drinking beer. Refreshing and clean. Some small bitterness gives it a tiny bite but overall a balanced beer. It’ll be a go to session beer for sure.

Chadhami (182) - - AUG 13, 2017
I really liked this one. Went down smooth with a somewhat malty finish. Reddish brown.

BeerScout6 (1) - - AUG 9, 2017 does not count
the one and only irish red ale, you can find it everywhere in irland. i tried a lot different local red ales but always ended with a smithwicks because it just tastes best.

Bacchus66 (967) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2017
330ml bottle @ home. Clear amber-brown with a thin off-white head. Nose is caramel, toast, nuts. Flavors are similar with smooth, caramel malt up front. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth malt finish with some slight bitterness on the very end. Perfectly suitable easy drinking ale. Probably a few points higher if you’re drinking it in an Irish pub (doesn’t have to be in Ireland).

cmacklin (1333) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2017
On tap. Pours a slightly hazy red-brown with a small, creamy, long lasting, beige head that leaves curtains of lace. Sweet aroma of roasted and caramel malts. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, caramel, grain and a hint of nuts with a dry, slightly bitter finish. Light to medium body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Not bad.

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