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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1869   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 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.

Bill Becker (1370) - 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 (261) - 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 (2194) - 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 (160) - - 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 (904) - 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 (1275) - 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.

pamaral148 (19) - CANADA - JUL 22, 2017
Subtle aroma of toasted nuts and dried fruit. Clear red-brown beer with minimal head. Initial sweetness is balanced by clean, long, and dry finish. This is not a bitter beer. Body is medium-light and soft. Very easy to drink and very good with food.

gripweed57 (2801) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2017
From old tasting notes. Clear amber orange color. Big rocky beige head. Toasted malt aroma with a hint of butterscotch in the backdrop. Somewhat dry flavor has a bubbly mouthfeel. Light bitter finish. Lacks real body or complexity.

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