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Smithwick’s Blonde

Rating: 2.8

My fourth beer to fall under the Smithwick’s banner now and what will be my first since reviewing their Winter Spirit back in early 2014 whilst in Ireland. This one is again an offering from the brewery that I managed to get hold of on my latest trip to Ireland, ordering a pint of the beer on keg whilst in a Galway restaurant recently and finding that it was about the only beer they sold that I hadn’t already tried. Of the three previous Smithwick beers I’ve sampled the best has been their flagship Smithwick’s Ale and even then I wouldn’t consider that one a particularly enjoyable offering so I didn’t exactly go into this one with high hopes. As it turned out, the beer definitely wasn’t the worst I’ve tried from the brewery (their Winter Spirit takes that honour) but it was another pretty disappointing effort; here’s what I thought of what will hopefully be my last Smithwick’s offering for a while.

Smithwick's Blonde

Appearance (4/5): Medium amber in colour and sitting with a clear body in the glass, this one had a foamy white head on top that was about half a centimetre tall and left a touch of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma (5/10): Not the strongest beer on the nose to be honest, there was some pale malts and an earthy touch of biscuit in the early going then a hint of caramel came not long after with some grassy notes in there too. It was quite a basic aroma on the whole with some bread towards the end but it was far too light in my opinion.
Taste (5/10): The taste was almost a carbon copy of the aroma with the same pale malts and earthy touches opening things up here. I got some biscuit and a little bread towards the middle of the beer with a slightly astringent taste coming through alongside the odd grassy hop and caramel flavour but again it was quite weak and light with only a faint bitterness at the end making it distinguishable from the nose.
Palate (3/5): A light medium bodied beer with soft, light carbonation and a bland, fairly weak feel to proceedings overall. The beer wasn’t really that impressive with some grain coming through and a moderate bitterness nearer the end to accompany the semi-dry finish.

Overall (8/20): This one turned out to be quite a disappointing offering from Smithwick’s, and that being despite the fact that I wasn’t going in with particularly high hopes given the last few I’ve tried from the brewery. Overall it was quite a bland and weak offering that struggled to impart much of anything on the nose or taste save for some pale malts and a hint of caramel; it could have used a bit more of everything really and it’s definitely not a beer I’ll be hoping to try again.

Brewed In: Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland
Brewery: Dundalk
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Golden/Blond Ale
Abv: 4.1%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Busker Brownes, Galway, Ireland
Price: €5.05 (approx. £4.24)

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