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Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
78
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92 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kojevergas on 09-28-2010)
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

01-13-2014 03:17:55 | More by DMarlinJ
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -11.8%

Had this from a 12oz. bottle on Block Island.

This beer has an orange-red color. A lighter bodied version of the classic Red.
The head, almost completely white. The aroma doesn't have a great deal of strength to it, nor should it. This one goes a little too weak, though. The flavor brings out more, a nice base of caramel and toast with herbal leaf, a mineral note, and a little buttery biscuit.
The feel is about spot-on, herbal and mineral notes showing up in a semi-dry body as sweetness works to tone down the hard water element. It's crisp all the way and fairly smooth but boring. A session ale for sure.

08-12-2014 19:26:39 | More by ExtraStout
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Golden32

Alabama

3/5  rDev -11.8%

03-20-2014 15:46:52 | More by Golden32
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

06-09-2014 18:55:56 | More by HoppySeb
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

09-11-2013 14:43:51 | More by williamjbauer
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Keegan

Germany

4.25/5  rDev +25%

10-15-2013 17:24:13 | More by Keegan
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schoon

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

09-04-2013 23:48:21 | More by schoon
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Brenden

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

A bottled version of this beer just showed up in this area, so it's likely being distributed throughout the US now.

This beer has the clear, flaming orange-red, lighter medium-bodied of a classic Irish version. The head, almost completely white, is solid and fairly thick. It's got some strength to sustain it in some form through the session while it leaves traces of itself via spotty lacing.
The aroma doesn't have a great deal of strength to it, nor should it. This one goes a little too weak, though, giving generic notes of leaf and toast, a touch of caramel with a hint of sulfur.
The flavor brings out more, a nice base of caramel and toast with herbal leaf, a mineral note, and a little buttery biscuit.
The feel is about spot-on, herbal and mineral notes showing up in a semi-dry body as sweetness works to tone down the hard water element. It's crisp all the way and fairly smooth.

11-20-2013 15:16:27 | More by Brenden
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TheRealtor

Florida

3/5  rDev -11.8%

04-29-2014 23:37:27 | More by TheRealtor
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

03-26-2014 18:57:09 | More by hooliganlife
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gunther1205

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

01-22-2014 04:06:48 | More by gunther1205
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scootny

New York

3.34/5  rDev -1.8%

What a good looking beer. Huge off white head that leaves tons of lace everywhere. Slow fade leaves a nice covering. Smell is a bit of a letdown. I have to swirl the glass to get the malts to show. When I do I get light caramel and toasted grains. Grassy hops, floral notes, and grain husk. Taste starts with typical Irish red profile of a malt front, flowing into a mineral based tanginess. Malt is a bit light but offers up lightly toasted grains and whole grain bread crust. Some mild nuttiness. Hops are earthly and mild. Dry mildly astringent make for a clean finish with a tea like trace on lingering. Feel is somewhat substantive with enough weight to keep it from the watery grave that has found Harp. A coarsely creamy carbonation make it an enjoyable swallow. A decent brew but it had lost its way like Harp. It has suffered less but nonetheless has turned into a shadow of the full bodied ale it once was. Having said that it still has something to offer and is a step up from the BMC crowd.

07-10-2014 05:43:23 | More by scootny
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Filler83

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +25%

06-24-2014 01:46:34 | More by Filler83
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured from a 14.9 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a bit of malts. Taste is malty, some sweetness, a bit of toffee, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer but nothing special.

08-04-2013 13:56:03 | More by tone77
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LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev +17.6%

02-06-2012 04:53:59 | More by LJWalker
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Highstplz

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

08-10-2013 20:37:32 | More by Highstplz
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nebula1999

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +17.6%

03-16-2014 14:44:10 | More by nebula1999
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Westyn

Texas

3/5  rDev -11.8%

07-31-2014 19:34:08 | More by Westyn
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.51/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a half finger ivory head that dissipates to a thin film leaving light lacing. Light aroma of caramel malt, mild nuts; slightly spicy. Flavor of sweet malt, mild nuttiness, light fruit juice; finishes with light caramel malt and mild grassy hops. Medium bodied. A low key, pleasant Irish red. Better than I had expected, but not exceptional. The sweet malt is reminiscent of mass produced lagers, but this has the appropriate fruit flavors and the noted light nuttiness to give it character. Average, but pleasant to drink.

03-15-2014 19:56:02 | More by LiquidAmber
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syndelee

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

05-21-2014 22:55:02 | More by syndelee
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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.8%

02-28-2014 01:00:41 | More by salthemonster
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thesoftspoon


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

09-18-2012 01:07:13 | More by thesoftspoon
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Shafaegalo

Texas

3/5  rDev -11.8%

04-02-2014 00:46:30 | More by Shafaegalo
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Steven1024

California

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

07-20-2014 19:07:39 | More by Steven1024
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keywestgourmet

Maryland

3/5  rDev -11.8%

04-12-2013 16:09:40 | More by keywestgourmet
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Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.