Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.95/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
This is a canned version of Smithwick's I've only seen in Ireland. It differs from Smithwick's other offerings in its taste and ABV (this is 3.8% compared to the 4.5% of the others).
Appearance: Poured from a can into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 28th, 2010. Pours a dark red with a four finger head that reduces to two fingers over the course of two minutes. The head is thin but creamy. An appealing appearance.
Smell: A smell of moderate strength. Biscuity. Difficult to detect individual notes with me broken nose. There's definitely something coming from the yeast.
Taste: Multiple notes: first a hint of cream from the head, then three well balanced notes - one of roasted ale, one of malt, and one of nuts, then my favourite part: the finish, a perfect amber counterpoint to the early flavours. Very well built for an Irish red. I think I prefer this to the bottled Smithwick's I've had in the USA, and even to the Smithwick's I've had in the pub on-tap.
Mouthfeel: Thick but as smooth as it needs to be. Not too wet, either. The dryness ups just a little bit in the finish to make you crave that next sip.
Drinkability: I'd certainly have another, but this version isn't available in the pub. Will I buy it over a Guinness Foreign Extra at Dunnes? Probably not every time I go, but every so often.
This beer will satisfy fans of Irish reds, but Irish stout-lovers needn't reach for it too often.
Serving type: can
09-28-2010 20:18:21 | More by kojevergas
More User Reviews:
3.34/5 rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 05:43:23 | More by scootny
3.04/5 rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
12 ounce bottle poured into a glass
Appearance: Pours amber with 2 fingers of off white not quite tan foam. Clear with some carbonation. Foam persists gradually reducing to a thin froth. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Light vanilla with mostly malt on top.
Taste: It tastes pretty much how it smells...malt and kind of sweet without any hop bitterness to speak of.
Mouth Feel: Creamy and smooth with a dry finish.
Overall: An okay Irish red ale. Certainly would have it again but if I have other choices this would probably be passed up.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2014 01:52:57 | More by Bierwolf
Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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