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Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 24
Hads: 158
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kojevergas on 09-28-2010

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Reviews by kojevergas:
Photo of kojevergas
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,481 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (613 characters)

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Golden32
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of LDuke
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HoppySeb
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Keegan
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of schoon
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Ksilver2
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (893 characters)

Photo of TheRealtor
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of beerinabottle
4.44/5  rDev +25.1%

Photo of Nje
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DOCRW
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of nicholas2121
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale brewed by Guinness Ltd, with an ABV of 4.5% This ale pours out a nice light brown color with a nice off white head. Superior Irish Ale has the look of sweet tea. The smell is sweet, with grain, and malts. You pick up on a hit of hops in the smell. The smell is rich and inviting. I really like the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it sweet with some grains and malts. There is a lot going on in this brew. Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale, has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about it. The mouthfeel is rich , with flavor, but has a smooth aftertaste. This brew is a nice, smooth drinking brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out 5. I would buy this brew again. (725 characters)

Photo of gunther1205
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of scootny
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of Filler83
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of wrecknut
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (266 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Burgundy coloring when back-lighted in a chalice has a medium rise of effervesce. Frothy capping, one inch, khaki coloring has a good rate of retention leaving a thick, beefy lace band down the vessel.

S: Soft roasted nature, fresh peanut shells and a touch of fruity apple peel.

T: Flavor followed the nose with a fruitiness of apple peel, softly roasted malt with a faint coffee note. A bit of sweet toffee, yeasty pear at the finish with a bit of watery metallic nature. A light wet coffee ground dusting graces the tongue after the swallow.

M: Creamy light bodied mouthful, turns frothy on the hold but feels shallow for the most part.

O: Overall easy flavor, a bit light, good drinkability at a low alcohol rate. Soft fruitiness, sweet with a light wet fresh wet roastiness that won't fill you up. Okay. (819 characters)

Photo of Kyojin42
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

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Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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