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Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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On Tap

Appearance – This beer looks great. A beautiful orange red colour with a massive white head of tiny nitrogen bubbles which has great retention and loads of lacing.

Smell – The smell is not that impressive a light oak smell with tiny note of treacle.

Taste – Fairly typical of an Irish red on first impressions. A malty flavour up front but this soon gives way to a tangy almost bitter edge like roasted chestnuts. The malt is very light with a little toasted grain flavour and the hops are earthy and mild but hard to detect.

Mouthfeel - Dry but full in the mouth and mildly astringent.

Overall – Not bad at all. It may be an Irish red but the bitter edge means that this one has a lot in common with an English bitter. Not as nice as Kilkenny but still a reasonable drink by most standards.

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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.

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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.

scootny, Jul 10, 2014
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Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.