1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

Not Rated.
Smithwick's Superior Irish AleSmithwick's Superior Irish Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

101 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 101
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 101 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -5%

atlbravsrno1, Monday at 10:18 PM
Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Haybeerman, Sunday at 06:43 AM
Photo of TomTC
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%

TomTC, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

BeerDrinkersWorldTour, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of KevChiTown
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%

KevChiTown, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Raph76
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%

Raph76, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

probert, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of VirusQc
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%

VirusQc, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of klub24
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%

klub24, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of CtheGeneral99
5/5  rDev +46.2%

CtheGeneral99, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of rpbisaillon
3.25/5  rDev -5%

rpbisaillon, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of BeckySherman
2.8/5  rDev -18.1%

BeckySherman, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

ExtraStout, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of scottvanbelois
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

scottvanbelois, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Jaemoe
4/5  rDev +17%

Jaemoe, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Westyn
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Westyn, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of StaggerRollRoll
3.25/5  rDev -5%

StaggerRollRoll, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of pep
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

pep, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of rcatalano
3/5  rDev -12.3%

rcatalano, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of duceswild
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

duceswild, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of EricKelly386
3.25/5  rDev -5%

EricKelly386, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Steven1024
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Steven1024, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of andyjeigh
4/5  rDev +17%

andyjeigh, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of jgiordano88
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

jgiordano88, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of scootny
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

scootny, Jul 10, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.