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Smithwick's Ale - Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd

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Smithwick's AleSmithwick's Ale

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554 Ratings

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-16-2002)
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Reviews by PhillyStyle:
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3.88/5  rDev +15.5%

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

A: The beer gave off a reddish brown hue with a white head that held on for an appropriate length of time. I don't recall the carbonation being that noticeable.

S: It gave off a malty and slightly hoppy aroma.

T: Tended to have a hoppy flavor to it with hints of malt and some other flavors that I could not discern at the time. It seemed earthy. It was smooth, creamy and finished clean and not to bitter.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer more than I thought that I would. I feel that I could have had a few more and will be buying/ordering this beer again.

05-23-2008 16:16:29 | More by PhillyStyle
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%

Nice to find Smithy's here in Greensboro at Mc'Couls Public House,pours a deep copper with some amber highlights with a pretty thin head.Aroma is roasted and very fruity with some big caramel notes,I also got a some doughy flavors in the background.Much more fruity than expected,I really liked this beer will become my staple when I go to that bar.

04-15-2004 20:37:04 | More by oberon
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3.33/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance – This one poured a bright translucent light brown in color with some modest orangish notes and a big, overpowering head that lingered and laced well.

Smell – The sharp grain defines this flavor profile. It has a variety of sweets as well, but most of these seem rather cheap. I’m not finding any hops to this at all.

Taste – The grain and sugars work better together at the taste. There’s definitely no “umph” to this one, though.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than light-bodied with some decent carbonation. It is somewhat refreshing, too, which save it.

Drinkability – The drinking experience was rather uneventful, but there’s nothing here that will activate your gag reflex.

10-06-2005 00:57:55 | More by RoyalT
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Newfoundland (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

09-26-2013 01:29:37 | More by cam477
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2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

08-03-2014 03:46:14 | More by DanGeo
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4.4/5  rDev +31%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass; the color was an exceptionally appealing amber, with nice clarity(for a red beer). The head that formed had an off-white appearance approximately an inch and a half in thickness. It never really went away while I took 20 to 25 minutes to enjoy this beer. When I had about an inch of beer left in my glass, there was still a quarter-inch of head left.

The aroma seemed well balanced with the malts and hops.

Taste was very smooth since it had low carbonation to it. Definatley a creamy or buttery mouthfeel. Quite satisfying to the taste buds. Very refreshing compared to say a Killians Red Lager(which I happen to like).

I have already purchased 12 bottles of this beer and began to share it with my friends. Enjoyed very much.

06-10-2005 17:11:35 | More by BUD
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3.38/5  rDev +0.6%

Clear copper, rusty, red with a nice pillowy two finger white head. Patchly lacing is left behind as it settles. Nice. Caramel infused with some cereal grains along with a hint floral notes...underwhelming for the most part. Fairly bland.

First sip brings a nice caramel maltiness along with some crisp graininess and a hint of floral/spicy hop as well. A slightly nutty aftertaste and slight mettalic twang rounds it out.

Mouthfeel is smooth and a tad creamy with healthy carbonation. Fills the mouth well. Drinkability is good...as it goes down easy...however this is not something I'd regularly go far.

03-11-2005 02:38:58 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.03/5  rDev -9.8%

I guess this is the new In beer for our area; it's popping up in all my usual hangouts. After tasting it, I'm not impressed. It"s a dark amber color with a thick white head and some nice lacing. It had a weak toasty odor, and tasted of grain with some slight hoppiness. I really didn't appreciate much flavor. An average beer.

02-21-2006 13:18:44 | More by lordofthewiens
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South Dakota

3/5  rDev -10.7%

02-21-2014 22:13:23 | More by SD-Alefan
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3.58/5  rDev +6.5%

This beer is good overall. It's not a very strong irish ale, like george killians, but it is a different kind of beer. It's a bit thick, but not guinness extra stout, a bit sweet. Appearance and smell are better than average. all in all a pretty good beer. i would drink it again.

10-16-2005 05:14:32 | More by twi1609372
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

04-14-2013 16:25:22 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -10.7%

08-16-2014 16:54:17 | More by Doomcifer
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2.95/5  rDev -12.2%

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Big foamy off white head, good retention. Bright reddish copper in color.

Clean caramel malt aroma, hint of hop and buttery diacetyl.

Water caramel malt palate in a moderate body and medium carbonation. Mild on the hops with not much of a finish other than a lingering toasted grain husk flavor.

Decent at best, taste mass-produced and to light on the palate. Many American brewers make a better Irish style red ale.

06-07-2005 21:28:03 | More by Jason
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3.9/5  rDev +16.1%

Enjoyed at the Dilly Deli, in Cincinnati, on 12/30/04. Served in a pint glass, the ale had a thin, wispy, offwhite head atop a clear, dark amber body. I didn't see what the head looked like when it was initially drawn, as the little deli was quite crowded and I was seated in the dining section. Delicate sheets of lace draped down the glass. A fine looking ale.
Aroma was subdued, with a hint of caramel and a note of herbal/floral hops.
Mouthfeel was crisp and evenly carbonated, with a light body.
Taste was well balanced, with a sweet malt backbone and a kiss of herbal hops bitterness. Crisp and refreshing, with biscuity malt and a lot less hopping than the American red ales I've grown accustomed to. Very enjoyable, particularly with the deli's signature dish of grilled shrimp and asparagus salad.

12-31-2004 20:14:31 | More by merlin48
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +22%

On tap. I was pleased to see this at a Macro "pub" close to my work. Something worth trying. Poured dark amber with a creamy white head. Nice Malty,earthy nose. Creamy mouthfeel. Malt, nutty and a bit of peat in flavor profile. This was a pleasant suprise, a dencent Irish ale, good session brew.

04-17-2004 10:40:08 | More by Billolick
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3.73/5  rDev +11%

On tap at Cornwall's in Boston's Kenmore Square.

Pours an amber brown with a thick white head with little retention. Smells nutty, sweet and smokey. Taste is strong malt, no hops to speak of. Some caramel sweetness. Not much in the way of mouthfeel, a bit chewy. Very easy to drink, good choice for a day of hanging around the house or of putting back pints at the local pub.

This was my first time trying this beer. It was quite popular in Ireland when I was there, but I chose to only drink Guinness and Baileys for the entire trip. Good to see it make it's way to the States.

09-28-2004 02:47:43 | More by fdrich29
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

02-04-2014 13:17:38 | More by reitzbrewing
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +19%

12-16-2011 20:05:25 | More by ahugenerd
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4/5  rDev +19%

09-22-2013 02:03:57 | More by tyleeis
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-13-2013 20:27:11 | More by Cynic-ale
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2/5  rDev -40.5%

04-02-2014 19:53:28 | More by GOBLIN
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4.93/5  rDev +46.7%

I spent 2 weeks in Ireland, and spent much of that time constantly looking for another pint of this wonderful ale. It's right alongside Guinness in every pub, but can't be found in the UK. I like it better than Bass. Although the Guinness is definitely better in Ireland than in the states, I had a hard time having anything but a Smithwick's. Like Guinness, the Irish version is far superior to the American version. I made the mistake of pronouncing the w in a smokey run-down local pub outside of Cork City the first time I asked for one. That's something you're sure to do only once.

12-13-2002 19:26:09 | More by far333
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

On tap, Patrick McGovern's Pub, St. Paul, MN...

Clear darker amber appearance with a pale creamy head of excellent duration. Fat dripping rings for laces. Slight grain to the aroma, but not too much else to read in that department. Body is fine, the carbonation is done right, just enough to call it quaffable and creamy. The flavor just leaves me wanting something more to hang a hat on, very obvious pale caramel and powdery sugar to begin with, then a fade to black without much of any hop sense. There's nothing obviously wrong here, but the bottom falls out after the attractive looking pour.

06-04-2004 20:14:58 | More by ADR
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West Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance: Light caramel amber tone with an almost white cream head forms nicely leaves fine lacing behind, not bad. Aroma: Pale malt sweetness with some residual caramel notes as well tame floral hops seems light and airy overall. Taste: Flowery hops light caramel malt sweetness blend nicely very balanced and unoffensive as a whole finishes slightly earthy for me. Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body evenly carbonated can't complain too much. Drinkability: Very sessionable not too watery but not flavorful enough for me, I enjoyed it in Canada when throwing darts and drinking in bars with little or no beer selections glad to see it made it's way back to the States.

11-30-2004 20:36:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.4/5  rDev +1.2%

Got this on tap at Limerick Junction in Atlanta.

Pours a good amber color that's lighter at the bottom and darker at the top of the pint glass. Head is a little less than one finger and dies down pretty quickly to a thin layer of bubbles on top. Not much lacing.

Smell is close to an Irish stout. A lot of malt aroma, with a little bitter scent.

Tastes the same as it smells. Biggest taste is the malt, and it ends with a slightly bitter taste and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is alright. There's a little too much carbonation, could be a little smoother.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. The malt taste could be a little more integrated with the rest of the flavors.

Overall this is a decent beer. Better than a lot of other macros, but you can find better beers.

08-14-2008 03:49:54 | More by glid02
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Smithwick's Ale from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
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