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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

561 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
Ireland

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 ggroller:
Photo of ggroller
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Brown bottle with a label different than that shown here on BA. The colors are still green, red, and gold but the label depicts a castle in gold with the name Smithwick's displayed in cursive in the forefront.

Clear amber beer with a beautifully fluffy yet stickey finger's head. Sort of like whipped cream sitting on top of a mug of hot chocolate.

Biscuity, bready, maltiness in the nose. A very well balanced, smooth, taste with a thin but crisp mouthfeel. I must admit that I like this beer even though I had serious doubts. I could chug several of these down after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day.

ggroller, May 21, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

oberon, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

RoyalT, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of cam477
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

cam477, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

DanGeo, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of BUD
4.4/5  rDev +30.6%

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.

BUD, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

orbitalr0x, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

lordofthewiens, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of SD-Alefan
3/5  rDev -11%

SD-Alefan, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of twi1609372
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

twi1609372, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -11%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Jason
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

Jason, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

merlin48, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%

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.

Billolick, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

fdrich29, Sep 28, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

reitzbrewing, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

ahugenerd, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +18.7%

tyleeis, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Cynic-ale, Aug 13, 2013
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2/5  rDev -40.7%

GOBLIN, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of far333
4.93/5  rDev +46.3%

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.

far333, Dec 13, 2002
Photo of ADR
3/5  rDev -11%

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.

ADR, Jun 04, 2004
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3.3/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of glid02
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

glid02, Aug 14, 2008
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Smithwick's Ale from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.