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

Smithwick's AleSmithwick's Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

506 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%


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 zerk:
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zerk

California

2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber with a nice off-white head... has a good head retention and leaves a fair amount of lace. Aroma is lacking, with slight notes of toasted malt, and not much else. Flavor is ok, but fairly bland. Notes of caramel and a light bitterness. Over carbonated for the style... fizzed up like a soft drink. While this beer has a strong reputation, I find it difficult to believe that it hasn't suffered at the hands of Diageo. If you're looking for an Irish Red, you could do much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 03:47:21 | More by zerk
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.2%

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Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

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Tennessee

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2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

03-30-2014 18:23:33 | More by Mikeadeth
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curasowa

New York

2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, brownish-red color with two fingers of off-white head that fades with a decent curtain of lace.

Aroma: Grainy, grassy, a little nutty, cooked veggie.

Taste: Mild roasted malt flavor that is a bit nutty and astringent, some light bitterness towards the finish, then a pretty grainy finish with a little dish rag.

The Rest: Decent body and carbonation, but fairly unremarkable otherwise. It lacks a robust, appealing malt profile; this is much to grainy tasting.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 19:14:03 | More by curasowa
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Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

03-21-2014 20:39:54 | More by spoony
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Florida

4/5  rDev +18.3%

03-19-2014 23:06:03 | More by Polymathmason
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Washington

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-18-2014 04:30:11 | More by mdavidson
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-18-2014 00:30:26 | More by CalbeDacks
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

03-17-2014 04:35:02 | More by jpd026
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Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -11.2%

03-16-2014 14:11:58 | More by Fettpopps
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California

3/5  rDev -11.2%

03-16-2014 06:27:39 | More by Smarty_Pints
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Maine

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-16-2014 02:43:48 | More by TheMaineBeerGuy
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Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

03-16-2014 02:36:33 | More by markjarema11
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Cramerican

North Dakota

3/5  rDev -11.2%

03-15-2014 04:02:39 | More by Cramerican
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Beerlover

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-15-2014 03:56:53 | More by Beerlover
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conner11

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

03-14-2014 06:53:16 | More by conner11
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

03-11-2014 22:45:39 | More by BeerBucks
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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

03-09-2014 11:15:26 | More by csurowiec
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West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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Luiz0930

California

2.5/5  rDev -26%

03-05-2014 07:09:38 | More by Luiz0930
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Three Blind Mice in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. From what I can tell, this is a permatap over there and it comes at $4.50 a pint, or something like that.

Appearance: Nice red color with a small tannish head. Lacing is alright at the start, but spotty the rest of the way. Looks alright. (3.5/5)

Smell: Malty. "Red." Maybe a sort of hoppiness, but definitely malt-forward and grainy. Nothing special, average at best. (3.25/5)

Taste/feel: Blah. It has all the typical flavors you'd find in a red/amber, but this one has a significant artificial sweetener sort of aftertaste that I tend to get in cheaper beers and it turns me off to this a good amount. Grainy. Slightly below average. The mouthfeel on this one is a bit thin with a moderate/high carbonation. (3/5, 3.25/5)

This is just a pretty mediocre beer, and it's about what I had expected, maybe a bit less than. Wouldn't buy again, but I wouldn't turn it down.

3/5

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2014 07:27:01 | More by Alextricity
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Smithwick's Ale from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.