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

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 11
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-16-2002

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Photo of RichardWalter
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had beer at a ball game where other Guiness ales also available. Dark amber color with nice white creamy head that it stayed for a good while. Aroma is mild. Nice full flavor that is similar to smell, nothing spectacular, but very drinkable. Mouthfeel is good and aftertaste stays full.

Photo of biggmike
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice amber color with small creamy head that it retained for a good while. Aroma is a little on the weak side, but pulled roasted malt and some caramel from it. Decent flavor that is similar to smell, nothing spectacular, but extremely drinkable. Mouthfeel is smooth, but thin. Lacing was minimal.

Photo of dirtyoldtown53
4.43/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Irish beer, good deep red colour, finger thick head that lasted for quite a while. It has a real mellow ale taste, good mouthfeel. I had it multiple times in Ireland and each time was as good as the last. It definitly leaves you wanting another pint.

Photo of cyrenaica
2.72/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I recently tried this on tap at a local Toronto eatery and found it to be an alright brew. The colour was a brownish colour, slightly dark with an off-white head that didn't stay long. The aroma was slightly malty and sweet but weak. The flavour was slightly malty at the start but became better as I got closer to the bottom. Like other ales I have tried it was thick on the tongue with little carbonation. This is one of those brews that when provided a list on tap...if I've previously tried them all...occassionally I'll pick this one.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.06/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful translucent brown-red with a very thick and persistent head. Pleasant aroma is mostly malty but has some hoppy hints. Flavor is more malty than hoppy, with some hop bitterness and a hint of caramel. A smooth and very enjoyable ale, definitely worthy of one's time and money.

Photo of guinnessfan
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint ordered at Murphy's Irish Pub in Virginia Beach.

A: Darker copper pour, with no head at all. Flat and thin looking.

S: Mild, sweet malt.

T: Slightly sweet taste, but very tame. Slight hop profile. Real thin flavor, one-dimensional.

M: Thin, slightly carbonated.

D: Decent beer to drink one after the other. Not great, but easy to wash down some Irish food. Pretty refreshing ale.

Photo of BigRedN
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle, which did not look like the one in the photo, into a pint glass. The beer is a darker amber somewhat reddish, with a nice 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch head. Head fades to a solid cover and leaves some patchy lacing.

Smell: Some decent malt (carmel, some bready and biscutty scents, not really anything roasted). Hop scents seem lacking.

Taste: Leaves me wanting, but I think it fits in with the style. Some good maltiness, not overly sweet. There is a lack of any kind of bitter hop bite, but I think it closely follows the style, so in the end I guess it works ok for me.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. Decent carbonation. Dry, clean (no aftertastes) finish.

Drinkability: A good drinker, I got 2 sixes on sale for St. Patty's day and had two left to review. I liked it. I was a change of the usual Irish dry stouts I guzzle on the 17th. From what I understand this imported US version has slightly higher ABV. I would love to try the "lighter" version and just drink the day with this beer.

Photo of hseritt
2.01/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Got the Smithwick's from the tap in a pitcher. The color was a very dark color... no head and looked almost flat.

S: No smell to speak of.

T: There was very little taste -- kind of like an extremely light (or non-alcoholic) Guiness. If I come across a bottle of it, I will give it a shot since the tap version may have been kind of old.

M: The consistency may have been the best thing about this beer. It had a good medium feel.

D: Other than just trying out the bottled version for Pete's sake, I don't think I'll ever order this or even drink on a weekend afternoon.

Photo of shadow1961
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smithwick's Irish Ale pours out a rocky head that
collapses to a thinger's thickness. The brew is a
deep (but clear) ruby, carbonation is moderate.
The nose is of vanilla, malt, and yeast. The flavor
quite pleasant, a balance between malt and hop,
with a slight hop finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but
dry, almost tannic. Not bad at all, and with an alcohol
by volume of only 4.5%, it's another good session

Photo of pmcadamis
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Purple/red and clear with a thin cap of hazy foam.

S - Light gentle malt and the faintest touch of caramel malts (I think). Pretty weak.

T - Lightly malty and a bit grapey. Very "to style" for an Irish red, but it's boring really. Pretty weak flavor.

M - Watery, thin, and weak. Mid-level of carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

D - Good session brew if you just want to slake your thirst or get drunk at an Irish pub. Good Irish bar brew for non-BA's that have a "fear of the dark" and want to stay away from Guiness.

Photo of Neehan
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this on tap at Tommy Condon's in Charleston, SC. Though not bad in any aspect, I found this to be very average. Nothing exciting or original in any of the characteristics, although it is quite smooth and this improves its drinkablility. It has a light bready taste with a dry finish. Light-bodied, but the lightness causes a lack of flavor. Can neither complain nor reccommend.

Photo of alysmith4
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled this beer at an Irish pub in Columbus last weekend. Haven't tried many from this style, but I though it was decent. Smell was very earthy.. could detect some hay and straw, as well as a candy-like scent. Taste was okay, a bit odd. The best was to put it was that it tasted "red" of that makes any sense. Kind of like a red-bull energy drink or something.

Overall, it was not my favorite. Not complex enough or well enough developed. Two-dimentional beer at best, but I'm sure it's a decent pick if you like this style.

Photo of billybob
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a good two finger off white head which leaves about a quarter inch at the finish dark brown in color. smell is like fresh bread. taste is caramel or brown sugar all malt. light, smooth, very nice. drinkability is very good something everyone can enjoy.

Photo of GooberMcNutly
2.25/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can. Poured well carbonated into a tall glass with a good white head and no foam fall. Aroma was of strong hops and the first sip confirmed it: very bitter. Malty character flavors with some oaky flavors and even some pine essence, but not enough to overcome the bitter hops.

Photo of Toxygen
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a bright, lucent copper and it poured with a creamy head and attractive lacing.

It has the appetizing aroma of hops, bread, and a little maltiness.

The flavor is just like the aroma, with a malty, bready taste in the mouth and a hoppy bitterness in the swallow. It has a pleasant, yeasty aftertaste, and a rather cosistent flavor from start to finish.

It has a medium carbonation and body, which along with well-balanced flavors, makes it easy to drink.

Nothing that really sticks out as great, but nothing that detracts. It's a good drink that goes down smooth and fast, and a beer my wife can enjoy too.

Photo of clickpush
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: draught to pint glass. Dark with ruby hints, like a cola, with a soft, white, one finger head that skips out pretty quickly and leaves only the barest of film on top and a halo around the glass. No visible carbonation in beer.

Nose: Sweet like caramel & brown sugar, malts, carob perhaps. Can't figure out where this one is going.

Mouth: Sour-ish flavor through mouth and continued into aftertaste. More malt - burnt toast and a bit bready. Bitterness is half hop and half burned malts. The mouthfeel is not my favorite: a strong entrance and a weak finish.

Not the beer I'm looking for!

Photo of Noxious26
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, red-amber in colour. Off-white head is over and inch high and really thick on the pour. Big sheets of lacing revealed as the head reduces to a solid 1/8 inch thick. Beautiful lacing continues all the way to the bottom of the glass.

Earthy/herbally hops in the aroma. A little musty. Some faint malt.

Nice sweet malt flavour at the start with a syrupy background. Dries out a little in the middle to a more balanced state. Moderately dry and lightly bitter herbal/earthy finish. Lingering aftertaste is a nice herbal and malt balance. Keeping true to the Irish Red style, very nicely done.

Velvety smooth with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is a little agressive perhaps, but that's just nitpicking. Goes down nice and smooth.

This is probably one of the best import beers we have available in our province run liquor monopoly. I'm pretty impressed with the beers that are associated with Guiness. Guiness itself is usually quite good on tap, Harp is one of my favourite Euro Lagers and Smithwick's is quite enjoyable as well. I'm not a big Kilkenny fan, but it's better on tap than in the can. Coming from a large scale brewer like this, these are really good quality beers.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a pint glass. Burnt orange color with a nice thick head with good retention.

Th smell was malt if anything, but promises no flavor. It follows through on the promise...

I hadn't had this in years but it's about as I remembered. A good session beer but kind of bland.

Photo of tempest
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blarney's in Dinkytown

looks a nice red with a creamy head and lacing. Smells watery, however, like an inoffensive macro. Taste is a little weak, but still nice. A touch creamy in flavor with burnt caramel. Watery mouthfeel, but easy to drink. A tasty drink, but you might as well just order yourself a pitcher as it goes down fast.

Photo of EStreet20
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this stuff in a long while. Was always a decent choice over the macros at a restaurant or bar here and there.

12 ounce bottle poured into a 20 ounce nonic.

A - Nice reddish amber color and a large foamy off white head. Some lacing is present.

S - Caramelly malts wirth a a tiny grassy smell.

T - Some malt character with a big of a grainy taste. Hops are barely noticeable. No real aftertaste to speak of.

M - A nice lighter bodied session ale mouthfeel.

D - Not bad but a little bland/boring.

Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap it had a good head and a dark brown color. It smelled malty and slightly sweet. It tasted a little bitter with a blend of caramel and malt. Mouthfeel was quite soft and creamy. It wasn't too heavy to drink. I really enjoyed my first ever Smithwick's.

Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours thick amber brown with deep red hues. A two finger tan head fades into a frothy cap that lasts the entire duration of the beer. It has moderate lacing.

Smell: The smell is toasted caramel malts that are a signature to the style, a bit of a Pale Ale butteryness as well.

Taste: Very crisp malts, sugary up front, clean through the middle and it has a crisp dry finish. The hop character shows up mostly at the finish and after taste as does a touch of diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is a very smooth, creamy medium body that feels frothy straight through the palate.

Drinkability: This may be a pretty typical Irish Red, but as a fan of the style, I found it to be extremely drinkable. It is fairly straightforward in taste but sits lightly in your stomach and aftertaste begs you to keep sipping. This is certainly a sessionable ale. Very nicely done.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of asabreed
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A fairly dark amber / brown. About a 1" head that comes down slowly, and a good amount of lacing also around the glass as I drink.

Smell: Not tons of complexity, but I like the fruit backing. It seems very right for summer. Other than that, there's some faint hops.

Taste: Carries through from the aroma. Not too discernible as far as flavors, but by the finish there's a nice fruity backing and some curbing hops. Still, not what I expected I guess from a red ale.

Mouthfeel: As expected I suppose. Decent carbonation and full enough without being too astringent or spritzy.

Drinkability: I do think this is a solid brew, and I'd drink it again. I don't know the 6-pack price or anything, but this went down very easily and went very well with my Bangers and some of the spiciness of that. Maybe not the best IRA, but I'd drink more of this.

Photo of flanmedic51
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got my first taste at King Eider's Pub in Damariscotta, ME.

Great appearance as a red ale should, a dark red with a great head produced on top. It doesn't stick around long but thats not a big concern.

I first noticed that it didn't have a strong alcohol smell as some ales tend to do which was pleasant for me. Aroma is a bit bready and malty, maybe a hint of spice thrown in. But not in anyway overpowering.

Now to the best part...The taste is incredibly smooth and satisfying. Many red ales are quite bold tasting and slamming them are near impossible. This one goes down eloquently without a ridged aftertaste or bitterness. I think there is a fine balance of hops and malt flavors. I was ready to have it bite me in the ass after the first sip of it and it didn't, which led me to drink it in huge mouthfuls into inebriation. There isn't a strong carbonation to it which helps with the almost creamy smoothness to it.

Certainly in my opinion, this is something that I could drink on a regular basis....which I probably will with the multitude of bbq's this summer. I recommend it to those who like a mild smooth taste of an ale. And yes, goes great with any bbq.

Photo of Orrshow
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Pours reddish amber with a decent amount of white head. The foam quickly goes away though leaving some lacing on my glass.

Smell – The smell is somewhat floral and bready. I can mainly smell hops but there is a little bit of malt there too. Nothing special though.

Taste – Not so good here. Some sweetness, bread flavors, and bitterness are here but there is a metal like flavor as well which really put me off.

Mouthfeel – Carbonation was about average and the beer had some substance to it…but not a lot.

Drinkability – Didn’t hit the spot. It was somewhat tough to drink as the flavor seemed tainted and nothing really felt that great.

I won’t buy this again. No point.

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