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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

536 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.02%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | 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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csurowiec

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-08-2014 23:33:16 | More by homebrewpaddler
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Luiz0930

California

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

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

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -8%
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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SuperMario

California

3/5  rDev -11%

02-27-2014 06:26:50 | More by SuperMario
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Copernicus

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-26-2014 23:22:00 | More by Copernicus
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

02-24-2014 13:36:24 | More by dpgoblejr
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skydogpenn

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-23-2014 16:08:09 | More by skydogpenn
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RoyFokker

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-22-2014 22:58:03 | More by RoyFokker
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

3/5  rDev -11%

02-21-2014 22:13:23 | More by SD-Alefan
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Wrigfen

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-13-2014 06:16:24 | More by Wrigfen
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-12-2014 18:34:06 | More by BrazilianAussie
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kcrosson492

Virginia

3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smithwick's Ale (pronounced Smit-icks in Ireland) is a decent choice of ale while in Ireland. Personally, I will probably never have another one because it is just okay. The appearance is the best thing about this beer.

A-Nice reddish color with a decent off-white head.

S-The smell is plain and not very strong.

T-The taste is better than the smell (if that makes sense) and it goes down quite easy.

M-There is an emptiness of feel in the mouth but it is smooth.

O-The beer could be summed up with one word and that word is okay.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2014 22:04:32 | More by kcrosson492
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-10-2014 02:03:57 | More by Goldndomer
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no freshness date. I haven't had a smithwicks in probably ten years. Now I know why. Boring aroma and flavor, both were grainy and forgettable. Deep red color.I would likely never buy another one of these unless I was actually in Ireland.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:36:25 | More by ArrogantB
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B-SHAY

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

02-09-2014 19:37:20 | More by B-SHAY
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benloho

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

02-08-2014 14:38:26 | More by benloho
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

02-04-2014 13:17:38 | More by reitzbrewing
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jmalnati

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

02-02-2014 01:31:07 | More by jmalnati
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MikalMick

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-01-2014 03:43:30 | More by MikalMick
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-31-2014 00:52:48 | More by jzlyo
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CDAtkinson

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

01-29-2014 19:48:33 | More by CDAtkinson
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Direstraits

Australia

4/5  rDev +18.7%

01-29-2014 02:56:30 | More by Direstraits
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biokid23

California

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-28-2014 17:54:12 | More by biokid23
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ElIndio

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

01-28-2014 06:07:48 | More by ElIndio
Smithwick's Ale from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.