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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish AleSmithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale
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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish AleSmithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smithwick's is a clear beer with a rich ruby color and creamy head. Clean and delicate aroma with different individual notes: from the top fermentation by the Smithwick yeast come aromatic esters creating a fruity aroma. The Aroma Hops added late in the boil contribute clean fresh floral notes. Ale Malt contributes aroma hints of biscuit and caramel.
Refreshing and clean taste with a gentle balance of bitterness from the hops added early in the boil, sweet/malty notes from the ale malt, and hints of roast/coffee from the roasted barley.

Added by Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber body with some reddish color. Light tan highly carbonated head.

S- Caramel malt, faint sweet aroma.

T- Caramel malt comes through, with some sweet malt as well. Bitterness and malt on the finish.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

O- Not bad, good choice when only options are other macros.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught version of the classic Smithwick's, mainly avialable in Ireland though i found it on cask in a Irish themed pub in Italy

A- Poured on a pint glass. Perfect pour, dark coppery colour with some lighter orange-ish hints if seen through light. Some extra-small bubbles slowly floating up and reaching, a dense, creamy, perfectly white head, that shows great retention throughout the whole tasting while still leaving an amazing load of thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Awesome, i could just watch this beer the whole day

S- Only a light hint of malty sweetness passes through the everlasting head. Malty smell is caramel, vaguely biscuity, maybe theres a slight floral hint

T- More than the smell suggested. Creamy sweet malts, a mix of caramel, sweet biscuits, a slight nuttines; quite bready overall. Some slight fruity notes showing up on the tongue. Finish is slightly hoppy though not bitter at all: a slight earthyness, some floral notes. Overall taste is slightly but somehow pleasantly metallic. Everithing is pretty much subtle, but all in all very nice and perfectly integrated

M- Decently thick though not at all heavy body, just a minimal hint of carbonation, resulting in what is posssibly the creamiest feel i've ever had in a beer

O- The perfect example of what a session beer should be. Not complex or super-flavourful, just highly drinkable and perfectly balanced. Worth a try if you are able to find it

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3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, almost brown red colour in the body that boasts ample carbonation. Produced a finger and a half of head that managed to retain some soapy islands, and offered minimal lacing.

Smell: Smells of nice caramel malt with smoke and peat notes and a touch of walnuts. That being said, it's not quite strong enough even with warming.

Taste: Starts with a molasses tasting malt whose sweetness is reigned in by peaty notes. Plum and light nuttiness comes forward as the malt asserts itself a bit more with then gets dusted away with some earthy hops that are accented by the nut taste in a bit of an odd but interesting fashion.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation with this beer is well done and very consistent. It leaves a bit of a peaty aftertaste that while mild initially, builds and becomes unpleasant near the end of the beer. Good enough transitioning though.

Drinkability: It's on the heavier end of medium bodies, but I've come to expect that from this style. It's a little dry for my liking, but I wouldn't say it's a struggle to get down.

Final Thoughts: Methinks this beer is supposed to be the benchmark for this style. It's far better then Kilkenny and I'd be interested to see what nitro would do for this one.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO in to Guinness pint glass.

A - Medium translucent brown with two fingers of off-white head that settled down after a couple of minutes.

S - Light caramel and toffee notes up front with a slight bitterness and some floral aromas in the background. The nose has a slight off-putting aroma that I can't pinpoint.

T - The sweet malt profile dominates with toffee, caramel and bready notes. A slight bitterness is present as well, especially in the finish.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy. Light carbonation.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got a four pack of awesome Smithwick's glasses from, so I grabbed a six pack and Im ready to review. Beer always seems to taste better when its in a perfect glass so I might be a little impartial.

Smithwicks has a perfect head when poured correctly with dark red brown body. Nice hoppy ale taste with no aftertaste. All in all goes down smooth and a great pick if you want a little taste of Ireland

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