Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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Smithwick's Superior Irish AleSmithwick's Superior Irish Ale

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kojevergas on 09-28-2010

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and off-white, lacing is nice and webbed, and a clear darker reddish brown body.

I smell caramelized, roasted malts and earthier grains.

Tastes like,again, roasted malts, a touch of caramel & more full bodied grains. Not much of a hop profile going on with this brew, but it really wasn't expected with a red. I can certainly get down with this.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

I'll choose to give Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd. a 4.5 overall.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale brewed by Guinness Ltd, with an ABV of 4.5% This ale pours out a nice light brown color with a nice off white head. Superior Irish Ale has the look of sweet tea. The smell is sweet, with grain, and malts. You pick up on a hit of hops in the smell. The smell is rich and inviting. I really like the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it sweet with some grains and malts. There is a lot going on in this brew. Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale, has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about it. The mouthfeel is rich , with flavor, but has a smooth aftertaste. This brew is a nice, smooth drinking brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.5 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Popadeaux
4.44/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap in several pubs across Ireland. Beer is always better when it is a on tap than imported in bottles or cans in the US. A local told me that this is really Ireland's "Beer".

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Photo of schwansmantr
4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smithwicks premium Irish ale nice deep dark cola color with a rich hopy smell that poors with a nice head. A medium in thickness and in taste gets a B- .

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Photo of kojevergas
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a canned version of Smithwick's I've only seen in Ireland. It differs from Smithwick's other offerings in its taste and ABV (this is 3.8% compared to the 4.5% of the others).

Appearance: Poured from a can into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 28th, 2010. Pours a dark red with a four finger head that reduces to two fingers over the course of two minutes. The head is thin but creamy. An appealing appearance.

Smell: A smell of moderate strength. Biscuity. Difficult to detect individual notes with me broken nose. There's definitely something coming from the yeast.

Taste: Multiple notes: first a hint of cream from the head, then three well balanced notes - one of roasted ale, one of malt, and one of nuts, then my favourite part: the finish, a perfect amber counterpoint to the early flavours. Very well built for an Irish red. I think I prefer this to the bottled Smithwick's I've had in the USA, and even to the Smithwick's I've had in the pub on-tap.

Mouthfeel: Thick but as smooth as it needs to be. Not too wet, either. The dryness ups just a little bit in the finish to make you crave that next sip.

Drinkability: I'd certainly have another, but this version isn't available in the pub. Will I buy it over a Guinness Foreign Extra at Dunnes? Probably not every time I go, but every so often.

This beer will satisfy fans of Irish reds, but Irish stout-lovers needn't reach for it too often.

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Photo of kyle2159
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Interesting Ruby Brown Color.Reminiscent of a church window . Poured With a solid inch of head, but dissipated quickly.Thick band of lacing falls down the glass. Very sweet smelling like an orchard with lovely hints of hops coming through. Very light and smooth in the mouth. Give it a second and the roasted malt really comes through on the back of the tongue.

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Photo of stokegolding
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This a good beer for all occasions. It is not the fullest flavored beer, nor is it overly distinct. However it is flavorful, smooth, and refreshing. It is one of my standard beers.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into pint glass. It pours a rich, dark amber with a milk-white head and lacing. The smell is mostly bready malt with faint caramel and hops. The taste follows the nose. It is very dry and malty with only a faint sweetness. The finish is fairly bitter. It is moderately carbonated and with a low ABV of 4.5% it is very easy to drink. Smithwick's Irish Ale serves its purpose of being a good sessionable pub ale. I would like to try it on draught as I suspect it is better than out of the bottle. This is a famous ale and I would certainly drink it in Ireland but there are much better offerings this side of the pond.

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Photo of beergoot
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Garnet body with a thin, sticky, white head; lacing on the glass. Roasted malt grain aroma. Mildly sweet taste with equally mild toasted grain presence; wispy caramel notes. Medium bodied; smooth; clean and dry finish.

A very drinkable ale that satisfies without a lot of bells-and-whistles. Lightly malty without any big hop presence, it is still balanced across the taste and mouthfeel spectrums. Mild yet pleasingly satisfying in a low-key manner.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

Not an easy style to find around MN, so I picked a bottle of this up in a mix-six. Huge khaki head, dark red color, fairly clear. Toasty malts and some faint floral hops on the nose. Taste follows the nose, with a nice mellow, slightly sweet, and quite dry finish; smooth and creamy mouthful. A very faint metallic mineral note toward the end, too...if it came out more clearly as, say, herbal or medicinal, that would be interesting, but as is, it isn't pleasing. Except for that, this is pretty nice for the style, though it could be much more full bodied. Would be interested to give this a go on cask.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice dark amber. Redish brown really. Smells of rustic and metallic hints. Nice frothy white head. Ultimate lacing thru out. Tastes of sweetness, nutty, and light fruit. Very refreshing brew here. Finishes sweet. Me like.
Cheers! ! !

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a half finger ivory head that dissipates to a thin film leaving light lacing. Light aroma of caramel malt, mild nuts; slightly spicy. Flavor of sweet malt, mild nuttiness, light fruit juice; finishes with light caramel malt and mild grassy hops. Medium bodied. A low key, pleasant Irish red. Better than I had expected, but not exceptional. The sweet malt is reminiscent of mass produced lagers, but this has the appropriate fruit flavors and the noted light nuttiness to give it character. Average, but pleasant to drink.

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Photo of Brenden
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bottled version of this beer just showed up in this area, so it's likely being distributed throughout the US now.

This beer has the clear, flaming orange-red, lighter medium-bodied of a classic Irish version. The head, almost completely white, is solid and fairly thick. It's got some strength to sustain it in some form through the session while it leaves traces of itself via spotty lacing.
The aroma doesn't have a great deal of strength to it, nor should it. This one goes a little too weak, though, giving generic notes of leaf and toast, a touch of caramel with a hint of sulfur.
The flavor brings out more, a nice base of caramel and toast with herbal leaf, a mineral note, and a little buttery biscuit.
The feel is about spot-on, herbal and mineral notes showing up in a semi-dry body as sweetness works to tone down the hard water element. It's crisp all the way and fairly smooth.

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Photo of EMV
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap in Ireland. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear dark golden/copper color. Thick creamy white head with some good lacing.

S: Mild... grains and malts... a bit of floral hops.

T/F: Not offensive. Toasted malts and grains... a bit of a mineral water flavor. Some sweetness throughout. The hop profile is mild... just some bittering at the finish... a bit herbal/floral. Smooth and drinkable. Good carbonation and almost creamy on the tongue.

O: An inoffensive beer. Nothing special, but easy to drink and goes well with a meal. I've had much better beer on both sides of the proverbial pond.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 14.9 oz. can. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, a bit of malts. Taste is malty, some sweetness, a bit of toffee, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer but nothing special.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL can, pours deep red in color with a persistent ivory head. Aromas are sweet toasted grain, herbal hop, caramel. Tastes are sweet, toasty, caramel, toffee, herbal hop and a dry finish. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, medium-ish body. Overall, good representation of the style. Nothing fancy here, but very drinkable and sessionable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

14.7 oz can from Bert's Better Beers
Pours a tawny copper color with a decent sized long lasting off white head that leaves decent lace on the glass. Smells a bit of sulfury mineral water with a bit of caramel and toffee aromas rounding out the nose. The flavor is rich and malty with a light sweet brown sugar and caramel offset with a hint of buttery bitter toffee and earthy mineral water. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lingering mouthfeel. Feels more like a macro lager than and Irish ale, but the richer darker malts keep me a little bit interested.

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Photo of scootny
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

What a good looking beer. Huge off white head that leaves tons of lace everywhere. Slow fade leaves a nice covering. Smell is a bit of a letdown. I have to swirl the glass to get the malts to show. When I do I get light caramel and toasted grains. Grassy hops, floral notes, and grain husk. Taste starts with typical Irish red profile of a malt front, flowing into a mineral based tanginess. Malt is a bit light but offers up lightly toasted grains and whole grain bread crust. Some mild nuttiness. Hops are earthly and mild. Dry mildly astringent make for a clean finish with a tea like trace on lingering. Feel is somewhat substantive with enough weight to keep it from the watery grave that has found Harp. A coarsely creamy carbonation make it an enjoyable swallow. A decent brew but it had lost its way like Harp. It has suffered less but nonetheless has turned into a shadow of the full bodied ale it once was. Having said that it still has something to offer and is a step up from the BMC crowd.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dull, clear copper or bronze with off-white medium-retention, somewhat rocky head. In the bottle, nose is pure bread. In the glass, more bread, some toast, but strong caramel predominates, accompanied by the faintest citrusy or herbal hops. Mostly toasty malts, a little crackery and a little tart, and caramel to the taste, much smaller black pepper, dark fruit, and licorice notes in the back, easily lost after your palate's been desensitized and giving way to a modicum of what can only be described as lemon, likely a combination of flavors. All this followed by just detectable — not even bitter, really — herbal hops in the finish. Gentle bitterness and caramel in the aftertaste. Medium, fine carbonation, bit of a creamy feel in this lighter end of medium-bodied brew. Only mild astringency, and no warming to speak of.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sold throughout Korea in major supermarkets.

SMELL: Very, very faint beer smell.

APPEARANCE: Clear, dark copper and not a bad head.

TASTE: Dry, lightly carbonated and malty. Some citrus in the aftertaste.

OVERALL: A real old man's drink. If I wasn't in South Korea I wouldn't have bothered with this but I was in the mood for something mellow and this fitted the bill. A perfectly drinkable average beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Burgundy coloring when back-lighted in a chalice has a medium rise of effervesce. Frothy capping, one inch, khaki coloring has a good rate of retention leaving a thick, beefy lace band down the vessel.

S: Soft roasted nature, fresh peanut shells and a touch of fruity apple peel.

T: Flavor followed the nose with a fruitiness of apple peel, softly roasted malt with a faint coffee note. A bit of sweet toffee, yeasty pear at the finish with a bit of watery metallic nature. A light wet coffee ground dusting graces the tongue after the swallow.

M: Creamy light bodied mouthful, turns frothy on the hold but feels shallow for the most part.

O: Overall easy flavor, a bit light, good drinkability at a low alcohol rate. Soft fruitiness, sweet with a light wet fresh wet roastiness that won't fill you up. Okay.

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Photo of chuckm
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful pour with a dark brown color, red is visible when I hold my pint in front of the light. Head is full and lasts a while, lacing stays present. Regrettably the pour is the highlight, a non existent smell at 44 degrees, perhaps too cold, and a mild flavor with little of the heartiness I was expecting. just a roasted flavor. Feel was good, thick and full, coating the tongue but overall I had hoped for more.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%

On Tap

Appearance – This beer looks great. A beautiful orange red colour with a massive white head of tiny nitrogen bubbles which has great retention and loads of lacing.

Smell – The smell is not that impressive a light oak smell with tiny note of treacle.

Taste – Fairly typical of an Irish red on first impressions. A malty flavour up front but this soon gives way to a tangy almost bitter edge like roasted chestnuts. The malt is very light with a little toasted grain flavour and the hops are earthy and mild but hard to detect.

Mouthfeel - Dry but full in the mouth and mildly astringent.

Overall – Not bad at all. It may be an Irish red but the bitter edge means that this one has a lot in common with an English bitter. Not as nice as Kilkenny but still a reasonable drink by most standards.

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Photo of rarbring
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear ruby ale with a compact off-white head leaving some lacing, but small curtains.

Smelling weak of bread, nuts, some grass and pears.

A sweet bread start, some red apples and walnuts.

Medium high carbonation, rather refreshing texture, a small body and a light dry finish.

A light beer, and a bit boring-

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