Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale | Guinness Ltd.

Smithwick's Superior Irish AleSmithwick's Superior Irish Ale
187 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kojevergas on 09-28-2010

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Photo of jaydoc
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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 olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of duceswild
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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 BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 beernads
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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 Hohnbaum
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -14.5%

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 rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MDDMD
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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 AnitaBrewski
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbone1384
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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