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Smithwick's Superior Irish AleSmithwick's Superior Irish Ale

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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 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 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 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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