Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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Smithwick's Superior Irish AleSmithwick's Superior Irish Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kojevergas on 09-28-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
185
Reviews:
29
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
14.16%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
97
For Trade:
0
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Photo of lotnik
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cleve1212
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kris450
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of knextel
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of psbaucom
4.12/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MaddDogg84
4.04/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Rob8404
3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drunkenmess
3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
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 jpwobbles
3.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Popadeaux
4.44/5  rDev +25.8%
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 Shaun_S
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ksilver2
3.77/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChuckZ77
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nje
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kyle2159
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
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 beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
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 LDuke
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Demi
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whitebrow
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaydoc
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
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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Smithwick's Superior Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
3.53 out of 5 based on 185 ratings.
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