Smithwick's Ale
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Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
Irish Red Ale
Ranked #109
Ranked #29,255
3.38 | pDev: 15.98%
Jul 31, 2022
Apr 16, 2002
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Rated: 3.75 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
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Rated by rclangk from West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
7/2022 Draft, in Ireland
Jul 24, 2022
Rated: 3.42 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by vludwig from Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
The ale is a very clear reddish brown, with a dense tannish head that solidified into a whipped cream-like sculpture.
It had a clean, moderate toasted/roasted aroma, without complexity or particular appear.
The flavor was similar to the aroma, having a light taste of roasted unmalted barley, with a slight hint of malt and sourness. The mouthfeel was thin and watery. The finish was clean, and the dry, bitter, roasted barley taste slowly faded away.
I imagine this ale might appeal to drinkers of Guiness dry stout, but I didn't find any reason to drink this colorful roasted barley water again.
Jan 03, 2022
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
It looks lovely with the dark, ruby red color and white head.

Tasted malts and biscuit up front and it has a little caramel mixed in with a light hop presence and grassiness. However, found this to be very thin in the mouthfeel and it washed away quickly. Would be nice on a hot summer day.
Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by LasVinny from Nevada

Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the back label: "04:55 L0185G D 0 0 3"
From the front label: "4.5% ALC./VOL. 11.2 FL OZ"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark tea-like brown with a burnt umber orange tint to it. The beer has very good clarity and a large, rocky, thick off-white head. It has very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: There is a pleasant spicy hop aroma with a mellow caramel aroma. Black tea comes through.

Taste: There is a mellow earthy quality to the beer with a tiny bit of mineral taste. There are notes of tea leaves and a hint of burnt carbon at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium-light body with good drinkability and a nice clean finish.

Overall: The beer that I have says "4.5% ALC./VOL. 11.2 FL OZ" on the label and it is red with a picture of a tower. The beer is full of great flavor and aroma, and it looks fantastic in the glass. It would go great with pub fare, whether it's a burger or fish and chips. The beer tastes very fresh but I can't seem to find a solid bottle or import date other than what was mentioned at the top. I would recommend it and I would drink it again. Very enjoyable to drink.
Feb 12, 2021
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Reviewed by plaid75 from New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a faint caramel and grassy hop.

The taste was likewise muted with some grainy caramel present.

The mouthful was dry and clean.

Overall a decent import. Domestic craft has perfected this style though.
Jan 24, 2021
Rated: 2.65 by Demi from Minnesota

Aug 25, 2020
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Rated by jgido759 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pours a deep red with 1 finger head. Taste is similar to an amber ale with little to no bitterness. And easy drinking ale. . .
Jul 04, 2020
Rated: 3.4 by Jaasoares from Virginia

Jun 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Thirstytraveler from Oregon

4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Full disclosure; I grew up drinking Guinness, so I am no doubt influenced by great memories, as this has a similar but lighter and more malty taste. Mild caramel notes, slightly sweet. Very nice light red color, nice head without too much carbonation. This is my go to beer now that it is locally available at Traders Joes.
May 20, 2020
Rated: 3.41 by Askala from Spain

May 17, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by Pisshhead from Ireland

Apr 12, 2020
Rated: 3.32 by MouldyCrow from Pennsylvania

Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 3.66 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Mar 13, 2020
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
This one has been popping up in the area since St Paddy's Day is approaching so thought I"d try again after many years. Some things don't change much.

Deep amber with a decent clingy head. Slightly nutty aroma but nothing too enticing. Mild, inoffensive taste that lacks any distinction. Blah. Now back to drinking locally.
Mar 08, 2020
Rated: 3.01 by thegreatnicoli from Texas

Mar 04, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by samatheis

Jan 21, 2020
Rated: 3.44 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Jan 07, 2020
Rated: 3.4 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Nov 25, 2019
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Rated by crux55 from Australia

5/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Remind me of home. I miss this ale so much. Put it on your list and try it if you're in Ireland
Aug 29, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by grahuba from Connecticut

Aug 09, 2019
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a clear red brew with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aroma was sweet, a bit fruity. No hop bitterness. Taste was crisp and fruity. Good mouth feel.
Aug 02, 2019
Rated: 3.41 by misteil from Ireland

Jun 27, 2019
Rated: 4.45 by Shane_H from Maryland

Jun 22, 2019
Rated: 3.21 by WickedBeer from Alabama

Jun 19, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by Trueprinceofgotham from California

Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 3.31 by sparx1100 from Minnesota

Jun 07, 2019
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Reviewed by ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
6/24/17 (Chicago). 16 oz draft pour into standard pint glass. $5.50 @ NW Vaughn’s. Dark copper pour, light tan head and carbonation. Light, sweet malt aroma. Mild sweet malt and chocolate taste. Light mouth feel and texture, minimal carbonation. Overall good offering.
May 13, 2019
Rated: 3.46 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

May 05, 2019
Rated: 3.48 by alexsergio from New York

Mar 31, 2019
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Reviewed by RJLarse from Washington

3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
An average red ale. Mahogany color, thin head not much of an aroma to speak of. Taste is malt forward, low bitterness. Probably a good English version of the style, but I like a little more hop presence.
Mar 18, 2019
Rated: 4 by TomWight from New York

Feb 16, 2019
Rated: 3.37 by bking75 from Illinois

Jan 31, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by trnor from Kansas

Dec 30, 2018
Rated: 3.18 by Brian_Pheiffer from California

Dec 02, 2018
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours a reddish amber with a poorly retained half inch white head that left little lacing. Smells of malt. Tastes of sweet malts, a hint of hops, nuttiness and caramel. Nothing complex about the taste and nothing offensive. Light to medium bodied and carbonation, watery mouth feel, no bitterness to speak of.
Nov 23, 2018
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