Smithwick's Ale | Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd

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Brewed by:
Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
Ireland

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 04-16-2002

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#41,728
Reviews:
318
Ratings:
737
pDev:
16.02%
 
 
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Photo of Jakedrumz
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DarrellK
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JimboBrews54
4.79/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Amendm
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2-oz bottle poured heavily into a 16-oz. mug produced a beige 1/2 finger head which quickly shrinks to ring with moderate lacing.
Brownish amber color looks red-amber in front of light.
Faint smell, some sweet and roasted malt.
Taste follows with a slightly bitter hop start, a semi sweet malty middle and a dry clean finish. A slight spicy after taste lingers.
Light body, a little watery with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.
Balanced and easy drink, not as malty as it could be.

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Photo of Kayakguy
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours and looks nice with a ruby color and nice head. Take a picture because those are the best qualities. It does not have any smell that is noteworthy. The taste is very balanced which is a euphemism for bland. The alcohol is only 4.5 abv so you could drink several pints of this ale if quantity and volume are your goals. I my neck of the woods we call this a “ Lawn Mowing Beer” which means it is good for quenching your thirst and you can still operate machinery.

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Photo of BellsFan
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dave_ackbar
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeckBootHeadAss
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zeteckiller
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the first beers I ever drank so I kind of have a soft spot for it.

Lovely clear deep red colour with a white foamy head.

Smells a little malty.

Not overly sweet or hoppy, just somewhere in between.

Easy to drink all night.

I have had this on draught and from pint bottles, draught is better but only if the barrel is fresh.

Best pint of this is definitely to be found in the brewery in Kilkenny after the tour.

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Photo of npdevil27
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VomHans
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VashonGuy
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smithwick's was at nearly every pub in Ireland on our holiday, usually right next to Guinness. When I wanted a change from the usual Guinness, Smithwick was the best option. It's a caramel red ale, with a bit of hoppy bite to it. It doesn't have much complexity, but it goes well with meals, and it's pleasant enough.

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Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BilleGibbons
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice red ale and have every st paddy’s day.
Medium body and nice feel

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a darker amber color. 1 finger off white head. Retention is good.
The nose is minimal. I get nothing from it.
Taste - is mellow. Slight sweetness. Slight malt. Minimal hops.
Feel is fairly light. Somewhat watery.
So, so beer overall. Nothing to go out of your way for.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taospowder
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Craven
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanKininger
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamesGrove
4.36/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tschude
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tcsox
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Murph106157
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Smithwick's Ale from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 737 ratings