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

Smithwick's AleSmithwick's Ale
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From:
Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
 
Ireland
Style:
Irish Red Ale
Ranked #106
ABV:
3.8%
Score:
77
Ranked #27,231
Avg:
3.38 | pDev: 15.98%
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
790
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 30, 2024
Added:
Apr 16, 2002
Wants:
  28
Gots:
  136
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Ratings by Beergod420:
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Rated by Beergod420 from Michigan

3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 04, 2023
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 3.1 by Supper1

Jan 30, 2024
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Reviewed by BillyNoonan from Ireland

3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured from 500ml bottle. Dark, red amber. Minimal head, mid carbonation. As red ales go, I think the old classic has been surpassed by others, O'Hara's for example. Better on tap for sure. Mild and nutty, but finishes a little flat and watery. I wonder what a nitro can might add to the experience.
Sep 09, 2023
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Reviewed by beerwithmeIRL from Ireland

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Reddish-brown appearance and pours a good 2 finger white foamy head, nice level of carbonation too. The aroma has a hint of bready malt but it's pretty mild in general. Flavour-wise, a relatively mild sweet malt taste with a very subtle hop bitterness. It's a solid beer whether on draught or out of the can but I have never enjoyed drinking a bottled Smithwick's. Try Sullivan's red ale if you want a more intense flavour profile and something that packs a greater punch with regard to ABV.
Aug 13, 2023
 
Rated: 3.75 by Birdlegs from Washington

Mar 27, 2023
 
Rated: 3.83 by rpmello81 from California

Mar 18, 2023
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Reviewed by ATL6245 from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Clear dark ruby red, frothy creamy off white head with good retention.

Aroma: Mild caramel, grainy and light toast notes.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Follow aroma, with some added herbal/spicy hops. Restrained bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Semi-sweet with a dry finish.

Overall: Nice looking beer in the glass. The bottle perfectly describes it: ruby red brew with gentle hop bitterness and sweet malt finish. Pub strength. Good St. Patty's Day beer that is not an Irish stout.
Mar 17, 2023
 
Rated: 3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York

Mar 12, 2023
 
Rated: 3.63 by CrushHarrington from Ireland

Dec 27, 2022
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Rated by cmb

2.48/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
OK, it was the only dark ale option other than Guinness Stout on an IPA heavy list. Adequate, but not memorable, kinda thin.
Dec 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by not2quick from Missouri

Nov 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Light amber with loads and loads of dense, foamy white head. Aroma has some faint malts, but is overall nondescript. Taste is similar. It's easy going down, but there's just not much to it. Good if you want to throw a few back, but mostly unremarkable.
Oct 31, 2022
 
Rated: 3.37 by h4ger from Connecticut

Oct 13, 2022
 
Rated: 1 by Ajc2936 from Texas

Aug 30, 2022
 
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
 
Smithwick's Ale from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 790 ratings