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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 04-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,788
Reviews:
312
Ratings:
718
pDev:
16.02%
Bros Score:
2.99
 
 
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3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What in the hell does it matter what a beer feels like? I can understand the look being a nice addition and the smell is really only needed right before the first drink, but all that really matters is first Taste and then maybe feel. There have been instances where a beer was so silky smooth it really stood out and should be noted for no other reason that it really felt good. The bottom line is taste and this beer tastes good. I first had Smithwicks at an Irish pub with corned beef and cabbage and it was an excellent combination. Came from a tap. Now, since then I've had it both straight from bottles and poured into glasses and it remain one of my favorites. Leaves a nice taste in my mouth without overpowering everything else. My wife doesn't like dark beers and although this really isn't dark, it's darker then what she normally drinks and she likes it as well. This is a great middle of the road brew.

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3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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1.67/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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2.87/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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4.71/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good Irish Ale. Creamy but not too heavy. Dark amber color, malty head. Slight hint of cocoa on the backside. Delight!

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2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap. The appearance is a clear light brown color with a large white head. The aroma is full of grains and has a slight sweet scent. The taste is a very good blended grain flavor.

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

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3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smithwick's Ale from Smithwick's Brewery / Irish Ale Breweries Ltd
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 718 ratings
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