Sunday, October 28, 2012

Smithwick's Irish Ale

This here is Smithwick’s Irish Ale, 4.50% ABV. This is from the brewing company of Guinness in Ireland. Smithwick’s has been operation since 1710, in Kilkenny Ireland. This here is Irish red ale. Smithwick’s pours a nice amber red color with a half to one finger white bubbled head. There is plenty of little carbonation bubbles to this and a good amount of light coming though. Smithwick really looks like your average Irish ale. The aroma on this has a big malt character, lightly toasted with a little sweet caramel around the malts. There is a very faint bitterness there as well but nice. The taste is just as malted as the aroma with a hint of bittersweet caramel. A little roasted notes there on the end of the taste. The mouth feel is slight fuller, but not too much. This ale’s malt characteristics really stay nicely on your tongue. Smithwick’s cleans somewhat nicely, but nice nonetheless. Aftertaste is malty with a touch of a bitter sweetness. That does not stay to long, but just enough to really experience that good flavor left over.  I’m giving this a B. Nothing wrong with this, it just that it could be a step better. An above average Irish Ale, and a good one. But it did not blow me away but I was expecting that from a Guinness product. But would I recommend this? Well I kind of would. It would have to depend on the person and what they do drink. But this is good. So please come down to Mike’s Discount Beverages, 4700 Park Rd, Charlotte NC 28209 for all your fine wine and beer! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!


  1. The funny thing about Irish red ale as a style is nowhere on the can or in any literature from Smithwicks do they call it that, they just say 'Irish Ale', the term was invented by Killians Irish Red which is Canadian (?) and actually a lager.

    Also Smithwicks is not really a Guinness product, both have been bought up by Diageo and both are brewed under license in the USA and Canada for the North American markets. Guinness these days is nothing more then a well marketed brand.