parkhead99 (41) - IRELAND - FEB 22, 2002
The best Ale I've ever had. This is what started me drinking sweet sweet beer wienerherb99 (21) - Wien, AUSTRIA - AUG 28, 2002
on tap in Kilkenny:
smooth, creamy, nice caramel flavor, the perfect ale to go with pub food pebwrites (1) - Fairview, North Carolina, USA - AUG 12, 2005 does not count
Light bread, medium body, VERY clean finish. Holds up well with almost any food. Smooth on the palate. Produces a good "buzz" when over consumed. Not at all heavy, as you might expect an Irish beer to be. Medium head, and color.
a very nice balance of yeast, hops and grain. Previously, unavailable outside of the U.K. but thankfully, Guinness has taken over and made it available in the U.S. All in all, my favorite beer ever. coll3735 (4) - Aiea, Hawaii, USA - OCT 25, 2005 does not count
I fell in love with this beer the moment I sipped it in a bar that just got in on draft. A wonderfuly rich beer, even good bottled. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Smithick’s(the w is silent) is the definitive example of Irish Red Ale. Irish Red ales are brewed with specially kilned malts that give them a ruby red color, sweet malty aromas and flavors, soft fruity esters, and buttery notes as well. Smithwick’s Ale really is the bench mark, on which all other Irish Red Ales, are based. I’ve had some stellar Irish, Canadian, and American examples of Irish Red, but for me, the original Smithwick’s, has a special place in my beer drinking heart.
Swithwick’s Ale pours to a beautiful, deep ruby red color with a thick white head that eventually fades and a moderate to soft amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful with lots of soft sweet malty aromas, paired with flowery hops, and light touches of plummy estery fruit. The palate is soft and buttery, with lots of good sweet malt flavors, biscuity malt, a touch of caramel, and undertones of ripe estery fruit that just glide over the palate. This beer finishes with more malt and fruit up front, then ends with just a slight bit of grassy hop bitterness, to balance the sweet and fruity flavors that linger.
This beer might not be as legendary as Guinness, but I don’t know of too many Guinness drinkers, that are not fond of a pint or two of Smitwick’s Ale as well. I happen to love this beer, and I think anyone who appreciates a good Irish ale, would too. It is a wonderful beer to sit and relax with at a good Irish pub while listing to some traditional Irish music. This is a very food friendly beer, and would work well with a number of classic pub grub dishes, from fish and chips, to bangers and mash, to a nice juicy burger and fries. It can be found pouring on draught at a number of different Irish pubs and can be found in bottles in a number of American market as well. If you see it in your local Irish pub, by all means, try a pint of the original Irish Red Ale, Smithwick’s.
nomar09 (4) - USA - JUL 17, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 This is absolutely the finest beer I have ever tasted on tap. The flavor is very complex, and has an aftertaste that is describable as a burn taste in the finish. ruffryders (3) - EVERETT, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2006 does not count
With out a doubt the best beer I have ever tasted especially on tap. Good flavor and smooth taste. cgalle24 (1) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2006 does not count
This is my all time new favorite beer. SmithWick’s...pronounced "Smiddick’s"... is the perfect beer. Great aroma...dark foamy head but not thick...great taste and after taste. Everybody should try it!!!!! Got it at Trinity Hall in Dallas, TX and at Nine Fine Irishmen at New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV ncstephen (1) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2006 does not count
One of my favorites. It’s hard to find around the States but it’s worth the hunt. Great flavor. BillW6285 (1) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2007 does not count
Smithwick’s or Smitty’s, as it’s known in Ireland, is quite simply the finest ale I have ever tasted. It is a mellow, redish amber ale brewed in the fine Irish tradition since 1710. It has a creamy, beige head and a reddish, copper hue. It’s smooth taste is complimented by it’s balanced malty finish. Try it!