Beer Style: Irish Red Ale
Country of Origin: Ireland
Serving Method: 11.2 oz bottle poured into 312 pilsner glass
Background: Smithwick’s is a beer I don’t have often. Irish Reds aren’t my favorite beer style. It is likely that they never will be. I’ve tried others. They’ll be reviewed too. Frankly, Smithwicks is a decent beer. But if it comes to Guinness products, I’ll have a Guinness thanks. But, let’s do this for St. Patrick’s day, right?
Taste & Aroma: The aroma is of roasted, burnt malt. The flavors are clean, bright, but there is a bite halfway to the finish. This is a quite simple beer. As it warms, the flavor bites more. It improves with warmth, really.
Final Analysis: This is a beer for those who like Irish Reds. I’ll stick to others. The burnt malt flavor though is exceptional! I’ll stick with Guinness for my St. Pat’s festivities.