Smithwicks: Irish Red Ale reviewed by Brandon C. Hovey

Brewery: Guinness

Beer Style: Irish Red Ale

Country of Origin: Ireland

Abv: 4.5%

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.


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