Smithwick’s Premium Red Ale
Reviewed by Brady White on March 13, 2015 in Spring Guide
- Brewery: Guinness & Co.
- Origin: Dublin, Ireland
- Rated On: March 13, 2015
- Best Before: packaged September 7, 2014
- ABV: 4.5%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Irish Red Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 500ml can pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with an ambitious handful of puffy, rocky and chunky off-white head, which leaves a pleasant pattern of webbed lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.
It smells of semi-sweet grainy malt, a touch of generic citrus and dark orchard fruitiness, faint oiled leather, and a bit of earthy, leafy and grassy hops. The taste has a fairly sizable allotment of floral and weedy hops up front, followed by a decently sweet grainy caramel malt, and some fast-fading indistinct fruitiness – simple, and quite workable. The body has got some adequate weight to it, the carbonation is very low – barely a wee tickle is perceptible – all aiding in this one’s very smooth pub draft simulacrum. It finishes off-dry, the lingering grainy caramel and mixed ethereal fruit notes urging us on.
A stellar session ale, one I will always enjoy when in UK/Irish-theme pub land. Easy to drink, from cans or on draft, and as mentioned, it’s also amusing/confounding to ask for this in the manner in which the Irish pronounce it, and getting blank and/or challenging stares. Whatever, it’s good, and worthy of a few rounds, at the very least.