Smithwick’s Red Ale

Irish Red Ale Guinness Ltd.


Smithwick’s Red Ale, an Irish Red Ale brewed by Guinness Ltd.

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Smithwick’s Red Ale is an Irish Red Ale brewed by Guinness Ltd., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a shaker pint glass from a bottle.


The ale pours a clear ruby red and is topped by an inch-thick cap of dense off-white foam. A few patches of lace cling to the sides of the glass. A thin layer of fine bubbles covers the top of the ale.


The aroma is malty with a scent of toasted bread and toffee.


Light floral hops and toasted bread rise to a mild bite of floral hops, a twang of orange, and toffee.


Its feel has a smooth draw that becomes grainy on the backend. The body is light with moderate carbonation.


Smithwick’s Red Ale is a rather unremarkable brew. Its appearance is good and its aroma is nice. The palate is fine but its feel is all too thin to support it. While not a drain pour, one could certainly do better.

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