Smithwick’s Irish Ale from Guinness and Company in Dublin, Ireland is brewed using roasted barley, giving it a distinct aroma with hints of wood and honey and a beautiful amber-ruby colour. It creates a rich and frothy head that laces your glass, though without the use of a pressurized widget.
The beer has a malty taste in which the roasted barley really comes through along with chocolaty and toffee-like undertones. Smithwick’s Irish Ale has a pleasant, creamy mouthfeel and a mildly bitter finish with a rather strong aftertaste.
The can uses an emerald-shamrock green gradient as the background and carries a distinctive gold castle logo. The Smithwick’s word mark evokes an early 20th century soda label. The can contains standard brewery information and has a date of production stamped on the bottom.
Smithwick’s Irish Ale quickly became my favourite of the beers made by Guinness and Company thanks to its unique toasted aroma and smooth-drinking nature. It compliments traditional pub-style fare excellently, as well as salty snacks.
I have seen Smithwick’s Irish Ale available in single serve cans at the LCBO and bottled six packs at The Beer Store. Of course, the beer is also distributed globally by Diageo.
Type: Irish Red Ale
Region: Dublin, St. James’s Gate
Brewery: Guinness and Company
Format Purchased: 440 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.0%