Smithwick’s Irish Ale – The Least Settlement!
Type: Red Ale
One of the more commonly found Irish beers, Smithwick’s Red Ale was my go-to drink in the rare case I found the local brew not up to my palate. The other benefit with Smithwick’s is that it is one of the only brews on this list available at supermarkets, which makes it easier to indulge in (and cheaper)!
Smithwick’s is a red ale from Kilkenny – it is a clear beer with a ruby red color and a creamy head! The aroma is somewhere midway between sweet toffee to chocolate/caramel nuttiness. The flavor has a creamy smooth malt character – fairly sweet with a touch of mild hops for balance. The carbonation is rather mild resulting in a creamy smooth texture. Not too spectacular, not too bland – as a brew, it stands well for the working Irishman and is rather symbolic too (what with its red color and all – trust me, you will get over the obsession with red-hair pretty quickly when in Ireland – at least as soon as you realize it’s nothing but an over-rated myth)
Discovered at: O’Neill’s Pub, Butlerstown, Co. Cork
Overall Rating: 3.5/5