Smithwick's history can be traced back to St. Francis Abbey in the 13th century. To this day the Abbey stands proudly at the heart of the brewery and continues to inspire their Irish Ale.
This ale can be described as the mild mannered brother of Guiness. The pour brought a substantial tan head that lingers. The nose was very faint with dry grass, wheat, roasted malt and caramel notes. The palate, not as timid as the nose, was soda - like a soda cracker minerally, caramel, barley, and toasted malt. The finish is once again light, with a slight bitter-chalk note that is quite refreshing. Overall this offering is much milder, with a subdued palate when compared to a Guiness, but that would make it a good intro beer to be followed by its stout brother. Serve this beverage at a temperature of 40 - 45˚F. Cheers!
Peter Kozlowski - EpicStyle
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