Description: "The brewery at St. Francis Abbey in Kilkenny, Ireland has been in operation since 1710. Smithwick's is Ireland's oldest ale, inspired by John Smithwick's original recipe. This ale delivers distinctive amber color, full bodied taste and ultra-smooth finish." — Guinness Ltd.
The tasting: Reddish-orange (very clear) with a fluffy white head that dissipated slowly, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. I don't recall seeing this much lacing in any of the beers I have reviewed so far! It's a very nice looking beer. Aroma of biscuit malts, yeast, and earthy hops. Flavor very similar to aroma with the addition of toasted malt. Hopping is very light. Light bodied and highly carbonated it has an effervescent mouth feel. It finishes dry with bready malt. Very drinkable.
Rating: 3 star.Good. I would drink this again if someone gave it to me. If you plan to celebrate St. Patty's day with an Irish beer, you should consider Smithwick's. It's very light, drinkable, and a good session beer. It's also a great alternative to the stouts.
Have you tried Smithwick's or any other Irish ales?