Smithwick's Irish Ale

E. Smithwick & Sons

Ireland

I've been hearing about how great Smithwick's is for years, and I have to say, I would now like to do a glass-by-glass comparison with Bass. Both are very good pale ales, easy drinking and good year-round. I can assure you that if you're a fan of Bass, you'll like Smithwick's. Honestly, for Guinness-owned products, I'll take this before Guinness itself for total quality (obviously they're different styles).

Reviewed: September 02, 2006

Rating: 6/10

Smithwick's, or as my dad says I need to pronounce it, "Smitticks", was a damn fine ale. But much like I do with the Italians who think "Mozzarella" is "Mozzarel", or "Manicotti" is "Manigot", I threw caution to the wind and kept saying "Smith-wicks". If you want it pronounced "Smitticks", then change the spelling to "Smitticks". I had this right after I finished a Bass (purely by coincidence). I thought the Smithwick's was slightly more bitter than the Bass. Something I'd definitely reach for again.

Reviewed: September 29, 2007

Rating: 8/10

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