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Beer of the Week: Smithwick’s Superior Irish Ale

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Beer of the Week is sponsored by the Lion & Rose. Each week, we introduce you to a wonderful brew that’s a little bit different and well worth seeking out.



Smithwick’s Superior Irish Ale

Smithwick’s (pronounced Smith’icks or Smiddicks, with the middle kept soft on the tongue) has been around since 1710. That doesn’t give it the right to call itself “superior.”

What does is the quality of the product. It truly is superior.

If all you know of Irish beer is Guinness or perhaps Harp, then you’re in for a treat with this exceptional brew.

Its color is reddish brown, and it is clear in the glass with a nice head. With one sniff, you’ll take in a heady mix of fruit, floral hops and a touch of caramel. The feel in the mouth is medium bodied, smooth and invigorating. The feel of the bubbles on your tongue make you wnat ot rach for another sip.

The flavors are a lively blend of fruity sweet (think peaches or apricots) and pleasantly bitter with a touch of roasted coffee toward the clean, dry finish.

If you want to pair it with food, Smithwick’s is great with rustic Irish or British fare, such as a plate of bangers and mash. Actually, any kind of mild sausage, from Italian sweet to German bratwurst, would work, too. So would Colcannon or cabbage by itself.

Smithwick’s Superior Irish Ale is available at the Lion & Rose on tap, $5.75 for a 16-ounce glass, $7.25 for a 22-ounce pour. You can find a six-pack at specialty beer sections.



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