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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,469
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 39
Gots: 284 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006

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Ratings: 2,469 | Reviews: 760
Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/30/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, and fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very good Irish red ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of CraigP83
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Creamier version of a red ale. Slight Carmel flavoring.

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Inoffensive, easy drinking, boring. Had way worse, but, won't purchase again.

Photo of craigsp
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very good smooth beer a little bitterness not much could drink this beer anytime and more than one

Photo of joeseppy
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a flat root beer. Very clean aroma with some fruity esters. Mild hop noted as well. Mild flavours with more hop eccentuated. Metallic finish like I'm drinking out of a stainless steel tankard.
Paired well with Redbreast 12 yo cask strength Irish pot whiskey. I guess I'm feeling Irish today.
Solid pull off the shelf.

Photo of Capt_Pete
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught pour in a branded glass in my local village pub. Appearance is a dark ruby-red with a creamy head, it smells fruity, hoppy and with hints of caramel. Taste is balanced, not too sweet or too bitter and feels great going down, not too heavy but also not too light with a light, not bitter, caramelly aftertaste. Overall his is one of my favorite beers and I do a "BlackSmith" when I want to transition to a heavier stout. Can drink this all evening.

Photo of bassboneman
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very decent beer!
Not crazy about the label...
I like the green label with the castle better!

Photo of plunkinberry
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Truly an enjoyable alternative to the run of the mill standard alternatives

Photo of DoctorZombies
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Auburn copper color with whiteish head; not much here to smell;lite bitter taste and linger;lite mouthfeel; overall, wet carpet finish.

Photo of Alanca
4.74/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super awesome beer it tasted like the sweat from a super model

Photo of jsimozar
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Feels a bit watered down. Not much smell. Might have something to do with it being poured from tap.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, deep, dark, clear, reddish/mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some good aromas of toasted malt, imparting notes of biscuits, English muffins and toasted soda bread. I get notes of brown sugar, caramel, black pepper, as well as some floral notes of clover, freshly cut grass and hops.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Up front are strong flavors of toasted malt, imparting notes of biscuits, English muffins and toasted soda bread, followed by some sweet flavors of brown sugar and caramel. The beer finishes with some very slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to medium-thin, with some ok carbonation. With an ABV of 4.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate at all.

Overall: I really like this beer! It’s not spectacular, exceptional, or even great, but it’s a very, very, good, solid malt forward, slightly sweet ale. One of my favorite session beers!

Photo of loubar
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Pours a reddish amber with a lasting off white head and plenty of spotty lace. Flavor of caramel malt with hints of honey and a pleasant dry finish. Balanced, clean and refreshing. The body is medium thin and lager-like, but with a creamy mouth feel. Not particularly complex but it’s not supposed to be. A really nice 4.5% ABV session ale.

Photo of beerrat
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Pours dark reddish brown tiny head.Taste mild bitter after taste.I think this glass would taste better if it was not served so cold. After the glass set and got just a little bit warmer it tasted more smooth.

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

To me, this sets the standard for Irish Red Ale. It is dry, balanced, and has a wonderful aftertaste. I've tried other Red Ales that aim for a bolder flavour, but Smithwick's is consistently enjoyable. Overall, it is also well priced for an imported beer. This is a go-to for me, any it is in heavy rotation for St. Patty's day celebrations.

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Great in the line and it shows. It is the standard in my opinion

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%

Pours a nice light amber color with decent head retention. The smell had some hops to it, but also what seemed like cooked rice and little bit of oak. The flavor was a little underwhelming with most of the flavor being in the aftertaste. The beginning has a bit of bread flavor while finish has a bit of hop bite that lingers. Not bad, but nothing great either.

Photo of dar482
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%

The aroma has lightly roasted malt, cereal grain

The flavor follows with those flavors as the beer is generally malty. Cereal grain and a decent body Lacking in flavor and then a corn-like flavor comes in. A slightly metallic finish.

Photo of Urk1127
1.85/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Dark red almost brown. Smell is yeast. Toasty caramel malt. Light mouthfeel. No head. Light carbonation. Sweet taste but not in a good way. I did not like this

Photo of Jayball10
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Being from Ireland I drink a lot of this stuff. Light enough to guzzle all night and not have a banging head the next morning. Tip: If in Ireland ask for a Smithwicks with a Guinness head ;)

Photo of soneill065
4/5  rDev +15.9%

An Irish red ale that predates Arthur Guinness's famous brew, it is a pleasant beer that contains both a sweet and bitter taste at the same time with a fruity aroma. Ideal for those heavy sessions when you don't want a massive hangover. This beer deserves more credit in my opinion

Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%

On the once a year I drink Irish beer, I prefer this or a black and tan depending on my mood. It's decent, just as the ratings indicate, but nothing outstanding. Surprisingly low alcohol in this one, probably done that way on purpose so you can have several of them at a time.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Sampled last night on 9/8/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .3L boot.

Pours a deep brown amber in color with a good 2-finger foamy head that stays around for a white. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of caramel malts and floral hops for the most part. A bit more going on with the taste with some roasted malts, toffee and slightly nutty flavor in the mix also. Slight bitter aftertaste that lingered a bit more than I would like. Overall, it was OK.

Photo of OldCat
5/5  rDev +44.9%

I had my first Smithwick's while in divinity school last summer. It's dark full bodied flavor was the perfect beverage for the peppered venison tenderloin I sizzled up for supper on several occasions. This is a smooth, non-bitter, manly brew.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

11.2 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear copper with a solid one-inch thick off-white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Caramel malts, mild toffee, faintly floral with mild honey overtones.

T: Slightly toasted and roasted malts, caramel and toffee, biscuits and nuts.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Clean, sharp, semi-dry malty and nutty finish.

O: Solid for the style - enjoyed. Note: the bottle looks like the one posted for the "superior" Irish ale, but this one clearly says "premium".

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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