Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
3.68/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bought a six pack of this for St. Patty's Day. Cheers! 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Review taken from shorthand text message notes to self.
Appearance: The brew poured a clear and transparent - but very dark - amber with hints of brown in there. A vigorous pour produced a rocky ivory-colored head of about 3 fingers. Some visible carbonation floats, and as the beer is consumed, strings and rings of lacing drag the glass. Very nice looking beer, I'm really enjoying the color of it.
Smell: Just okay. There are some caramel scents from the malt as well as some earthy hops and just a touch of roasted nuttiness. There's a slightly weird metallic funk lingering in the background, homage to the mass-produced nature of this brew. Not bad overall, smell is rather faint.
Taste: Hey, this isn't bad. Not bad at all. Some sweet and sugary caramel malt flavors hit the front of the tongue and follow with just a small bite of earthy, sort of dirty-tasting hops. The brew rounds out with a touch of smokiness and nut character. A very balanced and drinkable beer. Not quite sessionable, but refreshing. Would definitely drink again, but there are some undesirable metallic notes in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth on the palate, medium body with fairly low carbonation. Finishes slightly dry on the tongue and coats the mouth with the flavors in the finish. High drinkability due to its simple balanced nature and decent flavors.
Not a bad beer overall. It's not something I would chase after regularly, but it's a solid Irish beer and is very drinkable. The low ABV makes it ideal for longer drinking sessions. Worth a try if nothing else.
Serving type: bottle
03-18-2011 06:13:00 | More by Groomsy
More User Reviews:
3.2/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Now sold with the modernized red label. Pours dark amber with a 2 finger off-white head. Decent carbonation with malty and slightly skunky aroma. Taste is metallic bitterness then turns malty and sweet. Medium mouthfeel with some slight grittiness? Finishes off typical of mass produced brews. Good but nothing stands out.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 02:17:36 | More by Murphious
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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