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
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3.84/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from an 11.2 ounce Euro-brown bottle into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about one inch of a creamy, pale tan head that proves quite sticky. The color is a deep copper with high carbonation.
I perceive that old familiar aroma of minerals and faint, tea-like hops that distinguish many of these beers from the Brittanic isles. The flavor is malty and a little sweet but with a fairly dry finish. The malt tastes of caramel, but hints of a honey-like quality can be detected as well. The body is medium thin and lager-like, but with a creamy mouth feel from the head and carbonation. A little bit of grassy hop bitterness settles on the tongue.
This is a fairly light, sessionable and refreshing beer but with a good deal of flavor. Nothing special, but nothing overbearing or off-putting- just an all around good beer. Bought as part of a six pack for about $8.50 (on sale) at Hennessey Market in uptown Butte. Believe it or not, this is a fairly rare beer to find in these parts.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 01:30:21 | More by archyquaffer
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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