Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish AleSmithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale

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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 766
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 41
Gots: 312 | 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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Photo of ExtraStout
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Had a nice amber/red color that was semi-transparent with a good 1-finger head.

Smell: Has a very nice aroma that is somewhat floral with hints of a hoppy scent.

Taste: This was a little more bland than expected, but it did have a good bitter aftertaste while remaining smooth and well-balanced. Good.

Mouthfeel: Has a bit of a watery feel to it, but not too thin to be a turn off.

Drinkability: Pretty good but I would rate higher if it wasn't for the thin watery mouthfeel. Certainly worth keeping in mind.

Photo of sgoodship
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Checking out the inauguration on the TV in a bar near work, I was faced with limited choices. Decided to try this on-tap.

A: Dark clear reddish brown with visible carbonation. Small fizzy white head that retained a thin head throughout. Some spotty lacing.

S: Sourness that was a mix of malt and hops.

T: Earthy, roasted malt. A hint of sweetness. The telltale dry bitter hop finish. At times the finish and aftertaste seemed watery to me.

M: Very light body. Crisp but fizzy.

D: I guess it is drinkable in the sense that you could knock them back if you wanted to . I didn't find it enjoyable (I switched drinks) and I wouldn't go out of my way to have another. It was a monotone and diluted experience for me.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Abundant foamy white head with good retention formed with a modest pour, which diminished to a thin layer of bubbles after a time. The color was a medium to dark brown in color, clear in nature.

S: Mild scents of light malt and, perhaps, tobacco. No real hop smell on the nose.

T: Mildly malty, nicely carbonated, and relatively clean finish. Drinks very smoothly.

M&D: The mouthfeel for this is nearly perfect for the flavors on the palate as everything comes together for a very enjoyable brew. I don't know that I would call this one "balanced" in flavor as there is definitely little in the way of hop bitterness, but man, this stuff is easy drinking and highly enjoyable.

Photo of NWer
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at an Irish Pub.
Looks good. Rich red appearance, minimal head. Served cold. Allowed to warm.
First impression first sip was disappointing. Bland. Thin. Is that all there is? Nothing much I can say about this beer that was memorable.
An OK beer but nothing to seek out.

Photo of generallee
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served at Doc Sullivan's, from tap and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It poured a dark reddish brown color with a thin white head that leaves nice rings of lace behind on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet malty nose with some mild hop notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a creamy smooth malt character that is fairly sweet with some caramel notes and mild hops for balance. The carbonation is very mild making the texture creamy smooth. It has a medium body with a thin balanced finish.

Notes: Overall it's a very drinkable beer with a good body and flavor although not quite as deep as I would like to see. Still it's very drinkable.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

alright, this household's everyday session beer is an Irish Red Ale (McNally's) so, i'll need to see how this one compares.

A: Pours a dark orange-copper color with an inch of fluffy head that diminishes into a slick that holds up along with with lacing. So far, so good.

S: It had a slight skunky wiff upon cracking the bottle, which had me worried a bit, surprisingly more hops smell than my everyday. to sum up, smells like proofed dough.

T: roasted malts, a bit nutty and earthen with a dry hop bite at the end. i like it, though i've had better. not as smooth tasting as some others.

M: overall, thin and fizzy with a thin entrance and exit, it somewhat bodies up a bit midway.

D: it's bitterness as compared to some others makes it not as drinkable as i prefer, though it does taste and feel above average, it's a bit harsh for only a 4.5 ABV.

Photo of nem2006
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured the beer into a pint glass. The beer has a nice white head which was maintained all during and left nice lacing on the side of the glass. It was a deep amber/copper color, but clear with a little visible carbonation.

There was a nice little hint of sweet from the roasted malts and the bitterness of the hops at the finish is not overpowering and balances it well.

Overall, I think it is a good beer, especially considering its mass production and distribution. Normally these beers don't stay strong when that happens.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A; Dark amber, mahogany color with a good 2 finger cream colored head

S: Roasted malt and bread-like smell

T: very roasty taste with caramel and nutty notes. little to now hop flavor, slight bitterness. This beer falls well into the style guide for an Irish Red Ale

M: Seems high in carbonation with a medium body. The beer has a clean crisp finish

D: Great beer, definitely going to have a few more for St. Patti's day. Irish Red is one of my favorite styles and this is a very good representation of that.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since I can't stand Guinness in a can, this is my go-to St. Patty's brew. Figured I'd give it a proper review.

Pours a deep amber hue, about a half inch of head. Recedes to a ring, only slight lacing.

Nose is good, but not very complex. Caramel malts with a touch of butter.

A surprisingly sweet brew (I remember in younger days I used to think this beer was too bitter...), sweet caramel malts up front followed by woody bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick, with sharp carbonation.

An old favorite, and my default whenever I'm in a pseudo-Irish pub and need a good draught.

Photo of mattster
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Opened 12oz bottle, poured into pint glass.

Thin creamy head dissipates quickly, light lace on top. Nice dark Red with light haze. No Visible bubbles.

Smell is of malts, no other smells - although I thought I had a brief hint of chocolate. Taste is uninspired. Dry, but a tad malty, slight bitter.

This is not a bad brew, just nothing that stands out. It is pretty smooth on the finish, not over powering, very easy to drink.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber with a thick white head. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very mild malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, light to medium bodied. Taste of mild malts and some nutty notes.

Overall: Always been a fan of Smithwick's. This is a good brew to go to if there is not many options.

Photo of magictrokini
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Shakespeare's - San Diego. Very dark for an ale. The aroma is terrible, a mix of b.o. and livestock feed. But, this beer redeems itself with the taste. Creamy like a Boddington's, but drier and crisper. Slight malt and hops. Good beer.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served into a Guinness pub glass from a 12oz.long neck brown bottle with crimped-on cap.

Meduim copper/red clear.Creamy,rocky white head 2'' thick with good retention, chunks of lace clinging down the sides of the glass.

A nice malty nose, roasty/carmelly with a smoked peat aroma.Clean,with a pleasing earthy quality.

Complex malty tastes of chocolate/caramell/roasty with a slight burnt taste. Clean,sharp finish with an earty bitterness and sweet caramell,slightly tart with a lingering sweetness.

Light to medium mouthfeel.a bit grainy.Very drinkable a smooth and refreshing beer.My first Smithwick's,didn't get a lot of good imput on this beer. A pleasing suprise for me. I found this to be a very good beer.

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 jondeelee
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells grainy and yeasty, with obvious notes of lightly-toasted malts. There's also a slightly stale quality to the aroma, as if beer-soaked bread had been left out overnight.

On the tongue, malts are the most obvious and immediate flavor, coming through in light streams of Grape Nuts cereal-like notes, or lightly-toasted barley. Hints of wheat bread can be found, along with biscuit and light caramels, and perhaps a shade of apricot right at the edge. Hops are a vague shadow in the background, providing only the merest hint of a grapefruit buzz, but still nicely complementing the malts. The aftertaste varies little from the body, and fades off quickly. Carbonation seems a little high to me.

Overall, this is a decent ale, and given its safe, middle-of-the-road approach (which is not a criticism; there *is* a place and purpose for such ales), it's easy to see why so many choose this as their drink of choice. It definitely goes down easy, and could be quaffed in great quantities.

Photo of ehammond1
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Patrick's Irish Pub
Poway, CA

A good enough looking beer. A deep rich mahogany color with a thin white head that doesn't stick around for long at all. This beer leaves nice and regular lacing down the glass.

I struggle to find much in the nose except simple bready malts and a slight hint of fruity sweetness.

A mild fruity taste with dominant bready, toasty and caramel malts. Pleasant enough but unexciting.

Thin and watery mouthfeel. Not much heft to this beer.

A sessionable and serviceable red ale, appropriate for an Irish pub setting if Guinness isn't what you want.

Photo of MattyG85
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber ruby red with lots of rising bubbles. Impressive five finger off white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing sticking around the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts that are slightly roasted with plenty of caramel and toffee. A very bready and biscuity aroma. Light hint of earthy hops in the background. A pretty nice smell of bread.

Taste: Sweet bready pale malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and wheat grains. Somewhat roasty like darker bread. Light taste of earthy hops towards the finish. Fairly simple but the malt taste is solid.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and somewhat drying in the finish.

Overall: A nice tasting Red Ale. On the lighter side but good for the style.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Bill's Seafood in Westbrook

Poured an amber color with a one finger off white head that faded fast to just a ring. Very very slight spotty lacing. Not much carbonation.

Smell is bland, if I can try I pick up some caramel malts, but barely. Not an aromatic beer.

Taste is similar, watery with a caramel malt at the middle and a very delicate hop finish. Above adjunct but not an Irish Red like Sam Adams.

Mouthfeel is watery, thin, no carbonation bite.

Drinkabilty is average, you will get bored of this beer faster than you will get full or buzzed.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown and red pour, head gets eviscerated quickly. Aroma was like that earthy dirt and stuff homebrewers use in their red ales.

Taste, hate to use the b word (boring) but this is just a beer with enough malt base to make it something more substantial and justifiable than a BMC beer, but its still a red ale that lacks any complexity or imagination. I mean jeez, even the reds that just hop it up at least taste better, even if they are far from innovative.

This is really just like Killians, but a little bit thicker.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice Guinness sampler in cans this one appears a pale copper amber with a big highly carbonated khaki tan head, fine bubbles cling to the sides of my glass great head retention. Aroma has biscuit malts with a fresh baked bread note, very tame nose on it with a hint of herbal hops in the backend. My wife loves it and I'm frankly okay with this beer enough flavor to keep me interested. Bready malts hints of faint herbal hops well balanced mass produced drinking ale, you can't really go wrong with at least trying this beer especially well protected from the light in can form. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied smooth flowing natural carbonation arises across the palate, I know I like it. Overall, an impressive beer that I would like to indulge in a couple pints of without having to worry about whether or not it's considered craft or not it's an acceptable Irish ale better than most imports these days and that's good enough for me to spend my hard earned dollars.

Photo of glid02
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the new Fado in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with red highlights. The head is very foamy - I thought it was a nitro-tap at first - and sticks around for a while before dissipating into a thin pancake of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is very nice.

Smells lightly of toasted malts with a very small hint of pears. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes good. Again, small toasted malt flavors are joined by a bit of bitterness midway through the sip that keeps on through the ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with grainy carbonation that goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is probably the best parts about this beer. It goes down very easily - I had mine with an Irish breakfast - and it's sessionability is great.

Overall there's nothing overly spectacular about this beer, in fact there's nothing even very good about this beer. It's a good session beer when you're looking to give your taste buds a break.

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard pint glass applied...

Dark copper color with two finger head with decent staying power and leaves lots of thick lacing. Smells like the inside of a whiskey barrel...slightly burnt wood soaked alcohol scent that works well for me. Taste is not complex, malt up front with hop bitterness bringing up the rear with dry finish. Light in body therefore highly drinkable. A decent, solid beer that goes down easy.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark reddish-brown body with a strong carbonation and a crystal clear body. The head is a thick dense light tan mass that has an iceberg shape as it sits above the glass.

S- The faint aroma of dry pale malt with a slight cooked corn sweetness in the background. Some faint noble hop bitterness finishes the smell

T- This beer has a light taste of pale malt with a faint dry lightly toasted malt in the background. There is a soft bitter noble hop finish but no hop flavor other than that.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz in the texture.

D- This is a very light flavored, average beer in a "importee" bottle. Not much character or depth.

Photo of richkrull
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one yesterday at Paddy Coughlan's Pub in Fort Atkinson, WI.

Poured a darker amber brown color with just a bit of head. Not a whole lot of aroma to it, just some malt coming through. Taste was not too bad, sweet, nutty, slightly bitter. Relatively light bodied beer. Pretty decent overall.

Photo of Auraan
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear amber red with a one finger white head that receded to a white ring leaving abundant lacing down the glass. Pretty good for the style. Scents of skunked hops, caramel, toasted malt and slight nutty aromas. Not the best scent in the world, but not bad for a red ale. Flavors of toasted malt, caramel, some grainy malt and moderate levels of floral hops throughout with some slight nuttiness. The finish is semi-dry and toasty with a toasty aftertaste. Not bad, not extremely complex but good for a session ale, the toasted, nutty and caramel flavors are quite nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with medium carbonation and a slightly watery mouthfeel. Not bad for a session ale, quite drinkable. Overall this is a decent session ale. Nothing bad about it, but nothing amazing, its still a good enough offering. I'd have it again.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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