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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,454
Reviews: 758
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 37
Gots: 269 | 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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2/5  rDev -42%

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2/5  rDev -42%

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2/5  rDev -42%

Photo of Blakaeris
2.05/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours burnished copper with a thick pillowy head.

Aroma is almost nonexistent. A mild malt sweetness is all I can find.

Taste is sweet, light caramel malt with the slightest hint of peaty smokiness. Hops appear in the finish for an instant and then disappear.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

A startlingly light and tasteless version of the style. Granted, I do not find any off or offensive flavor. However, there is very little flavor of any kind to be found at all.

Photo of fx20736
2.12/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint at fridge temp.

Tea-like amber with a natural vanilla toned thick head. Impressive lacing.

Aroma: This must be what DMS smells like. Reminds me of a dirty diaper.

Well structured mouthfeel.

Tastes like it smells.

Notes: There was a time when I liked this beer. That was before I delved into craft beer. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

Photo of busterthecat
2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a mildly transparent muddy red hue. a thick rocky head forms before dispersing. Lots of large bubbles from carbonation.

S- Light, sweet, canned pears. Kinda sugary, no hops or bitterness detected.

T- Similar to smell, but less robust. A sweet light malt body, one dimensional. No fingering of flavors. No hops or much of anything. A slight earthiness in finish.

M- Like a faint bubbly soda. Thin, watery, very light.

D/O- Like a dark semi-sweet soda water. Nothing really to it.

Photo of theopholis
2.14/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- Very deep, clear amber color That continues effervescing for a while. Small white head with little staying power. Foam clings to the side well.

Aroma- Very faint caramel. Some malt sweetnessand malty. No hop aroma.

Taste- Not real impressive. Somewhat of a malty flavor with a strong metallic after-taste. some hop bitterness. Kind of dry at the finsih to. Not much to recommend it.

Mouthfeel- Body a tad light and over-carbonated. The over-carbonation brings out the very worst in the taste.

Drinkability- Wish I hadn't bought a sixer.

Photo of Osirus
2.14/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Deep copper. In a curved pint it was a beautiful copper on the bottom and dark hued brown on top which was good. A little lacking on the foam but I did not control the pour. Good Belgian Lace considering the lack of head.

Smell - Caramel, grain, not much hop presence. Simple and leaning heavily towards malt.

Taste - Like the smell, the taste is simple and straightforward. Straight to maltiness with little complexity.

Mouthfeel - A little on the thin side. Carbonation was ok.

Overall - Simple. Middle of the road. Pedestrian but that is sometimes a good thing. There is nothing bad about this beer.

Photo of charlesw
2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Beautiful amber color and medium white head. Knocked for losing the head too quickly.

Smells like an american macro lager - corn, "crisp" hops, overcarbonation. Yuck.

Doesn't taste too much of corn but, yeah, it's there. Some malt. Carbonic acid/pride of ringwood hops/too much of a bite to this. On cask it might be worth drinking. Maybe. In a bottle it sucks.

Too carbonated to want to drink it and I can't think of a time when this would be the right beer.

Knock the carbonation way down. Get rid of the corn. If knocking the carbonation down hasn't already done it, increase the body a bit through some other means. Add a touch of wheat to get better head retention. "Inspired by the original recipe" my ass!

Photo of Spider889
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looking back at a beer that I used to consider my favorite. This time around I couldn't even finish the glass I was so disappointed... luckily the damn thing was free.

Nice dark color, a sort of watery coffee ground brown. Small head on it.

Smelled half of roasted malts and half of a macro lager.

I used to think this was such a complex, flavorful, and rich beer. Years later I discover that I tastes like a blend of Guinness Draught and Harp. Not very appealing at all.

Mouthfeel is thin and creamy, barely carbonated at all.

This beer drinks easily if you like it, but i have to mark it low because I couldn't stomach a pint of it.

Time changes a lot of things. I still have a ton of respect for this beer as one of the gateways into craft and import goodness for me. But, unless it's free again, I don't see myself ever ordering one outside of some need to experience nostalgia in my olden days far from now...

Photo of WakeandBake
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear mahogony hue with a soapy sudsy white head. Herbal, caramel malt aroma with notes of apples and hay, some roast and burnt notes. Most of the flavors are roasty, dry and lots of cramel malt flavor and dry grain. some notes of apple and cardboard. Sorry I did not like this at all and had a hard time finishing it.

Photo of BobMessina
2.2/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.2/5  rDev -36.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Photo of GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From the brewers of Guiness.

Pours brown/black with a thick, firm and pillowy off white head. Nice looking and inviting.

Nose is lightly sweet, lightly burned black coffee with a plum character. Better than it sounds.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with no character or appeal. Feels like a light coffee flavored water in your mouth.

Flavors follow. Light, weak and watered. Like a weak cup of coffee to which one added light carbonation and some water.

No reason to drink this one, unless one needs to hydrate and there no water in sight.

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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