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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: 2,124
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 20
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006)
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Photo of Iowacraft


2/5  rDev -42.4%

02-19-2012 16:59:00 | More by Iowacraft
Photo of fx20736

New York

2.08/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 23:08:54 | More by fx20736
Photo of Blakaeris


2.08/5  rDev -40.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 23:53:04 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of theopholis


2.1/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 03:27:46 | More by theopholis
Photo of busterthecat


2.1/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:17:18 | More by busterthecat
Photo of GRG1313


2.13/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 21:23:02 | More by GRG1313
Photo of Osirus


2.13/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 15:33:44 | More by Osirus
Photo of charlesw

New York

2.15/5  rDev -38%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 23:42:26 | More by charlesw
Photo of Spider889


2.15/5  rDev -38%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 06:50:34 | More by Spider889
Photo of WakeandBake


2.15/5  rDev -38%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 23:04:50 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of mctizzz


2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

04-10-2012 13:11:19 | More by mctizzz
Photo of Keith_R


2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

08-15-2012 02:02:33 | More by Keith_R
Photo of justinbrown


2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

03-17-2012 19:28:38 | More by justinbrown
Photo of LilMatrix


2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours clear and a light amber color; lacing clings and retains on the glass.

S - Faint and flat... kinda toasty, but not really.

T - Starts off with just a hint of malt which proceeds to a light alcohol taste and ends with a metallic hoppy taste.

M - Very thin bodied and a stingy carbonation.

D - This was leftovers from some 'Black-Smiths' we made (Guinness/Smithwick's). Seems to be better w/ Guinness, not so much by itself. I'd drink this over AB or Miller product but I would get sick of the taste and stingy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 04:19:35 | More by LilMatrix
Photo of Dbot


2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

07-04-2014 23:41:43 | More by Dbot
Photo of Didier

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

07-05-2012 22:26:36 | More by Didier
Photo of thomseye


2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

02-20-2014 08:41:38 | More by thomseye
Photo of MumboJumbo


2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

04-04-2012 19:14:40 | More by MumboJumbo
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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

05-23-2013 13:39:28 | More by kvnstfrd
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2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

02-10-2014 20:33:24 | More by HRamz3
Photo of mactrail


2.28/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Flat and dishwatery are the flavors that come to mind. The faintest beer-like smell. Why do I think of bricks and concrete basements? There is something like used tea bags and spoiled fruit here. A hint of sawdust in the nose. Sharpish club soda flavor takes over. No hint of anything hop-like, nor any hint of malty sweetness. The head is big and rather coarse, but pleasant enough.

This is such a wretched beer, I don't think being an allegedly Irish style is any excuse. I went back and looked at my review of bottled Guiness with the new harp logo. The Diageo legacy seems to be making their beers into even more unpleasant industrial concoctions. I feel a rant coming on.

12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 05:43:56 | More by mactrail
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.33/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a bottle into a lager glass .Pours a dark cherry red with a two and a half finger head. The smell is of sweet candy. Lots of sweet candy. Unfortunately, The taste is of agave and tequila. I hate tequila, thus and so why it is getting the current rating that it is getting from me. The mouthfeel opens up nothing else, Just more agave and tequila. Sweet, Yes, Drinkable, Perhaps, Bad tasting? depends on whether or not you can drink Cuervo. The only beer I have had that tastes like it should be made into a liqueur, Or better yet, A tequila. I'd avoid, But I got the bottle for free, So no true complaints. Overall, A 2..

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 02:53:58 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of ghostofpaulman


2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was really dissapointed by this one.red ales are usually one of my favorite beer types and this just didn't hold up anywhere near others that i've tried.

All I can really say about it is that it looked liked killian's when i poured it, but tasted and felt like milwaukee's best when i drank it.

Guiness should really stop charging people $8 a six pack for an $8 a 12 pack beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 09:33:42 | More by ghostofpaulman
Photo of KarlHungus


2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew pours a clear dark red color. The head is two-fingers in height, and recedes slowly into decent lacing. The aroma is of malty and mildly spicy. The taste is amazing, but not in a good way. I am amazed at how a beer this dark can have such little flavor. There is absolutely nothing there while the beer is in my mouth, and the aftertaste of caramel malt is very mild. The mouthfeel is overcarbonated, which might account for some of the lack of flavor. It is also very light in body. Overall, this beer is a major disappointment. I will not buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 00:14:16 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of raszputini

North Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle. Pours amber with a very foamy white head. It kind of smells like a pilsner. Very light notes of caramel and malt, hops are very understated, almost non-existent. This ale is very easy to drink, but there's just not much to get excited about. Boring.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 02:49:40 | More by raszputini
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 2,124 ratings.