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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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

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Ratings: 1984
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006)
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4.14/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite beers at my place of work. We have it on draft which definitely creates a better experience. It pours a very pleasant copper/red and has a sweet malty aroma. Its sweet aroma transitions nicely into a semi sweet flavor that makes for a very easy drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2014 18:18:01 | More by ZachMcGinn
Photo of Dsimenson


3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft poured into a pint glass. Little head and no lacing as you drink it. Nice medium brown color. Little aroma--just a bit of grain an toffee. Flavor is mild, not complex--grain and malt with a bit of toffee. Not a lit of hops, or perhaps it is a type of hops I am not familiar with. This is a style of ale that I don't know or understand. Mouth feel is OK, not creamy. Overall this was disapointinting--an OK ale but not one I would seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 06:53:30 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of Jdbateman83


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very smooth ale. Hints of caramel, fruit, malt, sweat, honey, smoke. Very easy to drink, if its on tap, and I am in the mood, why not. Is one of my top go to beers if nothing else is on tap I feel like, and when you go to an Irish bar (down the street from my house) and you don't like Guinness, this is one of the best alternatives. I love to drink my setting, and this will do just fine for my Irish bars. Go Groggs!

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 04:24:21 | More by Jdbateman83
Photo of BrewMcQ


4.95/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Since everyone else has described the flavor (which is all highly subjective), this is the "go-to" beer in my household. It's smooth and light and just an all-around solid Irish ale.

When I brew my Irish ale, this is the benchmark I use.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 14:20:23 | More by BrewMcQ
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District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Sine in Arlington, VA.

The beer is amber hued with a thin tan head. Honey and fruit notes. Bread and biscuit character with a light bitterness in the finish. Pretty easy to drink. Unexciting but inoffensive. Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Ok.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2013 22:45:09 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a reddish-brown colored brew with a very small tan colored head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is malty with notes of biscuit and lightly roasted smells. With these aromas comes a rather stronger sweet smell of caramel and apple. A very light grassy aroma rounds out the rest creating a rather nice smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and biscuit flavor upfront with a moderate amount of a caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances a little bit of a fruit flavor as well as some grassy hop tastes come to the tongue. The caramel takes on a more toffee like flavor more toward the end with these flavors leaving a lightly roasted and light sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly above average side for a brew of only 4.5 % abv. The carbonation level is rather average as well and in combination with the moderately thick body creates a feel that is very nice for the lightly roasted and toffee/caramel flavors of the brew.

Overall – Not a flavor powerhouse but rather easy drinking and a good brew for the more session level of alcohol. Overall it’s rather well done.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2013 23:57:41 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of kilustration


3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker clear amber solid creamy head

S: Some toasty caramel malt nice

T: Malt taste mild hops much above average red ale.

M: Quite nice, not heavy - smooth.

O: Solid Irish Red Ale, not my favorite type of beer - but will take this over any I have tried before.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2013 04:03:51 | More by kilustration
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, pours a nice dark amber/light red, good 3/4 inches of foam with good retention.

Smell is caramel dominated, some bready smell and slight hops.

Taste is light, dry, slight coffee finish.

Very smooth, light-medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer, a staple at pubs and often one of the better beers available.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 00:42:55 | More by NV9
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber with moderate cap of dense foam. Scent brings toasted and roasted malts with a moderate dose of caramel, light herbal hoppyness. Taste is quite pleasent, malt forward with equal notes of toast and caramel, light herbal and grassy hops. Little bit more body than expected from the ABVs. Solid, easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2013 15:33:19 | More by rfgetz
Photo of pmorey


3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Started off my St. Patricks Day with a Smithwicks at the Temple Bar in Chicago. Served in a plastic cup pint.

Good dark color with nice foamy head off the pour that laced nicely. Malty and smooth, nothing jumps out as great, but nothing bad either. Just a good old reliable pub choice that I could drink anytime if nothing better was available.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 17:02:00 | More by pmorey
Photo of VonThinker

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For lack of anything more exotic at a local restaurant went to this acceptable go-to

A: Reddish/amber, clear, 1 finger white head

S: Some malty/caramel, not much else

T: Moderate malt taste slight caramel, not too much else that stands out, definitely muted on the hops side

M: Thin, moderate carbonation

O: A decent average beer, certainly beats almost all other American tap offerings

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 00:46:56 | More by VonThinker
Photo of spdyfire83


3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

296th Review
On draft at The Woolshed
Served in a namesake pint glass

A: Faded reddish, dark amber. Single (white) fingernail head.

S: Caramel sweetness, touch of hops, and loads of bitter. Hint of breadiness too.

T: Lightly toasted grain, bread, soft caramel sweetness, and faint hops. Hint of apple fruitiness here as well.

M: Lighter medium body with robust, smooth carbonation.

O: Decent beer to enjoy a couple of pints while watching American football on a late Sunday evening in Dublin, but nothing amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2012 17:36:11 | More by spdyfire83
Photo of FlyingBull


3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at Ould Soud in SD on tap. Had a Harp just before it. Was doing the "Irish beer tour". :-)

This beer was a clear, dark reddish-brown. I've had it in bottle before and always found it to be a little darker than what one would expect from an Irish red. It poured on tap with a nice 1 finger off-white head that held through most of the drink. There was a nice, sweet malt aroma with very light hops in the background. The initial taste was very malty and somewhat sweet, with nice carmel notes up front and in the middle. It finished nicely with a mild sweetness and some light hop notes.

Overall, this beer is a very nice Irish red; very drinkable - espcially on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 03:35:14 | More by FlyingBull
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Village Pourhouse in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with an even thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed (it practically coated the entire inside of the glass).

S: Moderate aromas of roasted/toasted malts and some caramel malt sweetness. There is a very light smell of nuttiness and peat notes.

T: Moderate flavors of molasses and caramel malt sweetness with some light notes of nuts. There is a light amount of peat smokiness and light earthy hop notes. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness with this beer that lingers in a non-aggressive fashion.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: Relatively easy to drink but not one of my favorite beers - I think this one might be a little more enjoyable on nitro than it is on tap. This is just on the border of being sessionable - might be just a hint too bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2012 22:39:37 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Murrhey


2.63/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the Auld Irisher in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin but fluffy khaki head. Clear dark caramel color. very well carbonated. Great lacing.

S- Malty and a bit skunky, rich nutty smells though.

T- Bitter malts and nutty tastes. It would be good if it wasn't so watery.

M- Light bodied, clean finish. Very watery.

O- Wasn't expecting much, but not bad. Like it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 17:42:42 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Tschnab

New York

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark copper body with some now and then lace, this'd a thin head that lingers.

S- bread and malt mostly, some subtle caramel and light fruit. A small hop aroma is also present.

T- this is a pretty fantastic session beer, since the body is spot on and the flavors are all spot on to style. The flavors from the aroma aroma are all here.

O- this one is a really underrated session beer IMO. Just a classic rendition of an English style pub ale.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 23:55:35 | More by Tschnab
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3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Presents a single finger of head with heavy lacing on top of a standard amber with great clarity. Smells initially of a fruity ale yeast esters but it is short-lived, eventually settles down into a normal biscuit malt aroma. Flavor is a grainy and biscuit malt base with an creeping rise of diacetyl butter in the finish, texture is light, crisp and fresh. I cannot find any significant hopping character in either the flavor or aroma, and this is fresh from the tap!! If only the level of butter was reigned in slightly, and some kind of significant hopping accent were present, this one would have been pretty great.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 18:43:35 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of hopfacebrew


4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in a pint glass.

A - Amber/Light Brown color and almost perfectly clear. A nice 2 finger white head with great retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is that of sweet malt character. Some bread and biscuit tones as well.

T/M - The beer starts with the sweet malt character and develops into a well balanced beer with nice toasted malt to even out the sweetness, mild hop bitterness. The beer finishes very smooth and creamy. Good carbonation and light to medium bodied.

D - Extremely.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 02-28-2011 14:29:04

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2012 14:26:10 | More by hopfacebrew
Photo of WoodBrew


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried Smithwick's irish red at the Tilted Kilt today...good beer and good service. The beer pours a deep clear amber with white head that left some lacing on the glass. The smell was fairly simple, malt. The taste was a decent malt based beer that had subtle hop to help clear the pallet. The mouthfeel was a nice medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 03:27:07 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a 20-oz. imperial glass at Hooley’s in La Mesa, Calif. Color was dark red, kind of brownish. About an inch of head. Caramel chocolate lacing on the top. Good looking film on the sides that stayed throughout.

I had to work for the smell, but I got some fruity aromas. Cherry and apple led the way.

Really didn’t taste like the nose indicated. Tasted toffee, nutty and roasty malts.

Light body. Average carbonation. Smooth and roasty finish.

I surprising enjoyed this beer a lot. Just a smooth, roasty beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 09:47:15 | More by BucannonXC5
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Appearance - Clear brown colour with a large frothy off-white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes or so.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, roasted/toasted notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, nuts, and some raisins. There is also a slight amount of a woodiness and a touch of spice. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - An above average highly sessionable beer that is a better option than most of the beers available to me locally. It hit the spot and I'll order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 18:05:04 | More by spinrsx
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

one of the better large scale imports. pours deep amber in color with a fluffy white head. smells like a cross between a guinness and a bass, malty and roasty and defiantly english in nature, although its not made in england. flavor is very well balanced, drinkable for its color, and fairly priced. finish is a bit dry, but it adds an appealing character to this brew. one of my favorite beers to take on the golf course

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 23:42:13 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of socon67

New York

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours darek amber\red with a slight rust color head. No foam retention, and mild lacing.

S - Scents of malt, and cherries.

T - Flavor of malt, some residual sweetness. Flavors are typcial for an irish red, but just seemed diluted somewhat.

M - Light bodied, low carbonation, slightly watery, some acidic bite at the end.

O - Standard irish red. Good with food. While standard for the style, I'd recommend plenty of others.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 02:42:59 | More by socon67
Photo of iSip


3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smithwicks Irish Ale: I sampled a Smithwicks on tap during at the Minneapolis airport. It must have been near the bottom of the barrel, as the bar tender had to resort to filling a pitcher with beer and foam, let a glass of beer settle to the bottom and then pour my glass. So this pour may not be a fair review of Smithwicks, but what can I do. I paid top dollar for this beer, so I will review it as it came. There was a deep tan color to the body with light carbonation. The head was thin and off white with a good aroma of malt and some subtle spice. The Smithwicks had a great malt flavor tempered with a subtle bitter at the finish, some heft to the body. Overall a good Irish Ale, even when I got the bottom of the barrel. It went down easily, and I would have had another if it were not for my one beer per day rule.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 23:12:57 | More by iSip
Photo of NWer


3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 12:37:56 | More by NWer
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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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