Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 760
Hads: 2,511
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 42
Gots: 328 | 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 chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle. 4.5% ABV.

Appearance: Dark red-brown color with a creamy and durable tan head that leaves the glass partly coated with foam.

Aroma: earthy hops; light spiciness and faint off-notes.

Taste: nearly as hoppy as malty; mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with medium carbonation. (306 characters)

Photo of the_awesometeer
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark reddish brown, small foamy head. Carbonation viable

Smell: Sweet malty smell with a hint of bitterness and hops

Taste: Nice simple malty taste, a very small hint of hops.

Feel: smooth nothing of note

Overall: Simple enjoyable beer (246 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good example of an Irish Red Ale, I found the flavor to be rich and full of malt and some fruit. It also has a nice copper color. I would drink this again. (167 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dull, clear copper or bronze with off-white medium-retention, somewhat rocky head. In the bottle, nose is pure bread. In the glass, more bread, some toast, but strong caramel predominates, accompanied by the faintest citrusy or herbal hops. Mostly toasty malts, a little crackery and a little tart, and caramel to the taste, much smaller black pepper, dark fruit, and licorice notes in the back, easily lost after your palate's been desensitized and giving way to a modicum of what can only be described as lemon, likely a combination of flavors. All this followed by just detectable — not even bitter, really — herbal hops in the finish. Gentle bitterness and caramel in the aftertaste. Medium, fine carbonation, bit of a creamy feel in this lighter end of medium-bodied brew. Only mild astringency, and no warming to speak of. (832 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.19/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caramel and toffee in the aroma. Brown sugar as well as dark fruits. Minerally, somewhat cola like. Some clove, cream soda. No hop character.

Pours amber with some ruby highlights. Off-white/light tan head. Good retention, decent lacing.

Toffee, brown sugar, molasses upfront finishing with biscuits and toast. A hint of coffee. Some dark fruits. No hop flavor. Mineral character is present. Nice and dry.

Medium low carbonation with medium light body. Somewhat chalky mouthfeel.

Quite nice. Better than I remember, but I could just be more accepting of the style now. (572 characters)

Photo of OldManMetal
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This typical red ale pours to a brief, thick rocky head on a clear, amber-brown medium body. The nose is malt-forward, predominately light caramel with more subdued alcohol notes and hints of cassis and plum. On the palate this maltiness is nicely balanced by alcohol notes and a moderate hops presence. The finish is a flash of caramel followed by a moderate hop bitterness that lingers until the next sip. (407 characters)

Photo of KinkyEconomist
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep reddish brown. Very appetizing looking! Not pitch dark, but it looks like a strong, solid beer.

Smell: A solid malty smell with a little bit of hops.

Taste: A standard ale with a little bit more malt than average. The blend of spices with the malt actually has the curious effect of tasting vaguely like bacon. Definitely fine to sip on at the bar or during a movie.

Feel: Carbonated enough to keep it medium/maybe a little heavier, with a very smooth finish. A little bitterness from hops at the very end.

Overall: Not bad, not great. If it was on special or someone offered it to me, I'd accept, but nothing I'd buy again (639 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too bad - had some body and feel, some aroma - a little malt, a little hop - rather middling - some malt and some hop but nothing compelling - decent but nothing I'd drink again. (182 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. Somewhat of a bready and tropical fruit aroma. Not much to it, though. Bready, biscuity malty taste with some fruity ester at the end - maybe some plums. Slight astringent aftertaste. Not much to it, though. Decent for drinking, but definitely not a go to beer. (382 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/30/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, and fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, plum, pear, apple, herbal, grass, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very good Irish red ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,568 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a flat root beer. Very clean aroma with some fruity esters. Mild hop noted as well. Mild flavours with more hop eccentuated. Metallic finish like I'm drinking out of a stainless steel tankard.
Paired well with Redbreast 12 yo cask strength Irish pot whiskey. I guess I'm feeling Irish today.
Solid pull off the shelf. (334 characters)

Photo of Capt_Pete
4.53/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught pour in a branded glass in my local village pub. Appearance is a dark ruby-red with a creamy head, it smells fruity, hoppy and with hints of caramel. Taste is balanced, not too sweet or too bitter and feels great going down, not too heavy but also not too light with a light, not bitter, caramelly aftertaste. Overall his is one of my favorite beers and I do a "BlackSmith" when I want to transition to a heavier stout. Can drink this all evening. (455 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, deep, dark, clear, reddish/mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some good aromas of toasted malt, imparting notes of biscuits, English muffins and toasted soda bread. I get notes of brown sugar, caramel, black pepper, as well as some floral notes of clover, freshly cut grass and hops.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Up front are strong flavors of toasted malt, imparting notes of biscuits, English muffins and toasted soda bread, followed by some sweet flavors of brown sugar and caramel. The beer finishes with some very slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to medium-thin, with some ok carbonation. With an ABV of 4.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate at all.

Overall: I really like this beer! It’s not spectacular, exceptional, or even great, but it’s a very, very, good, solid malt forward, slightly sweet ale. One of my favorite session beers! (1,070 characters)

Photo of loubar
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Pours a reddish amber with a lasting off white head and plenty of spotty lace. Flavor of caramel malt with hints of honey and a pleasant dry finish. Balanced, clean and refreshing. The body is medium thin and lager-like, but with a creamy mouth feel. Not particularly complex but it’s not supposed to be. A really nice 4.5% ABV session ale. (372 characters)

Photo of beerrat
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Pours dark reddish brown tiny head.Taste mild bitter after taste.I think this glass would taste better if it was not served so cold. After the glass set and got just a little bit warmer it tasted more smooth. (215 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

To me, this sets the standard for Irish Red Ale. It is dry, balanced, and has a wonderful aftertaste. I've tried other Red Ales that aim for a bolder flavour, but Smithwick's is consistently enjoyable. Overall, it is also well priced for an imported beer. This is a go-to for me, any it is in heavy rotation for St. Patty's day celebrations. (341 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%

Pours a nice light amber color with decent head retention. The smell had some hops to it, but also what seemed like cooked rice and little bit of oak. The flavor was a little underwhelming with most of the flavor being in the aftertaste. The beginning has a bit of bread flavor while finish has a bit of hop bite that lingers. Not bad, but nothing great either. (361 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%

The aroma has lightly roasted malt, cereal grain

The flavor follows with those flavors as the beer is generally malty. Cereal grain and a decent body Lacking in flavor and then a corn-like flavor comes in. A slightly metallic finish. (235 characters)

Photo of Urk1127
1.85/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Dark red almost brown. Smell is yeast. Toasty caramel malt. Light mouthfeel. No head. Light carbonation. Sweet taste but not in a good way. I did not like this (159 characters)

Photo of Jayball10
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Being from Ireland I drink a lot of this stuff. Light enough to guzzle all night and not have a banging head the next morning. Tip: If in Ireland ask for a Smithwicks with a Guinness head ;) (190 characters)

Photo of soneill065
4/5  rDev +14.3%

An Irish red ale that predates Arthur Guinness's famous brew, it is a pleasant beer that contains both a sweet and bitter taste at the same time with a fruity aroma. Ideal for those heavy sessions when you don't want a massive hangover. This beer deserves more credit in my opinion (281 characters)

Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

On the once a year I drink Irish beer, I prefer this or a black and tan depending on my mood. It's decent, just as the ratings indicate, but nothing outstanding. Surprisingly low alcohol in this one, probably done that way on purpose so you can have several of them at a time. (278 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Sampled last night on 9/8/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .3L boot.

Pours a deep brown amber in color with a good 2-finger foamy head that stays around for a white. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of caramel malts and floral hops for the most part. A bit more going on with the taste with some roasted malts, toffee and slightly nutty flavor in the mix also. Slight bitter aftertaste that lingered a bit more than I would like. Overall, it was OK. (523 characters)

Photo of OldCat
5/5  rDev +42.9%

I had my first Smithwick's while in divinity school last summer. It's dark full bodied flavor was the perfect beverage for the peppered venison tenderloin I sizzled up for supper on several occasions. This is a smooth, non-bitter, manly brew. (243 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%

11.2 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear copper with a solid one-inch thick off-white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Caramel malts, mild toffee, faintly floral with mild honey overtones.

T: Slightly toasted and roasted malts, caramel and toffee, biscuits and nuts.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Clean, sharp, semi-dry malty and nutty finish.

O: Solid for the style - enjoyed. Note: the bottle looks like the one posted for the "superior" Irish ale, but this one clearly says "premium". (545 characters)

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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