Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,497
Reviews: 768
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 41
Gots: 315 | FT: 0
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Ireland

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 furballkazoo
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice example of what a red ale should look and taste like.

Photo of Libeertarian
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of sjccmd
4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of Corum47
4.21/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice. Smooth. Great finish for me.

Photo of OldManMetal
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of KinkyEconomist
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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

Photo of Greywulfken
3/5  rDev -13%
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 - decent but nothing I'd drink again.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of CraigP83
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Creamier version of a red ale. Slight Carmel flavoring.

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Inoffensive, easy drinking, boring. Had way worse, but, won't purchase again.

Photo of craigsp
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very good smooth beer a little bitterness not much could drink this beer anytime and more than one

Photo of joeseppy
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Capt_Pete
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
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.

Photo of bassboneman
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a very decent beer!
Not crazy about the label...
I like the green label with the castle better!

Photo of plunkinberry
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Truly an enjoyable alternative to the run of the mill standard alternatives

Photo of DoctorZombies
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Auburn copper color with whiteish head; not much here to smell;lite bitter taste and linger;lite mouthfeel; overall, wet carpet finish.

Photo of Alanca
4.74/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Super awesome beer it tasted like the sweat from a super model

Photo of jsimozar
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Feels a bit watered down. Not much smell. Might have something to do with it being poured from tap.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

Photo of loubar
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of beerrat
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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 WhiteHillsStore
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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