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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,176
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 107 | FT: 0
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Ireland

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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jrutigs

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +44.5%

11-15-2011 23:36:16 | More by jrutigs
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bmur112

Maryland

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-15-2011 21:57:42 | More by bmur112
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

11-15-2011 19:14:56 | More by justintcoons
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mikennat

Missouri

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-15-2011 15:53:33 | More by mikennat
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ColSanders123

Georgia

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-15-2011 14:40:26 | More by ColSanders123
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-15-2011 14:10:11 | More by Lawnboy33
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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-14-2011 20:57:30 | More by Adamostella
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TEAMHOLT

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-14-2011 17:15:00 | More by TEAMHOLT
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funkel81

California

5/5  rDev +44.5%

11-14-2011 15:35:55 | More by funkel81
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-14-2011 14:07:32 | More by garuda
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beerme411

California

3/5  rDev -13.3%

11-14-2011 08:12:46 | More by beerme411
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel colored body with deep red hues. The head is white and short lived.

Mild, sweet malt notes on the nose, rather one dimensional.

Caramelized barley is the primary flavor, but its not a very strong one. Hops are faint, though present on the finish. It does have some malty sweetness, but not enough to make it cloying or particularly interesting for that matter.

The carbonation is surprisingly high with a thin, soda-like body.

Has more in common with a glass of Pepsi than a pint of traditional Irish Ale. Looks great, but the flavor is too light and shallow and the body only accentuates its flaws. Before you can find much flavor, the bubbles scrub your tongue clean. Not a terrible beer by any stretch, but it lakes smooth body, balancing hops and intriguing malt character that Irish Red Ales should strive for. I think its fair to say this is a "dumbed down" example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 19:21:20 | More by BradLikesBrew
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socon67

New York

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
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
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iSip

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -11%
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
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, ruddy amber with a thick, pillowy off-white head that laces deep into the glass. Really a nice looking ale.

S: Earthy aromas of cocoa, chocolate, chalk, cream, and peppery ale hops are present on the nose. Nice malt character.

T: Opens malty and mildly tart with notes of coffee, tobacco, moss, moist earth, heavy cream, chalk, minerals, cocoa, vanilla bean, leather, and peppery, herbal hops. The finish is dry and clipped with notes of earthy, peppery hops, cream, coffee, and leather.

M: Medium-bodied, firm, and dry with subtle, prickly carbonation. For an ale of such a modest strength, it is surprisingly filling.

O: This is a very nice Irish red ale. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it is solid and widely available. I think this will remain a standard in my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 20:29:04 | More by mrfrancis
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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, coppery red with decently thick, cream-colored head. Low visible carbonation. Grainy aroma with caramel and bread notes. A hint of floral hops but not much going on there. The flavor hits pretty hard with the caramel malt, with some nutty and grainy undertones. A touch of bitterness and a sharp, cold crispness hit the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 20:19:11 | More by goldbot
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JayS2629

Alabama

3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful ruby red with great clarity and a creamy white head. Nice retention and walls of sea foam lace.

The aroma is of toasted malts, nutty notes and fruity hints. Musty and earthy notes.

The flavor is clean malts, toast and nuts with light cherry-like notes with an earthy background. Watery.

Thin, watery, crisp, clean

Overall a little watery, bland and boring but above average. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 11:27:51 | More by JayS2629
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a low ball glass (all that's available) -

A - pours a lovely dark amber/copper color with a creamy, off-white head of two fingers. Solid retention and nice lacing.

S - Nutty, toasted malts with sweet caramel and musty hops. Smells quite sweet and rather appealing.

T - taste follows the nose quite closely. Sweet malts, fruity esters and mustyness. Nutty and toasted notes. Simple, yes, but nice all together.

M - smooth, wet and a bit coarse. A bit over-carbonated.

D - all in all a great beer. It's simplicity is one of its strengths, but it is by no means flawless.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 04:29:01 | More by blakelive784
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TheElusiveAlexT

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A dark colored beer reddish brown color with a fuzzy white head that thins out to a color. Lots of sticky lacing down the glass side. I was impressed from what I've heard about this beer and what I actually saw. Bravo.

Smell - Sweet caramel malts came through the strongest then a watered-down creamy, cherry smell. I didn't detect any hops.

Taste - Sweet malts and cherry. Better than the smell let on but not by much. A very light hop finish.

Mouthfeel - Average

Overall - Goes down easy, a friendly beer. Still, its not as good as others but its something a little different that I can recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 03:08:21 | More by TheElusiveAlexT
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tony223366

California

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on July 3, 2011.

A: Dark brown and clear with a hint of red. Awesome fluffy head. Really white and creamy that lasted throughout with fantastic lacing.

S: Lots of malts. Really smells sweet.

T: Malty and bready up front and lasts pretty much throughout. This beer is very bland. Very light bitterness at the finish.

M: Medium body with a little carbonation. Creamy

O: Not my choice, but not terrible. I wouldn't pick it up again

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:26:16 | More by tony223366
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NWer

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -9%
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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gtermi

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice brownish red color and has a nice bit of head.

The smell has a lot of malt

The taste is the best part of the beer. It has a nice amount of malt and has a great after taste.

The mouth feel is good, but not great. It isnt the smoothest beer ever, but still very easy to drink.

This use to be one of my go to beers. I don't get it very often anymore, but it sure is nice during the hot summer days.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 06:24:50 | More by gtermi
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Dave128

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - A pretty rigorous pour gives to a single finger slightly off-white head that doesn't last very long. The color is brown with amber highlights.

S - Smells of caramel malts all the way. It is very clean. Can't detect hops anywhere.

T - Similar to smell. A little bit more bready, but tastes like sweet caramel. A little bitterness and hop spice finish it out.

M - A little over carbonated in my opinion. Fairly light bodied but goes down a little harsh.

O - I don't know if I've had a beer that smells so much like its ingredient malts than this one. It smells just like a nice hot mash tun and its oh so clean.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 23:28:14 | More by Dave128
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PhageLab

Virginia

4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Aggressive bar pour produces a thick head on this clear reddish brown brew. Retention was moderate.

S - Sweet malts, dark cherries, and something that reminds me of fresh leather. Odd but surprisingly not too detracting.

T - Dull sweetness on the tongue with a bit of fruity tart. Mild bitterness offers some balance. Not terribly complex, but tasty.

M - Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Finish is clean. There is a bit of an earthy aftertaste, but it is faint.

D - Very well rounded and easily enjoyable. I don't mind having a pint of Smithwick's every now and then, not at all.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 22:35:26 | More by PhageLab
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Gilly1980

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark brownish red. Crystal clear. Poured into a pint glass, resulting in about an inch of off-white head with moderate lacing.

S- Lots of malt and biscuit. Very rich aroma.

T- Big malt flavor with hints of caramel in the aftertaste.

M- Very middle of the road. Not overly sticky yet not watery.

O- A perennial favorite of mine. Tastes like a more expensive micro brew yet is readily available. Very good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 03:03:55 | More by Gilly1980
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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