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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: 2,261
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 24
Gots: 151 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 goldbot
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

goldbot, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

JayS2629, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of blakelive784
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

blakelive784, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of TheElusiveAlexT
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

TheElusiveAlexT, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of tony223366
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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

tony223366, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of NWer
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

NWer, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

gtermi, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Dave128
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Dave128, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

PhageLab, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of Gilly1980
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Gilly1980, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of tykees88
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- It's a very dark brown beer with a red tone. The head is creamy and white.

S- Very mild on the nose with some sweet malt characteristics.

T- This has a dry crisp taste balanced with that sweet malt. The hops in this beer leave you with a nice bittering finish.

M- Medium bodied and bread chewy. pretty nice.

O- It's a good beer. Standard run o the mill type brew, but you can't go wrong with it if you were at an irish pub

tykees88, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: quarter finger head. Hazy, dark brown with amber hues.

S: not a whole lot on the nose. Maybe some malt.

T: opens with metallic bitterness up front. lots of malt.

M: high carbonation. Medium body. crisp, moist finish.

Overall: A little more bitter than I like. The aroma is non-existent. One of the better regular beers at your standard irish pub.

kylehay2004, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of evlu1441
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear reddish brown colour with a slightly tan finger of head sitting on top. The head retention is quite nice.

The aroma is light, toasty and slightly sweet. Nothing exceptional, but still pleasant.

There is some slight sweetness and alcohol up front. Toasty malts come through, and there is some oily hops that come through for a bit of a cutting finish. It's a pretty direct beer with little complexity. It's a bit too carbonated for my taste.

Overall, this is a pretty standard beer. Nothing to write home about, but certainly drinkable.

evlu1441, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Osirus
2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
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.

Osirus, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of paxkey
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

abv on can is 5%. looks like the same color scheme and logo as the bottle pictured for this brew so i'm putting it under this beer heading.

hot and humid day poured in an Affligem chalice. looks very much a red ale. orangey/red hue with offwhite head.

very mild aroma. says to serve cold on the can. picking up some sweet malt. grassy notes. nothing special about the aroma.

lots of bitterness which tapers off into some malt sweetness followed by more bitterness on the aftertaste.the aftertaste lingers and lingers.
medium finish.

an absolutely boring and uninspired beverage.

paxkey, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brownish amber color. Provides a nice off-white foam head with moderate retention. There is small amounts of spotty lacing.

S: Small amounts of caramel, white toast, crackers and biscuit malt character. Not overpower but still inviting.

T: Starts off with a rich amount of caramel and biscuit malt flavors. In the middle there is a slight undertone of earthy hops, but the caramel is most predominant. On the back end there is more malt charcter similar to the front end.

M: A nice light bodied beer that leaves a creamy taste on the palate.

O: One of the better Red Ale's I have had. Nothing extremely complex but it is still flavorful.

IronCitySteve, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance is copper red with foamy head that lasts decently and lovingly laces the glass. Malty not bitter just slightly hoppy. A nice clean and clear beer with no aftertaste; one to drink several at a time of.(especially prevalent around March 17th.!)

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Samp01
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a dark amber brown with a white fluffy head. Aroma and taste light caramel malts some yeast, fruity and grassy notes. Palate is medium body a light fizzy carbonation that dissipates quickly and watery mouthful. The finish is sweet malt, some yeast and grassy notes along with some light hops. Overall an average brew.

Samp01, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark, with an off white head. Minimal head and lacing. Can't see through this beer at all. Nose is fairly weak. Some yeast, fruit, malt. Not much happening here, and it's fairly one dimensional. Taste is slightly better, with nut and caramel malt added to the nose. Fairly smooth, and very drinkable too. Mouthfeel is smooth, but has a bitter component as well. Fairly thin and dry on the finish. Overall, this is an OK beer, but nothing special going on here. Can't really say I'd get this one again, but it's alright in a pinch. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of lordbrad1
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Nice rich dark-ish amber hue.

Smell - I honestly couldn't smell much. But trying to cram your snout into a pint glass isn't easy when you're as large as I am lol. There were some sweet malty notes to it that stood out.

Taste - To me it tastes a little "metallic" which is something I've noticed in a few amber ales. There's a very mellow hop taste, almost subdued. Nothing really stands out to me.

Mouthfeel - Nice full mouth feel. Not too light, not too heavy.

Overall - I'd never had Smithwick's till tonight. I have to admit I expected a little more. I can't in good conscience call it a bad beer, but I wouldn't call it a great beer either. For an amber ale it's pretty middle of the road, and there's nothing wrong with that. As someone else here said there's a place for beers like this. With its low alcohol content (4.5abv), and overall average drink-ability it would make a good session beer.

lordbrad1, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of joshmkelly
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good crisp red. The red color is nice and bright. The mouthfeel is terrific and gives it a terrific drinkablility at an Irish pub that you can't always get in a Guiness. The head is about one inch and has a sweet foamy flavor that belies that rest of the the flavor profile.

joshmkelly, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of Jerone
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear red copper color with a two finger slightly creamy off white head, small amount of bubbles.

Smell is of lightly roasted malts and some caramel.

Straight forward malts that taste like caramel. Crisp finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium body with a bit of carbonation.

Nothing bad here but nothing to rave about.

Jerone, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from tap in to 10 oz. nonic shaped Pint glass.

A - Beer was served with a creamy, white colored head; nice and full, one finger in size; body has a dark tan leather color, and semi-opaque clarity; plenty of lacing formed nice rings around the top of the glass

S - Herbal notes of tea, followed up with a nice roasted malt scent; dry grape; fruit and touch of berry scents, like raspberry; smoke scents at the tail end of the beer whiff

T - Roasted malt flavor, coupled with a touch of spice note; yeasty fruit flavor was light, could be a bit more flavorful; airy ester taste

M - Crisp; effervescent; smoke finish; slightly flat at the end; light bitter mouth-feel

D - Could use more flavor; not bad for a traditional style red ale from the UK; it was enjoyable and I could have definitely had a few more

ferrari29, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, deep amber hue with a crystal-clear body and two solid fingers of frothy ivory foam. Very attractive.

Smell: sweetish caramel malt aroma with just a little biscuit thrown in. Relatively mild, but not bad in composition.

Taste: flavor starts dry but finishes sweeter with biscuit and caramel in the malty mix. Hops are not terribly present but there is a light earthiness and a light bitterness. I actually rather like the overall effect.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very decent carbonation which leaves a pretty frothy and refreshing mouthfeel. I like this as well.

Overall: this is a smooth-drinking, tasty beer. Its light sweetness and bitterness balance each other well, and its low alcohol means it is a good session quaffer.

flagmantho, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with 1/2" of head. Nice retention. Smells of caramel malt. Taste is caramel malts with a hint of yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp; decent carbonation.

Rather one dimensional, but it's not a bad dimension. This is my go-to St. Patty's day drink.

tdm168, Aug 14, 2011
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 2,261 ratings.