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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,414
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 32
Gots: 225 | 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 CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Usually on tap poured into pint glass. Pours a clear dark amber-red with a dense white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Great lacing a matter of fact. Toasty, nutty, light earth, and light coffee aroma. Decent malty flavor with lightly toasted grain, light roast, and a lightly earthy bitter finish. starts with just a very light sweetness and ends dry with he roast and hops cleaning up. Medium bodied and creamy textured. Very sessionable if a bit industrial and processed.

Photo of sugarmuffin88
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a nice color to it for a red ale. There wasn't much head after pouring, which was very pleasant. The aroma had a roasted smell to it that reminds you of a coffee house, as well as a caramel-like smell.Definitely a dry beer.I like to look at it like wine and think of what to pair it up with as far as food is concerned. It think it would taste fabulous with grilled or pan-seared chicken. It leaves a nutty flavor on the palate. I would appreciate this beer in a casual setting so that I could drink it slow and appreciate all its flavors. This may not be my beer of choice but I would absolutely drink it again!

Photo of StaveHooks
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark amber with brilliant clarity. A 1.5 finger eggshell head that sinks slowly. Descent lacing.

S - Doughy bread, sweet toffee malts-lightly toasted.

T - Dry grain mixes with a semi muted caramel malt background. Some fruity notes come out as it sits and has bread dough around the edges. Some faint tannins in the finish.

M - Creamy and dry.

This a good all around kick back beer. Dryer than the nose lets on. Easy drinking.

Photo of RossCain
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Guinness Pint glass

A: Pours a deep, ruddy red that is more on the transparent side with a cloudy cream head. The beer sticks to the side of the glass like it doesn't want to let go. Good presentation overall.

S: Upfront notes of sweet malts with dominant notes of toffee and tea leaves. A little bit roasty in the finish of the aroma with a certain metallic edge.

T: Moderately roasty and toffee sweetness in the beginning with a little bit of a iced-tea flavor residing in the finish. I can pick up on faint notes of toasted bread with a maple sweet edge. A decently malty brew that is pretty consistent from the sip through the aftertaste.

M: Light body (somewhat thin) with decent carbonation and a smooth, clean feel upon the palate. Overall, very agreeable but not very impressionable.

D: Easily drinkable as the from the start to finish, the beer is not exactly lacking in flavor but it is not bursting with it either. Overall a very agreeable and that solid beer that I cannot see be unpleasing even to the those with a less discerning palate.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown and red pour, head gets eviscerated quickly. Aroma was like that earthy dirt and stuff homebrewers use in their red ales.

Taste, hate to use the b word (boring) but this is just a beer with enough malt base to make it something more substantial and justifiable than a BMC beer, but its still a red ale that lacks any complexity or imagination. I mean jeez, even the reds that just hop it up at least taste better, even if they are far from innovative.

This is really just like Killians, but a little bit thicker.

Photo of tbern007
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at Crown and Anchor pub in LV, NV
A - mohogany/amber, clear. Good head that lasts and very nice lacing throughout the entire glass.
S - light malt/yeast and biscuit.
T - creamy! Malty, biscuit-like, some earth, hops.
M & D - good balance, served at a lesser than freezing temp, which is what most on-tap beers seem to be served at, and this temp worked fantastically. This is a very well-balanced, great tasting beer. I could drink this very regularly.

Photo of DrewKid4
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper/mahogeney in color. Thin creamy white head with minor lacing. Above average carbonation.

S: Roasted malts and some cinnamon. Slight floral hops. Very "macro" like.

T: "Bready" roasted malts with a floral hop after taste. Some pepper and cinnamon in there. Some metal tastes and sells became apparent like past reviewers mentioned.

M:Crisp from the carbonation and slight hop bite. Kinda like a seltzer than a nontraditional macro brew.

D: Easy to drink but one is usually enough to get the picture and move onto something else. A bit more expensive than I'd like a macro-like beer to be.

Photo of mavbrew
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a copper/amber color with a finger thick, white head.

S: The nose is mainly malts (bread) and a tiny hint of caramel, that is about it.

T: The taste is as expected from the nose. There is some bready malts present and, as mentioned above, the tiniest hint of caramel.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation.

D: Really not much going on here. It's not bad but it's not good, it's just an average session beer.

Photo of matt062286
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden brown with a tinge of red to it. Large creamy off white head. Moderate head retention, heavy lacing.

S - Mostly sweet roasted malts with a faint bitter hop presence. Strongly brewed English tea. A metallic scent as well. Rather off-putting to be frank.

T - Roasted malt dominates. Rather sweet taste with a hint of caramel/toffee and a dry, slightly bitter hop finish. I think a fruitier hop variant would better fit the sweeter malts, but I'm sure there wasn't much choice in hops when they started brewing this beer!

M - Low carbonation, light body. Watery but moderately smooth.

D - The lighter body and low ABV make this an easy drinker. Coupled with the overall pleasant taste, a great beer to keep stocked in the fridge. I always like to try new beers, but Smithwick's is one of the few that I'll buy on a consistent basis.

Photo of Franz4
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark amber, semi translucent with a slight head that dissipates quickly.

S- lot's of toasted malt here, that's about all I could pick up.

T- More toasty biscuit flavor here, this isn't real complex, but it's solid and consistent.

M- medium bodied with more than average carbonation

D- A solid offering that may not be all that complex, but is a solid and enjoyable alternative to other brews that are produced on this scale.

Photo of tozz8
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A--nice dark copper color. 1 finger, quickly disappearing head

S--not much to report. some malts; carmel maybe

T--malts with a bit of hops for bitterness, water

M--light and thin, watery a bit

D--all in all, not bad, but not very good either

Photo of totallyr
4.66/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this beer by accident, was looking for a partner for a Black and Tan. Our local LCBO doesn't carry Bass Ale anymore so Smithwicks was suggested as an alternative. Now my beer of choice. Being of German descent i've always enjoyed German beers, Smithwicks is now 1rst choice

Photo of rdub
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a mixed sixer from Wegmans poured into my pint.

Dark copper color looked pretty nice.

Smell was clean malt with a touch of hops on the back end.

Tasted like it'd go well with fish n chips.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were on par for the style.

I didn't know this was pronounced "smiddiks" until last night.

Photo of rjochman
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark brown color with a good amount of foam. A lot of lacing on the glass through the drink.

S: Good caramel and malty smell

T: caramel and malt flavor, same as the smell

M: medium bodied and a bit dry

D: One of the good beers for this style

Photo of marty21
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber colour. With a thick two finger creamy off white head. Settles to a small cap. Leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Caramel malt with a grainy smell. Also a bit of a fruity smell closer to dark fruits.

T: Caramel malt up front with a grainy taste. Then it finishes with a more sweet dark fruity taste. Finishes dry.

M: Medium Carbonation with a medium body.

D: It's a decent beer. Nothing great but it gets the job done if you enjoy this style.

Photo of Bizz88
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a mountain of fluffy tan head and copious amounts of sticky lacing chasing the beverage out of the glass. Aromas of dry roasted malts. On the palate a slight sweet carmel malt with a bitter finish. A smooth medium body brew with a desent amount of carbonation

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smithwick's has a thick, beige, whipped cream-like head, and a very clear, copper appearance, with medium carbonation. The aroma is a light malt, and the taste is mostly mellow breadiness, with just a touch of hops in the under-taste. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Smithwick's finishes smooth and refreshing. This is a very drinkable Irish Ale, and I would recommend giving it a try. RJT

Photo of vdread
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smithwick's pours a dark amber with lots of sudsy head.

smell is of some caramel malt, slightly roasty.

taste is much of the same toffee/caramel notes, some floral hops, low bitterness. the taste is limited somewhat by a certain wateriness.

mouthfeel a little light, but good.

this is a beer that goes down easily. not the strongest, or boldest, but definitely a staple amongst the style.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's an honor to now sit down with a glass of this classy Irish Red Ale, now brewed under the Guinness umbrella.

A dark amber color gives a glow of red, crimson, or ruby with medium brown low lights. Great clarity shows off the colors and give the impression of cleanliness. A soft creamy head forms an eggshell topping on the beer, retains well, and laces equally.

Classic butterscotch aromas fill the olfactories first, but with a blend of toffee/caramel, bread crust, buttered toast, lightly kilned grain, and subtle fruitiness.

Moderate through and through, the flavors of caramel turns to butterscotch and complex malt flavors for the bulk of taste. Where the flavors of toffee and caramel are present, there's only a timid sweetness beyond. Non-descript fruitiness from dark grains accompany the toffee richness for interest and intrique. Richly kilned grains, fresh baked bread, and deep caramelization give extra flavors to keep the sweetness from becomming one-dimensional. Low on bitterness, the beer relies on malt complexity to carry it from nose to finish.

Creamy and moderate in mouthfeel, yet taking a moderate oily feel at mid palate and carries through to the finish. Where it hurts the crispness and cleanliness, it accentuates the fullness and 'fatty' portion of the taste. This becommes nearly as much of a deterrant as it is a benefit.

Smithwick's is the classic Irish Red Ale and is largely responsible for defining the style. Where the diacetyl is acceptable, and celebrated in this beer, it still provides an ill-concieved distraction for me.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance with minimal head. Caramel malty smell with a hint of grain.

Taste is alot like the smell, caramel and malty. Picked up a hint of fruit and hops. Suprisingly light bodied with high carbonation. Aftercare is very bitter.

Overall, a decent red ale. It is both flavorable and smooth, would recommend a try.

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a beautiful amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, caramel/roasted malt nose with little to no hop aroma. It's light with a stiff dryness. The taste is the same. It has a very drinkable pilsner malt flavor with a touch of caramel malt sweetness and a faint roasted feel. It's light and easily quaffable; a fine session ale. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This isn't the most complex around, but these brews generally aren't. It's an accessible beer that most can enjoy.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A quizzo beer, I thought I'd gone through all the Guinness products for review, but here I am. It pours a nice thick white foam on top of a red body. The smell i found to be rather faint in nature, but from what I could grasp I found there to be a slight nutty bread note with a touch of sweetness. The taste happens to be pretty standard with this beer. There is the caramel malty sweetness, no real hop character and but the faintest of roasted notes on the back of the tongue with this one. The mouthfeel is just a bit thin for the caramel flavor, but nothing that'll take away from this beer. This is a easily enjoyable beer one of the good beers from Guinness IMO.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint at Farrell's in Fayetteville, AR.

Very brown copper, some redness, but more brown than anything. It is super clear, too clear to be alive. The head is a nice little white number with some good lace though.

Small aromas of metallic caramel, floral hops, and dms.

The taste is pretty much the same as above. The metallic aspect isn't off putting, but it's one of the main flavors.

A soft draught mouthfeel is sure not to upset many people.

This is easy to drink, and if you can get it a bit fresher it can be a good option when little else is at hand.

Photo of Shrews629
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very nice clear amber/reddish color. Attractive white to off white fluffy head. Favorable retention and lacing. Looks pleasurable. Head settled to a film and stuck with the beer until it was gone.

Smell - Sweet caramel malt and hints of a toffee butter. Clean smelling. Grain comes to the forefront as the brew warms.

Taste - Caramel malt with a splurge of graininess. A touch of hops come out in the taste also, but not distracting or obstructive. Sweet toffee makes an appearance also.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. A little bit watery I thought. It is smooth and decently crisp. Some flavor blankets the palate, but not an over abundance.

Drinkability - This is a pretty good beer. I could have a few of these. Nothing truly outstanding, but nowhere near horrible. Probably wouldn't want to make this my dominant beer, but if this were all that was available. I could make do.

Photo of wmtxbb
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: dark red color with a finger sized head.

Smell: light grain scent.

Taste: Tea flavor, strange peppermint/cotton candy like flavor, and dark malts. Not much body. I'd prefer a bit more malt character.

Drinkability: not a bad beer. It's sort of interesting and not too overpowering. Might be a nice dinner brew.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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