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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: 2,232
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 141 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006)
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Photo of katan


2.78/5  rDev -19.7%

12 oz into a pint

A - This beer tests the limit of what red means. It is very very dark - but still amber. The head formation is quite strong and very white in color. Very well retained, little lacing. Lots of carbonation present, but no yeast cloud.

S - A beer without smell. At best I can say I find a yeast note. Maybe.

T - Starts off with very little but a light malt sweetness. Perhaps driven by the roasted malts that drive the red ale style. Bitterness does start to show as the beer sits on the tongue. The only flavor is this beer appears in the aftertaste with a grainy astringent bite.

M - A fairly strong body driven by the harsh carbonation. The beer itself does appear to be fully bodied based on its creamy texture. Only a minor amount of oily residue left on the tongue.

D - Since this beer is almost not noticeable in terms of abv, flavor, and fillingness, I would say its a drinkability winner. Very sessionable. Heck of a consolation prize here.

04-12-2009 03:40:32 | More by katan
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.03/5  rDev +16.5%

12oz bottle

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clear, dark copper, gemstone amber. lots of rocky off-white head. fades to thin but constant layer. very good lacing, esp. later on down the glass.

aroma: grassy, leafy, european hops. hints of toasted malt and caramel, with a metallic whiff in the back. trace of apple esters. a bit subdued, but not bad at all.

taste: more grassy, leafy hop upfront, with moderate bitterness. then some apple fruitiness, before going into caramelized malts and toffee notes. lightly resinous, yet still grassy hop bitterness lingers gently into the finish. moments of nutmeg spice(?!)

light to medium body, slightly thin, but smooth, with faint astringency in the very end. prickly carbonation gives fluffiness at times.

hey look, this actually quite decent coming from guinness/diageo. easy to throw back quite a few with some corned beef, a hearty stew, or roast game.

04-11-2009 10:24:54 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of Durge


3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

On tap at Virtu's in Waterbury, CT, this well known brew poured into the pint glass a dark carmel color with a giant, slightly off-white head, and lots of thick lacing. The aroma is yeasty grass hop bitterness and caramel malt. Not too complex but decent enough. The flavor is very consistent with the aroma, grassy tartness with thin malt background. Peppery carbonation, fairly thin and refreshing, pretty easy drinking if you like the tart side of ales. Not bad but nothing exciting to me.

04-04-2009 18:44:52 | More by Durge
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

12 oz bottle poured into the Chimay Goblet

A - Small loose off-white head descended to a ring. The color was more of a brown with a slight red tint as opposed to a red ale.

S - A toasted malt smell comes out with a slight dryness to it. Its maltiness was definitely prevalent.

T - Smithwick's is crisp and dry. Malty with a balanced slightly hoppy aftertaste.

M - Crisp and light bodied.

D - Im getting a rather bitter finish but I specifically remember it being smoother than this the last time I had it. Its a rather drinkable beer. Maybe this experience warrants a revisit down the line.

04-04-2009 14:20:13 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of TheSarge


3.35/5  rDev -3.2%

The appearance of Smitty's is fairly decent. There is a good amount of sticky light tan head, and the body is clear and dark tea like in color.

The aroma is slightly arid and a hint of fruity and floral characteristics, but nothing is dominant.

Taste wise it is very mild and tame. There is a light toasted cracker hint, and finishes with a slight tangy zest.

This brew is pretty carbonated, and prickly to the tongue. With a slightly low ABV, it is a bit watery.

Overall a very easy beer to drink, and makes a good transition beer for somebody who wants to switch from a typical BMC product. I'd say this is a pretty good alternative to a lager for a BBQ/mowing my lawn type brew... Quite session able.

03-31-2009 14:48:33 | More by TheSarge
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark reddish brown. Pretty fair amount of rising bubbles. Couple fingers of creamy head. Good retention, nice lacing.

Weak nose. Mostly caramel malt. I have a sneaking suspicion there are some hints of corn in there well. I hope I'm wrong.

Taste seemed pretty watered down. Maybe I'm being harsh, and, after all, the taste was more prominent than the nose. But still, this is pretty average. Toasted grains and slight sweetness from the caramel malt. That's about it. I'm not getting any bitterness from this.

Body is on the lighter side of medium...too watered down to be medium. Thin feel.

I wouldn't call this sessionable. I like to enjoy my session beers. With the almost complete lack of taste, this is past the point of sessionable and nothing more than a pounder or a pre-gamer. If drinkability were just measured on how easy it is to slam a beer, this would get a 5. However, this earns a 1 in the enjoyment part of drinkability, so I don't feel too bad for giving it a 3.

03-31-2009 05:44:18 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of Alkiser


4.33/5  rDev +25.1%

Aroma: Low malt with a toast/toffee aroma. No hop aroma as the style demands.

Apperance: Deep amber, great head formation and retention. Lacing dominates the glass.

Flavor: Mild toast with a slight carmel sweetness in the background. Very very low hop flavor and a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a toasted feeling that rolls across the palate. The carmel imparts a slickness on the tounge,

Overall: Very easy drinking sessionable beer. A little low on the attenuation, would like just a little less sweet.

03-28-2009 21:24:05 | More by Alkiser
Photo of skrib09


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

pours a dark red/brown with a crispy white head.

smells relatively balanced with the malt taking over. sweet, slightly dark malts.

taste is a reflection of smell here. carbonation helps the malt become the predominant flavor.

mouthfeel is crisp and this beer has good drinkability.

03-26-2009 22:35:44 | More by skrib09
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -13.3%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a reddish gold with a slightly fomay head.

The smell has a malt flavor to it. Some hops feel and has a little toffee flavor as well.

The taste has some faint grain flavors as well as some toffee and caramel. A small sweet hint of malt as well.

This is a nice session beer as well as a beer that can be combined with Guinness for a black and tan.

03-22-2009 15:45:47 | More by Duhast500
Photo of Kylito87


3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from 12oz into glass
Once again another Irish beer that I had at one time but so long ago that I don't really remember it. Saw it at Dominicks had to get it.

Apearance - Poured very copperish red with a great white head that held for quite some time. I was very impressed. It is so beautiful to look at a perfectly poured Irish red. The amount of lacing was pretty large. It was funny my gf had never poured a beer like this and had hers foam over on the counter LOL.

Smell - I got alot of hints of things in this. By far one of my favorite smelling beers. Grainy and hoppy but still had some complex citrus notes that were in there under the heavier scents.

Taste - It definitely tastes like an Irish red is supposed to. What I really enjoy about this beer is the complexity in taste. You pick up something different in every sip at least my pallete does. I did notice a very unique aftertaste that some might find offensive but to me it added to the unique experience that this beer offers.

Mouthfeel - It is quite foamy which some people might not care for but I usually always enjoy. I enjoy my nose hitting foam when my lips go for a sip. The carbonation is perfect for this beer. It has the perfect weight being a medium to medium high feel it makes it a great beer that feels good on the pallete and good going down.

Drinkability - The drinkability depends on the drinker if you are like me and enjoy a beer that offers alot of different feelings in one bottle and you don't mind the aftertaste this is a very drinkable beer. I enjoy a beer that has the consistency of beer not water so I really enjoy this particular brew. All I can say is try it. It is on my top favorite beer list and is way better than Killians. I put these away in a pretty consistent fashion.

03-22-2009 08:45:16 | More by Kylito87
Photo of EsoxLucius

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

alright, this household's everyday session beer is an Irish Red Ale (McNally's) so, i'll need to see how this one compares.

A: Pours a dark orange-copper color with an inch of fluffy head that diminishes into a slick that holds up along with with lacing. So far, so good.

S: It had a slight skunky wiff upon cracking the bottle, which had me worried a bit, surprisingly more hops smell than my everyday. to sum up, smells like proofed dough.

T: roasted malts, a bit nutty and earthen with a dry hop bite at the end. i like it, though i've had better. not as smooth tasting as some others.

M: overall, thin and fizzy with a thin entrance and exit, it somewhat bodies up a bit midway.

D: it's bitterness as compared to some others makes it not as drinkable as i prefer, though it does taste and feel above average, it's a bit harsh for only a 4.5 ABV.

03-21-2009 05:20:55 | More by EsoxLucius
Photo of mjw06


3.88/5  rDev +12.1%

a transperant rusty copper color with big bubbles rising too a one finger size white head. leaves little to no lacing.

very sweet caramel with a hint of hop and malty barley.

caramel spice with a nice moderate hoppiness and an excellent malty taste that i couldn't quite put my finger on to describe it all the way through. nonetheless, it taste great for its purpose.

medium body, moderate carbonation, very soft and very comfortable.

very drinkable, fullfilling and refreshing. i like this beer, it may surprise you and it gives you a lot for the price.

03-21-2009 00:54:02 | More by mjw06
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


4.22/5  rDev +22%

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a deep amber that appears brown with a two-finger off-white head with okay retention and good lacing.

S: Smells slightly roasted with strong yeast as well as dark fruit.

T: Slightly roasted malts turning immediately into a yeast taste with some fruit as well as caramel with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Interesting brew, if put in front of me I would now have guessed it were an Irish red.

Overall: Mouthfeel is about standard, nothing special. Drinkability is great for Smithwick's I could put down this one all day. Wonderful beer.

03-20-2009 09:18:07 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

My first beer for St. Patrick's Day, served up on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Displays a deep reddish-brown hue with a thin layer of off-white foam laid across the surface, showing relatively little stick and leaving very little lace behind.

The nose is mostly full of herbaceous and slightly resinous hop notes, with a faint hint of bread underneath.

Light-to-medium-bodied, with a fairly lively carbonation, presenting a front of slightly sweet caramel notes, moving into a base of grain mashed with a powerful herbal, resinous, bitter hop presence, creating a distinctly pale ale-like character, finishing slightly bitter-sweet and fairly dry.

Fairly drinkable, but seeming a bit too hop-forward, though not in a good way and seeming contradictory to the style. Overall, not bad, but not something I would go too very often.

03-18-2009 15:21:52 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of jimj21


3.45/5  rDev -0.3%

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours reddish amber. Very clear with lots of bubbles rising in the glass. About one finger of white head fades quickly. Good lacing though.

Not a whole lot happening here. Some lightly toasted malt. No hop presence to speak of.

Taste is mostly toasted malt. A little bit of sweetness as well, caramel-like. Some hoppy bitterness on the finish, kind of floral. A bit dry. Good balance.

Good mouthfeel. Crisp. Maybe a little bit too much carbonation. Goes down smooth though. Medium bodied.

Easily drinkable. Low ABV and good balance. No overpowering flavors. However, there isn't anything complex either. A good session beer.

03-17-2009 22:12:37 | More by jimj21
Photo of lonestar1836


3.28/5  rDev -5.2%

A: deep reddish brown with medium white head

S: light malt aroma

T: slightly tangy with strong sweetness (not too overpowering though) with fruity aftertaste

M: light body with medium carbonation

D: a nice change of pace for a St. Patrick's Day libation.

03-17-2009 21:39:03 | More by lonestar1836
Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.68/5  rDev +6.4%

St. Patrick's Day!

A- Nice dark amber from a distance with a good two finger head. With light it takes on a nice auburn color. Laces ok, but sure looks nice.

S- Not too much here. Slightly sweet malt.

T- Pretty good... sweet malt again, slight hop tang on the end. Not too complex, but definitely an enjoyable brew.

M- Medium to light body with decent amount of carbonation. Good for what it is.

D- Definitely will have a few of these today!

03-17-2009 05:53:46 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of tosshin


3.65/5  rDev +5.5%

a : Crisp, clear, amber color. Generated about an inch of dence ivory head which left very nice lacing.
s : Smells faintly of flowers and corn. Not too much to talk about here.
t : Light honey sweet and malty with some slight bittering. The flavor doesn't stick around long after the beer is gone. Reminds me of brown ales with a little less smothness.
m : Thin and carbonated. More carbonation than I expected here. Goes down smooth and cleanses the pallet well.
d : If I was in a pub in Ireland this is not the beer I would choose to drink, but if I was at a bar in the states I would choose this to drink for my happy hour, assuming they didn't have anything better.

Overall not a bad beer, it seems like it matches up with the style nicely, so it might be a bit unfair to compare it to other styles of beer. This is a pretty good irish red. Enjoy it.

03-15-2009 22:49:02 | More by tosshin
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.23/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a copper/red color, nice big fluffy head to it that sticks around with a lot of lacing. Taste is pretty light bodied, nice mouthfeel though. Nice and malty, some caramel taste in there. Pretty well balanced and smooth, definitely very drinkable. The lightness of the body hurts this beer a lot IMO, but still pretty solid. For being a mass produced import it was much better than I thought it would be... it's St Patty's Day weekend... be Irish and give this beer a try.

03-14-2009 23:34:04 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of LyonsHead


4.13/5  rDev +19.4%

A; Dark amber, mahogany color with a good 2 finger cream colored head

S: Roasted malt and bread-like smell

T: very roasty taste with caramel and nutty notes. little to now hop flavor, slight bitterness. This beer falls well into the style guide for an Irish Red Ale

M: Seems high in carbonation with a medium body. The beer has a clean crisp finish

D: Great beer, definitely going to have a few more for St. Patti's day. Irish Red is one of my favorite styles and this is a very good representation of that.

03-14-2009 20:42:02 | More by LyonsHead
Photo of Strand

North Dakota

4.35/5  rDev +25.7%

This is a beer that I didn't like at first, but every time I have a Smithwick's I like it more and more. If you like dark ales, try Smithwick's - you won't regret it. It has excellent head, and a smooth dark beer taste. I've never had it on tap, just bottle. Try pouring it into a glass, that's the way I like it best. Comparing it to something more common, I'd say Smithwick's is kind of like Killian's Irish Red. I'd put Smithwick's in my list of top ten favorite beers.

FYI - The W in Smithwick's is silent. For those of you who like sounding all intellectual and stuff.

03-11-2009 17:59:29 | More by Strand
Photo of KenC411

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Beer pours an amber color with few pinpoint bubbles climbing to a two finger head. The head dissolved in a few minutes, forming no peaks, but leaving lace on the glass. As the beer is consumed, a curtain of bubbles remains on the side of the glass.

S: Strong roasty/malty smell, though no notes in the background.

T: A roasted flavor is most noted, with a thick foam of carbonation. There is very little, if at all, hop notes, and as an Irish Red Ale this is to be expected. The beer leaves a bit of a salty aftertaste in the mouth, which is somewhat off putting.

M: Creamy and smooth, yet heavy, but carries the flavor well.

D: The beer is smooth, and what Smithwick's does right it does very well (roasty flavor). Its a sweet tasting beer, with a bit too much carbonation for my taste. However, if you're looking for a sweet tasting beer with some toasty goodness, this beer goes down easily.

03-07-2009 07:33:42 | More by KenC411
Photo of nycwinter


4.45/5  rDev +28.6%

This is my favorite Irish pub ale. I first had it on tap at a pub in Long Beach. Since then I have found a few places with it on tap In CA and AZ. The bottle serving is the closest thing I've found to store-bought six-pack bliss.

A= translucent amber
S= nothing objectionable
T= Mmmm. Not complex, but better than all the sixies on the supermarket shelf.
M= Very carbonated, but what do you expect. After taste is pleasant.
D= Very easy to drink and without compromise.

02-28-2009 02:35:06 | More by nycwinter
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%

Nice amber color with some head noticed and good lacing to boot. A malty smell in toe. Bitter in taste, sweet if you will. Gulp factor is on the high level. Medium bodied makes for easy sipping and a sweet pleasant withdraw of the malt is the star of this beer. A very drinkable brew that I will be returning to when available. This one caught me off guard, wish it were more hoppy, but you have to respect the style of the land. I recommend over Guinness any day of the week, cheers!

02-23-2009 08:07:03 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of jkdrummer


4.03/5  rDev +16.5%

This is a nice all around brew, very light in body to the mouth but also creamy. The head never quits right down to the bottom. Very drinkable and with a low but fizzy carb. Yeasty aroma and only a hint of bitterness from its low level of hoppiness. Some tinny aftertaste that reminds me of Newcastle Brown Ale -- this is much like that but creamier and a bit sweeter. Recommended.

02-20-2009 02:18:02 | More by jkdrummer
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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