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: 2,408
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 28
Gots: 200 | 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 DrewKid4
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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
4.7/5  rDev +36.2%
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
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
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
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
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
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of SylviaFaye
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The off-white lasting head leaves gorgeous lacing, which is probably the most notable characteristic of the appearance and markedly complements the warm, honey-brown body. Carbonation is minimal.

Bread tones with hints of nuts present themselves in the smell followed by a slight dab of sweetness.

The taste largely follows the smell with hints of bread and nuts. The simplicity of the brew in this case proves to be an asset. The mouthfeel is smooth, but its most apparent characteristic is its fullness, albeit with medium consistency.

In short, Smithwick's definitely merits a try. In fact, I may pick up another bottle.

Photo of patreely12
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - light brown with a shade of red. thin, ivory head and lacing.

S - just a bit of roasted something or other. can't put my finger on it. maybe coffee. whatever it is I enjoy it.

T/M - a dry, slightly bitter finish. sharp taste of malt and hops.

D - I prefer this beer when there's Guinness floating on top. but overall decent.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently received a coupon for a few bucks off either Harp, Guinness, or Smithwick's in the mail. Coordinating with a sale at the local grocery store, I opted for Smithwick's. Let's give it a go in the bottle.

Appearance: Pours the same crystal clear, mahogany-hued head with a tall, expansive, ivory-colored foam head.

Smell: Smells of toasted bread with the edges ever so slightly burnt and dried herbs akin to getting a quick sniff of a basic tea bag.

Taste: Moderately toasted, caramel-hinting maltiness with a light sweetness and a very, very, very fine hint of roasted grain. Modest fruitiness. Light, lightly leafy hops with not an ounce more bitterness than is needed to balance things out. Finishes dry albeit malty, with a lingering hint of nuts and decaffeinated Irish Breakfast tea.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-light carbonation. Quite light, but no coming up watery.

Drinkability: I'm preferring this revisit in the bottle over my prior near-tasteless on-tap tastings. Sure, it's still kind of simple and forgettable, but a $3.99 six-pack was a deal this cheap jerk couldn't pass up.

Photo of Misfit138
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pink glass

A- Nice dark rich amber color with a frothy head that lasted and left lacing

S- Mostly caramel malt and a sweet fruitiness

T- Mild smooth flavor that is somewhat fruity and has a little bitterness at the end

M- Medium in body with mild carbonation

D- This is a good beer, rather mild in flavor but very smooth. Its a nice beer for a chilly day.

Photo of wowbragger
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours nicely, solid head but dissipates quickly and sticks to glass.

S - Light malt scent, and not much else.

T - A very light taste, can feel it all over the mouth. Hard to describe, almost a fruity taste.

M - Very thin tasting, no real hoppiness or other flavorings. Very carbonated.

D - Very simple, even somewhat bland. Extremely drinkable because it's simply a well done bland beer. EXCELLENT cooking beer (have a wonderful beer cooked sausage recipe that I always use this for) and when you want a simple beer or have someone with simple tastes this works really well.

Hardly an A+, but something that is a good staple to have in the fridge.

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

served in a crystal mug the beer has a light amber color. A nice white head is building and stays nicely.
The smell promises hops with fruits like apricot.
The taste is a very fresh fruity one. Apricot, maybe apple, and a nice balance at the end with crisp hops. Great prickly mouthfeel and very drinkable. Go Irish.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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