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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: 2,403
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 28
Gots: 197 | 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 MrStark
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance is clear, reddish brown amber with a one-finger off white head with light retention leaving a good amount of lacing.

Smell is somewhat faint, just a basic aroma of caramel malt and a bit of barley.

Taste is a smooth malt, almost caramel and a very mild bitterness in the finish. Not an impressive flavor by any means but still pretty good.

Mouthfeel is fairly light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Drinkablity is good. Certainly and easy drinking beer. Not particularly complex in flavor but not a bad choice for a session beer. I wouldn't mind having it again.

Photo of ryanonline
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is deeply brown with red highlights and a thick off white head that has tremendous retention and good sheet like lacing.

Smell is very light slightly Smokey and a bit grainy.

Tastes very light but roasty and a bit peaty very thin malt profile maybe a tough of caramel.

Very thin moutfeel but has a nice light spritzyness to it and a dry finish.

This beer is on the better end of poundable.

I love smittys for a much cheaper beer its very good.

Photo of AlexCorleone
4.55/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark amber brownish. Nice head with really good close retention. Light brown chocolate foam, somewhat reddish color, thick lacing and great cling

S: Roasted malt and some nut.

T: Very roasted malt flavor with smooth close. Smokiness at the end. More toasted flavors in the middle with a watery caramel character.

M: Pretty smooth, not quite what I would call creamy.

Photo of bnes09
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark red ale with a creamy head and lots of smooth, frothy lacing.

Smell is clean with some grainy notes.

Smooth and biscuity malt backbone. Weak floral hops barely come to life. Just a touch of maple sweetness. Very smooth flavor and highly focused on the malt character.

Lighter body with low carbonation and smooth, creamy texture (similar to Guinness draught.) It almost seems that this has been nitro-carbonated.

Easy to drink although not many complex flavors. I would be interested to know what this stuff tasted like before Guinness took it over.

Photo of Prideinnola
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish gold. Has a nice head and holds it fairly well

S: I pick up malty sourness. Not appetizing for me.

T: A little malty bitterness but not too much. Somewhat light and really smooth. The taste peaks early and fades quickly. Not many lingering qualities.

M: Somewhat creamy but maybe a little too much carbonation.

D: Easy to drink. Maybe not for the right reasons, but easy to drink

I had this beer once before this review and I didn't have a problem with it. This time around, I was not impressed. If someone offered this to me, I'd probably drink it, but I won't buy it on my own.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into a pint glass a reddish-orange color with fairly assertive carbonation suspending a thick cream-colored head. Exhibits nice and sticky lacing.

The smell is sweet and malty with a slight roasted characteristic as well as some faint tart fruitiness.

The taste has a slight bitterness that you'd expect from roasted barley, with little hops presence. Malty sweetness is paired with a somewhat unpleasant metallic taste. Overall it's not a bad beer, but the off flavor puts me off a bit. The body is fairly light, and the carbonation is prickly. Drinkability is OK.

Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in July 1, 2010. It pours more amber brown than red with a decent half-inch frothy head and a good amount of lacing. The aroma has a nice malty-nutty sensation. The mouthfeel is medium-thick with a honey like texture. The taste is on the bitter side with a fairly nice but lightly hopped ending. Likeable overall.

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

A: Clear amber color with brown tinge. Poured a 1one finger white foamy head with fair retention. Laced in rings.

S: Light crystal malt with a hint of earthy hops.

T: Lightly sweet bready malt with some caramel character. Biscuits and crackers in the middle. Light, even bitter not quite enough to blanace.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet, but dry dry finish.

D: Nice malt character and good looking beer. Pretty good in a style with a lot of average beers.

Photo of biegaman
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Overdraught Irish Pub, in Toronto.

For a beer that's supposedly made in the style of either an Irish Red or an English Brown it emanates an awful lot of gold and seems seriously depreciated of both red and brown. That's not to suggest the beer isn't dark - it's darkish - but its complexion is flimsy and its colours seem superficial. There's only about four bubbles that float atop like peas.

It really says something about how insipid a beer is when you can make out its water profile from the aroma! Beers from the Ireland often have this characteristically rough, chalky, mineral-y, high carbonate water and that can be appreciated in this one right from smell alone given there's nothing remotely malty or hoppy or yeasty that interferes.

Nor is there in taste, and I sorrowfully wish there were because all that's tasted is pure corn syrup. Knowing who brewed it and on what scale, I expected it to have a cheap, industrial taste - but not like this! To use an ironic choice of words: this is the pure, unadulterated taste of corn syrup with hardly a drop of authentic maltiness about it.

Without any perceived roasted grain, the cloying syrupy sweetness runs free. Its makers, clearly, thought it would emulate that desired caramel malty flavour but it makes a poor, poor substitute. Although some is acceptable, this spews out diacetyl like a BP oil spill. It tastes like the straight syrup used for fountain pop. Indeed, that is what it is.

I'd love to say that this was a sensual, satisfying pint and that I found all the charm of the Irish local in the (so-called) Irish pub in which I drank it. Unfortunately, neither could be further from the truth. In both, all I found was bastardized commodities that market the illusion of Ireland without the thinnest of actual veritableness or virtue.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Bill's Seafood in Westbrook

Poured an amber color with a one finger off white head that faded fast to just a ring. Very very slight spotty lacing. Not much carbonation.

Smell is bland, if I can try I pick up some caramel malts, but barely. Not an aromatic beer.

Taste is similar, watery with a caramel malt at the middle and a very delicate hop finish. Above adjunct but not an Irish Red like Sam Adams.

Mouthfeel is watery, thin, no carbonation bite.

Drinkabilty is average, you will get bored of this beer faster than you will get full or buzzed.

Photo of grittybrews
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a caramel brown with around a finger of off-white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, followed up by a pleasant taste of brown sugar biscuit and more caramel. Quick finish with minimal bitterness or hoppy presence. Nice session beer, though it lost much of its zip as it warmed.

Photo of gromis
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer on recommendation from a friend.

This beer pours a very dark amber. Nice head with really good retention.

The nose on this is roasted malt.

Taste is a very nice roasted malt flavor without any bitterness. Has a hint of spice to it with a hint of smokiness (best way I can describe it) in the finish.

It has a certain creaminess to it due to the carbonation.

Photo of bump8628
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark red bordering on brown with a small, but creamy and long-lasting head.

Nice combo of balanced malt flavors from lightly toasty with a hint roast to the broad spectrum of caramely flavors. Hops are minimal. Finish is clean. Pretty basic for the style, then again it's a pretty basic style.

Photo of Spica66
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a beer I bought on impulse. It was ok, but I would probably not choose it again.

A: Amber, clear, medium carbonation.

S: Not really much here, a little malt maybe.

T: I like it. A little bland, but ok.

M: Pretty smooth, not quite what I would call creamy.

D: I found nothing holding me back from nice long drinks, so a "5" it is.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Had a nice amber/red color that was semi-transparent with a good 1-finger head.

Smell: Has a very nice aroma that is somewhat floral with hints of a hoppy scent.

Taste: This was a little more bland than expected, but it did have a good bitter aftertaste while remaining smooth and well-balanced. Good.

Mouthfeel: Has a bit of a watery feel to it, but not too thin to be a turn off.

Drinkability: Pretty good but I would rate higher if it wasn't for the thin watery mouthfeel. Certainly worth keeping in mind.

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

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on top of an amber-brown body with good clarity. The foam settles at a reasonable pace and leaves excellent lace.

S - Light caramel malt with a very light hint of musty hops.

T - Moderately sweet bread malt up front with a little bit of hop flavor. More toasted flavors in the middle with a watery caramel character. Finishes with light biscuit sweetness and toast as well as weak balancing bitterness.

M - Moderately light body, moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D - Not bad really. It has a pleasant malt character and avoid balancing hop presence. Nothing special but a reasonable example of the style and certainly not the worst choice at the kind of establishments where one is likely to run into it.

Photo of alkemy
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a combination of amber, burnt orange, and copper. There's a subtle sweet malt smell, but there's really not a lot going on here. Actually, there's not a bunch of flavor either. Some malty caramel, brown sugar, and a grassy note but not much else. It's definitely an easy drinker and mildly refreshing as well.

Photo of Fatheranderson
4.72/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to say, for the price I was extremely pleasantly surprised. The taste is balanced and smooth and vaguely reminds me of pumpernickel bread and coffee beans. The high level of malt gives it a lasting and satisfying thickness that lends itself to slow enjoyment.

For the price, the taste is exceptional.
A very thick brew with plenty of substance.
Alcohol is not very pronounced in this brew, which allows the subtlety of the malt and hops to come through and form a delicious blend of flavor.

It could stand a little more flavor, possibly a pinch more hops.


Really, for the price, you can't go wrong. It's a good beer, not perfect, but it's a heck of a lot better than it's price tag would suggest.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red amber and copper with a good layer of tan, caramel-like foam. Some good carbonation, but difficult to see due to the color. Smithwick's is not very transparent due to its darkness.

Smell: Nothing strong here. Some roasted coffee and nuts. Fairly sweet as well. It's a good smell, but not great.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very smooth in my opinion and not very strong. Not too carbonation and not too sticky, considering the sweetness. That said, this beer is not actually that sweet. It's maltier than it smells. Thumbs up!

Drinkability: As with the smell, there's nothing great about this, but it is good. I don't know if I'd wanna drink this all night, but it goes great along with a rotation of Harp and/or Guinness.

Overall: See drinkability.

Photo of WhiskerWrangler
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 1 1/2 finger light tan, off white colored head. Very good retention. Head lasted for quite a while, leaving a half finger length head. Light brown chocolate, somewhat reddish color. Carbonated bubbles rising from bottom. Lace is great showing thick lacing all the way through the drink.

S- Very subtle hoppy smell. Somewhat chocolatley smell.

T- Very rich taste that stays in your mouth for a while... This beer is absolutely amazing. This is my first experience with this beer and it tastes alot like Petes Wicked Ale. Every time I take a sip I smell a bit of chocolate, but the taste doesnt compliment this.... but that isnt a bad thing.

M- Great. Slight to no carbonation. Very light feeling with a full taste. Goes down easy and is easy on the stomach.

D- I can most certainly see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting. This is one of my more favorite beers. Everything from the color to the lace, to the taste is beautiful.

Photo of revolution
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber color with medium off-white head, nice lace

S - Malty, caramel, sweet pleasant oder, hint of toffee

T - solid malt flavor with caramel, mild toastiness/roasted grain with a med-dry finish

M - medium-bodied ale, mod. carbonation, fairly smooth

D - pretty easy drinking brew, malty, decent smoothness, roasted dryness at the end

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

Smithwick's is a very clear, solid amber ale with a big, fluffy, frothy head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a dank aroma, like a cave. There is a light maltiness, light grassiness and slight funk to the smell. It's medium-by-light bodied; Smooth and creamy, with a pretty crisp, mineral finish. There's not too much flavor, but it's not bland. The light, grassy bitterness is balanced with malt that avoids being sweet. They combine to form a resiny flavor. There is a soft, wooden quality to it and a touch of musk. This is clearly a session ale. I kind of assumed it would suck because it's such a big name but now I feel like a jerk for never trying this before. I bet this would be great on cask.

Photo of DerekP
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Redd Dawgs All Star Clubhouse in Belle Vernon, PA.

Appearance: Beautiful dark mahogany belly with a creamy nougat head. The head retention is outstanding, leaving a thick trail of off-white lacing all over the inside of the glass.

Smell: Quite yeasty. Freezer-burned ice cream hitting the nose hairs; maybe a mild cheese in there also.

Taste: Lots and lots of diacetyl (not so sure I'm crazy about its quality in this one) Heavy whipping cream; sour notes. A very full tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Milky soft; incredibly delicate--one of the finer characteristics of this brew. Enough bite to make it a beer, but so little, so perfect.

Drinkability: For a solidly full tasting brew, this beer could be imbibed several times over, but the excessive diacetyl is a little disappointing, though my opinion on it is so undecided that it could fluctuate from one pint to the next. Better than average, but not exactly good.

Photo of herman77
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark crimson red. Decent amount of off white head, but it dies off somewhat quickly. Average amount of lacing.

S: Nothing really here. A little bit of bready malt and a touch of hops. Very muted.

T: Not much flavor. A little watery/bland. Mainly bitter, slightly buttery taste. A little to bitter for my liking. Some carmel malt is trying to come through, not really happening though. Not my favorite.

M/D: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat smooth and creamy. Pretty easy to drink, but the taste is lacking and not the best, so this does affect the drinkability in my book.

Photo of jera1350
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Maroonish color with a creamy fluffy head. Smells pretty light. Some grain and light caramel malt. Taste is light. Some bitter hops, grain, a bit of caramel. Feels thinner, a bit watered down and slightly flat. A tad creamy. Not the best crafted red. Drinks easily, kind of like water. Average beer at best.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 2,403 ratings.