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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: 2,175
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 107 | 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 Zadok


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma 12 oz. bottle.

A-Dark amber with a frothy 1 finger head with nice lacing.

S-Hops and malt, maybe some dark fruits. Smells sweet to the senses.

T-Roasted malts on first drink, mild hoppiness.

M-Medium body and medium carbonation to match.

D-Nice drinkability, could forsee having another one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 20:26:28 | More by Zadok
Photo of clayrock81


3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great...another "imported" macro that the non-beer drinkers I know want to say is as good as any other Irish Ale.
Does have a nice red tint in its light brown body, with a little head that dies slowly. Some malts in the smell but they are weak - coffee, toasted malts, some bread. Can't really pick up any hops although there is a very slight aroma of something sweet/sugary (liquorice is what I want to say, but I know that's not it at all).
A medium-bodied brew that is a little thin and slick for an ale in my opinion, but still maintains a slight malt taste although it isn't as chewy as it is overcarbonated. Not a bad beer, but I'll take a Guinness Extra Stout over this when I'm in the grocery store.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 18:23:44 | More by clayrock81
Photo of mhewes


4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice dark reddish amber color with a good head.

S : A good malt aroma with some sweetness, some fruit and floral notes, just a touch of hops

T : Mostly a toasted malt flavor with some nuttiness to it. Not much hops in it but just enough to provide the right bitterness.

M : Smooth, slightly creamy, good carbonation

D : Easily sessionable. Will probably be my preferred Irish beer on St Patty's.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 13:31:39 | More by mhewes
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a nice ruby red almost brown with a nice frothy head that lasts andleaves truly beautiful lacing. Aroma was burnt caramel malt and a hint of hops. The taste is a decent amount of caramel malt with subtle hops in the back. The beer is nice and crisp with decent carbonation. I've had this one several times before and found it to be a little bland, but this time I see what others see in this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2008 20:26:55 | More by atsprings
Photo of generallee

New York

3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served at Doc Sullivan's, from tap and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It poured a dark reddish brown color with a thin white head that leaves nice rings of lace behind on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet malty nose with some mild hop notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a creamy smooth malt character that is fairly sweet with some caramel notes and mild hops for balance. The carbonation is very mild making the texture creamy smooth. It has a medium body with a thin balanced finish.

Notes: Overall it's a very drinkable beer with a good body and flavor although not quite as deep as I would like to see. Still it's very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2008 21:51:39 | More by generallee
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker reddish amber with a good white head that leaves good lacing down the pint glass.

Smells are malty sweetness and slightly caramel with earthy hops.

Taste is slightly caramel sweetness with an English earthy hop flavor.

A good Irish red, but not as much caramel malt as I am used to in a red.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 23:41:09 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of Beerislife652854


4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of "Smittix" on-tap at Anna Liffey's Irish Pub in downtown New Haven.

A - Crystal-clear ruby red/ amber color with a fine white head that laces the glass with a thin pattern.

S - Nice robust hops, sweet barley, hints of florals.

T - Hops are more mild than bitter, finishes smooth and a bit sweet.

M - Very smooth. Carbonation was less than expected, but it did last throughout the entire drink.

D - "I'll have another Smittix, thanks!" was what I said after I finished the first two.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 18:35:12 | More by Beerislife652854
Photo of tfrench8985


3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this beer while i visited my mother. she had a 6 pack in the fridge, my first thought was that the beer wasnt gonna be good but it was actually a pretty good beer with a nice aftertaste, the beer is very filling though.

i would recomend this beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 20:22:02 | More by tfrench8985
Photo of ralree


3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep red, pretty transparent. Head with decent retention and really nice lacing.

S: Vanilla, spices, roasted malt, hints of hops, brown sugar.

T: Toasty malt, bready flavor, spices. Vanilla in the background. The bread flavor is light, but really good. No alcohol flavor noticeable. After swallowing there's a lack of flavor that is unsettling.

M: Pretty heavily carbonated, pretty non-astringent. Non-syrupy. Has a medium-light body.

D: Drinkable, but not something I would crave.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 22:44:54 | More by ralree
Photo of GoodKnight1220


3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got it straight from the tap into a glass.

A deep brown redish color with a heavy head that lingers throught the drink.

The smell is a sweat yeast smell with the slight scent of malt and hops.

Goes down easy and has a smooth malty, frothy, molasis like flavor with the slightest hop finish.

This is a good beer, but cant have too many takes a little bit to put down, but not heavy by any means.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2008 06:11:02 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of AlesALot


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had this in Warwick RI 4 years ago on nitro tap and wanted to try it when I saw it here in Memphis in the bottle for the first time. My pallat has changed since then and I was afraid I remembered something better than it was. Not the case, a good beer for sure.

Copper color. White foamy head with good retention and some lacing, a bit meringue like.

Malt very up front on the nose with some hop aroma coming through. Some dark fruit mixed in from the yeast.

An easy drinker with toasty malts and a bit of nuttyness. Some hops on the finish, but not especially bitter. Slightly dry finish for a mostly malty beer.

Nicely carbonated. Smooth and slightly creamy. No alcohol warmth.

Gulps down nicely. A definate session beer. My wife (who doesn't drink beer) even enjoyed some of this one. Nice alternative to Euro Lagers and other standard easy drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 23:31:37 | More by AlesALot
Photo of beachbum1975


3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is available just about everyone that sells Guinness, so I have no fancy stories to tell how I bought/traded this one. No freshness date, 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium mahogany brown with slightly creamy off-white 1 inch head. Initial foam remains for a few minutes and leaves a small pool of foam at the bottom while drinking. Sticky legs stay climbing 1 1/2 inches up the walls the entire duration.

Smell: Sweet, toasted malts and wheat. Almost smells bready like a lager.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Much the same as the smell. Simple blend of sweet toasted malts all over the place and bready yeasts. No hops detected. Nice and easy to drink.

Drinkability: This is a highly sessionable ale, as it has been proven in the US and Ireland. Light-medium bodied and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 21:36:17 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of youngleo


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice head that was off white in color. Head lasted forever. Also left some nice lacing. The ale was a light brown in color. Was very light in the smell area. Slight hops smell. Tasted light also. Had a slight bitter after taste that hung on for a little while. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation I thought might be a little excessive. I could drink these on occasion. I dont think I would make it a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 18:37:21 | More by youngleo
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look is incredible. Deep red color with a massive fluffy white head on top that seems to never dissolve. Nice lacing. Really solid appearance. Nose is very mild toffee malt, light bitterness. Flavor is similar, mild toffee malt and a hint of smokiness. Not a ton going on, and it's masked further by the slightly excessive carbonation that sort of nettles the tongue. Light hops at the end. Overall, it's not a bad brew, not objectionable at all. Fairly mild...a solid session brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 17:29:09 | More by soupyman10
Photo of nem2006


3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured the beer into a pint glass. The beer has a nice white head which was maintained all during and left nice lacing on the side of the glass. It was a deep amber/copper color, but clear with a little visible carbonation.

There was a nice little hint of sweet from the roasted malts and the bitterness of the hops at the finish is not overpowering and balances it well.

Overall, I think it is a good beer, especially considering its mass production and distribution. Normally these beers don't stay strong when that happens.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 22:11:35 | More by nem2006
Photo of BlueStoneBrew


3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a typical, but solid, major chain beer. I reviewed this particular pint at a Smokey Bones BBQ restaurant, where it is served as their alternative to the major domestic swill, a purpose that it certainly fits. Plus, you get to sound cool pronouncing the word "Smiddicks."

The beer pours a deep copper with a long lasting white head. The aroma is soft toasted and met comparably with the smell of flowery hops.

The beer's flavor is of roasted and toasted, well darkened barley (hence the color). A sweet back to the flavor as well, almost what I would consider like a coffee or espresso. The taste isn't nearly that powerful, just comparable.

Smithwick's has low mouthfeel and carbonation, almost as a throwback to the native Irish and UK cask beers. I'm not a particularly big fan of such little carbonation as it makes me feel like the beer has gone flat. The lack of alcohol feel however, really lets you enjoy the roasted flavor of the malts.

There is a relatively clean finish to the brew. The toasted malt still rules, but hops show up to balance out the end.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2008 18:44:05 | More by BlueStoneBrew
Photo of SmithwicksNut


4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear with a brown color. held to the light you will see reddish hues. White head stays throughout the beer with lacing marking every drink.

S: You won't get a lot of hops aroma with this beer. you will smell the malts

T: Very smooth beer. The toasty malts come through with a little carmel.

D: This is a very good session beer. It is an easy beer to drink not over-bearing. This beer has two different taste. There is one flavor when it is cold but if it sits awhile at room temperature you will have a little more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 22:09:38 | More by SmithwicksNut
Photo of aquaderek


2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at the Nine Drunken Irishmen in sin city. The beer is nice looking nice amber color and 1/2 inch creamy head that fades to a lace in about two minutes. The nose is lacking slightly grainy, some hay, not a whole lot present. The same for the taste, I was really unimpressed some sweet maltiness upfront followed a very faint hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is refreshing and dry, could be an ok session beer if nothing better was around.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2008 21:00:38 | More by aquaderek
Photo of JMScowcroft


4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look - Artwork is a bit flashier than your traditional Guinness. Pours brown and settles dark coca-cola brown in the glass. See-through if you use enough light. Light, floating particles and a smooth, foamy head.

Smell - Strong and hearty scent, rich in malt but not overbearing.

Taste - Slight malty bite with a light carbonation to it, followed by a smooth finish. A slight bit watery here but otherwise above-average.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, very nice but a slight bit short of perfect. Very good job here.

Drinkability - Very, very drinkable. Not so thick that you won't have quite a few, but hearty enough to be a formidable Irish Ale, even for 4.5%.

Another great beer from the makers of Guinness!!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 04:40:52 | More by JMScowcroft
Photo of FCGrabo


4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A popped cap and a sniff at the hole in the bottleneck revealed a very slight but pleasant scent that smelled like a well prepared recipe for beer. Not strong, not hoppy, perhaps a slight sweetness. No surprises on the horizon. I poured it into my beer reviewin' mug and the head rose up mighty and very thick like creme froth. The color is a dark amber, not quite brown but definitely reddish. Lots of micro-bubbles rose up from the bottom.

The first taste was almost silky to the palate and the flavor had a tinge of maltiness without being predominant. Successive sips accustomed the palate and initial maltiness blended into the great overall taste of this beer. There was absolutely no bitterness that I could discern. I'm surprised at how smooth this beer is. The second bottle was more pleasurable than the first. It's a downright delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 03:54:40 | More by FCGrabo
Photo of SaltyLime


3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice red with a bubbly light tan colored head
S: very slight whiffs of something, couldn't quite grasp, but it was beerish...so no complaints
T: light on the malts and easy on the hops, overall just a slight earthy personality
M: smooth, with a little more carbonation than I wanted in this one
D: I guess this one was alright, just didn't seem to stand out

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 16:38:14 | More by SaltyLime
Photo of currysage1


3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Redish brown with a full cascading carbonted pour from the glycol system, 1 1/2 finger fluffy slightly off white head.

Smell is of sweet malt, slight hop presense and some dried grass.

Taste is of toasted cereal grains, medium dark malt backbone, some hops are present, but just a snap of them.

Mouthfeel is good, somewhat chewy, thin like most in this style tend to be.

Drinkability is not to bad, I could certainly have another of this but if there is something else on tap with more flavor I'll go for that.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2008 14:05:15 | More by currysage1
Photo of Traquairlover


3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Reddish tinted amber, clear, small foamy off white head with good retention and medium lacing left on the glass, constant layer of foam on surface. Only reason I did not give this a slightly higher score (because it is pretty with really good head retention) is that the carbonation is a little heavy and looks too much like a typical macro with too much forced CO2.

S = Light smell of toasted bread and not much else. Some cream, light, light hops. Not a bad smell, just not very complex and not nearly enough of it.

T = Buttered toast, light bitterness, some bread dough, short sweet finish.

M = Medium bodied, carbonation is little over the top, good mouthcoating though the finish is rather short even so.

D = This is a very easy drinking beer, good for session drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 00:15:19 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of ubermick


3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ordered on tap from the Mayflower Inn, San Rafael.

A: Nice copper colour, with a good head, with thick lacing. Seemed to be heavily carbonated (could be the bar's gas).

S: Malty sweet, with a little bit of biscuit.

T: Roasted malts, with a caramel finish.

MF/D: A little dry, medium body, not as carbonated as I originally thought. Drinkable for sure, but settling in for a third, I felt rather bloated. A decent beer, a nice step up from the mass-manufactured lagers for the masses that I'd recommend to a domestic drinker as a "gateway" drug! ;)

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2008 16:55:24 | More by ubermick
Photo of Beerbuddha


4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Lagers. This beer was a nice amber color with a descent white head and minimal lacing. The aroma was a nice roasted malty smell. The taste was again a sweet roasted malt taste with a nice hint of hops. The mouthfeel was medium body. Overall a suprisingly good beer. not bad at all and I would have one again. This beer was a good standard beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 02:40:25 | More by Beerbuddha
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 2,175 ratings.