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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,415
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 33
Gots: 228 | 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 IronLover
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep brownish-red color with a pleasent off-white head that reduces to a healthy cap. Sweet, light, toasted, malt aroma with a hint of fruit. Light bodied with low carboation. Nice toasted malt taste with with very light fruit flavor with a dry, toasted malt finish. Easy to drink.

Photo of Ybsnroh
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- nice head, some lace lingers, not much nose, good inviting mahogany color. Looks grrat, not sure it its too carbonated. Not sparkly, but a bit fizzy. Mostly malt hints, maybe some fruit, not floral. Nice but not much
Mouth - a bit thin, somewhat watery, disappointing given the 'from Guiness' on the label which compelled my purchase. Fair malt, maybe some grain. Bitterness is not exciting. Watery again. A little hop finish.

Overall I was disappointed. Frankly, a big gulp, bolus to the gullett is best. I'll have a few more and see.

Photo of karait95
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This one is as expect a brown creamy body but light brown when against light with a light brown head that leaves a layer over the liquid.

S: Medium toasted malty aroma some hops and some barley can be sensed but it is faint.

T: Toasted malty with some bitterness in the middle, hops are present at the end Ireland - English tradition in bitterness.

M: Even at the beginning it is refreshing the felling change fast to a bitter intense not very cool.

Photo of NODAK
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is malty, with toffee and a bit of creaminess coming through.

Taste is of smooth maltiness....toffee, cream, and just a touch roasted malts coming through. There's a smattering of hop bitterness on the backend, but it is pretty minor. A little bit of breadiness is also apparent on the finish. Pretty dry on the end with roasted maltiness. Carbonation low to medium.

This isn't a bad beer. I haven't had many beers in this style before, but this could make me seek out more.

Photo of soju6
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a pub in Kingston, Ont.

A: Served a deep amber color with a nice off white head that fades to decent lacing.

S: Light clean aroma with a hint of caramel & grain.

T: Light caramel & malt taste with a bit of sweetness. Has a nice mild bitter finish.

F: Medium body, light creamy texture that is smooth and goes down easy.

D: Good choice went at the pub or any place really.

Photo of smithza9
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Anything that comes from the Guinness brewery must be good quality. This is a very dark beer with a lot of foamy head and minimal carbonation. IT smells sweeter than a normal beer of this type and tastes the same. I love this beer and hope to have it many more times in my life.


Photo of TheMadJack
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Pint Glass.

A: Chestnut brown, with the light betraying several shades of amber. Lumpy, off-white head and goodly amounts of sticky lacing.

S: Warm and inviting. Malts, brown sugar, and sun tea. A touch of fruit - strawberry? Hard to pin down.

T: There is a definite brown sugar sweetness at the center of the pallette. Mild, light malts, tea, and honey also in the mix. A hint of brie on the finish, which is clean and refreshing, with no lingering flavors or sensations.

M: Light and without lingering. Drinks like an iced tea with a hint of carbonation, which is fitting given the somewhat prominent flavor and scent.

D: This beer was first recommended to me as "Like a Newcastle, only moreso". The appellation is not without merit, especially when this beer is drunk straight from the bottle, which seems to dampen the sweet notes and accentuate the malts, giving it the character of an English Brown Ale. Smithwicks certainly shares the humble agreeability of it's English cousin, with the added boon that there is a far greater consistency of flavor and character between beers. I don't know how many other people have shared my experience, but I believe the clear bottles are to blame for the radical variation in that other beer. But I digress. Smithwicks is extremely drinkable, versatile, consistent, and tasty.

Photo of VietPong
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I was very impressed with Smith's. I had this in a tasting alongside stella artois and peroni, and this beer was the best. It has the perfect bitterness, and only slight carbonation. Is it my favorite? No. Does it stand up very well against other imports? Yes. And the best part is that I had low expectations

Photo of mlazzaro
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really fluffy off-white head over a nice looking brown ale. good clarity. Very dark for a brown, almost porter looking. That could be the wideness of my tulip glass making it so dark.

Smells and tastes of malty caramel. Very sweet beer. Smooth mouthfeel that is helped out by the nice creamy head. Very drinkable beer. It is a bit on the syrupy side, but still quite drinkable.

I like that Smit'ick's is actually from Ireland. As appose to the Canadian Guinness of U.S.A., which taste nothing like Irish Guinness. Smit-ick's tastes the same in Europe as America.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottled poured into a Duvel Tulip glass.

A: Nice caramel/red color. Fair amount of lacing left after an inch of head receded.

S: Light malty smell with some hints of caramel.

T: Toasty tasting with trace amount of malt.

M: Good mouthfeel if not a bit watery. Not much carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Not much not to like. Its a good solid beer.

This is a nice solid ale. Well worth trying.

Photo of dolzan
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a golden red colour, with a big frothy head, very smooth and creamy, almost buttery. There is some kind of earthy flavour present in the background, but overall quite a sweet taste, with a bit of a metallic finish. A pretty pleasant overall combination.

Photo of Jonopoly
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep brown/red color, like a dark amber. Accompanied with a thin eggshell white head that leaves some fair lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel and roasted malts, along with a subtle smokiness that resembles the smell of burnt toast. A pretty inviting aroma.

T: A sweet biscuity maltiness up front which is followed by hints of caramel and hop flavor. Ends with a mild toasty bitterness at the end. Finishes slightly dry.

M: Medium bodied ale, not too much carbonation.

D: Fairly good, nothing getting in the way of drinking a few of these at all.

A nice Irish Ale, i'll definitely order this at a pub sometime soon or perhaps pick up another 6-pack.

Photo of MrStark
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 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
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
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
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 2,415 ratings.