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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: 2,156
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 99 | 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 tab021


2.42/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

As I was browsing the local beer store, a random stranger said to try it... I figured why not... here goes

A: Pours an red/copper color with a nice head that retains. I must have done something right because this looks straight from a commercial

S: smells roasted and malty. different from most beers, but as I have never tried an Irish Ale before this may be standard...

T: ooo... bitter back of the tongue taste that lasts quite a while... not sure I am a big fan of that...

M: Thinner but not like water, low carbonation...

D: I really don't think I could drink more than one for the experience. I suppose it is worth a try. If this beer is your style, more power to you, but as for me... not so much

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 17:38:44 | More by tab021
Photo of chsanders


2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was recommended by a friend I visited out of state a few weeks ago. Granted I haven't had to many Irish red's, but this beer definitely did not meet my expectations. It has a nice lacing that stays all through the beer, but there is no real flavor. I would classify this along with most light beers -you can drink alot without getting filled up or overwhelmed by the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 23:56:53 | More by chsanders
Photo of osi


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium caramel brown with reddish tint. Head was thick and creamy.

S - Not much smell emitting from the brew. Light malts and alcohol with a hint of caramel like sweetness.

T - Not much flavor reflecting its smell. Light malts with a hit of chocolate and caramel.

M - Smooth and lightly creamy with light carbonation.

D - Kind of filling. But overall good. Could enjoy some of these, if I don't get full first.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 20:50:44 | More by osi
Photo of Rayek


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

I had this on tap at the Irish Snug in Denver. It was served to me ice cold, so I had to let the beer warm up in order to fully appreciate its character.

A: Deep amber colored brew. Very little head, but what was there stuck around a left a small amount of lace.

S: Nice toasted malt and caramel notes. Slightly sweet. Faint floral hop aroma.

T: Nice sweet/bitter balance. Has initial caramel sweetness and toasted grain qualities. Bitterness from the hops comes in the middle to balance the malt's sweetness. Hops have citrus and spicy qualities. The beer gets more complex as it warms up.

M: Medium-Light body has some substance. Carbonation is maybe a little low.

D: A very good social beer. Not interesting enough for me to drink it by myself, but perfect for a night at the pub. Goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 18:40:50 | More by Rayek
Photo of bluegrassbrew


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish-copper with a large pillowy white head. Leaves some very nice looking lacing.

Smell is a combonation of slightly bready malt and a hint of vegetables.

Taste is the same, a very vegetable like aftertaste around some decent breadiness and just a sampling of caramel malt.

Overall, this is a nice looking beer. It is an easy drinker. Alas, it is not very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 02:34:58 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of scoobybrew


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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep ruby amber color with a thick head that settles, but is well retained in a slightly chunky lacing

S - toasted malt aroma with a slight peat-like quality

T - as with the aroma, mostly toasted malt character with a subtle peat flavor and a noticeable hop finish

M - medium-light body with moderate carbonation

D - I really enjoy Smithwick's as a very 'sessionable' Irish red. I really think it's a good standard by which other Irish Reds could be compared to, not only because it's relatively common in distribution, but also because of it's simple (but good) qualities.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 03:12:25 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Pauly2X


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

A- Deep amber, two finger frothy head.

S- Spicy hops intermingled with caramel.

T- Sweet malts up front with a bitter finish comprised of both spicy hops and toasted malt bitterness.

M- A little light.

D- Tap availability is pretty good so I hit it up from time to time.

A good choice for a second step up from BMC. This beer is also good for realizing that there's more to Ireland than just stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 23:36:00 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of codydmoore


4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 Oz bottle pored into pint pub glass. Creamy white head with good staying power.
Very easy drinking ale with nice dark copper color and good lacing. Makes a good session ale or good beer to introduce to non craft beer drinkers who will occasionally drink Guiness Stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 16:47:19 | More by codydmoore
Photo of Kingdom4aPint


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard pint glass applied...

Dark copper color with two finger head with decent staying power and leaves lots of thick lacing. Smells like the inside of a whiskey barrel...slightly burnt wood soaked alcohol scent that works well for me. Taste is not complex, malt up front with hop bitterness bringing up the rear with dry finish. Light in body therefore highly drinkable. A decent, solid beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 21:44:36 | More by Kingdom4aPint
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber-red in color that brightens up when held to the light. Creamy off-white head, decent sized with some staying power, and left a healthy amount lace along the sides of the glass.

Light malty aroma of caramel and toasted bread. Very mild and difficult to pick up anything else.

Sweet caramel and toasted grain flavor. Not overly sweet and well balanced by toasted and light roasted malt flavors. A touch of hop bitterness towards the end. Finishes a little dry with lingering caramel.

Light bodied, smooth and crisp. Easy drinking and refreshing. Not going to blow you away by anymeans, but a nice little session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2008 18:37:13 | More by Lupe
Photo of ricchezza


4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear brown with a 2-finger head that receds to a 1/2" with nice lacing.

Smells to me of caramel malts, but I could be mistaken. Not much of a hop aroma.

Light and crisp on the palate. A thin feeling beer, but it has a nice malt flavor.

I drink this beer quite often. It goes great with any food I've paired it with; and is very enjoyable on it's own as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 13:53:26 | More by ricchezza
Photo of MrIncognito


4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another poor pour from the bartender... no head. Does leave nice lacing. Dark, dark amber red.

Smitticks is hard to smell. I really have to put my nose in it. Dark roasted hops, sweet malts.

Taste is smooth and sweet with a nice roasted hop flavor. Not too bitter. Slight metallic taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, nice light carbonation.

This is a definite session beer, which I've done in the past. I actually like Smitticks and would choose it over many other pub beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2008 12:59:35 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of rxdrewthejew


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

Finally getting around to reviewing this old standard.

A: A transparent red to red-brown. Poured pretty aggresively it gives about a 3-4 finger off-white head that slowly fades, over about 5 minutes, to a thin film, although lacing seems pretty good.

S: Smells like malt, slightly sweet and somewhat roasted.

T: Again, this is a malt dominant beer. It actually has some characteristics of a brown ale, but I'd say a bit sweeter. Not much hop balance, but the flavor isn't especially strong either.

MF: A bit of a metallic feel. A thin beer, though not watery. Carbonation is pretty low, but I also have to take into account that this has been in my fridge for quite a while.

D: I've always enjoyed this beer. It's nothing to write home about, but it is tasty and easy to find. Better fresh, so if you buy a six pack, plan to drink it pretty fast (or share). Good, sessionable beer, and with St. Patty's day right around the corner, you can't go wrong with this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 03:39:26 | More by rxdrewthejew
Photo of BeerCon5


3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a clear, dark amber color, with good retention

S: Light malty smell with a slight caramel sweetness

T: Good balance of flavors, very clean finish with hardly any aftertaste

M: A bit thin with good carbonation

D: Very smooth, easy drinker, easily a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2008 16:59:09 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of tgbljb


3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as a very deep amber colored beer with moderate white creamy head. Good retention.
Smell is significant for roasted malt and caramel.
Taste also has some light caramel notes, with only a slight hop character at the finish.
Very thin mouthfeel, with little taste retention.
A nice refreshing beer, but really very simple. Could be a nice sessuon beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2008 23:29:28 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Homerbag


3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red with minimal head that does lace a bit.

Smell is of sweet malt and some hop spice. Taste of sweet malts, some hop bite, otherwise clean and unremarkable. Feel is a bit fizzy, but clean and refreshing.

This is a session beer through and through. Not much to remember about it. This is a gateway beer for people to take the big scary step towards craft beers. You can drink alot of it and still be find. The taste is not offensive or heavy. Great beer to drink when you are thirsty and not in the mood to enjoy complex tastes.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 07:32:28 | More by Homerbag
Photo of Wasatch


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean/clear dark amber color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, some tiny islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malts and caramel. The taste is malty with some caramel. Light body. Drinkable I guess, but I would not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 03:06:49 | More by Wasatch
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

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

A: Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Abundant foamy white head with good retention formed with a modest pour, which diminished to a thin layer of bubbles after a time. The color was a medium to dark brown in color, clear in nature.

S: Mild scents of light malt and, perhaps, tobacco. No real hop smell on the nose.

T: Mildly malty, nicely carbonated, and relatively clean finish. Drinks very smoothly.

M&D: The mouthfeel for this is nearly perfect for the flavors on the palate as everything comes together for a very enjoyable brew. I don't know that I would call this one "balanced" in flavor as there is definitely little in the way of hop bitterness, but man, this stuff is easy drinking and highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 01:25:33 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of Slynger


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

Bright clear reddish-copper with a big, foamy off-white head. Smell is quite soft, but has some toffee and tea-like sweetness mixed with lightly toasted malts. Medium bodied with a fizzily carbonated mouthfeel. Light in taste as well with a tea-like and almost fruity sweetness mixing with lightly toasted grains. A touch of bitterness dies in a relatively clean and fresh finish. Not complex but nicely drinkable and refreshing, and better than your average macro.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 05:34:04 | More by Slynger
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours a yellow-ish/ copper color with an off-white head. In the aroma, a caramel sweetness. In the taste, again caramel sweet maltiness. A light body, with a nice bitterness in the mouthfeel, and a dry, caramel maltiness in the aftertaste. A nice caramel presence, yet nothing too exciting, a nice OK stand-by.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 03:28:05 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

Had this one on tap on Super Bowl night. Had very little head once it got to me, but left a little lacing on the pint glass. The color was light brown and pretty thin.

Had a subtle smell with some malts and a little bread.

The taste was a little on the weak side, but not without charm. Malts and yeasts were apparent, but not overwhelming.

Had a very average amount of carbonation, adding little bite to the beer.

This is an okay beer, but hardly one I'd drink on a regular basis. It's simply too thin and lacking a bit in flavor. As I said earlier, it's not without charm, but still sort of average overall.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2008 16:55:01 | More by avalon07
Photo of armock

New York

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a nice amber color with an off white head that leaves some lacing

S - Is pretty light sweet malt with a touch of hops

T - Is a little more there than the smell sweet malt and some hops

M - Theres a pretty good level of carbonation in this beer

D - This is one of those beers that you can session and do other things than think about the beer I'd drink this while playing in dart leagues

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 21:16:06 | More by armock
Photo of BravoTwo


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

A - Good dark, burnt red coloration. Minimal head.

S - Grainy, malty, almost fruity nose with hints of caramel.

T - Smooth taste with good toasted malt flavor, overall clean flavors, slightly fruity taste is present here.

M - Average here, with a thinner mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Not bad, just average.

D - Good drinkability, could easily session this beer and enjoy a few at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 12:55:35 | More by BravoTwo
Photo of tkarsies


3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a case of brews from Guinness (6 each of Guinness Draft, Harp Lager, and Smithwick's) at Christmas and just realized I have never reviewed this beer. Served fairly cold in a pint glass.

Pours a nice, clear amber with a 1 finger tan head that dissipates to lacing that stays until the end of the glass.

Smell is nondescript. Slight hops and malt. Not much going on here.

Taste is not any more exciting than the smell. Some malt sweetness and some grassy hops. Nothing offensive but not much to stand out.

Mouthfeel is OK. Moderate carbonation and light to medium mouthfeel.

Overall, this is very drinkable. I actually kind of like it. It is not something I would actively seek out, but it is available many places and is a good step up from BMC. I would consider this a solid, middle-of-the-road red ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 01:17:00 | More by tkarsies
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on draft tonight at TGIFs. After a lackluster experience from the bottle, I thought it deserved another try.

Appearance - served in a large 22-ounce tumbler mug, amber red, high clarity as with the bottled variety. About a finger of tan head, constantly fed from below, there was still a thin cover at the end.

Aroma - clean, sweet, caramel and toastiness. I can already tell this will be better than my initial experience. Maintains a light roastiness throughout dinner.

Taste - the metallic taste I picked out from the bottled sample is not here on the draft version. Matching the nose with a caramel, toasted grain flavor, slightly sweet but not very much, really. My wife had a Killians and in a side-by-side, hers was less malty, thinner, and sweeter. Comparatively, the Smithwick's had a far more robust malt flavor, was a little drier, and the hops played a far better role in balancing out the beer.

Mouthfeel - thin-bodied, crisp. Pretty average.

Drinkability - much better on-tap, I'd session this easily.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2008 06:04:16 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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