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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 SamN
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark copper color, very clear and with extremely lively carbonation (LOTS of bubbles). Good head, fades down to about one pinky width, with fairly lumpy surface; not rocky, lumpy.

S- Corn and rice grains, maybe barley. Stinky sweet, ever so slightly roasted notes with noticeable hops background. I like that very small roasted character.

T- Little more bitter than most Irish reds. Malt forward, of course, but without richness, rather one dimensional and flat. To get any caramel malts, pulling air through the beer is necessary and even then you don't get much for it. Strong corn flavors, a cheap tasting import. Fading bittered finish. Why so much hops?

M- Rough bubbly pulls from the glass. Lots of carbonation leaves the carbonation burn on the back on the tongue. Medium body.

D- Guinness once again fails to impress. Pretty pathetic excuse for a rich, malty Irish Red. Go with Samuel Adams' Irish Red, much much better.

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

This review is based on a tap serving in an imperial pint here domestically, although I had it in Ireland a couple of years ago, too.

A finger's worth of cream-colored head atop a deep copperish amber body. Retention is just OK, but the sticky lacing is plentiful.

While the psychological effect of drinking this beverage in its homeland definitely ratcheted up the enjoyment a few notches for me at the time, I still find this to be a pleasant, sessionable ale. The flavors and aromas are simple and well balanced. The malts are a bit toasty, a bit nutty. There's a light fruitiness mid swallow before the fairly dry finish. A bit of grassy bitterness lingers. Medium-light body with a rather crisp feel and plentiful carbonation. Smitty's gets an easy thumbs-up.

Photo of damndirtyape
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Single bottle (no dates I could interpret) poured into a tumbler.

Appearance: Orange-brown in color but when held up to the light the orange shades are stronger. Pale white foam (1/8") across the top of the glass with plenty of lacing when drinking it down. Nice.

Smell: Earthy and loamy - reminds me of first spring dirt. There is some hoppy smell in there, but it's unusual. It's not doing it for me.

Taste: Earthy flavors again. Some metallic tang and bitterness combined. Again very unusual but for me unbalanced in the bitterness direction. I'm still not getting it.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation otherwise nothing special.

Drinkability: No...I'm not liking this one. It didn't go well with a meal and the taste isn't something I can see sitting and sipping, or even having alone. Maybe this one is past freshness?

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Since I can't stand Guinness in a can, this is my go-to St. Patty's brew. Figured I'd give it a proper review.

Pours a deep amber hue, about a half inch of head. Recedes to a ring, only slight lacing.

Nose is good, but not very complex. Caramel malts with a touch of butter.

A surprisingly sweet brew (I remember in younger days I used to think this beer was too bitter...), sweet caramel malts up front followed by woody bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick, with sharp carbonation.

An old favorite, and my default whenever I'm in a pseudo-Irish pub and need a good draught.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow only 4.5 damn I must be spoiled by dark beers because I thought this one was at least 6!

This beer seems to be popping up all over my town on tap and in bottles in every mix and match shop so after I found out it was by Guinness I was sold.

A - darkest amber without being like a porter. Aggressive pour resulted in heavy head that laces the glass.
S - Smells of bread malts and a tiny bit of hops.
T - mild Roasty flavor along with malt presence.
M - Thin (as expected) for a beer like this but refreshing
D - Meh... I really didn't like it too much. One and done.

Photo of scott451
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Smithwicks pint glass. A transparent reddish brown with a 1/4" head that quickly diminished to thin layer that soon dissapeared. Persistant lacing that suck around to the end.

Malty taste with a hoppy finish.

Surprisingly thin for a darker ale but very drinkable. Just not anything super special.

Photo of zimm421
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark amber color with a thick off-white head that leaves average lacing.

Smells of malts, caramel and some cream, definitely a sweet scent. The taste is similar with the malts dominating. However, there is a slight hop presence, but nothing that stands out. Finishes very sweet.

The mouthfeel is creamy and has a surprising amount of carbonation. This goes down fairly smooth, but is nothing very impressive. Not difficult to drink whatsoever, but not something exciting to drink. Overall a decent brew.

Photo of KTCamm
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer 2 for St. Pats day. Poured bottle to pint glass.

Pours a dark crimson red, bordering on brown with a little white foam. A 1 cm layer remains floating atop the beverage.

Light caramel sweet smell. Minor.

Taste is the same - sweetness prevails. Hint of spices. Somewhat watery in the mouthfeel. Did I say sweet?

Overall a decent brew, but the sweetness overstays its welcome.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap in imperial pint at Annie Bailey's.
Small head that didn't stick around long. Very deep red color that looks black at certain angles. Very small nose that's mostly caramel malts. Taste is of roasted malts and a slight metallic note on the finish. Very fluid mouthfeel. Quite drinkable for style.

Photo of buschbeer
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a Smithwith's pint glass to an abundant off white head. It is dark amber in color. The smell is toffee malt primarily. The taste is caramel. It is a rather bland beer. I'm thinking I should have went with Guinness today. Oh well, it is very easy to drink.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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

Smithwick's Irish Ale pours a nice crystal clear coppery brown with a much bigger creamy white head than expected which is leaving more lacing than I would have expected too.

The aroma is distinctly beery for lack of a better description, with nicely toasted malts coming through with a bit of grassiness.

The mild flavor has smooth toasted malts, nutty and a little sweet up front which finishes smooth and lightly bitter. Quite nicely balanced actually.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, smooth, just slightly watery but still manages to be nicely creamy with just just a right amount of carbonation.

All in all this is a surprisingly good very drinkable red ale! Just a good easily sessionable beer. I may have to revisit the other members of the Guinness family now. I'll bet this is fantastic with a meal as well... fish and chips anyone?

Photo of drizzam
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I figured I would review a beer before I go out to swill green macro tonight. Seemed like Swithwick's was the obvious choice for St. Patty's day.

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Cryptic batch stamping on the back label. The body of this brew is a crystal clear copper color, topped with a foamy white one finger head. Head retention was excellent and it left a frothy wall of lacing down the inside of my glass.

S - Roasted malt seems predominant herewith just a slight hint of floral hops lingering in the background.

T & M - Tastes much like the aroma. The backbone of this beer is a roasted malt with some earthy hops to balance everything out and make it interesting. Fairly light bodied mouthfeel with a creamy smoothness to it.

D - This is easily a very sessionable brew. There's a reason you can find Swithwicks on tap almost anywhere you go...and that's the ease of drinking it. It may not be the perfect example of an Irish red, but it has got its place in the beer world. I'm not embarrassed to spend a night at the local pub drinking this brew.

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

Pours a nice copper/amber color.Nice thick off white head falls 1/4 inch with lots of lacing.

Not much in the smell department. Maybe some wet hair(soapy).

Not much going on in the flavor department either. Some apple, and watered down iced tea. Nothing bad.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery, not too much carbonation. Not bad, not great.

Very drinkable, a great beer to pound with food.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent ruby-mahogany color with a distinct cream colored head. Leaves a good amount of lacing as the drink progresses.

Smell is hard to detect. Like most guinness products, I just don't pick up much of a smell from these guys.

Taste, This is a tough call for me. I've had some tasty irish reds before, be they sweet and malty, or jacked up a bit with some hops. This one doesn't take either road, just sits somewhere in the middle. It's not bad, but I was hoping for more.

Mouthfeel, very creamy, medium+ heft to it, carbonation was perfect.

Overall, not as exciting (and way more expensive) than most Irish Reds you'll stumble upon. Smithwicks is an easy drinker, probably great for watching soccer matches, but I want an irish red with a bit more gusto.

Photo of Scrapss
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A good all around irish ale that is neither too offensive nor too boring.

Apppearance is a dark rich brown. I love that color, it says "I probably have a very pleasant flavor".

Smell is a very pleasant sweet malt. kinda reminds me of the William Penn lager. No trace of hops that I can detect, although I imagine there are some in there.

Taste is smooth, with sweet malts but there is no hops whatsoever. No bite, no kickback.

Mouthfeel is light yet quite filling, probably due to good amount of carbonation and lack of hops. Smooth as silk.

Drinkability is quite high due to it's light alcohol content and silky smooth characteristics.

Photo of ZebedeeDuBois
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap from my local craft bar, which is running some specials fro Guinness for March.

It had a rich reddish brown hue and a light malty smell.
However, upon drinking it - it was just forgettable - not much flavor at all. Nothing objectionable, but nothing recommendable.

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

Bottle poured into a Smithwicks Pint glass (used to be an old faovrite).

appearance- deep dark red with a brownish hugh. Okay head, but it isn't there for long. Definetly some good lace, though.

smell- a little malt and a tiny bits of carmel toffe that is barely distinguishable.

taste- some nice malt, not offensive. Not impressive either. I'm afraid the hoppier beers have ruined me for such a simple taste as this.

mouthfeel- creamy and carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth.

drinkability- Easy to drink, but no wow factor here. Just a mediocre brew.

Photo of giblet
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured nicely into my glass with about two inches of creamy head. smells of roasted malt. good reddish color.

taste is surprisingly mild and light. i was hoping for a richer taste and feel. good lacing down the glass. drinkable for its light body but not what i was expecing from this style.

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: One solid finger of cream head that sticks well and retains for the duration of the drinking. Body is ruby and crystal clear.

S: Smells of caramel malts, lightly roasted grains, foam, and subdued noble hops.

T: Somewhat muted all around, but what is here is fairly good. Toasted caramel malts form the body of the taste, and somewhat displace the already minimal hops. I am detecting some off flavors near the end, something bitter but not hoppy.

M: Smooth but carbonated enough to do the trick. Medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable as this style should be.

Overall: I am disappointed with this seemingly mediocre product from Guinness. Maybe this is a bod bottle, but it doesn't taste "bad" or infected, just sort of bla.

Photo of roddwolff
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once poured in my "bayern mug". Look: Bright red color, poplar white foamy head, very good lacing; Smell: Toffee malt and floral hops; Taste: Roasted malt, toffee, grains and pine hops; Mouthfeel: Clean, medium bitterness, light to medium body, somewhat creamy, medium carbonation; Drinkability: Easy to drink, soft, quite the contrary to the great Guinness.

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

pours a clear dark copper with a dark red tint, small egg-shell head, good lacing.

smell is of malt, bread dough, some sweetness, and butterscotch caramel.

taste is sweet, heavily carbonated, malt, bitter hops in the background, little bit on the tangy side (soda water), and buttery in back, ends a little dry, and somewhat bitter.

Photo of thebeerdoctor
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well made Irish ale from Guinness, imported from Ireland. Competitively priced in Ohio at present, $12.99(+) for twelve bottles. Pour into classic Libby ale tumbler, it is a mahogany colored beauty with luxurious rocky headed foam. A deliciously direct taste. Unpretentious and balanced, very drinkable.

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

Poured this reddish tinted beer into a pint glass with a fine inch foam that reduced down to a faint amount of lacing. The aroma of the beer was that of toasted grains and a faint sugary smell. The taste followed suit but had added flavors of a fruity and caramel tinting with overall flavoring of a charcoal or roasted malts. Overall this beer is a great tasting beer. One that everyone should try.

Photo of bludtek
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This ale appeared as red-tinged brown in my pint glass, with a nice puffy head that faded to a fine lace.

The smell was of toasted grains, with not much else.

Taste was nice and malty, with caramel, toast, and mild hop fruitiness. It finished a little bitter.

This ale seemed a little thin, lacking body and overall balance.

Drinkability was average. Nice toasted malt flavour, but not much else to set this beer apart from others.

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

Poured a nice ruby red with a two finger offwhite head that dissipated quickly to a thin film on top of the beer. Good lacing throughout. Aroma is very malty and grainy. Taste is similar with a very slight roastiness. Feel is medium-light to medium in the mouth with a crispness from the carbonation. Some slight oiliness on the finish. Overall drinkability is good with a sessionable quality.

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