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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: 2,321
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 25
Gots: 173 | 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 mareth01
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured a nice dark amber color with a large dirty white head.

The smell reminded of a sweet loaf of bread.

The taste started off like with a slight sweet carmel flavor then ended with a hint of coffee like tase.

I felt that it had the just the right amount of carbination but it was a little light.

Overall it is a decent beer was a good tasted but it feels like am drinking a Guiness Ultra.

mareth01, May 12, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a deep mahogany color with light tan, almost white head that looks soft and fluffy. The foam persists for a while and leaves lacing when sipped. Eventually the foam becomes a small ring with a patch of foam on the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is light and faint and contains a bit of roasted caramel malt and traces of grassy hops.

Taste: The flavor starts with the sweet roasted caramel malt that dominates the flavor. In the background there are hints of grassy hop flavors providing a definite but almost hidden bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and there is a smooth and creamy feeling from the light to moderate carbonation. The long finish starts out sweet but eventually ends up lightly dry with some hop bitterness

Drinkability: Nicely drinkable for a few pints but not much complexity here so it's a beer for socializing over and not for reflective moments. However I'll not be searching out this beer again with so many others waiting to be tasted.

drtth, May 12, 2009
Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Strong pour gives a two-fingered head that is a little off-white in color and pretty fizzy...decent retention...the color is almost like a strongly brewed tea...

S - Bread crusts...sweeter malts...maybe a bit of caramel sweetness as well

T - Tough to put a finger on the flavor...some grainy malts come through...slight metallic flavor as well

M - A little bit thin...high carbonation...a little bit of bite near the back of the tongue

D - Nothing is overly offensive, but there is nothing outstanding either...it goes down pretty easy...

RickKrumenacker, May 08, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 2 finger off white head, body is dark copper brown in color. Head retention and lacing are slightly above average

Smell is of some faint malt and metal. There is also some dark fruit in there like prune or raisin. No hops at all

Taste is a bit watery, of faint malt and fruit. Also some skunkiness or corn is detected. As in the smell there is no hop taste.

Mouth feel is a bit over carbonated. Body is pretty light and the head has no creaminess or texture. Pretty bland

Over all , not very good. This beer is better than most macros but i dont see myself spending money on this beer ever again. The drink ability is above average based on its lightness, but its lack of flavor deters me from wanting to drink it again

angelmonster, May 07, 2009
Photo of jkbusman
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - beautiful ruddy color with a nice thick and creamy tan head

S - notes of hops and sweet yeast complement a full malty aroma

T - starts with a sweet malty flavor with a dry hop bite at the end; just the right amount of malt and hops to provide balance

M - a medium bodied ale with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - a very drinkable and altogether enjoyable brew

jkbusman, May 01, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark reddish brown... fizzy with a small amount of tan head.

Smell is sweet brown sugar and malt.

Taste is pretty simple: a fair amount of sweet bready malt without much hops. Not a lot of complexity or different flavors, but a smooth easy drinking beer. Mouthfeel is very fizzy.

Not bad but not too interesting, pretty average.

webmanspidey, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of StorckAK
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I always get this on tap when I go to the local irish pub. It has a typical dark irish red color with a white head. It has a bread/carmel aroma. The taste is a bitter start with a smoother light bread/carmel finish. lighter mouth feel and for me extremely drinkable. It has a simple taste that is not overwhelming and for me is just a nice simple brew.

StorckAK, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a large, off-white head that clings well to the glass. Straightforward, light caramel malt aromas. Overall sweet character. Taste again shows slight caramel malt character and maybe a hint of hops, but nothing too apparent. Light-medium body. Not much character.

philipquarles, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of mithrascruor
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown-copper color with light tan head having decent retention. Leaves a bit of white lacing in the glass.

Smell: Malted grains and a hint of sweet coffee.

Taste: Roasted malt flavors, sweet yet bitter coffee, slightly rich, and a bit biscuity towards the finish and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth feel, minimal carbonation, and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, ABV less than 5%.

Style-wise this feels more somewhere between an Irish Red and an Irish Stout. Surprisingly pretty good flavors: not monolithic, but not wild either.

mithrascruor, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Bookseeb
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark amber with a healthy head and fair lace. Smell has a lighly toasted malt, toffee and hop. Taste is a on the weak side that goes along with the aroma. Mouthfeel is light with a little slickness to it helping it go down with good carbonation. Overall it's not a great beer, nothing special, but drinkable.

Bookseeb, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a pint on draught at Devlin's in Brighton Center this past Sat night. Even though this beer is on tap just about everywhere, I have not had one in 5+ years, so I figured on one for old time sake. Served in a standard pint glass. Brownish red color. Barely visible head. No noticeable smell. Taste was pretty average. A bit malty. Kinda tart in the finish. Very watery body. Not sure how people can drink these all night. Overall very boring. I have not missed much by skipping this beer for so long.

morebeergood, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of yuenglings
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Has a nice dark amber color with a good foamy head that leaves supurb laceing.

S: Not to much there some sweet rosted malts thats it.

T: Has a good rosted taste with biscuty end to it.

M: Very good creamy and smooth leaves your mouth feeling refreshed.

D: This is a very drinkable beer that i order on a reguler basais when i go out to eat i would for sure buy cases of this if i saw it at the beer store.

yuenglings, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of MikeInIowa
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great brew!

Appearance: Transparent amber with superior head and lace retention. Even during the glass rinse out following the imbibing, the head remained at the bottom of the glass and appeared to a lager beer when rehydrated

Nose: lightly nutty aroma

Taste: Delectable, full-body nutty flavor. Low bitterness. No residual taste.

Drink: Easy to consume

Mouth: Sensually rich feel.

MikeInIowa, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of skeetermoses
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loved the color of this beer nice dark red, but the smell was not too impressive, the taste is exceptional. This is definiately my go to irish beer or beer during st. patties. I think this beer goes great with any traditional Irish food like bangers and mash or a nice shephards pie. Very tasty and since I am not a huge fan of Guiness beer, I will be getting more and more of this one.

skeetermoses, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of katan
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - This beer tests the limit of what red means. It is very very dark - but still amber. The head formation is quite strong and very white in color. Very well retained, little lacing. Lots of carbonation present, but no yeast cloud.

S - A beer without smell. At best I can say I find a yeast note. Maybe.

T - Starts off with very little but a light malt sweetness. Perhaps driven by the roasted malts that drive the red ale style. Bitterness does start to show as the beer sits on the tongue. The only flavor is this beer appears in the aftertaste with a grainy astringent bite.

M - A fairly strong body driven by the harsh carbonation. The beer itself does appear to be fully bodied based on its creamy texture. Only a minor amount of oily residue left on the tongue.

D - Since this beer is almost not noticeable in terms of abv, flavor, and fillingness, I would say its a drinkability winner. Very sessionable. Heck of a consolation prize here.

katan, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

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clear, dark copper, gemstone amber. lots of rocky off-white head. fades to thin but constant layer. very good lacing, esp. later on down the glass.

aroma: grassy, leafy, european hops. hints of toasted malt and caramel, with a metallic whiff in the back. trace of apple esters. a bit subdued, but not bad at all.

taste: more grassy, leafy hop upfront, with moderate bitterness. then some apple fruitiness, before going into caramelized malts and toffee notes. lightly resinous, yet still grassy hop bitterness lingers gently into the finish. moments of nutmeg spice(?!)

light to medium body, slightly thin, but smooth, with faint astringency in the very end. prickly carbonation gives fluffiness at times.

hey look, this actually quite decent coming from guinness/diageo. easy to throw back quite a few with some corned beef, a hearty stew, or roast game.

tai4ji2x, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Virtu's in Waterbury, CT, this well known brew poured into the pint glass a dark carmel color with a giant, slightly off-white head, and lots of thick lacing. The aroma is yeasty grass hop bitterness and caramel malt. Not too complex but decent enough. The flavor is very consistent with the aroma, grassy tartness with thin malt background. Peppery carbonation, fairly thin and refreshing, pretty easy drinking if you like the tart side of ales. Not bad but nothing exciting to me.

Durge, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into the Chimay Goblet

A - Small loose off-white head descended to a ring. The color was more of a brown with a slight red tint as opposed to a red ale.

S - A toasted malt smell comes out with a slight dryness to it. Its maltiness was definitely prevalent.

T - Smithwick's is crisp and dry. Malty with a balanced slightly hoppy aftertaste.

M - Crisp and light bodied.

D - Im getting a rather bitter finish but I specifically remember it being smoother than this the last time I had it. Its a rather drinkable beer. Maybe this experience warrants a revisit down the line.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance of Smitty's is fairly decent. There is a good amount of sticky light tan head, and the body is clear and dark tea like in color.

The aroma is slightly arid and a hint of fruity and floral characteristics, but nothing is dominant.

Taste wise it is very mild and tame. There is a light toasted cracker hint, and finishes with a slight tangy zest.

This brew is pretty carbonated, and prickly to the tongue. With a slightly low ABV, it is a bit watery.

Overall a very easy beer to drink, and makes a good transition beer for somebody who wants to switch from a typical BMC product. I'd say this is a pretty good alternative to a lager for a BBQ/mowing my lawn type brew... Quite session able.

TheSarge, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark reddish brown. Pretty fair amount of rising bubbles. Couple fingers of creamy head. Good retention, nice lacing.

Weak nose. Mostly caramel malt. I have a sneaking suspicion there are some hints of corn in there well. I hope I'm wrong.

Taste seemed pretty watered down. Maybe I'm being harsh, and, after all, the taste was more prominent than the nose. But still, this is pretty average. Toasted grains and slight sweetness from the caramel malt. That's about it. I'm not getting any bitterness from this.

Body is on the lighter side of medium...too watered down to be medium. Thin feel.

I wouldn't call this sessionable. I like to enjoy my session beers. With the almost complete lack of taste, this is past the point of sessionable and nothing more than a pounder or a pre-gamer. If drinkability were just measured on how easy it is to slam a beer, this would get a 5. However, this earns a 1 in the enjoyment part of drinkability, so I don't feel too bad for giving it a 3.

Gyle41386, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Alkiser
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Low malt with a toast/toffee aroma. No hop aroma as the style demands.

Apperance: Deep amber, great head formation and retention. Lacing dominates the glass.

Flavor: Mild toast with a slight carmel sweetness in the background. Very very low hop flavor and a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a toasted feeling that rolls across the palate. The carmel imparts a slickness on the tounge,

Overall: Very easy drinking sessionable beer. A little low on the attenuation, would like just a little less sweet.

Alkiser, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of skrib09
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark red/brown with a crispy white head.

smells relatively balanced with the malt taking over. sweet, slightly dark malts.

taste is a reflection of smell here. carbonation helps the malt become the predominant flavor.

mouthfeel is crisp and this beer has good drinkability.

skrib09, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

The color is a reddish gold with a slightly fomay head.

The smell has a malt flavor to it. Some hops feel and has a little toffee flavor as well.

The taste has some faint grain flavors as well as some toffee and caramel. A small sweet hint of malt as well.

This is a nice session beer as well as a beer that can be combined with Guinness for a black and tan.

Duhast500, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Kylito87
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz into glass
Once again another Irish beer that I had at one time but so long ago that I don't really remember it. Saw it at Dominicks had to get it.

Apearance - Poured very copperish red with a great white head that held for quite some time. I was very impressed. It is so beautiful to look at a perfectly poured Irish red. The amount of lacing was pretty large. It was funny my gf had never poured a beer like this and had hers foam over on the counter LOL.

Smell - I got alot of hints of things in this. By far one of my favorite smelling beers. Grainy and hoppy but still had some complex citrus notes that were in there under the heavier scents.

Taste - It definitely tastes like an Irish red is supposed to. What I really enjoy about this beer is the complexity in taste. You pick up something different in every sip at least my pallete does. I did notice a very unique aftertaste that some might find offensive but to me it added to the unique experience that this beer offers.

Mouthfeel - It is quite foamy which some people might not care for but I usually always enjoy. I enjoy my nose hitting foam when my lips go for a sip. The carbonation is perfect for this beer. It has the perfect weight being a medium to medium high feel it makes it a great beer that feels good on the pallete and good going down.

Drinkability - The drinkability depends on the drinker if you are like me and enjoy a beer that offers alot of different feelings in one bottle and you don't mind the aftertaste this is a very drinkable beer. I enjoy a beer that has the consistency of beer not water so I really enjoy this particular brew. All I can say is try it. It is on my top favorite beer list and is way better than Killians. I put these away in a pretty consistent fashion.

Kylito87, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of EsoxLucius
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

alright, this household's everyday session beer is an Irish Red Ale (McNally's) so, i'll need to see how this one compares.

A: Pours a dark orange-copper color with an inch of fluffy head that diminishes into a slick that holds up along with with lacing. So far, so good.

S: It had a slight skunky wiff upon cracking the bottle, which had me worried a bit, surprisingly more hops smell than my everyday. to sum up, smells like proofed dough.

T: roasted malts, a bit nutty and earthen with a dry hop bite at the end. i like it, though i've had better. not as smooth tasting as some others.

M: overall, thin and fizzy with a thin entrance and exit, it somewhat bodies up a bit midway.

D: it's bitterness as compared to some others makes it not as drinkable as i prefer, though it does taste and feel above average, it's a bit harsh for only a 4.5 ABV.

EsoxLucius, Mar 21, 2009
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
77 out of 100 based on 2,321 ratings.