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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: 2,405
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 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.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright reddish brown. Thin head that just vanishes.

S: A vague malt sweetness.

T: The taste is as good as you'd expect from the nose. A slight caramel sweetness with some malt backing.

M: This was kind of creamy, a redeeming quality.

D: Simply average. More flavor than BMC products, but nothing special at all.

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

I am disappointed. Smithwick's is my go-to brew at the Whip (Irish pub in Chester Co, PA) beloved by biker's (both kinds) and everybody else.
Ap. Nice color, ruby tinted caramel with fine off-white head.
Sm. Surprised to find grain and corn and a little medicinal quality.
Ta. Kind of that cheap beer taste with a sourish, rather than bitter finish. Doesn't seem right.
Mf. Alright, nothing strange here.
Dr. Good, better than it sounds above.

Photo of jonziefle
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a clear brown color, with a three finger foamy/pillowy white head. Excellent head retention. Lots of lacing all the way down.

Smell: Smells of bready malts. Caramel and nutty flavors, as well. Mild sweetness

Taste: Bitter malts without much other flavor at all. Very bland.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with decent carbonation. Filling.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink and quite the looker, but the taste is very bland an unsatisfying.

Buy Again? No

Photo of drabmuh
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. This is a popular beer and I'm not exactly sure why. I guess because its so unoffensive and bland that people like it the same way they like mayonnaise.

Beer is brown and clear, forms an off white head that's thick. The head falls away leaving lacing behind on the glass and the carbonation is steady and moderate of medium sized bubbles. This is a red ale? Looks like an English brown. Other than the color the beer looks fine.

Aroma is weak but I can detect a slight roast. I'm going to ignore that this beer is a classified as a red ale from now one.

Almost no flavor at all. Some sweetness up front, no roast, no bitter no alcohol nothing. Blank. Its like drinking colored water. Oh well.

Photo of DNICE555
2.65/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at an Irish American Pub.

A - A weak looking pint. Looks very thin. this stout has no pair.

S - Smells like I'm trying to smell a stout with my nose a foot from the glass.

T - Tastes like a pint of 1/3 bud light, 1/3 water, 1/3 old rasputin.

M - Almost feels like a black and tan.

D - Not bad. Goes down alright. Nothing very good about it either.

Photo of mikeborglum
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in pint glass - mild malty aroma with hints of coffee, banana and smoke; perfectly clear rich mahogony color with an inch of creamy tan head, good retention and nice lacing; light-medium bodied and remarkably smooth and creamy with flavors of caramel, toasty malts and overall roastiness; light carbonation, creamy and gently bitter finish. Very drinkable nice tasting and nothing complicated. I can drink several at a sitting.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 12/6/2009 (draft @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a dark reddish tinged brown color body. Creamy off-white head, lastingish. Good lacing. English aroma, malty, some dark fruitiness. Malty taste, that similar Englishness too. Some fruitiness in the taste, maybe apple or strawberry-like. Pretty refreshing.

Photo of MadElf25
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark red color and with out light it looks black with a 1 inch head on top.

S - a maulty smell that is intoxicating in its self.

T - Sweet with a stout type of after taste to it

M - Crisp and clean all through out your mouth

D - you can definalty sit down and and have a few of these with out getting sick of them

Photo of confer
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had Smithwicks was when I got a case for a Buffett concert. Haven't had it again until now. This is just a good beer. It pours a red/brown with a pillowy off white head that fades slowly. The is s sweet citrus smell that is very inviting.
The taste is just good , it has a light hoppy finish. This is a session beer through and through. Thanks Lisa for this Christmas present.

Photo of bigmo66
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Our local grocery store decided to carry some decent beer finally and has "pick 6" available. $8.99 gets you a choice of about 100 singles. I decided to put a bottle of Smithwicks in the bunch and now I wished I hadn't.
It pours very carbonated and the head is soon fleeting. It has a pleasant enough color and I was expecting a decent malt flavor but what I got was fizzy tasteless "beer". Not enough substance to go on about mouth feel and such. There are much better Irish beers out there for sure. $1.50 is no loss and now I learned..

Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

G: Pint Glass

A: Clear ruby red with one finger of white head and minimal lacing (could be due to the dirty glass).

S: Sweet malts with some floral notes, not to many scents but the malts are soothing.

T: Caramel, toffee, mixture of subtle malts. Not to strong or light.

M: Light bodied and medium carbonation. The beer leaves a slight malt stickiness which is very pleasant.

D: This is this first irish style beer I enjoyed. Maybe it's the fact that there is carbonation in this one, or a better choice of beer. It's simple but good.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Had a nice amber/red color that was semi-transparent with a good 1-finger head.

Smell: Has a very nice aroma that is somewhat floral with hints of a hoppy scent.

Taste: This was a little more bland than expected, but it did have a good bitter aftertaste while remaining smooth and well-balanced. Good.

Mouthfeel: Has a bit of a watery feel to it, but not too thin to be a turn off.

Drinkability: Quite good, and I thought very refreshing. In that sense, it almost seemed more like a lager than an ale. Certainly worth keeping in mind.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: deep copper with a thin wispy head

Nose: smooth malt and sweetness

Taste: sweet, malty, complex, slight molasses note, crisp and refreshing

I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as I did. This is a great beer to sit down and drink a few (a case).

Photo of Travlr
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Light chestnut brown color, see-through, with a thin and creamy light tan head.
S: Aroma of butterscotch and malt, slight pepper in the background.
T: Tastes of scotch, malt and caramel.
M: Medium body, very smooth.
D: Not a bad beer, easy to drink.

Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice frothy 2 finger head and very clear toasty amber orange brown color.

N: Toasty malty aroma. Some sweet dark malts, and just a hint of hops.

T: Raw malt flavor, some syrupy almost adjunct like flavors. Slight hop taste. Sweeted dark malt flavors. Rustic earthy malt and hop flavors.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly bitter, a little spicy hop flavor, fading sweet malts, a little bit of that nagging not so tasty syrupy extract flavor. Finishes pretty clean otherwise.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a caramel brown color with a quarter inch of head. Smells of malt, and tastes of malt with a bit of sourness on the finish which was a little off-putting. Carbonation is fine, and the low ABV packs more of a punch than I expected, and while it's a drinkable beer, it's nothing special.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A nice alternative to Killians or other Irish Reds. Slightly hazy reddish in color. Thin head with very little lacing present. Nice taste, slightly fuller than Killians. Excellent drinkability, goes down smoothly and very quickly was ready for another. No overpowering after taste. Definitely would drink again.

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

a - poured a three-fingers thick off-white, thick and creamy head into a snifter that was long-lasting and sticky throughout. the body was dark brown with red tints.
s - bready with a hint of citrus and dark fruits.
t - very hard to discern a taste, had a metallic twinge to it.
m - thin and dry.
d - easily drinkable but not a very good beer.

Photo of jgasparine
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A- An aggressive pour yielded a hand-high rocky head which slowly dissipated to reveal some beautiful lacing. The body was a dark amber/aged copper color with just a few visible traces of carbonation.

S- Crackerlike malt, metal and some faint herbal hops comprise the nose. Smells OK, but nothing impressive.

T- Wow. I didn't anticipate so much flavor from that nose! Caramel-like malt and toffee flavors combine with some restrained buttery notes (diacetyl) on the palate. The finish is sweet, but it doesn't last too long... the flavor quickly evaporates from the palate after each sip.

M- Thin body. Highly attenuated. But it at least has a nice soft carbonation, which keeps if from being a complete failure in the mouthfeel department.

D- Very drinkable. Goes down smooth, and no particular aroma or flavor attribute becomes overpowering. If only the nose and mouthfeel could be improved!!!

Photo of rfabian
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass it has a small head that leaves ample lacing. The appearance is amber and clear. The aroma is mainly of the malts with no detectable hops. The taste is mildly bitter with moderately sweet malt. The feel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. It's a refreshing and less filling ale.

Photo of chetripley
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap in the United Club at Soldier Field.

Good consistency is something I like about bigger name lagers and ales, and it is what I would expect from a Guinness product, but this time was better than I remembered, as good as it was in Ireland. They do not use the nitro taps like the stout so maybe that is why it translates well.

Dark brown color with rusty sparks and lighter carbonation delivers an amazingly smooth feel, especially for a red ale of its kind.

Very drinkable and comfortable brew. Had another right after.

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 440 mL can... head is average-sized and off-white, and diminished to 1/2-finger size or so. Body is a nice dark, ruby color and completely clear. Not many bubbles through the beer at all.

S: Aroma is of average malt, with hints of caramel sweetness coming through.

T: Nice flavor that starts sweet and ends sweet... the caramel is still here. While overall it's quite a sweet beer, it definitely isn't overwhelming or sickening.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with a very creamy texture, and soft carbonation.

D: May not be the Irish Red with the most personality available, but I found it pretty solid across the board, and quite easy to drink.

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

Thanks to BJs Roseville for hosting a Guiness dinner.

A - Mahogany pour with 1 finger of head and disappates moderately. No lacing.

S/T - Caramel, lots of fruity nectar esters and minimal hop bitterness.

M - Light to moderate bodied, malt dominated, and smooth.

D - Not bad, but wouldn't want to session. Not hoppy enough for my liking.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 2,405 ratings.