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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,414
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 33
Gots: 227 | 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 Scrapss
3.76/5  rDev +9%
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
2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
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
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
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
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
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
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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
4.26/5  rDev +23.5%
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
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
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
4.72/5  rDev +36.8%
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
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 2,414 ratings.