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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: 2,366
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 27
Gots: 186 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006)
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Photo of Mistofminn
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass.

Amber in color with ruby highlights when held into the light. Decent white head with below average retention eventually shrinks down to a small ring.

The nose has some caramel flavor as well as a light citrus hop character that I wasn't expecting. It's not great, but it's not bad either.

The flavor is what you would expect, light in nature it does display a nice couping of citrus hops and caramel flavor. Not bad stuff, believe it or not.

Light in body, and not much of a bitter aftertaste. I like the fact that it's not over carbonated. Everything works together to form a decent beer. Drinkability is high.

I'm not sure if I would order it again (definitely not at the price I paid for it...but I digress) because it wasn't bad, it just wasn't anything special.

Mistofminn, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear medium copper/amber color with a fluffy 2-finger white head that slowly dissipates and leaves a good bit of lacing.

Aroma exhibits a great deal of sweet malt with some caramel and toffee.

Taste starts off somewhat nutty, then reveals notes of caramel and toffee before ending with a subtle grassy finish.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this one just doesn't have enough flavor to keep me wanting more, but what is there isn't really that bad. Hey I'd probably have it at an Irish pub or whatever...

Vengeance526, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of ThickestHead
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany brown with a decent off-white head.
Smells and tastes of caramel and toffee with some kinds of spices (clove in there).
Has a nice bite on the tongue yet is smooth and creamy going down.
I could quaff many of these, no complaints here.

ThickestHead, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

(From Notes)

Notes from Ireland tap drinking sessions, but I will try to take the bottled version into consideration, too.

Reddish, light brown body with a coarse head and sleight lacing. Dry, amber malt with a heavy body and remarkably smooth filling. Barely noticeable hop structure, medium carbonation (tap) to high (bottle) and floral, caramel syrup structure. Dryness contributes tremendously to the drinkability and smoothness of the beer. This is a great session ale that is heavy in body and color, but refreshing, crisp, and not filling.

TLove, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of mwa423
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass. I was grocery shopping and saw that if you buy $50 in groceries and a 12 pack of Smithwick's they would send you $20. Since the Smithwick's was only $12, I guess they paid me $8 to buy beer? I'll take that any day!

A - Poured with a finger of white foamy head, the color is a very clear amber with lots of red when held up to the light.

S - Sweet malt in the nose, some creamy toffee smell, a bit of nutmeg.

T - There's very simple flavor, and it's the red malt. It's a good example of the style but certainly nothing to write home about. This would definitely be a standby in a pub where there weren't any other choices but BMC/Harp/Guinness but you can always find a better example of the style.

M/D - It's an easy drinker, as I said a good session beer, but nothing special.

mwa423, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of donmonkey1
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown like a Coca-Cola,large light tan head with excellent lacing, not enough carbonation.

Smell: Hardly any. Maybe a touch of malt, or cardboard.

Taste: Roasted and toasted. Burnt toast, roasted nuts (perhaps overly roasted), hint of molasses.

Mouthfeel: Plain water

This is a session beer with a nice taste. It's not awesome, but it's way better than average.

donmonkey1, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of seanyfo
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint served at local pub into imperial pint glass.

A - Ruby red body with rocky 3 finger white head that reduces to thin crown quickly, lacing is average.

S- Faint biscuity malt, sweet syrupy notes.

T - Biscuity malt with a faint grassy hop note but overall the flavour profile fades away quickly.

M- Low carbonation, slightly watery

D - An inoffensive session red ale, with not much flavour to keep the drinker interested but easily drinkable

seanyfo, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of ATSJer
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (pint glass)
Cold but not frigid

Appearance: Smithwick's has a very smooth pour and begins to develop a nice head that builds as you pour, the head was very white and built to about an inch or so, it faded about half way before my first sip but held through the drink finishing with a layer over the brew as I finished, it gave a nice lace but didn't cover the entire glass. The brew is a dark amber color, that looked to me like a cola drink that had been watered down, or a very dark iced tea, it has a great clarity with no murkiness at all. I saw light carbonation bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. I liked the head on the brew, but the coloring seemed like it was trying to be two things amber and black so that left me questioning what was coming.

Smell: I smelled immediately after popping the cap and was hit with the spice of hops. After pouring, the smell dissipated a bit but the hops were still very noticeable. It smelled very much like a lighter ale with a bright smell, and what I would guess is a floral scent but not overly sweet. I think I detected a hint of citrus as well though if present it was hidden fairly well. Over all the scent was pleasant but not overbearing. The abundance of the spice was very noticeable but not unpleasant at all.

Taste: The first thing I noticed was the hoppy spice taste on my tongue, the more I drank the more I noticed the malts. If I gave an order I would say it started with a stronger hops taste then shifted to a more mild malt, then finished with the spice of hops again. When lightly swirling the brew in my mouth I could taste and feel the spice of the hops on the back and the sides of my tongue. When exhaling through my nose under the spice I could smell the malts. The taste seemed much lighter than the coloring might have indicated, but it was still robust and not watered down in the least. There also was no discernable alcohol taste or smell.

Mouthfeel: One of the first things I noticed was that the brew felt as smooth as it poured, and left a buttery feel in my mouth. This was certainly thicker than a Pale Ale or a summer ale, and rolled nicely in my mouth, almost creamy. The carbonation was a bit surprising as it fizzed a bit in my mouth even as I didn't notice that much in the pour or while looking at it in the glass. When sliding the brew in my mouth I could really feel the thickness which seemed to create a bit of foam in my mouth with very little effort, the effect was a very creamy texture that was quite pleasant.

Drinkability: This seemed very drinkable, and even with the fizziness I did not feel bloated at all. I cannot imagine downing these quickly but over the course of an evening I don't think it would be unpleasant to have a couple of these. I would definitely recommend Smithwick's to someone wanting a bolder take on an ale, and I will be adding this brew to my repeat business list.

ATSJer, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of beertunes
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in Imperial pint glass. Poured a rich reddish brown with 3/4 inch of slightly off-white head that very good retention and lots of lacing.

A solid malt aroma, caramely, no hop or spice scents. Nice mix of malt flavors, very smooth. A slight tang of hop on the finish.

The body was slightly thin yet solid. Drinkability was nice but on the dull side. You could drink several of these, but why would you? Overall a nice enough, if unspectacular, beer.

beertunes, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of Eldalonde
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark nutty color and forms a good head that remains throughout.

S - Smells of hops, grain, and some caramel.

T - Flavors of dried fruit along with caramel, nuts and hops are noticeable. This is a great Irish brew which is surprising for its popularity.

M - Not thick like a Guinness, but decent body.

D - I really enjoy this one and could drink more than my share. Drinkability is very high!

Eldalonde, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a dark brown with reddish tint color and a 1 inch head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste was rather bland compared to the color and smell. Not bad, but not a lot of flavor. Felt good in the mouth and is definatly drinkable. Overall a fairly decent beer.

tone77, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of bonkers
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew has a brick red color and a big fluffy white head, lots of lacing. The aroma is a bit musty, not much going on. The flavor is of a pleasant bitterness that has a solid malt backbone. Not a real complex beer but good for a session, fairly easy to drink 2 or 3 of these.

bonkers, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of OzarkElmo
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at "The Local" Irish Pub June 17, 2009 in downtown Minneapolis (formerly Old Chicago). Dark pour, thin body with hints of caramel, biscuit malt. Thin, just not a lot to get excited about in my opinion. Good session beer, for the right mood.

OzarkElmo, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of JohnfromDublin
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the first beer that I ever drank over 35 years ago.
Thirty five years later; time to review.

A pint on tap in Áras Chrónáin, Dublin on 20.06.2009. Appearence is of a red brown colour with a 1 cm white head with bubbles rising. Moderate lacing on the glass, and the head returned well with a swirl of the glass.

The smell was very faint; perhaps a coppery aroma, slightly sweet. There was nothing too much in the taste; a bland brew with a slightly bitter metallic aftertaste.

Overall, this is a disappointing beer. All the flavour seems to be brewed out of it. It can be nice on a hot day as a thirst quencher with the addition of some "red lemonade" that counteracts the slight bitterness making a refreshing shandy.

JohnfromDublin, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few pints of these at the Scottish Highland Games, unfortunately there was no Scottish beer.

Poured up a deep reddish brown color with a one inch off-white head. Surprisingly good retention, it held up throughout. It left some pretty decent lacing as well.

Aroma was pretty light but there was a slight malt sweetness, and some spicy hop character as well.

Taste was slightly more interesting with some light sweetness up front. A bit of toffee or something, very light fruit too. Spicy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel was on the lighter side of medium bodied, but it was quite drinkable and smooth going down.

I'm not a big fan of the style but this was a solid option. Beats the hell out of BMC anyday.

roadhouse, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had several of these yesterday at the Highland Games festival in Oak Brook, IL.

A= This ale poured a fairly clear cola-brown color with a 3/4" dense, creamy tan head. The head was incredible...it consistently dropped to a nice cap and then retained all the way to the last sip. Not much lacing to speak of.

S= The aroma was fairly muted but as the beer warmed I found a decent malty base with a bit of toffee/caramel and some unidentifiable spice. No alcohol in the nose.

T= Very similar to the aroma, with a sweet darker malt base showing caramel, treacle, and toffee. Just the slightest hint at an earthy hop before a mildly sweet finish.

MF= Medium bodied and super creamy with a soft carbonation feel.

D= This is by far the best offering I have had from an Irish brewery. I really enjoy this beer as it pairs well with fish and chips, turkey burgers, and many other things. Highly sessionable.

spointon, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this bad boy into a freebie Sammy Adams glass - looks pretty darn good with a dark and clear amber (root beer?) with a 2" rocky top floating on top, leaving a sheet of lace.

Aroma of spicy malt, not too strong, not too weak. Damn good taste of spice, caramel and malt - followed by a well balanced hop kick and finish.

Ya know, this a fine Irish Red. Just because it's made by Guinness is no reason to turn ones nose up at it.

Edit - oh, I see BA gives it a "B". Nevermind, rant over... ;)

Vancer, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a nice clear warm brown, almost mahogany, with a decent pale beige head. Aroma is malty with hints of caramel and spice. Flavor is mainly malty and has undertones of toffee and caramel, and just a touch of cloves. Texture is quite smooth and fairly fizzy and jazzy, as a beer should be.

Cyberkedi, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Claddagh in Franklin Park. Notes from 6/3/09.

This brew is a clear coppery color with respectable head retention and lacing.
The smell is nothing complex but it's pretty good. There's a nice mix of hops with caramel and toffee malt and some grains.
The caramel malt is up front in the flavor, pretty well-balanced by the hops backing. Bitterness is light and there's a toasted grains flavor as well.
Body is light to medium. It's smooth and fairly creamy, and some active carbonation adds a little crispness as well.
This one's not complex, but it's got a nice mix of hops, malt and grains and a good balance. This one's my favorite of all the Guinness-produced brews.

Brenden, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of teejay76
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours dark amber/orange with head that remained throughout.

Smell - Wonderful aroma blend of hops, caramel, toffee.

Taste - Strong roasted malts, toffee, hops. It started out good and got better and better.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly filling and refreshing at the same time.

Drinkability - Overall, I liked this beer. It probably won't make it into the regular rotation but every once in awhile would be great.

teejay76, May 20, 2009
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
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 2,366 ratings.