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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: 226 | 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 EatsTacos
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

reddish brown in color with a two finger head and not a lot of lacing.
Aroma is malty, and bready. There are some light herbal, spicy hops
The taste is mostly caramel malt but very dry at the same time. A good bitterness from the hops cuts through the malt backbone of this beer. Long, dry finish.

Medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable I'd like to try this on tap and would definately try it if available.

Photo of rgrholmes168
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle and the beer had a nice two finger head, while left a lot of lace on the side of the glass. The beer is a dark copper color.

S- I got a nice sweet smell. A bit of caramel breaks through.

T- I have a little bit of bitterness with a little bit of smoke coming in. A very decent tasting beer.

M- Very smooth, seems a little bit complex.

D- I rate the drinkability very high.

This is a really good beer. Could become one of my favorites.

Photo of mcsquint
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Copperamber in color with foamy off-white head. Thin lacing on side of glass
S - Caramel malt and a bit of tea
T - Caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, good balance with the hops. A bit on the sweet side with a slight bite on the finish.
M - Light to medium with the right amount of carbonation. Very crisp on the finish.
D - This is probably my favorite session beer. It also makes a good 'gateway' beer for those who drink American macro lagers. It's not too complex but has enough flavor to keep me coming back for more.

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

Deep honey brown, almost reddish in colour. Nice tan head. Fairly little carbonation. Some lacing to it that follows it down to the end of the glass. Somewhat sweet in smell, notes of caramel. Very smooth, nothing overarching in flavour. Overall, a good brew. Would definately have it again with some friends.

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

when you have this on tap it is WAY better than from a bottle. it becomes a lot more of a well shaped beer in some way. this is without a doubt the only worthwhile irish beer of any sort! pours a nice syrupy looking dark with an off white head. malts and yeast in the nose, and basically the same in the body. this is a pretty light bodied beer for something of this color. plenty of yeasty goodness with mild hops and some malts. very low ABV makes this a pretty good one to have if you're at an irish pub. try it with some black pudding and a fried egg!

Photo of Reagan1984
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Grand Canal prior to the Celtics game. One of the few interesting beers on the menu.

Is this Guinness Light? Or Guinness with Training wheels?

Came with a thick creamy head that sat atop the reddish amber ale. This head had a great deal of retention and slowly coated the entire glass with lacing. Almost perfect rings lined the glass marking each and every sip.

Aroma?? Aroma?? A little of the mineral like, yeasty, roasty aroma that I actually associate with Guinness.

Light roasted flavor with some light cracker/caramel notes... A bit grainy. Not very interesting to be honest.

Mouth feel was creamy and smooth. Drinkability was decent, but not a lot of complexity here.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark colored body that is a mixture of browns and reds.

Smells of some sweet caramel notes with some roasted character.

This beer is very mild tasting. It has notes of caramel and a nice roasted character. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry.

Pretty drinkable beer. Not too heavy with a decent roasted flavor.

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

A - Great looking beer when the waitress brought out the pint glass. Darker color but still transparent. Ready to drink the beer from the makers of Guinness. Good head with lacey collection on the glass as you drink down.

S - Definitely an Irish red ale.

T - Tastes pretty darn good. I like this one.

M - Very smooth, brewed with character.

D - Yep, waitress - lets have another.

Photo of Biscuit033
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown tea-like color with a large three finger off-white head and good retention and globs of foam grabbing the sides.

S: Sweet caramel notes and some roasted malts as well not much else.

T: Roasty and sweet with a bit of herbal, earthy, tea-like hop notes on the finish.

M: A bit more carbination than I expected and not quite creamy. There is a is a bitter finish but the sweetness does not allow for a crisp finish.

D: This goes down very easy but the sweetness eventually wins out against the roasted flavors. Something that I could have a couple of without a problem.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap this beer was a deep amber/mahogany color with a thick khaki cap for a head. The lacing was minimal because the cap was so sticky but the retention was quite great. The aroma was understated, some caramel malt and something like iced tea. Odd. The flavors however were pretty good, pale malt and toasted malt with some hops muted in the background and caramel sweetness that lingers a little artificially in the finish. The body was rich, velvety and the carbonation soft so it was easy to quaff. But the flavors just weren't grand and I felt in general there were improvements to be made.

Photo of danny013
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pair of 12 oz. bottles poured into a 16 oz. dimple mug and topped up as needed. Beer pours a rich red/brown body topped with a thick, rocky off-white head. Head sticks in nice, huge chunks and leaves a good covering on the beer for most of the pint with some decent lace.

Aroma is predominantly of sweet, bready malts, some good toast, and a faint hoppiness. Not bad.

Taste follow suit, good sweet malts up front, and plenty of toasty biscuity grains. Mild carbonation moves things around, some light herbal hoppiness shows itself but is quickly pushed out by a light grain astringency. Light sweetness hangs around after the beer is swallowed with some faint hops. A bit on the sweet side, though not overpowering, balanced nicely by plenty of light toasted malts.

Light-medium body with some light carbonation make this a smooth, easy drinker. A simple brew that is not too complex that makes for laid-back sipper or something nice to quaff; a great beer to enjoy and not think about with your mates. A tad bit expensive for a 6'er, but I got this one for free :), so no complaints!

Photo of jwhite1979
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heck yeah! An attractive auburn color, a subtly sweet aroma, and a smooth mouthfeel make this beer a new favorite for me. No complicated flavors, really, so drinking it is a simple pleasure rather than a sophisticated challenge. Kind of like drinking Guinness.

Put simply, this is the everyday beer I've been wanting Sam Adams to produce for a while now.

Photo of cnally
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The brewery was started in 1710!!! It must be good!

The beer has a dusty, off white head. The pale brown coloring in the beer is clear and unappealing.

The scent has a malty, yeasty, chocolately quality. Oaky, yet sweet.

A full, hoppy taste resounding with sour and bitter flavors is the initial feel. Unbalanced flavors of mild caramel and a woodsy nature. The bitters really come out strong in the aftertaste.

The feel is bubbly and dry. Astringent and overwhelming.

The drink is too pale in color, bubbly and sour. The flavor just doesn't sit right with me at all.

Photo of dstc
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby color with a big frothy, slightly off-white head that is slow to fall with a thin lace left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with caramel and a slight metallic quality.

Nice full malt flavor with a slight metallic finish.

Smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel.

Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Photo of jazappi
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer with great taste. One of my favorites that I can drink a lot of with very good flavor.

You can taste the toasted malts with just a very small hint of citrus.

Has a nutty smell and very decent lacing. You can drink this straight from the bottle or great in a pint glass.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Cooper's in Greensboro.

A - Very dark in appearance, somewhere between a dark red and brown. Light comes through on the edges. Two fingers or so of off white head stick around for a bit, leaving some decent lacing.

S - Vanilla hits me more than anything, with some lightly toasted grain and caramel in the background.

T - Much like the nose. Huge vanilla flavor on top of toasted malt. Fairly sweet with some brown sugar as well.

M - Creamy, smooth, medium to full bodied. The carbonation is quite low, maybe a little too low for my tastes.

D - An easy, mild session brew. I had no problem downing a few pints of this, though the sweetness can be a bit much after a while.

Photo of pweis909
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up as a $1 single at the local dollar store - they sell 6 packs for regular retail but label broken sixes for individual bottle sales -- for a dollar. It's hit or miss, and the beer may not be the freshest (it's the dollar store, after all) but I have had a chance to try a good assortment without investing in a 6 pack. I digress.

This beer poured a dark amber and had a tightly packed slightly tawny colored head that stuck around for a while.

The smell and taste was dominated by caramel. Possibly there was a teeny touch of chocolate, but the caramel was the big player. While not imbalanced in the sweetness to bitterness ratio department, the caramel makes it one dimensional to a fault, in my opinion, and impinges on my desire to drink more than one.

Final note: I drank half the bottle while waiting for dinner, a chicken curry, and the second half with dinner. The beer did not hold up well to this spicy dish.

Photo of MAB
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My brother-in-law is finally buying good beers to have around for company to drink (he still thinks Heineken is an outstanding import and regularly drinks Corona- with lime- or Canadian/ Blue/ Kokanee).
Thus it was that he offered me a Smithwick's Irish Ale this weekend and I gladly accepted it.
Like other reporters here, I have seen these cans around town many times but never bothered to try them. Espcecially when a world-class Irish Ale from Big Rock Breweries is sitting in bottles right next to these. But, I digress.
The beer was poured into a Foster's pint glass, stolen from some pub somewhere, no doubt, but again I was grateful.

It had a nice dark color with reddish tones, not a lot of head and that dissipated pretty quickly. The first sip was all malt up front but the slight bitterness and hop flavor followed and it finished slightly sweet.
A very decent effort (I do dislike cans, though) and worth having again, if he's buying.
If I'm buying, I'll stick to the McNally's Irish Ale from Big Rock...

Photo of brewmudgeon
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

3.5 A ruddy brownish amber. not much head but nice rings of lacing
3 S citrusy but not grapefruity. some sort of indistinct citrus. maybe a bit of pine
2.5 T not very crisp. that vague citrus taste and some bitterness as aftertaste. something coppery in the taste, something a bit dulling. becomes a bit too boring. tangy, but not crisp enough. astringency sort of like teabags.
3.5 M enough carbonation, nothing offensive
2.5 D 2 pints without much problem, but would not consider a 3rd. resulted in headache and lousy overall feeling.

Photo of chilidog
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I kept putting this beer off, first impressed by Guinness, but then, this stuff was everwhere, so I kinda backed-up at the mass appeal.

Pours a good looking dark reddish, slightly brown. Nice full off-white to tan head. Lace abounds all glass long, very nice.

Aroma is malted, sour bread, biscuit dough.

Taste is malts, slight toasted, yeast hint with a toach of caramel.

Mouth is good, malted sweetness, alittle thin on body.
The slight wateryness aids the drinkability and the mass appeal. I see why, an ok red. It would be a preferance over a Killian, if I want my true red from Ireland.

Photo of schanker21
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve oz. bottle into a cool-looking retro Guinness pint glass.

A- Huge, huge frothy, off white head (like 3 fingers). At first I thought I maybe I made a bad pour, but even on the second bottle, this ended up with a gigantic head. Lacing left all over the glass. Pours a dark reddish/brownish color.

S- Smell is of bread, and a slight bit of hops, but also very metallic. The metallic smell is the most predominant and almost ruins the nose in my opinion.

T- Very malty, but well balanced by a small amount of hops. The metallic smell is not nearly as noticeable in the taste (thankfully). Bready taste lingers on the palate. Pretty good. I've never gotten into Irish Reds too much, but this is one I might buy again.

M- Too much carbonation makes this one a little less smooth than I would have liked. Otherwise, not terrible.

D- Average when it comes to drinkability. I don't know if I could have a ton of these without getting sick of them.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, refreshing Red

A- A bit too transparent, but the head on this is beauuutiful. Thick and frothy it leaves a great lacing, off-white caramel. Garnet color

S- Reminds me of an english pale ale, with that hard water smell.

T- Taste is malty and biscuity. Decent

M- Feel is medium-bodied and refreshing

D- Drinks real well for a Red

Photo of changeup45
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4/8/2005. Tried this on a suggestion by a worker at this beer store (I was looking for something new to try). I'm glad I did. Pours an amber body with a nice thick off-white head and quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild malty with hints of chocolate and coffee in there. Slightly sweet tasting with a mix of roasted malts and a mild hop flavor. Only negative I can think of is it could use a little more to it, mouthfeel may be a little thin and could use the kick. I would have no problems drinking this again though.

Photo of prosper
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice thick frothy head. Very dark color, with a hint of red. Very clear. The smell is nothing special, light, fruity-malty with little to no hops. Nice creamy texture, with a tad more carbonation than I'd like, but it finishes very nicely. On the palate, there's a nice dark roasty flavour coming through, grainy and deep. Like toast. It carries a bit of hops with it as well that become more apparent in a few seconds, blending nicely with the nutty toasty flavours. It doesn't carry the same 'weight' that you'd normally associate with such a dark ale, and I think I could probably spend a whole evening putting these down.

Photo of nollid
4.26/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So I have never reviewed beer before but I love trying new beers I come across and go out of my way at times to seek out stores that carry beers I have never seen before. I'll be honest I have no idea what lacing is or how in the world a beers appearance affects how much I like a beer.

that said....

This was a great find. It starts off tasting similar to say a Killans Irish Red but then you get a taste of hops and sort of a nutty smooth almost creamy finish with a touch of bitterness. Smell was not anything special but the scent was deceiving.

Great beer I will definitely buy again.

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