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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: 2,437
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 33
Gots: 245 | 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 DukeofAle
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm Irish, and the Irish are supposed to be know for their ales - there just don't seem to be many beers of irish origin available.

Since there are not many to compare this to I can't say if it is typical of the style. Frankly, it seemed a little thin and weak - certainly nothing special. No hoppiness apparent. Tastes too sweet. The body and flavor suggests this beer is not all-malt.

While not bad, I can't endorse such a bland, unremarkable product.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color with a small white head. The nose is of caramel, toffee, and a faint hint of hops. It has decent lacing. The flavor is rather bland. Just a touch of hops, mostly malty and biscuitty. The after taste at first is somewhat harsh and lingering. As it warms a licorice flavor emerges and the overall taste improves. The mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated.

Overall this beer is decent at best. The best part was the lacing, which was not even that outstanding. I have had this on tap and it was much, much better.

Photo of Squelch
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful dark maroon with a huge off white billowy lasting head. Some floaties. Bottle conditioned?

Smell: smells of fruity esters and malts. No hop aroma

Taste: malty but not overly fruity. Disappointing. Would like a more complex flavor here in this beautiful beer. Pretty average.

Mouthfeel: nice body. Heavy. Fits style. Syrupy

Drinkability: easily drinkable due to the non-intense flavor.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby color with 2 fingers of a quick dissolving head.

Scent is malty and grainy, simple and fairly average, but not all that bad.

Taste is the same, pretty average, but unoffensive. I doubt I would spend money on it, but I would not refuse it if offered.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and a little watery.

Photo of smedley
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear and dark amber, thick white creamy head, good lacing on glass

S - Faint, a bit malty

T - Sweet, malty, earthy, hints of caramel, ever so slightly hopppy on the finish. Not very strong or flavorful.

M - High carbonation, chewy, little bit of alcohol on the finish, but not much

D - This is pretty drinkable. It has a little flavor, but not much. I could probably have a few of these.

This was mediocre for me. Not bad by any means, but nothing that I'll remember.

Photo of LilMatrix
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours clear and a light amber color; lacing clings and retains on the glass.

S - Faint and flat... kinda toasty, but not really.

T - Starts off with just a hint of malt which proceeds to a light alcohol taste and ends with a metallic hoppy taste.

M - Very thin bodied and a stingy carbonation.

D - This was leftovers from some 'Black-Smiths' we made (Guinness/Smithwick's). Seems to be better w/ Guinness, not so much by itself. I'd drink this over AB or Miller product but I would get sick of the taste and stingy carbonation.

Photo of gabe23
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, with a deep copper color. Off-white head that lasts throughout.

S - Nothing very memorable. A bit earthy with malt and some spiciness.

T - Sweetness hits the tongue at first, followed by roasty, smoky grain-like tones. Some hops bitterness can be found there, and the finish is dry.

M - Somewhat heavy and thick, but not in a bad way. Just what I'd expect from an Irish ale.

D - I could drink a few of these, though it's a bit too filling to drink all night.

Photo of bmwats
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an pint.

A: Dark brown. Medium-low carbonation pours into a 1 finger, off- white, frothy head. Settles into a thin layer of bubbles and foam on surface leaving strong lacing as it does. Continues to leave lacing as you drink

S: Malt and a hint of hops.

T: Lightly malted, lightly hopped.

M: Starts with a little carbonation. Light feel. Slight hoppy finish.

D: Good drinkability. Solid all the way around.

Nothing transcendental, but a well balanced, solid quaff.

Photo of Blakaeris
2.05/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours burnished copper with a thick pillowy head.

Aroma is almost nonexistent. A mild malt sweetness is all I can find.

Taste is sweet, light caramel malt with the slightest hint of peaty smokiness. Hops appear in the finish for an instant and then disappear.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

A startlingly light and tasteless version of the style. Granted, I do not find any off or offensive flavor. However, there is very little flavor of any kind to be found at all.

Photo of bashiba
2.41/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark amber color with a light off white head, small retention and very light lacing.

The smell was very faint, what was there was light and sweet with a bit of cedar.

The flavor is mild with a bit of sweet malt and a bit of woody cedar coming through. No hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel is fairly watery and a bit creamy with light carbonation.

One dimensional and pretty boring.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.18/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear mahogony hue with a soapy sudsy white head. Herbal, caramel malt aroma with notes of apples and hay, some roast and burnt notes. Most of the flavors are roasty, dry and lots of cramel malt flavor and dry grain. some notes of apple and cardboard. Sorry I did not like this at all and had a hard time finishing it.

Photo of glid02
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the new Fado in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with red highlights. The head is very foamy - I thought it was a nitro-tap at first - and sticks around for a while before dissipating into a thin pancake of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is very nice.

Smells lightly of toasted malts with a very small hint of pears. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes good. Again, small toasted malt flavors are joined by a bit of bitterness midway through the sip that keeps on through the ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with grainy carbonation that goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is probably the best parts about this beer. It goes down very easily - I had mine with an Irish breakfast - and it's sessionability is great.

Overall there's nothing overly spectacular about this beer, in fact there's nothing even very good about this beer. It's a good session beer when you're looking to give your taste buds a break.

Photo of droomyster
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at a friend's holiday party tonight and found it okay but not remarkable enough to find its way into my own refrigerator. The best thing about it was its appearance: poured a lovely clear copper with a creamy white head that hung around awhile and enticed. Faint aromas of sweet, toasty malts but unfortunately they didn't translate into much in the taste department beyond barely discernable sweet malts with earthy hops. The creamy feel, however, was quite satisfying.

Photo of harley101
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a- this beer is reddish/brown color

s- smells kind of syropy and caramel like humbug from wychwood.

t- does'nt taste the way it smells, decent taste bitter and sweet.

m- fizzy like an oatmeal ale, should sip it.

d-goes down smooth.

i would have more but not my first choice

Photo of patobandito
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the local Bennigan's knock-off. Looked good in the glass: dark amber with a great head with good retention, and a nice lace. Then the disappointments began to set in. There was almost no smell whatsoever, what I could smell was a faint malt. The taste at first was almost bland, with maybe a bit of maltiness, as it warmed it gradually got better as the malt finally came through. The mouthfeel was very thin, almost watery, not what I was looking for.

Overall, its not bad, but not something I will order again unless its Smithwick's or a american light lager. To sum it up in a word...'meh'.

Photo of vader64
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks dark, not "Guinness" Dark, but if you compare it to Killians or Sam Adams Irish Red's it is exeptionally dark. Beigeish head.

S - Not much of a smell

T - strong taste, somewhat bitter, no bite, but full bodied, makes your entire mouth taste the beer.

M - You an definitely feel the weight to it.

D - This beer is difficult to drink quickly. If you are in college do not use this beer for beer pong, or try to finish one quickly. It has to be drank slowly.

Overall: This is my favorite beer. In comparison to other irish ales i have tried, this one trumps them all. Anyone who is a fan of Killians should try this.

Photo of Working4Beer
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the more mass-produced beers that I think is really good.

A - a nice dark beer with a good head on top.

S - nothing to write home about but by no means bad.

T - a little bit of a dark beer but goes down very smooth.

M - much better then average

D - an overall really good beer to enjoy

Photo of magictrokini
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Shakespeare's - San Diego. Very dark for an ale. The aroma is terrible, a mix of b.o. and livestock feed. But, this beer redeems itself with the taste. Creamy like a Boddington's, but drier and crisper. Slight malt and hops. Good beer.

Photo of colts9016
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A light tan head with a rich copper color with reddish brownish hue.
Nose: A nice roasted malt, slightly earthy, and yeasty . There are hints of esters and citrus.
Taste: It is slightly sweet bread yeast with roasted malt with a hint of hops and citrus.
Overall: The finish was short. It was an okay beer.

Photo of becktone
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Amazing appearance! The beer is clearer than glass just cleaned with windex. It is the color of Cherry wood or a red and or copper color if you prefer. Started off with an excellent three finger creamy looking head, now it has contracted to two fingers in height, however it is leaving some great lacing. This is one of the best looking beers that I have had in a while. Head retention is good, there is constantly a head on the beer, however with time it slowly gets a bit smaller.

The beer has an ovearll alright smell. It reminds me of tea. I also smell a root like aroma, perhaps from the hops? In addition to that I detect faint traces of spices, mainly ginger. I don't really smell any sweet or caramel aromas in this beer.

The taste isn't as great as the appearance would leave you to believe. It has a very balanced taste. Neither hops nor malt dominate the beverage. They are mixed very well both contributing individual aspects into one single aspect of the drink. Its hard to describe the taste of the beer since the two most identifiable aspects are blended so well. There are definitely some hints of caramel in there though it has taken me a long time to find it and indentify it, also earthen and roots come to mind when trying to describe the taste of this beverage. I like the taste, but I think I would like it much more if it were much stonger. To me it is almost like tea, not very strong in taste (due to tea to water ratio), although it definitely has one. Kinda reminds me of a weak gingerale.

Much more caramel flavor to this brew now that it has considerably warmed up. I can also detect the bitterness imparted by the hops, just there on the back of the tongue.

Average mouthfeel in this beer. Very even body, not heavy, not light, but medium bodied. A little more carbonation could have made this beer more interesting, but that's just my opinion. I would have thought by the look of this beer that it would feel creamy on the palate but that wasn't the case with this one, I guess I'm a bit disappointed with the mouthfeel. The appearance led me to believe that it would feel much different than it did. This beer is easy to drink, and I think that I'll definitely obtain some more of it in the future. It is something that intrigues me. You see, I only have this one bottle and I want to try it again to see if I can't nail down what the flavor and taste of this brew remind me of.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-23-2006 03:38:37
- realized that I placed this one under the wrong smithwick's when reviewed a few years ago.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Tir na Nog in Philly.

A - poured coppery brown with a foamy 3/4" head that retained nicely with decent lacing in a pint glass

S - herbal hops, roasted malts, caramel malts, bready

T - a little more bitterness than the smell depicted but in a good way. Roast/smoke/herbal mix that makes for an interesting taste. Good malty backbone to support it.

M - light/medium bodied with light carbonation. Quite smooth

D - highly drinkable, highly sessionable.

Overall - Quite decent and definitely more creamy on tap than from the bottle. However, I do enjoy the bottles more. The tap makes it a bit too uncarbonated and a little too silky for the Smithwick's bottles I'm used to. Definitely sessionable though. Thank you, Ireland!

Photo of BaltimoreMike
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If I were to really simplify the taste it's if Guinness and Sierra Nevada had a baby. It's got a hoppy flavor, but not too strong so it probably won't turn off the average beer drinker. Also, it's got a bit of the sweetness (a bit of molasses I think, but could be wrong) that Guinness has with a rich fullness that I really look for in a beer of this caliber, perfect for the winter months. Great mouth feel, and the foam is just right not too airy. All and all it's a very good beer, and I would never turn one away, hell I'd probably even order one from a bar.

Photo of RAdragna
4.65/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First tried this beer on-tap back in '07 at The Recovery Room in Mineola, Long Island while attending nearby Hofstra. Been hooked since then, whether on-tap or from the bottle.

A-Has somewhat the look of Guinness, but lighter looking and more amber/reddish; very enticing.

S-Aroma not very pungent, but not too dull either. Moderate at best.

T-Exactly the way all Irish red ales should taste. Touches of caramel and malt. Has the characteristic of being heavy, like most ales, yet easy on the taste buds.

M-Again, caramel heavily present in the ale's aftertaste.

D-Bartender, keep 'em comin'!

Serving type-Either bottle or on-tap (though I lean more towards the on-tap variety)

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.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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