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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,437
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 33
Gots: 246 | 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 OtherShoe2
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper/amber color with a slight choppy off-white head that lasted fairly well into the pint.

Smell is some bread and malt, a little sweetness. Nothing distinctive.

Moderately balanced caramel and dry grain flavors with some bready sweetness and malt. All a bit subdued. This is not a strong-flavored beer (meaning over the top in your face distinctiveness).

Some carbonation and sweet in the finish.

These go back pretty easy. This one is much much better on tap. Good middle of the road brew, decent session sipper.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep with a decent off white head. Nose was sweet, mild roasted malts, faint hops. Taste was slightly grassy hops, malts are sweet but a bit Creamy mouthfeel quickly thins out with a more astringent than bitter character. Nothing special but certainly drinkable.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a pint glass

A-Very clean clear copper color one finger head with a little lacing but not much.

S&T-There is a dgree of sweetness in the nose and taste of this beer that i cannot put my finger on maybe carmel or something close to it, notes of hops as well as malt in the middle and a good bitter finish.

M&D-Medium to light body with a little to much carbonation not to bad though overall a pretty good session i could drink a few in a setting.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- burnt sienna color with a rocky beige head and some lace.

S- toasted bread and burnt caramel and a little bit of earthy english hops.

T- toasted caramel and a little chocolatey, woodsy, nutty, and a mild hoppy finish.

MF- rather thin bodied with medium carbonation, overall it felt watery.

D- easy enough to drink. i remember it being better out of a bottle.

Photo of kinger
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a local pub served in a large "pint" glass. Aroma was subtle wasn't able to pick up on much except for some creamy maltiness. Pour was a very dark amber with thin creamy head and little lacing. Thick mouthfeel for an ale with a full easy finish. The flavor was pretty good, creamy with a distinct maltiness. I had been looking forward to trying this beer, but overall it was simply decent. I question the freshness of the keg and the cleanliness of the taps and glasses so perhaps there is a slight injustice. I plan on trying out a sixer in the future and revisiting this review.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an odd long glass my roommate has. Anyway.. This bottle has been in my fridge for almost a year. Pours a reddish brown with a small white head.

S. Bready malts, some bitter hops.

T. A pretty good Ale here. Malty, I can taste some grains as well. Leafy hop bitters. It even tastes slightly roasted. Well balanced and mighty tasty.

M. Medium bodied, pretty smooth.

D. Something about Smithwicks makes me happy. I love drinking these. Good as a Black N Tan as well, I prefer this to Bass. A good session beer.

Photo of klintok21
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pub glass. Dark reddish color with very little head. I was expecting a 'Killians' when I first picked this up and was unusually surprised. It was more on the verge of a stout than an Irish Red. Basically to summarize this beer, it is like a watered down version of a stout without the strong coffee flavors. I actually enjoyed this quite a bit, it is easy to drink but for the price ($8.99/six pack) I'll stick to a full bodied stout as to my personal preference, but wouldn't mind one of these every so often to mix it up, give it a try!

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

Poured into Pint glass.

A: brown with large head that quickly dissipates but a 1/4 inch lingers wih good lacing.

S: Smokey malts and little else.

T: Smokey malt upfront, with a hop bit at the end.

M: Has the feel of a watered down guinness. Good carbonation, but not overly impressive overall.

D: Decent drinkability. This may be more filling than guinness due to the carbonation. OK but probably would not get again.

Photo of Bsobotik
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a slightly reddish hue. Pours with a finger and half sea foam head that dissipates to good inner wall lacing and a thin lingering head.

S - I don't have a very good nose but it smells slightly citrus-y and mildly hoppy, no malt smells.

T - Slight to moderate body, no change in flavor profile, a little hoppy throughout, no pickup on malts.

M - Even feel throughout, decent carbonation.

D - Easy to drink, feels light in the stomach, would make for a decent session beer but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to have it.

Serving - Bottle

Photo of nighthawk
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark gold, clear, with large foamy head. Nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass as it dissipates.
Smells of floral and herbal hops, some graininess, dried corn husk.
Tastes of grains, bitter floral hops, slight vanilla sweetness with a bitter and slightly drying finish. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium at the start, but feels thin toward the end. Light carbonation throughout.
A pleasant Irish Red, I'll certainly try it again.

Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber/light brown; quite clear. Impressive three-finger head that recedes to a lumpy centered froth. Good lace.

Lots of crystal malt in the smell. Biscuity, sort of like graham crackers. Very mild hop background.

This beer reminds me of what I'd expect from a darker British mild. The hop is present but very subtle. Even the aftertaste has a fine blend of hop and malt. The malt is reminiscent of baked apples and toast. No sugar presence but this is not an overly dry beer. There's a chewiness to the body but the carbonation is adequate to compensate.

I would call this a "round" beer with lots of British characteristics. For a mass-produced beer, this is superior with an easy drinkability.

Photo of gford217
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep red with a dense off-white head that lingered the entire session and left an absolute wall of lacing from top to bottom. Definitely one of the best looking irish reds I have ever seen. The smell is sweet and mainly malts with caramel and nuts. The taste has a strong malty sweetness as well but has a little bitterness in the finish to balance it out a little. The mouthfeel was a little over carbonated but still fairly smooth. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one and thought it was very drinkable.

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

Poured froma 12 oz. bottle.

A-Dark amber with a frothy 1 finger head with nice lacing.

S-Hops and malt, maybe some dark fruits. Smells sweet to the senses.

T-Roasted malts on first drink, mild hoppiness.

M-Medium body and medium carbonation to match.

D-Nice drinkability, could forsee having another one in the future.

Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great...another "imported" macro that the non-beer drinkers I know want to say is as good as any other Irish Ale.
Does have a nice red tint in its light brown body, with a little head that dies slowly. Some malts in the smell but they are weak - coffee, toasted malts, some bread. Can't really pick up any hops although there is a very slight aroma of something sweet/sugary (liquorice is what I want to say, but I know that's not it at all).
A medium-bodied brew that is a little thin and slick for an ale in my opinion, but still maintains a slight malt taste although it isn't as chewy as it is overcarbonated. Not a bad beer, but I'll take a Guinness Extra Stout over this when I'm in the grocery store.

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

A : Pours a nice dark reddish amber color with a good head.

S : A good malt aroma with some sweetness, some fruit and floral notes, just a touch of hops

T : Mostly a toasted malt flavor with some nuttiness to it. Not much hops in it but just enough to provide the right bitterness.

M : Smooth, slightly creamy, good carbonation

D : Easily sessionable. Will probably be my preferred Irish beer on St Patty's.

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

Served a nice ruby red almost brown with a nice frothy head that lasts andleaves truly beautiful lacing. Aroma was burnt caramel malt and a hint of hops. The taste is a decent amount of caramel malt with subtle hops in the back. The beer is nice and crisp with decent carbonation. I've had this one several times before and found it to be a little bland, but this time I see what others see in this beer.

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

Presentation: Served at Doc Sullivan's, from tap and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It poured a dark reddish brown color with a thin white head that leaves nice rings of lace behind on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet malty nose with some mild hop notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a creamy smooth malt character that is fairly sweet with some caramel notes and mild hops for balance. The carbonation is very mild making the texture creamy smooth. It has a medium body with a thin balanced finish.

Notes: Overall it's a very drinkable beer with a good body and flavor although not quite as deep as I would like to see. Still it's very drinkable.

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker reddish amber with a good white head that leaves good lacing down the pint glass.

Smells are malty sweetness and slightly caramel with earthy hops.

Taste is slightly caramel sweetness with an English earthy hop flavor.

A good Irish red, but not as much caramel malt as I am used to in a red.

Photo of Beerislife652854
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of "Smittix" on-tap at Anna Liffey's Irish Pub in downtown New Haven.

A - Crystal-clear ruby red/ amber color with a fine white head that laces the glass with a thin pattern.

S - Nice robust hops, sweet barley, hints of florals.

T - Hops are more mild than bitter, finishes smooth and a bit sweet.

M - Very smooth. Carbonation was less than expected, but it did last throughout the entire drink.

D - "I'll have another Smittix, thanks!" was what I said after I finished the first two.

Photo of tfrench8985
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this beer while i visited my mother. she had a 6 pack in the fridge, my first thought was that the beer wasnt gonna be good but it was actually a pretty good beer with a nice aftertaste, the beer is very filling though.

i would recomend this beer for sure.

Photo of ralree
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep red, pretty transparent. Head with decent retention and really nice lacing.

S: Vanilla, spices, roasted malt, hints of hops, brown sugar.

T: Toasty malt, bready flavor, spices. Vanilla in the background. The bread flavor is light, but really good. No alcohol flavor noticeable. After swallowing there's a lack of flavor that is unsettling.

M: Pretty heavily carbonated, pretty non-astringent. Non-syrupy. Has a medium-light body.

D: Drinkable, but not something I would crave.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got it straight from the tap into a glass.

A deep brown redish color with a heavy head that lingers throught the drink.

The smell is a sweat yeast smell with the slight scent of malt and hops.

Goes down easy and has a smooth malty, frothy, molasis like flavor with the slightest hop finish.

This is a good beer, but cant have too many takes a little bit to put down, but not heavy by any means.

Photo of AlesALot
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had this in Warwick RI 4 years ago on nitro tap and wanted to try it when I saw it here in Memphis in the bottle for the first time. My pallat has changed since then and I was afraid I remembered something better than it was. Not the case, a good beer for sure.

Copper color. White foamy head with good retention and some lacing, a bit meringue like.

Malt very up front on the nose with some hop aroma coming through. Some dark fruit mixed in from the yeast.

An easy drinker with toasty malts and a bit of nuttyness. Some hops on the finish, but not especially bitter. Slightly dry finish for a mostly malty beer.

Nicely carbonated. Smooth and slightly creamy. No alcohol warmth.

Gulps down nicely. A definate session beer. My wife (who doesn't drink beer) even enjoyed some of this one. Nice alternative to Euro Lagers and other standard easy drinkers.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is available just about everyone that sells Guinness, so I have no fancy stories to tell how I bought/traded this one. No freshness date, 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium mahogany brown with slightly creamy off-white 1 inch head. Initial foam remains for a few minutes and leaves a small pool of foam at the bottom while drinking. Sticky legs stay climbing 1 1/2 inches up the walls the entire duration.

Smell: Sweet, toasted malts and wheat. Almost smells bready like a lager.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Much the same as the smell. Simple blend of sweet toasted malts all over the place and bready yeasts. No hops detected. Nice and easy to drink.

Drinkability: This is a highly sessionable ale, as it has been proven in the US and Ireland. Light-medium bodied and refreshing.

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

Poured to a nice head that was off white in color. Head lasted forever. Also left some nice lacing. The ale was a light brown in color. Was very light in the smell area. Slight hops smell. Tasted light also. Had a slight bitter after taste that hung on for a little while. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation I thought might be a little excessive. I could drink these on occasion. I dont think I would make it a session beer.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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