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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: 2,403
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 28
Gots: 197 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006)
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Photo of Traquairlover
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Reddish tinted amber, clear, small foamy off white head with good retention and medium lacing left on the glass, constant layer of foam on surface. Only reason I did not give this a slightly higher score (because it is pretty with really good head retention) is that the carbonation is a little heavy and looks too much like a typical macro with too much forced CO2.

S = Light smell of toasted bread and not much else. Some cream, light, light hops. Not a bad smell, just not very complex and not nearly enough of it.

T = Buttered toast, light bitterness, some bread dough, short sweet finish.

M = Medium bodied, carbonation is little over the top, good mouthcoating though the finish is rather short even so.

D = This is a very easy drinking beer, good for session drinking.

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

Ordered on tap from the Mayflower Inn, San Rafael.

A: Nice copper colour, with a good head, with thick lacing. Seemed to be heavily carbonated (could be the bar's gas).

S: Malty sweet, with a little bit of biscuit.

T: Roasted malts, with a caramel finish.

MF/D: A little dry, medium body, not as carbonated as I originally thought. Drinkable for sure, but settling in for a third, I felt rather bloated. A decent beer, a nice step up from the mass-manufactured lagers for the masses that I'd recommend to a domestic drinker as a "gateway" drug! ;)

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Lagers. This beer was a nice amber color with a descent white head and minimal lacing. The aroma was a nice roasted malty smell. The taste was again a sweet roasted malt taste with a nice hint of hops. The mouthfeel was medium body. Overall a suprisingly good beer. not bad at all and I would have one again. This beer was a good standard beer.

Photo of Spidey13
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap. In the glass, it appears a brown/amber color with nice, white head that leaves plenty of lace while drinking the beer. The nose is ery light, with just a bit of roast and grainy maltiness. The tast is also light, with a bit of sweet roasty malt up front with a brief little hop zing mid-drink. There is a bit of an astringent bitter aftertaste. the mouthfeel is a bit watery but still good. This is a very drinkable beer. The flavors are very light but none of them are bad.

Photo of MTNboy
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A darker color amber. I would say more light brown almost red. There is a lot of lace to this foamy beer. It pours to a wonderful off white head in your pint glass.

Smell: Very basic there isn't much to the aroma.

Taste: A little roasty but nowhere near stout or porter. No aftertaste and there are some small hop tones to it.

Mouthfeel: A lot of carbonation and just slightly creamy.

Drinkability: About average not bad but not great. A good every once and a while beer.

Photo of TheTrevor
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark copper with reddish highlights and a frothy two-finger tannish head. The smell is mostly toasty caramel malt. The taste is start off with some sweet caramel tasting malts and a bit of nuttiness that goes into a tiny touch of hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thick with a fair amount of carbonation. This is a tasty little beer, and I could imagine having a couple without any problem.

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

I have had this bier many times and finally decided to write a review.
Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a decent head (2-3 fingers) and stays around awhile. looks good in a glass.
Smell: Nothing special here. Nothing sticks out either good or bad. Not skunky, just bland.
Taste: A good bier to have when you are drinking many with your friends. Something to bring over to a friend's house and they are pleased. The taste is a bit acid-like when cold. After the bier warms up, you get a little creaminess to it that is the real way this bier should be imbibed; however it is hard to find it this way.
Mouthfeel: The bier is trying to be a full-body feel, but is this close to realizing its potential. High carbonation gives it a little sting, mild acid.
Drinkability: As I stated earlier, a good bier to have with your bier-novice friends. My Irish friends are all over this so be careful of any derogatory comments about the irish and bier. Just kidding. Enjoy a six-pack.

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

I tried this from the bottle before my trip to Ireland and also tried it on tap from several pubs in the great republic. Both are similar, but, I will review the bottle now.

Pours a clear, but, dark red amber color and is topped by a three finger, tan and creamy head.

The aroma is sweet caramel maltiness and faint hoppiness and the taste is much of the same. This is a pretty smooth ale and could fill in for a session ale. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has ample carbonation. Overall, an easy drinker that I would go back to.

Photo of PaleAlien2
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep bronze with a two-finger head thatleaves plenty of lacing.
S: Nice and malty with some chocolate.
T: Flavor is a little bland. Not a lot of malt or hops. Seemsa little asttringent in the finish. Aftertaste is coffee.
M: Carbonation sting is prevalent. Body is sufficient.
D: This is a good beer if you let it warm up enough. First drink I couldn't taste or smell anything, but the coffee and chocolate flavors came through in the end.

Photo of fitzy84
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Settled as a dark amber appearance with some decent lacing. The drink had a bit of a syrup-like smell to it that was of sweet malts. The taste, to me, had an almost licorice candy flavor to it, supplemented by some bitter hop flavors. It had a good, medium body to it; nothing too powerful. Overall, a decent beer.

Photo of Blueye80
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good brew. It was kind of red I guess but I thought it was a little more brown than red. It had a great head that stuck around for quite some time. It went down very smooth with a very mild bitterness. I think that is was a very good drink.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark nutty amber w/thin dense cap and light lacing.
S-Toffee w/light esters, toast, and smoke.
T-Smoke and toffee w/light fruit esters and hops.
M-Body is lighter-side of medium, and drinks smoothly. Carbonation is good.
D-Very flavorful and pleasant to drink.

Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark ruby brown color with a two finger white head that leaves some sticky lace.
S: Sweet malt with some caramel. Not a lot of depth, but pleasant enough.
T: Lots of sweet caramel malt and a bit nutty. Barley any bitterness. I nice inoffensive taste.
D: Very smooth and creamy. A good session beer.

Nothing outstanding, but pleasant. Something to drink at a bar when nothing else is available.

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

Appearance: Has the color of fine maple syrup. A proper pour produced a 3/4" off white head which faded to 1/8" in just a few minutes. Some lacing on the glass. Carbonation could be easily seen.

Smell: Malty and fresh with a touch of sweetness.

Taste: Even and smooth. A touch of dryness. Slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: The good amount of carbonation produced a nice round feeling.

Drinkability: Not too filling, and quite refreshing.

Photo of nasty15108
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark amber, ruby red color. Thick slightly off-white foam head.

S - Very faint aroma. Slightly floral/hop smell witha touch of malt.

T - Weak taste of hops followed by a almost metalic bitterness in the finish.

MF&D - Highly carbonated and somewhat bland. Watery, but drinkable. A decent quencher, but not much flavor in this one.

Photo of Antilochus
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St Patrick's day has arrived in my time zone and I'm kicking off the celebrations with a Smithwick's! 5.00% abv, 440mL can. Canadian 5% version it seems - "Smithwick's Export". Poured into a oversized wine glass. Fridge temp.

Appearance is what is advertised for. Dark red/brown body, decent off-white fizzy head. Descends to an off-white collar and cloud. Bit of lacing too.

Smells like a lager, with a bit of brown sugar. Newcastleish. A little cold though, I'm going to give it a few minutes. Some weak floral hop notes. Metal. Tea. I guess it is a Red Ale.

Feel is creamy, probably from carbonation. Palate is on the sweet side. Dairy sourish with some metal. Finish is caramelish with lots of residual sugar. Not bad, I guess, just a little weak on flavour overall.

Photo of trackstar1043
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear copper hue, decent head 1 plus in of off white head, minimal lacing.

S - Smells smokey with hints of maple, carmel, roasted nuts and malts, smells sweet.

T - Just like it smells, has a good clean finish that leaves a smokey after-taste with the sweet hints of maple and nuts.

M - Clean and crisp, light-medium bodied, med carbonation.

D - Refreshing and a pleasant Irish Red Ale, goes down smooth and easy any day.

Photo of nrbw23
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark copper with a hint of red maybe even a little more brown than anything. Creamy tan head that left a decent head.

S- Could not smell a whole lot coming from this one maybe a little bready

T- Pretty much like the smell not a whole lot going on here. A little bit malty.

M- Mild carbonation and medium in body.

D- Easy to drink just not a lot of flavor on this one.

Not one of my favorite red's I'll stick with either Sam Adams or Great Lakes.

Photo of Seru1
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Pint

A- Brownish red with some amber hues, off white head with subtle lacing.

S- Pretty cool smell on this one, it surprised me Notes of tea waft up with the smell of sweet and toasty malt with a little floral hop smell.

T- Going In I honestly didn't expect alot, I feel dumb now. the malts are wonderfully sweet without being overly so or candy like, only slight toasty notes but they come through near thend which brings to a semi dry finish leaving you wanting another sip.

M- Not bad not special, no strong lingering aftertaste but it does coat the mouth well.

D- Can It be Saint Patrick's day every day?

Wow this surprised me. If you like red ales I think you'll like this. Though if you don't I doubt it will change your mind. Cheers.

Photo of brdc
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Dark golden, clear, with a light tan head, average retention and lacing.
Aroma is floral, but faint, with some light breadiness. Thin on the palate, but refreshing, with some light citrusy and bready notes.
Nothing special.

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

Medium copper brown color on the pour, thick, chunky (extra chunky) head.

Aroma of burnt caramel, biscuit, and a faint floral scent.

I got foam on my snout a couple of times while drinking this, as a ring of foam is stuck like pastry icing on the rim of the glass.

Flavor is slightly sweet, buttery, and it finishes with a dry hoppiness much like guiness.

Not bad, a good one for the season.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle is the last from a sixer my wife gifted to me. Poured into my Sam Adams "pint" glass. L727366001 02:28 is printed on the rear label. Just gotta love understandable freshness dating.

Appearance: deep copper bronze color with red highlights. Head is slight beige, creamy and recedes slowly leaving relatively sticky lacing. Carbonation dances off the bottom in a very refreshing looking beer.

Smell: bread crusts and malty sweetness with a caramel character. Ever so slight alcohol as it warms.

Taste: definite roasted maltiness and slight breadiness. Buttery toffee and alkaline water. Hop bitterness is present in taste even without any in the nose.

Mouthfeel: definite dryness and a bit overcarbonated. Relatively light body is too watery, but is well balanced.

Drinkability: light and refreshing with low alcohol and decent taste. Won't necessarily seek this out, but not a bad beer.

Photo of tab021
2.42/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

As I was browsing the local beer store, a random stranger said to try it... I figured why not... here goes

A: Pours an red/copper color with a nice head that retains. I must have done something right because this looks straight from a commercial

S: smells roasted and malty. different from most beers, but as I have never tried an Irish Ale before this may be standard...

T: ooo... bitter back of the tongue taste that lasts quite a while... not sure I am a big fan of that...

M: Thinner but not like water, low carbonation...

D: I really don't think I could drink more than one for the experience. I suppose it is worth a try. If this beer is your style, more power to you, but as for me... not so much

Photo of chsanders
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was recommended by a friend I visited out of state a few weeks ago. Granted I haven't had to many Irish red's, but this beer definitely did not meet my expectations. It has a nice lacing that stays all through the beer, but there is no real flavor. I would classify this along with most light beers -you can drink alot without getting filled up or overwhelmed by the flavor.

Photo of osi
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium caramel brown with reddish tint. Head was thick and creamy.

S - Not much smell emitting from the brew. Light malts and alcohol with a hint of caramel like sweetness.

T - Not much flavor reflecting its smell. Light malts with a hit of chocolate and caramel.

M - Smooth and lightly creamy with light carbonation.

D - Kind of filling. But overall good. Could enjoy some of these, if I don't get full first.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 2,403 ratings.