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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,434
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 33
Gots: 243 | 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 SmithwicksNut
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear with a brown color. held to the light you will see reddish hues. White head stays throughout the beer with lacing marking every drink.

S: You won't get a lot of hops aroma with this beer. you will smell the malts

T: Very smooth beer. The toasty malts come through with a little carmel.

D: This is a very good session beer. It is an easy beer to drink not over-bearing. This beer has two different taste. There is one flavor when it is cold but if it sits awhile at room temperature you will have a little more flavor.

Photo of aquaderek
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at the Nine Drunken Irishmen in sin city. The beer is nice looking nice amber color and 1/2 inch creamy head that fades to a lace in about two minutes. The nose is lacking slightly grainy, some hay, not a whole lot present. The same for the taste, I was really unimpressed some sweet maltiness upfront followed a very faint hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is refreshing and dry, could be an ok session beer if nothing better was around.

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

Look - Artwork is a bit flashier than your traditional Guinness. Pours brown and settles dark coca-cola brown in the glass. See-through if you use enough light. Light, floating particles and a smooth, foamy head.

Smell - Strong and hearty scent, rich in malt but not overbearing.

Taste - Slight malty bite with a light carbonation to it, followed by a smooth finish. A slight bit watery here but otherwise above-average.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, very nice but a slight bit short of perfect. Very good job here.

Drinkability - Very, very drinkable. Not so thick that you won't have quite a few, but hearty enough to be a formidable Irish Ale, even for 4.5%.

Another great beer from the makers of Guinness!!

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

A popped cap and a sniff at the hole in the bottleneck revealed a very slight but pleasant scent that smelled like a well prepared recipe for beer. Not strong, not hoppy, perhaps a slight sweetness. No surprises on the horizon. I poured it into my beer reviewin' mug and the head rose up mighty and very thick like creme froth. The color is a dark amber, not quite brown but definitely reddish. Lots of micro-bubbles rose up from the bottom.

The first taste was almost silky to the palate and the flavor had a tinge of maltiness without being predominant. Successive sips accustomed the palate and initial maltiness blended into the great overall taste of this beer. There was absolutely no bitterness that I could discern. I'm surprised at how smooth this beer is. The second bottle was more pleasurable than the first. It's a downright delight to drink.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice red with a bubbly light tan colored head
S: very slight whiffs of something, couldn't quite grasp, but it was beerish...so no complaints
T: light on the malts and easy on the hops, overall just a slight earthy personality
M: smooth, with a little more carbonation than I wanted in this one
D: I guess this one was alright, just didn't seem to stand out

Photo of currysage1
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Redish brown with a full cascading carbonted pour from the glycol system, 1 1/2 finger fluffy slightly off white head.

Smell is of sweet malt, slight hop presense and some dried grass.

Taste is of toasted cereal grains, medium dark malt backbone, some hops are present, but just a snap of them.

Mouthfeel is good, somewhat chewy, thin like most in this style tend to be.

Drinkability is not to bad, I could certainly have another of this but if there is something else on tap with more flavor I'll go for that.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.14/5  rDev -9%
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
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
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
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
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
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 2,434 ratings.