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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: 32
Gots: 225 | 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 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.

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
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
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
2.49/5  rDev -27.8%
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
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
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
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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

I had this on tap at the Irish Snug in Denver. It was served to me ice cold, so I had to let the beer warm up in order to fully appreciate its character.

A: Deep amber colored brew. Very little head, but what was there stuck around a left a small amount of lace.

S: Nice toasted malt and caramel notes. Slightly sweet. Faint floral hop aroma.

T: Nice sweet/bitter balance. Has initial caramel sweetness and toasted grain qualities. Bitterness from the hops comes in the middle to balance the malt's sweetness. Hops have citrus and spicy qualities. The beer gets more complex as it warms up.

M: Medium-Light body has some substance. Carbonation is maybe a little low.

D: A very good social beer. Not interesting enough for me to drink it by myself, but perfect for a night at the pub. Goes down easy.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish-copper with a large pillowy white head. Leaves some very nice looking lacing.

Smell is a combonation of slightly bready malt and a hint of vegetables.

Taste is the same, a very vegetable like aftertaste around some decent breadiness and just a sampling of caramel malt.

Overall, this is a nice looking beer. It is an easy drinker. Alas, it is not very tasty.

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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - deep ruby amber color with a thick head that settles, but is well retained in a slightly chunky lacing

S - toasted malt aroma with a slight peat-like quality

T - as with the aroma, mostly toasted malt character with a subtle peat flavor and a noticeable hop finish

M - medium-light body with moderate carbonation

D - I really enjoy Smithwick's as a very 'sessionable' Irish red. I really think it's a good standard by which other Irish Reds could be compared to, not only because it's relatively common in distribution, but also because of it's simple (but good) qualities.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep amber, two finger frothy head.

S- Spicy hops intermingled with caramel.

T- Sweet malts up front with a bitter finish comprised of both spicy hops and toasted malt bitterness.

M- A little light.

D- Tap availability is pretty good so I hit it up from time to time.

A good choice for a second step up from BMC. This beer is also good for realizing that there's more to Ireland than just stouts.

Photo of codydmoore
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 Oz bottle pored into pint pub glass. Creamy white head with good staying power.
Very easy drinking ale with nice dark copper color and good lacing. Makes a good session ale or good beer to introduce to non craft beer drinkers who will occasionally drink Guiness Stout.

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Standard pint glass applied...

Dark copper color with two finger head with decent staying power and leaves lots of thick lacing. Smells like the inside of a whiskey barrel...slightly burnt wood soaked alcohol scent that works well for me. Taste is not complex, malt up front with hop bitterness bringing up the rear with dry finish. Light in body therefore highly drinkable. A decent, solid beer that goes down easy.

Photo of Lupe
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber-red in color that brightens up when held to the light. Creamy off-white head, decent sized with some staying power, and left a healthy amount lace along the sides of the glass.

Light malty aroma of caramel and toasted bread. Very mild and difficult to pick up anything else.

Sweet caramel and toasted grain flavor. Not overly sweet and well balanced by toasted and light roasted malt flavors. A touch of hop bitterness towards the end. Finishes a little dry with lingering caramel.

Light bodied, smooth and crisp. Easy drinking and refreshing. Not going to blow you away by anymeans, but a nice little session beer.

Photo of ricchezza
4.11/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear brown with a 2-finger head that receds to a 1/2" with nice lacing.

Smells to me of caramel malts, but I could be mistaken. Not much of a hop aroma.

Light and crisp on the palate. A thin feeling beer, but it has a nice malt flavor.

I drink this beer quite often. It goes great with any food I've paired it with; and is very enjoyable on it's own as well.

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

Another poor pour from the bartender... no head. Does leave nice lacing. Dark, dark amber red.

Smitticks is hard to smell. I really have to put my nose in it. Dark roasted hops, sweet malts.

Taste is smooth and sweet with a nice roasted hop flavor. Not too bitter. Slight metallic taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, nice light carbonation.

This is a definite session beer, which I've done in the past. I actually like Smitticks and would choose it over many other pub beers.

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

Finally getting around to reviewing this old standard.

A: A transparent red to red-brown. Poured pretty aggresively it gives about a 3-4 finger off-white head that slowly fades, over about 5 minutes, to a thin film, although lacing seems pretty good.

S: Smells like malt, slightly sweet and somewhat roasted.

T: Again, this is a malt dominant beer. It actually has some characteristics of a brown ale, but I'd say a bit sweeter. Not much hop balance, but the flavor isn't especially strong either.

MF: A bit of a metallic feel. A thin beer, though not watery. Carbonation is pretty low, but I also have to take into account that this has been in my fridge for quite a while.

D: I've always enjoyed this beer. It's nothing to write home about, but it is tasty and easy to find. Better fresh, so if you buy a six pack, plan to drink it pretty fast (or share). Good, sessionable beer, and with St. Patty's day right around the corner, you can't go wrong with this one.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a clear, dark amber color, with good retention

S: Light malty smell with a slight caramel sweetness

T: Good balance of flavors, very clean finish with hardly any aftertaste

M: A bit thin with good carbonation

D: Very smooth, easy drinker, easily a good session beer.

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

Served as a very deep amber colored beer with moderate white creamy head. Good retention.
Smell is significant for roasted malt and caramel.
Taste also has some light caramel notes, with only a slight hop character at the finish.
Very thin mouthfeel, with little taste retention.
A nice refreshing beer, but really very simple. Could be a nice sessuon beer.

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

Pours a dark red with minimal head that does lace a bit.

Smell is of sweet malt and some hop spice. Taste of sweet malts, some hop bite, otherwise clean and unremarkable. Feel is a bit fizzy, but clean and refreshing.

This is a session beer through and through. Not much to remember about it. This is a gateway beer for people to take the big scary step towards craft beers. You can drink alot of it and still be find. The taste is not offensive or heavy. Great beer to drink when you are thirsty and not in the mood to enjoy complex tastes.

Photo of Wasatch
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean/clear dark amber color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, some tiny islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly malts and caramel. The taste is malty with some caramel. Light body. Drinkable I guess, but I would not buy it again.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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