Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 760
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rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 42
Gots: 328 | 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 Wyattldavis
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep copper appearance with a tall, thick head. The smell and mouthfeel are understated and fairly flat. The flavor is the high point, but it isn't anything extraordinary. It tastes kind of like a very light Guiness I supposed. Definitely not a summer beer. Perhaps best on a very cold December night in Ireland? (317 characters)

Photo of JanetCDavis
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Smithwick's did not overwhelm. Lovely color, but comparatively bland overall. From smell to mouthfeel, just short of interesting. Paired with oysters on the half shell and the beer definitely could not stand up to cocktail sauce. Might be OK as a pure pub beer with low expectations. (287 characters)

Photo of Jdbateman83
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very smooth ale. Hints of caramel, fruit, malt, sweat, honey, smoke. Very easy to drink, if its on tap, and I am in the mood, why not. Is one of my top go to beers if nothing else is on tap I feel like, and when you go to an Irish bar (down the street from my house) and you don't like Guinness, this is one of the best alternatives. I love to drink my setting, and this will do just fine for my Irish bars. Go Groggs! (418 characters)

Photo of BrewMcQ
4.94/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Since everyone else has described the flavor (which is all highly subjective), this is the "go-to" beer in my household. It's smooth and light and just an all-around solid Irish ale.

When I brew my Irish ale, this is the benchmark I use. (238 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Sine in Arlington, VA.

The beer is amber hued with a thin tan head. Honey and fruit notes. Bread and biscuit character with a light bitterness in the finish. Pretty easy to drink. Unexciting but inoffensive. Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Ok. (263 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which has little retention to begin with but staggers at the end. Some lacing is left behind. The head is a pure but weak cotton white while the body is a dark amber which shows some orange when held up to the light. Some of the foam clings to the side of the glass.

Nose- Fairly subdued. Faint hints of caramel that become stronger when I swirl the glass. Some biscuit, grain, and toffee when I smell from the bottle. Caramel is very strong from the bottle. Perhaps some roasted notes but they are very faint.

Taste- Sweet malt with slight citrus notes. Some grain, some biscuit. Slightly woody bitterness. This doesn't have a lot of presence but it is fairly well balanced. There is some caramel but it is not quite as strong as on the nose. This beer is above average when I expected it to be mediocre. Not a great beer by any stretch of the imagination, but I see its appeal and how it represents the style. It is a little watery and thin but as I mentioned before, I did not have high expectations. Some hints of tea are present as well.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation with a fairly smooth and creamy texture. This is one of the highlights of this beer.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. No heat. No off flavors. Not all that interesting but it definitely has more going on than most lagers. Price is about the same as most other six packs.

Overall- A little above average. It's worth a try and is quite sessionable. More of a drinking beer than one you mull over. Probably won't purchase again as there are plenty of better beers (and styles) for the same price or cheaper. (1,626 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper body with a sticky, foamy head. Earthy, musty, and slightly sweet aroma. A sprightly sweet malt character; light caramel; sweet tea. Light bodied, smooth, clean finish.

A decent, unpretentious beer that doesn't go anywhere as far as distinctive flavors go. It also seems a little watery. Still, a good thirst quencher, especially if you're not looking for hop or malt bombs. (387 characters)

Photo of chuckwagonrocks
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Great in appearance. Rich dark brown. Little weak on smell but pleasant. Tasted a little watery going down but after taste is medium. Left you wanting a bit more bite but still wanting another drink. Lacked that tightening sensation of the checks and tongue that dark beers give (light on the hops I guess) but ok. Over all its a good beer! Does not have an over powering alcohol taste like the IPA's. Not that there is any wrong with an IPA. Try it you will like it. Bottoms up! (479 characters)

Photo of RonPizzle83
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I tried this irish ale out of the bottle and into a pint glass. I noticed the head is medium to deep depending on the pour. The color is right away the head turner, a beautiful deep ruby. Unfortunately it is a very deceiving characteristic. The deep color reminds me of fools gold. While the caramel shines through with woody hints, the power of flavor seems to be lacking. It seems the ease of drinking this red style ale is it's second positive trait. Think Guinness Black but with a lighter carbonation. I did enjoy this beer for its ease of drinkability and deep color but i feel the flavor and alcohol power is lacking. An Irish keg beer. A gateway beer for people that do not drink dark ales or reds. (706 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a reddish-brown colored brew with a very small tan colored head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is malty with notes of biscuit and lightly roasted smells. With these aromas comes a rather stronger sweet smell of caramel and apple. A very light grassy aroma rounds out the rest creating a rather nice smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and biscuit flavor upfront with a moderate amount of a caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances a little bit of a fruit flavor as well as some grassy hop tastes come to the tongue. The caramel takes on a more toffee like flavor more toward the end with these flavors leaving a lightly roasted and light sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly above average side for a brew of only 4.5 % abv. The carbonation level is rather average as well and in combination with the moderately thick body creates a feel that is very nice for the lightly roasted and toffee/caramel flavors of the brew.

Overall – Not a flavor powerhouse but rather easy drinking and a good brew for the more session level of alcohol. Overall it’s rather well done. (1,275 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber; effervescent; medium head with good lacing

Aroma: Malty; sweet; hints of honey

Taste: Malty, creamy on start; ends slightly bitter and nutty; pretty well balanced ale

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (262 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.42/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown color, great head retention, lacing is beautiful.
S- Sweet, malty backbone with a hint of piney, earthy hops.
T- Crisp and refreshing. For such a dark colored beer I was expecting to taste something with a bit heavier body. From the nose I thought I was going to taste some hoppy and bitter finish. I am surprised and happy to say that I received neither.
M-Light body to Medium light.
O- Best Irish Ale I have had according to the style guidelines. This is everything an Irish red should be. I'll take 6, thank you. (533 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber body, pretty decent head and ok lacing, carbonation visible.

S: Malt, toast, caramel undertone, sweet, cider? Bready, hint of citrus & spice.

T: Same as the nose, malty, bready caramel, moderate sweetness (not cloying; out-of-balance but refreshing), light cider-ish citrus fruitiness, toasted grains, light nuttiness with a hint of spice.

MF: Creamy, smooth, clean finish, low bitterness, decent carbonation.

O: Expected and typical, still not an unpleasant beer at all. Lighter body, lighter flavors, softer profile lends to this one 'feeling' more like a summer beer. (583 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip glass.

A- Poured a dark clear amber color with fluffy white head, 1-plus f. The head tapered to a film leaving generous lacing down the glass. Appealing.

S- Dry bready Irish ale smell with roasted caramel malts.

T- Cramel malt sweetness with the breadiness. Not much of any hop flavor. Agreeable, though.

M- Good body and well carbonated. More body than I expected. The sweet malt flavor is balanced by a long dry finish.

O- Not bad at all. I picked the right time to review this one, years back I may not have
appreciated it. (572 characters)

Photo of kilustration
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker clear amber solid creamy head

S: Some toasty caramel malt nice

T: Malt taste mild hops much above average red ale.

M: Quite nice, not heavy - smooth.

O: Solid Irish Red Ale, not my favorite type of beer - but will take this over any I have tried before. (267 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large off white head quickly dies above a clear deep amber colored beer.

The aroma is on the lighter side with light grain malts that are caramel and lightly roasted.

Toffee to roasted caramel malt taste that has a light grain aspect to it.

A slightly dryish aftertaste with a little bit of the tastes of this beer remaining with it on this medium bodied beer.

Not a remarkable tasting beer other than the fact that it is a really drinkable beer, smooth, and easy on the palette. (483 characters)

Photo of NV9
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap, pours a nice dark amber/light red, good 3/4 inches of foam with good retention.

Smell is caramel dominated, some bready smell and slight hops.

Taste is light, dry, slight coffee finish.

Very smooth, light-medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice beer, a staple at pubs and often one of the better beers available. (324 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber with moderate cap of dense foam. Scent brings toasted and roasted malts with a moderate dose of caramel, light herbal hoppyness. Taste is quite pleasent, malt forward with equal notes of toast and caramel, light herbal and grassy hops. Little bit more body than expected from the ABVs. Solid, easy drinking. (333 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smithwick's Draught Premium Irish Ale @ 5.0% , served from 2x 500 ml cans purchased for $23 in the Irish Beer Discovery 8Pack

A-pour is clear amber with a good size off white head leaving a large spotty lace along the pint glass

S-roasted barley

T-ok , pleasant , not bad , not great , has a slight hop bitterness in the finish

MF-low carbonation , medium bodied

Ov-ok beer , least favourite from the 8pack ,

sampled alongside , Guinness Draught , Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale & Harp Premium Lager

prost LampertLand (519 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red brown colored with a short light tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: malty, caramel, bread, toast, cereal grains

T: drier with mineral water flavors up front that fades into a sweeter malt flavor, little hops

M: a bit watery with good carbonation

O: ok beer that is refreshing (352 characters)

Photo of hdf561
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 6 pack of these for St. Pattys Day on the recomendation of my friend.

Open the bottle and the smell is just not great, it made me cringe. The taste and the mouth feel were ok a little more bitter than I like but overall not bad. The after taste was very noticable not great but not horrible. Overall this was just an OK beer, it did not make me want to buy this beer again, but if this was the only recognizable option in a pinch I could drink and enjoy these.

AVOID on a summer day way to heavy, and way to dark. (526 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby, with a superb head of fine, creamy carbonation. Very lovely and detailed lace.

Aroma is slightly musty and malty, with tones of toffee and caramel. Not bad, not great.

Taste is sturdy, with plenty of rich toffee and caramel notes. This one's full-bodied and quite tasty. A solid and enjoyable, if unremarkable, session red ale. (348 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz : tulip

Clear, amber read with a thick, foamy white head.

Toasty biscuit notes with light caramel and light grassy hops.

Taste is similar to the nose, with a fairly basic mix of lightly sweet crackery notes and very faint grassy hops.

Medium body with foamy carbonation.

A pretty average beer. Nothing particularly unpleasant, just lacking in anything intriguing or noticeably well done. (397 characters)

Photo of JGargano
4.23/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smithwick's is one of my over all favorite beers it has never let me down in taste, color, and or appearance. It's a beer i find my self drinking when i just want to relax and enjoy my night. A: Nutty brown always with a creamy head. S: Smells malty but nothing over bearing T: The Swithwick's does lack on the taste a little but in a good way beginning it tastes very malty then just as fast the malt goes away to finish with a small hint. Nothing is left on your tongue a over all great beer if you're out for awhile. (519 characters)

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Happy St. Patrick's Day

A - Dark red, tawny and dark, clear and effervescent, nice activity with a one in head that sticks and hangs around

S - Pretty mild, buttery toffee toasted almond

T - Rich toasted malts, caramel and toffee, very light coffee flavor in the back

M - Strong carbonation, cleans the palate well, think a Guinness but with CO2 instead of nitrogen

O - A nice alternative on St. Pat's day, i don't have this nearly as much as Guinness but its a good trade off for a full bodied ale but one thats a bit more bitter (535 characters)

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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