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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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766 Reviews
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Reviews: 766
Hads: 2,558
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 27.01%
Wants: 47
Gots: 371 | 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 Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish copper color, with a creamy head made of tiny, tight bubbles. Little bits of lace dot the sides of the glass.

Smell features nutty malt, a little caramel, and not much else. Also carries a trace of canned macro lager scent. Weird.

Nutty and caramel maltiness feature in the flavor, yet there's also a juicy, fruity sweetness adding some roundness. There's even a lightly smoky feel in the background somewhere. Nothing hammers you over the head here, but together with the long bitter/sweet finish, it's a comforting flavor, not complex but not one-dimensional either.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated for the style and flavors, maybe more noticeable from the bottle than if it was on tap...

Marks are all over the place on this one, but the flavor saves it from being an average beer. Since that's what counts most, and the alcohol level is low, this can be considered a highly drinkable beer, and an excellent session choice if that's what you're after.

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Photo of palliko
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap at Jack Quinn's Irish Pub in Colorado Springs.

Appearance: slightly reddish brown in color, with a creamy full head of foam - some of which stuck to the glass.

Aroma: roasted grains, caramel, and walnuts.

Initial taste is of a nicely dry, crisp nut brown ale, slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation, sweet malt and a minimum of hops.

Middle contains malt, toffee, and gentle hops, finishing with a nice aftertaste that compliments rather than dominates any accompanying food.

Good, but not quite great or memorable.

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Photo of CFbeermaker
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a dark amber color when poured with a nice rocky off white head that seems to be hanging around for a long time. It also leaves frothy lacing down the glass as you drink it. It smells pretty malty. It has a pretty mild malt flavor with a hint of carmel and a faint bitterness and hops flavor at the end. This beer is really smooth and refreshing. It would be a pretty good session beer.

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Photo of dickieb
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poors a nice dark amber, with a 2 finger head from a vigurous poor. Smells sweet, with a good amout of maltyness. Taste of malts, spices, and just a bit of bittering hops. Im enjoying this more then i usualy do, probobly because today was my first day of work in a while, but overall, a pretty good brew to pick up ocastion

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Photo of mnj21655
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque reddish-mahogany in color with near 2 fingers of slightly off-white head and some spotty lacing. Smells of lightly toasted malts. Has a nice caramel malt flavor that is balanced by a nice subtle hop bitterness that finishes with a nice malty sweetness. This beer leans towards malt but has a nice balanced flavor none-the-less. Good mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. Overall this is a solid brew and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of irish53b
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured darker amber color with a good two fingers of foam. Good head retention, left foam on sides of glass.

S - Lighter roasted notes like fresh roast coffee

T - very fresh and smooth ale, smokey wood and dark chocolate notes

M - light on the palate not heavy at all decent amount of carbonation

D - This is a highly drinkable ale, I know this not only from my experience, but from my mom who absolutely does not drink beer at all. She tried a smithwicks and said she could actualy drink it and said it didn't have a typical beer taste.

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Photo of kelticblood
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When poured the color presented was a dark red with a faint head that didn't last long. Spotty traces of thick lace are shown circling the glass. If it had more head retention this could beer a high rated beer. Drinkability is exceptional! I look for Smithwicks at every Pub or any Restaurant I go to. It's the perfect staple session brew. Perfect malt/carbonation/hops ratio. No real bitterness noted on the finish. Smooth and refreshing, it's lighter than it's color appears. Slight hop aroma, but mostly all light sweet malts. Aroma could use a touch more hops. Also, On the finish I can taste some Phenolic action. The light sweet honey taste is delightful. The taste is not too complex giving it only a 4. Overall Great,,a must try.

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Photo of taez555
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an clear amber/red body with a thick white head.

Nose was a welcome mix of fresh grain, caramel, sweet bread and biscuits.

Taste is medium bodied with an initial American macro sort of corn/rice lager flavor but is quickly followed by a subtle but present mix of caramel, toasted grain and malt. The back-end of this beer really shows a strong bitterness that isn’t present in the beginning. Hops are present with a rough earthiness but also touches of faint citrus. There’s a somewhat chalky character and also an overpowering sodapop sort of over carbonation. Ends with a lingering chalky/hop ring with subtle hints of malt.

Smithwick’s on tap is one of my favorite session beers. It’s sort of the perfect session red ale. In the bottle though it really misses the boat. Still a great beer and very drinkable, but the over carbonation and added macro sort of flavor are somewhat of a turn off.

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Photo of budgood1
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a rich and dark amber/auburn colour with a big eggshell white head that is big and frothy and has staying power. thick rings of lace coat the glass. clean malt aroma. flavours of bready, toasted, biscuity maltiness...a bit of burnt caramel and brown sugar notes. hopping hiding for the most part, just enough to be noticed. body is medium; made for easy drinking. mouthfeel is smooth and it finishes very dry. drinkability is great...low ABV and nice easy flavour make this a no brainer, especailly paired with some pub grub. a nice rueben sandwhich or patty melt would be perfect.

this is a nice spring time quaffer. recommended for the style.

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Photo of RevDru
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown/amber color with a thicker, half-inch of foam and minimal carbonation.

S - Light hint of pine/rosemary, and honey.

T - herbal flavors prevail. Coriander, cinnamon, and cumin, with very mild citrus tones.

M - Light, with a mild amount of bubbles. Not too cloying.

D - Goes down easy, but doesn't especially "light up" the senses. I really had to work to get anything from this beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Who can reject free beer from work? On to the beer:

Smithwicks pours a copper red into a pint glass, forming a good head at the top. It has a sweet smell that's mixed with a grainy scent and a vague DMS. The taste is a tad sweet, with a buttery follow-up. Bready notes are recognized, and it has a quick hoppy bitterness at the end of each sip. Finishes dry. A decent brew that's worth a shot.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish amber color with a good head.

Smell: Malty and fruity.

Taste: Tasted sweet toasted malt and nuttiness with medium hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a crisp finish.

Drinakbility: I first tried this beer on tap at Coleman’s Irish Pub in Syracuse, NY and really enjoyed it. I recently bought a 12 pack for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Went well with my corned beef. It’s a very drinkable beer from the bottle and even better on tap.

Note: For the USA, this is one of the few beers still actually imported from Ireland. Most of the Harp Lager and Guinness Stout sold in the USA is made in Canada, thus can still be called “Imported”, but is somewhat misleading.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a white, two-finger head. Leaves a little lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and some grassy-like aromas.

T - It tasted malty and with a slight bitter hoppiness.

M - It was crisp and light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Irish Red Ale. I've had it on tap before and it was much better, but it is still pretty good from a bottle.

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Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a chestnut color with a large egg shell colored head thatholds well with excellent lacing. earthy, musty, slighty spice aromas. taste is same with nice hop balance. mouthfeel is light, crisp, lots of carbonation. good session beer for any time of the year. also think it would do well with most types of food.

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Photo of mobud
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass from bottle. The color is dark red to copper and pours a nice creamy head that lingers thru sampling. The smell is almost nonexistant. Light malt with very little hop behind it. The taste is smooth and creamy with malty alcohol feel when it hits the tongue. The boozy aftertaste remains and there is no real bitterness in its taste. The beer is ok, but not the type of beer that moves up on my list of choices when out and about. It is not offensive, but there is nothing about it that makes me want it again. I could see folks liking it as a session beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark reddish-brown body with a strong carbonation and a crystal clear body. The head is a thick dense light tan mass that has an iceberg shape as it sits above the glass.

S- The faint aroma of dry pale malt with a slight cooked corn sweetness in the background. Some faint noble hop bitterness finishes the smell

T- This beer has a light taste of pale malt with a faint dry lightly toasted malt in the background. There is a soft bitter noble hop finish but no hop flavor other than that.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz in the texture.

D- This is a very light flavored, average beer in a "importee" bottle. Not much character or depth.

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Photo of Boppar
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Stoney's on Concord Pike.

Poured a deep reddish-brown with a generous 2-finger head, which didn't stay too long. However, there was strong lacing once the head disappeared.

The aroma was mostly alcoholic warmth, with suggestions of brown sugar.

The taste consisted primarily of toffee and coffee, although neither was as prominent as in, say, a stout. Faint notes of raisins began to appear a little ways into the drink.

Mouthfeel was thin and a bit fizzy, which, coupled with the low ABV, makes for a fairly sessionable beer. All in all, this was a fairly enjoyable brew, although I wouldn't go out of my way to get another one.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A "special"offering at a local macro watering hole for St. Patrick's Day. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a nut brown/amber color. Medium off-white head not very resilient.

The smell is faint. A little smoke and ash aroma perhaps.

The taste is mostly a roasted grain flavor. A little coffee, very little sweetness. A mild and smooth, slightly bitter finish.

Mouth feel is fairly light for a dark beer, clean and smooth.

This is a very drinkable beer. Reasonably good taste, and a low ABV make it quite sessionable. It is unremarkable but a nice St Patty's Day offering.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark rust color. Very, very dark. Very clear, as well, and with a head that's gigantic and sticks around. Nice pours for an Irish Red.

Very intense and crip fruity grain. Half-pasteurized. Like, it takes the good fruity crispness part of pasteurization but leaves behind all the gassy chemical badness.

Tastes like a wonderfully fruity and crisp grain all throughout. Sweeter up front, big fruits like red apples and white grapes. This moves into a middle that's lightly spiced by British hops and ends with a caramely sweet finish. Wow, that's impressively complex!

To me, nothing confirms my patriotism more than my own taste in beer. No matter how much I may try and hide it, I am at hearta gaudy, excess-loving American. As such, I have to say that I'm more partial to the overblown, highly-hopped American versions of the Irish red style.

Even taking this into consideration, though, I can't help but give this brew some very high marks. It manages a wonderful complexity without going overboard on anything, it's interesting without being punishing. It is, simply put, a wonderfully brewed beer.

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Photo of theopholis
2.14/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- Very deep, clear amber color That continues effervescing for a while. Small white head with little staying power. Foam clings to the side well.

Aroma- Very faint caramel. Some malt sweetnessand malty. No hop aroma.

Taste- Not real impressive. Somewhat of a malty flavor with a strong metallic after-taste. some hop bitterness. Kind of dry at the finsih to. Not much to recommend it.

Mouthfeel- Body a tad light and over-carbonated. The over-carbonation brings out the very worst in the taste.

Drinkability- Wish I hadn't bought a sixer.

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Photo of penguinjive7
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany with a generous two fingers worth of head. Lacing is very strong throughout.

Smell is of caramel and a strong malt presence.

The taste is very malty, with a very slight tinge of burntness. Caramel notes come through as it lingers in the mouth.

Many might consider this a medium body, but for me I would say it is on the lighter side. Carbonation is done well and it is very smooth going.

This is a great brew for just going to the pub and grabbing an ale. I feel the same way about this as I do the Guinness Draft - not the most complex thing in the world, but it is always there, and always worth a pint or two.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.4/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this beer many times before today, but today I reviewed it...

It's St. Patty's Day season so I bought a six pack of Smithwick's at the supermarket (that's what my wife gets for asking, "can you go out and get milk and eggs?"). ps> I got an Irish Soda Bread too!

Smithwick's pours a very nice dark reddish brown with good lacing (I pour slow to avoid "head")

Smithwick's smells good, sweet roasted malts.

IMO this beer tastes very good for the style and price.

it goes down easy and has a pleasant aftertaste.

I can (and have!) drink a lot of this beer, great for St. Patty's Day parties and celebrations. Makes a great Black & Tan when poured very slowly (over a spoon) on top of a half pint of Guinness Extra Stout... an Irish Classic

Erin Go Drinking!

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Photo of JDK
4.8/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites
Pours a nice mahogany color with a 1 finger off white head
Very light caramel smell
Nice light-to-medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation
Very nice semi-sweet malt taste with lingering hops at the end
Being able to find this almost everywhere (Meijers even has this in the cold section), pricing is right, makes this one of the best Irish Ales I've had.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured copper-amber with a huge off-white head that was very sturdy. (I set the bottle-cap on top of the head, and it didn't quite "float", but it did sink very slowly -- so slowly I was able to pluck it out before it sank into the beer.) Aroma was toasty malt, with hops behind that. Taste is round and everything hits you at once. Biittersweet, with that hard-water feel in the mouth that is so nice if you like it (I do). Nicely bitter aftertaste.

A very good ale.

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Photo of cyberbmcd
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I guess I was expecting more from this Ale when I tried it. Being of Irish descent and knowing an Irish beer "must" be great I felt a little let down.

Now, with that said, this is a FINE brew. Smithwick's ale is golden/amber when poured with a fine head that lingers(something MOST American brews still lack) fine lacing and a wonderful malt aroma.

The smooth, creamy mouthfeel is the redemption of this ale since the flavor left me wanting.

All in all I certainly wouldn't turn one down if offerred to me, but unless I'm in the mood for one, I'll grab something more to my liking at the distributor.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.