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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Reviews: 760
Hads: 2,511
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 pmorey
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Started off my St. Patricks Day with a Smithwicks at the Temple Bar in Chicago. Served in a plastic cup pint.

Good dark color with nice foamy head off the pour that laced nicely. Malty and smooth, nothing jumps out as great, but nothing bad either. Just a good old reliable pub choice that I could drink anytime if nothing better was available. (345 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice amber to ruby coloring with hints of browning in the light. The head is a bit soapy and weak, but very present.

Sweet malt grains with an air of toast meet the nose. A watery wine like presence underlies a relatively weak scent.

The taste is nice and light with a roast maltiness and dryness. A buttery taste finishes off. The roasted taste and texture could be stronger.

I tried this to experience the presence of diacetyl and found it near the finish. Not off-putting and appropriate to the style, it made me analyze an old favorite a little harder. I found it to be an easy drink but not as flush with character. (623 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Browsing through the LCBO today and felt like something Irish to hold me over until St. Paddy's Day.

Clear burnt red pour with a two finger, soapy off white head. Lacing is decent.

Sweet malts, some caramel and brown sugar. Slightly grassy with some fresh baked bread.

Fresh baked bread, wet grass, brown sugar, a touch of caramel and some watered down coffee.

Light body, slightly prickly carbonation with a dry finish. (424 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in a chalice.

A: Pours an interesting dark red-brown color, few shades darker than mahogany, with a half inch off white head with minimal lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, grains, barley, oats

T: Has a mellow, light flavor, wheat, barley, and oats, strong cereal vibes, it's alright

M: Bit on the over carbonated side with a medium-light body, sort of lacking,

O: It was ok overall, just a decent beer, not too much to say about, in a good and bad way, there was nothing really wrong with it but nothing spectacular, just another beer of the thousands I've consumed. Still, this could be up someone else's alley so I would recommend. (641 characters)

Photo of OdinMcHaggis
1.12/5  rDev -68%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Received as a gift and I popped a top. The bottle appearance is unimpressive, who the hell is Smithwick, but it does say Guinness which I find decent. Smell, faint sweetness. Taste, bad hops and metallic brewing vessel, long finish with a bad aftertaste. Mouthfeel, thin but decent carbonation. Overall this beer sucks, I gave it a three on appearance because it is a bottle of beer. (383 characters)

Photo of cousineddy
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

appearance: pours a deep orange/brown amber color with 1.5 fingers of offwhite head with decent lacing, few bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: yeasty malts with more hop aroma than expected. sourdough bread

taste: not as sweet as expecting, toasty, with hop notes on the finish.

mouthfeel: substantial without being chewy.

overall: not bad, probably wont buy it again but a solid irish ale. (411 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle had a friend's house. Pours a clear light copper color with small sheets of lace on top. Mild sticky lace clings to the glass. Aroma of light citrus, sweet malt, husk. Crisp clean feel. Easy drinking with a good amount of bubble play. Simple flavors with a mild bitter smack. Some residual sweetness balances it out. Touch of fruit and alcohol as well. Not a bad little Irish beer. I'd gladly drink this one with a steaming bowl of Irish stew! (455 characters)

Photo of VonThinker
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For lack of anything more exotic at a local restaurant went to this acceptable go-to

A: Reddish/amber, clear, 1 finger white head

S: Some malty/caramel, not much else

T: Moderate malt taste slight caramel, not too much else that stands out, definitely muted on the hops side

M: Thin, moderate carbonation

O: A decent average beer, certainly beats almost all other American tap offerings (391 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark, dark red, somewhere between ruby, burgundy, and light black, with a lovely white cream head that sits a fingers width above my mug. The lacing on the mug is thin and spattered across my glass. On the nose, the beer smells of sterilized caramelly malts with a touch of staleness. The nose is fairly simplistic, and not the most pleasant but not the most unpleasant either. The smell is a little cloying with sweet malt, but subdued enough that it doesn’t turn you off to the beer. The beer tastes very similar to the smell with sweet sterile caramel malts and a faint touch of bitterness. It begins with almost sickly sweet malts, but quickly pulls itself back with a faint hint of biscuit and more caramel flavor, which balances out the taste into the finish, which is clean and only faintly tingling with the sweet sterile caramel of the malts. On the mouth, the beer feels thin to medium body, with velvety smooth carbonation that reveals only a slight tingle on the close of the sip. Overall, this is a mass produced beer, but it is an Irish mass produced beer, and Ireland just seems to do mass production better than everyone else. Sure it is not as flavorful as some beers, and definitely has some almost-too-sweet flavors to it that are both sterile and weird, but this beer is generally very drinkable, and not offensive to the palate. It’s not a fancy beer, but it’s one that is easy to find and easy to drink, and it does have a hell of a lot better of a flavor than other mass produced beers. It’s a good drink. (1,553 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Raiding my Dad's fridge while he's away.

Poured into a pint glass.

Comes out with a clear amber color and an off white head.

Some hop aroma but it is mostly sweet caramel malt.

Sweet caramel and bready malt. Some light hop flavor and bitterness. A little coppery as well.
Lots of carbonation scrubs the tongue.

A decent enough beer. (338 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of head. Clear copper colored body.
Smell is a wet hay and barnyard scent, which turns out nice.
Taste is malt sweetness balanced with a nice dose of bitterness.
The texture fits well. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
A solid ale that hits the spot. (267 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In my continuing quest to try all sorts of beers I happened up Smithwick's. A dark ale that I thought had to be good. Well, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't as good I as I had expected.

Out of the bottle the beer poured a dark, richly colored brown that looks pleasing to the eye when light strikes it just right. The head it forms is lightly tan in color and it has an amazing staying power - all the way down the glass The lacing is also impressive - the most I have ever experienced with a brew.

The smell was great too, hints of spice and a gratifying odor of malts. But that's where it all ends. Mouthfeel was nothing spectacular and it surprisingly tasted watery to me. (I even tried another one just to be sure.) For such a darkly rich-looking beer - its watery taste was really a surprise.

Everything about the beer said it had to be superb, but for me it feel quiet short. (882 characters)

Photo of scvance
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber red color with a very thin white head. Quickly disappears and no lacing. Smell is very mild, there's a little bit of caramel and a hint of fruit. Taste is malty sweet with a slight bitterness towards the end. Medium carbonation and a fairly light body. Mouthfeel is slightly watery. Overall this is a decent beer, but just nothing spectacular. Not what I would imagine getting regularly, but worth a try. (465 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

296th Review
On draft at The Woolshed
Served in a namesake pint glass

A: Faded reddish, dark amber. Single (white) fingernail head.

S: Caramel sweetness, touch of hops, and loads of bitter. Hint of breadiness too.

T: Lightly toasted grain, bread, soft caramel sweetness, and faint hops. Hint of apple fruitiness here as well.

M: Lighter medium body with robust, smooth carbonation.

O: Decent beer to enjoy a couple of pints while watching American football on a late Sunday evening in Dublin, but nothing amazing. (518 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep orange/red colour. Pours a thick creamy head that laces the glace all the way to the finish.

S: Hint of caramel, and noticeable bitterness

T: Caramel, peppery, hints of bubblegum

M: Light to Medium bodied, well carbonated for the style, nice lacing.

O: I've had this beer at the brewery so I can honestly say that what I just drank from the can (in Canada) is not what you get there. For starters I served it too cold but the whole thing is different. (464 characters)

Photo of kaadamo
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown, nearly black. This beer is much darker than more common example of an Irish Red.

S: Slightly boring albeit familiar. Aromas of nuts and roasted malts. Hardly any hop aroma that's noticeable.

T: Very smooth, malty, and roasted taste. Goes down well. A great finish with a crisp departure from the palate.

M: Thinner than you'd expect from the appearance and smell, but overall smooth and well carbonated.

O: A great beer. Fantastic Irish session beer. The best way I can describe it would be the Bud Light to Guinness' Bud Heavy. Granted, they aren't the same style, but you get my point.... (648 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- Clear dark amber. Two finger frothy beige head that retains a decent layer on surface with good lacing.

S- Lots of toasted malts, nutty with some smoky notes.

T- Initial taste of Molasses, nutty flavors follow suit and blend into a smoky finish.

M- Medium bodied with very good carbonation.

O- Not the greatest but it’s a Classic offering. (386 characters)

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

A: Pours a very deep, almost blacked out brown with about 2 fingers worth of head that dissipates down to a nice pillow of foam across the top that clings all the way down.

S: Nice roasted malt aromas with some scents of nuts coming thru and a very mild aroma of deep dark roasted coffee or espresso. Not sharp on the nose but its def noticeable.

T: Some good roasted malt flavorings with the nuttyness aromas coming thru. Light smokeyness here as well. Bottle here tastes different then the drafts ive had before and I have to say I remember those being a bit more enjoyable.

M: Light carbonation works with the roasted malt flavorings, everything is clean and crisp with a very minimal dryness.

O: This is usually my favorite go-to brew around St Pattys Day although im used to having it in draft. This bottle tastes a bit different then im used to and although its not unenjoyable, i def have to say im gonna stick with the drafts. Gave higher then normal scores because of it. (984 characters)

Photo of FlyingBull
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at Ould Soud in SD on tap. Had a Harp just before it. Was doing the "Irish beer tour". :-)

This beer was a clear, dark reddish-brown. I've had it in bottle before and always found it to be a little darker than what one would expect from an Irish red. It poured on tap with a nice 1 finger off-white head that held through most of the drink. There was a nice, sweet malt aroma with very light hops in the background. The initial taste was very malty and somewhat sweet, with nice carmel notes up front and in the middle. It finished nicely with a mild sweetness and some light hop notes.

Overall, this beer is a very nice Irish red; very drinkable - espcially on tap. (683 characters)

Photo of AKellar
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is actually one of my favorite beers but it is much better on tap than from the most beers are. For a full review check out my blog, Insight by the Pint on wordpress:
Thanks! (257 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a maple syrup clear brown with a 2 inch lingering foamy head, leaving substantial lacing. The nose is mostly honey with some citrus notes as well. Taste is sweet malt balanced well with hops and a lot of carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little thin and watery. Pretty good beer although I don't have much to compare it to. (333 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.45/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From a bottle into a lager glass .Pours a dark cherry red with a two and a half finger head. The smell is of sweet candy. Lots of sweet candy. Unfortunately, The taste is of agave and tequila. I hate tequila, thus and so why it is getting the current rating that it is getting from me. The mouthfeel opens up nothing else, Just more agave and tequila. Sweet, Yes, Drinkable, Perhaps, Bad tasting? depends on whether or not you can drink Cuervo. The only beer I have had that tastes like it should be made into a liqueur, Or better yet, A tequila. I'd avoid, But I got the bottle for free, So no true complaints. Overall, A 2.. (626 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours brown with an orange hue. Half finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose is bready. The flavor profile is malty, but pretty light.

Basically, nothing really stands out about this offering. It is drinkable and sessionable. Certainly, it is far preferable to the light yellow corn and rice slop that some people call beer. But that's the best I can do for a compliment. (388 characters)

Photo of Hex
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Before I begin, take note the the only "Irish Red" style beer I can ever remember having before this one is Killians... This completely outclassed it.

A- after being poured there is a fairly large, thick head that looks similar to shaving cream foam in texture; beige in color. It doesn't stick around to long but the last and thinest layer of foam sits at the top of the beer for the entire remaining contents. Very pleased... Not to mention its unparalleled lacings. The beer is a beautiful dark amber, almost mahogany color. Reminds me of the fossilized tree-sap cane from the Jurasic Park movie.

S- the aroma isn't too exciting. There is some deep malts and nuts. If you could imagine a trail-mix milk shake, this is what it might smell like.

T- And we have an interesting trail mix, with lots of mild tasting dark malts and a light nuttiness. A slight floral hop follows the nutty taste. Although its smell forcasts its flavor it has much more to offer the palate and taste buds.

M- goes down with the perfect, appropriate amount of carbonation. Though creamy, it has a medium-light body. Keeps the bottem of the bottle up.

O- I feel that me and this beer will get along during several occations. Dinner, parties, cook-outs, family get-togethers, chill time with your homies, etc... This could shamelessly be somebody's favorite beer. It may be becoming mine... (1,372 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Village Pourhouse in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with an even thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed (it practically coated the entire inside of the glass).

S: Moderate aromas of roasted/toasted malts and some caramel malt sweetness. There is a very light smell of nuttiness and peat notes.

T: Moderate flavors of molasses and caramel malt sweetness with some light notes of nuts. There is a light amount of peat smokiness and light earthy hop notes. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness with this beer that lingers in a non-aggressive fashion.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: Relatively easy to drink but not one of my favorite beers - I think this one might be a little more enjoyable on nitro than it is on tap. This is just on the border of being sessionable - might be just a hint too bitter. (1,121 characters)

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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