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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: 2,555
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 27.01%
Wants: 47
Gots: 369 | 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 flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, deep amber hue with a crystal-clear body and two solid fingers of frothy ivory foam. Very attractive.

Smell: sweetish caramel malt aroma with just a little biscuit thrown in. Relatively mild, but not bad in composition.

Taste: flavor starts dry but finishes sweeter with biscuit and caramel in the malty mix. Hops are not terribly present but there is a light earthiness and a light bitterness. I actually rather like the overall effect.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very decent carbonation which leaves a pretty frothy and refreshing mouthfeel. I like this as well.

Overall: this is a smooth-drinking, tasty beer. Its light sweetness and bitterness balance each other well, and its low alcohol means it is a good session quaffer.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a dark brown with reddish tint color and a 1 inch head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste was rather bland compared to the color and smell. Not bad, but not a lot of flavor. Felt good in the mouth and is definatly drinkable. Overall a fairly decent beer.

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Photo of beertunes
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in Imperial pint glass. Poured a rich reddish brown with 3/4 inch of slightly off-white head that very good retention and lots of lacing.

A solid malt aroma, caramely, no hop or spice scents. Nice mix of malt flavors, very smooth. A slight tang of hop on the finish.

The body was slightly thin yet solid. Drinkability was nice but on the dull side. You could drink several of these, but why would you? Overall a nice enough, if unspectacular, beer.

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Photo of Derek
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro-tap at an "Irish" pub (Pogue Mahones) in Toronto, Canada.

A: Amber-copper with an off-white head, very little retention, some lacing.

S: Not much aroma: sweet caramel, a little earthyness, with slight hints of fruity ale esters.

T: Sweet caramel, earthy, slight breadyness and a hint of nuts. There's a pleasant bitterness, but still far too much residual sweetness.

M: Moderate body is creamy, with a syrupy sweet finish.

D: Too much residual sugar for my palate.

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

Sampled in July 1, 2010. It pours more amber brown than red with a decent half-inch frothy head and a good amount of lacing. The aroma has a nice malty-nutty sensation. The mouthfeel is medium-thick with a honey like texture. The taste is on the bitter side with a fairly nice but lightly hopped ending. Likeable overall.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown reddish pour with a 1 finger head of foam. Good head retention and lacing.

Some caramel malt sweetness and fruitiness in the smell. Pretty nice aroma.

The taste has the same as the smell..though not as forceful. Some toasted malt comes through and a bit of nut which is nice but this smells better than it tastes. Still, it's decent.

Medium bodied for the most part though it does become watery at times, the carbonation is brisk and has a decent overall mouth feel; drinkability isn't a problem because of the low abv. This is worth picking up from time to time.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with creamy white head with pretty good retention. Aroma is clean with malt, biscuit and nuts. Much like the aroma, the taste is roasted malt with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, this is a solid brew that makes for a good session.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass oct9 2009

A clear amber that pours a thumbs width of head that had fair retention and a few rings of lace

S not all that much, some sweet grains

T more then the smell it has a large amount of grain and a little chocolate

M nice an creamy and pretty smooth

D a little more then I expected, and that's never a bad thing

I'm thinking this ones worth another drink from the tap at the Irish pub down the street

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color with brown tinge. Poured a 1one finger white foamy head with fair retention. Laced in rings.

S: Light crystal malt with a hint of earthy hops.

T: Lightly sweet bready malt with some caramel character. Biscuits and crackers in the middle. Light, even bitter not quite enough to blanace.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet, but dry dry finish.

D: Nice malt character and good looking beer. Pretty good in a style with a lot of average beers.

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

Dark brown and red pour, head gets eviscerated quickly. Aroma was like that earthy dirt and stuff homebrewers use in their red ales.

Taste, hate to use the b word (boring) but this is just a beer with enough malt base to make it something more substantial and justifiable than a BMC beer, but its still a red ale that lacks any complexity or imagination. I mean jeez, even the reds that just hop it up at least taste better, even if they are far from innovative.

This is really just like Killians, but a little bit thicker.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a brown/red color with an inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like sweet malt, nuts and a bit of citrus. The beer tastes the same way to me, but it has a bitter/sour finish. Mouthfeel is light, and has a bit too much carbonation. Drinkability is OK, but not impressive at all. Overall I think it's an average beer. I'd drink it again, but it's not a beer that I would make a regular choice of mine.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Appearance - Clear brown colour with a large frothy off-white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes or so.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, roasted/toasted notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, nuts, and some raisins. There is also a slight amount of a woodiness and a touch of spice. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - An above average highly sessionable beer that is a better option than most of the beers available to me locally. It hit the spot and I'll order it again.

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Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-red color with an ample head. Very impressive head that is also slightly reddish in color. Aroma is rich and malty. Taste is very much the same. Goes down smooth and somewhat sweet. Lots of lacing left in the glass. A very drinkable beer that I would probably buy again, unless I find something better for the style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow only 4.5 damn I must be spoiled by dark beers because I thought this one was at least 6!

This beer seems to be popping up all over my town on tap and in bottles in every mix and match shop so after I found out it was by Guinness I was sold.

A - darkest amber without being like a porter. Aggressive pour resulted in heavy head that laces the glass.
S - Smells of bread malts and a tiny bit of hops.
T - mild Roasty flavor along with malt presence.
M - Thin (as expected) for a beer like this but refreshing
D - Meh... I really didn't like it too much. One and done.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great...another "imported" macro that the non-beer drinkers I know want to say is as good as any other Irish Ale.
Does have a nice red tint in its light brown body, with a little head that dies slowly. Some malts in the smell but they are weak - coffee, toasted malts, some bread. Can't really pick up any hops although there is a very slight aroma of something sweet/sugary (liquorice is what I want to say, but I know that's not it at all).
A medium-bodied brew that is a little thin and slick for an ale in my opinion, but still maintains a slight malt taste although it isn't as chewy as it is overcarbonated. Not a bad beer, but I'll take a Guinness Extra Stout over this when I'm in the grocery store.

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Photo of glid02
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the new Fado in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with red highlights. The head is very foamy - I thought it was a nitro-tap at first - and sticks around for a while before dissipating into a thin pancake of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is very nice.

Smells lightly of toasted malts with a very small hint of pears. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes good. Again, small toasted malt flavors are joined by a bit of bitterness midway through the sip that keeps on through the ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with grainy carbonation that goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is probably the best parts about this beer. It goes down very easily - I had mine with an Irish breakfast - and it's sessionability is great.

Overall there's nothing overly spectacular about this beer, in fact there's nothing even very good about this beer. It's a good session beer when you're looking to give your taste buds a break.

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Photo of avalon07
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap on Super Bowl night. Had very little head once it got to me, but left a little lacing on the pint glass. The color was light brown and pretty thin.

Had a subtle smell with some malts and a little bread.

The taste was a little on the weak side, but not without charm. Malts and yeasts were apparent, but not overwhelming.

Had a very average amount of carbonation, adding little bite to the beer.

This is an okay beer, but hardly one I'd drink on a regular basis. It's simply too thin and lacking a bit in flavor. As I said earlier, it's not without charm, but still sort of average overall.

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Photo of barczar
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bubbly, effervescent clear deep amber red with a foamy, frothy eggshell had that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Floral hops, grain, specialty malt fruitiness, and fruity yeast esters accompany a hint of toasted bread. Becomes very metallic late.

Flavor reveals a toasted, nutty, bready malt backbone, which finishes dry and a touch bitter. There's an underlying ester fruitiness that isn't quite as prominent as in the aroma. Slight metallic notes emerge.

Body is moderate, with moderate to slightly high carbonation and a bit of harsh astringency in the finish.

More malt backbone than expected. The bitterness is a little overly done. The metallic character is offputting. Esters are a little odd, as well.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into the Chimay Goblet

A - Small loose off-white head descended to a ring. The color was more of a brown with a slight red tint as opposed to a red ale.

S - A toasted malt smell comes out with a slight dryness to it. Its maltiness was definitely prevalent.

T - Smithwick's is crisp and dry. Malty with a balanced slightly hoppy aftertaste.

M - Crisp and light bodied.

D - Im getting a rather bitter finish but I specifically remember it being smoother than this the last time I had it. Its a rather drinkable beer. Maybe this experience warrants a revisit down the line.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the dublin house in red bank

Pours a dark auburn color with some mahogany and red hues. A thicker beige head retains well, leaving thick rings of lacing on the glass while drinking.

Scents of breaded, doughy malt with slightly sweet caramel. A faint hop profile with that atypical macro tinge.

Doughy malt and caramel sweetness. Soft hoppiness balances out the malts. Perhaps a light note of dark fruit?

Decent medium body and carbonation, a bit creamy and smooth on the tongue. You know, this really isn't THAT bad, especially compared to other macro offerings at bars like this. I wouldn't go out and buy it, but I'd drink one if there wasn't many craft options.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a nice clear warm brown, almost mahogany, with a decent pale beige head. Aroma is malty with hints of caramel and spice. Flavor is mainly malty and has undertones of toffee and caramel, and just a touch of cloves. Texture is quite smooth and fairly fizzy and jazzy, as a beer should be.

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Photo of Durge
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Virtu's in Waterbury, CT, this well known brew poured into the pint glass a dark carmel color with a giant, slightly off-white head, and lots of thick lacing. The aroma is yeasty grass hop bitterness and caramel malt. Not too complex but decent enough. The flavor is very consistent with the aroma, grassy tartness with thin malt background. Peppery carbonation, fairly thin and refreshing, pretty easy drinking if you like the tart side of ales. Not bad but nothing exciting to me.

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Photo of dar482
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%

The aroma has lightly roasted malt, cereal grain

The flavor follows with those flavors as the beer is generally malty. Cereal grain and a decent body Lacking in flavor and then a corn-like flavor comes in. A slightly metallic finish.

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Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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.

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