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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,437
Reviews: 752
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 33
Gots: 245 | FT: 0
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Ireland

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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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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

Re-reviewed on Su, 08 Sept 2013 for your edification.

My local, in-person trader, tone77, once more came through with some CANs that I had seen advertised, but not managed to score on my own, this being among them.

The extant name, "Smithwick's" is a bit too generic for my taste, especially since the CAN clearly delineates it as "Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale". Also from the CAN: "[undersigned] J. Smithwick"; "Enhanced Draught Taste ".

14.9 fluid ounces?!? What, they don't trust me with a full pound?

The Crack and inverted Glug were textbook perfect! The two-plus fingers of rocky, tawny head were short-lived, however, quickly fading into memory. The color and its clarity were likewise picture-worthy. A deep, coppery-red (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity and I was (sadly) reminded of one that got away. She was a solidly-built redhead whose coarse hair was precisely this color. We looked like we could have been brother and sister and I wanted to marry her, but she married someone else while I was on deployment. Sigh. Nose had a biscuit-y, malty fragrance and I was really starting to jones for a sip. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. Imagine what this would be like in an N2 (nitro) CAN ... One draught and already beautiful lacing was beginning to appear in the glass. The taste was malt-driven, but not malty, if you catch my drift. It had a semi-dry biscuit-like quality and I was relieved as I do not like sweet anything, but especially not sweet beer. This finished with a semi-dryness that lingered well past the swallow. At 4.5%, I would definitely put some of these in the cooler for a day at the beach. YMMV.

My original bottle review was dtd 30 June 2011 with scores of 5.0; 4.0; 4.0; 3.5; and 4.0.

I was on a bottle shop excursion today and seeing this as a single-o inspired me to purchase it for a review (at last). The CANQuest (TM) is in search of new CANs for a jump start, so let me know if you CAN help!

From the bottle: "The brewery at St. Francis Abbey in Kilkenny, Ireland has been in operation since 1710. SMITHWICK'Sis Ireland's oldest ale, inspired by John Smithwick's original recipe. This ale delivers a distinctive amber color, full bodied taste and ultra-smooth finish."

As soon as I popped the cap, I was met with a small amount of foam coming through the opening. My gentlest of pours still created better than two thick fingers of tawny head with excellent retention. When they describe this as a "red" ale, that red is a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity, like an Autumn sunset. Drool! As the massive head slowly fell, it created some beautiful lacing. Nose was quite biscuity, not terribly sweet. Mouthfeel was medium and the biscuit malt taste was prevalent on the tongue. Finish was slightly dry and definitely refreshing on a breezy summer afternoon.

Photo of LXIXME
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to globob3jen for this...
Appears a dense, dark, red toned mahogany color with a creamy, thick, light tan head that floats atop the brew and slowly dies out. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of mild sweetness with some crystal malt caramel standing out with a light metallic, wet coin-like smell buried in there mixed with grains.
Taste is a step up from the sub-par aromas. Decent amount of caramel and toffee right up front with the malt dominating with a sweetness.
Mouthfeel is a light-medium bodied with a sweet malt and breadiness that is overly dominant on the front the front of the tongue and in need of a bit of bitters and a more full mouthfeel.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this both on tap and by bottle.
A good pour, dark, caramel color with beige head that lingered a bit, that all but disappeared.

Aroma was light; soft hops, malt and nuts and biscuit.

Taste was about the same as aroma. The biscuit seemed to fade. A balanced beer between sweet (at first) and dry (finish).

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an odd long glass my roommate has. Anyway.. This bottle has been in my fridge for almost a year. Pours a reddish brown with a small white head.

S. Bready malts, some bitter hops.

T. A pretty good Ale here. Malty, I can taste some grains as well. Leafy hop bitters. It even tastes slightly roasted. Well balanced and mighty tasty.

M. Medium bodied, pretty smooth.

D. Something about Smithwicks makes me happy. I love drinking these. Good as a Black N Tan as well, I prefer this to Bass. A good session beer.

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

Poured a deep with a decent off white head. Nose was sweet, mild roasted malts, faint hops. Taste was slightly grassy hops, malts are sweet but a bit Creamy mouthfeel quickly thins out with a more astringent than bitter character. Nothing special but certainly drinkable.

Photo of smakawhat
2.66/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. St. Paddy's leftovers I guess.

A sort of dirty tan head fairly foamy and large is made at about three fingers, many large bubbles in the head. Settles very quickly. Body color is a dark red copper brown amber color and quite clear.

Nose smells like soapy malt. Faint grass, maybe a little cinnamon, but first impression is something feels really strange and off putting.

Taste, there is next to nothing on this palate. Mostly just a soily dirt component, not much of a malt backbone, or classic grassy irish ale tastiness. Body seems to have a bit of stability to it, but the flavors just aren't coming out.

Overall, fairly uninteresting compared to other Irish Ales I've had.

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with 1/2" of head. Nice retention. Smells of caramel malt. Taste is caramel malts with a hint of yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp; decent carbonation.

Rather one dimensional, but it's not a bad dimension. This is my go-to St. Patty's day drink.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of KAF
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of biegaman
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Overdraught Irish Pub, in Toronto.

For a beer that's supposedly made in the style of either an Irish Red or an English Brown it emanates an awful lot of gold and seems seriously depreciated of both red and brown. That's not to suggest the beer isn't dark - it's darkish - but its complexion is flimsy and its colours seem superficial. There's only about four bubbles that float atop like peas.

It really says something about how insipid a beer is when you can make out its water profile from the aroma! Beers from the Ireland often have this characteristically rough, chalky, mineral-y, high carbonate water and that can be appreciated in this one right from smell alone given there's nothing remotely malty or hoppy or yeasty that interferes.

Nor is there in taste, and I sorrowfully wish there were because all that's tasted is pure corn syrup. Knowing who brewed it and on what scale, I expected it to have a cheap, industrial taste - but not like this! To use an ironic choice of words: this is the pure, unadulterated taste of corn syrup with hardly a drop of authentic maltiness about it.

Without any perceived roasted grain, the cloying syrupy sweetness runs free. Its makers, clearly, thought it would emulate that desired caramel malty flavour but it makes a poor, poor substitute. Although some is acceptable, this spews out diacetyl like a BP oil spill. It tastes like the straight syrup used for fountain pop. Indeed, that is what it is.

I'd love to say that this was a sensual, satisfying pint and that I found all the charm of the Irish local in the (so-called) Irish pub in which I drank it. Unfortunately, neither could be further from the truth. In both, all I found was bastardized commodities that market the illusion of Ireland without the thinnest of actual veritableness or virtue.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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.
79 out of 100 based on 2,437 ratings.