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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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Ratings: 2,267
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 23
Gots: 154 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006)
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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

DoubleJ, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +15.6%

ejimhof, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Wasatch
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Wasatch, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +15.6%

wrightst, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev +2%
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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Stinkypuss, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
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).

Mebuzzard, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

BillRoth, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +15.6%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of biegaman
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

biegaman, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

smakawhat, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

LXIXME, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of rab53
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a few pints on tap while in Connemara, Ireland. Overall a decent ale.

The color was in keeping with its style as a red ale. I, however, have learned to be very leary of a red beer (Killians, Red Dog, Red Wolf - need I say more?).

I was impressed however with this ale's drinkability. It wasn't overly smooth and had a very good hop presence.

plaid75, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

tdm168, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Kelp, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3/5  rDev -13.3%

sendbeer, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

dmorgan310, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz from Bucket O'Brew for about $1.45.. shared with Brenda.. mine from a goblet.

Very clear dark amber brew with ruby highlites.. pillowy but short lasting 1" head left behind good lacing.

Aroma is a nice nonastringent grainy feel... Hops are present, but I can't identify.. yeasts impart an odd but pleasant smell.

Bigger bodied than a 4.5% brew would lead you to believe.. caramel without the sweetness and a dusty graininess... light toasted malts and an earthy hop presence... but even the hops seem old. I can't put my finger on it, but the yeast imparts something to this beer that makes it really come together.

Not bad.. just not my cup of tea... I'm told by a couple of friends that in Ireland, this is the only beer to be enjoyed for a beer drinker who want's something different than Guiness..

The only real negative would probably be my own tastes.. I can only see myself having 1 of these at a time, and I will probably never buy it again outside of Ireland.

JohnGalt1, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +15.6%

PEIhop, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

glid02, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

harpus, Sep 04, 2013
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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