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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish AleSmithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale

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Ratings: 1968
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.99%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006)
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Photo of kola


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Dark brown with some translucence. Decent head but it doesn't last long. Good lacing,

S Grains and malts.

T No hops to speak of, nice flavor of roasted grains and a good dollop of malts. Slightly sweet.

M A bit thin. Smooth. Noticeable carbonation.

O For being mass produced, this is a great ale that can be found most anywhere. It is light enough to be enjoyed any time, but dark and heavy enough to let you know you're drinking ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 02:36:21 | More by kola
Photo of GrizzlyBehr


3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into pint glass

appearance- a dark red amber color, quickly dissipating head, good glass beer

smell- pretty average smell, hints of dark malts

taste- good a nice malt flavor, slightly roasted, and slightly sweet, good finish

mouthfeel- average, has a light coated feeling

overall- a good irish red very satisfying

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 02:33:21 | More by GrizzlyBehr
Photo of Hanby


3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep reddish brown with three fingers of foamy head, diminishing into nice lace which lingers throughout.

S- Roasted malt.

T- Roasted malt, caramel, and maybe a very slight hint of black tea.

M- Smooth and full.

O- Good brew, but not great. I enjoyed trying it. There simply isn't much that stands out here.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 00:43:44 | More by Hanby
Photo of HuppMJH


3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: This beer pours a nice amber-brown color with a very light head. Sticks to the sides of the mug nicely.

Smell: I mostly smell malt and hops. Nothing else comes to mind with the smell.

Taste: I instantly taste this beer on the back of my tongue. A pleasant fruity, with almost a nutty finish.

I find this beer to be very drinkable and smooth; before you know it, the glass is empty. An above average beer to enjoy with any occasion. A downside to the beer is that it's not as complex tasting as other beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 02:11:35 | More by HuppMJH
Photo of BillyBob78


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

One of my favorite standbys. Great session beer. Very drinkable.

Nice rich brown coloring with reddish hues. Nice white head with decent lacing.

Smell is nothing exceptional, mild roasted malt. Little bread.

Taste is very smooth and creamy. Nice malty flavor. A little hint of hops at the finish. some nuts and grains. Very Tasty.

One of my favorite session beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 16:45:13 | More by BillyBob78
Photo of Tackledorange

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it poured a dark brown with ruby highlights and a 2 and half finger head that died down pretty fast but hung around until the end. it smells fairly light a little roasted malt and some nuttyness and a little bit of grain. the taste is very similar to the smell but more pronounced roasted/burnt malt taste and a little bready that coats the entire mouth. this is a very drinkable ale not too complex but not too light on flavour which is a good thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 01:34:54 | More by Tackledorange
Photo of JanetCDavis


3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Smithwick's did not overwhelm. Lovely color, but comparatively bland overall. From smell to mouthfeel, just short of interesting. Paired with oysters on the half shell and the beer definitely could not stand up to cocktail sauce. Might be OK as a pure pub beer with low expectations.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:17:50 | More by JanetCDavis
Photo of Blueye80


4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good brew. It was kind of red I guess but I thought it was a little more brown than red. It had a great head that stuck around for quite some time. It went down very smooth with a very mild bitterness. I think that is was a very good drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 17:38:00 | More by Blueye80
Photo of terrapinchris


3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had it on tap at a local British pub. My friend recommended it to me, so I figured I'd give it a go.

Barmaid served it in a pint glass. Came as a lovely amber/ruby color with an almost nonexistent head. I wasn't sure if I would be getting a Scottish-style ale, a red ale, a pale ale, or a regular brown ale. Apparently it would be a red ale, which I was absolutely fine with.

There wasn't much of a smell to it, but it did have that pleasant fresh-cut grass smell that I often associate with amber ales.

It tasted deliciously fresh, with the chewy sweetness of a red ale being the first thing I noticed. These are the distinct notes of malted barley, which are promptly followed by a hops kick that almost reminds me of the west coast's ubiquitous cascade hops. Needless to say, this is a pleasant surprise. Just as the nose indicated, it has a grassy taste that is complement by lemon and the afore-mentioned creamy sweetness, with enough kick to keep a hop-head like me satisfied.

The mouthfeel is fairly pleasant, as it has enough body to allow the flavors to linger well after the finish.

This would make a terrific session beer, as it goes down smooth, and becomes better tasting the further into the glass you get. Not a beer that will make you stop and ponder life's mysteries, but a great lunchtime/afternoon drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2007 21:47:40 | More by terrapinchris
Photo of chsanders


2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This was recommended by a friend I visited out of state a few weeks ago. Granted I haven't had to many Irish red's, but this beer definitely did not meet my expectations. It has a nice lacing that stays all through the beer, but there is no real flavor. I would classify this along with most light beers -you can drink alot without getting filled up or overwhelmed by the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 23:56:53 | More by chsanders
Photo of Alkiser


4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Low malt with a toast/toffee aroma. No hop aroma as the style demands.

Apperance: Deep amber, great head formation and retention. Lacing dominates the glass.

Flavor: Mild toast with a slight carmel sweetness in the background. Very very low hop flavor and a very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a toasted feeling that rolls across the palate. The carmel imparts a slickness on the tounge,

Overall: Very easy drinking sessionable beer. A little low on the attenuation, would like just a little less sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 21:24:05 | More by Alkiser
Photo of Wyattldavis


3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep copper appearance with a tall, thick head. The smell and mouthfeel are understated and fairly flat. The flavor is the high point, but it isn't anything extraordinary. It tastes kind of like a very light Guiness I supposed. Definitely not a summer beer. Perhaps best on a very cold December night in Ireland?

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:20:46 | More by Wyattldavis
Photo of WhiskerWrangler


4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 1 1/2 finger light tan, off white colored head. Very good retention. Head lasted for quite a while, leaving a half finger length head. Light brown chocolate, somewhat reddish color. Carbonated bubbles rising from bottom. Lace is great showing thick lacing all the way through the drink.

S- Very subtle hoppy smell. Somewhat chocolatley smell.

T- Very rich taste that stays in your mouth for a while... This beer is absolutely amazing. This is my first experience with this beer and it tastes alot like Petes Wicked Ale. Every time I take a sip I smell a bit of chocolate, but the taste doesnt compliment this.... but that isnt a bad thing.

M- Great. Slight to no carbonation. Very light feeling with a full taste. Goes down easy and is easy on the stomach.

D- I can most certainly see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting. This is one of my more favorite beers. Everything from the color to the lace, to the taste is beautiful.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 03:01:52 | More by WhiskerWrangler
Photo of Jaxxon61

British Columbia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No complaints here, oh Danny boy. Pretty yummy stuff. Nice crystal malt flavour, caramel of course, light hoppy finish. Wouldn't say robust, but not timid either. Doesn't taste macro-ish. Sessionable, especially with the meat & pototoes crowd. Come back to Erin, my boy!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 03:17:01 | More by Jaxxon61
Photo of Osirus


2.13/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Deep copper. In a curved pint it was a beautiful copper on the bottom and dark hued brown on top which was good. A little lacking on the foam but I did not control the pour. Good Belgian Lace considering the lack of head.

Smell - Caramel, grain, not much hop presence. Simple and leaning heavily towards malt.

Taste - Like the smell, the taste is simple and straightforward. Straight to maltiness with little complexity.

Mouthfeel - A little on the thin side. Carbonation was ok.

Overall - Simple. Middle of the road. Pedestrian but that is sometimes a good thing. There is nothing bad about this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 15:33:44 | More by Osirus
Photo of HuberFan


3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a lot of these on a rough St Patty's day this year, hey with $2 tappers you can't really go wrong. So last night at dinner I had another one to determine if it was as good as my hazy memory could recall.

Well first off there was a price increase that came with getting this beer in a trendy restaurant/bar. Doh! Nice amber color, very little head and that vanished quickly, patchy lacing. A good ale taste to it with very little lingering taste. Yep, I'd rate this as a drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2007 13:14:27 | More by HuberFan
Photo of Bsobotik


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

A - Dark brown with a slightly reddish hue. Pours with a finger and half sea foam head that dissipates to good inner wall lacing and a thin lingering head.

S - I don't have a very good nose but it smells slightly citrus-y and mildly hoppy, no malt smells.

T - Slight to moderate body, no change in flavor profile, a little hoppy throughout, no pickup on malts.

M - Even feel throughout, decent carbonation.

D - Easy to drink, feels light in the stomach, would make for a decent session beer but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to have it.

Serving - Bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 23:29:42 | More by Bsobotik
Photo of jwhite1979


3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heck yeah! An attractive auburn color, a subtly sweet aroma, and a smooth mouthfeel make this beer a new favorite for me. No complicated flavors, really, so drinking it is a simple pleasure rather than a sophisticated challenge. Kind of like drinking Guinness.

Put simply, this is the everyday beer I've been wanting Sam Adams to produce for a while now.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 14:00:31 | More by jwhite1979
Photo of lukeoberm963


1.7/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a nice soft two-finger head that did not retain for very long. The bubbles rushed to the top which showed me that this beer is probably going to be over carbonated and lose its head fast.
Sure enough the head has diminished just as fast as I poured the beer. The smell of the beer reminds me of a macro amber or brown ale. There is some corn smell to it.
The taste is kind of malty with some chocolaty roastedness to it. But there is not enough of it to satisfy. There is a bit of citrus hops in there, but they are mostly tasted after the beer has been swallowed, mostly just a nasty bitterness in the corners of your mouth.
The mouthfeel is NOT good. Way too carbonated. I guess I was expecting a little bit of more smoothness to it, but the carbonation destroys any possibility of that. A nitro widget would help maybe.
Very mediocre and not worth what I paid for a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 18:03:00 | More by lukeoberm963
Photo of RonPizzle83


3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I tried this irish ale out of the bottle and into a pint glass. I noticed the head is medium to deep depending on the pour. The color is right away the head turner, a beautiful deep ruby. Unfortunately it is a very deceiving characteristic. The deep color reminds me of fools gold. While the caramel shines through with woody hints, the power of flavor seems to be lacking. It seems the ease of drinking this red style ale is it's second positive trait. Think Guinness Black but with a lighter carbonation. I did enjoy this beer for its ease of drinkability and deep color but i feel the flavor and alcohol power is lacking. An Irish keg beer. A gateway beer for people that do not drink dark ales or reds.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 04:12:53 | More by RonPizzle83
Photo of malcolm723


4.72/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at a local bar. I had never heard of this beer before trying it. Heard it was made by Guinness, and thought I might give it a try. Pours a reddish brown color. With about 2 finger length head that recedes quite quickly. Leaves a light lace on the glass. Hints of caramel, sweet with some smoothness, and light carbonation.
Goes down pretty good. All around good beer. I would take this over a Guinness Draught.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2006 06:47:35 | More by malcolm723
Photo of BlueStoneBrew


3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a typical, but solid, major chain beer. I reviewed this particular pint at a Smokey Bones BBQ restaurant, where it is served as their alternative to the major domestic swill, a purpose that it certainly fits. Plus, you get to sound cool pronouncing the word "Smiddicks."

The beer pours a deep copper with a long lasting white head. The aroma is soft toasted and met comparably with the smell of flowery hops.

The beer's flavor is of roasted and toasted, well darkened barley (hence the color). A sweet back to the flavor as well, almost what I would consider like a coffee or espresso. The taste isn't nearly that powerful, just comparable.

Smithwick's has low mouthfeel and carbonation, almost as a throwback to the native Irish and UK cask beers. I'm not a particularly big fan of such little carbonation as it makes me feel like the beer has gone flat. The lack of alcohol feel however, really lets you enjoy the roasted flavor of the malts.

There is a relatively clean finish to the brew. The toasted malt still rules, but hops show up to balance out the end.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2008 18:44:05 | More by BlueStoneBrew
Photo of tfrench8985


3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this beer while i visited my mother. she had a 6 pack in the fridge, my first thought was that the beer wasnt gonna be good but it was actually a pretty good beer with a nice aftertaste, the beer is very filling though.

i would recomend this beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 20:22:02 | More by tfrench8985
Photo of Working4Beer


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the more mass-produced beers that I think is really good.

A - a nice dark beer with a good head on top.

S - nothing to write home about but by no means bad.

T - a little bit of a dark beer but goes down very smooth.

M - much better then average

D - an overall really good beer to enjoy

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 22:33:21 | More by Working4Beer
Photo of Devildog3


4.5/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly, I have never had this beer before and ordered this on tap at a local Irish pub by the suggestion of the bartender.

Nice brownish/red hue that did justice to the 16 oz pint glass.

Had a citrusy/spicy flavor and semi-creamy consistency that went down well..

Somewhat high carbonation, with a creamy head that didn't last too terribly long. However, the lacing was fantastic and the drinkability smooth. A refreshing beer that would probably compliment this particular establishment's pub fare very well.

I will definitely have this beer again and pick up a six for the fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2009 18:06:13 | More by Devildog3
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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