Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.
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3.85/5 rDev +11.3%
12oz, got a 6pack for St Patricks Day. Gotta represent.
A: Pours a ruby brown, with minimal, head that immedietly dissapears, almost no lacing at all.
S: Not Much, some dark malts, molasses based.
T: "Red/Amber" bread maltiness up front. Has a milky sweetness. Crisp and clean. Has a dry black tea like
finish. Not complex but quite pleasant.
M: Very highly carbonated which is nice. A bit watery, extremly drinkable, (even chuggable).
O: Still my favorite of generic Irish brews (Harp, Guinness, Smitwicks). Nothing complex but makes a great black and tan. I'll probably always get suckered into buying atleast one for St Patricks Day. Would be a great tailgating beer in the fall. Nice on a chilly march night.
03-17-2012 02:10:47 | More by BigCheese
New Brunswick (Canada)
4/5 rDev +15.6%
A: Poured from a 440 mL can... head is average-sized and off-white, and diminished to 1/2-finger size or so. Body is a nice dark, ruby color and completely clear. Not many bubbles through the beer at all.
S: Aroma is of average malt, with hints of caramel sweetness coming through.
T: Nice flavor that starts sweet and ends sweet... the caramel is still here. While overall it's quite a sweet beer, it definitely isn't overwhelming or sickening.
M: Medium-to-full bodied with a very creamy texture, and soft carbonation.
D: May not be the Irish Red with the most personality available, but I found it pretty solid across the board, and quite easy to drink.
11-11-2009 17:41:38 | More by berley31
2.75/5 rDev -20.5%
Pours to a unique delightful metallic brown in colour. Nice macro bubble head that holds up nicely. Head clings nicely. Good lacing. Smell is malty. Taste is kind of neutral. The balance of malt and hops is too good and nothing stands out at the beginning but the hops bitter comes through in the end. Rare taste for an ale. Carbonation is perfect. Not bad but don't think it will be on the list of favorites for imbibing. They may want to stick with the Guinness.
10-20-2006 23:26:07 | More by mooseisloose
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
Settled as a dark amber appearance with some decent lacing. The drink had a bit of a syrup-like smell to it that was of sweet malts. The taste, to me, had an almost licorice candy flavor to it, supplemented by some bitter hop flavors. It had a good, medium body to it; nothing too powerful. Overall, a decent beer.
03-19-2008 21:07:15 | More by fitzy84
3.2/5 rDev -7.5%
Dark reddish in color, maintains a solid copper head throughout. Caramel malts graze the nose; light notes of burnt toast become more noticeable during warming. The taste is solidcaramel malts, wheat crackers and white bread toast. The palate is left creamy, with a touch of almonds. Medium bodied, decent flavors and passes the test for the style. Simple and easy going. Nothing to complain about.
11-24-2006 01:24:23 | More by GeoffRizzo
3.4/5 rDev -1.7%
Draft. Pours nice amber color with small creamy head that it retained. Good flavor, nothing spectacular, but extremely drinkable. Head is decent but doesnt hang around for long. Flavor is of slight caramel nutiness. Decent session beer. Would recommend to those of you that like Irish Ales.
07-29-2007 17:50:07 | More by biggmike
3.1/5 rDev -10.4%
Poured this Irish Red Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The ale pours a clear reddish amber color and produces a nice off white head. The retention is average and it leaves an average amount of lacing. The aroma of the Irish Red smells of toasted malt. The taste of the ale is slightly toasted with some caramel maltiness. There are sweet undertones and some hop bitterness. The finish is a little on the dry side. Overall this is an average Irish Red Ale.
06-30-2011 15:27:54 | More by GossageBrewery
3.68/5 rDev +6.4%
St. Patrick's Day!
A- Nice dark amber from a distance with a good two finger head. With light it takes on a nice auburn color. Laces ok, but sure looks nice.
S- Not too much here. Slightly sweet malt.
T- Pretty good... sweet malt again, slight hop tang on the end. Not too complex, but definitely an enjoyable brew.
M- Medium to light body with decent amount of carbonation. Good for what it is.
D- Definitely will have a few of these today!
03-17-2009 05:53:46 | More by LordAdmNelson
3.2/5 rDev -7.5%
a: clear amber color with about a half inch of head that didnt dissapear fast but did leave a lot of creamy lacing
s: hop notes, maybe chocolaty malts
t: kind of bland sweet malts intially and finishes with light hop presence
m: medium bodied beer with average carbonation
overall this isnt too bad a beer but not something that i can see myself buying in the future
08-09-2007 03:26:44 | More by happygnome
4.5/5 rDev +30.1%
The first time I had Smithwicks was when I got a case for a Buffett concert. Haven't had it again until now. This is just a good beer. It pours a red/brown with a pillowy off white head that fades slowly. The is s sweet citrus smell that is very inviting.
The taste is just good , it has a light hoppy finish. This is a session beer through and through. Thanks Lisa for this Christmas present.
12-31-2009 20:07:57 | More by confer
4.03/5 rDev +16.5%
Appearance is quite good, with the very dark brown color, the 1and a half finger of head and the fair amount of lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell is pretty lopsided, so much malt and so dry. But it definately intrigued me.
Taste was exactly what the smell led me to believe. Pretty delicious.
Mouthfeel was light to medium in body.
Drinkability was good.
11-07-2006 20:12:49 | More by supercolter
3.85/5 rDev +11.3%
This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
A - deep ruby amber color with a thick head that settles, but is well retained in a slightly chunky lacing
S - toasted malt aroma with a slight peat-like quality
T - as with the aroma, mostly toasted malt character with a subtle peat flavor and a noticeable hop finish
M - medium-light body with moderate carbonation
D - I really enjoy Smithwick's as a very 'sessionable' Irish red. I really think it's a good standard by which other Irish Reds could be compared to, not only because it's relatively common in distribution, but also because of it's simple (but good) qualities.
03-05-2008 03:12:25 | More by scoobybrew
3.84/5 rDev +11%
Poured a clear amber red with a one finger white head that receded to a white ring leaving abundant lacing down the glass. Pretty good for the style. Scents of skunked hops, caramel, toasted malt and slight nutty aromas. Not the best scent in the world, but not bad for a red ale. Flavors of toasted malt, caramel, some grainy malt and moderate levels of floral hops throughout with some slight nuttiness. The finish is semi-dry and toasty with a toasty aftertaste. Not bad, not extremely complex but good for a session ale, the toasted, nutty and caramel flavors are quite nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with medium carbonation and a slightly watery mouthfeel. Not bad for a session ale, quite drinkable. Overall this is a decent session ale. Nothing bad about it, but nothing amazing, its still a good enough offering. I'd have it again.
12-24-2013 04:33:21 | More by Auraan
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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