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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,403
Reviews: 746
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 28
Gots: 197 | FT: 0
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Ireland

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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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a deep, amber-red color that is crystal clear. There is a huge, chunky off-white head that has reasonably big bubbles and remains for quite some time. Semi-sweet caramel and nutty smells on the beer. Super sweet and tangy malts on the tongue when you first taste the beer. There is a very subtle underlying hops bitterness that creeps up on the end of the flavors. It helps greatly to balance all the sweetness. Also, there is a roasted quality that reveals itself after the beer has had some time to warm in the glass a bit. There is a crisp and slightly sour bite to the finish, with a subtle caramel aftertaste. Tasty beer.

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

11.2 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear copper with a solid one-inch thick off-white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Caramel malts, mild toffee, faintly floral with mild honey overtones.

T: Slightly toasted and roasted malts, caramel and toffee, biscuits and nuts.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Clean, sharp, semi-dry malty and nutty finish.

O: Solid for the style - enjoyed. Note: the bottle looks like the one posted for the "superior" Irish ale, but this one clearly says "premium".

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of beertunes
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of chippo33
1/5  rDev -71%

Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO in to Guinness pint glass.

A - Medium translucent brown with two fingers of off-white head that settled down after a couple of minutes.

S - Light caramel and toffee notes up front with a slight bitterness and some floral aromas in the background. The nose has a slight off-putting aroma that I can't pinpoint.

T - The sweet malt profile dominates with toffee, caramel and bready notes. A slight bitterness is present as well, especially in the finish.

M - Medium body, slightly creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of glid02
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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

Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried Smithwick's irish red at the Tilted Kilt today...good beer and good service. The beer pours a deep clear amber with white head that left some lacing on the glass. The smell was fairly simple, malt. The taste was a decent malt based beer that had subtle hop to help clear the pallet. The mouthfeel was a nice medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of avalon07
3.45/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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