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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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2,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,238
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website

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 Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

06-22-2007 01:11:11 | More by Derek
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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +17.9%

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.

03-18-2011 00:06:14 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Brad007


3.88/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

09-13-2007 00:05:38 | More by Brad007
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

09-04-2013 17:57:50 | More by harpus
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

02-03-2013 19:41:19 | More by drummermattie02
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%

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

10-09-2009 22:49:28 | More by wordemupg
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3.1/5  rDev -10.4%

on tap at the dublin house in red bank

Pours a dark auburn color with some mahogany and red hues. A thicker beige head retains well, leaving thick rings of lacing on the glass while drinking.

Scents of breaded, doughy malt with slightly sweet caramel. A faint hop profile with that atypical macro tinge.

Doughy malt and caramel sweetness. Soft hoppiness balances out the malts. Perhaps a light note of dark fruit?

Decent medium body and carbonation, a bit creamy and smooth on the tongue. You know, this really isn't THAT bad, especially compared to other macro offerings at bars like this. I wouldn't go out and buy it, but I'd drink one if there wasn't many craft options.

03-19-2011 21:08:51 | More by xnicknj
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.6%

03-09-2012 05:06:58 | More by iL0VEbeer
Photo of flagmantho


3.9/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

08-15-2011 02:14:14 | More by flagmantho
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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

08-29-2013 16:46:16 | More by GraduatedCashew
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

12 oz bottle poured into the Chimay Goblet

A - Small loose off-white head descended to a ring. The color was more of a brown with a slight red tint as opposed to a red ale.

S - A toasted malt smell comes out with a slight dryness to it. Its maltiness was definitely prevalent.

T - Smithwick's is crisp and dry. Malty with a balanced slightly hoppy aftertaste.

M - Crisp and light bodied.

D - Im getting a rather bitter finish but I specifically remember it being smoother than this the last time I had it. Its a rather drinkable beer. Maybe this experience warrants a revisit down the line.

04-04-2009 14:20:13 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -19.7%

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.

05-06-2012 03:55:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Bitterbill


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

02-11-2011 20:26:41 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

02-05-2008 16:55:01 | More by avalon07
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1/5  rDev -71.1%

03-13-2013 23:46:11 | More by chippo33
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3.58/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

12-29-2011 03:27:07 | More by WoodBrew
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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

07-06-2014 22:01:42 | More by KAF
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

07-20-2014 12:52:11 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

08-01-2013 11:55:54 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.15/5  rDev -9%

The beer pours a brown/red color with an inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like sweet malt, nuts and a bit of citrus. The beer tastes the same way to me, but it has a bitter/sour finish. Mouthfeel is light, and has a bit too much carbonation. Drinkability is OK, but not impressive at all. Overall I think it's an average beer. I'd drink it again, but it's not a beer that I would make a regular choice of mine.

04-22-2007 01:14:42 | More by bluejacket74
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3.8/5  rDev +9.8%

Wow only 4.5 damn I must be spoiled by dark beers because I thought this one was at least 6!

This beer seems to be popping up all over my town on tap and in bottles in every mix and match shop so after I found out it was by Guinness I was sold.

A - darkest amber without being like a porter. Aggressive pour resulted in heavy head that laces the glass.
S - Smells of bread malts and a tiny bit of hops.
T - mild Roasty flavor along with malt presence.
M - Thin (as expected) for a beer like this but refreshing
D - Meh... I really didn't like it too much. One and done.

03-22-2010 06:12:52 | More by DrDemento456
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

06-29-2009 22:40:27 | More by tone77
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2.8/5  rDev -19.1%

Pours a yellow-ish/ copper color with an off-white head. In the aroma, a caramel sweetness. In the taste, again caramel sweet maltiness. A light body, with a nice bitterness in the mouthfeel, and a dry, caramel maltiness in the aftertaste. A nice caramel presence, yet nothing too exciting, a nice OK stand-by.

02-07-2008 03:28:05 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.38/5  rDev -2.3%

Pours a clear garnet color with a thick off-white large bubbled head. Surprisingly nice staying power and lacing. A nice looking brew.

Roasty malts, weak coffee and a bit of sulfur in the nose. Not exactly a great sniffer here.

Fairly watery roasted and toasted malt flavor profile. Overly carbonated and lager-esqe mouthfeel. It is actually pretty unoffensive and has just enough flavor to keep it somewhat interesting. A decent Irish poundable beer. Pint after pint is easily attainable with Smithy's...not bad at all.

01-31-2009 22:14:42 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.95/5  rDev +14.2%

Comes out of the tap a nice clear warm brown, almost mahogany, with a decent pale beige head. Aroma is malty with hints of caramel and spice. Flavor is mainly malty and has undertones of toffee and caramel, and just a touch of cloves. Texture is quite smooth and fairly fizzy and jazzy, as a beer should be.

06-06-2009 03:26:38 | More by Cyberkedi
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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