Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smithwick's is a clear beer with a rich ruby color and creamy head. Clean and delicate aroma with different individual notes: from the top fermentation by the Smithwick yeast come aromatic esters creating a fruity aroma. The Aroma Hops added late in the boil contribute clean fresh floral notes. Ale Malt contributes aroma hints of biscuit and caramel.
Refreshing and clean taste with a gentle balance of bitterness from the hops added early in the boil, sweet/malty notes from the ale malt, and hints of roast/coffee from the roasted barley.

Added by Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006

BEER STATS
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#44,114
Reviews:
844
Ratings:
2,975
pDev:
15.03%
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Ratings: 2,975 |  Reviews: 844
Reviews by dcall384:
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle from my old man's fridge this afternoon. The packaging suggests this one is fresh for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into a nonic pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear, deep-copper amber with about an inch of off-white head that has some pretty decent staying power and leaves profuse lacing on the glass. Lazy, infrequent visible carbonation present.

S: Sweet and bready malts are most prominent in the nose. Slight grassy and earthy quality, possibly from the hops. A fleeting sense of sweet stewed corn. A touch of buttery diacetyl in the mix, as well.

T: I was expecting some substantial malt flavors in the front, but there was hardly anything going on there. Some very muted bready and toasted malt notes, but most of what I got was the taste of water in the front end. The middle brings on more robust toasted and bready malt flavor--some of the malt bill must be quite similar to Guinness Draft, because I'm definitely getting some of that in the middle. More earthiness and grassy notes building in the center. A touch of apple or pear cider there, as well--plum is also in there. Just a bit of stewed corn and some very subtle diacetyl butterscotch notes. The back end continues those toasty and bready malt notes, with some grassy and earthy hop bitter to close things out.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this one drinks watery, silghtly creamy, astringent, and bitter in turns. There's a pretty good level of carbonation present. It begins watery and ends quite dry.

O: This is one of my dad's favorite beers, and I thought it was high-time I gave it a review. While it does suffer from some of the pitfalls of any mass-produced beer, this one keeps things simple in a surprisingly effective way. The malt bill is pleasant, if not world-changing. There is enough of a hop presence to keep everything clean and balanced. I could do without the hints of diacetyl and adjuncts, but this one is head-and-shoulders above your average mass-produced BMC product. And, I've found that Smithwick's is a lot like Coke, insofar as it pairs quite well with a lot of different food.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(11.2 oz bottle, L7114GD003, purchased cold as part of 6 pack... poured into a nonic)

L: puts up inch-tall pillowy head atop a crystal-clear, reddish-tawny liquid... foam collapses to relatively steady cap, which later clefts in spots; some thin, spotty lace does stick

S: mildly perfumy, mildly fruity esters sporting roasted flourishes above a moderately-bold caramel maltiness... the initial general smell reminds me of a half-strength Scotch ale... nothing notable or unique, but its overall aroma intensity is relatively potent

T: while the aromas vaguely mimic a Scotch ale hide, the taste proves it to be a different animal, as roasted and toasted biscuity grain stands out strong; little rich underlying or residual sweetness; superficial, almost weak bitterness... finish is rather dry, with a hint of brown bread that slowly builds in the aftertaste... overall, the taste has a firm foundation but doesn't pop, has little depth/length

F: smooth, light, foamy... lean body, not quite thin; little roundness, minimal viscosity... the alcohol (and perhaps subtle acidic roast) leaves a mellow warmth at the back of the palate... seems pretty easy to session, seems like it would be nice lift accompanying greasy food

O: bought this for purpose of celebrating anniversary of Phil Lynott's death (4 Jan), listened to some Thin Lizzy while drinking a couple glasses - Phil apparently much preferred this to Guinness... not bad for what it is, would grab some again if circumstances directed me to do so - 4 Jan might be the only time I would purposely seek it out

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Photo of pphunkdelux
4.92/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers hands down.

The color is light brown and very clear. When poured it left a good 1.5" head that stuck around for quite a while and laced the glass nicely.

Smells great, like baked bread, somewhat malty, sweet.

Wonderful tasting beer. It has a very balanced taste roasty and malty and very comforting.

This beer is not too thick but also not too weak. It's got great carbonation and it's very smooth going down.

I could and have drank these all night long. No problem. In fact my picture is from Halloween three years ago where I was drinking pitchers of Smithwicks by myself. The wait to get a beer from the bar was half an hour long so when we got up there we would just order pitchers for ourselves and drink straight out of those. Needless to say it was a messy way to drink. But a fun one.

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Photo of ScioRevo
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm no specialist but I would say Very Good. I'm not a fan of Guinness, but this is a lovely, simple, mildly tasty almost red ale that is unoffensive to taste, feel or bitterness. A perfect beer with a meal in that it will not intrude on other tastes, yet is refreshing. The head is white, light and foamy, like sea foam. It does not taste as dark as it looks. Definitely will have another.

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Photo of OldCat
5/5  rDev +44.5%

I had my first Smithwick's while in divinity school last summer. It's dark full bodied flavor was the perfect beverage for the peppered venison tenderloin I sizzled up for supper on several occasions. This is a smooth, non-bitter, manly brew.

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Photo of Trailboss76
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark tea-like color, no overly pronounced aroma. Very pleasant first few drinks and still just as good at the bottom of the glass. No particular bitterness.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This wonderful brew pours a deep caramel/cola color. Has a nice roasted nut smell. The head is a thin, light tan color, but fades fast. Lacing is good with plenty of carbonation. Initial taste is roasted toffee with a little coffee. Finish is very pleasant and slightly dry. This is definitely better than the Killians Red I had years ago. Would seriously consider a 6-pack now

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Turbo
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ExtraStout
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Had a nice amber/red color that was semi-transparent with a good 1-finger head.

Smell: Has a very nice aroma that is somewhat floral with hints of a hoppy scent.

Taste: This was a little more bland than expected, but it did have a good bitter aftertaste while remaining smooth and well-balanced. Good.

Mouthfeel: Has a bit of a watery feel to it, but not too thin to be a turn off.

Drinkability: Pretty good but I would rate higher if it wasn't for the thin watery mouthfeel. Certainly worth keeping in mind.

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Steve0244
4/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.24/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of sgoodship
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Checking out the inauguration on the TV in a bar near work, I was faced with limited choices. Decided to try this on-tap.

A: Dark clear reddish brown with visible carbonation. Small fizzy white head that retained a thin head throughout. Some spotty lacing.

S: Sourness that was a mix of malt and hops.

T: Earthy, roasted malt. A hint of sweetness. The telltale dry bitter hop finish. At times the finish and aftertaste seemed watery to me.

M: Very light body. Crisp but fizzy.

D: I guess it is drinkable in the sense that you could knock them back if you wanted to . I didn't find it enjoyable (I switched drinks) and I wouldn't go out of my way to have another. It was a monotone and diluted experience for me.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Abundant foamy white head with good retention formed with a modest pour, which diminished to a thin layer of bubbles after a time. The color was a medium to dark brown in color, clear in nature.

S: Mild scents of light malt and, perhaps, tobacco. No real hop smell on the nose.

T: Mildly malty, nicely carbonated, and relatively clean finish. Drinks very smoothly.

M&D: The mouthfeel for this is nearly perfect for the flavors on the palate as everything comes together for a very enjoyable brew. I don't know that I would call this one "balanced" in flavor as there is definitely little in the way of hop bitterness, but man, this stuff is easy drinking and highly enjoyable.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.18/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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