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:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006

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Ranking:
#42,638
Reviews:
810
Ratings:
2,778
pDev:
14.78%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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 SirFolmarv
3.29/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ryanm3850
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oletimer4IPA
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Beer at an excellent price.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kuhndog
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2 fluid ounce bottle into glass. Bottling date is stamped as 'L7212GD005 13:43'.
Clear brown body, with more red when presented to light. Three finger head, settles to off white cap. Webs of lacing.
Caramel and roasted malt aroma.
Taste is more assertive than is the aroma, with lightly roasted malt, caramel malt, floral hops. Has a underlying mineral taste.
Medium mouth feel.
Very much of a pub beer, that can be called on to be multiple beers for the evening. Calls for music and group singing.

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Photo of Nvrmind16
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Very smooth ale, not heavy, less alcohol content than most ales. great by itself before dinner.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.67/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; production date July 31, 2017.
A: Pours a crystal clear, copper color with a one inch light tan head, good retention, and solid lacing.
S: Aroma is floral initially with caramel malt and a light spiciness predominating.
T: I detected a hint of clove, I thought, but mostly caramel malt and iron filings (which impart a bit of zing).
M: Light to medium bodied with strong carbonation.
O: Really a category defining beer. I first had it on tap in Mullingar, Westmeath, ROI, and brought it back to share with friends about a year before it became available in the States. One of my favorite, all-purpose, "go to" beers.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dper
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Craven
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this to take to a party on a whim. I guess that I'm not used to the genre. Nothing to complain about, but for the price, there are many other beers I'd rather have.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dface
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Furlinator
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VABA
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of irishphild
4.48/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only worth drinking in draft form. In the bottle is more of a 3.

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Photo of ldb322
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very solid Irish red ale. The first one or two drink really well but after that it starts to lose its appeal. Definitely good to have every once in a while, especially on tap.

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Photo of ewpass
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Burnt Amber with a decent head. Mild malt nose. Medium caramel body with light carbonation. Only average but sessionable.

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Photo of dipso123
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BCborn
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of andrewh995
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark reddish brown with an off white head. Smells of caramel, malts, and a little roastiness. Tastes of slightly sweet caramel, mildly roasted malts, some fruits, and a dry hop bitterness. Medium and creamy in body and medium in carbonation. Overall a decent beer, my first Irish red.

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Photo of Tstromer
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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