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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish AleSmithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006

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Photo of dmfrench
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dirty, shitty, smoky, fun!

A: Dingy, dirty yet clear copper body with a somewhat persistent three finger (I overpoured) frothy off-white head.

S: Slightly smoky dirty biscuit malt, light earthy dirty hops, and dirty adjunct. Not much aroma at all out of the fridge, but more as the beer warmed.

T: Very similar to the nose. Slightly smoky and dry biscuit malt, dirty earthy hops. Adjunct dry finish. On the bright side, it is a fairly flavorful beer, though the flavors are hit and miss.

M: On the watery side, but there's enough grainy texture to hold on to that it's not a total loss.

O: Shitty, but not without its charm.

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Photo of bigmo66
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Our local grocery store decided to carry some decent beer finally and has "pick 6" available. $8.99 gets you a choice of about 100 singles. I decided to put a bottle of Smithwicks in the bunch and now I wished I hadn't.
It pours very carbonated and the head is soon fleeting. It has a pleasant enough color and I was expecting a decent malt flavor but what I got was fizzy tasteless "beer". Not enough substance to go on about mouth feel and such. There are much better Irish beers out there for sure. $1.50 is no loss and now I learned..

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Photo of Murrhey
2.64/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the Auld Irisher in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin but fluffy khaki head. Clear dark caramel color. very well carbonated. Great lacing.

S- Malty and a bit skunky, rich nutty smells though.

T- Bitter malts and nutty tastes. It would be good if it wasn't so watery.

M- Light bodied, clean finish. Very watery.

O- Wasn't expecting much, but not bad. Like it.

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Photo of srv33
2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown pour, large bubbles, decent lacing. Not many overarching scents, soy and a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is rather smooth, though nothing special. Lots of malt in the taste, and a bit of chocolate rounds out this average brew. It ends with a strange aftertaste I can't quite put my finger on.

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Photo of DNICE555
2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at an Irish American Pub.

A - A weak looking pint. Looks very thin. this stout has no pair.

S - Smells like I'm trying to smell a stout with my nose a foot from the glass.

T - Tastes like a pint of 1/3 bud light, 1/3 water, 1/3 old rasputin.

M - Almost feels like a black and tan.

D - Not bad. Goes down alright. Nothing very good about it either.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
2.65/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright reddish brown. Thin head that just vanishes.

S: A vague malt sweetness.

T: The taste is as good as you'd expect from the nose. A slight caramel sweetness with some malt backing.

M: This was kind of creamy, a redeeming quality.

D: Simply average. More flavor than BMC products, but nothing special at all.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. St. Paddy's leftovers I guess.

A sort of dirty tan head fairly foamy and large is made at about three fingers, many large bubbles in the head. Settles very quickly. Body color is a dark red copper brown amber color and quite clear.

Nose smells like soapy malt. Faint grass, maybe a little cinnamon, but first impression is something feels really strange and off putting.

Taste, there is next to nothing on this palate. Mostly just a soily dirt component, not much of a malt backbone, or classic grassy irish ale tastiness. Body seems to have a bit of stability to it, but the flavors just aren't coming out.

Overall, fairly uninteresting compared to other Irish Ales I've had.

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Photo of herman77
2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark crimson red. Decent amount of off white head, but it dies off somewhat quickly. Average amount of lacing.

S: Nothing really here. A little bit of bready malt and a touch of hops. Very muted.

T: Not much flavor. A little watery/bland. Mainly bitter, slightly buttery taste. A little to bitter for my liking. Some carmel malt is trying to come through, not really happening though. Not my favorite.

M/D: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat smooth and creamy. Pretty easy to drink, but the taste is lacking and not the best, so this does affect the drinkability in my book.

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Photo of gskitt
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bland. Pours a nice reddish amber. Looks ok, but Irish Red? eh. Vanilla. Not in flavor but just nothing special. Certainly not bad, just vanilla. Tasted like many adjuncts. Actually, Corona came to mind when I was trying to figure out what this reminded me of. Next time, I'll pass.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark copper with a hint of red maybe even a little more brown than anything. Creamy tan head that left a decent head.

S- Could not smell a whole lot coming from this one maybe a little bready

T- Pretty much like the smell not a whole lot going on here. A little bit malty.

M- Mild carbonation and medium in body.

D- Easy to drink just not a lot of flavor on this one.

Not one of my favorite red's I'll stick with either Sam Adams or Great Lakes.

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Photo of jonziefle
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a clear brown color, with a three finger foamy/pillowy white head. Excellent head retention. Lots of lacing all the way down.

Smell: Smells of bready malts. Caramel and nutty flavors, as well. Mild sweetness

Taste: Bitter malts without much other flavor at all. Very bland.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with decent carbonation. Filling.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink and quite the looker, but the taste is very bland an unsatisfying.

Buy Again? No

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Photo of damndirtyape
2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Single bottle (no dates I could interpret) poured into a tumbler.

Appearance: Orange-brown in color but when held up to the light the orange shades are stronger. Pale white foam (1/8") across the top of the glass with plenty of lacing when drinking it down. Nice.

Smell: Earthy and loamy - reminds me of first spring dirt. There is some hoppy smell in there, but it's unusual. It's not doing it for me.

Taste: Earthy flavors again. Some metallic tang and bitterness combined. Again very unusual but for me unbalanced in the bitterness direction. I'm still not getting it.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation otherwise nothing special.

Drinkability: No...I'm not liking this one. It didn't go well with a meal and the taste isn't something I can see sitting and sipping, or even having alone. Maybe this one is past freshness?

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a rather roasty and slightly sour barley wine, with some fairly nice coffee notes but a not-superlative flavor.

It poured a dark red with lots more head than barley wines usually have. Aroma is deep and a malty smell that is roasty rather than sweet and has some sourness. Flavor is coffee up front and at the finish, with some out-of-place sour notes. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, again not typical of the barley wine style. Not bad.

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Photo of Bottlebomber
2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not going to do the ASTMO for this beer. It is average in almost every respect. I did like the appearance, with it's dark amber and full rocky head, but there was nothing else remarkable about it. A biscuity malty aroma leads to a biscuity almost malty flavor. Nothing grand, nothing offensive either. A slight flavor of English hops... EKG? Fuggles? I would definitely not go out of my way to drink this, but I would also be happy to see it among the normal lineup of BMC beers. I will add that drinking it from a glass was significantly better than from the bottle, as is usually the case.

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Photo of katan
2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - This beer tests the limit of what red means. It is very very dark - but still amber. The head formation is quite strong and very white in color. Very well retained, little lacing. Lots of carbonation present, but no yeast cloud.

S - A beer without smell. At best I can say I find a yeast note. Maybe.

T - Starts off with very little but a light malt sweetness. Perhaps driven by the roasted malts that drive the red ale style. Bitterness does start to show as the beer sits on the tongue. The only flavor is this beer appears in the aftertaste with a grainy astringent bite.

M - A fairly strong body driven by the harsh carbonation. The beer itself does appear to be fully bodied based on its creamy texture. Only a minor amount of oily residue left on the tongue.

D - Since this beer is almost not noticeable in terms of abv, flavor, and fillingness, I would say its a drinkability winner. Very sessionable. Heck of a consolation prize here.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of hdf561
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 6 pack of these for St. Pattys Day on the recomendation of my friend.

Open the bottle and the smell is just not great, it made me cringe. The taste and the mouth feel were ok a little more bitter than I like but overall not bad. The after taste was very noticable not great but not horrible. Overall this was just an OK beer, it did not make me want to buy this beer again, but if this was the only recognizable option in a pinch I could drink and enjoy these.

AVOID on a summer day way to heavy, and way to dark.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

3.5 A ruddy brownish amber. not much head but nice rings of lacing
3 S citrusy but not grapefruity. some sort of indistinct citrus. maybe a bit of pine
2.5 T not very crisp. that vague citrus taste and some bitterness as aftertaste. something coppery in the taste, something a bit dulling. becomes a bit too boring. tangy, but not crisp enough. astringency sort of like teabags.
3.5 M enough carbonation, nothing offensive
2.5 D 2 pints without much problem, but would not consider a 3rd. resulted in headache and lousy overall feeling.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.79/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark amber with a healthy head and fair lace. Smell has a lighly toasted malt, toffee and hop. Taste is a on the weak side that goes along with the aroma. Mouthfeel is light with a little slickness to it helping it go down with good carbonation. Overall it's not a great beer, nothing special, but drinkable.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of BasementBer
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Red ale with decent head retention. very clear and plenty of carbonation.

S: Slight waffle syrup with caramel notes. The alcohol comes through in the smell somehow.

T: bitter more than sweet, and plenty of dry hoppy flavor.

M: very dry and slightly soapy in the wash.

Quaffable but only for the right price.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 mL can into a conical pint glass.

Very frothy: head was at least 4 fingers. Clear, dark amber

Head had essentially no aroma. Not good. Even after the head settled, still barely any scent. I could detect a faint hint of what I had tasted earlier.

Taste is very simple. Not much character or overtones here. Just a plain, red beer taste. However, I admit that it seemed to improve a bit as time went on (warmed up?).

Moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very basic beer. The taste doesn't put me off, but there also isn't anything in the flavour that I would call really likeable or enjoyable. If someone bought this for me in a bar, I'd drink it, but this is not something I'd go out of my way to purchase myself. There are other ambers that I think are much better.

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Photo of lespaulrocker
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark copper, small tan head. Moderate lacing.

S: Malty, a little metallic, maybe some hints of citrus.

T: Caramel maltyness shows through first, maybe some toast/bread coming through, a little watery. Not too impressed.

M: Watery, light bodied, light carbonation.

Definitely wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of DrewKid4
2.81/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper/mahogeney in color. Thin creamy white head with minor lacing. Above average carbonation.

S: Roasted malts and some cinnamon. Slight floral hops. Very "macro" like.

T: "Bready" roasted malts with a floral hop after taste. Some pepper and cinnamon in there. Some metal tastes and sells became apparent like past reviewers mentioned.

M:Crisp from the carbonation and slight hop bite. Kinda like a seltzer than a nontraditional macro brew.

D: Easy to drink but one is usually enough to get the picture and move onto something else. A bit more expensive than I'd like a macro-like beer to be.

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Photo of cnally
2.81/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The brewery was started in 1710!!! It must be good!

The beer has a dusty, off white head. The pale brown coloring in the beer is clear and unappealing.

The scent has a malty, yeasty, chocolately quality. Oaky, yet sweet.

A full, hoppy taste resounding with sour and bitter flavors is the initial feel. Unbalanced flavors of mild caramel and a woodsy nature. The bitters really come out strong in the aftertaste.

The feel is bubbly and dry. Astringent and overwhelming.

The drink is too pale in color, bubbly and sour. The flavor just doesn't sit right with me at all.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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