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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,738
Reviews:
799
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.94%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
508
For Trade:
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Photo of Turbo
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jbehlar
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjrider
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McClinton
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle into pint glass.

Look: medium red-brown with impressive head retention. Fluffy, off-white head sticks around for a while and then fades to a thick layer of lace.

Smell: Bready, somewhat toasted malt. Maybe an earthy undertone, but mostly grain in the aroma.

Taste: Slightly sweet, toasted malt up front and in the middle. Fades to a gentle, earthy bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't call the bitterness "tea-like," as the style description says, but it's pleasant and balances the sweetness well.

Feel: Tightly carbonated. The finishing bitterness lingers, but not in an overpowering way. Slightly drying finish.

Overall: It's a solid interpretation of an Irish Red. Duh. It's not amazing, never-forget-it beer, but it's serviceable. And the Irish Red isn't meant to be a particularly bold style anyway. It's a session beer.

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Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puftdank
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBobber
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice garnet color with a a half finger of tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Wife says it is more ruby colored.

Main smell I pick up is roasted malt.

Main taste I pick up is roasted malt.

Mouth is fairly light with a drying finish. The finish is so dry my mind automatically connects with taking another sip. Clever ploy and well played Smithwick's.

This is really a fairly simple beer that comes across as really refreshing. The taste of the beer is very good and the mouth feel makes it highly drinkable. With a 4.5% ABV this makes for a great pub beer. Pair this with some loaded potato skins or wings and some good friends and the party is on!

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Photo of VAbrookiechaser
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MHJeff06
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JacobusFavier23
2.72/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

L-Dark, dark amber, one finger bubbly head. Looks like an English tea.
S-Slight caramel, slight malt, slight bitterness. Slight bready and roasted aroma.
T-Underwhelming to me. But so was the nose. Watered down, with slight barley/hop bitterness at the end.
F-Smooth, low carbonation.
O-Refreshing, yet disposable beer that doesn't bring much to the table.

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Photo of soulchopper
4.48/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I like this ale so much that I quit smoking cigs and bought a kegerator . I love the creamy frothy head. If you arent into hoppines as much as some , then this would be a great choice. I have trouble making a keg last 2 weeks !mmm-mmm-mm! A fresh keg I run 10 psi for a day then i back off to 6 -8 psi
If you dont know, beer from a bottle and draft beer beer is a different experience.
once you have your keg settings met for smithwicks it really brings out a nice subtle flavor that is nice for those who aren`t into extra - hoppy.

just remember 1 thing: be careful how strongly you dislike someone`s favorite ale. lol
.HELLO MY BEER IS SMITHWICK`S

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Photo of Dave2234
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of merlinsbeard
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roskoe
1.08/5  rDev -69%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Mix some keystone and bud light and you'll have basically the same thing quite a lot cheaper. Banana esters in your face, not even a hint of the roast barley they claim to use. This is as much an Irish red as... Well look it is t in any respect. All in all, it's such an outrageous lie in a bottle, it's surprising it doesn't rot on the shelves.

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

Photo of cbaz
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nater919
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Nolster
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeckHardy
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a nitro can into a nonic pint glass. Purchased from a local off license.
This Irish ale pours a deep copper colour with a two finger stark white head. Good retention and decent lacing.
The aroma was typical for the style, bready and freshly baked biscuits.
The taste was smooth with slight hops at the end. The mouth feel is creamy and the finish crisp.
Over all a decent beer albeit a little pricey for the four pack. I would give this Irish ale a B.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bbtkd
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smithwick's Premium Irish Ale, 4.5% ABV, 20 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and real dark brown, almost black, with a one finger white head that left decent lacing. Malty nose, taste is a sweet and malty. Excellent mouthfeel, and overall excellent.

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