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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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Reviews: 792 | Ratings: 2,713
Photo of Vetbidder
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The look of this beer has always been enviting, dark and heady. Scent is of sweet malt with some overripe dark fruit in the back. Flavor is of malt with slight caramel with a lasting slightly sweet malt finish although at the same time watery and crisp with serious carbonation. I agree that this is a beer drinker's beer, you can put them away one after another with ease. One of the best macro beers available.

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Photo of Curt_rowe
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the best generally available beer on the market. Can find it about anywhere, which is why it is my go-to. Looks great in the glass, tastes and smells of beautiful roasted malts and fruit, and are very drinkable. A six pack is nothing to put down. Overall, it's not the best you'll ever have, but it is a GREAT beer.

I have to admit, only reason this one didn't get 4+ from me, is because they changed the label. It was way cooler with the old-style label.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a plummy, root beer colored body. Lace is very generous here and gives off some great skirting and webbing. 70% opaque.

Aromas of prunes, tree sap, and stale roasted malts.

Flavors are quite decent. Liquid fig newtons and oatmeal raisin cookie, kilned malts, and dry barley. Apples, pears. Minimal herbal bitterness but serves a purpose to both sting and balance the beer.

Mouth feel is relaxing, w/ just enough teeter of creaminess and carbonation to make this one a smooth hit.

Overall, Smithwick's is good. I've come to really enjoy sessioning this one over the whole six pack. Just lovely dark notes, fig sweetness, and roast malts. My favorite mass-distributed amber.

Word of advice here : Drink this one out of the glass, it gets rid of the metallic flavors so prominent with the bottle.

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Photo of Trailboss76
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 jtierney2909
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My favorite beer in the mass market. Very drinkable, and I just find it goes easily with many different foods. What I like is that it's not Irish Budweiser. I don't care to pay much attention to color or feel - does it taste good? Smithwick's is a different brew than your average grocery store six pack.

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Photo of ScioRevo
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Guppy314
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow, this is singularly unremarkable and so disappointing (from Guinness). OK, so pours dark amber with some aroma of malt. Fluffy quickly vanishing head. Malt but thin with high carbonation and a watery finish. This is like an entirely forgettable Summer beverage, but that slot is already taken (PBR).

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours - Deep brown color not much head or lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, pretty bready nose, sweet caramel.

Taste - Roasted malts and rye, caramel and grains.

Feel - Medium body well carbonated

Overall - Decent beer not a big fan little too sweet.

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Photo of singletary
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It pours dark cooper color (almost soda color) with a sweet malty smell. It has a sweet malty taste that stays all the way through. Overall a nice Irish ale that was easy to drink and pleasant.

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Photo of Buck89
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper-brown with a thick rocky light tan head. Great retention and nice lacing. The nose was definitely sweet with some fruity notes - apple and cherry - and brown bread. My first taste was thinner than expected from the nose, but more consistent with the low ABV. Bready and spicy, with a hint of cinnamon. I did not get any diacetyl or DMS. Nice clean, dry finish.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
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 rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in that mixture of brown and red. Head diminishes quickly. Aroma hits with earthen dirt, malt, peat type of red malt feels.

Taste was a pedestrian excursion, red malt, almost no hops, still thin. Is the standard reason red ales often have a bad name.

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Photo of AleMan66
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pored this from a bottle into a clear teardrop class. It pours a clear red with a two finger head. It has a very pleasant sweet smell. The taste is nutty and medium bodied. I think it's a really fine beer. I'm a fan.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness. Broad distribution. But Smithwick's borders on bland beer.
What saves this beer from blandness is that it has a solid malty base, or backbone as others call it.
I like the buttery start and the dryness in the finish I suppose a Guinness characteristic. But, they could have done more with this beer.

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Photo of GStone899
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Traditional Irish red ale. This one screams St Patrick's day to me. Don't expect too much from this one but it's a solid beer if u can't find anything craft. I like it more than Guinness which is watery as hell.

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Photo of leaddog
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark copper red with a finger of off white head.

Smell - sweet bready malts and hint of grains. Nothing else.

Taste - Sweet bready and buttery malts upfront. Hint of caramel. The grains come in afterwards to help finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth with the malts lingering.

Overall - An Irish red that won't blow you away. The malts are there but they are just a tad sweet for my liking considering the style.

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

Bought 6-pack Times Supermarket $5.99
Reddish amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Smooth malty, caramel taste
Overall an easy drinking beer at a great price. Would drink a lot more.

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Photo of bwood06
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a Helles Lager glass

A - Moderate pour produces a 2 finger high head that is off white in color with just a bit of a reddish tint to it. Head is thick and foamy and dissipates very slowly. The beer itself is a deep garnet in color and clear. Moderate carbonation is visible with bubbles rising moderately quickly towards the surface. 3.75/5

S - Caramel and toffee come out in the aroma right away with a dark toasted bready malt backing. A very light hint of dark cherries and dates is present along with what seems to be noble hops. Sweet and fruity with a Grape Nut O's base overall for the aroma. 3.5/5

T - Caramel and dark stone fruit (dark cherries and dates) are the initial flavors to hit my tongue but these quickly go away and transition into a Grape Nut O's cereal malt flavor. A bit of dark toasted bread is present as well before transitioning into a bit of woodiness and a peppery spiciness and finally into a noble hop bitterness that lasts ever so shortly before disappearing entirely. 3.5/5

M - Light carbonation burn up front that is fairly brief. Light to medium bodied with moderate drying on the back end. Dryness lingers on the palate after swallowing. 3.25/5

O - Sweet and fruity but also earthy and slightly bitter makes for a well balanced experience. Not entirely flavor forward but this is a sessionable beer that is ideal for pairing with food. Not my favorite Irish Red but it does the job. 3.5/5

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Look (4): A beautiful red ruby amber hue. There's a big massive head that likes to sick to the glass.

Smell (3.25): Has a sweet bready malty aroma. Nice baked toasted sweet bread, but it also has an overripe apple smell, which isn't very good...

Taste (3.5): Toasty bready or sweet cracker taste. Sweet malty and syrupy taste as well. Again though, red apples and maybe a cinnamon spice esk ending.

Mouthfeel (2.75): Light, crisp and easy drinking. It's got a dryness to it.

Overall (3.25): I've never been super fond of red ales, especially ones that are on the sweeter end.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.14/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This premium Irish Red Ale is world-class I believe yet is underrated. It has, admittedly, a mere 4.5% ABV, but has a lot to offer other than a quick, cheap buzz.

Look-It shimmers with brilliant reds, copper, and mahogany in the light and has a bready, foamy, and smooth head of one finger that is a bit persistent. The lacing is thick and layered all the way down.

Smell-The aroma is complex. It has notes of nugget caramel cracker malts and suggestions of grassy noble hops.

Taste-It tastes like Cherrywood up front with a strong malt body and plenty of caramel, cracker, burnt toast, and noble hops. A fine astringency tampered with mild malt sweetness evens it out and makes for a robust and complex flavor. A tinge of oak-wood floats high over notes of grassy hops and buttered bread-based malts. Quite delicious! Definitely on the light side of medium-bodied and no less.

Overall-This is a very refreshing beer with a strong malt body, tampered attributes, rich flavor, and lots to offer. Pour finely chilled and into a worthy glass. Cheers!

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Photo of TheBoldBeerGuy
4.31/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best on tap instead of bottled. Full flavor Irish ale. Sharp without being bitter, the barley rounds out as an amazing stand alone drinker. Brush up on your pub songs, and have a pint.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours, not surprisingly, a deep red in color with a light tan head. Retention is not a strong suit, though, dropping to thin film in under a minute. Decent amount of scattered lacing left behind.
Smell is pretty typical with notes of roasted malts, caramel and some bread.
Taste is somewhat astringent initially but follows with the roasted malt & caramel notes and a hint of vegetable.
Fairly light in body with a bold carbonation profile, too much, I think. Overall, it's all right but nothing to really recommend it either.

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Photo of K_murph
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is one of my go to's if nothing else looks appealing. Its a very drinkable beer, hence my taste rating, but its not stellar. Its a solid choice for an Irish Ale.

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Photo of Mexwald
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smithwick's is a mainstay in any Irish pub or restaurant. It certainly beats Killian's when it comes to red ales and always goes down smooth. On the lower end in ABV, this beer can be enjoyed with a meal and has a very pleasant aftertaste to boot.

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Photo of jancona
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogany with off white foam. Smell of molasses and roasted malt. Flavor follows with hints of caramel and cola. This is not a complicated ale, though is has a nice amber flavor and a good feel which makes it a great session brew.

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