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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

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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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 Sconnie25
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I purchased a bottle of this from a Trader Joe's in St. Paul, MN. Smithwick's pours a dark red hue with a moderate head that never dissipates. The scent is mostly malt and some grains. The taste is malty and grainy while remaining crisp and clean. This was a very enjoyable beer.

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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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Photo of maedhros09
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent red ale. A nice toasty maltiness - not a whole lot else - but very drinkable overall. A little over carbonated than I prefer. At a an Irish pub I would much rather have this than a guinness.

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Photo of Premo88
4.34/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into mug

L: red ... clear ... solid 3/4- to almost a full inch head of off-white/beige foam that is super sticky; keeps a half a skin and a nice thick collar; very little lacing but the pour and brew itself are lovely

S: sweet malt, dusty, toasted malt, very sweet toasted grain; slightly lour grain but just slight

T: malty sweet with a small earthy hop bite and a pinch of oak-wood flavor, not overly charred or burnt ... everything is mellow but there, especially the almost buttery malt sweetness; the malt tastes toasted at times, but not as toasted as it smells

F: fantastic ... perfect for my Americanized carbonation-loving planet ... crisp as a good lager with just enough ale heft for a perfect quaff

O: love it ... there's nothing here that's going to blow you over, but the blend of toasted malt sweetness with a bit of earthy hop character and some oak-wood flavor is a fantastic combination, and at 4.5% ABV, it's close to being a true session beer. i'll be mixing this in to my regular rotation often. a perfect drinker.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark brown color with a strong amount of subtle activity. Creamy light brown 2 finger sparkling head, lasting around 15 to 20 minutes, with some strong legs.

Aroma of faint ginger bread. Flavors of caramel, faint molasses, a little spicy and syrupy. Bready and highly sugary, but still with a nice sharpness.

Slick smooth light to medium body with a nice carbonation intensity. Light to medium strength finish with a perfectly spiced feel and a hint of peppercorn and ginger.

Overall a very good quality craft having delicious flavors and great freshness. Well balanced and intensified. Would drink this all day long.

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Photo of AdmiralBaltimore_29
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't really thrilled with the quality of this beer. It tasted like I was drinking coffee. Irish beers to me are kinda disappointing. This was no exception to the rule. The look and smell was good, but in the end, it had an aftertaste I was not really fond of.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
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 rjd722
3.31/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Harp and Fiddle in Bethesda. Nice deep red color and one-finger foam that dissipated quickly. Smells almost more like a lager than what you'd expect from a red. Smooth feeling initially but leaves a slightly astringent aftertaste. Not a bad macro red.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pint draft at McSwiggans in Galway with lunch of chicken tenders and fries. Not much going on in the flavor department but worked for me at the time because it tastes OK and has a low ABV. Would drink again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of TDotScott
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a wine glass.

L- Dark amber, with a white head that quits after a few minutes. Very clear.

S- Buttered toast, with some caramel. Not too complex, or strong.

T- more Buttered toast.

F- low carbonation, with a good dry finish

O- the progenitor of the style. There are better Irish reds, but there are worse ones too

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Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle. 4.5% ABV.

Appearance: Dark red-brown color with a creamy and durable tan head that leaves the glass partly coated with foam.

Aroma: earthy hops; light spiciness and faint off-notes.

Taste: nearly as hoppy as malty; mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Dark reddish brown, small foamy head. Carbonation viable

Smell: Sweet malty smell with a hint of bitterness and hops

Taste: Nice simple malty taste, a very small hint of hops.

Feel: smooth nothing of note

Overall: Simple enjoyable beer

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

This is a good example of an Irish Red Ale, I found the flavor to be rich and full of malt and some fruit. It also has a nice copper color. I would drink this again.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dull, clear copper or bronze with off-white medium-retention, somewhat rocky head. In the bottle, nose is pure bread. In the glass, more bread, some toast, but strong caramel predominates, accompanied by the faintest citrusy or herbal hops. Mostly toasty malts, a little crackery and a little tart, and caramel to the taste, much smaller black pepper, dark fruit, and licorice notes in the back, easily lost after your palate's been desensitized and giving way to a modicum of what can only be described as lemon, likely a combination of flavors. All this followed by just detectable — not even bitter, really — herbal hops in the finish. Gentle bitterness and caramel in the aftertaste. Medium, fine carbonation, bit of a creamy feel in this lighter end of medium-bodied brew. Only mild astringency, and no warming to speak of.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.19/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Caramel and toffee in the aroma. Brown sugar as well as dark fruits. Minerally, somewhat cola like. Some clove, cream soda. No hop character.

Pours amber with some ruby highlights. Off-white/light tan head. Good retention, decent lacing.

Toffee, brown sugar, molasses upfront finishing with biscuits and toast. A hint of coffee. Some dark fruits. No hop flavor. Mineral character is present. Nice and dry.

Medium low carbonation with medium light body. Somewhat chalky mouthfeel.

Quite nice. Better than I remember, but I could just be more accepting of the style now.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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