Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish AleSmithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale
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:
2,739
Reviews:
799
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.94%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
508
For Trade:
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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of 57md
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours brown with an orange hue. Half finger of head that dissipates rather quickly. The nose is bready. The flavor profile is malty, but pretty light.

Basically, nothing really stands out about this offering. It is drinkable and sessionable. Certainly, it is far preferable to the light yellow corn and rice slop that some people call beer. But that's the best I can do for a compliment.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Jason_Quad
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Dizzy242
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of Hex
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Before I begin, take note the the only "Irish Red" style beer I can ever remember having before this one is Killians... This completely outclassed it.

A- after being poured there is a fairly large, thick head that looks similar to shaving cream foam in texture; beige in color. It doesn't stick around to long but the last and thinest layer of foam sits at the top of the beer for the entire remaining contents. Very pleased... Not to mention its unparalleled lacings. The beer is a beautiful dark amber, almost mahogany color. Reminds me of the fossilized tree-sap cane from the Jurasic Park movie.

S- the aroma isn't too exciting. There is some deep malts and nuts. If you could imagine a trail-mix milk shake, this is what it might smell like.

T- And we have an interesting trail mix, with lots of mild tasting dark malts and a light nuttiness. A slight floral hop follows the nutty taste. Although its smell forcasts its flavor it has much more to offer the palate and taste buds.

M- goes down with the perfect, appropriate amount of carbonation. Though creamy, it has a medium-light body. Keeps the bottem of the bottle up.

O- I feel that me and this beer will get along during several occations. Dinner, parties, cook-outs, family get-togethers, chill time with your homies, etc... This could shamelessly be somebody's favorite beer. It may be becoming mine...

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Village Pourhouse in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer with an even thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed (it practically coated the entire inside of the glass).

S: Moderate aromas of roasted/toasted malts and some caramel malt sweetness. There is a very light smell of nuttiness and peat notes.

T: Moderate flavors of molasses and caramel malt sweetness with some light notes of nuts. There is a light amount of peat smokiness and light earthy hop notes. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness with this beer that lingers in a non-aggressive fashion.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy.

O: Relatively easy to drink but not one of my favorite beers - I think this one might be a little more enjoyable on nitro than it is on tap. This is just on the border of being sessionable - might be just a hint too bitter.

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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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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4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
3.48 out of 5 based on 2,739 ratings.
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