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.

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 dsauter
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of TheHammer
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, almost brown red colour in the body that boasts ample carbonation. Produced a finger and a half of head that managed to retain some soapy islands, and offered minimal lacing.

Smell: Smells of nice caramel malt with smoke and peat notes and a touch of walnuts. That being said, it's not quite strong enough even with warming.

Taste: Starts with a molasses tasting malt whose sweetness is reigned in by peaty notes. Plum and light nuttiness comes forward as the malt asserts itself a bit more with then gets dusted away with some earthy hops that are accented by the nut taste in a bit of an odd but interesting fashion.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation with this beer is well done and very consistent. It leaves a bit of a peaty aftertaste that while mild initially, builds and becomes unpleasant near the end of the beer. Good enough transitioning though.

Drinkability: It's on the heavier end of medium bodies, but I've come to expect that from this style. It's a little dry for my liking, but I wouldn't say it's a struggle to get down.

Final Thoughts: Methinks this beer is supposed to be the benchmark for this style. It's far better then Kilkenny and I'd be interested to see what nitro would do for this one.

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Photo of KimbarkBrewCrew
4/5  rDev +14.9%

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5/5  rDev +43.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of lampshadedude
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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 trioxin
1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of SmithwicksGuy
4.29/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got a four pack of awesome Smithwick's glasses from, so I grabbed a six pack and Im ready to review. Beer always seems to taste better when its in a perfect glass so I might be a little impartial.

Smithwicks has a perfect head when poured correctly with dark red brown body. Nice hoppy ale taste with no aftertaste. All in all goes down smooth and a great pick if you want a little taste of Ireland

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Photo of tbeer40
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of robthepenguin
3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of JimGlonke
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of acevenom
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Pours clear dark reddish copper with an abundant off-white head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. It's a faint smell. It smells of bread and it has that nutty/grassy type of aroma. The flavor is fairly neutral. There are flavors of caramel and it's slightly nutty. There's a slight back end bitterness. The flavor is fairly average. The body is light to medium and it's moderately carbonated. It's fairly easy to drink. Overall, this is a mostly average beer. I purchased this as a single and would not purchase this again as a six pack.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber with a thick white head. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very mild malts.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, light to medium bodied. Taste of mild malts and some nutty notes.

Overall: Always been a fan of Smithwick's. This is a good brew to go to if there is not many options.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
3.48 out of 5 based on 2,743 ratings.
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