Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A frothy two-finger head takes its time settiling down into the pint glass. It leaves behind some spotty lace. Totally dark amber, typical red color. Pretty solid covering and good lacing as I drink this beer down.

Smells are simple: sweet crackers, malts, and that rising-bread smell. The taste has got that distinct English “pub” character – my idea of that being smooth, somewhat creamy, with a bit of a dry finish. A bit of rye-like flavor distinguishes this beer. Mouth has, like most good beers, a balancing amount of carbonation with viscosity. But the alcohol comes through a bit even though the ABV is relatively low.

This is a beer I’d be to drink any day. In fact, knocking back a few pints of this with my bros at the bowling alley or the local dive while shooting some darts sounds ideal.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Aggressive pour yields a finger and a half of light tan, fluffy head. The head has decent retention and leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S: smell is malty sweet with a fair amount of roasted aromas, including some caramel, burnt sugar and a dark raisin fruitiness. A good smelling beer.

T: Taste is a little disappointing after the smell. The flavor has a lot more of a cereal grain taste and much less of a roasty flavor than I was expecting. The roasty flavor is still there, just hidden behind the grains. There is a caramel sweetness and a nice dry finish.

M: This is one of the few cases where the mouthfeel actual detracts from the beer. The beer is overly carbonated for my taste, getting in the way of the flavors.

O: Not a bad beer, quite good. There are some nice roasty flavors, a well balanced sweetness. Not worth seeking out, but it's bound to be a crowd pleaser and you can get it anywhere.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was served in a pint glass.

A - Amber/Light Brown color and almost perfectly clear. A nice 2 finger white head with great retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is that of sweet malt character. Some bread and biscuit tones as well.

T/M - The beer starts with the sweet malt character and develops into a well balanced beer with nice toasted malt to even out the sweetness, mild hop bitterness. The beer finishes very smooth and creamy. Good carbonation and light to medium bodied.

D - Extremely.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 02-28-2011 14:29:04

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