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

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smithwick's is a clear beer with a rich ruby color and creamy head. Clean and delicate aroma with different individual notes: from the top fermentation by the Smithwick yeast come aromatic esters creating a fruity aroma. The Aroma Hops added late in the boil contribute clean fresh floral notes. Ale Malt contributes aroma hints of biscuit and caramel.
Refreshing and clean taste with a gentle balance of bitterness from the hops added early in the boil, sweet/malty notes from the ale malt, and hints of roast/coffee from the roasted barley.

Added by Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006

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3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark amber color with a fingers worth of foamy white head. Nice lacing.

Smell- Very faint aroma of bread and malt.

Taste- Bread and malt with some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied. A little watery with a large amount of carbonation.

Overall- It's alright though I've had better.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rosy dark amber pour a nice foamy head. Unfortunately, the 33cl bottle only filled my Guinness glass two-thirds of the way. 3.5

Tinny nose with pronounced toasted malts and wispy Euro hop. Almost as many spot-on aromas as off ones. 3.0

Bitter frontside with some burnt grain and some almost fruity grassy hop. Finishes way too clean. Almost dead. Not much lasting flavor. I can't remember why I used to drink so many of these. 3.0

Ah, this is why... they drink so easily. Persistent carbonation over a medium-light body. 4.0

I've yet to have a super-delicious Irish Red, so I'm comfortable calling this my stand-by. Not my favorite, mind you. Just good and easy-to-find. 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the Auld Irisher in Orange, CA. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin but fluffy khaki head. Clear dark caramel color. very well carbonated. Great lacing.

S- Malty and a bit skunky, rich nutty smells though.

T- Bitter malts and nutty tastes. It would be good if it wasn't so watery.

M- Light bodied, clean finish. Very watery.

O- Wasn't expecting much, but not bad. Like it.

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

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high; I drank more than me fair share of this in the auld country and I know it's good.

Served refrigerator cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as I know it doesn't have carbonation issues.

A: Pours a three finger head of good cream, good thickness, and excellent retention. Colour is a transparent dark copper-amber. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Toasted clean malts, some cream, a tiny amount of hops, and hints of fruit esters - maybe cherry or raspberry. A mild strength aroma.

T: A great toasted malt foundation with really light subtle fruit esters, full bodied clean barley, and great amber hops. Built brilliantly. Complex and subtle enough. Efficient and enjoyable. Pleasant. I really like it. Layered. Fantastic.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness and dryness to coax out the flavours. Suits the flavours extremely well. Perfectly carbonated.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable. I've had this countless times and I'd definitely have it again. Definitely best on draught. I love it, but in fairness it is limited by its complexity and subtlety. Well priced. I'd recommend this to friends. One of the better Irish reds; certainly the best macrobrewed Irish Red I've tried.


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

New in can in BC. Not a bad beer in that it has a pleasant malty note that creates a beer that works well in the style. This is a mass produced beer that actually delivers. Nice finish and nose though not overly complex. Will buy again as long as I can find it in cans.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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