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

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Added by Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006

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Ratings: 2,750 |  Reviews: 804
Photo of Gilly1980
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark brownish red. Crystal clear. Poured into a pint glass, resulting in about an inch of off-white head with moderate lacing.

S- Lots of malt and biscuit. Very rich aroma.

T- Big malt flavor with hints of caramel in the aftertaste.

M- Very middle of the road. Not overly sticky yet not watery.

O- A perennial favorite of mine. Tastes like a more expensive micro brew yet is readily available. Very good session beer.

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Photo of tykees88
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- It's a very dark brown beer with a red tone. The head is creamy and white.

S- Very mild on the nose with some sweet malt characteristics.

T- This has a dry crisp taste balanced with that sweet malt. The hops in this beer leave you with a nice bittering finish.

M- Medium bodied and bread chewy. pretty nice.

O- It's a good beer. Standard run o the mill type brew, but you can't go wrong with it if you were at an irish pub

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.89/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: quarter finger head. Hazy, dark brown with amber hues.

S: not a whole lot on the nose. Maybe some malt.

T: opens with metallic bitterness up front. lots of malt.

M: high carbonation. Medium body. crisp, moist finish.

Overall: A little more bitter than I like. The aroma is non-existent. One of the better regular beers at your standard irish pub.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear reddish brown colour with a slightly tan finger of head sitting on top. The head retention is quite nice.

The aroma is light, toasty and slightly sweet. Nothing exceptional, but still pleasant.

There is some slight sweetness and alcohol up front. Toasty malts come through, and there is some oily hops that come through for a bit of a cutting finish. It's a pretty direct beer with little complexity. It's a bit too carbonated for my taste.

Overall, this is a pretty standard beer. Nothing to write home about, but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Osirus
2.14/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Deep copper. In a curved pint it was a beautiful copper on the bottom and dark hued brown on top which was good. A little lacking on the foam but I did not control the pour. Good Belgian Lace considering the lack of head.

Smell - Caramel, grain, not much hop presence. Simple and leaning heavily towards malt.

Taste - Like the smell, the taste is simple and straightforward. Straight to maltiness with little complexity.

Mouthfeel - A little on the thin side. Carbonation was ok.

Overall - Simple. Middle of the road. Pedestrian but that is sometimes a good thing. There is nothing bad about this beer.

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

abv on can is 5%. looks like the same color scheme and logo as the bottle pictured for this brew so i'm putting it under this beer heading.

hot and humid day poured in an Affligem chalice. looks very much a red ale. orangey/red hue with offwhite head.

very mild aroma. says to serve cold on the can. picking up some sweet malt. grassy notes. nothing special about the aroma.

lots of bitterness which tapers off into some malt sweetness followed by more bitterness on the aftertaste.the aftertaste lingers and lingers.
medium finish.

an absolutely boring and uninspired beverage.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brownish amber color. Provides a nice off-white foam head with moderate retention. There is small amounts of spotty lacing.

S: Small amounts of caramel, white toast, crackers and biscuit malt character. Not overpower but still inviting.

T: Starts off with a rich amount of caramel and biscuit malt flavors. In the middle there is a slight undertone of earthy hops, but the caramel is most predominant. On the back end there is more malt charcter similar to the front end.

M: A nice light bodied beer that leaves a creamy taste on the palate.

O: One of the better Red Ale's I have had. Nothing extremely complex but it is still flavorful.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance is copper red with foamy head that lasts decently and lovingly laces the glass. Malty not bitter just slightly hoppy. A nice clean and clear beer with no aftertaste; one to drink several at a time of.(especially prevalent around March 17th.!)

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Photo of Samp01
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a dark amber brown with a white fluffy head. Aroma and taste light caramel malts some yeast, fruity and grassy notes. Palate is medium body a light fizzy carbonation that dissipates quickly and watery mouthful. The finish is sweet malt, some yeast and grassy notes along with some light hops. Overall an average brew.

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Photo of jayhawk73
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark, with an off white head. Minimal head and lacing. Can't see through this beer at all. Nose is fairly weak. Some yeast, fruit, malt. Not much happening here, and it's fairly one dimensional. Taste is slightly better, with nut and caramel malt added to the nose. Fairly smooth, and very drinkable too. Mouthfeel is smooth, but has a bitter component as well. Fairly thin and dry on the finish. Overall, this is an OK beer, but nothing special going on here. Can't really say I'd get this one again, but it's alright in a pinch. Cheers.

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Photo of lordbrad1
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Nice rich dark-ish amber hue.

Smell - I honestly couldn't smell much. But trying to cram your snout into a pint glass isn't easy when you're as large as I am lol. There were some sweet malty notes to it that stood out.

Taste - To me it tastes a little "metallic" which is something I've noticed in a few amber ales. There's a very mellow hop taste, almost subdued. Nothing really stands out to me.

Mouthfeel - Nice full mouth feel. Not too light, not too heavy.

Overall - I'd never had Smithwick's till tonight. I have to admit I expected a little more. I can't in good conscience call it a bad beer, but I wouldn't call it a great beer either. For an amber ale it's pretty middle of the road, and there's nothing wrong with that. As someone else here said there's a place for beers like this. With its low alcohol content (4.5abv), and overall average drink-ability it would make a good session beer.

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Photo of joshmkelly
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good crisp red. The red color is nice and bright. The mouthfeel is terrific and gives it a terrific drinkablility at an Irish pub that you can't always get in a Guiness. The head is about one inch and has a sweet foamy flavor that belies that rest of the the flavor profile.

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

Clear red copper color with a two finger slightly creamy off white head, small amount of bubbles.

Smell is of lightly roasted malts and some caramel.

Straight forward malts that taste like caramel. Crisp finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium body with a bit of carbonation.

Nothing bad here but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from tap in to 10 oz. nonic shaped Pint glass.

A - Beer was served with a creamy, white colored head; nice and full, one finger in size; body has a dark tan leather color, and semi-opaque clarity; plenty of lacing formed nice rings around the top of the glass

S - Herbal notes of tea, followed up with a nice roasted malt scent; dry grape; fruit and touch of berry scents, like raspberry; smoke scents at the tail end of the beer whiff

T - Roasted malt flavor, coupled with a touch of spice note; yeasty fruit flavor was light, could be a bit more flavorful; airy ester taste

M - Crisp; effervescent; smoke finish; slightly flat at the end; light bitter mouth-feel

D - Could use more flavor; not bad for a traditional style red ale from the UK; it was enjoyable and I could have definitely had a few more

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, deep amber hue with a crystal-clear body and two solid fingers of frothy ivory foam. Very attractive.

Smell: sweetish caramel malt aroma with just a little biscuit thrown in. Relatively mild, but not bad in composition.

Taste: flavor starts dry but finishes sweeter with biscuit and caramel in the malty mix. Hops are not terribly present but there is a light earthiness and a light bitterness. I actually rather like the overall effect.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a very decent carbonation which leaves a pretty frothy and refreshing mouthfeel. I like this as well.

Overall: this is a smooth-drinking, tasty beer. Its light sweetness and bitterness balance each other well, and its low alcohol means it is a good session quaffer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with 1/2" of head. Nice retention. Smells of caramel malt. Taste is caramel malts with a hint of yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp; decent carbonation.

Rather one dimensional, but it's not a bad dimension. This is my go-to St. Patty's day drink.

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Photo of jondeelee
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells grainy and yeasty, with obvious notes of lightly-toasted malts. There's also a slightly stale quality to the aroma, as if beer-soaked bread had been left out overnight.

On the tongue, malts are the most obvious and immediate flavor, coming through in light streams of Grape Nuts cereal-like notes, or lightly-toasted barley. Hints of wheat bread can be found, along with biscuit and light caramels, and perhaps a shade of apricot right at the edge. Hops are a vague shadow in the background, providing only the merest hint of a grapefruit buzz, but still nicely complementing the malts. The aftertaste varies little from the body, and fades off quickly. Carbonation seems a little high to me.

Overall, this is a decent ale, and given its safe, middle-of-the-road approach (which is not a criticism; there *is* a place and purpose for such ales), it's easy to see why so many choose this as their drink of choice. It definitely goes down easy, and could be quaffed in great quantities.

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Photo of smbslt
3.24/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass. 3 finger head, fine, creamy consistent and ample carbonation. Clung in layers to the opposite side of the glass. Great reddish brown color but with an almost unnatural/artificial clarity.

Roasted malt not overly complex or interesting.

Far more interesting than the smell. Mild maltiness fading into the leafy tea notes and finishing a resinous dryness. Takes a bit to pick up on the flavors.

Better than expected. More complex than some of its mass produced qualities would lead a drinker to expect.

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Photo of Hanby
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep reddish brown with three fingers of foamy head, diminishing into nice lace which lingers throughout.

S- Roasted malt.

T- Roasted malt, caramel, and maybe a very slight hint of black tea.

M- Smooth and full.

O- Good brew, but not great. I enjoyed trying it. There simply isn't much that stands out here.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never had this one before despite its near-ubiquity. Pours a brilliant red-amber colour, topped with a puffy, lumpy off-white head. Decent retention; a modest cap lasts for most of the drink and copious quantities of lacing stick to the sides. The smell is pretty subdued; roasted biscuit malts, caramel and some grassiness.

The taste of this stuff isn't overly complex but it's still solidly-made and I definitely like it. Lightly roasted bread and biscuits, a bit of brown sugar. Dries a bit in the finish with some leafy hop bitterness. Roasted malts are probably the dominant flavour but there is a nice balance achieved, it's certainly not especially sweet and the bitterness blends nicely. Thin-to-medium bodied, a little heavier and fuller in the mouth than a macro lager. Very smooth drinking with fairly low carbonation.

I've been meaning to try this for a long time but never got around to it until now. That's unfortunate for me, because this stuff is pretty decent. Nothing fancy, but a perfectly sessionable red ale; I certainly could have picked much worse for my 100th review.

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Photo of GrizzlyBehr
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into pint glass

appearance- a dark red amber color, quickly dissipating head, good glass beer

smell- pretty average smell, hints of dark malts

taste- good a nice malt flavor, slightly roasted, and slightly sweet, good finish

mouthfeel- average, has a light coated feeling

overall- a good irish red very satisfying

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

smells caramely and malty.

amber. clear. long lasting, thick, off white head.

slightly sweet and malty, but im sorry, this beer is pretty much flavor less.

medium- light body and it has a crisp finish that briefly leaves a flavor of corn in the mouth.

i think this beer lacks character, and thats why i did not score it better.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a massive three finger head with patchy lacing - good rention - a dark amber colour with a ruby hue - S - malty, hint of hops, a little bready - T - a dry discuit, a stale malt, some bitter hops - nothing to write home about - decent carbonation and medium body - overall nothing spectacular and not worth seeking out

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Photo of ckollias
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Burnt Sierra (crayola) in color with a thick frothy three-finger white head after a violent pour. Head sticks around for awhile and leaves a gorgeous trail all the way down the glass finally ending in a wispy lace.

S: Faint malty and caramel aroma. Not a lot here. Not a bad aroma just not a lot if it – even after a violent pour.

T: Mild toffee and roasted malt flavor. Similar to the smell not much here in flavor. Smooth ale – would except nothing less from the brewer’s of Guinness. Not a ton of flavor here but an easily drinkable brew.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent Irish red ale. Nothing special – and a little watered down. Nothing I would keep on hand or grab again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a 2 inch off-white head that fades to a puffy small cap. Nice rings of lace form all down the glass on the drink down. Smells of caramel malt and maybe some fruity aromas. There is also a distinct herbal/hoppy smell as well. Taste is of caramel malt, bread, and a bitter herbal/hop finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a smooth and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and my first of this style.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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