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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Photo of G2Brew
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, poured into a pint glass at about 50 degrees. There was some sort of code printed on the bottom of the back label, but if it was a "best by" date, I couldn't decipher it.

A - Brown with some redness, pretty dark with good clarity. Two solid fingers of tan head that lasts a long time, and has very good lacing. Nice appearance.

S - Not much of anything, but there is some caramel and malty grain. Some light roasted grain notes. The hops are AWOL.

T - Picks up the aromas in the taste, but there's a bit more of it in the flavor. It also has some nuttiness, and the roasted grain comes out a bit more. The roasted barley kicks in more in the aftertaste. Not getting much sense of the hops here, although it has good balance. It's a good Irish red flavor profile.

M - Thin and watery. Carbonation was medium to low. The too-light mouthfeel doesn't match the expectation from the color and flavor.

D - Slightly above mediocre. Worth drinking, but nothing terribly special. It's OK as a change of pace.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a few on tap at Finnegan's Wake in Philly last night and thought I'd give it a review since 5 on tap is the most Smithwick's I've drank in one day.

a: came in guinness pint glasses, reddish-brown in color, rather nice looking foamy head.

s: the aroma is more subdued than other reds, smells to me almost more of a brown ale with a slight nutty burnt scent with lost of sweet malt.

t: about as much going on as with the smell, nothing spectacular but the taste is definitely enjoyable. I'll take it over most offerings at a popular bar.

m/o: again, nothing spectacular happening. a little on the creamier side, doesn't really bite at all, making it really drinkable. Obviously I enjoyed this enough to keep drinking it, even though a Sam Seasonal was looking at me all night, I stuck to the Smithwick's.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An "old stand-by" long overdue for a formal rating... Travelled to Kilkenny many moons ago to make a pilgrimage to the home of the eponymous Guinness cream ale, and was pleasantly delighted by the historical old town and even more so after my first introduction to Smithwick's. It travels well and tastes the same (to my nonprofessional taste buds) in North America - in both bottle, can and draught glass. A delightful surprise, wherever it's found.

Beautiful amber colour, clear but dark enough to be almost opaque. Subtle aroma of malt and caramel, followed by a complex and well balanced taste, and a clean but satisfying finish. Overall a delightful "session ale"!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap, into shaker glass.

appears a reddish-brown mahogany color, with thin white head, that fades. aroma is sweet malt, bready.

taste is similar. mellow slightly sweet, buttery. no hops detected. medium body and carbonation, about on par for the style. pretty easy to drink.

not a bad option for a mass produced beer, and a good option at bars without better craft options.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear reddish-brown, one finger eggshell head holds on, some lacing.
S- Really had to dig deep to get much of anything. Caramel, a touch of sweetness is about all I could get.
T- Caramel and grain, not too sweet. I also pick up just the slightest milk chocolate flavor.
M- Thinnish body, ample carbonation.
O- It must be my tastes changing but this was nowhere as good as I remember it being. Easy to drink, but there's nothing that exciting about it.

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

A: Pours a amber-red color with a small head that dissipates to a fine lacing fairly quickly. The beer itself is pretty clear, letting you see the bubbles rising up from the bottom.

S: There's a lot of maltiness here, some nutiness and a little bit of sweetness. Other than that, not a whole lot going on.

T: Much like the smell, there's some maltiness, nutiness and a hint of sweetness. Pretty 'plain' flavored.

M: Has a decent mouthfeel, certainly has a little bit of carbonation, enough to suit the rest of the flavor well.

D: Decently drinkable, certainly not a drain-pour but also not particularly memorable.

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

I found this beer to be average. Just average. I picked it up because I'd honestly never heard of it before and I thought it would be a good accompaniment to a St. Patrick's Day gathering. I suppose it was if you wanted the focus to be on the food and not the beer.

We did have fun pronouncing it properly. Smith'ick's. At least that's how I was reliably informed by resident Irishers.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at the dublin house in red bank

Pours a dark auburn color with some mahogany and red hues. A thicker beige head retains well, leaving thick rings of lacing on the glass while drinking.

Scents of breaded, doughy malt with slightly sweet caramel. A faint hop profile with that atypical macro tinge.

Doughy malt and caramel sweetness. Soft hoppiness balances out the malts. Perhaps a light note of dark fruit?

Decent medium body and carbonation, a bit creamy and smooth on the tongue. You know, this really isn't THAT bad, especially compared to other macro offerings at bars like this. I wouldn't go out and buy it, but I'd drink one if there wasn't many craft options.

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Photo of richkrull
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one yesterday at Paddy Coughlan's Pub in Fort Atkinson, WI.

Poured a darker amber brown color with just a bit of head. Not a whole lot of aroma to it, just some malt coming through. Taste was not too bad, sweet, nutty, slightly bitter. Relatively light bodied beer. Pretty decent overall.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack of this for St. Patty's Day. Cheers! 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Review taken from shorthand text message notes to self.

Appearance: The brew poured a clear and transparent - but very dark - amber with hints of brown in there. A vigorous pour produced a rocky ivory-colored head of about 3 fingers. Some visible carbonation floats, and as the beer is consumed, strings and rings of lacing drag the glass. Very nice looking beer, I'm really enjoying the color of it.

Smell: Just okay. There are some caramel scents from the malt as well as some earthy hops and just a touch of roasted nuttiness. There's a slightly weird metallic funk lingering in the background, homage to the mass-produced nature of this brew. Not bad overall, smell is rather faint.

Taste: Hey, this isn't bad. Not bad at all. Some sweet and sugary caramel malt flavors hit the front of the tongue and follow with just a small bite of earthy, sort of dirty-tasting hops. The brew rounds out with a touch of smokiness and nut character. A very balanced and drinkable beer. Not quite sessionable, but refreshing. Would definitely drink again, but there are some undesirable metallic notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth on the palate, medium body with fairly low carbonation. Finishes slightly dry on the tongue and coats the mouth with the flavors in the finish. High drinkability due to its simple balanced nature and decent flavors.

Not a bad beer overall. It's not something I would chase after regularly, but it's a solid Irish beer and is very drinkable. The low ABV makes it ideal for longer drinking sessions. Worth a try if nothing else.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack of this for St. Patty's day at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in spring 2011.

Pours a darker brown color with a fairly thick, off-white head on it. The scent of malt is very evident here. Has a smooth mellow taste to it. Is very nicely blended so not too much of one item sticks out. I got a small cocoa/coffee hint from it. Nothing out of this world, but a very well made and drinkable Irish beer to enjoy on St. Patty's day or any other day!

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Photo of woemad
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at a local grocery store for $1.34.

Poured a dark brown that takes on a decidedly more rubyesqe shade when held up to the light. Big, creamy wihte head and lots of lace.

Not much going on at the olfactory. Smells like a brown ale with the more brown sugary elements removed. There's a vague, nutty roastiness, and that's about it.

One dimensional in the flavor as well. Vaguely sweet, nutty malt notes are all that is present.

Medium bodied, with a slightly slick mouthfeel.

Blandly drinkable is the best thing you can say about this beer. Oh, it actually looked pretty good, but that doesn't mean jack once you've tasted it. I won't bother with this again.

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Photo of jgreenearrow
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an amber brown color with a fluffy 1/2" head. Some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet molasses and earthy malt notes in the nose.

T: The sip begins with sweet molasses and honey flavors. The middle to end of the sip is where the flavors of this beer fall apart. Some bitter almost metallic flavors enter in the middle followed by a bitter and dry end. The taste starts well but ends up being very unbalanced.

M: The mouthfeel is okay, well carbonated and somewhat thin.

Overall, this is an average beer. The flavors of the beer leave something to be desired, but not a bad Irish beer to drink on St. Patty's day.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a deep, amber-red color that is crystal clear. There is a huge, chunky off-white head that has reasonably big bubbles and remains for quite some time. Semi-sweet caramel and nutty smells on the beer. Super sweet and tangy malts on the tongue when you first taste the beer. There is a very subtle underlying hops bitterness that creeps up on the end of the flavors. It helps greatly to balance all the sweetness. Also, there is a roasted quality that reveals itself after the beer has had some time to warm in the glass a bit. There is a crisp and slightly sour bite to the finish, with a subtle caramel aftertaste. Tasty beer.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't poor much of a head. It is dark brown in color. Somewhat see through, but not much. It looks very interesting. I smell some malty sweetness on the nose. Maybe some apple cents as well. Other fruits are possibly here also. Other than that there isn't much to speak of on the nose, pretty weak. Oh man, kinda disappointing on the taste. It tastes like an irish beer for sure, but not nearly as full as say a Guinness. It has a very nice crispness to it, but it just doesn't have that umph that some other irish beers have. Not much hops in the flavor, it's really all just malts, like I expected. Mouthfeel is ok, but like I said, not much umph. Drinkability is very high, but that's to be expected with an irish beer. Overall it's a decent and somewhat unique irish beer, but not as good as some other irish beers.

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Photo of dmfrench
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dirty, shitty, smoky, fun!

A: Dingy, dirty yet clear copper body with a somewhat persistent three finger (I overpoured) frothy off-white head.

S: Slightly smoky dirty biscuit malt, light earthy dirty hops, and dirty adjunct. Not much aroma at all out of the fridge, but more as the beer warmed.

T: Very similar to the nose. Slightly smoky and dry biscuit malt, dirty earthy hops. Adjunct dry finish. On the bright side, it is a fairly flavorful beer, though the flavors are hit and miss.

M: On the watery side, but there's enough grainy texture to hold on to that it's not a total loss.

O: Shitty, but not without its charm.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a red colored body with a thick white head that has very good retention, really nice lacing and moderate carbonation.
S. The smell is some faint grassy and grainy aromas. A slight maltiness to the nose, nothing that really stands out here.
T. I get a sweet maltiness at first followed by some bread, some grains, slight hint of hops in the back and a little bit of a tea taste near the end. It has a sweet aftertaste that leaves a bread, caramel and slight tea taste.
M/D. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but leaves the mouth with a dry feel and having a light bodied feel makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of ProfessorD
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear rich dark amber brown with 2 1/2 finger off-white head the dissipates fairly quickly but holds to end. Good lacing

S - light, nothing jumps out but enough to say "drink me"

T - well balanced

M - smooth, light-medium bodied, more carbonation than I like - a bit seltzer like to me

D - in right setting Yes , but would likely try something different in round 2

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Photo of raszputini
2.42/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle. Pours amber with a very foamy white head. It kind of smells like a pilsner. Very light notes of caramel and malt, hops are very understated, almost non-existent. This ale is very easy to drink, but there's just not much to get excited about. Boring.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark red with a thick, long lasting, off-white head and much lacing. Aroma is of caramel, ripe fruit and grassy hops. Light-medium, crisp body. Flavors are some caramel malt and earthy hops. Short, watery finish. This brew tastes like a macro on steroids.

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Photo of Tackledorange
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it poured a dark brown with ruby highlights and a 2 and half finger head that died down pretty fast but hung around until the end. it smells fairly light a little roasted malt and some nuttyness and a little bit of grain. the taste is very similar to the smell but more pronounced roasted/burnt malt taste and a little bready that coats the entire mouth. this is a very drinkable ale not too complex but not too light on flavour which is a good thing.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I had a Smithwick's on tap last night. Not quite as good on tap (in a plastic cup mind you) as the bottle I remembered from a year or 2 ago (or maybe my palet changed).

The taste seemed somewhat lacking in flavor and it left a very dry aftertaste.

It is somewhat watery as well.

Its an easy beer to drink but I don't like the way it makes me thirsty afer drinking it.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served to me in a cheap plastic cup, but I stole a pint glass off the bar and poured it into that.

A - Very dark brown with about an inch of head that held pretty well for a few sips. Clear.

S - Roasty grains and barley. Maybe a faint nutty smell.

T - Very similar to the smell, maybe a bit more burnt than roasty tasting. Definitely some bready and nutty tastes.

M - Medium body, smooth but slightly carbonated.

D - I have this beer quite often, and I go up and down on it. It is much better out of the bottle than off tap IMO. A well crafted beer for the most part.

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Photo of Retsinis
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is based on a bottle I recently had. However, I must point out that I had this beer fresh and on draft in Kilkenny, (and few other Pubs around Ireland in 2010) where the 300 hundred year old brewery is, and it does not travel well. Being a 4.5% beer, the fresher the better. Not that it is some how a mindblowing beer either way, just a lot more enjoyable being only a few weeks old, then a 6-9 month old (or older) bottle here in the states. This bottle had a July 18 2010 date, and I'm not sure if that was the brew date, or the expiration date.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass.

The beer pours a two inch frothy head, that took about 2 minutes to settle down to about a quarter inch of head that settled on top with some sticking on the glass that lasted througout. The beer is a clear copper amber color.

The smell is of mineral water, very light caramel, and tinge of hops.

The flavor is of light caramel, some sweet malt, and a slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light, carbonated, and a bit sticky.

Overall, this is a simple, light session ale.

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Photo of zrab11
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark reddish brow..with off white head and some lacing

S-Smells of malty grain with some roasted notes

T-Toasted malts come through with a brownsugar finish

M-light boddied with average carbonation

D-Pretty decent..alittle watered down but the roasted malts that come through make this a decent beer.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
3.48 out of 5 based on 2,746 ratings.
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