Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale | Guinness Ltd.

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish AleSmithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale
2,760 Ratings
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 woemad
3.14/5  rDev -9%
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%
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 +18.3%
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%
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 -24.3%
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 +2.9%
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 -7.8%
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 -29.9%
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 -9.3%
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 +7.5%
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 -7.8%
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 +5.2%
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 -15.1%
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 +2.3%
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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Photo of Frothboss
2.61/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown bronze color with bone white froth on top. Smells like light malts, tastes light with lots o bubbles. Slightly bitter but doesnt taste like its from hops. Not to impressed with this one but better than killians irish red. Tastes kind of flat but theres plenty of carbonation... Puzzling?

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Photo of ehammond1
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Patrick's Irish Pub
Poway, CA

A good enough looking beer. A deep rich mahogany color with a thin white head that doesn't stick around for long at all. This beer leaves nice and regular lacing down the glass.

I struggle to find much in the nose except simple bready malts and a slight hint of fruity sweetness.

A mild fruity taste with dominant bready, toasty and caramel malts. Pleasant enough but unexciting.

Thin and watery mouthfeel. Not much heft to this beer.

A sessionable and serviceable red ale, appropriate for an Irish pub setting if Guinness isn't what you want.

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Photo of brunrn1
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the closest beer i have had that is similar to guiness. Dont get me wrong guiness is in a realm all its own. But smithwicks taste is very close. I have had this also on tap and its just as good. This beer is best served ice cold, but then again what beer isnt>?

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Photo of Matt1516
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a stein. Brew date: November 15, 2010.

Fluffy white head on an amber coloured brew that dissipates in under a minute. Nice lacing on the glass. Smells sweet and of hay.

Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly crisp with the medium carbonation. Tastes of malts with some sourness. A little chalky with a bitter dry finish. Nicely hopped.

Very drinkable

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown reddish pour with a 1 finger head of foam. Good head retention and lacing.

Some caramel malt sweetness and fruitiness in the smell. Pretty nice aroma.

The taste has the same as the smell..though not as forceful. Some toasted malt comes through and a bit of nut which is nice but this smells better than it tastes. Still, it's decent.

Medium bodied for the most part though it does become watery at times, the carbonation is brisk and has a decent overall mouth feel; drinkability isn't a problem because of the low abv. This is worth picking up from time to time.

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Photo of JMad
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was a very dark amber with a thick, creamy, off-white, rocky head.

Smells mostly of toasted caramel malt with nutty undertones, some earthy hops and something else, maybe peat.

I could taste a roasted flavor, it's slightly bitter with a very bland, bready, nutty flavor.

It's light - medium and extra smooth with soft carbonation.

This beer is pretty plain but I could have a good drinking session with it some day

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours dark reddish clear brown with a medium coarse off-white head.

Smells lightly toasted with some sweet malt grain notes.

Taste is a bit weak, similar toasted notes and mostly sweeter dark malts like brown sugar.

Mouth is moderate to thin with mild carbonation throughout.

Fairly decent for what it is, an easy going sessionable ale that would go well with rich flavorful foods. Not fantastic though.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From the brewers of Guiness.

Pours brown/black with a thick, firm and pillowy off white head. Nice looking and inviting.

Nose is lightly sweet, lightly burned black coffee with a plum character. Better than it sounds.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with no character or appeal. Feels like a light coffee flavored water in your mouth.

Flavors follow. Light, weak and watered. Like a weak cup of coffee to which one added light carbonation and some water.

No reason to drink this one, unless one needs to hydrate and there no water in sight.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Usually on tap poured into pint glass. Pours a clear dark amber-red with a dense white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Great lacing a matter of fact. Toasty, nutty, light earth, and light coffee aroma. Decent malty flavor with lightly toasted grain, light roast, and a lightly earthy bitter finish. starts with just a very light sweetness and ends dry with he roast and hops cleaning up. Medium bodied and creamy textured. Very sessionable if a bit industrial and processed.

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Photo of sugarmuffin88
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has a nice color to it for a red ale. There wasn't much head after pouring, which was very pleasant. The aroma had a roasted smell to it that reminds you of a coffee house, as well as a caramel-like smell.Definitely a dry beer.I like to look at it like wine and think of what to pair it up with as far as food is concerned. It think it would taste fabulous with grilled or pan-seared chicken. It leaves a nutty flavor on the palate. I would appreciate this beer in a casual setting so that I could drink it slow and appreciate all its flavors. This may not be my beer of choice but I would absolutely drink it again!

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark amber with brilliant clarity. A 1.5 finger eggshell head that sinks slowly. Descent lacing.

S - Doughy bread, sweet toffee malts-lightly toasted.

T - Dry grain mixes with a semi muted caramel malt background. Some fruity notes come out as it sits and has bread dough around the edges. Some faint tannins in the finish.

M - Creamy and dry.

This a good all around kick back beer. Dryer than the nose lets on. Easy drinking.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 2,760 ratings
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