Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,120
Reviews:
844
Ratings:
2,975
pDev:
15.03%
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Photo of jkrug5
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of anthony-s
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyLord
4.45/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cmoore32
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of msscott1973
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foxman27
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plumberman63
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

ok beer.....................................................................................................................................................

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Photo of redjellydonut
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Purchased at Trader Joe's in Austin, 3/10/18. Poured in tulip to get a good look at it. Quickly dissipating creamy head. The principal charactistic is sourness, not bitterness. The maltiness is there as an afterthought. It has a sharp, heavy carbonation bite. The finish carries the hops, but there's also an unpleasant acidic burn. I suspect this particular batch may have encountered some especially damaging treatment in route. If this is the profile Smithwicks intended it's not a very good product.

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Photo of mpolewan
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FadetoBock
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nass
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's not as hoppy as the American amber ales that I have tried which is sort of a good thing because it is easy to drink, but I am still not impressed with this beer style no matter which country is making them. It's okay & worth a try if you have not had some already. Cheers! C (75-79) score range

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Photo of JarMills
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spectru
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep bronze color with a frothy cream colored head with good retention; The aroma is mild and pleasant; Pleasant carbonated mouth feel; Flavor is not bad, but disappointing. Unfortunately this beer looks a let better than it tastes.

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Photo of DoctorRobert1969
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hawaiipa
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of la_nomade
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(11.2 oz bottle, L7114GD003, purchased cold as part of 6 pack... poured into a nonic)

L: puts up inch-tall pillowy head atop a crystal-clear, reddish-tawny liquid... foam collapses to relatively steady cap, which later clefts in spots; some thin, spotty lace does stick

S: mildly perfumy, mildly fruity esters sporting roasted flourishes above a moderately-bold caramel maltiness... the initial general smell reminds me of a half-strength Scotch ale... nothing notable or unique, but its overall aroma intensity is relatively potent

T: while the aromas vaguely mimic a Scotch ale hide, the taste proves it to be a different animal, as roasted and toasted biscuity grain stands out strong; little rich underlying or residual sweetness; superficial, almost weak bitterness... finish is rather dry, with a hint of brown bread that slowly builds in the aftertaste... overall, the taste has a firm foundation but doesn't pop, has little depth/length

F: smooth, light, foamy... lean body, not quite thin; little roundness, minimal viscosity... the alcohol (and perhaps subtle acidic roast) leaves a mellow warmth at the back of the palate... seems pretty easy to session, seems like it would be nice lift accompanying greasy food

O: bought this for purpose of celebrating anniversary of Phil Lynott's death (4 Jan), listened to some Thin Lizzy while drinking a couple glasses - Phil apparently much preferred this to Guinness... not bad for what it is, would grab some again if circumstances directed me to do so - 4 Jan might be the only time I would purposely seek it out

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Photo of SirFolmarv
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ryanm3850
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oletimer4IPA
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Beer at an excellent price.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kuhndog
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2 fluid ounce bottle into glass. Bottling date is stamped as 'L7212GD005 13:43'.
Clear brown body, with more red when presented to light. Three finger head, settles to off white cap. Webs of lacing.
Caramel and roasted malt aroma.
Taste is more assertive than is the aroma, with lightly roasted malt, caramel malt, floral hops. Has a underlying mineral taste.
Medium mouth feel.
Very much of a pub beer, that can be called on to be multiple beers for the evening. Calls for music and group singing.

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Photo of Tarpon_Jerry
4.71/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 2,975 ratings