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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

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Added by Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006

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Ratings: 2,783 |  Reviews: 811
Photo of zuggy9
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful Irish ale, it pours a dark amber with a fine white head. It tends to have a pleasantly sharp taste with sweet malt qualities. It is very smooth and full bodied. It's a family favorite and is a great ale to accompany a good meal, snack time or a movie at home.

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly dark amber color with a head that poured large and settled nicely.
S: Slightly disappointed as the first scent that came to mind was rusty metal. Slight caramel and orange scents also.
T: Good deep taste that far differs from the smell of the beer. Slight hints of caramel and chocolate with spicy aftertaste.
MF: Sits light in the mouth and goes down easy. Has a creamy feel in the mouth ( not as creamy as a porter or stout, but nice for an ale)
D: I could drink a few of these before I would have to switch to a nice stout.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried a Smitty's tonight at a fine Irish pub. A nice, dark red ale with a good, white head that retained throughout the beer, lacing galore. Smelled a little malty and toasted. Tasted very toasted; reminded me of a stout. Nice mouthfeel; thick enough where you know you're drinking a good ale. Very drinkable all the way around; recommended.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served into a Guinness pub glass from a 12oz.long neck brown bottle with crimped-on cap.

Meduim copper/red clear.Creamy,rocky white head 2'' thick with good retention, chunks of lace clinging down the sides of the glass.

A nice malty nose, roasty/carmelly with a smoked peat aroma.Clean,with a pleasing earthy quality.

Complex malty tastes of chocolate/caramell/roasty with a slight burnt taste. Clean,sharp finish with an earty bitterness and sweet caramell,slightly tart with a lingering sweetness.

Light to medium mouthfeel.a bit grainy.Very drinkable a smooth and refreshing beer.My first Smithwick's,didn't get a lot of good imput on this beer. A pleasing suprise for me. I found this to be a very good beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish in color, maintains a solid copper head throughout. Caramel malts graze the nose; light notes of burnt toast become more noticeable during warming. The taste is solid—caramel malts, wheat crackers and white bread toast. The palate is left creamy, with a touch of almonds. Medium bodied, decent flavors and passes the test for the style. Simple and easy going. Nothing to complain about.

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Photo of Foxman
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a deep amber, almost mahongany in the center. A finger of light tan head dips soon to mere surface traces of foam. Squiggles of lacing jot the inside of the glass.

The aroma is rather thin, though it does carry elements of slightly berry sweet malt, and the hop presence is pretty much a perceived crispness as opposed to a real aroma.

Upon tasting, a managed malt fruitiness comes about, slightly sweet and with a nutty component. The hops are more disctinct here, though just, with a muted slicy floral note playing through. The finish is actually nicely refreshing, with a lingering crispness that dries more as it fades. The overall flavor is nothing to crow about, but it is pleasant enough.

Light bodied, it has a fair measure of presence on the palate, with the crisp glow lingering most.

It certainly starts rather pretty, and while it struggles a bit in the nose, the final verdict is certifiably positive. While nothing stands out, it accomplishes what I think it sets out to do, which is to come off as nice, pleasant, and if a bit above average, quite drinkable as well. So it will never be my first choice, but I wouldn't gripe if it pulled my fat out of the fire in a barren beer-scape somewhere.

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Photo of supercolter
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is quite good, with the very dark brown color, the 1and a half finger of head and the fair amount of lacing on the side of the glass.
Smell is pretty lopsided, so much malt and so dry. But it definately intrigued me.
Taste was exactly what the smell led me to believe. Pretty delicious.
Mouthfeel was light to medium in body.
Drinkability was good.

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

I've had this beer on taps many times, and for some reason it varies more than any other beer I've tried. Some I've had Smithick's have blown me away, and yet others have not been good at all. Fortunately I am reviewing a good one tonight.

The beer pours a dark clear brown, with a nice 1/2 inch foamy tan head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is a light malty smell, with a nutty aroma as well.

The taste is quite a good balance of hops and malt; it never gets overly bitter nor sweet. The malt does come through a bit more than the hops though. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full and dry, yet there is a good amount of carbination. The beer goes down incredibly easy, and is quite drinkable. It is certainly reccomended if you enjoy a sessionable dark ale.

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Photo of goschool
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had a few pints of Smithwick's on-tap at Scotland Yard Pub, a smoky dive in Canoga Park, CA, but I had never seen it in bottles before this Spring. It was on sale for $5.99 at Ralph's.

Appearance: The pour is clear mahogany with bright red highlights topped by a respectable sized off-white head that shrinks to a thin layer.

Smell: The nose is rather weak. There's toasted malts, caramel malts, and not much else.

Taste: The taste has a much greater presence than the aroma. The flavor profile has toasted malts, caramel malts, toffee, non-descript fruit, yeast, and a light hop bitterness. Unfortunately, everything comes together in a dull flavor profile

Mouthfeel: The body is on the lighter side of the medium bodied spectrum. It's smooth and creamy, but slightly watery.

Drinkability: It's a half-decent session ale and an okay choice when faced with some of the other options at most English or Irish-style pubs in the US.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at an Irish Pub in Austin.

Pours a nice looking redish, brown clear color. The smell of the beer isn't all that compex, as there isn't much there other than a hint of a nutty flavor. Its taste is good but not that complext at all. About the only thing I got from this brew was just a hint of roasted malt and nuts, with little finish at the end. This may sound strange, but I also tasted what seemed to be kind of a clean paste to it as well in the middle of the sip. Not bad, but just kind of strange. For the style, its mouthfeel is kind of watery. It could defenitely use more body for an Irish red ale.

I usually drink this brew whenever I go to an Irish pub here in Austin. It's a fairly easy drinking beer, kind of like if AB where to switch to mass producing an ale instead of a lager. I like it, but there are better Irish ales out there.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a unique delightful metallic brown in colour. Nice macro bubble head that holds up nicely. Head clings nicely. Good lacing. Smell is malty. Taste is kind of neutral. The balance of malt and hops is too good and nothing stands out at the beginning but the hops bitter comes through in the end. Rare taste for an ale. Carbonation is perfect. Not bad but don't think it will be on the list of favorites for imbibing. They may want to stick with the Guinness.

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Photo of malcolm723
4.68/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at a local bar. I had never heard of this beer before trying it. Heard it was made by Guinness, and thought I might give it a try. Pours a reddish brown color. With about 2 finger length head that recedes quite quickly. Leaves a light lace on the glass. Hints of caramel, sweet with some smoothness, and light carbonation.
Goes down pretty good. All around good beer. I would take this over a Guinness Draught.

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Photo of pgenius
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ahh, my Irish eyes are smiling. Another one of my favorites. It’s dark in appearance but doesn’t taste like you would expect. Unlike most people who use Bass, every time I have a Black & Tan, its gotta be with this stuff. However, it is slightly over carbonated for my taste. Overall it’s a good malty ale with nice body and a light carbonation.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew pours a clear dark red color. The head is two-fingers in height, and recedes slowly into decent lacing. The aroma is of malty and mildly spicy. The taste is amazing, but not in a good way. I am amazed at how a beer this dark can have such little flavor. There is absolutely nothing there while the beer is in my mouth, and the aftertaste of caramel malt is very mild. The mouthfeel is overcarbonated, which might account for some of the lack of flavor. It is also very light in body. Overall, this beer is a major disappointment. I will not buy this again.

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Photo of adammills
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12oz bottle into a glass mug which managed to raise a thick head which slowly became creamy as it thinned. The brew is an ambery brown and a bit more carbonated than I expected. A slight malty sweetness both in smell and taste, slight bitterness. Solid mouthfeel, pretty drinkable.

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Photo of gonzo138
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a deep reddish color, has a creamy white head that retains decently and laces okay

S- a sweet roasted like malt type smell, very crisp

T- malty sweet taste with a light hop aftertaste

M- too carbonated for my taste, very dry

D- its okay, im not too impressed, its definitely not awful, would drink again, probly would not buy again though

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A ruby to mahogany color with a monsterous head that lives for a while. Lacing coats the pint glass in big uneven lumps.

S - A touch of smoke on a stronger caramel malt with a rice pungency.

T - A light smoky caramel malt flavor with a bland bitter aftertaste. It is an alright flavor.

M - Carbonation is absurdly high (makes for a like look though) and the brew is of a medium viscosity. Pretty refreshing.

D - This is a pretty quaffable brew. I think it might get old during a session since it is virtually devoid of any hoppy character, but it is certainly the sort of brew one could drink every day. A decent food brew for sure.

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Photo of LarryV
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a 1 inch thick creamy head that faded to a 1/8 inch layer after several long minutes. Lots of lacing left a ladder like effect down the side of the glass. Aroma of malt, crisp and clean.
Taste is malty with a subtle caramel undertone, little hoppiness.
Sweetness is held in check very well making this an easy drinking brew that would session easily.

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Photo of gosurfobx
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice ruby red color with a one finger width head that fads to a nice film and leaves some lacing on the glass. Just by looking at the glass I can tell that the bar is serving the beer too cold. The beer has a sweet smell with a small hint of hops. At first taste the beer is too cold and the flavors are muted. Wraping my hands around the pint glass helps warm it to a good temperature. Once the beer is at a good temp the flavors come out much better. There is nice carmel sweetness with a slight peaty smokeyness and only a slight hint of hops. The mouth is a little on the heavy side with low carbination. A good irish red.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with creamy white head with pretty good retention. Aroma is clean with malt, biscuit and nuts. Much like the aroma, the taste is roasted malt with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, this is a solid brew that makes for a good session.

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

Poured darker than I remember in the bottle, though this could just have been because of the lighting at the pub. The bartender knew how to pour for a change, so it had a decent finger or two of head which quickly fell into a thin lacing.

Smell was light, same as I remember in the bottle. Roasted malt.

Taste was less complex than I remember. Light creamy roasted malts and somewhat nutty.

Thin mouthfeel, especially amplified by the temperature it was served at. Smooth, but thin. I managed to knock back about four or five pints before last call so I'd have to say that it is indeed a decent session beer, but nothing I'd order at a real beer bar.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big “Thank you” goes out to Chris & Adam for providing this beer. 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a copper-brown color with slight red tint. It has a thick, tan head which takes a while to fade and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: There’s a pleasant smell, but it isn’t too strong. It’s mostly a smell of malt, with some caramel and little bit of hops. I would have scored this category higher if the smell were a little stronger.

T: You can certainly taste the malt right away and all throughout as you drink it. You can also tell that there’s some hops bitterness trying to poke its way through. Caramel stays behind in a syrupy but mild after-taste.

M: Very smooth with a rich, medium body and light carbonation. It goes down very easy.

D: The smoothness and sweetness makes it very easy to drink. It’s one of those beers that you can pound away without realizing how much you’re drinking. I had tried this beer previously and remember the taste being too strong and too bitter, which made me hesitant to try it again and made me question the hype that I had heard about it, but I’m thinking it might have been skunked that first time. Overall, I think this is a very good beer and would certainly recommend it, especially if you’re looking to try this style for the first time.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
4.28/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall a beer very worth trying. The bottom line up front: A light colored smoked Guinness Stout. This is a very rewarding beer. My wife picked it up for me while we were visiting her parents in the Villages, Florida, and obviously she has figured out that if the beer she looks for is one I have never had, buy it, and this was it. For some reason I cannot seem to find this one anywhere in Alabama.
I am a huge fan of Alaskan Smoked Porter or any Rauchbeer smoked kind of beer, and this is the first one I've been able to get semi-locally.

It has a nice brownish-reddish color, good lacing, and medium body mouthfeel. The taste is totally an Irish Ale with smoked malt overtones. It must be brewed with Irish ale style yeast, and the signature guinness sour stuff--I can taste it here for sure. But if you don't like the darkness of Guinness, this is one to try for sure. It is a lighter color, and possibly a lighter body than Guinness, but some great robust flavors too.

Drinkability: I could drink these all night, but the average yellow beer drinker may not be able to hold more than 2 or so before drinking yellow water again for alcohol instead of flavor.

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Photo of KevinB
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I could drink these all night. A nice beer with some flavor. I had my first one over a decade ago when I was 16 on my first trip over in IRL. I purchased it in a Pint can at a local grocery, for some reason I remember it tasting just a little bit differently then the ones now available in the U.S. I remember it tasting a little sweeter and less metalic, either way I am glad it's in the states, you could serve these to anyone and they wont complain. It's a happy medium between macros and micros.

I poured this into a conical pint, the beer has alot of carbonation, lots of bubbles creating a foamy tan head which disappears steadily over time. Color is a nice dark amber, smell is very mild aroma with hints of hops and roasted barley. The taste is mild, more of a teaser yet still has plenty of flavor. Mouthfeel is good, overall this is a nice beer that you could drink year round, it has a decent amount of flavor but wont overwhelm the taste buds, will go down smooth. and leave a nice lace on the sides of the glass.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice deep reddish-brown with a thin head that leaves quickly. The aroma is rather thin, but it smells sweet, roasted, with a touch of alcohol. The taste is also a little thin but it is nutty, and a little tart at the finish. Smooth throughout but not quite bold enough for me. It has a great mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation, not too thick. It is a beer you can drink all night if you are feeling like mild tasting beer.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 2,783 ratings