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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

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

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Photo of TeddyBG
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Pint glass.

A: brown with large head that quickly dissipates but a 1/4 inch lingers wih good lacing.

S: Smokey malts and little else.

T: Smokey malt upfront, with a hop bit at the end.

M: Has the feel of a watered down guinness. Good carbonation, but not overly impressive overall.

D: Decent drinkability. This may be more filling than guinness due to the carbonation. OK but probably would not get again.

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Photo of Bsobotik
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a slightly reddish hue. Pours with a finger and half sea foam head that dissipates to good inner wall lacing and a thin lingering head.

S - I don't have a very good nose but it smells slightly citrus-y and mildly hoppy, no malt smells.

T - Slight to moderate body, no change in flavor profile, a little hoppy throughout, no pickup on malts.

M - Even feel throughout, decent carbonation.

D - Easy to drink, feels light in the stomach, would make for a decent session beer but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to have it.

Serving - Bottle

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Photo of nighthawk
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark gold, clear, with large foamy head. Nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass as it dissipates.
Smells of floral and herbal hops, some graininess, dried corn husk.
Tastes of grains, bitter floral hops, slight vanilla sweetness with a bitter and slightly drying finish. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium at the start, but feels thin toward the end. Light carbonation throughout.
A pleasant Irish Red, I'll certainly try it again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber/light brown; quite clear. Impressive three-finger head that recedes to a lumpy centered froth. Good lace.

Lots of crystal malt in the smell. Biscuity, sort of like graham crackers. Very mild hop background.

This beer reminds me of what I'd expect from a darker British mild. The hop is present but very subtle. Even the aftertaste has a fine blend of hop and malt. The malt is reminiscent of baked apples and toast. No sugar presence but this is not an overly dry beer. There's a chewiness to the body but the carbonation is adequate to compensate.

I would call this a "round" beer with lots of British characteristics. For a mass-produced beer, this is superior with an easy drinkability.

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Photo of gford217
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep red with a dense off-white head that lingered the entire session and left an absolute wall of lacing from top to bottom. Definitely one of the best looking irish reds I have ever seen. The smell is sweet and mainly malts with caramel and nuts. The taste has a strong malty sweetness as well but has a little bitterness in the finish to balance it out a little. The mouthfeel was a little over carbonated but still fairly smooth. I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one and thought it was very drinkable.

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Photo of Zadok
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma 12 oz. bottle.

A-Dark amber with a frothy 1 finger head with nice lacing.

S-Hops and malt, maybe some dark fruits. Smells sweet to the senses.

T-Roasted malts on first drink, mild hoppiness.

M-Medium body and medium carbonation to match.

D-Nice drinkability, could forsee having another one in the future.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great...another "imported" macro that the non-beer drinkers I know want to say is as good as any other Irish Ale.
Does have a nice red tint in its light brown body, with a little head that dies slowly. Some malts in the smell but they are weak - coffee, toasted malts, some bread. Can't really pick up any hops although there is a very slight aroma of something sweet/sugary (liquorice is what I want to say, but I know that's not it at all).
A medium-bodied brew that is a little thin and slick for an ale in my opinion, but still maintains a slight malt taste although it isn't as chewy as it is overcarbonated. Not a bad beer, but I'll take a Guinness Extra Stout over this when I'm in the grocery store.

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Photo of mhewes
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Pours a nice dark reddish amber color with a good head.

S : A good malt aroma with some sweetness, some fruit and floral notes, just a touch of hops

T : Mostly a toasted malt flavor with some nuttiness to it. Not much hops in it but just enough to provide the right bitterness.

M : Smooth, slightly creamy, good carbonation

D : Easily sessionable. Will probably be my preferred Irish beer on St Patty's.

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Photo of atsprings
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served a nice ruby red almost brown with a nice frothy head that lasts andleaves truly beautiful lacing. Aroma was burnt caramel malt and a hint of hops. The taste is a decent amount of caramel malt with subtle hops in the back. The beer is nice and crisp with decent carbonation. I've had this one several times before and found it to be a little bland, but this time I see what others see in this beer.

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Photo of generallee
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Served at Doc Sullivan's, from tap and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It poured a dark reddish brown color with a thin white head that leaves nice rings of lace behind on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet malty nose with some mild hop notes.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has a creamy smooth malt character that is fairly sweet with some caramel notes and mild hops for balance. The carbonation is very mild making the texture creamy smooth. It has a medium body with a thin balanced finish.

Notes: Overall it's a very drinkable beer with a good body and flavor although not quite as deep as I would like to see. Still it's very drinkable.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker reddish amber with a good white head that leaves good lacing down the pint glass.

Smells are malty sweetness and slightly caramel with earthy hops.

Taste is slightly caramel sweetness with an English earthy hop flavor.

A good Irish red, but not as much caramel malt as I am used to in a red.

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Photo of Beerislife652854
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of "Smittix" on-tap at Anna Liffey's Irish Pub in downtown New Haven.

A - Crystal-clear ruby red/ amber color with a fine white head that laces the glass with a thin pattern.

S - Nice robust hops, sweet barley, hints of florals.

T - Hops are more mild than bitter, finishes smooth and a bit sweet.

M - Very smooth. Carbonation was less than expected, but it did last throughout the entire drink.

D - "I'll have another Smittix, thanks!" was what I said after I finished the first two.

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Photo of tfrench8985
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i had this beer while i visited my mother. she had a 6 pack in the fridge, my first thought was that the beer wasnt gonna be good but it was actually a pretty good beer with a nice aftertaste, the beer is very filling though.

i would recomend this beer for sure.

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Photo of ralree
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep red, pretty transparent. Head with decent retention and really nice lacing.

S: Vanilla, spices, roasted malt, hints of hops, brown sugar.

T: Toasty malt, bready flavor, spices. Vanilla in the background. The bread flavor is light, but really good. No alcohol flavor noticeable. After swallowing there's a lack of flavor that is unsettling.

M: Pretty heavily carbonated, pretty non-astringent. Non-syrupy. Has a medium-light body.

D: Drinkable, but not something I would crave.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got it straight from the tap into a glass.

A deep brown redish color with a heavy head that lingers throught the drink.

The smell is a sweat yeast smell with the slight scent of malt and hops.

Goes down easy and has a smooth malty, frothy, molasis like flavor with the slightest hop finish.

This is a good beer, but cant have too many takes a little bit to put down, but not heavy by any means.

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Photo of AlesALot
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had this in Warwick RI 4 years ago on nitro tap and wanted to try it when I saw it here in Memphis in the bottle for the first time. My pallat has changed since then and I was afraid I remembered something better than it was. Not the case, a good beer for sure.

Copper color. White foamy head with good retention and some lacing, a bit meringue like.

Malt very up front on the nose with some hop aroma coming through. Some dark fruit mixed in from the yeast.

An easy drinker with toasty malts and a bit of nuttyness. Some hops on the finish, but not especially bitter. Slightly dry finish for a mostly malty beer.

Nicely carbonated. Smooth and slightly creamy. No alcohol warmth.

Gulps down nicely. A definate session beer. My wife (who doesn't drink beer) even enjoyed some of this one. Nice alternative to Euro Lagers and other standard easy drinkers.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is available just about everyone that sells Guinness, so I have no fancy stories to tell how I bought/traded this one. No freshness date, 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium mahogany brown with slightly creamy off-white 1 inch head. Initial foam remains for a few minutes and leaves a small pool of foam at the bottom while drinking. Sticky legs stay climbing 1 1/2 inches up the walls the entire duration.

Smell: Sweet, toasted malts and wheat. Almost smells bready like a lager.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Much the same as the smell. Simple blend of sweet toasted malts all over the place and bready yeasts. No hops detected. Nice and easy to drink.

Drinkability: This is a highly sessionable ale, as it has been proven in the US and Ireland. Light-medium bodied and refreshing.

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

Poured to a nice head that was off white in color. Head lasted forever. Also left some nice lacing. The ale was a light brown in color. Was very light in the smell area. Slight hops smell. Tasted light also. Had a slight bitter after taste that hung on for a little while. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation I thought might be a little excessive. I could drink these on occasion. I dont think I would make it a session beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look is incredible. Deep red color with a massive fluffy white head on top that seems to never dissolve. Nice lacing. Really solid appearance. Nose is very mild toffee malt, light bitterness. Flavor is similar, mild toffee malt and a hint of smokiness. Not a ton going on, and it's masked further by the slightly excessive carbonation that sort of nettles the tongue. Light hops at the end. Overall, it's not a bad brew, not objectionable at all. Fairly mild...a solid session brew.

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Photo of nem2006
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured the beer into a pint glass. The beer has a nice white head which was maintained all during and left nice lacing on the side of the glass. It was a deep amber/copper color, but clear with a little visible carbonation.

There was a nice little hint of sweet from the roasted malts and the bitterness of the hops at the finish is not overpowering and balances it well.

Overall, I think it is a good beer, especially considering its mass production and distribution. Normally these beers don't stay strong when that happens.

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Photo of BlueStoneBrew
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a typical, but solid, major chain beer. I reviewed this particular pint at a Smokey Bones BBQ restaurant, where it is served as their alternative to the major domestic swill, a purpose that it certainly fits. Plus, you get to sound cool pronouncing the word "Smiddicks."

The beer pours a deep copper with a long lasting white head. The aroma is soft toasted and met comparably with the smell of flowery hops.

The beer's flavor is of roasted and toasted, well darkened barley (hence the color). A sweet back to the flavor as well, almost what I would consider like a coffee or espresso. The taste isn't nearly that powerful, just comparable.

Smithwick's has low mouthfeel and carbonation, almost as a throwback to the native Irish and UK cask beers. I'm not a particularly big fan of such little carbonation as it makes me feel like the beer has gone flat. The lack of alcohol feel however, really lets you enjoy the roasted flavor of the malts.

There is a relatively clean finish to the brew. The toasted malt still rules, but hops show up to balance out the end.

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Photo of SmithwicksNut
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear with a brown color. held to the light you will see reddish hues. White head stays throughout the beer with lacing marking every drink.

S: You won't get a lot of hops aroma with this beer. you will smell the malts

T: Very smooth beer. The toasty malts come through with a little carmel.

D: This is a very good session beer. It is an easy beer to drink not over-bearing. This beer has two different taste. There is one flavor when it is cold but if it sits awhile at room temperature you will have a little more flavor.

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Photo of aquaderek
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at the Nine Drunken Irishmen in sin city. The beer is nice looking nice amber color and 1/2 inch creamy head that fades to a lace in about two minutes. The nose is lacking slightly grainy, some hay, not a whole lot present. The same for the taste, I was really unimpressed some sweet maltiness upfront followed a very faint hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is refreshing and dry, could be an ok session beer if nothing better was around.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look - Artwork is a bit flashier than your traditional Guinness. Pours brown and settles dark coca-cola brown in the glass. See-through if you use enough light. Light, floating particles and a smooth, foamy head.

Smell - Strong and hearty scent, rich in malt but not overbearing.

Taste - Slight malty bite with a light carbonation to it, followed by a smooth finish. A slight bit watery here but otherwise above-average.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and creamy, very nice but a slight bit short of perfect. Very good job here.

Drinkability - Very, very drinkable. Not so thick that you won't have quite a few, but hearty enough to be a formidable Irish Ale, even for 4.5%.

Another great beer from the makers of Guinness!!

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Photo of FCGrabo
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A popped cap and a sniff at the hole in the bottleneck revealed a very slight but pleasant scent that smelled like a well prepared recipe for beer. Not strong, not hoppy, perhaps a slight sweetness. No surprises on the horizon. I poured it into my beer reviewin' mug and the head rose up mighty and very thick like creme froth. The color is a dark amber, not quite brown but definitely reddish. Lots of micro-bubbles rose up from the bottom.

The first taste was almost silky to the palate and the flavor had a tinge of maltiness without being predominant. Successive sips accustomed the palate and initial maltiness blended into the great overall taste of this beer. There was absolutely no bitterness that I could discern. I'm surprised at how smooth this beer is. The second bottle was more pleasurable than the first. It's a downright delight to drink.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 2,980 ratings