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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish AleSmithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale
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:
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Added by Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
799
Ratings:
2,734
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.94%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
508
For Trade:
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Reviews: 799 | Ratings: 2,734
Photo of joeseppy
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a flat root beer. Very clean aroma with some fruity esters. Mild hop noted as well. Mild flavours with more hop eccentuated. Metallic finish like I'm drinking out of a stainless steel tankard.
Paired well with Redbreast 12 yo cask strength Irish pot whiskey. I guess I'm feeling Irish today.
Solid pull off the shelf.

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Photo of Capt_Pete
4.53/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught pour in a branded glass in my local village pub. Appearance is a dark ruby-red with a creamy head, it smells fruity, hoppy and with hints of caramel. Taste is balanced, not too sweet or too bitter and feels great going down, not too heavy but also not too light with a light, not bitter, caramelly aftertaste. Overall his is one of my favorite beers and I do a "BlackSmith" when I want to transition to a heavier stout. Can drink this all evening.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, deep, dark, clear, reddish/mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Some good aromas of toasted malt, imparting notes of biscuits, English muffins and toasted soda bread. I get notes of brown sugar, caramel, black pepper, as well as some floral notes of clover, freshly cut grass and hops.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Up front are strong flavors of toasted malt, imparting notes of biscuits, English muffins and toasted soda bread, followed by some sweet flavors of brown sugar and caramel. The beer finishes with some very slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to medium-thin, with some ok carbonation. With an ABV of 4.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate at all.

Overall: I really like this beer! It’s not spectacular, exceptional, or even great, but it’s a very, very, good, solid malt forward, slightly sweet ale. One of my favorite session beers!

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Photo of loubar
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Pours a reddish amber with a lasting off white head and plenty of spotty lace. Flavor of caramel malt with hints of honey and a pleasant dry finish. Balanced, clean and refreshing. The body is medium thin and lager-like, but with a creamy mouth feel. Not particularly complex but it’s not supposed to be. A really nice 4.5% ABV session ale.

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Photo of beerrat
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Pours dark reddish brown tiny head.Taste mild bitter after taste.I think this glass would taste better if it was not served so cold. After the glass set and got just a little bit warmer it tasted more smooth.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

To me, this sets the standard for Irish Red Ale. It is dry, balanced, and has a wonderful aftertaste. I've tried other Red Ales that aim for a bolder flavour, but Smithwick's is consistently enjoyable. Overall, it is also well priced for an imported beer. This is a go-to for me, any it is in heavy rotation for St. Patty's day celebrations.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%

Pours a nice light amber color with decent head retention. The smell had some hops to it, but also what seemed like cooked rice and little bit of oak. The flavor was a little underwhelming with most of the flavor being in the aftertaste. The beginning has a bit of bread flavor while finish has a bit of hop bite that lingers. Not bad, but nothing great either.

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Photo of dar482
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%

The aroma has lightly roasted malt, cereal grain

The flavor follows with those flavors as the beer is generally malty. Cereal grain and a decent body Lacking in flavor and then a corn-like flavor comes in. A slightly metallic finish.

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Photo of Urk1127
1.85/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Dark red almost brown. Smell is yeast. Toasty caramel malt. Light mouthfeel. No head. Light carbonation. Sweet taste but not in a good way. I did not like this

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Photo of Jayball10
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Being from Ireland I drink a lot of this stuff. Light enough to guzzle all night and not have a banging head the next morning. Tip: If in Ireland ask for a Smithwicks with a Guinness head ;)

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Photo of soneill065
4/5  rDev +14.9%

An Irish red ale that predates Arthur Guinness's famous brew, it is a pleasant beer that contains both a sweet and bitter taste at the same time with a fruity aroma. Ideal for those heavy sessions when you don't want a massive hangover. This beer deserves more credit in my opinion

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Photo of dcscientist
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the once a year I drink Irish beer, I prefer this or a black and tan depending on my mood. It's decent, just as the ratings indicate, but nothing outstanding. Surprisingly low alcohol in this one, probably done that way on purpose so you can have several of them at a time.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Sampled last night on 9/8/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .3L boot.

Pours a deep brown amber in color with a good 2-finger foamy head that stays around for a white. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped. The aroma is of caramel malts and floral hops for the most part. A bit more going on with the taste with some roasted malts, toffee and slightly nutty flavor in the mix also. Slight bitter aftertaste that lingered a bit more than I would like. Overall, it was OK.

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Photo of OldCat
5/5  rDev +43.7%

I had my first Smithwick's while in divinity school last summer. It's dark full bodied flavor was the perfect beverage for the peppered venison tenderloin I sizzled up for supper on several occasions. This is a smooth, non-bitter, manly brew.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.48/5  rDev 0%

11.2 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear copper with a solid one-inch thick off-white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Caramel malts, mild toffee, faintly floral with mild honey overtones.

T: Slightly toasted and roasted malts, caramel and toffee, biscuits and nuts.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Clean, sharp, semi-dry malty and nutty finish.

O: Solid for the style - enjoyed. Note: the bottle looks like the one posted for the "superior" Irish ale, but this one clearly says "premium".

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Photo of T100Mark
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Nice reddish-bronze color. Big course head that collapses pretty quickly. Minimal stickage. A good looking brew.

Smell - Slight malt hit. Smells a lot like an American adjunct lager. Odd.

Taste - Very mild carmel note. The hops are hiding, somewhere, in the background.

Mouth - Smooth.

Overall - This ale taste like an American adjunct lager with a touch more malt up front. Not bad, just a little boring. I was expecting more from this ale.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce Euro-brown bottle into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about one inch of a creamy, pale tan head that proves quite sticky. The color is a deep copper with high carbonation.

I perceive that old familiar aroma of minerals and faint, tea-like hops that distinguish many of these beers from the Brittanic isles. The flavor is malty and a little sweet but with a fairly dry finish. The malt tastes of caramel, but hints of a honey-like quality can be detected as well. The body is medium thin and lager-like, but with a creamy mouth feel from the head and carbonation. A little bit of grassy hop bitterness settles on the tongue.

This is a fairly light, sessionable and refreshing beer but with a good deal of flavor. Nothing special, but nothing overbearing or off-putting- just an all around good beer. Bought as part of a six pack for about $8.50 (on sale) at Hennessey Market in uptown Butte. Believe it or not, this is a fairly rare beer to find in these parts.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

There was a 6 pack of this beer sitting in the fridge at the condo my dad and I are staying at in Osprey, FL so I decided to crack one open and try it being that I have never had this beer before. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear, medium to dark copper/brown color with some amber highlights when held up to the light. Off-white/slight tan head is about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured before settling to a good 1/4 inch thick with good retention. Nice lacing here as well. Aromas of nice roasted caramel malty sweetness, but not much else really. Flavorwise this beer of course also has a nice slightly toasted caramel malty sweetness upfront followed by a slight hop presence. The flavor profile is pretty solid, but the main problem is that it is not as strong as I think it should be. The flavors are somewhat too bland for my tastes. Has a crisp, prickly, slightly smooth, frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. The mouthfeel is actually my favorite aspect of this beer. Easy to drink in the way seltzer water is, and I expect more from a beer than that.

Eric

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Photo of leantom
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Was looking for Killian's but found this instead. Here goes:

A: My favorite thing about the beer. Ruby red and see-through; perfectly clear, in fact. I poured it properly and got a nice foamy head that took minutes to recede. Good lacing.

S: Smells like a cheap English pale ale. Detect some amber malt and maybe a faint smattering on English hops, but not much else.

T: OK, not as good as Killian's, though. Wish there was more of a malt character like other Irish red ales. Very light and drinkable, but there's not much going on in the beer. Some amber malt, minimum hop character.

M: Medium carbonation. Doesn't go down as smoothly as I thought it would judging by the appearance, though.

O: An OK beer with little character. Drinkable but disappointing.

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

This was an okay beer. I poured a Dale's pale ale through it and it tasted better. Tell you a story about this, my brother was in Ireland and his wife ordered a Guiness draught. When it came my brother's turn he said he would like a Smithwick's draught. The publican looked at my brother then at his wife and said, "so the wife is having the Man's beer and himself is having the Lady Guiness." That about sums it up.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber pour with a dark ruby cast. Average head and lace retention. The nose is slight and has a slightly burnt aroma. Nice medium body with average carbonation. The taste follows the nose with a slight burnt malt off flavor. The finish has a bit of effervescence and the burnt off flavor lingers. If you want a red ale, get an excellent one like Green Flash Hop Head Red.

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Photo of Foyle
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: pours a 1+" off white head that recedes slowly leaving faint lacing. color is a ruby-light brown and mostly clear. Not a lot of carbonation evident.
Aroma: freshly rolled bread dough and floral hops
Mouthfeel: mostly watery with a fairly dry & refreshing finish, contrary to the appearance, the mouthfeel is quite carbonated.
Flavor: brown bread, toffee, a nutty flavor and some raisin as well as floral hops.
Overall: a nice and well balanced session ale.

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Photo of ZachMcGinn
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite beers at my place of work. We have it on draft which definitely creates a better experience. It pours a very pleasant copper/red and has a sweet malty aroma. Its sweet aroma transitions nicely into a semi sweet flavor that makes for a very easy drink.

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Photo of lochef81
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I remember really relishing in this beer before I discovered craft brews. Not so much now. This one pours a handsome copper red hue with a generous white head and nice lacing. The aroma is malty but unfortunately in the way of a mass produced beer. The flavor is light and sweet and refreshing but yet again carries the taste of the use of inferior grains(I.e. corn). Its a good beer and better than typical lawnmower beers....but not by much.

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Photo of Murphious
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Now sold with the modernized red label. Pours dark amber with a 2 finger off-white head. Decent carbonation with malty and slightly skunky aroma. Taste is metallic bitterness then turns malty and sweet. Medium mouthfeel with some slight grittiness? Finishes off typical of mass produced brews. Good but nothing stands out.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
3.48 out of 5 based on 2,734 ratings.
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