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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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Photo of acrawf6
3.21/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out rich dark red amber with a frothy slightly tan head.

Smell. Decent malt presence, slightly roasted and tea-like. A touch of hop dryness comes through.

Taste. Malts are dominant and quite sweet...almost cloying for this beer. a touch of nut flavors come out with more slightly sweet tea flavors. Also has some butterness to it. Aftertaste dries up decently.

Mouthfeel. Body is medium/full, but with an initial quite slick and oily sensation, but fills up as it sits in my mouth and becomes quite creamy. For 4.5%, body is fuller than i thought. Certainly one of the more abstract mouthfeels i have encountered.

Overall, not a bad beer by any means, but nothing in it to have you love it, or even like it that much. I find the appearance and the mouthfeel are the best features of this beer, while the smell and the taste (the most important factors imho) are nothing to call home about.

(I also prefer this in bottle rather than tap).

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Photo of prototypic
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's dark and smoky brown (hint of red when held to the light). Head is foamy and about one finger. Retention was decent and lacing was light.

Smell: Primarily caramel malts. A bit of a sweet smell. A bit smoky or toasty. Light on the nose. Not much in the hops department.

Taste: Not bad. It has a toasted nut flavor mixed with caramel or toffee malts. It's sweet. A bit grainy. Not very hoppy or bitter. Just a straight forward malty beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied, pretty well carbonated, and smooth. All in all, it's drinkable. There's much better out there, but I'd take it over a number of beers found in most bars. Overall, decent beer. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a very dark amber color with a thick foamy head, tons of malt in the aroma, i almost smell a slight hint of licorice, Tastes a bit more chocolatey, or caramel like than it smells, still malt is present. no real hop taste at all, aftertaste is coffee like. decent beer, alot of folks have compared this stuff to newcastle. dont know how they dont seem anything alike and i'd rather have a dog for the same price.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I believe I reviewed this before it was listed under Guinness brewing as well.
Nice simple straightforward malty character. Little of sweet water note. Very slight hop quality.
Very attractive beer. Deep amber pushing dark red and brown. Water clear. Nice solid off-white head with good stamina.
Light in flavor. Malty, but as much towards pale malt flavors than that of darker grains. That changes as it warms and the bolder grains make a stronger appearance. Mild bitterness rounds out the drink and lingers into a decent tasting dryness that lasts really rather long. Certainly leaves the tongue desiring another coating of liquid.
Average body for style, but carries a watery quality at times too. Maybe a little think. Fully carbonated and probably too much, especially considering the style and that it's an ale from Ireland.
Overall this is a drinkable beer and worth a go, especially if the selection is limited. Definitely lacks sweetness, which I wish it had a touch of. Dryness and carbonation seem a bit much, but the flavors should match many meals quite well.

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Photo of monkeybutler
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised this beer is considered an "Irish Red ale", as it's not especially red, but maybe that's just a minute detail. Anyway, this beer is something very inoffensive and relatively inexpensive that I buy a 6 pack of every now and then.

Poured into a pint glass, and it's showing more of an amber color than a red one, it has a one finger head and excellent lacing.

Smell is of malt and of trace amounts of hop aromatics. I can't put my finger on anything specific, but it's definitely in the fuggles, ek goldings arena.

Taste is good, if a bit bland. This beer really doesn't hold a candle to other british mild styles that I would put it up against. The maltiness is barely there, along with the hoppiness, but they are balanced, and that's about all you can ask for an $8 sixer.

It's definitely a session beer, just not a very compelling one.

Mouthfeel is definitely on the watery side, and I'm not chewing this beer with any effort at all. It's down the gullet.

Drinkability, yeah.

Like I said, this beer exists, and it doesn't hurt you, and it has enough flavor to be respectable. It beats the hell out of macros, and it does fine against Bass, but not against a good esb or pale ale.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Didn't get a good look at this one cause I drank this out of it's bottle at a family party.

kind of a hoppy smell

Well balanced, sweet first but the hops come through after. A good laid back flavor. It was better than I thought.

Light, a lot of carbonation though

very drinkable. I would recommend this for a setting like a family party.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a rather roasty and slightly sour barley wine, with some fairly nice coffee notes but a not-superlative flavor.

It poured a dark red with lots more head than barley wines usually have. Aroma is deep and a malty smell that is roasty rather than sweet and has some sourness. Flavor is coffee up front and at the finish, with some out-of-place sour notes. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated, again not typical of the barley wine style. Not bad.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Dark amber color, nice head when poured. Didn't stick around. Some of it floated at the top. Lace stuck around.

smell - Malt flavor, with a little bit of hops

taste - Nice malt taste, with a hint of hops at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body and carbinated.

drinkability - I like irish red ales, the few that I have tried. Add this to list. I enjpyed this.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a brown/red color with an inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like sweet malt, nuts and a bit of citrus. The beer tastes the same way to me, but it has a bitter/sour finish. Mouthfeel is light, and has a bit too much carbonation. Drinkability is OK, but not impressive at all. Overall I think it's an average beer. I'd drink it again, but it's not a beer that I would make a regular choice of mine.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- dark semi-translucent (mostly transparent) brown/red body with thick creamy head. great head retention.
S- sweet malt and citrus. a hint of bitterness.
T- sweet malt with hints of nuts and carmel. I tad bitter at the end.
M- light to medium weight body with heavy carbonation. Not as smooth as I would expect.
D- this is a great beer but not the best irish red I have had. Its pretty drinkable. The taste does get better as the carbonation fades away so keep that in mind if you pick this one up. It gets much smoother and enjoyable.

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Photo of GuinnessHero
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured a dark robust red with lots of carbonation and a two finger head.

Smell - A tad sweet smell that I can't put my finger on. A slight citrus and fruit odor grace the senses.

Taste - Slight burnt hops taste but actually tastes delightful. Taste is that of a hint of chocolate and coffee. Very light on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Taste doesn't linger for too long after sipping, but it has a pleasant aftertaste which I am welcome to.

Drinkability - Being how light this is on the stomach and the exceptional taste for a generic Irish Ale, this is a great beer to sit down and have two or three brews.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish copper color, with a creamy head made of tiny, tight bubbles. Little bits of lace dot the sides of the glass.

Smell features nutty malt, a little caramel, and not much else. Also carries a trace of canned macro lager scent. Weird.

Nutty and caramel maltiness feature in the flavor, yet there's also a juicy, fruity sweetness adding some roundness. There's even a lightly smoky feel in the background somewhere. Nothing hammers you over the head here, but together with the long bitter/sweet finish, it's a comforting flavor, not complex but not one-dimensional either.

Mouthfeel is overcarbonated for the style and flavors, maybe more noticeable from the bottle than if it was on tap...

Marks are all over the place on this one, but the flavor saves it from being an average beer. Since that's what counts most, and the alcohol level is low, this can be considered a highly drinkable beer, and an excellent session choice if that's what you're after.

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Photo of palliko
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap at Jack Quinn's Irish Pub in Colorado Springs.

Appearance: slightly reddish brown in color, with a creamy full head of foam - some of which stuck to the glass.

Aroma: roasted grains, caramel, and walnuts.

Initial taste is of a nicely dry, crisp nut brown ale, slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation, sweet malt and a minimum of hops.

Middle contains malt, toffee, and gentle hops, finishing with a nice aftertaste that compliments rather than dominates any accompanying food.

Good, but not quite great or memorable.

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Photo of CFbeermaker
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a dark amber color when poured with a nice rocky off white head that seems to be hanging around for a long time. It also leaves frothy lacing down the glass as you drink it. It smells pretty malty. It has a pretty mild malt flavor with a hint of carmel and a faint bitterness and hops flavor at the end. This beer is really smooth and refreshing. It would be a pretty good session beer.

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Photo of dickieb
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poors a nice dark amber, with a 2 finger head from a vigurous poor. Smells sweet, with a good amout of maltyness. Taste of malts, spices, and just a bit of bittering hops. Im enjoying this more then i usualy do, probobly because today was my first day of work in a while, but overall, a pretty good brew to pick up ocastion

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Photo of mnj21655
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque reddish-mahogany in color with near 2 fingers of slightly off-white head and some spotty lacing. Smells of lightly toasted malts. Has a nice caramel malt flavor that is balanced by a nice subtle hop bitterness that finishes with a nice malty sweetness. This beer leans towards malt but has a nice balanced flavor none-the-less. Good mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. Overall this is a solid brew and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of irish53b
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured darker amber color with a good two fingers of foam. Good head retention, left foam on sides of glass.

S - Lighter roasted notes like fresh roast coffee

T - very fresh and smooth ale, smokey wood and dark chocolate notes

M - light on the palate not heavy at all decent amount of carbonation

D - This is a highly drinkable ale, I know this not only from my experience, but from my mom who absolutely does not drink beer at all. She tried a smithwicks and said she could actualy drink it and said it didn't have a typical beer taste.

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Photo of kelticblood
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When poured the color presented was a dark red with a faint head that didn't last long. Spotty traces of thick lace are shown circling the glass. If it had more head retention this could beer a high rated beer. Drinkability is exceptional! I look for Smithwicks at every Pub or any Restaurant I go to. It's the perfect staple session brew. Perfect malt/carbonation/hops ratio. No real bitterness noted on the finish. Smooth and refreshing, it's lighter than it's color appears. Slight hop aroma, but mostly all light sweet malts. Aroma could use a touch more hops. Also, On the finish I can taste some Phenolic action. The light sweet honey taste is delightful. The taste is not too complex giving it only a 4. Overall Great,,a must try.

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Photo of taez555
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an clear amber/red body with a thick white head.

Nose was a welcome mix of fresh grain, caramel, sweet bread and biscuits.

Taste is medium bodied with an initial American macro sort of corn/rice lager flavor but is quickly followed by a subtle but present mix of caramel, toasted grain and malt. The back-end of this beer really shows a strong bitterness that isn’t present in the beginning. Hops are present with a rough earthiness but also touches of faint citrus. There’s a somewhat chalky character and also an overpowering sodapop sort of over carbonation. Ends with a lingering chalky/hop ring with subtle hints of malt.

Smithwick’s on tap is one of my favorite session beers. It’s sort of the perfect session red ale. In the bottle though it really misses the boat. Still a great beer and very drinkable, but the over carbonation and added macro sort of flavor are somewhat of a turn off.

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Photo of budgood1
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a rich and dark amber/auburn colour with a big eggshell white head that is big and frothy and has staying power. thick rings of lace coat the glass. clean malt aroma. flavours of bready, toasted, biscuity maltiness...a bit of burnt caramel and brown sugar notes. hopping hiding for the most part, just enough to be noticed. body is medium; made for easy drinking. mouthfeel is smooth and it finishes very dry. drinkability is great...low ABV and nice easy flavour make this a no brainer, especailly paired with some pub grub. a nice rueben sandwhich or patty melt would be perfect.

this is a nice spring time quaffer. recommended for the style.

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Photo of RevDru
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown/amber color with a thicker, half-inch of foam and minimal carbonation.

S - Light hint of pine/rosemary, and honey.

T - herbal flavors prevail. Coriander, cinnamon, and cumin, with very mild citrus tones.

M - Light, with a mild amount of bubbles. Not too cloying.

D - Goes down easy, but doesn't especially "light up" the senses. I really had to work to get anything from this beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Who can reject free beer from work? On to the beer:

Smithwicks pours a copper red into a pint glass, forming a good head at the top. It has a sweet smell that's mixed with a grainy scent and a vague DMS. The taste is a tad sweet, with a buttery follow-up. Bready notes are recognized, and it has a quick hoppy bitterness at the end of each sip. Finishes dry. A decent brew that's worth a shot.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish amber color with a good head.

Smell: Malty and fruity.

Taste: Tasted sweet toasted malt and nuttiness with medium hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a crisp finish.

Drinakbility: I first tried this beer on tap at Coleman’s Irish Pub in Syracuse, NY and really enjoyed it. I recently bought a 12 pack for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Went well with my corned beef. It’s a very drinkable beer from the bottle and even better on tap.

Note: For the USA, this is one of the few beers still actually imported from Ireland. Most of the Harp Lager and Guinness Stout sold in the USA is made in Canada, thus can still be called “Imported”, but is somewhat misleading.

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a white, two-finger head. Leaves a little lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and some grassy-like aromas.

T - It tasted malty and with a slight bitter hoppiness.

M - It was crisp and light to medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good Irish Red Ale. I've had it on tap before and it was much better, but it is still pretty good from a bottle.

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Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a chestnut color with a large egg shell colored head thatholds well with excellent lacing. earthy, musty, slighty spice aromas. taste is same with nice hop balance. mouthfeel is light, crisp, lots of carbonation. good session beer for any time of the year. also think it would do well with most types of food.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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