Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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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 MurphyMacManus
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle into pint glass.

Look: medium red-brown with impressive head retention. Fluffy, off-white head sticks around for a while and then fades to a thick layer of lace.

Smell: Bready, somewhat toasted malt. Maybe an earthy undertone, but mostly grain in the aroma.

Taste: Slightly sweet, toasted malt up front and in the middle. Fades to a gentle, earthy bitterness in the finish. I wouldn't call the bitterness "tea-like," as the style description says, but it's pleasant and balances the sweetness well.

Feel: Tightly carbonated. The finishing bitterness lingers, but not in an overpowering way. Slightly drying finish.

Overall: It's a solid interpretation of an Irish Red. Duh. It's not amazing, never-forget-it beer, but it's serviceable. And the Irish Red isn't meant to be a particularly bold style anyway. It's a session beer.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice garnet color with a a half finger of tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Wife says it is more ruby colored.

Main smell I pick up is roasted malt.

Main taste I pick up is roasted malt.

Mouth is fairly light with a drying finish. The finish is so dry my mind automatically connects with taking another sip. Clever ploy and well played Smithwick's.

This is really a fairly simple beer that comes across as really refreshing. The taste of the beer is very good and the mouth feel makes it highly drinkable. With a 4.5% ABV this makes for a great pub beer. Pair this with some loaded potato skins or wings and some good friends and the party is on!

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
2.72/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

L-Dark, dark amber, one finger bubbly head. Looks like an English tea.
S-Slight caramel, slight malt, slight bitterness. Slight bready and roasted aroma.
T-Underwhelming to me. But so was the nose. Watered down, with slight barley/hop bitterness at the end.
F-Smooth, low carbonation.
O-Refreshing, yet disposable beer that doesn't bring much to the table.

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Photo of soulchopper
4.48/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I like this ale so much that I quit smoking cigs and bought a kegerator . I love the creamy frothy head. If you arent into hoppines as much as some , then this would be a great choice. I have trouble making a keg last 2 weeks !mmm-mmm-mm! A fresh keg I run 10 psi for a day then i back off to 6 -8 psi
If you dont know, beer from a bottle and draft beer beer is a different experience.
once you have your keg settings met for smithwicks it really brings out a nice subtle flavor that is nice for those who aren`t into extra - hoppy.

just remember 1 thing: be careful how strongly you dislike someone`s favorite ale. lol

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Photo of Roskoe
1.08/5  rDev -69%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Mix some keystone and bud light and you'll have basically the same thing quite a lot cheaper. Banana esters in your face, not even a hint of the roast barley they claim to use. This is as much an Irish red as... Well look it is t in any respect. All in all, it's such an outrageous lie in a bottle, it's surprising it doesn't rot on the shelves.

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Photo of BeckHardy
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a nitro can into a nonic pint glass. Purchased from a local off license.
This Irish ale pours a deep copper colour with a two finger stark white head. Good retention and decent lacing.
The aroma was typical for the style, bready and freshly baked biscuits.
The taste was smooth with slight hops at the end. The mouth feel is creamy and the finish crisp.
Over all a decent beer albeit a little pricey for the four pack. I would give this Irish ale a B.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smithwick's Premium Irish Ale, 4.5% ABV, 20 IBU. Pours medium viscosity and real dark brown, almost black, with a one finger white head that left decent lacing. Malty nose, taste is a sweet and malty. Excellent mouthfeel, and overall excellent.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The look of this beer has always been enviting, dark and heady. Scent is of sweet malt with some overripe dark fruit in the back. Flavor is of malt with slight caramel with a lasting slightly sweet malt finish although at the same time watery and crisp with serious carbonation. I agree that this is a beer drinker's beer, you can put them away one after another with ease. One of the best macro beers available.

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Photo of Curt_rowe
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the best generally available beer on the market. Can find it about anywhere, which is why it is my go-to. Looks great in the glass, tastes and smells of beautiful roasted malts and fruit, and are very drinkable. A six pack is nothing to put down. Overall, it's not the best you'll ever have, but it is a GREAT beer.

I have to admit, only reason this one didn't get 4+ from me, is because they changed the label. It was way cooler with the old-style label.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a plummy, root beer colored body. Lace is very generous here and gives off some great skirting and webbing. 70% opaque.

Aromas of prunes, tree sap, and stale roasted malts.

Flavors are quite decent. Liquid fig newtons and oatmeal raisin cookie, kilned malts, and dry barley. Apples, pears. Minimal herbal bitterness but serves a purpose to both sting and balance the beer.

Mouth feel is relaxing, w/ just enough teeter of creaminess and carbonation to make this one a smooth hit.

Overall, Smithwick's is good. I've come to really enjoy sessioning this one over the whole six pack. Just lovely dark notes, fig sweetness, and roast malts. My favorite mass-distributed amber.

Word of advice here : Drink this one out of the glass, it gets rid of the metallic flavors so prominent with the bottle.

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Photo of Trailboss76
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark tea-like color, no overly pronounced aroma. Very pleasant first few drinks and still just as good at the bottom of the glass. No particular bitterness.

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Photo of jtierney2909
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My favorite beer in the mass market. Very drinkable, and I just find it goes easily with many different foods. What I like is that it's not Irish Budweiser. I don't care to pay much attention to color or feel - does it taste good? Smithwick's is a different brew than your average grocery store six pack.

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Photo of ScioRevo
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm no specialist but I would say Very Good. I'm not a fan of Guinness, but this is a lovely, simple, mildly tasty almost red ale that is unoffensive to taste, feel or bitterness. A perfect beer with a meal in that it will not intrude on other tastes, yet is refreshing. The head is white, light and foamy, like sea foam. It does not taste as dark as it looks. Definitely will have another.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow, this is singularly unremarkable and so disappointing (from Guinness). OK, so pours dark amber with some aroma of malt. Fluffy quickly vanishing head. Malt but thin with high carbonation and a watery finish. This is like an entirely forgettable Summer beverage, but that slot is already taken (PBR).

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours - Deep brown color not much head or lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, pretty bready nose, sweet caramel.

Taste - Roasted malts and rye, caramel and grains.

Feel - Medium body well carbonated

Overall - Decent beer not a big fan little too sweet.

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Photo of singletary
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It pours dark cooper color (almost soda color) with a sweet malty smell. It has a sweet malty taste that stays all the way through. Overall a nice Irish ale that was easy to drink and pleasant.

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Photo of Buck89
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper-brown with a thick rocky light tan head. Great retention and nice lacing. The nose was definitely sweet with some fruity notes - apple and cherry - and brown bread. My first taste was thinner than expected from the nose, but more consistent with the low ABV. Bready and spicy, with a hint of cinnamon. I did not get any diacetyl or DMS. Nice clean, dry finish.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle from my old man's fridge this afternoon. The packaging suggests this one is fresh for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into a nonic pint glass.

L: Pours a crystal-clear, deep-copper amber with about an inch of off-white head that has some pretty decent staying power and leaves profuse lacing on the glass. Lazy, infrequent visible carbonation present.

S: Sweet and bready malts are most prominent in the nose. Slight grassy and earthy quality, possibly from the hops. A fleeting sense of sweet stewed corn. A touch of buttery diacetyl in the mix, as well.

T: I was expecting some substantial malt flavors in the front, but there was hardly anything going on there. Some very muted bready and toasted malt notes, but most of what I got was the taste of water in the front end. The middle brings on more robust toasted and bready malt flavor--some of the malt bill must be quite similar to Guinness Draft, because I'm definitely getting some of that in the middle. More earthiness and grassy notes building in the center. A touch of apple or pear cider there, as well--plum is also in there. Just a bit of stewed corn and some very subtle diacetyl butterscotch notes. The back end continues those toasty and bready malt notes, with some grassy and earthy hop bitter to close things out.

F: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this one drinks watery, silghtly creamy, astringent, and bitter in turns. There's a pretty good level of carbonation present. It begins watery and ends quite dry.

O: This is one of my dad's favorite beers, and I thought it was high-time I gave it a review. While it does suffer from some of the pitfalls of any mass-produced beer, this one keeps things simple in a surprisingly effective way. The malt bill is pleasant, if not world-changing. There is enough of a hop presence to keep everything clean and balanced. I could do without the hints of diacetyl and adjuncts, but this one is head-and-shoulders above your average mass-produced BMC product. And, I've found that Smithwick's is a lot like Coke, insofar as it pairs quite well with a lot of different food.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in that mixture of brown and red. Head diminishes quickly. Aroma hits with earthen dirt, malt, peat type of red malt feels.

Taste was a pedestrian excursion, red malt, almost no hops, still thin. Is the standard reason red ales often have a bad name.

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Photo of AleMan66
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pored this from a bottle into a clear teardrop class. It pours a clear red with a two finger head. It has a very pleasant sweet smell. The taste is nutty and medium bodied. I think it's a really fine beer. I'm a fan.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness. Broad distribution. But Smithwick's borders on bland beer.
What saves this beer from blandness is that it has a solid malty base, or backbone as others call it.
I like the buttery start and the dryness in the finish I suppose a Guinness characteristic. But, they could have done more with this beer.

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Photo of GStone899
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Traditional Irish red ale. This one screams St Patrick's day to me. Don't expect too much from this one but it's a solid beer if u can't find anything craft. I like it more than Guinness which is watery as hell.

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Photo of leaddog
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a dark copper red with a finger of off white head.

Smell - sweet bready malts and hint of grains. Nothing else.

Taste - Sweet bready and buttery malts upfront. Hint of caramel. The grains come in afterwards to help finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes smooth with the malts lingering.

Overall - An Irish red that won't blow you away. The malts are there but they are just a tad sweet for my liking considering the style.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought 6-pack Times Supermarket $5.99
Reddish amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Smooth malty, caramel taste
Overall an easy drinking beer at a great price. Would drink a lot more.

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Photo of bwood06
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a Helles Lager glass

A - Moderate pour produces a 2 finger high head that is off white in color with just a bit of a reddish tint to it. Head is thick and foamy and dissipates very slowly. The beer itself is a deep garnet in color and clear. Moderate carbonation is visible with bubbles rising moderately quickly towards the surface. 3.75/5

S - Caramel and toffee come out in the aroma right away with a dark toasted bready malt backing. A very light hint of dark cherries and dates is present along with what seems to be noble hops. Sweet and fruity with a Grape Nut O's base overall for the aroma. 3.5/5

T - Caramel and dark stone fruit (dark cherries and dates) are the initial flavors to hit my tongue but these quickly go away and transition into a Grape Nut O's cereal malt flavor. A bit of dark toasted bread is present as well before transitioning into a bit of woodiness and a peppery spiciness and finally into a noble hop bitterness that lasts ever so shortly before disappearing entirely. 3.5/5

M - Light carbonation burn up front that is fairly brief. Light to medium bodied with moderate drying on the back end. Dryness lingers on the palate after swallowing. 3.25/5

O - Sweet and fruity but also earthy and slightly bitter makes for a well balanced experience. Not entirely flavor forward but this is a sessionable beer that is ideal for pairing with food. Not my favorite Irish Red but it does the job. 3.5/5

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