Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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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
Ratings:
2,750
Reviews:
804
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
14.94%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
520
For Trade:
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

Another Quizzo beer. We came in second this week (couldn't repeat, dammit...). It pours a darkish amber-copper topped by finger or so of ecru micro-foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light caramel, and light flowers. The taste is nearly identical to the smell, though ever-so-slightly caramelier. Not by much, though. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a nice brew (I've been drinkin' 'em for years, now), nothing overtly special and nothing very emblematic of Irish reds in general, but a tasty- and drinkable-enough brew to enjoy while rockin' fools at pub trivia.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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

On draft at Sine in Arlington, VA.

The beer is amber hued with a thin tan head. Honey and fruit notes. Bread and biscuit character with a light bitterness in the finish. Pretty easy to drink. Unexciting but inoffensive. Thin bodied with moderate carbonation. Ok.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried Smithwick's irish red at the Tilted Kilt today...good beer and good service. The beer pours a deep clear amber with white head that left some lacing on the glass. The smell was fairly simple, malt. The taste was a decent malt based beer that had subtle hop to help clear the pallet. The mouthfeel was a nice medium body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice Guinness sampler in cans this one appears a pale copper amber with a big highly carbonated khaki tan head, fine bubbles cling to the sides of my glass great head retention. Aroma has biscuit malts with a fresh baked bread note, very tame nose on it with a hint of herbal hops in the backend. My wife loves it and I'm frankly okay with this beer enough flavor to keep me interested. Bready malts hints of faint herbal hops well balanced mass produced drinking ale, you can't really go wrong with at least trying this beer especially well protected from the light in can form. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied smooth flowing natural carbonation arises across the palate, I know I like it. Overall, an impressive beer that I would like to indulge in a couple pints of without having to worry about whether or not it's considered craft or not it's an acceptable Irish ale better than most imports these days and that's good enough for me to spend my hard earned dollars.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with 1/2" of head. Nice retention. Smells of caramel malt. Taste is caramel malts with a hint of yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp; decent carbonation.

Rather one dimensional, but it's not a bad dimension. This is my go-to St. Patty's day drink.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of imbibehour
2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. St. Paddy's leftovers I guess.

A sort of dirty tan head fairly foamy and large is made at about three fingers, many large bubbles in the head. Settles very quickly. Body color is a dark red copper brown amber color and quite clear.

Nose smells like soapy malt. Faint grass, maybe a little cinnamon, but first impression is something feels really strange and off putting.

Taste, there is next to nothing on this palate. Mostly just a soily dirt component, not much of a malt backbone, or classic grassy irish ale tastiness. Body seems to have a bit of stability to it, but the flavors just aren't coming out.

Overall, fairly uninteresting compared to other Irish Ales I've had.

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An Irish steakhouse that I enjoy going to has this on tap. I tried it between guinnesses, so couldn't rate it before. On my way home from work, and before any other beers, I decided to go to the store and pick it up to give it a fair review. It has become quite popular in this area.
It had a dark, reddish color with a white head that didn't last too long before becoming a decent lacing. Its carbonation was light to moderate.
The smell was faint. Couldn't quite pinpoint it, but had faint tea-like malt aroma with slight hoppy scent. The scent was not bad, but very subtle.
The taste was not bad either. Nothing great though. Some hints at a sweet tea at first. Later it became slightly more bitter. This was what it should be for this type. However, it was a bit too watery. The taste was thinner than the appearance led me to believe. To improve, it should have a bit of a stonger scent and more malty thickness.
It was refreshing, lending to its drinkability, but could become boring.

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4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a deep, amber-red color that is crystal clear. There is a huge, chunky off-white head that has reasonably big bubbles and remains for quite some time. Semi-sweet caramel and nutty smells on the beer. Super sweet and tangy malts on the tongue when you first taste the beer. There is a very subtle underlying hops bitterness that creeps up on the end of the flavors. It helps greatly to balance all the sweetness. Also, there is a roasted quality that reveals itself after the beer has had some time to warm in the glass a bit. There is a crisp and slightly sour bite to the finish, with a subtle caramel aftertaste. Tasty beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
3.48 out of 5 based on 2,750 ratings.
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