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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish AleSmithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale
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Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

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

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789
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Avg:
3.48
pDev:
27.01%
 
 
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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in July 1, 2010. It pours more amber brown than red with a decent half-inch frothy head and a good amount of lacing. The aroma has a nice malty-nutty sensation. The mouthfeel is medium-thick with a honey like texture. The taste is on the bitter side with a fairly nice but lightly hopped ending. Likeable overall.

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Photo of Derek
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nitro-tap at an "Irish" pub (Pogue Mahones) in Toronto, Canada.

A: Amber-copper with an off-white head, very little retention, some lacing.

S: Not much aroma: sweet caramel, a little earthyness, with slight hints of fruity ale esters.

T: Sweet caramel, earthy, slight breadyness and a hint of nuts. There's a pleasant bitterness, but still far too much residual sweetness.

M: Moderate body is creamy, with a syrupy sweet finish.

D: Too much residual sugar for my palate.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep with a decent off white head. Nose was sweet, mild roasted malts, faint hops. Taste was slightly grassy hops, malts are sweet but a bit Creamy mouthfeel quickly thins out with a more astringent than bitter character. Nothing special but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a dark reddish-brown body with a strong carbonation and a crystal clear body. The head is a thick dense light tan mass that has an iceberg shape as it sits above the glass.

S- The faint aroma of dry pale malt with a slight cooked corn sweetness in the background. Some faint noble hop bitterness finishes the smell

T- This beer has a light taste of pale malt with a faint dry lightly toasted malt in the background. There is a soft bitter noble hop finish but no hop flavor other than that.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a fizz in the texture.

D- This is a very light flavored, average beer in a "importee" bottle. Not much character or depth.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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 cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with creamy white head with pretty good retention. Aroma is clean with malt, biscuit and nuts. Much like the aroma, the taste is roasted malt with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Overall, this is a solid brew that makes for a good session.

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Photo of beertunes
2.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in Imperial pint glass. Poured a rich reddish brown with 3/4 inch of slightly off-white head that very good retention and lots of lacing.

A solid malt aroma, caramely, no hop or spice scents. Nice mix of malt flavors, very smooth. A slight tang of hop on the finish.

The body was slightly thin yet solid. Drinkability was nice but on the dull side. You could drink several of these, but why would you? Overall a nice enough, if unspectacular, beer.

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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 Bitterbill
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown reddish pour with a 1 finger head of foam. Good head retention and lacing.

Some caramel malt sweetness and fruitiness in the smell. Pretty nice aroma.

The taste has the same as the smell..though not as forceful. Some toasted malt comes through and a bit of nut which is nice but this smells better than it tastes. Still, it's decent.

Medium bodied for the most part though it does become watery at times, the carbonation is brisk and has a decent overall mouth feel; drinkability isn't a problem because of the low abv. This is worth picking up from time to time.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color with brown tinge. Poured a 1one finger white foamy head with fair retention. Laced in rings.

S: Light crystal malt with a hint of earthy hops.

T: Lightly sweet bready malt with some caramel character. Biscuits and crackers in the middle. Light, even bitter not quite enough to blanace.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet, but dry dry finish.

D: Nice malt character and good looking beer. Pretty good in a style with a lot of average beers.

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

330ml bottle poured into 400ml dab glass oct9 2009

A clear amber that pours a thumbs width of head that had fair retention and a few rings of lace

S not all that much, some sweet grains

T more then the smell it has a large amount of grain and a little chocolate

M nice an creamy and pretty smooth

D a little more then I expected, and that's never a bad thing

I'm thinking this ones worth another drink from the tap at the Irish pub down the street

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

On Tap

Appearance - Clear brown colour with a large frothy off-white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes or so.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, roasted/toasted notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, nuts, and some raisins. There is also a slight amount of a woodiness and a touch of spice. It ends with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - An above average highly sessionable beer that is a better option than most of the beers available to me locally. It hit the spot and I'll order it again.

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Photo of barczar
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bubbly, effervescent clear deep amber red with a foamy, frothy eggshell had that slowly dissipates, leaving sticky lacing.

Floral hops, grain, specialty malt fruitiness, and fruity yeast esters accompany a hint of toasted bread. Becomes very metallic late.

Flavor reveals a toasted, nutty, bready malt backbone, which finishes dry and a touch bitter. There's an underlying ester fruitiness that isn't quite as prominent as in the aroma. Slight metallic notes emerge.

Body is moderate, with moderate to slightly high carbonation and a bit of harsh astringency in the finish.

More malt backbone than expected. The bitterness is a little overly done. The metallic character is offputting. Esters are a little odd, as well.

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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 DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow only 4.5 damn I must be spoiled by dark beers because I thought this one was at least 6!

This beer seems to be popping up all over my town on tap and in bottles in every mix and match shop so after I found out it was by Guinness I was sold.

A - darkest amber without being like a porter. Aggressive pour resulted in heavy head that laces the glass.
S - Smells of bread malts and a tiny bit of hops.
T - mild Roasty flavor along with malt presence.
M - Thin (as expected) for a beer like this but refreshing
D - Meh... I really didn't like it too much. One and done.

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Photo of avalon07
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap on Super Bowl night. Had very little head once it got to me, but left a little lacing on the pint glass. The color was light brown and pretty thin.

Had a subtle smell with some malts and a little bread.

The taste was a little on the weak side, but not without charm. Malts and yeasts were apparent, but not overwhelming.

Had a very average amount of carbonation, adding little bite to the beer.

This is an okay beer, but hardly one I'd drink on a regular basis. It's simply too thin and lacking a bit in flavor. As I said earlier, it's not without charm, but still sort of average overall.

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

Pours a clear, dark amber with moderate cap of dense foam. Scent brings toasted and roasted malts with a moderate dose of caramel, light herbal hoppyness. Taste is quite pleasent, malt forward with equal notes of toast and caramel, light herbal and grassy hops. Little bit more body than expected from the ABVs. Solid, easy drinking.

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Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber-red color with an ample head. Very impressive head that is also slightly reddish in color. Aroma is rich and malty. Taste is very much the same. Goes down smooth and somewhat sweet. Lots of lacing left in the glass. A very drinkable beer that I would probably buy again, unless I find something better for the style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown and red pour, head gets eviscerated quickly. Aroma was like that earthy dirt and stuff homebrewers use in their red ales.

Taste, hate to use the b word (boring) but this is just a beer with enough malt base to make it something more substantial and justifiable than a BMC beer, but its still a red ale that lacks any complexity or imagination. I mean jeez, even the reds that just hop it up at least taste better, even if they are far from innovative.

This is really just like Killians, but a little bit thicker.

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

on tap, into shaker glass.

appears a reddish-brown mahogany color, with thin white head, that fades. aroma is sweet malt, bready.

taste is similar. mellow slightly sweet, buttery. no hops detected. medium body and carbonation, about on par for the style. pretty easy to drink.

not a bad option for a mass produced beer, and a good option at bars without better craft options.

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Photo of glid02
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the new Fado in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with red highlights. The head is very foamy - I thought it was a nitro-tap at first - and sticks around for a while before dissipating into a thin pancake of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is very nice.

Smells lightly of toasted malts with a very small hint of pears. Not a whole lot going on here.

Tastes good. Again, small toasted malt flavors are joined by a bit of bitterness midway through the sip that keeps on through the ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with grainy carbonation that goes down smoothly.

Drinkability is probably the best parts about this beer. It goes down very easily - I had mine with an Irish breakfast - and it's sessionability is great.

Overall there's nothing overly spectacular about this beer, in fact there's nothing even very good about this beer. It's a good session beer when you're looking to give your taste buds a break.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a reddish-brown colored brew with a very small tan colored head. The head fades rather rapidly, leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is malty with notes of biscuit and lightly roasted smells. With these aromas comes a rather stronger sweet smell of caramel and apple. A very light grassy aroma rounds out the rest creating a rather nice smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt and biscuit flavor upfront with a moderate amount of a caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances a little bit of a fruit flavor as well as some grassy hop tastes come to the tongue. The caramel takes on a more toffee like flavor more toward the end with these flavors leaving a lightly roasted and light sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly above average side for a brew of only 4.5 % abv. The carbonation level is rather average as well and in combination with the moderately thick body creates a feel that is very nice for the lightly roasted and toffee/caramel flavors of the brew.

Overall – Not a flavor powerhouse but rather easy drinking and a good brew for the more session level of alcohol. Overall it’s rather well done.

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Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark ruby brown color with a two finger white head that leaves some sticky lace.
S: Sweet malt with some caramel. Not a lot of depth, but pleasant enough.
T: Lots of sweet caramel malt and a bit nutty. Barley any bitterness. I nice inoffensive taste.
D: Very smooth and creamy. A good session beer.

Nothing outstanding, but pleasant. Something to drink at a bar when nothing else is available.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into the Chimay Goblet

A - Small loose off-white head descended to a ring. The color was more of a brown with a slight red tint as opposed to a red ale.

S - A toasted malt smell comes out with a slight dryness to it. Its maltiness was definitely prevalent.

T - Smithwick's is crisp and dry. Malty with a balanced slightly hoppy aftertaste.

M - Crisp and light bodied.

D - Im getting a rather bitter finish but I specifically remember it being smoother than this the last time I had it. Its a rather drinkable beer. Maybe this experience warrants a revisit down the line.

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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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