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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.
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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Photo of G2Brew
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, poured into a pint glass at about 50 degrees. There was some sort of code printed on the bottom of the back label, but if it was a "best by" date, I couldn't decipher it.

A - Brown with some redness, pretty dark with good clarity. Two solid fingers of tan head that lasts a long time, and has very good lacing. Nice appearance.

S - Not much of anything, but there is some caramel and malty grain. Some light roasted grain notes. The hops are AWOL.

T - Picks up the aromas in the taste, but there's a bit more of it in the flavor. It also has some nuttiness, and the roasted grain comes out a bit more. The roasted barley kicks in more in the aftertaste. Not getting much sense of the hops here, although it has good balance. It's a good Irish red flavor profile.

M - Thin and watery. Carbonation was medium to low. The too-light mouthfeel doesn't match the expectation from the color and flavor.

D - Slightly above mediocre. Worth drinking, but nothing terribly special. It's OK as a change of pace.

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Photo of HUXC
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown color with about a fingers worth of white tan head.

S- Malted smell, good dark ale.

T- Roasted ale taste, nice strong aftertaste finish.

M- Moderately carbonated, excellent retention.

D- Not a beginners beer. Somewhat thinker then the ordinary beer, its made by Guinness which has a reputation for its beers to be on the thicker side.

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Photo of JustinOSU99
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Slightly dark amber color with a head that poured large and settled nicely.
S: Slightly disappointed as the first scent that came to mind was rusty metal. Slight caramel and orange scents also.
T: Good deep taste that far differs from the smell of the beer. Slight hints of caramel and chocolate with spicy aftertaste.
MF: Sits light in the mouth and goes down easy. Has a creamy feel in the mouth ( not as creamy as a porter or stout, but nice for an ale)
D: I could drink a few of these before I would have to switch to a nice stout.

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Photo of VietPong
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I was very impressed with Smith's. I had this in a tasting alongside stella artois and peroni, and this beer was the best. It has the perfect bitterness, and only slight carbonation. Is it my favorite? No. Does it stand up very well against other imports? Yes. And the best part is that I had low expectations

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Photo of rjochman
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear dark brown color with a good amount of foam. A lot of lacing on the glass through the drink.

S: Good caramel and malty smell

T: caramel and malt flavor, same as the smell

M: medium bodied and a bit dry

D: One of the good beers for this style

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Photo of Hanby
3.12/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep reddish brown with three fingers of foamy head, diminishing into nice lace which lingers throughout.

S- Roasted malt.

T- Roasted malt, caramel, and maybe a very slight hint of black tea.

M- Smooth and full.

O- Good brew, but not great. I enjoyed trying it. There simply isn't much that stands out here.

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Photo of dubman003
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think Smithwicks is the more drinkable Guiness. I know some that swear by Guiness, but some of that is the "Irishness" of the drink (like it's cool to be Irish, you know?). But Smithwick's is good, especially on a fresh keg. Unfortunately, not everyone knows about it so a keg can sit at my drinking hole for awhile. On the other hand, when the bartender tells me the keg is new, I drink the stuff until I can't stand. Good taste, good to introduce to friends. Enjoy a pint.

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Photo of tosshin
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a : Crisp, clear, amber color. Generated about an inch of dence ivory head which left very nice lacing.
s : Smells faintly of flowers and corn. Not too much to talk about here.
t : Light honey sweet and malty with some slight bittering. The flavor doesn't stick around long after the beer is gone. Reminds me of brown ales with a little less smothness.
m : Thin and carbonated. More carbonation than I expected here. Goes down smooth and cleanses the pallet well.
d : If I was in a pub in Ireland this is not the beer I would choose to drink, but if I was at a bar in the states I would choose this to drink for my happy hour, assuming they didn't have anything better.

Overall not a bad beer, it seems like it matches up with the style nicely, so it might be a bit unfair to compare it to other styles of beer. This is a pretty good irish red. Enjoy it.

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Photo of LilMatrix
2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours clear and a light amber color; lacing clings and retains on the glass.

S - Faint and flat... kinda toasty, but not really.

T - Starts off with just a hint of malt which proceeds to a light alcohol taste and ends with a metallic hoppy taste.

M - Very thin bodied and a stingy carbonation.

D - This was leftovers from some 'Black-Smiths' we made (Guinness/Smithwick's). Seems to be better w/ Guinness, not so much by itself. I'd drink this over AB or Miller product but I would get sick of the taste and stingy carbonation.

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Photo of jkbusman
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - beautiful ruddy color with a nice thick and creamy tan head

S - notes of hops and sweet yeast complement a full malty aroma

T - starts with a sweet malty flavor with a dry hop bite at the end; just the right amount of malt and hops to provide balance

M - a medium bodied ale with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - a very drinkable and altogether enjoyable brew

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Photo of Wyattldavis
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep copper appearance with a tall, thick head. The smell and mouthfeel are understated and fairly flat. The flavor is the high point, but it isn't anything extraordinary. It tastes kind of like a very light Guiness I supposed. Definitely not a summer beer. Perhaps best on a very cold December night in Ireland?

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Photo of Blueye80
4.23/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good brew. It was kind of red I guess but I thought it was a little more brown than red. It had a great head that stuck around for quite some time. It went down very smooth with a very mild bitterness. I think that is was a very good drink.

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Photo of OtisinAZ
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great beer! I can't believe it took this long to try it. After 2 all I could think was I want more. Terrific malty taste with a dark amber color. The head had small bubbles that had just the right amount of mouth feel. Lasing stuck right to the glass.

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Photo of ubermick
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ordered on tap from the Mayflower Inn, San Rafael.

A: Nice copper colour, with a good head, with thick lacing. Seemed to be heavily carbonated (could be the bar's gas).

S: Malty sweet, with a little bit of biscuit.

T: Roasted malts, with a caramel finish.

MF/D: A little dry, medium body, not as carbonated as I originally thought. Drinkable for sure, but settling in for a third, I felt rather bloated. A decent beer, a nice step up from the mass-manufactured lagers for the masses that I'd recommend to a domestic drinker as a "gateway" drug! ;)

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Photo of danny013
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pair of 12 oz. bottles poured into a 16 oz. dimple mug and topped up as needed. Beer pours a rich red/brown body topped with a thick, rocky off-white head. Head sticks in nice, huge chunks and leaves a good covering on the beer for most of the pint with some decent lace.

Aroma is predominantly of sweet, bready malts, some good toast, and a faint hoppiness. Not bad.

Taste follow suit, good sweet malts up front, and plenty of toasty biscuity grains. Mild carbonation moves things around, some light herbal hoppiness shows itself but is quickly pushed out by a light grain astringency. Light sweetness hangs around after the beer is swallowed with some faint hops. A bit on the sweet side, though not overpowering, balanced nicely by plenty of light toasted malts.

Light-medium body with some light carbonation make this a smooth, easy drinker. A simple brew that is not too complex that makes for laid-back sipper or something nice to quaff; a great beer to enjoy and not think about with your mates. A tad bit expensive for a 6'er, but I got this one for free :), so no complaints!

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

A: Darker clear amber solid creamy head

S: Some toasty caramel malt nice

T: Malt taste mild hops much above average red ale.

M: Quite nice, not heavy - smooth.

O: Solid Irish Red Ale, not my favorite type of beer - but will take this over any I have tried before.

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Photo of klintok21
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to pub glass. Dark reddish color with very little head. I was expecting a 'Killians' when I first picked this up and was unusually surprised. It was more on the verge of a stout than an Irish Red. Basically to summarize this beer, it is like a watered down version of a stout without the strong coffee flavors. I actually enjoyed this quite a bit, it is easy to drink but for the price ($8.99/six pack) I'll stick to a full bodied stout as to my personal preference, but wouldn't mind one of these every so often to mix it up, give it a try!

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Photo of MikeInIowa
4.36/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great brew!

Appearance: Transparent amber with superior head and lace retention. Even during the glass rinse out following the imbibing, the head remained at the bottom of the glass and appeared to a lager beer when rehydrated

Nose: lightly nutty aroma

Taste: Delectable, full-body nutty flavor. Low bitterness. No residual taste.

Drink: Easy to consume

Mouth: Sensually rich feel.

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Photo of brunrn1
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the closest beer i have had that is similar to guiness. Dont get me wrong guiness is in a realm all its own. But smithwicks taste is very close. I have had this also on tap and its just as good. This beer is best served ice cold, but then again what beer isnt>?

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Photo of Musky
4.17/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice ruby red color with rich and smooth head that recedes with a nice lace. Has a sweetness to the aroma, very smooth on the tongue with just the right amount of carbonation. An extremely easy drinking ale with tones of chocolate. Hop aroma is virtually none existence which is perfect for this style all malt.

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

The off-white lasting head leaves gorgeous lacing, which is probably the most notable characteristic of the appearance and markedly complements the warm, honey-brown body. Carbonation is minimal.

Bread tones with hints of nuts present themselves in the smell followed by a slight dab of sweetness.

The taste largely follows the smell with hints of bread and nuts. The simplicity of the brew in this case proves to be an asset. The mouthfeel is smooth, but its most apparent characteristic is its fullness, albeit with medium consistency.

In short, Smithwick's definitely merits a try. In fact, I may pick up another bottle.

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

Had on tap at the Harvestor in Danesfort Ireland.

A: Copper colored liquid with a think head of white foamy bubbles that dissipates over time.

S: Sweet and malty

T: Same as above with some hop bitterness on the back end that is quite pleasant.

M: Medium. Lightly carbonated but the bubbles are present.

O: Very pleasant and refreshing. Enjoyed it.

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Photo of LeftonJackman
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bellied up to a Mavis Winkle's bar during my grandfather's 80th birthday celebration. Saw it on tap and had to have one pulled.

A: A deep amber/brown but still crisp enough to catch a carbon bubble or two. A finger and a half, healthy head that stuck around.

S: This is where I was looking for more. A little understated for me but with slight aromas of butter and toffee.

T: Again, understated, but not to say it isn't a delicious beer. Buttery caramel, nutty with the hoppiness kicking in towards the draw. A great crisp carbonated brew. Light and easy.

M: Very smooth mouth feel, easy to drink. The carbonation is just right.

D: All together very drinkable and lovely to sway to the Irish drinking songs we sang. Thanks to Mavis Winkle's for keeping this a regular on tap. Not what I would expect from an Irish red, but I will enjoy it again.

(And it is "SMIT-icks" to the Irish and not "Smith-wicks" like we yanks say.)

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Photo of Jdbateman83
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very smooth ale. Hints of caramel, fruit, malt, sweat, honey, smoke. Very easy to drink, if its on tap, and I am in the mood, why not. Is one of my top go to beers if nothing else is on tap I feel like, and when you go to an Irish bar (down the street from my house) and you don't like Guinness, this is one of the best alternatives. I love to drink my setting, and this will do just fine for my Irish bars. Go Groggs!

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

A - Clear and dark amber, thick white creamy head, good lacing on glass

S - Faint, a bit malty

T - Sweet, malty, earthy, hints of caramel, ever so slightly hopppy on the finish. Not very strong or flavorful.

M - High carbonation, chewy, little bit of alcohol on the finish, but not much

D - This is pretty drinkable. It has a little flavor, but not much. I could probably have a few of these.

This was mediocre for me. Not bad by any means, but nothing that I'll remember.

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Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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