1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale - Guinness Ltd.

Not Rated.
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish AleSmithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

2,309 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,309
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 25
Gots: 171 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 04-01-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,309 | Reviews: 741 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SonictheBeerhog
2/5  rDev -42%

SonictheBeerhog, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Iowacraft
2/5  rDev -42%

Iowacraft, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of fx20736
2.08/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint at fridge temp.

Tea-like amber with a natural vanilla toned thick head. Impressive lacing.

Aroma: This must be what DMS smells like. Reminds me of a dirty diaper.

Well structured mouthfeel.

Tastes like it smells.

Notes: There was a time when I liked this beer. That was before I delved into craft beer. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

fx20736, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Blakaeris
2.08/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours burnished copper with a thick pillowy head.

Aroma is almost nonexistent. A mild malt sweetness is all I can find.

Taste is sweet, light caramel malt with the slightest hint of peaty smokiness. Hops appear in the finish for an instant and then disappear.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

A startlingly light and tasteless version of the style. Granted, I do not find any off or offensive flavor. However, there is very little flavor of any kind to be found at all.

Blakaeris, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of theopholis
2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance- Very deep, clear amber color That continues effervescing for a while. Small white head with little staying power. Foam clings to the side well.

Aroma- Very faint caramel. Some malt sweetnessand malty. No hop aroma.

Taste- Not real impressive. Somewhat of a malty flavor with a strong metallic after-taste. some hop bitterness. Kind of dry at the finsih to. Not much to recommend it.

Mouthfeel- Body a tad light and over-carbonated. The over-carbonation brings out the very worst in the taste.

Drinkability- Wish I hadn't bought a sixer.

theopholis, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of busterthecat
2.1/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass.

A- Pours a mildly transparent muddy red hue. a thick rocky head forms before dispersing. Lots of large bubbles from carbonation.

S- Light, sweet, canned pears. Kinda sugary, no hops or bitterness detected.

T- Similar to smell, but less robust. A sweet light malt body, one dimensional. No fingering of flavors. No hops or much of anything. A slight earthiness in finish.

M- Like a faint bubbly soda. Thin, watery, very light.

D/O- Like a dark semi-sweet soda water. Nothing really to it.

busterthecat, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From the brewers of Guiness.

Pours brown/black with a thick, firm and pillowy off white head. Nice looking and inviting.

Nose is lightly sweet, lightly burned black coffee with a plum character. Better than it sounds.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with no character or appeal. Feels like a light coffee flavored water in your mouth.

Flavors follow. Light, weak and watered. Like a weak cup of coffee to which one added light carbonation and some water.

No reason to drink this one, unless one needs to hydrate and there no water in sight.

GRG1313, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Osirus
2.13/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Deep copper. In a curved pint it was a beautiful copper on the bottom and dark hued brown on top which was good. A little lacking on the foam but I did not control the pour. Good Belgian Lace considering the lack of head.

Smell - Caramel, grain, not much hop presence. Simple and leaning heavily towards malt.

Taste - Like the smell, the taste is simple and straightforward. Straight to maltiness with little complexity.

Mouthfeel - A little on the thin side. Carbonation was ok.

Overall - Simple. Middle of the road. Pedestrian but that is sometimes a good thing. There is nothing bad about this beer.

Osirus, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of charlesw
2.15/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Beautiful amber color and medium white head. Knocked for losing the head too quickly.

Smells like an american macro lager - corn, "crisp" hops, overcarbonation. Yuck.

Doesn't taste too much of corn but, yeah, it's there. Some malt. Carbonic acid/pride of ringwood hops/too much of a bite to this. On cask it might be worth drinking. Maybe. In a bottle it sucks.

Too carbonated to want to drink it and I can't think of a time when this would be the right beer.

Knock the carbonation way down. Get rid of the corn. If knocking the carbonation down hasn't already done it, increase the body a bit through some other means. Add a touch of wheat to get better head retention. "Inspired by the original recipe" my ass!

charlesw, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of Spider889
2.15/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Looking back at a beer that I used to consider my favorite. This time around I couldn't even finish the glass I was so disappointed... luckily the damn thing was free.

Nice dark color, a sort of watery coffee ground brown. Small head on it.

Smelled half of roasted malts and half of a macro lager.

I used to think this was such a complex, flavorful, and rich beer. Years later I discover that I tastes like a blend of Guinness Draught and Harp. Not very appealing at all.

Mouthfeel is thin and creamy, barely carbonated at all.

This beer drinks easily if you like it, but i have to mark it low because I couldn't stomach a pint of it.

Time changes a lot of things. I still have a ton of respect for this beer as one of the gateways into craft and import goodness for me. But, unless it's free again, I don't see myself ever ordering one outside of some need to experience nostalgia in my olden days far from now...

Spider889, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
2.15/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear mahogony hue with a soapy sudsy white head. Herbal, caramel malt aroma with notes of apples and hay, some roast and burnt notes. Most of the flavors are roasty, dry and lots of cramel malt flavor and dry grain. some notes of apple and cardboard. Sorry I did not like this at all and had a hard time finishing it.

WakeandBake, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of mctizzz
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

mctizzz, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Keith_R, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of curlybird
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

curlybird, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of justinbrown
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

justinbrown, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of LilMatrix
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%
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.

LilMatrix, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Dbot
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Dbot, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Didier
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

Didier, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of thomseye
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

thomseye, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of duceswild
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

duceswild, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of MumboJumbo
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

MumboJumbo, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of kvnstfrd
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

kvnstfrd, May 23, 2013
Photo of HRamz3
2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

HRamz3, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of mactrail
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Flat and dishwatery are the flavors that come to mind. The faintest beer-like smell. Why do I think of bricks and concrete basements? There is something like used tea bags and spoiled fruit here. A hint of sawdust in the nose. Sharpish club soda flavor takes over. No hint of anything hop-like, nor any hint of malty sweetness. The head is big and rather coarse, but pleasant enough.

This is such a wretched beer, I don't think being an allegedly Irish style is any excuse. I went back and looked at my review of bottled Guiness with the new harp logo. The Diageo legacy seems to be making their beers into even more unpleasant industrial concoctions. I feel a rant coming on.

12 oz bottle from Trader Joe's.

mactrail, Apr 09, 2012
Smithwick's Imported Premium Irish Ale from Guinness Ltd.
79 out of 100 based on 2,309 ratings.