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Guinness Generous Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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181 Ratings

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RyanLigeia on 11-14-2012)
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1.5/5  rDev -54.7%

07-09-2013 23:40:34 | More by DonFrap
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British Columbia (Canada)

1.75/5  rDev -47.1%

12-16-2013 02:03:42 | More by Bubbba
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -39.6%

Deep garnet color with good clarity and a nice craggy off white head. red grapes, nuttiness, lots of red wine like notes on the nose, dark fruits, plums.

thinner body than expected. A little messy and not as clean as expected. A little tiny. Too many dark fruit flavors, not enough toasty and biscuit notes. Sweet yet balanced. Kind of like an underbaked biscuit with fig jam on it and maybe a touch of butter. Really thins out on the finish. Semi-dry but would benefit from being dried. Definitely needs more body.

04-03-2013 22:51:45 | More by jtierney89
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2.25/5  rDev -32%

04-02-2013 03:56:03 | More by tubeyes
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2.25/5  rDev -32%

02-19-2013 05:50:43 | More by HoboMoo
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2.25/5  rDev -32%

10-21-2013 13:26:57 | More by FrankHammer
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2.25/5  rDev -32%

Review from notes taken 12 23 12. Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that was given to me by my brother Pete. Thanks for the opportunity! Poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Light copper translucent body under a light brown brief head. Average look really. 3.0

S Distant barley malt, reminded me of a basic Amber. 3.0

T Distant barley malt continued right into the taste. No surprises here. This tastes like a very forgettable american Amber really. 2.0

M Thin, disappointing feel. 2.0

D Drinkability was fine but I don't see drinking another one of these. Overall this is probably a below average example of the style. 2.0

Notes: I was drawn in by the label and hopeful for something better from this brewer. Unfortunately for me, at least, this will fade into the distance as a forgotten beer.

12-28-2012 03:01:40 | More by adamette
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2.39/5  rDev -27.8%

I could find very little information on this beer, not even being mentioned on Guinness's own site, so my hopes were not that high. It pours a beautiful deep red, tinging towards purple, and with the slight spicy notes of cardamom and cinnamon drifting off the pink foam I'm beginning to think I'm in for a pleasant surprise. Turns out, I'm indeed surprised, but not at all pleasantly, as this beer tastes EXACTLY like the dry Draught Guinness I just don't care for. Smokey and ashen on the tongue, with a rapidly vanishing flavor that leaves a slight aftertaste which makes me want to reach for another beer...ANY beer.

Perhaps by taste buds are rough and lacking in subtlety, but I taste NO different between this and the Draught, so if you like very dry beers that leave more of an impression of flavor than flavor itself, this is right up your alley. Since this tastes just like the Draught, however, I'm not sure of the point of this brew. Cheers!

02-12-2013 00:55:03 | More by Seekerpilgrim
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

08-02-2013 01:48:00 | More by mwbrady12
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

03-16-2014 10:58:16 | More by Fettpopps
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2.58/5  rDev -22.1%

Appearance: Similar to New Glarus Fat Squirrel, an English brown. This is also quite red with rustic carbonation and nice foam and lacing.

Smell: Very metallic smell with a faint hint of caramel hops. Very generic, and the minerals overwhelm.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Once again, this is very metallic and heavily carbonated. Almost tastes like tonic water, only more sour. The sourness is also what hurts the mouthfeel, making this harsh going down, a bit like vinegar.

Overall Drinkability: Easily my least favorite Guinness.

01-06-2013 04:06:40 | More by tjsdomer2
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2.58/5  rDev -22.1%

Poured into a 12 oz. Sam Adams glass. Clear, deep copper with a very short-lived creamy white head. No lacing. Aroma is limited, with a malt sweetness that didn't have any identifiable notes. Taste is about the same. There's a nondescript malt sweetness, but nothing distinctive about it. Almost no carbonation. It's a beer that has the form of an English Mild but not the depth you would expect.

02-15-2013 10:09:28 | More by delta490
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2.6/5  rDev -21.5%

11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color with good clarity in spite of its dark shade. The head is a one finger light cream color. Not much retention here, but a nice bit of lacing is left behind.

S: Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and some brown sugar. I detect a hint of roasted barley, as well. Not much stronger than a lot of Guinness offerings, but it works okay.

T: There's some roasted barley on the initial flavor which seems to give it a bit of a twist over a typical brown/dark mild ale (but this is NOT a mild ale at 5.6%). I notice a lot of malt bitterness in this one - nothing to suggest it has a healthy hop bill, although a touch of piny bittering hops *do* make themselves known. Also a bit buttery tasting. The way this comes across, it almost seems like it lacks sweetness. I get used to the savory components, however. What I never really get used to is the finish trailing off with a whimper.

M: I like a clean, dry beer - but these sensations hit too fast and too hard, robbing about 1/3rd of the flavor profile nearly completely. What usually works for Guinness draught doesn't work here.

O: Not a fan. It doesn't flat out suck per se, but I'd much rather use the remaining bottle from the pack in a recipe than drink it. I can see this being fantastic in a beef stew or chili, at least.

01-06-2013 00:41:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
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2.68/5  rDev -19%

Served August 2013 from bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Amber, with thin head that did not last long.

Smell: Very mild aromas. I get some sweet-malt aromas, but overall not much.

Taste: Middle of the road body (not full but not too light). Not a lot of hops nor malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin, and smooth.

Overall: Ok ale. Will probably not buy a case, but will drink it when it is included in a Guinness mixed assorted case.

08-21-2013 21:29:31 | More by JJKBeerLvr
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2.7/5  rDev -18.4%

Sold as a component of a Guinness sampler pack. It seemed to be a filler for the very good Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. Bland taste, aroma and no body. The color was a very muted brown; it looked like it was trying to be a dark beer but just couldn't make it.

12-02-2012 03:59:13 | More by keywestgourmet
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2.7/5  rDev -18.4%

Poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with big white head, decent retention

S: Smells of grass, hay. Cant get much else.

T: A little malt here, maybe a slight bit of roasted malts, mostly skunked flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Maybe I got a bad bottle but not being too huge in this style it seems my bottle was more skunky than it should be. It came from a friend who got it in this years Guinness variety pack. Overall I'll probably pass on this one next time.

03-20-2013 22:48:13 | More by robhbest
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

02-22-2013 01:48:03 | More by tbryan5
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

05-30-2013 03:16:46 | More by kkmiller76
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

08-07-2013 02:38:18 | More by russwilliam
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

06-24-2014 01:02:28 | More by Rbroccoli
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

You know you're a ticker when you'll buy a Guinness 12-pack simply because it has a new offering in it. Guilty. This stuff pours a clear smoky topaz topped by over a finger of wan khaki foam. The nose comprises dark greens, light old maple syrup, sweet barley, and biscuit. Things are even more bland than English milds' reputations occasionally demand. The taste is a mess of soapy, grassy, lightly-caramel-y biscuit. Harumph. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a limp offering, one that certainly doesn't deserve a 12-pack feature debut (though imagining this stuff in its own sixer is even more offensive, so, yeah...). Guinness can do better.

12-27-2012 18:19:19 | More by TMoney2591
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

02-22-2013 01:55:06 | More by PingBob
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

01-04-2013 04:17:47 | More by lackenhauser
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

11-30-2012 03:05:17 | More by beersvh23
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

01-11-2013 19:54:36 | More by baconman91
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Guinness Generous Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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