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Guinness Generous Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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76
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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ireland

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RyanLigeia on 11-14-2012)
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Photo of RaijinQ
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

RaijinQ, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Garrett092112
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Garrett092112, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of kingmaker
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

kingmaker, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of danoble1
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

danoble1, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

RochefortChris, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

ridgeline23, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Antonius08
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Antonius08, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

RoryOMoore, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of bmjivi221
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

bmjivi221, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

AnthemOfTheSun, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Chucker17, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass, coded bottle date. This pours a clear amber color with a large tan head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of bread malts, nutty smells, and a little hops. The feel is medium. The taste is good enough, a little bitterness some nice bread malts and a little toffee.

DavidST, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a short but sturdy oatmal-like cap of foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted barley
Taste-Toasted malt and barley, faint hop note throughout. Easy drinkability with a little higher ABV than traditional stout. A mild ale to be sure, but with "Generous" in the name I was expecting a little bit more in the flavor department. Worth a try.

hosehead83, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Clear red-brown with two-finger off white head, with decent retention. Some patchy lacing.

S - Mild aroma of caramel malt and ale yeasts. A hint of spicy hop. Smells decent enough.

T - Caramel malts forward, with an herbal/spicy twang in the mid-palate. Sweet and toasty, but thankfully without becoming dextrin-y. Ale yeasts add a tiny hint of ripe apple fruitiness. Has a bit of a eucalyptus leaf finish. (not a bad thing by any means) Well balanced, but also as the name suggests, very mild. Dont detect many winter spices though.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation. "Wet" finish. Very drinkable.

O - My first exposure to this style, and I enjoyed it enough to have no problem finishing the bottle. Not a "holiday" brew, but interesting in it's own right. Would make a nice session brew. Dont know that I'd rush to buy it again, but glad I had it.

TempeBeerMan, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mixed and matched this at the House of 1,000 beers

A - Deliverers on look with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head and the beer itself is a clear dark ruby brown with a ton of carbonation bubbles.

S - Mild skunk with a touch of nutty and a bit of caramel like malt. Skunky hops perhaps?

T - It's definitely dry with an herbal tea character, skunky yeast flavors, some nuttiness with a bit of tea in the finish. Not terrible it grows on you as you drink.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy, not very mild.

Overall nothing to run out and get seconds but not a bad winter ale.

DrDemento456, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep dark amber still comes off clear with a nice thick off-white head. Head rose to about 1/2" at minimum granted I had a pretty vigorous pour.

Smell: From the beginning the scent that this brew pushes is more like light barley, light hops and not bad

Taste: Rich hop taste comes off creamy little like a marzen. Has almost a sweet feel of brown sugar but still bitter...no complaints just something a little different.

Mouth: Medium carbonation that feels heavy at times. But overall crisp, slight toasty.

Overall: Good beer picked up from a variety pack I saw at the store. Easily money well spent considering the other gems that came along with this one. If you see it definitely worth your attention drink and enjoy.

BlurryVisi0n, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark copper brown with a thick and creamy white head with long retention and solid lacing.

S-grainy with toasted malt, metallic, some sweet caramel

T- malty profile up front, toasted bread crust with some grains, finishes bone dry with just enough hop profile to be noticed.

M- true to the style, very low carbonation with a medium body. Just a bit of bubbles give way to a super creamy mouthfeel and finish.

O- this one wasn't complex by any means, but it is very drinkable and would make a solid session choice. It's like a lighter tasting ale version of Guinness draught.

Treyliff, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Generous Ale (Arthur's Holiday Ale)

Brewed in honor of the brewer and figure head but makes no claims this is an old recipe

LOOK: Deep copper or light brown, white long standing foam forms and leaves a good amount of webbed lacing.

SMELL: Bready and chocolatey , with a presence of highly toasted malts. And that signature yeast strain smell so you know it's a Guinness product. Barley malt all day.

TASTE/FEEL: Light bodied ale punching through the stinging carbonation come some noble hops, caramel and toast. Herbal flavors and palate coating yeast. Touch of tangy English ale yeast flavor which sticks out more here than in the very roasty Guinness Draught. A touch of brown sugar and hint of molasses. Leafy hops, a bit oily and slick. Still, an easy, refreshing, quaffable drinker. All the flavors are fairly mild, so this at least lives up to the name of the general style.

OVERALL: A simple but respectable beer, with a little signature Guinness type flavor. Generous Ale actually was a bit like Smithwicks but lighter bodied, more roasted and hoppier. This makes a solid choice for a session beer. Would pair well with smoked or grilled cheddarwurst.

Stinkypuss, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"Guinness Generous Ale celebrates Arthur's legacy as a brewer of styles with generous flavor and his commitment to the welfare of his employees & the community. Guinness Generous Ale is a full-bodied winter ale, balancing a subtle hop flavor with roasted barley character. Celebrate the spirit of the holidays with this special ale." Generous Ale is brewed in the style of an English Dark Mild Ale. Available exclusively as part of the Guinness Winter Variety Mix Pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thin creamy dirty white head that recedes briskly. Body color is a deep amber brown with very deep red tones. Carbonation is mild. Light frothy surface cover and very light lacing. Appearance is decent but certainly capable of much more. 2.75

(Smell) Aroma is chock full of sweet caramel candied malts, notes of light buttery toffee and a low alpha earthy hop blend for a mild bitterness. Very faint graininess in the aroma, mostly clean aroma. Balance is slightly sweet but hop presence is certainly evident. Potency is medium. Smells pleasing with a substantial body. 3.75

(Taste) Flavors are much like the aroma, with a faintly husky medium roasted caramel and english pale malt blend, some notes of sweet toffee. Hop presence is earthy and mildly bitter, a touch spicy but full in flavor. Mild warming finish with a very faint touch of alcohol. Flavors are pleasant despite being a style I am not too familiar with, I found the flavor to be enjoyable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Very low carbonation, quite slick and slightly chewy with a touch of body. Alcohol presence is low but discernible. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Carbonation is appropriate for the style- very faint but still contributing to the characters of the beer. 4.25

(Overall) It's an interesting experience drinking something labeled Guinness that isn't a stout (or a black lager, for that matter) but this beer is a very decent take on a hard to find style in the states, following the style rules while not making any shortcuts on body, flavor and balance. The flavor is simple and to the point, but not shallow on the malt or hop character. Simple and without curveballs are always an enjoyable way to go for a traditionalist's sake. Overall it's a drinkable English Dark Mild and certainly worthy of a wide release. 3.75

Guinness Ltd.'s
Guinness Generous Ale
3.64/5.00

Jadjunk, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am kind of surprised to see this listed as a mild ale at 5.6%. Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a deep hazelnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, bready. Taste is malty, toasty, light hops, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer.

tone77, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of tito42
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Purchased from the winter sampler. 11.2 oz :(

A: Between chestnut and ruby, clear, with active carbonation and a foamy tannish head.

S: Roasted malt and barley, popcorn butter, plums, grassy hops.

T: Toasted grains and adjuncts, buttery diacetyl, plum, grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied with a zesty, dry finish.

O: Much better than the black lager, this is a decent seasonal English Ale.

tito42, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Minkybut
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a pretty brunette with a very nice amber colored head. The beer had good lacing. The head was big bubbles which is okay, I like fine. The taste was goodness as expected from a Guinness. Not as heavy as regular Guinness but more taste than the new black lager. I will buy again.

Minkybut, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle stamped 05:40-L2245G00002. Sampled on 12/12/12.

The pour is a mahogany brown with reasonable clarity and an off-white head that sticks around until I finish the glass.

The aroma reminds me of all the Guinness brews I have had with a sweet dark maltiness. The twist is that I also pick up a slight nutty character.

The body is about medium but it is creamy and smooth.

The taste starts a little sweet but it immediately finishes with an acidic bitterness that lingers for a slight moment at the end. For a holiday brew there really isn't anything that jumps out as unique but it is entirely drinkable.

puboflyons, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of punky796
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown but clear, about a finger of head, medium lacing.

S - Brown sugar, barley malt, earthiness.

T - Molasses, barley malt, a touch of the coffee & chocolate that characterize regular Guinness. A little hop and other grains.

M - As seems to be my usual perception with anything lately, a bit too carbonated and heavy on alcohol taste, but finishes smoother than it swirls. Kinda bitter.

O - I was excited to try something different from Guinness, but this is a bit disappointing. That being said, I'll still take it before lots of things and don't regret at least trying it.

punky796, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

MarvinTheMarzen, Jan 22, 2013
Guinness Generous Ale from Guinness Ltd.
76 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.