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Guinness Generous Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
76
okay

182 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
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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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

srw, Dec 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

sendbeer, Dec 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Juice-O, Dec 23, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev +9.7%

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
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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Milkysunshine, Dec 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

SaxmanRick, Dec 22, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev +18.7%

The beer pours a reddish brown color with an off white filmy head. Smell has a lot of roasted malt with chocolate and coffee and a sweet candy like background. The taste is a little metallic and has dark bitter coffee flavor with an earthy hop flavor. It's light with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish. This is a nice beer from Guinness I kind of expected something gimicky like their black lager but this is way better.

JMad, Dec 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Lewdd, Dec 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

ale207, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

MichaelBuck, Dec 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

rgille2, Dec 20, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a nice ruby reddish brown topped with a frothy ivory head that holds good retention & leaves some sticky lacing on its way down. Aromas are yeast, grain, metallic, earthy, woodsy. Tastes are spicy, earthy, some roast, more bitter than expected, metallic, burnt caramel, some mild earthy pine on the finish. Thinner body with a dry finish from the roasted barley. Overall, somewhat different & not what i expected, but actually quite pleasant.

barnzy78, Dec 19, 2012
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3.54/5  rDev +6.9%

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
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3.95/5  rDev +19.3%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Guinness seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a rich, tawny brown color. Has a large, frothy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells nutty and toasty with a bit of caramel. Smells very much like your typical mild English beer.

Taste: Moderately hoppy at the start. It finishes toasty and a bit spicy. Surprisingly smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a nice carbonation.

Overall: I actually like this beer very much. It is definitely a winter-style beer, but isn't overwhelmingly dark, heavy, or spicy. It seems to be easily sessionable with just enough hoppiness and spiciness to give it a little kick. Definitely wouldn't mind having it again.

mckenziac, Dec 18, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev +5.1%

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

A- dark brown color with a finger of head. Light amount of lace.

S- Toasted malts and a little caramel.

T- A little hoppy note with also notes of roasted malt and caramel.

M- medium bodied. Smooth with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Thought it had real possibility of being a good Guinness beer. But...it was alright was hoping for better.

Damian74Shensky, Dec 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Klif, Dec 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

GarretD, Dec 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

danoble1, Dec 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Vogie, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

TFMyriad, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Baldjosh, Dec 15, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +27.8%

A: Pours to a very nice deep dark brown, with a good inch and a half of head that dissipates slowly to a nice pillow of foam.

S: Nice roasted malt flavorings with some sweet malt aroma coming thru.

T: Light toasted malt flavorings coming thru with just the slightest hop flavor at the end. Very nice.

M: Light carbonation, no dry feeling. No creamy feeling either like other Guinness brews.

O: Very nice brew here. Lighter in body then Guinness Draught but without the creamyness makes for a light and flavorful brew that i def enjoyed.

ChrisPratz, Dec 14, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -6.9%

The was ale poured from a bottle and had a brownish amber colour to it. Relatively clear with no cloudiness. There was a moderate head left over that settled into a low, creamy layer floating on top. Not much of a smell or taste to it; there was a slightly bitter, malty nose and a bitter flavour, with lingering nutty bitterness. Not particularly flavourful in terms of hop, malt,
or grain.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

NilocRellim, Dec 14, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +32.3%

From a Guinness Winter Selection sampler case.

Pours a dark but translucent brown with short beige head.Aroma is sweet and bready. Taste is a bit fruity and a touch of bitters.Not what I was expecting for a "Holiday" brew. It is nevertheless very enjoyable and reminiscent of their Smithwicks labeled ale.

CaptJackHarkness, Dec 14, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -10%

pours out a mahogany colour with a chunky head reducing quickly to some fine lace. non-descript aroma...whiffs of choco and toffee with nougat and caramel undertones. a small bit of ripe red fruit. taste profile has a metallic overtone to it first and foremost. although this is an ale....the lagerish, crisp and spritzy mouthfeel adds to the penny sucking aspect of watered down roasted barley with a throw away bitter hop addition on the back end. a touch of alcohol adds to the festiveness. i was so totally expecting a bit more, but i was unimpressed with the black lager and this seems to be the same beer but with a different malt profile. it states that this is full bodied on the label, but it's not. it does go down rather easily, but the drinkabilty overall is rather mundane.

overall...i was hoping for something more along the lines of a rich and tasty british mild but what i'm tasting is an uninspired english style amber/red ale. this just might be approachable to the newbie crowd, but to me it just seems ho-hum. not to mention that this is supposed to be a winter ale with holiday characteristics.

budgood1, Dec 13, 2012
Guinness Generous Ale from Guinness Ltd.
76 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.