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Guinness Generous Ale - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Generous AleGuinness Generous Ale

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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 14.16%


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.

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punky796

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 09:02:19 | More by punky796
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 04:06:40 | More by tjsdomer2
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:41:42 | More by ThisWangsChung
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DavidST

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 04:21:53 | More by DavidST
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dhannes

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A=A rather unappealing brown, with almost a gray tint. Eggshell head was present for about a minute.

S=Molasses smell hindered by my stuffy nose.

T=Mix of syrup and hops and a bit less robust than anticipated, but with more hop presence than other Guinness offerings. Malted flavoring as well...reminds me of what an IPA mixed with a Red Lager and a light beer would taste like.

M=Very drinkable, but somewhat watery.

O=While the flavor that is there is appealing, the light body tapers the flavor. I'd try again, but likely won't buy this if better beers are available.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 23:59:29 | More by dhannes
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emerge077

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, it's a dark brown color with light tan foam on the surface. When held to the light, it has a transparent reddish glow, with good clarity. Lasting skim after a couple sips, a collar of lacework forms in the glass. A good swirl rekindles the head quickly.

Dull grainy aroma, minerally, eh... Not much there, mediocre.

Smooth with a hint of nutty, earthy malts, light raisin bread aftertaste. Vague fruity esters. Very light and easy drinking with lower carbonation, true to style. Overall it's not a bad dark mild, as long as you know what you're drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 04:01:07 | More by emerge077
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 02:39:04 | More by tone77
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adamette

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 03:01:40 | More by adamette
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 18:19:19 | More by TMoney2591
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:18:00 | More by Treyliff
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:13:22 | More by Stinkypuss
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JMad

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 03:41:23 | More by JMad
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 13:26:33 | More by barnzy78
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 03:57:29 | More by TempeBeerMan
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mckenziac


3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 23:02:20 | More by mckenziac
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 19:47:40 | More by Damian74Shensky
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ChrisPratz

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 06:28:33 | More by ChrisPratz
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:55:34 | More by NilocRellim
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.38/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 01:10:11 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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budgood1

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 23:14:33 | More by budgood1
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 02:24:24 | More by puboflyons
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 22:31:48 | More by hosehead83
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 17:00:53 | More by Minkybut
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JoshuaB

California

4.53/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeous amber with a large head that dissipates over a few minutes. Color is not nearly as dark as most Guinness beers, but the rest makes up for that. Smell is on the sweet side, definitely a bit of honey on the nose.

Flavor is a well balanced holiday ale for easy drinking, sweet on the tongue with a mildly hoppy aftertaste to cleanse the palate that fades quickly, leaving the taste of barley on the tongue. Alcohol level is higher than it tastes, the roasted barley covering most of it up. It's not as complex as many Christmas ales, but it's currently my favorite of the entire Guinness lineup.

I only wish it wasn't so easy drinking, because I have so few of them!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 13:23:27 | More by JoshuaB
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clean ruby-brown upon pouring, with a decent head of off-white foam. Lace is nice but erratic.

Nose is roasty barley, with a sweet malty tone -- definitely grains, but with almost a hint of fruit somehow. Not bad.

Taste is similar -- roasty and flavorful, yet light in body. There's a definite tinge of bittering hops within the mix, but the roasty malts are most prevalent. This is a rich and easy-drinking ale, not great but certainly a nice change from the usual Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 22:13:58 | More by secondtooth
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