Guinness Generous Ale - Guinness Ltd.
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3.13/5 rDev -5.4%
Acquired as part of the Guinness winter variety pack at Total Wine Redondo Beach for $6.99. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with classy red label and branded red pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - which I love and respect. I don't see an ABV listed. No style identified on the label.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a three finger white-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good (4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a dark clear amber of average vibrance. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light lacing as the head recedes. Looks typical of the style, I guess. It's certainly appealing in a general sense.
Sm: Light caramel, maybe some munich malt, toasted malt, and restrained sweetness. Cream. Light light floral hops. Quite timid. Appealing, if light.
T: Light caramel, light floral hops, a fair amount of munich or amber malt, caramel, and a touch of toasty character. Simple but balanced and enjoyable. Pleasant. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Tasty and sessionable. I could use more complexity and subtlety, but for the style it's well executed methinks. I do like it.
Mf: Nicely creamy. Smooth and wet. Body is near ideal. Light on the palate. Lightly refreshing. Carbonation is good. Complements the flavour profile generally well, though it doesn't feel custom tailored to it per se. Good palate presence.
Dr: Very sessionable, drinkable stuff. I expected the worst after Guinness Black Lager, but this new offering isn't half-bad. Definitely worth a go for fans of the style. I'd like to try it on-draught. Very well priced, especially as an import. Another pretty decent offering from Guinness. It feels right for a winter ale. Though it's on the higher end of expected ABVs for the style, the alcohol is very well hidden. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to friends, but I think it's a likable beer.
Pairs well with chocolate.
Drinks fine out of a pint glass.
03-13-2013 05:29:33 | More by kojevergas
3.2/5 rDev -3.3%
I love when the late-night knock on the door is local trader tone77 and not the cops or thugs or other uninvited denizens of the evening hours. He brings me large boxes filled with beers and leaves with bunches of CANs. Ours is a symbiotic relationship as I would probably gloss over bottles in search of CANs and he derives amusement from my CANQuest (TM).
From the bottle: "Be Generous Give Guinness"; "Celebrating the Holiday Spirit Arthur's Holiday Ale"; "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 if the holidays with this special ale. [undersigned] Arthur Guinness]".
I liked that my pour created a dense, thick two-plus fingers of tan head that sat defiantly atop the beer, refusing to subside and allow me access. Color was a deep mahogany with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light spiciness to accompany a malty, bready sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was like anise biscotti, if that makes sense. Finish was semi-dry. It was tasty, but one was enough. It just seemed to lack oomph.
03-10-2013 17:19:08 | More by woodychandler
3.11/5 rDev -6%
Served from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance was a dark orange-brown with a finger-width of tan colored head. Lots of carbonation and a bit of lacing.
Smell was a bit like caramel, but very faint.
Taste was again mostly caramel from the malt, but with a bit of a metallic finish that I was not a fan of.
Mouthfeel was a medium body, with fairly heavy carbonation for the style.
Overall, a solid but not especially memorable seasonal ale.
03-02-2013 00:56:42 | More by Dave_in_GR
3.33/5 rDev +0.6%
11.2oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
Reddish brown with ample head. Mild caramel in the nose with bready undertones and a faintness hop hop ... very clean. Some smoothness, mildy crisp with a moderate sized body. Toasted grain, hint of roastiness, grape skin, slightly metallic, slightly sharp bitterness, kiss of caramel, wet body, bone dry finish. Not sure what to think here, not much of a winter ale ... of body nor strength. I guess I expected a bit more, just seems a bit overly processed.
02-19-2013 04:58:01 | More by Jason
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
3.76/5 rDev +13.6%
Poured a dark copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured light earthy caramel malts and a subtle grassy hop.
The taste consisted of grainy roasted malts and a full sharp earthiness. Utilitarian grassy hop tightened up the flavor.
The mouthfeel was clean with a very dry finish.
Overall a tasty Irish Red Ae.
02-15-2013 03:54:17 | More by plaid75
2.99/5 rDev -9.7%
A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a nonic pint glass, orange brown with a light tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear
S: lightly toasted malt, pretty plain, maybe some salted caramel
T: not much flavor, some toasted malt, little by way of hops, slight bitter finish
M: thinner, OK carbonation
O: a boring beer, little flavor, easy to drink but not really satisfying
02-15-2013 00:31:00 | More by M_C_Hampton
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
3.75/5 rDev +13.3%
This is another thoroughly enjoyable Guinness. As a beer snob, we sometimes shun the big brewers, but this is a very nice, unique drink.
It opens black and fragrant. Not nearly opaque, but really dark with a light to moderate head. The malty aroma is nice. The taste is slightly sweet and malty with good balance.
The aftertaste is nice and overall its a good experience. Like most Guinness products, it is an underrated session beer.
02-10-2013 01:21:48 | More by schoolboy
3.58/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
02-06-2013 06:13:36 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Guinness Generous Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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