Guinness Generous Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 256
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 25.22%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: RyanLigeia on 11-14-2012

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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 256
Photo of Uniobrew31
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Real good beer, More of a traditional ale... not a "hop bomb". Think bass ale with a shot of guinness poured in. This was a very drinkable, smooth beer with a very mild flavor and the aftertaste of guinness. I only wish they sold it separately if only to be able to enjoy a few of these rather than only getting three per twelve pack. I look to see it next year in its own package.

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Photo of Craigory
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle from the Guinness winter pack, poured into a SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours two fingers of fluffy, off-white head, which leaves just a bit of lacing as the beer drinks down. Colour is a deep auburn. This is really pretty in the glass.

S: Not a lot going on here; there's a bit of biscuity malt, a hint of roastiness, and the scent I always get off English/Irish water.

T: There's some sweet biscuit flavor up front, a slight spice profile, and just a little hops bitterness at the end. Again, there is not much going on here, but what comes through is pleasant.

M: Light bodied, maybe approaching medium, with light carbonation. Nothing sticks around in the mouth for very long.

O: Not a great beer, but neither is it bad. I wouldn't buy a mix pack just for this, but if you end up with some, it is a pleasant session ale.

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Photo of dhannes
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of JimKal
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Picked this up as a mixed pack from Guinness - Guinness Draft, Guinness Generous, Killkeney Creme ale, and Smithwick. All are in cans (I do love the cans). This is the Guinness Holiday ale. It is quite mild in taste, dark amber in appearance. For a Holiday (winter?) ale it doesn't have much spiciness. I think Brother Jason got it just right with his review.
Update: I'm having my second one and I'm enjoying it much more that=n the first - the flavor seems to be more present this time. BTW this is from a can, a plus in my opinion, and non-nitro (I think nitro would have made this even more enjoyable).

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Photo of mickmanhattan
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I could be crazy, but drinking this side by side with Smithwick's Winter Spirit, I think they are literally the same beer. Same colour. Same flavor. etc.

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Photo of tito42
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into standard pint.

A: A head of rather large bubbles that was quarter inch thick fell pretty fast to a thin ring and no cap. Very clear and a nice mahogany color. Reddish hue to the brown actually looks pretty appealing.

S: a little toasty malt, like a brown malt in there. A little hops but not much more than for balance. Not super complex, actually less complex than normal Guiness Extra Stout.

T: here it goes, the big reveal. Not what I expected, more bitter than anticipated. Has that burnt bitter flavor one would expect from black malt. not too much else there, it follows the nose pretty well. Considering the style this makes sense though a mild with a little dark malt in it.

M: feels like a mild, light and surprisingly crisp. Pretty refreshing.

O: picked up the winter 12 pack to give this a shot, not bad but not worth the cost. However the pack also containes 3 bottle of Forein Extra which is really really good.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of RyanLigeia
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer comes in the new Guinness winter seasonal mixed 12 pack. I found this today at Pop & Kork in Ludlow, MA.

Pours a dark, clear, amber color. Fast, active visible carbonation. Decent sized off white head that fades quickly to a thin film over the top of the beer.

The smell is very faint. Slight toasted caramel, slight maltyness, thats about it. Not a bad scent, just very hard to detect.

Taste is of sweet caramel malts, touch of vanilla, hint of hops and a slight bitterness comes in at the end.

Medium body. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Carbonation feels much lower than I thought it was going to be.

Overall this isnt a bad beer but I wouldnt recommend buying the whole 12 pack just to try it. Its good, Im glad I got to try it (to satisfy my curiosity if nothing more) but next time I'll probably just buy the classic guinness draught.

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Photo of keywestgourmet
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of rjplumer
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has malt bready spice aroma. Dark almost black and ruby colored body. Has a thick two fingered foamy head that lingers for a while. Much like the Guinness Draught in taste but has a maltier presence and thinner feel. Mild spiciness. Leaves a smooth creamy feeling.

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Photo of punky796
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of mckenziac
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of babayaga
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a stemmed porter glass.

Appearance- 2-finger off-white creamy head. Body is clear reddish brown.

Aroma- Sweet malt, caramel/ molasses, and a nutty and roasty note.

Flavor- Toffee, nutty, slight astringency. Mineral?

Mouthfeel- Light and creamy, soft carbonation.

A pleasant afternoon ale. Low/no hop character. The mineral/astringency is interesting.

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Photo of robhbest
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of Seekerpilgrim
2.47/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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!

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Photo of east_tn_gk
4.75/5  rDev +40.9%

I am a huge Guinness fan, so I must disclose that fact. The Generous Ale is like a Red Ale version of the original. It is delicious. It has a sweet, but not too sweet start and a malty smooth finish. It has a nice amber to caramel color, with a surprising amount of clarity. The only issue I have with this beer is that it isn't more readily available.

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Photo of JoshuaB
4.46/5  rDev +32.3%
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!

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Photo of Bigalduncan64
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out of can into an English pub glass. I got a nice, thick, two-finger head. The color was a nice dark red. The smell was sweet, malty, and slight pumpkin spice. Overall this was a nice beer. I loved the malty taste with the sweet finish. Tastes like a more flavorful version of Guinness draught (though it's not a nitro beer).

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Photo of irishstoutlvr
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very impressed with this beer. It has a nice hop flavor, not too strong. Also, a good roast flavor. Guinness did a good job on this beer.

I wish they would offer this in a four pack, or a 6 pack. I don't mind getting the variety pack, but often want to get other beers, too.

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Photo of AOber7
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany in color. It has a nice head but it dissipates fairly quickly.

It has a slight malty smell to it but not much else.

The taste is sweet while slightly hoppy.

Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body.

Overall it's a fairly plain but easy drinking beer. I probably wouldn't buy it again for myself but it's a good pick to bring to something like a family party.

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Guinness Generous Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.