John Smith's Extra Smooth - John Smith's Limited
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3.13/5 rDev -6.8%
440mL nitro can
4.25 L - reverse cascading creamy ivory head sits atop an amber ale
3.75 S - sweet grain, caramel, brown sugar, earth, yeast
2.25 T - mild in flavor with toasted grain, caramel, toffee, earthy hops, brown sugar
2.75 F - creamy and very smooth with the nitro, easy to drink, and finishes semi-dry
3 O - ends up being pretty pedestrian after the cascading nitro pour and the pleasant aroma. A bit of a disappointment in that regard, but I hadn't expected it to be fantastic in the long run to begin with. I'll pass on trying this again.
06-19-2014 01:21:32 | More by barnzy78
United Kingdom (England)
3.96/5 rDev +17.9%
Major clarification: Some people, rightly, or wrongly, (I suspect rightly), do not class such beers like this modern smooth bitter as a real ale. Well, I suppose it isn't really. A modern phenomenon, a smooth and none to serious take on a brewery's original bitter to satisfy drinkers who prefer to partake of a few light, easy drinking sociable type beverages as opposed to many pints of heavier, weightier ales. But, there IS a special place in the experienced drinkers cannon for such an ale. Just as we're heading into the summer (it is early June as I write) there is precious little better on a warm sunny afternoon than quaffing a few ice cold pints of John Smiths. This is the right and proper place in the beer hierarchy, as is right and proper: the beer garden.
I am served an ice cold pint of John Smiths by a young "waitress" who knows nothing about beer. This is not a real pub by any stretch of the imagination. The pint is dutifully plonked down and as I fidget with change the beautiful cascades begin. Millions of tiny bubbles move in delicate waves down/up the glass leaving in its wake a deliciously dark ale seen through a frosted glass, perfectly indicating the temperature of this beer. I arrive at my seat, as parched as possible. Then I thrust my face deep into the half inch, creamy white head, taking with me a very generous gulp, the beer immediately placating the thirst. A real quencher. That is really what this beer is about. Glass goes down, there is ample evidence of my drinking patterns left in foamy traces rung around the glass. This cold, most of the beers flavors are stifled, but as I know from experience, there is never too much in the way of complex flavors or aroma. Three quarters of the way down and this 3.8% beer begins to surface, albeit slowly. This is an excellent summer beer garden session beer. You are not very likely to have any trouble with your coordination or balance. And at these prices (£2.40 in pub, £4 for 4 cans in shop) you are not likely to have any problems with you bank balance either.
Overall, a deliciously refreshing beer that certainly never overwhelms the palate, with just subtle hints of hops and a heavenly bitter after taste for company. Not a beer for a good night of darting.
06-04-2014 12:56:26 | More by 12SteveS
John Smith's Extra Smooth from John Smith's Limited
77 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.