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John Smith's Extra Smooth - John Smith's Limited

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78
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112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
John Smith's Limited
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Globetrotter on 10-03-2005)
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Reviews by SargeC:
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SargeC

Japan

4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful copper-brown colored brew with a dense, creamy white head. I love to watch this brew as it pours and settles in the glass. It is like magic.

Smell: Slight aroma of roasted malt. Hint of sugar. Very subdued.

Taste: Rich malt flavor. Hint of hops and a floral sweetness throughout. Very solid and satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. The creamy head consistency enhances the experience.

Drinkablity: A tasty ale that is extremely portable in the can. It produces a consistently good pour unlike some pubs. Great session brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-20-2009 10:02:18 | More by SargeC
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burnzgtm

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +18.7%

07-11-2014 18:23:14 | More by burnzgtm
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-19-2014 01:21:32 | More by barnzy78
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sephyrott

Spain

3/5  rDev -11%

06-10-2014 11:54:25 | More by sephyrott
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BenSparks34

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

06-09-2014 01:56:33 | More by BenSparks34
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

06-05-2014 16:11:24 | More by endless1408
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12SteveS

United Kingdom (England)

3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2014 12:56:26 | More by 12SteveS
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soulcougher

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

06-03-2014 22:22:18 | More by soulcougher
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Slongie

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

05-29-2014 02:02:35 | More by Slongie
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Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

04-25-2014 19:12:18 | More by BeerInspector
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MallyOMight

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

04-17-2014 21:29:45 | More by MallyOMight
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Arriskuwonder

Spain

4/5  rDev +18.7%

04-10-2014 18:33:24 | More by Arriskuwonder
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rickcrip76

Georgia

3/5  rDev -11%

04-10-2014 00:44:41 | More by rickcrip76
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Charliehogarth86

Virginia

3/5  rDev -11%

03-29-2014 03:36:48 | More by Charliehogarth86
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-15-2014 20:24:26 | More by LoveStout
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11%

03-15-2014 18:29:35 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

03-15-2014 18:25:48 | More by djrn2
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bunta

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

02-28-2014 00:35:32 | More by bunta
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-21-2014 16:37:29 | More by kwjd
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

02-03-2014 20:01:14 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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jlindros

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An interesting looking beer, widget tall-boy can from the good ol England.

it fills all head and quickly settles into the upsidedown waterfall, foamy lacing left behind a bit, eventually settles to a slightly clear mostly hazy tan iced tea colored beer.

Nose brings nitro at first, again as usual nitro overpowers the aroma of thebeer itself, still don't see why it's so popular, creamy nitro, and more creamy nitro, faint hint of grassy like hop I think, and very faint grainy malt.

Taste again is all nitro, what's the point of even having beer in there?! I do get a hint of bitterness and mild grassy like hop, little sweet grainy malt, herbal hop with herbal tea flavor, but that's about it other than the tons of nitro creaminess. Finish is a bit bitter with more herbal tea hops, and more creamy nitro.

Mouth is all foam and flat beer, the nitro is barely mixed with the beer, and instead is just a creamy somewhat flat mess of a beer.

Overall a big letdown, not the nice U.K. bitter I was hoping for. Seems like a light beer to begin wtih, then just gets so destroyed by the nitro. It's sad that this is even a thing!

Serving type: nitro-can

01-26-2014 23:07:52 | More by jlindros
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Noelito76

New York

2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

01-25-2014 13:00:31 | More by Noelito76
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RVigz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.7%

01-22-2014 15:48:22 | More by RVigz
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Bob6518

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +18.7%

01-02-2014 12:31:08 | More by Bob6518
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John Smith's Extra Smooth from John Smith's Limited
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