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

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78
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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 46
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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Florida

3/5  rDev -11%

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Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-26-2013 16:38:26 | More by MickeyMonk
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California

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

12-27-2012 02:01:17 | More by LeftoverCrizack
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nitro can pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear orange-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and a slight caramel aroma. Taste is much the same but is very mild and lacking. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is not very tasty in my opinion.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-02-2012 07:06:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

12-02-2012 01:39:39 | More by Chugs13
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DoubleJ

California

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bring on the nitro-can! Something to wet my whistle for the evening. Coming out of a 440 ml can, on to the beer:

Cascade, cascade, stop. That's a lovely amber red color with a crimson tint, and that creamy head sitting on top sits an inch thick and holds its posture. The nose is muted. Something wants to crawl out, but something is holding it back. A little caramel and toasted malt crawls out , and some huskiness.

Subtle as expected, yet interesting enough to drink all the way through. Little flavors consist of fruity esters, toasty malts, a slap of honey, hard minerals, slight metallic accent. The body is light with a hefty creaminess, and it is very easy to drink.

Around my expectations, and that's not bad. A true session ale to be had in the US.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-20-2012 06:24:23 | More by DoubleJ
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Every other nitro'ed English pale/bitter/cream ale/what-have-you I've had has been at least decent, so this guy's gonna haveta be tried, thinketh I. It pours a clear sunrise bronze topped by a finger or so of creamy off-white foam. The nose comprises barley, light greens, and a touch of biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with a touch more biscuit, a drop of honey, and a twinge of spicy greens. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a silky smooth feel. Overall, a nice little English ale, something I wouldn't necessarily stock all the time, but something I would never mind partaking in.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-24-2012 19:30:16 | More by TMoney2591
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Pennsylvania

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10-16-2012 02:26:40 | More by THEGENERALISMO
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Washington

3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another oddball format, 14.9oz /440ml, why not 400, 450 or 500ml? Those wacky Euros and their metric system. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear coppery amber color with 3/4 inch of thick, rich, creamy nitro head that had great retention and very good lacing.

The aroma was mostly sweet malts, with some earthy grains and gentle hops in the background. The flavors were the same, a pretty typical group of flavors for the style.

The body was typically good for the style, full, rich and smooth. Drinkability was good, smooth and easy. Overall, a nice, but not notable, take on the style. Worth grabbing if you're in the mood for a nice (almost) pint of bitters.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-11-2012 19:02:49 | More by beertunes
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California

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Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice. This is a nice English ale. Smooth, easy drinking and well balanced. Like all those crazy English widget brews, this baby starts with the beautiful infinite head. This quickly subsides into a well mannered drink.

The color is darker than expected. The aroma is weak but nice. It keeps producing lace. Overall, it is as expected - a nice English ale. From England, go figure.

Serving type: can

09-21-2012 23:53:13 | More by schoolboy
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +48.4%

09-03-2012 13:18:23 | More by mquinn919
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thanks to woodychandler for keeping me up to date in the world of canned beers. Poured from a 14.9 oz. nitro can. Has a brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the malty side. Taste is malts, a touch of nuts, just a bit of hops, like it's advertised, very smooth. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is a good session beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-27-2012 21:21:55 | More by tone77
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ryko

Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

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leagr

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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zeff80

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a very cloudy, golden color with a pillowy, creamy head of foam. It left thick, sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and mild floral notes.

T - It tasted of caramel, toastiness and a grassy bitterness.

M - It was smooth and creamy. A light bodied bitter ale with a clean finish.

O - This is pretty good. I had never heard of it, but it's pretty tasty.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-08-2012 02:45:54 | More by zeff80
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Kornoms

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

08-05-2012 17:57:51 | More by Kornoms
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don’t open a CAN until after Midnight, but if you mean to further The CANQuest (TM), let it begin then and CANtinue throughout New CANned Beer Sunday! So the battle cry sounded and I am off, reprising The CANQuest (TM) in all of its glorious excesses.

A nitro-CAN from Pinocchio's on Friday gets us out of the gate and the Crack released a buncha gas while the Glug caused a cascading action that resulted in a finger of dense, light-tan head. Color was a deep copper/brownish hue with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was quite malty, very biscuit-like. Mouthfeel was full and creamy as the result of the widget and the taste was only moderately bitter. It had a pleasant biscuit maltiness up front, followed by a light bitterness before the swallow. Finish was semi-dry and quite pleasant. This would be an excellent CANdidate for a session beer, especially at the beach.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-05-2012 04:52:36 | More by woodychandler
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

14.9 fl oz nitro can poured into a tumbler pint glass. Not expecting too much, but who knows what I might get?

A: Pours a reddish copper color with great clarity and general vibrance. The head is a one finger offwhite head with amazing retention and texturing - typical of a nitro can beer. If nothing else, this beer looks damn good; it would get a 5 if it didn't look rather flat.

S: Also typical of a nitro can beer, the smell is incredibly weak. There's small amounts of caramel, grassiness, and a bit of a grain note, but really it's just hella weak.

T: Quite low on flavor in general. Minor amounts of grainy malt, tea leaf-esque bitterness, and the slightest 'ping' of fruity hops is about all that's here. The head presents a slightly unpleasant soap character, but it's not too distracting. I'd even call it watery. But there's one saving grace here - it's a superb chugger. And I'm not talking about quickly sipping, I mean out and out slamming it. This is just about the fastest I've ever finished close to a pint of beer before. Sure, it's primarily due to its milquetoast character, but still, it's rare I find myself drinking several cans in less than an hour.

M: Very low carbonation, which I find oddly refreshing for some reason. Extremely light bodied with a clean, mildly dry finish. A bit chalky on the aftertaste.

O: I should hate this - but I don't. Hell, I even kind of like it. It's loaded with flaws, but it's just about one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. A good 'please the masses' kind of beer.

But as a beer geek speaking, I'd love to see some more traditional English bitters in my area that have a lot stronger character than this. This definitely doesn't seem like a good representation of what the style can truly be.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-02-2012 20:37:00 | More by ThisWangsChung
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served up at the Ale House, Bath England

A: Dark amber with a thick white one finger head that stays and stays. Took a while to settle.

S: Malts with just a hint of floral hoppiness.

T: Malts come frothing in. They weren't kidding when they said Extra Smooth. A slight taste of hops. Yum.

M: Light to medium with mediium carbonation.

O: Great with a Bath Pasty from the sandwich shop 'round the corner (braised beef, potatoes and onions). I see why this is so popular in stores.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 18:11:47 | More by brewskifan55
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a mug is a dark amber almost mahogany with a cascading effect. The head is creamy in texture and marshmellow in color.

Aroma: Caramel malt sweetness, hops are there but only to give a light citrus note. Slight notes of molasses and a minor note of milk sugar.

Taste: Very creamy mouthfeel smoother than milk. Hops are roasted lightly but only lend a floralness. It's mostly malt with some caramel notes and bits of coaco.

Notes: It's sessionable and overall not too shaby of a brew. Cheers.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-30-2012 03:28:51 | More by horshack7
John Smith's Extra Smooth from John Smith's Limited
78 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.