Guinness Generous Ale
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Style:
Mild Ale - English Dark
Ranked #109
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
77
Ranked #47,626
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 13.95%
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
265
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Guinness Ltd.
 
Ireland
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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77
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes 1/31/13: Pours a clear garnet brown producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, somewhat lasting, beige head that leaves a thin wash of lacing. Aroma is slightly sour/acidic, roast, caramel, molasses, fruity and a nutty note with little sweetness. Taste is roast, toffee, burnt nuts, slightly sour with a faint mineral hint. Finish and aftertaste are a dry lightly astringent roast. Mouthfeel is light bodied and creamy with soft spicy carbonation. Perhaps this bottle is old or has been mishandled. It certainly seems a little "off".

Oct 29, 2019
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Zorro from California

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear brown colored ale with a glass filling tan colored head.

Smells fruity. Scents of toffee, butter and caramel. faint scent of leather.

Starts out tasting of caramel and toffee. Mild bitterness. Fruity taste with a bit of leather. Faint taste of leaf tobacco.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK ale. Not something to rave about but I might buy again at a Baseball game if nothing better was available.

Mar 19, 2016
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ruby brown Tannish head.
Smell of bread crust, dark fruit
Taste is the same as the smell
Feel is medium think. Medium carbonation

Unsure if would drink again.

Oct 07, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, yet deep, dark, amber/mahogany color with a finger and a half of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, biscuit-like toasted malt, imparting aromas of freshly baked French baguettes and English muffins, as well as aromas of caramel and toffee, a touch of black pepper and spices of nutmeg, ginger and clove. Smells really good and inviting.

Taste: Very, very, good! Lots of bready, biscuit-like toasted malt, up front, followed by lots of caramel and toffee-like sweetness and touches of the aforementioned spices of black pepper, nutmeg and ginger. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth and creamy, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.6%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good, very malty, crushable session-beer. I liked it quite a bit!

Jun 12, 2015
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auxiliary from Rhode Island

2.49/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poorer nice but then head went flat and bubbles that were plentiful are gone. Wonder if this is bad, as in didn't hold up since the holidays. Mouth feel was watery,some hops hit the back of the mouth as it goes down?. Was not impressed on this one, but will give the holiday pack a try near Christmas this time. This pack had some kind of winter ale in it. After reading the style of this beer, seems this is the style that I'm drinking mmmm.

May 03, 2015
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

rb

Pounder can from the 8-pack I picked up at the COOP tonight.. Pours clear deep amber with a short lived off white head.. Dark bread with an appropriate amount of English yeasty fruitiness showing.. Nutty/lesser earthy malts work well with the restrained grassy hops.. Obviously English.. Very well done.. Maybe a little tinny given the time in the can, but I would buy this if I could get it outside the Guinness 8-pack.

Fine and surprisingly drinkable.

3.5/3.5/3.75/3.5/3.75

Apr 04, 2015
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mickmanhattan from Indiana

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.

Mar 18, 2015
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Bigalduncan64 from Texas

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).

Mar 04, 2015
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rjplumer from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 15, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pint can. Poured out a clear, light brown color with a good-sized, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of roasted malt and caramel. Nice roasted coffee taste with lots of sweet caramel and toffee.

Feb 10, 2015
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

14.9 oz can poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass. The beer is bronze/red with good clarity. It has a massive tan head.

Not a ton in the nose. There is some grains and a slight fruity smell.

The taste is mild. There is a bit of sweetness and grains with a hint of red apple. A touch of caramel after the first few sips.

The mouth is decent with low carbonation.

There is not a ton of stuff going on here. The good looks and mouth can't really offset the blah aroma and not overly interesting flavors.

Jan 30, 2015
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illpass78 from Maine

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

14.9 oz. can poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours an amber brown with a one and a half finger cream head that recedes quicker than expected. Carbonation fairly high, a little lacing.

Aroma: Not much in the nose. Maybe a little sweet malt.

Taste: Some sweet malt, not a whole lot else. Maybe a tiny bit of toast or roasted character.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin, rather light of body.

Overall: Generous what? This beer isn't generous anything. The can is a little bigger than average, I guess. Inoffensive, pretty boring beer. I'm almost positive the Smithwick's Winter beer that came in the same Christmas pack is going to be identical. I'll give it a legit shot, though. As for this ale, it'd be generous of me to describe it as average.

Jan 11, 2015
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Suds from Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A reddish brown ale...the head is off white and medium in size, producing a delicate lace. Mother smell is malt forward. Some fleshy fruit and bread in the aroma. Clean flavor. Unassuming, and straightforward.

Dec 31, 2014
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Generous Ale is an easy drink beer.....medium in body with subtle carbonation. Beer poured a clear brownish amber with offwhite head that is leaving only a spotty lace. The scent is bland and the taste carries a tinge of spice. Overall its ok.

Dec 29, 2014
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JimKal from North Carolina

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).

Nov 14, 2014
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east_tn_gk from Tennessee

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.

Nov 02, 2014
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 21, 2013
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Generous Ale has a medium, off-white head, a clear, reddish-brown appearance, lots of bubble streams, and just a few bits of lacing left behind in splotches. The aroma is of straight-up brown bread crust, with just the faintest spice. Taste is the same, with wonderful sweetness and a pleasant hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Guinness Generous Ale finishes clean, refreshing, and ultra drinkable. This is a superb offering from Diageo. I just love it!

RJT

Jul 09, 2013
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jtierney89 from New Jersey

2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep garnet color with good clarity and a nice craggy off white head. red grapes, nuttiness, lots of red wine like notes on the nose, dark fruits, plums.

thinner body than expected. A little messy and not as clean as expected. A little tiny. Too many dark fruit flavors, not enough toasty and biscuit notes. Sweet yet balanced. Kind of like an underbaked biscuit with fig jam on it and maybe a touch of butter. Really thins out on the finish. Semi-dry but would benefit from being dried. Definitely needs more body.

Apr 03, 2013
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robhbest from Michigan

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.

Mar 20, 2013
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kojevergas from Louisiana

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

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.

C+

Pairs well with chocolate.

Drinks fine out of a pint glass.

Mar 13, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The CANQuest (tm) is always on the lookout for new & different CANs to be added to the ongoing madness. One of my local bottle shops was selling this as part of a "Limited Edition Amazing Ales Variety Pack" and I kept one of each for myself while gifting (CANtrabanding) the others to my colleagues. As it turns out, I have reviewed this beer previously, but from a bottle. Today is Sa, 16 Jan 2106.

From the CAN: "Celebrating the Holiday Spirit"; "Arthur's Holiday Ale".

I performed the Crack! listening raptly as it ocCANurred, but I had to go with a more gentle Glug than I would have liked, due to it being housed in a 16-fl. oz. CAN. C'est la guerre! It began with two fingers of dense, light-tan head that slowly reduced to the point that I could drink it without incurring a beer moustache. Color was Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite sweet, evincing a berry-like quality, like red raspberries. Interesting! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste actually mirrored the nose in this case. It really had a red raspberry flavor and I was reminded of my late-paternal grandmother's garden with its raspberry bush. Preserves were her big thing with the occasional pie, which was a real treat. A pleasant trip down memory lane, courtesy of this beer. Finish was semi-sweet and anyone that knows raspberries will understand. They are not a terribly sweet fruit which is perhaps their attraction to me.

Harking back to my earlier review of Smithwick's Winter Spirit, I wrote, "It was a decent beer, but unless the Guinness Generous Ale is worthy, I am not going to recommend buying the variety pack." Would I now recommend it? Perhaps. The price point on mine was approximately $3.00/CAN & I got three (3) new CANQuest (tm) CANs out of it. I really liked this one, plus I gifted half of it to grateful colleagues. Let's give it my blessing.

My original, bottle review, dtd 10 March 2013 follows.

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.

Mar 10, 2013
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Dave_in_GR from Michigan

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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Mar 02, 2013
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Feb 19, 2013
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delta490 from Virginia

2.59/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

Feb 15, 2013
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