Guinness Generous Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Generous AleGuinness Generous Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RyanLigeia on 11-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
263
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
13.69%
 
 
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15
Gots:
34
For Trade:
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Photo of east_tn_gk
4.75/5  rDev +41.4%

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 kbeck001
4.61/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a variety pack of Guinness beers. All four varieties were awesome!

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Photo of JoshuaB
4.46/5  rDev +32.7%
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 CaptJackHarkness
4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a Guinness Winter Selection sampler case.

Pours a dark but translucent brown with short beige head.Aroma is sweet and bready. Taste is a bit fruity and a touch of bitters.Not what I was expecting for a "Holiday" brew. It is nevertheless very enjoyable and reminiscent of their Smithwicks labeled ale.

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Photo of Milkysunshine
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Photo of Dajaydee
4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quality product, as always from Guinness.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +25%
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

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Photo of ChrisPratz
4.2/5  rDev +25%
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 irishstoutlvr
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
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 Bigalduncan64
4.1/5  rDev +22%
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 Jeffreysan
4.06/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of mckenziac
3.93/5  rDev +17%
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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Guinness Generous Ale from Guinness Ltd.
3.36 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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