John Smith's Extra Smooth | John Smith's Brewery (Heineken UK)

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Brewed by:
John Smith's Brewery (Heineken UK)
England, United Kingdom
johnsmiths.co.uk

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
John Smith’s Extra Smooth was launched in 1993 and is now the nation’s No.1 ale. The boffins say it has a distinct cereal character, with malty, caramel notes being complemented by some fruitiness. But we just think it’s a right good pint.

Extra Smooth is available in draught or in cans to be enjoyed at home (Both 3.6% ABV). Plus – you can also get John Smith’s Extra Cold on draught: the same great taste, but colder. We don’t muck about with names see.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
265
Reviews:
112
Avg:
3.24
pDev:
20.06%
 
 
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4.02/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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1.85/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of TopherBreski
1/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I seriously don't know how anyone could enjoy this beer. It's so frothy it's like a beer - ice cream float. There's a weird ball in the can to make it frothier, and is basically malt liquor. I gave it the lowest rating I could; wish I could give it a negative.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.01/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can From Carrefour. In Ikea's pint glass. Watching 8 Apellidos Catalanes. BB date this month. Very drinkable and smooth. Not much aroma nor taste.Its low ABV allow to drink it in huge quantities and isnt unpleasant

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Photo of Mattias
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.94/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of I_like_beer_31
1.52/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I wanted to like this beer. We don't get too many new beers here often and I really, really, wanted to like it.

Look: Amber, like a pretty she's gonna be real good amber.
Smell: Carbonated water; actually carbonated would be insulted to smell like this.
Taste: Funky medicinal tatste going on, someone may have bottled this before it was done; or maybe this is an experiment to see who can tell that this use to be Whisky, before they drowned it.
Feel: Well it felt like beer, just not a very good one that anyone should drink, ever.

Conclusion: If someone brings this to you house don't let them in, they aren't your real friend. If they just picked it up on the whim, smack them for not reading my review. I'm just hoping the in laws come over and drink this, then leave, never to return again.

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3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like this one.. but even better if you can get it on draught for real

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3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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2.67/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/07/15 notes. Had a few of these in the Fanzone before the USA-RSA rugby world cup match.

Pours a reddish brown, super smooth as advertised. Not a lot to the nose

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3.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow, has it been a while or what? I’ve had nearly a month of a self-imposed beer review exile and now I’m back with a bang! Well maybe not a “bang” more of a “slight fizzle” because today I have lined up three classic English treats, and we all know English brews are nothing if not modest in flavour, but I love them going back to my UK pub days regardless. First on the nonic-block is the bizarrely cheap (as in “it’s bizarre I haven’t reviewed it yet because I’m cheap”) John Smith’s Extra Smooth, looks and sounds like a British Caffrey’s. Anyway without further ado, let’s a-do this brew [damn I still haven’t lost my terrible punning abilities then].

Poured from a 500ml nitro can into a nonic pint.

A: Quite an interesting looker this drop - clear golden amber body with thousands of tiny bubbles clinging resolutely to the side of the glass like some sort of beer-barnacles “beernacles” if you will. With a luscious creamy 1.3 cm nitro head that beckons you to “ave a nava” [channelling Michael Caine here] sip. Nitro beers always score highly for me on looks and this is no exception. 9/10.

S: The aroma is no slouch given the mid-strength ABV of 3.6% with cereal grain forward notes, a touch of caramel malt and a cider apple finish. You wouldn’t be wrong for thinking that sounds like an odd combination for an EPA, I was thinking the same thing. Hint of metal too... unavoidable in most can brews below 5% ABV IMO. 7/10.

T: The cereal notes are prominent and frankly remind me of a typical Aussie “Bitter” - I use this term liberally as there is no longer such a beast here - caramel and apples rounds out this cereal dominated brew. Finish is more dry than bitter. Aftertaste is unmistakably metallic - a shame given how well it was going above. 6/10.

M: Feel is a bit of a letdown too - watery, thin and flat. 5/10.

D: Sessionable brew? Sure! However “sessionable” doesn’t always translate to “awesome” and this beer is an example of this. It begins with much promise but ends up being a bit too lacking and metallic in the flavour department to get it across the GEB* line. If I had to make a suggestion for a similar styled English nitro brew Boddingtons is still the champ... need to review that one now. 6/10.

Food match: THE most underrated soup of ALL TIME: Pea and ham & crusty bread.

*Great English Brew.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.24 out of 5 based on 265 ratings.
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