I do like a bitter and John Smith's is my go-to cheap as chips beer if I find myself in a pub with a poor choice of real ales. Pubs serve the John Smith's extra smooth variety, which is in the green can, but when Amazon pantry had a 4 pack of original for £1.75 I couldn't check out fast enough. So at just under 44p per can, let's see what I thought.
I love the colour of this, it's a clear chestnut brown ale with a frothy and loose cream coloured head. The head disappears quite quickly, leaving a patchy foam layer. The aroma is pretty uninspiring; it's more metallic than anything else with an underlying dirty water smell. Sounds great, doesn't it? I kept the faith as John Smith's had never failed me!
It definitely pulled its socks up in the taste. It's so easy to drink with delicate notes of sweet malts and bitter hops along with a delicious nutty flavour. It's light, fizzy and so very easy to drink. I do think I prefer the John Smith's Smooth but I'm glad I tried this one; indeed who wouldn't try it for the amazing bargainous price I paid?
John Smith's is my not so guilty pleasure and I'm not ashamed to say Ale Be Seeing You Again!
Brewed by John Smith's Brewery, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire
My Untappd score: 3.75/5
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