Brewed by Brains
Style: Bitter
Cardiff, Wales
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
With the introduction of SA Smooth in 2008 our smooth range was enhanced with the legendary SA Brand. The latest addition to our product range, SA Smooth has a lower ABV to appeal to a wider audience of drinkers. Although still yet to reach its first year in the market SA Smooth is already proving to be a well-liked beer and a pint worth savoring.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - APR 27, 2013
Clear and orange-amber in colour with a creamy white head. It took me a while to actually see this because when I lift the tab on the can, the can opened to the extent that the nitrogen escaped but I couldnt pour the beer. Nothing comes between me and beer, so once it was opened, I poured away and it still looks like a good pint. The aroma is toffeeish and reminiscent of canned British bitter. Funny that. However, this is a smell that I love. Its a bit of a shame there wasnt a bit more hopping, and I say that cogniscent that bitter is all about balance. In the mouth it certainly is creamy and smooth. There is toffee, biscuits and and enduring caramelised orange flavour. The bitterness is a little muted and takes a while to rear its head. Another mouthful suggests that the first was erroneous in that assumption as there is just enough. This is sessionable pub bitter and for all its travels and travails in coming to New Zealand, I am an appreciative drinker.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Skarecrow (548) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2016
500ml can BB 31/1/17 Saw this in the local bottle store and thought Id try it as its Welsh. Grainy cereal aroma. Poured hazy amber with slight sudsy head - perhaps this can had a faulty widget as I expected a lot more head than what was in the glass. Nil bitterness - all I got was a cloying oily mouth feel and a slight sour finish. No body at all. All I can guess given the fellow ratings is this was maybe a dud can. If not then all I can say is this was terrible with a capital T !!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (7623) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
440ml can, 4%, BB March 2016. Bright red can with a dragon and WRU crest. Couldnt look more Welsh. Widgeted, so it does that settling thing as it pours. Hazy dirty light brown, clear, still, big foamy dense white head, full creamy lacing. Aroma is agave nectar, chewed bread, sweet malts, some spice. Body is medium to light, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is sweet tangy bready malts, raisin with little bitterness. Papery finish. Some nice aspects but a bit thin and papery. Basic but drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 3, 2015
I generally like nitro cans of British ales, but this one is an exception. Pours a wonderful cascading white head as thick as whipped cream. It sits on top of an amber gold beer. Aroma is fruity and slightly metallic. Flavor is of caramel malts and fruity yeast. There is a sour tang at the end, not dissimilar to what you find in a Guinness. The finish is fairly sweet, and the body is full. The metallic aromas and sour flavors clash with an otherwise fine ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4912) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2014
Can from Petit Marche in Imazato. A very cool looking nitro pour that resolves into a honey brown in my pint glass. The aroma is caramel, marmelade and big chewy malts. Smooth creamy body but the taste is woodsy, maybe turpentine? oak, nutty and definitely bitter. Very tannic, somewhat tea like not doing it for me as to my tastes it is like a natural varnish I might use to polish furniture... strangely though it does grow on you as it warms up and you keep sipping it...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SirLimpsalot (4033) - SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2013
@ SBWF 2013: en mycket lätt och söt doft. Smaken är ganska tunn och ölen i sig är helt intetsägande. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (18841) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2013
SBWF 2013. Golden beer with a small offwhite head. Malty caramel aroma, fruity, citrus, herbal notes. Bready caramel flavor, citrus, grapes, some grassy hops. Not very exciting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KyotoLefty (9848) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 29, 2013
Can. Deep amber-copper, with a thick fine nitro head. Clear. Caramel nose, earthy hops. Very plain, dull flavor, caramel and grain, with just a touch of earthy hops. Boring but drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maekchu (3730) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 25, 2013
440ml can from local Sake Marche. Toasted bread, buttery malt, light raisin, and some noticeable metallic scent. Pretty russet/amber color, with an amazingly creamy head and thick lace. Mild tasty caramel initial / smooth and balanced in mid / nutty and slightly tangy flavors hold the final together. Thin-medium body, with a creaminess added from the ever-prresent head. Gushed out at first (nitro). Goes down so smoothly. Good balance throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidm (2075) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
Can at the Dickens. Malty, quite fruity. Aromas of caramel, hay, and apricot. Taste is sweet, with average length. Creamy, on the thin side. Amber, with a frothy head.

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