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

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.9
   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 couldn’t 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. It’s a bit of a shame there wasn’t 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.


3
vinivini (3009) - Gomel, BELARUS - SEP 11, 2017
Can. Gushing while opening. Pours clear amber ale beautiful creamy nitro-like head. Excellent retention. Aroma: lots of esters (plum jam), caramel, biscuit. Light body. Sweetish taste. Caramel malts, some yeast, esters. Dry hoppy finish. Light bitterness. Drinkable enough.

2.3
Rasmus40 (21990) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 20, 2017
Can from Alesbymail. Light hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and toffee. Flavor is medium sweet. Sweet finish. Watery. 200417

2.7
deanso (10101) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - APR 18, 2017
50cl can from home bargains. Medium creamy white head. Clear amber pour. Lacking bitterness.

3
hawthorne00 (4116) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2017
Can. Amber with a fat cream coat of head. 3+ Aroma of caramel, mellow apples, spices. Thinnish but a little creamy - the nitro works OK here. Sweet with caramel, some grain, hints of nuts. Firmly bitter finish is peppery. Undistinguished but fine.

0.9
Skarecrow (941) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2016
500ml can BB 31/1/17 Saw this in the local bottle store and thought I’d try it as it’s 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 !!!

3
The_Osprey (9159) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
440ml can, 4%, BB March 2016. Bright red can with a dragon and WRU crest. Couldn’t 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.

2.7
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.

2.7
KansaiBeerLvrs (5375) - 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...

2
SirLimpsalot (4550) - 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

2.8
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, 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.


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