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James Squire India Pale Ale - Malt Shovel Brewery

James Squire India Pale AleJames Squire India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.46%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwarbi on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of SmashPants


3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: 345mL brown bottle - I prefer the old labels better...

Appearance: a deep orange amber with a solid, thick head. Good retention, and some solid lacing.

Aroma: a fantastic mix of caramelised fruits - orange peel, peaches, mango, apricots.

Taste: not much in the taste - some of the nose carries across, but fairly muted. Definitely more metallic and not terribly refined.

Aftertaste: a touch of the aroma flavours come through at the end - just a touch though.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, reasonably high carbonation for the style. Does assist the somewhat muted flavours.

Overall: not a bad IPA to be sure, but there are better ones out there. To be honest though, it is going to be difficult to find one for a better price.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 07:44:17 | More by SmashPants
Photo of vandemonian


3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle was labelled James Squire Stow Away IPA but has the same ABV as this listing so I think it's the same. This beer is an IPA in name only. Where are the hops?

A: Clear orange color and a decent 1 cm head that lasts ok. 4

S: Grainy and a little sour. No strong hop aroma. Disapointing smell for an IPA. 3

T: Strongly malty with some toasty nutty notes. Some slight bitterness and a crisp finish. Not unpleasant, but where are the hops? This doesn't taste like an IPA. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 12:24:34 | More by vandemonian
Photo of Raebies


2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't know if the recipe has changed since they relabelled the James Squire beers.. I cracked open an ice cold Stow Away IPA. A little smoke came out the top. It pours a nice dark orange-yellow with lots of carbonation. Smells of malty floral hops. Crisp and clean flavour, not super hoppy or bitter for an IPA. The aftertaste reminds me of Victoria Bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 20:11:28 | More by Raebies
Photo of nataku00


4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty sure this beer is now called James Squire Stow Away IPA from the picture of the bottle I took. Bottle poured into a nonic glass, reviewed from notes. Beer pours clear copper color with two fingers of uniform off white foamy head. Plenty of sticky lacing as the head recedes to a half a finger thickness, fed by a very active and vigorous carbonation.

Nose is pretty typical for an English style IPA, strong floral and some lighter herbal and grassy hops with some pale biscuit malt for a touch of sweetness.

Taste followed the nose, floral hop bitterness with lighter earthy herbal flavors (thyme from my notes). Middle of the tongue is biscuit and pale malts sweetness. Finish is dry, with lingering floral hops flavors.

Light body and highly carbonated, but not too aggressive on the tongue. Refreshing after a morning of sightseeing.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 06:40:49 | More by nataku00
Photo of aeolianshredhead


3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a semi-transparent copper colour with a head that stays around for a little while until finally dissipating into a thin, creamy film. Nothing exceptional but not bad.

S- Honestly, there's not a whole lot on the nose. All it really consists of is a fairly subdued hop aroma. Maybe there is a slight presence of malts on the end but these are afterthoughts more than anything. A little average from the Malt Shovel Brewery.

T- Hops definitely dominate the palate, which is a good sign. Upfront, there is a hit of malty sweetness followed by hops which carry all the way through until the disappointing lingering grain finish. While I will say that for the most part this is a nice flavour, there certainly needs to be more of basically everything in this beer. The hops are not pronounced enough.

M- Mouthfeel is pretty decent. Goes down easily without being watery. The carbonation is also good and provides a sufficient sizzle on the tongue while not being abrasive.

O- This would make a good choice for a session beer. Unfortunately, it isn't good enough on its own merits- which to me an IPA should definitely be. A decent beer but a little meh.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 09:25:42 | More by aeolianshredhead
Photo of Stew41


2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep copper tending to tan - very attractive. Pours a fairly weak head that breaks down quickly. Big nose, a bit funky, with almost sherry like notes. Some noticable fizz but seems well balanced. Plenty of flavour lurking and good bitterness at the end to drive the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 13:07:12 | More by Stew41
Photo of heygeebee


2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark orange, one finger white head that hangs around

Moderate aromas of hops, not strong at all.

The initial taste is somewhat fleeting as it quickly gets overpowered by a Big Hit of Bitterness. Big. Hmm, not so sure all in all. Having said that, the bottle I had with a curry went down just a treat.

A food beer, not a drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:47:14 | More by heygeebee
Photo of ADZA


3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is now called Stowaway IPA with a new revamp of labels & naming and it pours a golden see through light copper hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head with sporadic lacing,the smell is quite sweet for EIPA with aromas of strawberry jam,sweet plums,light candy and fruity hops,it has a dissapointing light bodied mouthfeel with tastes of light boiled candy,fruity stonefruit hops and light tinges of honey tinged toffee and overall its alright if you dont want a full on hoppy IPA and for me it borderlines a Pale Ale even though it clearly states it is an IPA cheers.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 11:46:00 | More by ADZA
Photo of doktorhops


3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Must be my IPA day! I wanted to do two beers of the same style back to back and IPA is a style I happen to enjoy so continuing on from the Sleeping Giant IPA I have a good old fashioned James Squire IPA.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Also "tea" coloured (though not quite as dark as the Sleeping Giant) in the body. The head did much the same and fizzled down to a thin white layer, perhaps 1mm thick.

S: The toasted caramel malts are fairly balanced to the herbal and earthy hops, there's no clear victor from the two. I'm expecting an even match here.

T: Toasty caramel malts blend quickly into a buttery mid-palate which is soon followed by a spicy hop note. The aftertaste (like a nice cup of tea) has an acidic tannin that slakes the thirst, but not for long. Well balanced flavour, nothing extraordinary and it could do with another dry hopping, however it does the job.

M: Creamy in the carbonation although it does have a watery undertone throughout.

D: If it wasn't lacking a bit more hop depth this could be an awesome ale. As it is I give it a similar score to the Sleeping Giant and will be sure to review more IPA's as a basis for comparison. It is drinkable but you might want to branch off towards more adventurous climes soon after.

Food match: Hard to go past what I recommended for the Sleeping Giant; cheese platter, canapes and tapas... plus I could quite imagine this ale with a cottage pie as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 12:15:07 | More by doktorhops
Photo of drtth


3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review based on notes take during a recent trip to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a clear brilliant reddish amber or light copper color with a ½" head that recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aromas dominated by the malt but show a light presence of some floral, spicy hops.

Taste: The flavors are weak but dominated by the sweet malt with traces of the floral spicy hops mixed in with the light caramel.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with adequate carbonation. The finish is medium long, begins in the malt sweetness which then gives way to some bitter hop character and ends in dryness.

Drinkability: A simple IPA that is clearly an English style with a restrained hop presence. I found this one reasonably drinkable but I'll also not be seeking this one out in the future. There are others I prefer. I think it would benefit from a bit more hop character in the mix.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 22:38:18 | More by drtth
Photo of Macca


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

This pours a dark copper colour with an off white head. Crystal clear.

The nose is malty with earthy hop notes. Very English IPA style.

Malts dominate the palate but the sweetness is balanced by some good hop bitterness. I suppose I'd like a bit more hoppiness on the palate but probably not to style.

Quite drying. Medium bodied.

I'm not overly impressed with this but I suspect it might be more me than the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 09:58:40 | More by Macca
Photo of eric5bellies


3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice IPA amber colour with an off white head that retains OK.

S - Lots of piney aromas here and a little earthy too.

T - Definitely not busting with hops like some IPA's but there are sufficient amounts that are followed by a malt note, and finishes with the classic bitterness that will quench any thirst.

M - Nice carbonation in the English tradition not too much and has a medium body.

D - A pretty good demonstration of an IPA

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 14:58:02 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of mulder1010


3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

345 ML bottle poured into a Great Divide glass

A-- Poured a clear copper color. A quick disappearing off white head that had no real retention and just left a small amount of lacing on the glass. Not a lot of carbonation in the pour. Will see from there.

S-- Herbal, spicy hop smell with a larger malt backbone. Yep, an English IPA. Makes me want a US hopbomb. Has a bit of carmel and a toffee smell to this as well.

T-- Carmel, butterscotch, followed by the hops. Still on the earthy, spicy side. The malt really hides the hop flavor and character

M-- The earthyness of it helps but the malt is pretty big. Only in the back of the mouth do you get the citrus feel and a little bit of the grapefruit and citrus taste. Carbonation is really good actually.

D-- Decent drinkability. Would go really well with Indian food or something with a kick to it. Would be good with Mexican as well. It is, well, average. Not something I would drink as a stand alone, as it lacks a lot. Paired with food it works OK as spices bring out the rest of the flavors. Lacks boldness that US IPA's have and the character that English IPA's have. Basically a decent watered down version that does work. Go spend $9 and get an Epic and that will change your mind!!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 14:44:56 | More by mulder1010
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with a small persistent head.
Definitely English aroma, with great caramel malt and some toffee as well. Not too much in the way of hop aroma, there's just a hint of earthy and resinous notes.
Similar flavours (caramel), but here is where the hops come into play with some grassy resin and earthy notes, finishing with a prominent sharp bitterness.
Carbonation is on the high side.
Need more aroma/flavouring hop additions, rather than just bittering.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 02:06:01 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of dgilks


3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper colour with a minimal off white head. Poor head retention and lacing.

Plenty of caramel and butter in the aroma. Some earthy, herbal hops.

A nice balance between bitterness and malt has been found here with a good bitter attack up front and hints of buttery caramel throughout. Herbal hops are present in the mid-palate but overall that part of the flavour profile is lacking depth and character. Some more late hop additions would be appreciated.

Lighter than average body and above average carbonation seem a little bit out of place here creating quite a gassy beer. On the other hand is doesn't come across as bad by any means.

JS IPA is tasty enough but lacks the mid-palate depth and the mouthfeel to make it a great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 05:15:59 | More by dgilks
Photo of istarilord


3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pretty amber/copper with a persisting light tan head.

Smell is fairly nonexistent/slightly metallic.

Taste is bitter all the way through with floral hops, fairly balanced with maltiness. Very slight metallic flavor.

Good carbonation, but bitter all over the palate makes the beer less smooth... bitterness isn't quite counterbalanced with a floral hoppiness I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 08:52:19 | More by istarilord
Photo of Stavage


3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with less than a finger of head (though I believe someone tainted my glass with detergent). Head faded a little bit quick but the lacing was thick enough and lasted til the end. Nice transparent copper liquid.

Smell was immediate hops with a touch of hops at the end. A non-complex floral smell and some spiciness. Perhaps a very slight metallic scent.

Taste was an immediate bitter spicy hops. Malt flavour was more prominent in the taste than smell, and it did its job (which was primarily to balance the spicy bitter hops with a touch of bready sweetness). There was quite a pleasing bready aftertaste which I liked. The spicy hops which starts things off ends things too with a lingering bitterness.

Was fairly heavily carbonated though it probably suits the hops spiciness. Fairly smooth and with a medium body. Left my mouth feeling slick and wet, which I don't necessarily have a problem with but personally I'd rather something dry and crisp when hops is the main player (especially when carbonation is robust).

Overall a nice beer to have on a hot day with some spicy food. Had it with a spicy curry and the spicy hops kept up.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 03:38:47 | More by Stavage
Photo of juju7


3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copperish with a thin, weak head. Plenty of hop action on the nose with caramel and biscuity notes. Robust and bitter on the palate then sweetens out a little nicely. Unfortunately there just aren't enough good Aussie IPAs floating around. However this is one of them. Good booze.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 13:27:33 | More by juju7
Photo of foles


3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangey copper colour with basically no head. Not much aroma for an IPA. Powerfuly bitter, with a sharp hop presence on the palate. hints of pepper and other fruits i cant quite work out. A touch of pine in the mix - says american hops to me. The alcohol is not hidden.

Nice beer and i'll have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 11:38:23 | More by foles
Photo of Cs1987


3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Reddish with high carbonation. 1 finger of head, which was retained right until the glass was finished.

Smell - Strong and pleasant.

Taste - The hops stand out a little too much. Passionfruit is the main flavour.

Mouthfeel - The bitterness spoils the aftertaste. The carbonation level is very good though.

Drinkability - I wouldn't normally have more than one, due to the bitterness.

Overall - As suggested in three of the above catergories, this is a very good beer in most ways, except that the bitterness stands out too much above the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 13:02:24 | More by Cs1987
Photo of willjansen


3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Big, frothy off-white head that slowly recedes to thick globs of froth, and a nice covering layer of foam remains throughout. Deep amber, almost copper color with no cloudiness at all. Very appealing...

Smell - Strong floral hop presence immediately, dominated by the fuggles dry-hopping. Slightly piney/woody aromas. Hints of balancing sweetness come through in the nose. There is also an element to the nose that encases all of the other components and presents them as a nice package. Well done.

Taste - Bitter hops coming through from the start, but more of a balancing malty backbone than the smell lets on. Dominated by the bittering and aromatic hops with a crisp, bitter finish (just as advertised). Hop bitterness stays with you for a while, though not quite as "in-your-face" hoppy as many other American IPAs (would this perhaps fit more in the style of an English IPA?)...

Mouthfeel - Ideal carbonation, medium body, with a slightly oily, slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Great drinking beer, but unsure as to the approriateness of its BA classification... might rate a bit higher as an English IPA. Could possibly use a bit more hop "bang" towards the front and linger a bit longer at the back, but I think it's another good beer from James Squire.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 04:44:50 | More by willjansen
Photo of LittleCreature


3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.0
Wow, she's definitely a looker! Poured a frothy 2.5 fingers of off-white head, above a still looking, deep amber-coppery body. Very clear, the head took its time reducing, and stayed at a creamy half finger.

Smell - 4.0
Floral and fruity hops dominate, but there is a curious earthy, savoury smell also that has me confused. Some fruity and malt sweetness, but overall not all that strong, and not an exceptional smell for the style.

Taste - 3.5
Pale Ales are generally my favourite style, so it is sometimes hard to be objective. Still, this is clearly a very tasty brew. Smooth and sweet at first, a malty, grainy taste with some citrus fruit and a metallic twang. The finish is very bitter (perhaps excessively so to some tastes) and moderately dry, but leaves a very pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
A little less carbonated than average for the style. Feels quite heavy in the mouth, but also very smooth. In my view, a little more carbonation would be nice.

Drinkability - 3.0
Much as I love a pale ale, this is actually a little too bitter for my liking, and would stop me wanting too many. ABV of 5.6% is also on the high side, but this would be a good session choice for some.

OVERALL - 3.75
This goes really well with a hot curry, especially a Chicken Tikka Marsala. I have not, at this point, tried a lot of India Pale Ales, but this is definitely a good one. Perhaps not as drinkable as an English or American pale ale, but insanely tasty. Like all James Squire beers, this is very good value, and widely available.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 11:58:10 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of vancurly


3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Clear, burnt orange, little effervescence, but a well-set off-white head.
s: Iron, dried apricot, cereal & toffee
f: Metallic, strong hop, earthy, dried leaves, slight caramel
m: Medium palate, long bitterness
d: Good beer, but not for the uninitiated. Better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 08:48:45 | More by vancurly
Photo of dirtylou


3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into hotel glass…best by 1/11/08

Appearance: pours a rather lifeless clear copper-amber with a very minimal bubbly beige head and no lacing…meh

Smell: biting hops…sweet caramel malts, syrupy

Taste: a little metallic copper up front, syrupy caramel malts, floral citrus hops…light booze, bold flavours but a little astringent

Mouthfeel: a touch metallic, syrupy

Drinkability: ok

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 00:03:36 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Kulrak


2.08/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a deep copper color with tall light tan lumpy head that sticks around for a while. I'm hard pressed to smell anything from this beer. Very very faint yeasty smell, that's about it. The taste is very bitter and a lot coppery. I know IPAs are supposed to be bitter, but I've never had one come off coppery before. There's also a bit of maltiness there, but it's almost completely overshadowed by the coppery bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy and heavy. All in all, I probably won't be getting this again, even though I like other James Squire beers a lot and am fond of IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 12:10:41 | More by Kulrak
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James Squire India Pale Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.