James Squire Amber Ale - Malt Shovel Brewery
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2.35/5 rDev -32.1%
Attractive toffee - caramel hues. Slightly stale malts on the nose and a little pongy - not unpleasant. A bit staid in the mouth like the most of the range. Malts are a bit metallic and hollow, and the staleness pops up again. Finishes a touch bland.
07-31-2011 13:05:01 | More by Stew41
2.5/5 rDev -27.7%
AU$5.50 schooner (~425ml, I believe?) had both on tap at several Sydney pubs, a couple of Victoria pubs, and a pub in the Sydney airport (when they were out of the James Squire Porter.) That my various tastings of this beer included my last Australian beer, after a month of drinking in the country, seems fitting: it's one of the better things on offer, and it's pretty lame.
Notes below were an amalgam of two separate tastings and ratings, though all five or six times I drank this beer my impressions were the same: I disliked it quite a bit, though not as much as whatever else was available in each (next) place along the way.
Bright copper to orange color, visible rising bubbles and average to slightly vigorous tight white head. Schooners, incidentally, are a pretty ridiculous glass for aroma, head, and taste, for most beer.
Nose is fruity and sweet, and a good head is held, with the beer consistently served WAY TOO DAMN COLD. Jesus: it's an airport, it's temperature controlled, and they still serve the beer around 42-44*F. After one taste, I read my book while it sat for about 10 minutes to warm. It was just a little below cellar temp when I rated and made notes.
Taste is significantly sweet, fruity, with hints of apricot (reminded me of Magic Hat #9 or Dogfish Head Aprihop.) Oddly sweet, and totally inappropriately so for the style (whether that's Amber or EPA), bordering on sickly sweet.
The taste lingers briefly, with slightly harsh malt flavors and more sickly sweet fruitiness.
Pretty poor: and that it's one of the better offerings in the country says a lot.
04-14-2006 07:50:31 | More by warmstorage
2.63/5 rDev -24%
Pours a medium amber with a generous, sticky light tan head.
Slight estery tones noticable from a distance. Hops are muted, along with the malt. Overall, quite mild.
Slightly sweet palate. Reminds me slightly of Newcastle Brown. Hops ae present, but buried. Slightly tannic and dry finish.
Very mild mouth, with some flavor, but not too exciting. Short, tannic finish.
An easy drinker, but nothing special by any means. No need to search for this one.
02-22-2004 17:01:57 | More by winomark
2.75/5 rDev -20.5%
Ruby-traced amber with a thin heading of bleached tan.
Nose of rusted tin, tart apples, raisins, and dabs of caramel.
Begin with green raisins. There's a slight toastedness that follows. Circles back towards green fruit, this time with apples. Notable cola-like sweetness. Maltiness is pretty minimal. Yeast adds a strange sense of rusty butter. Unique strand, sort of mimicking ringwood, but not nearly as intense. Ends with very little hop related traits, aside from a dryness that seems mostly derived from the carbonation.
Thin bodied with uppity carbonation. This seems like a undistinguishable Sammy Smith brew cut 30/70 with a macro...or just seltzer water.
08-23-2004 21:00:16 | More by cokes
2.8/5 rDev -19.1%
Bristol farms had this in their limited stock of beer. Comes in a brown bottle with alot of extra small writing on the label, very vintage or old ale looking bottle. Sticky head leaves a massive blanket covering. Highly filtered and ultra carb'd.
Caramel, some grassy hop background. Mellow and subtle.
I would say overall the mix is pleasant. Malt profile, while light, has enough to keep it somewhat interesting. Hops almost come through with less bitter and more of a flash of dry zip in the middle of each pull. Tends to be a bit more watered than I would like. Its a decent beer but its run of the mill to below average.
01-27-2006 04:41:49 | More by DogFood11
United Kingdom (England)
2.84/5 rDev -17.9%
Coming in a 345ml bottle; BB 31/10/13, served cool in a short-stemmed goblet.
Appearance: it pours a bright reddish copper colour, rather than amber, coming with a thin layer of light-beige foamy head and rather lively carbonation.
Smell: syrupy-chestnutty and lubricating caramely on the nose, on top of sour-sweet prunes and lots of overripe fruit esters; given a good swirl, the ripe melon aroma comes to the fore, along with more estery elements, grassy hoppiness, and full-bodied honey-ish malts. Altogether the nose is a touch too sweet and estery at the expense of a balance.
Taste: quite fizzy on the entry, the thin-bodied foretaste is lubricating and caramely, featuring random flavours of brown prunes, licorice, and random nutty malts, then a rough mouthfeel of semi-acidic fruit esters and spicy bitterness catches up, rendering a rather rough, chewy and then sugary-slick finish with quite restrained bitterness.
Mouthfeel & Overall: the mouthfeel, as described above, is indeed not smooth and even rough, which is not helped by the sharp-ish carbonation which comes simply too much to pair with the boring flavour. At times, this medium-bodied beer tastes a bit green-ish to me, that the conditioning perhaps was shortened for unknown reasons.
07-16-2013 17:55:32 | More by wl0307
2.85/5 rDev -17.6%
Appearance - Copper, Amber colour. Light carbonation. Zero head retention. Great clarity
Smell - Light hop, dark fruits, cherry and plumb
Taste - Light hop & malt, dark fruit, woody, flavour with slight dryness. Bitter finish
Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, medium body
Drinkability - Light beer properly carbonated, drinkable
Overall - Better that the other James Squire beers, however still not one I would return to. Generic beer with little character
Printed on the side of the bottle :
Hand-crafted with Pale & Crystal malts & distinctive hops for a long, slightly nutty finish, this Ale writes another page in the glorious & enigmatic life of James Squire
11-06-2011 09:00:32 | More by davidfoley
3.03/5 rDev -12.4%
G'day Mate! Let's throw another beer down the gullet!!!! What can be said about James Squire's Amber Ale...well....its a a solid beer, very enjoyable. There is now alot going on with the beer...it's just solid. The color is a darker amber, decent head with lacing present. No much to smell, but the taste is well balanced by malt, caramel, and a wee roast. Not solid beer to enjoy during your next session of chasin the Sheilas!!!
02-11-2011 05:41:47 | More by WoodBrew
3.03/5 rDev -12.4%
This is not a great beer, but it's a lot better than many of the beers you will find in pubs. It pours, not suprisingly, an amber colour with a decent enough head. Faint hop smells are grassy, but something in the malts just tastes a little off to me. My wife likes it well enough, but this is a bit so-so for my tastes and I'd rather have just about any other James Squire beer.
01-04-2006 23:30:07 | More by DaveFL1976
3.1/5 rDev -10.4%
Copper with a light amber hue and a huge pillowy creamy tan head. Also leaves good lace. Spicy malt aroma and flavor (more cinnamon like when it is fresh). Little to no hop character. Medium bodied, rich and creamy.
Something about this beer just did not add up right for me.
[5% abv per bottle]
11-27-2002 11:28:23 | More by RBorsato
3.1/5 rDev -10.4%
Appearance: A nice and deep red-amber colour. Reasonable amount of white head (2 cm) which disappears a little too fast. Small amount of lacing down the glass.
Aroma: Subdued caramel, toffee, and malt. Not a lot here to write about, as each time I have tried this beer it has had a literal lack of smell.
Taste: Malt and toffee, a little bit of zest and fruit. Enough bitters to balance the malt, but still on the mild side.
Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated, as it detracts a bit from the flavours, but otherwise acceptable.
Drinkability: Quite easy to drink, and one that I could (and do) have regularly. That being said, it's not a beer to savour or to think too much about. It's a nice BBQ lunch beer, where your mind is on other things.
02-01-2012 04:16:40 | More by machalel
3.2/5 rDev -7.5%
Poured out a dark amber colour. Had a distinct hoppy aroma with a fruitty aftertone. Smooth malt flavour with a sweet fruity middle followed by a dry hop finish.
Not overly carbonated, however was pretty expensive in Australia for an Australian beer. Not the first beer I'd think of if I wanted a few on a hot summers day. Refreshing none the less.
03-06-2005 13:36:38 | More by BeerNutta
3.25/5 rDev -6.1%
On tap at the Portland Brewhouse.
A: Served a dark copper color with a decent head that fades to good lacing.
S: Aroma of mild citrus with a bit of malt sweetness.
T: Taste similar to aroma with a bit of citrus with an easy malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.
F: Fairly light body and quite smooth.
O: Decent drinker, seems to go best with food as it is a bit bland.
08-12-2012 08:24:41 | More by soju6
James Squire Amber Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
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