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James Squire Amber Ale - Malt Shovel Brewery

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James Squire Amber AleJames Squire Amber Ale

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Malt Shovel Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002)
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Photo of cammo84


3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

10-07-2012 11:55:26 | More by cammo84
Photo of mungus


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

09-02-2012 14:05:30 | More by mungus
Photo of bwtodd

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

08-26-2012 03:27:54 | More by bwtodd
Photo of soju6


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
Photo of braican


3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

08-03-2012 18:17:54 | More by braican
Photo of pin


3/5  rDev -13.3%

07-04-2012 03:08:48 | More by pin
Photo of hopnerd


3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

04-20-2012 13:22:12 | More by hopnerd
Photo of nate1357


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

03-05-2012 23:54:29 | More by nate1357
Photo of BrazilianAussie


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

02-25-2012 11:24:04 | More by BrazilianAussie
Photo of TexPederson


2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

02-13-2012 11:30:16 | More by TexPederson
Photo of dmorgan310


3/5  rDev -13.3%

02-05-2012 04:38:20 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of machalel


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
Photo of jjkatter


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

330ml bottle poured into a goblet... This beer differs from the one pictured in that it is branded "Nine Tales" and illustrating a top hat with a card with the number 9 on it.

A- deep amber in color. No head to review.

S- tried and tried and just couldn't smell much.

T- much better than anticipated. Nice floral malt front to it with a bit of a salty finish. Still, not half bad.

MF- nice effervescence and good balance.

O- yea, I'd drink another of these.

01-25-2012 08:17:48 | More by jjkatter
Photo of DrNo


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

01-12-2012 22:30:05 | More by DrNo
Photo of cdwil


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

12-29-2011 14:32:58 | More by cdwil
Photo of BeerSingh


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

This beer was briefly available on the shelves here, but I guess was taken off as soon as the batch expired. I had bought a mixed case of the Amber and Golden, plus 6 each of Hahn and James Boag lager. The amber was poured into a Stella glass with enough aggression to create an inch of off white, sudsy head that settled into a fine collar within a minute. The beer itself was a deep copper - amber hued, with plenty carbonation. Decent so far. The nose was pretty muted - faint malt, a little caramel with slight graininess. The beer may have been a tad cold, but the nose was definitely stunted and shortlived.
The taste was far better than the nose, with the malt and caramel - toffee character making their presence felt. It definitely tasted like a sweet lager, like a bock. There was slight hop bitterness and a fruitiness to finish with. The palate was left moist, and the above average carbonation made the mouthfeel a little livelier than chewy, although it could have been more than required. Overall, a decent beer and can be had all year round with ease, but no need to go looking out for it.

12-14-2011 11:40:01 | More by BeerSingh
Photo of davidfoley

New York

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
Photo of aBeeraWeek


3.78/5  rDev +9.2%

Bottle picked up from Safeways in Melbourne.
Chilled, then poured into a Spiegelau beer glass.

Appearance – dark amber with some dark red coming out when held to the light.

Smell – an enticing combination of fresh sweet bread and caramel

Taste – is well matched to the smell. The same sweet caramels come through early but are not overstated, with a light bitterness coming through from the hops. A sweet fruit aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Agree with previous postings that this is slightly over carbonated. A little less carbonation would be more fitting with the taste and smell of this beer. It takes some of the focus away from the sweeter flavourings.

Overall – a pleasant tasting beer that has enough flavourings to keep the drink interesting throughout.

09-11-2011 04:22:14 | More by aBeeraWeek
Photo of Stew41


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
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +0.6%

Single bottle picked up at a Canberra supermarket.

Poured into a small tumbler glass. A nice amber-copper hue, good colour, about a half inch of white head, survives as a thick ring with some flecks of lacing. Not bad.

Nose is caramel, toffee, light hopping.

Begins with a sweet malt character, a little bit of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, before finishing with a slightly metallic, tart, lemony taste that doesn't quite work. Still, goes down fairly well and has some nice things going for it.

Carbonation is quite aggressive, doesn't really fit. I agree with a previous poster, it reminds me of a red lager in this respect. Slick, thin bodied. The finish is long and a bit metallic.

A decent amber ale, certainly drinkable and worth trying, but nothing fantastic. Needs a bit of work on the hoppage to really finish well.

04-24-2011 08:35:09 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of dgilks


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Crystal clear amber colour with a small, off-white head. Poor head retention.

Dark, toffee and yeasty aroma. Slightly oxidised.

Bready caramel and toffee flavour with lots of residual sweetness. This could be a little drier and the fruit flavours are very raisiny.

Medium body with moderately-low carbonation. Fair but not great.

An okay but not entirely satisfactory beer. It lacks finesse and seems overly simplified.

04-05-2011 04:39:38 | More by dgilks
Photo of Macca


3.58/5  rDev +3.5%

This pours clear with a deep amber colour and a solid slightly off white head.

The nose is nutty, earthy hops, some sweetness.

Malts really come through on the palate as you would hope. The hops are there but restrained. Maybe finishes a touch too sweet for me but that's something I find in a lot of malt driven beers.

Reasonably full bodied.

Always a safe bet when you want something with a bit of body that you can have a couple of.

03-23-2011 07:49:10 | More by Macca
Photo of WoodBrew


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
Photo of doktorhops


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

The James Squire bottle tells a story of a man that received a hundred lashes from a cat-o-nine tail because of his insubordinate and wanton lust to brew beer. This to me sums up Australian's well - so great is our thirst for the amber drop that we will gladly suffer punishment to brew the ultimate beverage.

Today's serving vessel is my trusty old clay chalice/tulip 450ml cup (from the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Pilsen). The amber ale itself was poured from a 345ml bottle.

A: Oh dear, I poured the beer before realised that I cannot see through lacquered clay... err, I'm sure the body would appear amber as advertised (actually it's more of a "caramel brown" - I've had this beer before). 2cm tan head that dissipates to a thin layer that leaves lacing in the chalice.

S: Nutty malts, followed by a woody fragrance with a hint of puke (not a good thing to have a hint of mind you).

T: This "ale" has a mild, slightly nutty flavour balanced with some sweet malts. The hop bitterness is slight, and doesn't spoil the aftertaste which is earthy followed by a sour note. I'm glad there's no taste of the 'puke' I noticed from the smell.

M: Here's my bugbear with this "ale" (and I'm using inverted commas for a reason) - this is no more an "ale" than my grandmother is a scuba diver, and it comes down to the carbonation for me - this "ale" is carbonated like a lager (which really p****s me off!). Unfortunately this is where Aussie brewers drop the ball over our English brethren. Points have been deducted.

D: So we've got an "Amber Ale" that isn't really "Amber" or an "Ale", but how does it stand on the drinkability front? Quite well actually. I could easily go through a 6er of these - there's very little confronting me. And that is the only thing holding this brew back - lack of complexity... apart from that - this is one drinkable beverage, worth a hundred lashes? Perhaps not, but otherwise enjoyable.

Food match: Roast chicken, leg of Lamb, Lyonnaise potatoes and light barbeque fare.

01-18-2011 09:04:47 | More by doktorhops
Photo of drtth


3.35/5  rDev -3.2%

Review based upon notes taken 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 bright reddish copper color with a 1" white head that recedes slowly. Sipping leaves some modest lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by the biscuity toasted malts and has some earthy herbal hops in the background. The malts also contribute a touch of caramel and the hops seem to add a lightly floral character as well.

Taste: The flavors include the sweet malt backbone with its hints of caramel. The hops well in the background here but definitely show some earthy, floral and herbal notes.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with unimpressive carbonation. The finish is medium to short in length and does have a touch of spicy dryness from the hops as it tapers off.

Drinkability: This was easy enough to drink, but did not stand out in any obvious way. I could drink a second but probably won't.

12-28-2010 02:38:04 | More by drtth
James Squire Amber Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.