James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale - Malt Shovel Brewery
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4.7/5 rDev +37.4%
This beer is great. It's a very good example of an English Pale Ale, with heaps of hoppy, fruity flavours and good session potential. I *wish* Malt Shovel made this one permanent and on tap at more places, because it would be great to drink this one all night. The only complaint is poor head retention (partly expected from the style) and a somewhat coarse mouthfeel. However, these do not detract from the fact that this is by far the finest James Squire ever released, and that it's exceptional even from the bottle. I would buy casks of this stuff if I could. Best beer I've had in a long time, and perfect for cooler nights in the Australian summer.
12-10-2004 11:36:49 | More by Weizenmensch
3.5/5 rDev +2.3%
(Served in a tall strange)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body with a thin white head that sticks to the glass for a bit. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.
S- There s a soft pale malt flavor with a finish of green hop hints.
T- The soft dry pale malt flavor is pretty clean with a green noble note in the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight cleaning fizz in the finish.
D- This beer is light and crisp with notes of pale malt and even softer hops.
11-10-2009 14:06:34 | More by rhoadsrage
3.33/5 rDev -2.6%
I'll have the Kangaroo with chips and I'll wash it down with a schooner of James Squires Golden Ale..."so you want the Wollengong Special?" "Is it good"...I ask..."Very Nice" says the gorgous Sheila...."ALLL RIGHTY THEN....I'll have that!" Was it a good choice...absolutely. The Golden Ale by Jimmy Squire was very good. Pure golden color with sea foam color head which left a deliteful lace. Not much to smell, maybe some faint lemon/citrus....which could also be described in the taste. Session??? You bet your Wallaby!!!
02-11-2011 05:48:32 | More by WoodBrew
3.33/5 rDev -2.6%
From can on a flight from Sydney to Cairns (was served in a proper glass though, unlike the bloke below).
Golden amber pour with a reasonable creamy head leaving lots of lacing.
Floral hoppy aroma with a hint of citrus. Sweet clean malt backing.
Flavours are mostly clean malt with some toasty hints. Green hops shine through followed by a gentle bitterness. Nice flavours but finishes weakly.
Great creamy carbonation and body.
07-14-2009 02:48:04 | More by CrazyDavros
4.13/5 rDev +20.8%
Presents beautifully in my pilsner urquell mug. FLuffy white head, hazy orange in colour. Fresh looking.
Fruity on the nose, orange, citrus, watermelon on the tongue. Slight crispness / spritiness & bitterness on the finish - very easy to drink. Fairly light in body - a definite drop for summer, as the flavours and hop bitterness are moderate and certainly not overpowering. A well balanced ale.
Will be a staple for me during the hot summer in Perth.
10-23-2008 13:22:11 | More by foles
3.23/5 rDev -5.6%
Drank on tap at The Grosvenor, Perth
A - Pours a Golden golour with a two fingered white head that dies quickly and laces.
S - A little malt and honey.
T - A little malty and honey again. Maybe small hops.
M - Light to medium body, and carbonation
D - Easy drinking lager with something a little different.
02-24-2011 15:01:23 | More by eric5bellies
3.43/5 rDev +0.3%
There's something very boutique about this beer. One or two and you'll tend to appreciate it more than four or five, as the fruity tastes becomes a bit much.
It's moderately carbonated and has a strong malt presence, and is definately best on tap. Perfect for starting off a session, but not for continuing one.
Try Tripel Karmeliet from Belgium for a superior yet similar tasting brew.
02-03-2007 14:30:12 | More by rec
3.58/5 rDev +4.7%
well, been a long time since ive been down this road.
color is a bit deeper. clear gold, with an orange tinge. ok enough head. reforms well with a swirl. same orange tinge joins the usual whiteness.
aroma is like a completely different beer. much more apa like with more obvious citrus right up front. orange zest with a hint of yeast.
i can see how this has become so popular (or why they push it so hard). probably the best australian "crossover" beer. like trying mango chicken as your first curry. definitely some different flavors going on to the usual fish and chips, but not the straight up head of a vindaloo either.
nice balance with the hops making a showing, and not too much sweetness from the malt side.
not sure if anything has changed about this beer since its release, other than my opinion. much more palatable than i remember.
well, pretty interested to finally try this one.
fairly light in color. gold, with not much head forming from the tap. slight lacing forms with a light swirl of the glass.
not much aroma to it first up. as it warms, a light citrusy/spicy aroma shows up. thought this was supposed to be similair to cascade (as in citrusy) but not really noticeable at all.
flavor is really leaning towards spicy/peppery from the hops, with the malt secondary.
with the advantage of hearing from one of the brewing reps, and getting their objective from this beer, it seems they hit their mark. having a slight ale flavor, and a majority lager everything else. as in a crisp clean taste/mouthfeel.
sadly though, for me at least, this seems like a cop out. but its not a bad beer by any means. though, i have to think, why settle for trying to be second best or appeal to the masses?
11-25-2004 11:41:33 | More by joecast
3.23/5 rDev -5.6%
Review based on notes taken on a recent visit to Sydney.
Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: The beer pours out a clear golden amber color with a 1/8" white head. While the head does not persist long it does leave some modest lacing.
Smell: The aroma is composed of light citric floral hops and some gentle bready malt.
Taste: The flavors are a bit bland but have traces of fruity, honey-like sweetness well balanced with each other so that nothing dominates. The hops have a light citric character.
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with light carbonation. The finish is medium long and ends with gentle bitterness and on a slightly dry note.
Drinkability: While this was drinkable enough I found the flavors and the aromas to be a bit lackluster and mundane. This seems to me to be a case where balance has been achieved at the cost of any distinguishing character. I'll probably not be having this one again.
12-28-2010 22:12:13 | More by drtth
2.33/5 rDev -31.9%
Appearance - Rose Gold almost amber colour. Crystal clarity. Medium carbonation. Poor head retention.
Smell - Medium hop, floral, light tropical fruit, mandarin aroma. Slight malt detectable
Taste - Medium carbonation. Medium hop, dry & yeasty. Some citrus in there somewhere. Slightly bitter after-taste.
Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, dry and light body
Drinkability - Light beer, easy to drink
Overall - A bland beer, with little body, character or flavour.
Printed on the side of the bottle :
Brewed using toasted grains of wheat & barley with Amarillo hops for a tropical fruit aroma, Golden ales is ideal thirst quenching beer
11-06-2011 08:23:58 | More by davidfoley
4/5 rDev +17%
I tried a pint of Golden Ale at Elephant & Wheelbarrow in Melbourne. They had a $5 pint special on it. Anyways, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from it. I'm not a fan of their Amber Ale and figured this would be comparable.
To my surprise this was a quite tasty brew. Nice balance of malt and citrusy hops. It pours, um, golden in color, with an attractive head. Carbonation was quite good too. For $5 this was a good buy. There's nothign totally outstanding or memorable about this beer, but it doesn't lack in any category, either. I give it straight 4's. Give it a shot.
08-23-2005 02:18:36 | More by DaveFL1976
3.48/5 rDev +1.8%
Colour is a very clean dark reddish gold. Very translucent compared to the beers I've been having recently. Nice frothy head which left lacing til the end.
Smell...definitely a nice malt note in there with the estery smell expected of a pale ale. Something else in there too but can't quite place my nose hairs on it. All in all a nice smell.
Taste starts off very light and malty and theres something different...I'm wondering if they've used any wheat malt at all. Bit of a floral hops taste ending in a very slight bitterness. All very well but if it wasn't for the mouthfeel I'd have wondered if it had been watered down at all.
Mouthfeel is smooth and a little flat but not light. Somehow the flatness doesn't work against this beer too much.
Drinkability is where this beer makes up for things in my book. There are no unpleasant negative characteristics that I can note and the positive characteristics aren't strong enough to become overbearing. Perhaps the perfect Australian ale to drink a carton of at once?
A good enough session beer. Just found it weak in the taste department. Which is better than a bad taste. The taste now is a bit like a distant memory which is making me want to crack open another one. Maybe that was their plan?
05-14-2009 10:01:49 | More by Stavage
3.25/5 rDev -5%
This pours a clear golden colour with a generous white head.
Aromas of marmalade are the first thing I pick up on the nose. Some nice maltiness as well.
Tropical fruit on the palate. The maltiness is there as well.
More sweetness than I would normally expect for an APA.
I don't mind this one, and I'm grateful for its wide availability, but there are many better ones out there.
08-29-2010 09:14:15 | More by Macca
2.93/5 rDev -14.3%
345 ML poured into a SA perfect pint
A-- Poured a clear honey, gold straw color. One finger off white head that quickly died down to just above film. Lots of carbonation showing on the sides of the glass. Half finger of head on swirling. Just a bit of soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.
S-- Sweet malt, honey, stewed vegetables and a touch of metal.. Hops are just a touch floral.
T-- Stale bread, vegetables and honey. Tastes old and a lot like an adjunct.
M-- A lot of sweet honey and malt in the mouth. It is creamy and quite carbonated. Hops are really eaten up by the sweetness in this but a better mouthfeel than taste.
D-- Drinkable on a hot day but otherwise nothing to get excited about. Not something I would do often.
04-10-2011 11:13:54 | More by mulder1010
James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
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