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James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale - Malt Shovel Brewery

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James Squire The Chancer Golden AleJames Squire The Chancer Golden Ale

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Australia

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: joecast on 11-25-2004

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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 51
Reviews by doktorhops:
Photo of doktorhops
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BA it's been a while! Well it has indeed and today I'm turning my keen beer senses to a brew that seems a strangely obvious pick for a review but has thus far eluded my cold beer-goggle glare: Old Mate Squires Golden Ale. And why is it that this fine brewers brew has dodged the bruview bullet? Could it be that I was oblivious to the beer when it was right in front of me, i.e. couldn't see the tavern for the tap? Or could it be that this was always my least favourite JS brew and I've waited till now to finally rate it? ... Intrigue!

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Hmmm... the clue is in the name with this brew: golden body with a chalk white head reducing to an ale'esque lacing.

S: Smells like the floor of an English pub, the type of noxious mix of stale ale, yeast re-fermenting and vegetable detritus... not as unappealing as you would expect but certainly not winning any awards. Still not as bad as the trash heap aroma that wafts off of most Aussie macro lagers.

T: Grain malt fore-notes with a smattering of toffee apple hints and finished with a light dry hop note. The bitterness is quite mild and leaves me thinking that this is the "let's introduce young metro guys to beer" kind of ale. Disappointing as I remembered it (the memory of taste can be surprising at times).

M: Light and watery, but with a fairly accurate carbonation for an ale.

D: Bland. In the world of Aussie macro lager's - i.e. the local pub - this brew is a Godsend. In reality though this brew is hardly a contender for any award. Again it is the beer that JS make for the masses to try and convert them over to the wonderful world of craft and if it allows JS to continue making their excellent IPA, Porter and Pilsner then I will support the cause, otherwise I have no reason to drink it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
4.67/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!!!

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.46/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Citrus yeah that craft beer taste

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of foles
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of rec
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of joecast
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

re-reviewed 2/06
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.

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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?

Photo of drtth
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of davidfoley
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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

Photo of DaveFL1976
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Stavage
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

Photo of Macca
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mulder1010
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of ohitsbrad
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

8 December 2005, Best Before Jun 06

Golden-copper in colour, small white head and reasonable lacing. Honeyish, flowery and tropical fruit aroma. The label speaks of toasted barley and wheat flavours. Also some peachy flavours, some flowery, lightly spicy hop flavour, honey, and a mild bitter finish. Flavour seems to be a lot more evident at around 10 degrees C. Light mouthfeel, like that of a lager, and mild carbonation. Could easily have several of these. I believe they have now made this part of their permanent lineup and I'm glad.

Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Portland Brewhouse.

A: Served a bronze color with a decent thick head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of some hops and malt sweetness and a bit of herbs in the background.

T: Taste is a mix of citrus and malt sweetness with a hint of honey. Decent bitterness and a dry finish.

F: fairly medium body, quite smooth and creamy.

O: Nice golden ale, nothing to rave about, but is good for a few.

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a Pilsner glass.

Bright gold color tending towards a honey hue although it falls just short of a maple syrup.

Aroma is rich with flower like notes along with garden herb and peach flesh.

Taste is thick and boasts an almost perfect harmonious blend of dry grainy yeast and sweet sticky hops.

A very snappy and refreshing beer with plenty of taste

Photo of warmstorage
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A difficult beer to rate: it's the second hoppiest, and second tastiest, beer that I had in a month in Australia. I had it on tap (20 ounce pint) at the James Squire brewpub (in the restaurant side) in Melbourne for the slightly difficult price of AU$8 per pint, and then again had several pints for AU$5.60 at the James Squire brewpub at King's Wharf, Sydney, at happy hour.

In Melbourne, I ordered the IPA and my friend asked what else was on. When the apparently competent server said they had a Golden that was their hoppiest beer, we both did a double take, looked at one another with doubt, and then my adventurous friend ordered it. We were shocked and pleased.

The beer was a medium copper, very limited aroma, served ridiculously cold (as were all the beers down under), and had very vigorous white head but active bubbles and carbonation visible and in the mouth. Head diminishes, but they pour wiwth such stupid, reckless abandon in Australia that it's hard to tell what head was just bad pour. (This is from watching in pubs, brewpubs, and restaurant bars in NSW, TAS, SA, VIC, and QSD.)

First taste: whoa! An Australian beer with hops! Second taste: more of the same! Holy sh*t! Hops! In Australia! No, really! We spent most of that pint trying to be sly about sneaking drinks from it, while the IPA languished.

Great solid fresh spicy citrus hop start, which remained consistent throughout. That is, while the beer was cold. Then something bizarre happened: as the beer warmed, it got worse. A wet, slightly stale and sour grain aroma came out, and this in the taste as well, though not as strong. The hops became distinctly less assertive in both the body and the aroma. This was only the case in Sydney, since we greedily gobbled the beer down in Melbourne. It happened three pints in a row, though it remained the best beer at James Squire, and up to that point, the hoppiest beer in Australia, so I kept ordering it (especially at the AU$5.60 happy hour pricing.)

So I'm not sure what to think of this beer: it was one of the best I had in the whole country in a month, yet got spookily stale and less assertive and less interesting as it warmed. (And in case anyone is wondering, I prefer my beers at cellar temp, and have found almost no others which tasted worse upon warming, except for american macro lager styles.)

If I could rate on initial taste, it would be something like a 3.5 for taste. However, as it warms it comes closer to 2.5, so I've averaged. Drinkability is rated relative to how thirsty I was for good beer in a continent which apparently has very, very little of it.

I would order it again, for sure, as it was excellent compared to the immense amount of pissy yellow swill served in Australia, and one of the better beers at James Squire. I would just drink it fast.

Photo of jimiboi
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

rebranded as "The Chancer", this brew pours reddish orange into glass, forming a generous 2 finger head and retaining 1 finger with heaps of lacing. I find its look very appealing.

Smell is inviting with a thick malty aroma, but not heavy on the hoppy notes, so gives the impression of a beer straddling the divide between craft and macro.

Tastes yeasty, with light citrus and smooth all the way through.

Mouthfeel is very creamy due to good balance of carbonation with no bitterness noted.

Overall a very tasty beverage indeed, with good character and mouthfeel. I think this could be a beer appreciated by regular drinkers and beer connoisseurs alike as various aspects would appeal to either party.

Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.21/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden as the name suggests. Crisp white head, disappears quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S - Light fruity aroma, this may sound stupid but its just fruity not a fruit hop aroma. Although its obivously coming from the Amarillo.

T - Apricot flavours come through first backed up by some light biscuity flavours. After taste is mellow but refreshing.

M - The whole thing about using ale yeast at lager temperatures may be a stunt, but it goes down very smooth. Cuts through big greasy meals, and compliments lighter ones.

D - Could and have made a session beer out of the Golden Ale, its a good beer to start to turn someone into a beer snob, enough flavours that you can get someone interested but still drinkable enough for the average punter.

Overall, an awesomely balanced beer. Still a reasonable price. And the six pack packaging is reusable for homebrew, the labels also come off easily. Good beer if you want some bottles at the end.

Photo of TubaManJack
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Golden Body with a whispy/creamy head. A moderate amount of carbonation.
Smell- Moderately Herbal and Piney Hops with a slight bit neutral malt.
Taste-Nothing strong up front, but there is a surprising amount of depth to this beer. The dry hops are not calmed by the carmel malt and just cry for another sip. The hops are more US style then other in AUS but they lack the grapefruit taste.
Mouthfeel- A lighter pale ale that a clean crisp taste that leave me wanting another pint.
Drinkability- Nice but can lead to ordering many pints, fortunately its only 4.5%ABV

Photo of PolarBear3
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a darkish golden colour with an off white frothy head that reduced fairly quickly to a thin cover and a little lacing.

S - Not much at all really except for maybe a little honey and sweet malt. very disappointing.

T - Definite honey and citrus flavour with the sweet malt but very bland indeed.

M - Medium carbonation and light to medium body

O - Not one I would recommend. Very bland and tasteless and rather disappointing.

Photo of Lukie
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Had this one at work the other night, as it just came back into stock. It is one of my all time favourite brews.

Pours a nice dark golden colour with foamy head, which lingers for a little while, showing the freshness of the beer.

The smell is amazingly floral, with great melon, honey and some slight citrus notes. It wets the appetite ready to gorge into such a wonderful brewskie.

Amazing honey, melon notes which quench a thirst like none. A nice citrus finish into some slight hop notes round out a superb beer.

Mouthfeel is not too bad. It seems to be a little light, with some moderate carbonation. Usually it doesn't sit enough to warrent me checking the mouthfeel.

This beer, in my hallowed opinion, is the best Australian beer for price and quality. While other beers could be argued as being nicer, their heftier price tag doesn't make up for that fact.
A great session beer, and once again, Chuck Hahn and the Malt Shovel Brewery continue to astound me.

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James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.