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James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale - Malt Shovel Brewery

James Squire The Chancer Golden AleJames Squire The Chancer Golden Ale

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 16.08%


Brewed by:
Malt Shovel Brewery visit their website
Australia

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: joecast on 11-25-2004)
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Weizenmensch

Japan

4.7/5  rDev +37.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 11:36:49 | More by Weizenmensch
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mickyb

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favourites, nice and hoppy with citrus overtones, very drinkable and not tiring over a long session.
Served in a standard pint glass off the tap, tastes best chilled, not a beer that improves with standing and temperature increase.
The best beer from the Malt Shovel Brewery by a fair way, glad it is now a permanent member of the family.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2006 12:48:41 | More by mickyb
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Lukie

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 03:15:02 | More by Lukie
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IHasaFlavaFlav

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 08:40:50 | More by IHasaFlavaFlav
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SleepyMonk

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2009 11:06:20 | More by SleepyMonk
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jarmby1711

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange to gold with a static variably bubbled head and a small amount of bead.
It looked enticing
It smelt of flowery stewed stone fruits
The taste was reminiscent of a Jaffa Sweet oranges with a hint of chocolate It finished sharp and crisp.
This delovers bigtime for me and for what the label says it will do
It is thirst slaking and uaffable.
It is not overly complex or bitter and would make a great session beer.
in act if it stays at around $2 a stubby I will be drinking quite a bit more over summer

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 00:37:32 | More by jarmby1711
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foles

Australia

4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 13:22:11 | More by foles
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SimmoGee

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a bottle poured into a James Squire goblet.

A - Dark amber colour (lives up to its name) which starts with a good head that laces very nicely in the glass. Fairly light in carbonation.

S - Floral which is quire pleasing. Reminds me of honey

T - Very light malt/honey at first but then the hoppy bitterness comes through which makes this beer very refreshing.

M - Even though it is lightly carbonated, this plays on your tongue which seems to complement the hops quite well.

D - Very easy to drink and always a joy to see on tap or bottle when going to a pub.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 08:26:31 | More by SimmoGee
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Cs1987

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A fine golden amber colour. Tends to form more head than your average beer, so should be poured carefully.

Smell - A great mixture of hoppy and citrus like smells.

Taste - I love Australian ales. While this doesn't taste very different from other Australian ales, it still has a great taste - not very bitter, but it has a lovely fruity character. I've never tried it from the tap, but I imagine it would be fantastic.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly smooth.

Drinkability - This beer is intended mostly for "connoisseurs", but it still goes down easily, and would make a good session drink.

Overall - This is a great beer at a great price. It will always be one of my favourites.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 02:29:36 | More by Cs1987
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2005 02:18:36 | More by DaveFL1976
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BeerNutta

Australia

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the sherlock holmes.

A = Golden orange with a thin foam head that quickly dissapates.

S = Light fruitty aroma with faint hop notes

T = Light fruitty taste that followed through with a slight hop finish. Very tasty.

M = Moderately carbonated. Easy to drink.

D = Good. Easy session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2005 04:43:12 | More by BeerNutta
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - on the darker golden side in color with a nice inch of thick, white head on top. Super clean and clear in appearance with carbonation levels looking spot on.

Aroma - hay, lemon zest, cut grass, oranges along with some sweet, pale malty notes.

Taste - my first impression is that this has a hoppiness that could put it into the pale ale category. It's not dominating by any means but there's a nice citrusy hop flavor that resonates in every sip. Some lemon/lime tanginess along with pale malts gives it a bit of a sweet and sour flavor. Quite nice. This is a very refreshing beer on a warm summer evening around the grill. I think this would be a nice import in cans actually.

Overall - very easy to drink and approachable from any angle. It's got enough of a hop kick to please the pale ale palate but also a nice sweet malty background for those looking for something closer to an amber. This is the type of beer that Australian craft brewers do very well. A lower alcohol brew that has plenty of flavor but won't put you on your ass after a couple pints.

Would I buy more of it? - probably not too relevant. I did however enjoy a number of pints of this on draught while in Australia. When I go back I'm sure I'll do the same.

Serving type: can

05-25-2011 23:50:57 | More by indiapaleale
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annatar

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Squire's Golden is easily the best major beer you can get on tap with any kind of regularity in working NSW pubs, beating out Squire's Amber, Toohey's Old (aka 'Black'), Cooper's Pale ('Green') and Sparkling ('Red') in the mythical pub that has the full spectrum of good mainstream Australian beers. If you are lucky to be in a pub that accidentally put Little Creature's Pale on tap then kiss the landlord.

It is not an especially adventurous beer, but it is one of the few tasty brews available. It is a light and sweet ale, although not a lager, and has the requisite rich beery taste. Very lightly hopped and can tend to northern English creamy if the bar is sufficiently crafty/negligent with their tap and lines.

Drinking from the bottle or can is kind of pointless, Golden's main utility is as a tasty oasis in the desert of Australian pub taps - there are far superior beers that never appear on taps except in beer cafes frequented only by spivs (especially from Wicked Elf & Grand Ridge).

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 07:28:09 | More by annatar
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vancurly

Australia

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

James Squire in a can... courtesy of Qantas inflight refreshments. And served with a plastic cup... oh well, can't have everything.

Nice, golden pale amber, good bubbling, and white whippy head.

Aroma & flavour a tropical blend of passionfruit, pineapple, green grape. Flavour expands to include herbs (oregano ?), seeds (passionfruit again), and faint white bread.

Late bitterness, lingering hop aftertaste. And very well balanced.

Short flight, only one allowed :-(

Serving type: can

07-07-2009 10:34:51 | More by vancurly
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dgilks

Australia

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear golden colour. A 1 finger white head dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film.

Moderate citrus hop aroma. Low sweet malt profile. It works well and is quite appetising.

Moderate citrus hop flavour with a slightly musty/soapy note in the background. Hop flavour could be stronger through the finish. Moderate, clean malt profile sits nicely with the hops. Moderate hop bitterness is present but the malt stands it up with the balance being slightly tilted towards the malt. A tiny bit of carbonaic acid is present in the finish. Good but some more bitterness would be appreciated.

Medium body and moderate carbonation are fine. Pretty smooth.

A very drinkable beer. I would prefer a bit more bitterness but I can see the appeal in this beer and it is a favourite with a number of friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 05:04:57 | More by dgilks
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rowey77

Australia

3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A nice golden orange to amber, with good carbonation and a nice head.

Aroma: Malty, and fruity, with some hints of hops, and a slight hint of honey.

Flavour: Again malt and fruit maybe peachy, a little floral hop is present, with some honey.

Mouthfeel: medium body, ok carbonation, easy drinking.

Overall: Easy drinking and Quaffable, needs bigger malt and hop character to get my attention.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 23:30:58 | More by rowey77
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep, dark-red-infused golden colour with a thinly dispersed but pillowy head. Light carbonation forms on the side of the glass and trickles steadily upwards. Sticks quite well to the side of the glass and leaves a thin layer of lacing. Really quite nice looking.

I could smell it as I poured. Now with my nose to the glass there is a delightful aroma of floral hops with a strong infusion of fruity characters. There are a lot of tropical fruit tannins that give it a somewhat acidic yet sweet smell. There's almost, almost a berry character to it, because it's just rich and powerful. Lovely-smelling beer.

This is the last of a six-pack that I'm reviewing, and I've found that when drinking it straight from the bottle there's an unpleasant yeasty texture to the first few sips. When poured, this disappears (there's a lesson for us all). Palate is a little subdued but lingers for a long time on the back of the tongue. It starts off with a good crescendo of bittering hop and then delivers a malty fruit flourish with citrusy esters. The body of the palate falls a little short of its mark but it leaves behind a nice bitter finish which trails off slowly. It's a very pleasant drinking ale, there can be no doubt about it. It falls a little short in two departments though; it's not quite flavoursome enough to leave a lasting impression, and it's not quite clean enough on the finish to be good sobering ale. The mouthfeel is a little wet and flat, but it goes down okay because the flavours are pleasant but not overpowering.

Overall, an extremely drinkable brew with a gorgeous nose, fine flavours, but that underperforms just a little in the taste department.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 11:13:09 | More by laituegonflable
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ADZA

Australia

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale see thru copper colour with average carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head with hardly any lacing at all,the smell of this beer is very appealing with a very dominant stone fruit,barley aroma very nice,it has a medium mouthfeel and tastes very tropical indeed with nice tastes of stonefruit,paw paw and some passionfruit this is definately one of those beers that i could drink alot of in a session and not get bored of.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 10:09:47 | More by ADZA
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Finite

Australia

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden to abmer in colour, nic ehead retention and good lacing, head lasts a while. Smells of loray and fruity hops. Taste is quite balanced bwteen the fruit hops and malt undertones. A tad standard? Easy to dring beer and one of the better Squire beers

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2006 10:47:25 | More by Finite
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jimiboi

Australia

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 11:16:46 | More by jimiboi
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joecast

Australia

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

---
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 11:41:33 | More by joecast
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TubaManJack

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 02:20:06 | More by TubaManJack
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ohitsbrad

Australia

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 09:48:14 | More by ohitsbrad
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 14:06:34 | More by rhoadsrage
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Stavage

Australia

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 10:01:49 | More by Stavage
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James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
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