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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Reviews: 50
Hads: 100
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: joecast on 11-25-2004

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Photo of machalel
2.03/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Darker golden body with a small amount of white head (1 cm) which disappears a little too fast. Small amount of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: On the bad side of average. Quite yeasty, with some green plant-like undertones.

Taste: Sharp, minerally, tangy and a hint of another taste I couldn't identify (salty?). I was seriously thinking about not finishing the glass!

Mouthfeel: Light and dry body, a bit too carbonated.

Drinkability: Could hardly finish the glass. Have accidentally ordered it again (on-tap) and it was just as bad (I got mixed up with the JS Amber Ale, which I like). (602 characters)

Photo of davidfoley
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
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 (639 characters)

Photo of Stew41
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Could be the beer to convert the great unwashed to partially quality orientated beer. More than a sliver of sweet malts drive the palate, but for the most part fairly authentic for the genre. Finishes a touch cloying for mine but I can see how punters will be attracted to it. (276 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
2.69/5  rDev -22.9%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
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. (1,804 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
2.91/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of philphilphil
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

overall pretty average.
Appearance brown with small head.
Smell was okay
Taste was undescribable in a fairly neutral way.
Mouthfeel was abit thin but not bad
Drinkability was average, i'm not impressed but its widely available at decent prices. maybe if its all thats on offer, maybe. (284 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Format: standard 330mL brown bottle, pretty standard James Squire label.

Appearance: pours out a dark amber-gold colour with a finger of off-white head that drops away to a thin cap.

Aroma: a small amount of biscuit malts and citrus hops on the nose. Not very powerful.

Taste: more weak biscuit malts and citrus with a heavy fug over the top from either odd spices or yeast. Not the best Squire beer.

Aftertaste: the flavours follow through here, still a bit awkward.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body with a moderate carbonation.

Overall: an okay beer but certainly not the best from the James Squire line-up. I'll spend the extra $5 for a case of the others. (665 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.02/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Bottle, Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, grass, light fruity hops. Flavor is light malt, grass, light fruity hops. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation. (172 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Mid to dark amber colour under a finger of dense white head and then some quality lacing.

S - Light malt and floral hops.

T - Follows the nose with mild honey like malt before some grassy hop bitterness takes over.

M - Low to medium level of carbonation, quite light body.

O - Pretty pedestrian pale ale, nothing outstanding but beats the macros if there are no better options. (387 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottles don't seem to be too friendly to the JS beers, at least here at this hotel. This one is the best of three so far. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, thick, short lived, cream-colored head and a bit of lace. Aroma had hints of resin and citrus, malt. Flavor's like nose, tang is in front, followed by a bit o bitter and a tad o sweet. Body's a touch soft and not to the advantage. Finish has some medicinal flavs that last a bit. (450 characters)

Photo of warmstorage
3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (2,835 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Golden ochre-brown body. Little carbonation. A centimetre-deep off white head.

Nose:
Smells very similar to their IPA, fragrant fruits, sweet malt and a hint of sharp hops as well. Very sweet, quite pleasant.

Taste:
It has a great deal of that nasty sour yeast character, which I feel ruins whatever other potential may be in there. It starts well, with a sweet, fruity lightness. But after a while it just sinks to this wek sticky bad yeast flavour.
Eh. It's drinkable, but certainly not special.

Overall:
So not interesting enough. It's rather bland, and very forgettable. (600 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of drtth
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of LittleCreature
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Not dissimilar in appearance to Little Creatures Pale Ale, although a bit less orange. About two fingers of foamy head quicky reduced to a relatively low level of froth. The colour is a coppery-gold, although quite transparent.

Smell - 3.5
The smell is very pleasant, it is not nearly as strong as I would have liked. Overall, a very clean smell, slightly floral and a little citrusy.

Taste - 4.0
Not hugely interesting for a pale ale, but still very nice. Initially there is no predominant flavour, although this is taken over by a fruity, malty sweetness with grassy notes. The finish is hoppy and dry, leaving the mouth refreshed and longing for another sip.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Moderate carbonation throughout, slightly watery at first, slightly syruppy towards the end. Not bad for a beer of just 4.5% alcohol.

Drinkability - 4.5
This is a superbly drinkable beer, it would take quite a few to get boring and it is rather thist-quenching, with that dry finish leaving one dying for another. What's more, it's only 4.5% alcohol!

OVERALL
While not quite as good as Little Creatures Pale Ale, this is a highly competent and cheaper alternative. For a beer of this quality I would say it is very good value for money. While there are more interesting Aussie beers out there, there are few more drinkable and better tasting for the price. If you can get it on tap it is even better, and makes it a brilliant session beer choice.

Edit: While still a decent beer I've been finding Golden Ale to be a little bland of late, which may be the beer changing, or my palate. (1,584 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coming in a 345ml bottle; BB 06/12/13, served cool in a short-stemmed goblet. Notes: the beer label specifies Amarillo is the hop variety used in this brew.

A: pours a dark golden colour with a light red-ish shade, coming with a thin beige creamy head and very lively carbonation.
S: given a good swirl, enticingly biscuity crystal malts and candy-ish sweetness come hand in hand with a refreshing & light citric, dried-grassy and faintly herbal hoppiness as well as savoury-sweet preserved hawthorn fruits, on top of light estery fruits as in unripe apples. A “creamy” texture seems to assert itself as well, likely a bi-product of yeasts’ work.
T: effervescent, the foretaste is intriguingly acidic estery/sour-fruity, then a neutrally-flavoured and slightly savoury maltiness creeps up with a light biscuity hint and very little hop flavour to follow; the bitterness is kept at a very moderate level, but leaving a semi-chewy and rough mouthfeel at the finish of each sip, where an unexpected touch of alcohol should emerge to linger on the side.
M&O: the mouthfeel remains smooth throughout, despite the initial effervescence which softens along the way; this medium-bodied golden-coloured ale shows plenty of signs of estery influence and doesn’t come quite hoppy as one would normally expect from this beer style, but, compared with the other James Squire product I’ve tried, the Nine Tale Amber Ale, I find this one far more approachable, albeit still quite boring to be honest. (1,496 characters)

Photo of brendan13
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark golden colour with fluffy head of an inch or so.
S - Herbal hops with a metallic note. Light pale malts vauge in the background. Some slight citrus notes.
T - Pretty much along the same lines as the smell but not as herbal.
M - Full mouthfeel and a dry finish.
D - Not the most interesting beer but highly drinkable with some character. (349 characters)

Photo of Macca
3.28/5  rDev -6%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
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!!! (523 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden (funny that!) clear colour, one finger head. Stays a while.

Aromas of honey, sweet.

Taste is more honey, sweetigh, but not too many hops to balance out. A little macro-ish, but not the dreaded metallic taste. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel, light not too carbonated.

Overall, a good pub beer. Pleased to see it getting widely available. Very drinkable, suspect I could go a few schooners of this before the sweetness maybe caught up. (443 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of rec
3.42/5  rDev -2%
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. (392 characters)

Photo of aBeeraWeek
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a 2cm light coloured head that cleared quickly. Reasonable amounts of lacing as the glass emptied. A rich golden colour with a slight hint of amber colouration.

Quite a sweet and malty smell first up that I wasn’t quite expecting so much of. Also some citrus flavours coming through (mostly lemon) and the sweetness comes through again in the form of honey notes.

Fairly light on taste. There is definitely still the sweet malts on the taste and they are offset nicely with the citrus coming through again to make it nice and refreshing.

Reasonably light bodied and medium carbonation. A good sessionable offering.

Good for a mainstream beer. Easy to find in Australia, and when in a venue with limited offerings it is going to be one of your best choices. (774 characters)

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James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.