James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale - Malt Shovel Brewery
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1.98/5 rDev -42.1%
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).
02-01-2012 04:29:13 | More by machalel
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
2.7/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
07-31-2011 13:06:20 | More by Stew41
2.75/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
02-08-2012 11:45:23 | More by PolarBear3
2.78/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
11-25-2011 09:10:39 | More by doktorhops
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
2.98/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
09-13-2010 09:12:36 | More by philphilphil
3.05/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
02-12-2012 09:08:30 | More by dansmcd
3.05/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
01-21-2014 11:06:26 | More by drpimento
3.08/5 rDev -9.9%
Golden ochre-brown body. Little carbonation. A centimetre-deep off white head.
Smells very similar to their IPA, fragrant fruits, sweet malt and a hint of sharp hops as well. Very sweet, quite pleasant.
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.
So not interesting enough. It's rather bland, and very forgettable.
07-23-2005 09:16:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.1/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
04-14-2006 07:20:32 | More by warmstorage
3.13/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
08-12-2012 11:46:23 | More by soju6
United Kingdom (England)
3.19/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
07-18-2013 12:03:23 | More by wl0307
James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.