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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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BA SCORE
79
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79 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: joecast on 11-25-2004)
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 11:06:26 | More by drpimento
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 12:03:23 | More by wl0307
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PolarBear3

Australia

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 11:45:23 | More by PolarBear3
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machalel

Australia

1.98/5  rDev -42.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 04:29:13 | More by machalel
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doktorhops

Australia

2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 09:10:39 | More by doktorhops
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davidfoley

New York

2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 08:23:58 | More by davidfoley
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aBeeraWeek

Australia

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 22:08:52 | More by aBeeraWeek
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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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Stew41

Australia

2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 13:06:20 | More by Stew41
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mulder1010

Australia

2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 11:13:54 | More by mulder1010
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 15:01:23 | More by eric5bellies
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 22:12:13 | More by drtth
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philphilphil

Australia

2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 09:12:36 | More by philphilphil
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Macca

Australia

3.25/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 09:14:15 | More by Macca
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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brendan13

Australia

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 12:39:31 | More by brendan13
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 10:13:30 | More by LittleCreature
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James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
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