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
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
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 Andrewharemza
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.07/5  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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.06/5  rDev -11%
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.

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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.

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Photo of machalel
2.03/5  rDev -41%
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).

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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.

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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

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Photo of aBeeraWeek
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of annatar
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
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).

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Photo of Stew41
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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Photo of philphilphil
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of rowey77
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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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.

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James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
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