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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: joecast on 11-25-2004)
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soju6

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 11:46:23 | More by soju6
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dansmcd

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 09:08:30 | More by dansmcd
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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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heygeebee

Australia

3.35/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 10:36:47 | More by heygeebee
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 05:48:32 | More by WoodBrew
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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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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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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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rec

Australia

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2007 14:30:12 | More by rec
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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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warmstorage

California

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2006 07:20:32 | More by warmstorage
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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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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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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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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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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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James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.