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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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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: joecast on 11-25-2004)
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Photo of wl0307
3.19/5  rDev -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.

wl0307, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of adityashekhar
3.5/5  rDev +2%

adityashekhar, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev +2%

XsoldoutX, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

magpieken, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of magnusdave
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

magnusdave, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of musqayan
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

musqayan, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +16.6%

ColSanders123, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of mungus
3/5  rDev -12.5%

mungus, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of BILF
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

BILF, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Jake321
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Jake321, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -12.5%

bostonryan, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of pin
2/5  rDev -41.7%

pin, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of bwtodd
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

bwtodd, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

soju6, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev +2%

braican, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Sachsenfreude, May 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

cammo84, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of Morningstorm
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Morningstorm, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of nate1357
3/5  rDev -12.5%

nate1357, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev +2%

BrazilianAussie, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of dansmcd
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

dansmcd, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of PolarBear3
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

PolarBear3, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of machalel
1.98/5  rDev -42.3%
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).

machalel, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of DrNo
3/5  rDev -12.5%

DrNo, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of MenInVen
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

MenInVen, Dec 27, 2011
James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.