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
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Australia

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 doktorhops
2.78/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of davidfoley
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
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

Photo of aBeeraWeek
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of jimiboi
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of annatar
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
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).

Photo of Stew41
2.7/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of heygeebee
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of mulder1010
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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!!!

Photo of drtth
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of philphilphil
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of Macca
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of rowey77
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of dgilks
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From can on a flight from Sydney to Cairns (was served in a proper glass though, unlike the bloke below).
Golden amber pour with a reasonable creamy head leaving lots of lacing.
Floral hoppy aroma with a hint of citrus. Sweet clean malt backing.
Flavours are mostly clean malt with some toasty hints. Green hops shine through followed by a gentle bitterness. Nice flavours but finishes weakly.
Great creamy carbonation and body.

Photo of vancurly
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

James Squire in a can... courtesy of Qantas inflight refreshments. And served with a plastic cup... oh well, can't have everything.

Nice, golden pale amber, good bubbling, and white whippy head.

Aroma & flavour a tropical blend of passionfruit, pineapple, green grape. Flavour expands to include herbs (oregano ?), seeds (passionfruit again), and faint white bread.

Late bitterness, lingering hop aftertaste. And very well balanced.

Short flight, only one allowed :-(

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
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

Photo of Stavage
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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?

Photo of TubaManJack
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Photo of SimmoGee
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.