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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: 85
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of indiapaleale


4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-25-2011 23:50:57 | More by indiapaleale
Photo of mulder1010


2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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
Photo of eric5bellies


3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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
Photo of WoodBrew


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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
Photo of drtth


3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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
Photo of philphilphil


2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
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
Photo of Macca


3.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 09:14:15 | More by Macca
Photo of rowey77


3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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
Photo of dgilks


3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Photo of ADZA


3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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
Photo of IHasaFlavaFlav


4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
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
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-14-2009 02:48:04 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of vancurly


3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
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 :-(

Serving type: can

07-07-2009 10:34:51 | More by vancurly
Photo of SleepyMonk


4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
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
Photo of Stavage


3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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
Photo of TubaManJack


3.58/5  rDev +5%
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
Photo of SimmoGee


4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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
Photo of foles


4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
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
Photo of laituegonflable


3.75/5  rDev +10%
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
Photo of Lukie


4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
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
Photo of brendan13


3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
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
Photo of LittleCreature


3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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!

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
Photo of Cs1987


4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A fine golden amber colour. Tends to form more head than your average beer, so should be poured carefully.

Smell - A great mixture of hoppy and citrus like smells.

Taste - I love Australian ales. While this doesn't taste very different from other Australian ales, it still has a great taste - not very bitter, but it has a lovely fruity character. I've never tried it from the tap, but I imagine it would be fantastic.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly smooth.

Drinkability - This beer is intended mostly for "connoisseurs", but it still goes down easily, and would make a good session drink.

Overall - This is a great beer at a great price. It will always be one of my favourites.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 02:29:36 | More by Cs1987
Photo of rec


3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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
James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.