1. American Craft Beer Fest is this weekend in Boston, Mass. Join us for 640+ beers from 140+ brewers! Tickets for Friday, May 29 are still available. Cheers!

James Squire 150 Lashes - Malt Shovel Brewery

Not Rated.
James Squire 150 LashesJames Squire 150 Lashes

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
71
okay

74 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 20.93%
Wants: 0
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Malt Shovel Brewery visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: vancurly on 08-19-2011

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (13) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 74 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by PolarBear3:
Photo of PolarBear3
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden straw colour with two fingered head that laces very well.

S - Fruity with orange/ lemonade aromas almost like a shandy

T - Grainy, malt and light hops with citrus fruits but a little bitter and bland on the finish.

M - light/Medium bodied with light carbonation

O - Just an average beer that is very pleasant to drink but lacks a real flavour punch that a pale ale should have. Just average.

More User Reviews:
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows restrained floral and fruity notes along with faint grainy malt.
Flavours include sweet light malt with grainy notes and a soft, light bitterness.
Could use more carbonation.
Pretty dumbed down.

Photo of KraziEyezKillah
4.1/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean tasting brew. Good session ale

Photo of Kulrak
2.03/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright golden color with absolutely no head, even when poured straight into the glass. Smells watery, and a little grassy. Tastes pretty clean, very little sweetness, very little bitterness, finishes...watery. Mouthfeel, again, watery. Overall, it's watery. I expected more from Malt Shovel.

Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Typical almost amber colour. Quite decent carbonation with a miniscule head and no lacing. Not too bad.

S- Faint fruity smell. Grapefruit and citrus. Certainly not robust but it actually smells pretty good.

T- Terribly misleading aroma. The palate is quite light and thin. It's just a slight sweetness followed by extremely faint hops. Unfortunately, POR lurks on the back.. Minus points of that.

M- Light, but pleasantly so. Carbonation level is good and adds some kick.

O- Malt Shovel Brewery were clearly going for refreshment over taste here. That said, it's not entirely a flat affair, this beer does have it's good points. I'd be lying if I said this wasn't altogether underwhelming, though.

Photo of davidfoley
2.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden straw colour, light carbonation, low head retention, good clarity

Smell - Light Malt, Banana, Kiwi, mandarin.. Overall fruity, not a strong aroma

Taste - Light carbonation, light hops, malt sweetness, mild fruit flavours. Little after-taste

Mouthfeel - low/medium weight with light carbonation.

Drinkability - Light beer of which you could drink a few, needs more carbonation to make it more drinkable. A drink to guzzle on a hot day

Overall - Not a bad beer, but generally bland and uninspiring

Printed on the side of the bottle :
A clean finishing, Australian-style cloudy pale ale for cracking refreshment. Malted what adds to it's refreshing character and a concoction of hops creates fruity aromas with hints of passion fruit, grapefruit & citrus

Photo of jjkatter
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle poured into a goblet...

A- deep amber with a light head that dissipates quickly.

S- a bit of hops and citrus.

T- a bit of an unsweetened tea taste with a hoppy bitterness not too unpleasant, but there are definitely finer examples of this style out there.

MF- this beer doses have a nice mouthfeel to it. It has a fair amount of balance that finishes nice.

O- this brand is widely available in Australia, but its the first time I've seen this Stow Away IPA offered. This beer is quite bold and flavorful. I think it is slightly better than your average beer available here. Its worth a try...

Photo of soju6
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at the Portland Brewhouse.

A: Served a pale golden color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Not much here, only a light grain aroma with a hint of citrus.

T: Pretty bland, just a bit of citrus and sweetness with a mild bitterness.

F: Light body, watery with no character.

O: First bummer from the Malt Shovel people.
This could pass for a Coors Light.

Photo of JamesCoffey
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Goes down easy. Nice and tasty.

Photo of vancurly
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a) Straw coloured, haze-free, good bubbling and decent lace.

s) Grain and apple aromas. Slight funky note of damp hay.

t) Husky note, slight honey, restrained hops, almost Kolsch-like in delicate grain profile.

m) Light, spritzig

o) Refreshing ale, definitely in the class of "Aussie Pale" (but not "Pacific Ale"). A good sessionable, summer ale.

Photo of evianIPA
1.03/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

345mL bottle best before 18/5/2015

"NEVER FORSAKE FLAVOUR"

errrmmmm...I think it should read

"WHERE THE FOOK IS THE FLAVOUR"

The marketers suggest this is an "Australian-style cloudy pale ale" but it's hardly cloudy, and whilst the suggested aromas of citrus and passionfruit could indeed suggest this is a New World ale, however this has ended up in the English Pale Ale section of Beeradvocate, most likely because those aromas are nowhere to be found.

A - Pale urine. I guess you could say the colour is watery gold. Rocky head dissipates quickly.

S - Pale malt and possibly acetaldehyde and diacetyl.

F - ???? Vegemite, apples, cardboard.

M - Medium full with lots of carbonation and soft bitterness.

O - I'll take a VB, or 150 actual lashes.

Photo of wordemupg
3.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

345ml bottle poured into pint glass 8/22/12 thanks Mikey for hauling this around the world for me
-from notes

A very pale golden yellow with lots of bubbles but just a short lived thin film that leaves no lace

S faint tropical notes with some bread, honey and caramel, I get just a little bubblegum as it warms

T not very far from the smell at all, I get a little thrills gum I didn't smell, its a soapy gum for all you Aussies

M light bodied with perhaps too much carbonation, its a little foamy

O a pretty basic brew but its easy enough too drink, not the strongest smell and taste but whats there I like

pretty light beer perhaps well suited for a hot Aussie summer, thanks again Mikey

I never actually saw any ratings for this one before I took my notes and I'm surprised its rated this low, I wasn't blown away by any means but a 2.78 average? seems pretty low

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Another pale ale in Australia. The beer arrived a dark yellow ale-like color with wispy white foam. Biscuit malt, slightly toasted, with some tropical fruit and a little bitterness in the noise. A little flat on the palate as the malt flashes by. The hops are are more lemony citrus as opposed to bitter at the end. OK as far as Aussie pale ales go.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

345ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria. Although this has been out for a while now, I don't believe I've ever had it from a bottle, only on-tap.

On-tap, this pours genuinely cloudy, much like a Coopers green, which this seems to be trying to emulate, but here it's relatively clear, with just a slight hazing towards the end: although I don't believe it'd bottle-conditioned, I'm guessing there's a yeast addition towards the end to add the haze, and this has settled out in my bottle. Head is very minimal: a fine white ring around the top of the glass, even after a relatively vigorous pour. Some fine carbonation, but mostly it looks flat and still. Not bad, but not something to make you enthusiastic either.

Nose is a mixture of husky grain and earthy, woody PoR characters. There's something faintly floral sitting around the edges, but this seems to undermine the other characters, making the already questionable aromas seem weak as well. Some sweetness comes through as it warms, perhaps a touch of honey or banana. But mostly, it smells like a slightly off-colour Coopers green.

Taste is lighter and sweeter than Coopers though (sorry to keep making the comparison, but it's so obviously the comparison to make), with a solid liquid malt character running through the centre, chased by the ghost of Pride. Some fluffy savoury biscuit characters rise up after a while, along with a plasticky tone towards the back. Finish is suprisingly long, without the crispness, or the bite of hops it feels it needs.

Feel is slightly sticky, and slightly bloating.

Overall, I'm not a real fan. I find this a better option than the ubiquitous New, Extra Dry or Pure Blonde, but it's certainly worse than Coopers green or red. This just has some off-kilter elements: the additional sweetness, the funky floral overtones, the thick finish. It makes it seem like a needless and feckless brew as a result.

I'll stick to the Golden or the Pilsner if there are no better choices, thanks.

Photo of tbeckett
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle labelled 4.2% from woolworth's. From notes.

A - Pours light golden with copper tones, bright. One finger of fizzy white head gone fast. Good carb. Very little lace and no retention.

S - Some light citrus.

T - Nce smooth malty sweetness, citrus hops, maybe some toffee, tropical flavours...if this was to style with more altiness it'd be a much better rating.

M - Nice carbonation, light to medium body and a hoppy/fruity finish.

O/D - probably not an EPA, but certainly not bad. A decent drink. Clean but no overly flavourful. I wouldn't buy this again but wouldn't turn it down.

Photo of dansmcd
2.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Generous Squire in Perth. Cloudy orange colour with a flimsy white head that disappears all too quickly. Faint caramel malt and citrus aroma. Taste follows the nose, particularly in its lack of punch and character. Not unpleasant, just too subtle and weak. An OK pale ale, but a myriad of better options around.

Photo of doktorhops
1.91/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm not one who ever wants to be a spoiler (I hate those guys!) I will however before I begin this review say one thing; this beer sucks! I really, really wanted to like this beer as I'm a little bit of a fan of James Squires IPA, Pilsner and Porter, however this beer is a massive letdown from one of Australia's best brewers. Where do I even begin? [from the beginning, duh!] I have NO idea what was going through the brewers mind when they tasted this and thought "this is good, lets sell this".

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a conical pint.

A: The body presents with a semi-clear Gamboge colour and a 2cm chalk white head that dissolves down to a weak lacing.

S: The aroma has a Pride of Ringwoody odor that leaves it's insidious rotten vegetable stain (Pride of Ringwood is the primary hop used in Australian macro lagers and the mark of an average beer at best IMO). Grains are very lagery as well, this "Pale Ale" is another impostor!

T: Weak, boring, ineffectual... all three words could be used to describe the flavour accurately. This brew is a lager at best (a weak lager at that). There is a strong corn grain base followed through by non-existent hops (pathetic hops for a Pale Ale!) and a dry slightly crisp finish... I never wanted my money back so bad (at least when I reviewed VB and Tooheys I knew I was in for a crap beer).

M: Lagery mouthfeel, maybe a little less gassy than usual but still watery and weak.

D: Don't piss in my glass and tell me it's water James Squire. Somebody should have been fired for this travesty of a Pale Ale. I understand that Mr. Squire has bills to pay and profit margins (and whatnot) but this is really taking the piss - 1.1 standard drinks!? If you want to make a mid-strength make it like "Rogers" not this watered down Aussie macro lager swill. Now I may sound a little bit harsh on James Squire but thats only because they set the bar so high - they should never have brewed this beer, end of story/review.

Food match: I can't think of any food that will complement a beer this weak - it would have to be plain toast with steamed rice and a side of non-buttered popcorn, even then I think the flavour of the food might overpower this beer.

Photo of ADZA
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale straw hue which leaves a fast vanishing two finger head and no lacing,the smell is malted wheat,herbal hops and light citrus,the mouthfeel is light bodied and average with tastes of orange rind,malted wheat,candy,a touch of lemon and finished with a barley sugar sweetness and overall its a little to similar to Coopers Pale Ale but has more citrus zest to it and to be honest with my high standards i was expecting alot more from this and would drink over CPA but wouldnt buy myself for a session brew as its price for quality distracts me cheers.

Photo of drpimento
2.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Geez, what a drag: I just had this on draft at the hotel where I'm staying and it was so much better then - just like a good real, pale ale should tast like. But this poured at a good temperature with a modest head, that soon faded and a bit o lace. Color is a clear amber with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is skunk malt and not much else. Flavor is very mild- hops are almost gone, some malt and tang, not much else. Bit of bittersweet. Body/carbonation are decent. Finish is like flavor, some mild medicinal flavs.

Photo of heygeebee
2.86/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a good two finger white head over a typical straw body. Good bubbles. All OK so far.

Aromas? Not too much due to serving temp - some Coopers-like pear but not much.

Taste sadly degenerates into blandness. Malts to the fore, no real hops to balance. This really is not JS moving forward with their range at all, indeed backwards. It's all very 'integrated' but in a way that cries mainstream. Needs a standout element to say 'this is new beer'. A pale imitation of Coopers Pale if anything..

Yes I could drink it all night, but would I? - not thru choice....

Photo of jarmby1711
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I am a fan of this Brewery for a variety of reasons , so probably mark them a little higher than others producing the same beer.
that said this is one of the weaker beers.
It looks ok and smells ok but just tastes a bit plain.
English Pale Ale seems to be a hodge podge of potential flavours , and this doesnt' seem to capture any in particular , and certainly not any well.
Drinkable but in racing parlance , prefer others

Photo of madvoice
2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a golden colour with a very sudsy head that disappeared quickly and left no discernable lacing. Smells of citrus and yeast. No real taste to it. Resembles bad bore water wtih carbonation and a bitter aftertaste. Actually, I've had better bore water than this beer. There's no real flavour, no body and no substance. Drinkable like bad bore water is drinkable... only if you boiled it. Probably should've boiled this. Malt Shovel, I'm ashamed of you!

Photo of pagriley
2.59/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap at SYD Qantas lounge - not sure how long the keg has been on
- pale straw thin white head with some lacing. Slightly cloudy - looks decent
- Hints of tropical fruit with a brief waft of cardboard... not a good sign
- Oh dear... Not much going on at all. Very little hop and malt going on - watery as it gets for an ale. As it warms a bit I get hints of the tropical fruit, but also some off flavors competing.
- Too much carbonation, which given the rest of the body and flavor might not be the worst thing - at least it is refreshingly bright and light

Overall, I guess if you get it cold enough you could happily knock back a few - a bit of a gateway ale I guess to get the macro crowd to try craft, but honestly nothing I am keen to ever revisit. Glad it was free, and I doubt I will ever bother to revisit - pretty forgettable.

Photo of Mosant
3/5  rDev -0.3%

I've had more than a case of this beer in 330ml bottles.
Appearance: pours very light clear champagne colour, not typical of the proposed style being noted on BA as English style pale ale. The bottle calls it an Australian cloudy pale. It is lighter in colour than a Cooper's Pale and much less cloudy.
Aroma: nice malty aromas, not much hop floral notes detected.
Flavour: clean and refreshing taste, a good summer session beer, not heavy and very approachable. Not much bitterness and more appeal to mass market drinkers.
Overall: You will find this on tap in many mainstream pubs and venues indicating its popular appeal as mass market beer but offering a bit more variety and flavour compared to standard draught beers.

Photo of dgilks
3.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light golden colour with a big, fluffy white head. Good head retention.

Dusty, lightly malty aroma with a hint of earthy but indescript hop. Nothing special.

Light pale malt flavour with some serious graininess. Very mild bitterness and a touch of earthy, slightly metallic hops. What a waste of malt and hops.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

This is not a good pale ale. In an age where craft brewing is moving ahead, a beer like this is pseudo-craft taking us 10 years backwards. Bring back the old Golden Ale brewed in Camperdown I say.

to view more.
James Squire 150 Lashes from Malt Shovel Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.