James Squire 150 Lashes - Malt Shovel Brewery
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1.88/5 rDev -37.5%
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.
10-15-2011 08:33:15 | More by doktorhops
2/5 rDev -33.6%
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!
09-30-2011 12:50:46 | More by madvoice
2.03/5 rDev -32.6%
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.
09-29-2011 11:23:35 | More by Kulrak
2.75/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
10-17-2011 06:01:59 | More by soju6
2.75/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
12-03-2011 04:00:43 | More by dansmcd
2.8/5 rDev -7%
Appearance - 4.0
Pours an inch of white foam head which gradually receded to a thin layer, leaving rings of lace over its slightly hazy, golden body.
Smell - 2.5
Vaguely fruity aroma suggests of citrus, along with macro-lager-like notes of husk and grain.
Taste - 3.0
Again, very lager-like in its lightness and blandness. Grainy malt backbone, low hop bitterness, light mandarin flavour. Nice dry finish with a little lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel - 2.5
Light bodied, moderately carbonated, rather thin and watery.
Overall - 2.5
We are supposed to review to style, but there is nothing English about this beer, in fact, it is hard to see it as a pale ale. It's inoffensive, but there is really nothing here to entice real beer lovers. When they come out with stuff like this, it's increasingly difficult to see Malt Shovel as a craft brewery.
12-09-2011 08:30:53 | More by LittleCreature
2.83/5 rDev -6%
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.
04-15-2013 05:55:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
2.83/5 rDev -6%
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....
10-13-2011 05:13:10 | More by heygeebee
2.88/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
09-13-2011 09:25:57 | More by CrazyDavros
2.89/5 rDev -4%
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.
01-21-2014 10:52:53 | More by drpimento
2.9/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
03-14-2012 08:04:24 | More by PolarBear3
2.9/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
02-26-2012 11:27:50 | More by tbeckett
3/5 rDev -0.3%
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
11-06-2011 07:47:02 | More by davidfoley
3/5 rDev -0.3%
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...
01-24-2012 11:01:46 | More by jjkatter
James Squire 150 Lashes from Malt Shovel Brewery
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