James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale
Malt Shovel Brewery

James Squire The Chancer Golden AleJames Squire The Chancer Golden Ale
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Malt Shovel Brewery
American Pale Ale
3.43 | pDev: 15.16%
Jun 03, 2021
Nov 25, 2004
James Squire The Chancer Golden AleJames Squire The Chancer Golden Ale
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Rated: 4.18 by Daneve76 from Australia

Jun 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
When I first tasted it, I thought this was the beer that would give me a handle on Aussie crafters... having just arrived here and having had way too many of the mainstream ales/lagers. Not quite. I learned Malt Shovel was started by a crafter from Colorado in the previous century. (But, I will continue to look for the quintessential Aussie crafter.)

James Squire's Golden actually looks a bit amber, but it is pretty. Regrettably, the Smells don't give me much to go on. The Tastes are balanced, but more refreshing than they are interesting; mostly malt and not too much hops. A nice carbonation and the hops don't creep in. A decent session beer that I will go to again if I need to avoid the Aussie beer mainstream.

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Drink Before You Die", the reviewer puts this early craft ale in the perspective of how Aussie's traditionally drank (The weather is hot, the beer is very cold and bland and you drink with mates... and not in front of your laptop reviewing beers.) Because this Golden introduced a new way to drink, I'd say this is enough to be on that list... but I hope the Aussie crafters grow to the point that they can replace it soon.
Jan 14, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Amber with some soda
like carbonation, topped with 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells of hard water, light, fruity esters, and pizza dough.

The taste follows the nose.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

Got this in Perth, drinking in Thailand Aug 25th, 2017. If it was an English pale ale, it would be marked much higher, as I think it's well done to that style. Lacking in hop flamboyance for an American style.
Aug 26, 2017
Rated: 2.72 by Fixedodds from Australia

Mar 30, 2017
Rated: 3 by life_of_agony from Australia

Sep 11, 2016
Rated: 3.12 by AaronNQ from Australia

Mar 04, 2016
Rated: 3 by jeschaefer from Texas

Jan 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Andrewharemza from Australia

3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
From Bottle, Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, grass, light fruity hops. Flavor is light malt, grass, light fruity hops. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation.
Jun 20, 2015
Rated: 3.46 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 30, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by nitrofenix from Australia

Jan 29, 2015
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Rated by samparkique4 from England

4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
tropical roasted papaya note
Jan 20, 2015
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Rated by Andrewziggy from Australia

2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Citrus yeah that craft beer taste
Dec 29, 2014
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Reviewed by SmashPants from Australia

3.02/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Format: standard 330mL brown bottle, pretty standard James Squire label.

Appearance: pours out a dark amber-gold colour with a finger of off-white head that drops away to a thin cap.

Aroma: a small amount of biscuit malts and citrus hops on the nose. Not very powerful.

Taste: more weak biscuit malts and citrus with a heavy fug over the top from either odd spices or yeast. Not the best Squire beer.

Aftertaste: the flavours follow through here, still a bit awkward.

Mouth feel: fairly light in body with a moderate carbonation.

Overall: an okay beer but certainly not the best from the James Squire line-up. I'll spend the extra $5 for a case of the others.
Dec 28, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by spycow from Illinois

Sep 28, 2014
Rated: 3.45 by Rickus from Taiwan

Sep 20, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by lelepat from Hong Kong

Sep 04, 2014
Rated: 3 by sonorb7 from Australia

Aug 17, 2014
Rated: 3.49 by emincems from Turkey

Aug 14, 2014
Rated: 4 by Stuckey_Stuckey from Australia

Aug 12, 2014
Rated: 4 by celerymaster420 from Australia

Aug 06, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Sambosa from Australia

Jul 21, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by newyorkaise from New York

Jul 02, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Mosant from Australia

Jun 29, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by Kroehny_Loves_Hops from Australia

May 27, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by jpd7374 from Pennsylvania

Apr 26, 2014
Rated: 3 by GarthT from Hong Kong

Apr 25, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Bobhoya from Arizona

Feb 20, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Ricardo_Rosa from Portugal

Feb 06, 2014
Rated: 3 by Vanz from Australia

Feb 06, 2014
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Reviewed by drpimento from Wisconsin

3.07/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Bottles don't seem to be too friendly to the JS beers, at least here at this hotel. This one is the best of three so far. Poured at a good temperature with a nice, foamy, thick, short lived, cream-colored head and a bit of lace. Aroma had hints of resin and citrus, malt. Flavor's like nose, tang is in front, followed by a bit o bitter and a tad o sweet. Body's a touch soft and not to the advantage. Finish has some medicinal flavs that last a bit.
Jan 21, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by no8 from Ethiopia

Jan 06, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Shy5 from Oregon

Dec 22, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by KalanM from Canada (BC)

Oct 23, 2013
Rated: 2.25 by djbx from Australia

Oct 20, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Agentveba from North Carolina

Sep 12, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by GraduatedCashew from California

Aug 29, 2013
Rated: 2 by MaevaS from France

Aug 25, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Jul 29, 2013
James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale from Malt Shovel Brewery
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 107 ratings