Hop Thief Ale | Malt Shovel Brewery

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Hop Thief AleHop Thief Ale

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Malt Shovel Brewery

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DaveFL1976 on 03-20-2006

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Photo of stevoj
2.79/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pint at the Perth brewpub. Normal looking pour. Aroma and taste caramel malts, mostly sweet, slick and sturdy body, slightly chalky dry finish. Weak and wet paper finish.

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Photo of patre_tim
2.82/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper with moderate carbonation, and a half finger of off white head.

Smells of skunk, hard water, soda water, and a hint of malt.

The taste follows the nose. Very little bitterness if any.

Very much like soda water, spicy and full of large bubbles, aka, watery.

Got this in Perth, Australia, where I drank it August 23rd, 2017. If it had been in another category, such as an English Mild Pale Ale, I would have given it a higher rating. As an IPA though, its not hoppy or anything close to an American IPA. Still, it has a great story on the label.

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Photo of GP79-AUS
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BradMacMullin
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this after my wife stole it from the resort we stayed in Australia. Drank from the bottle so couldn't truly see color or head, but a decent beer. Fruity smell ...malty ....this is a decent pale ale but got an artificial sense from this I don't get from say Sierra Nevada. Overall a decent 'theft' by my wife (see what I did there), although the towels and 2 lamps she stole were even better

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Photo of Ajax85
1.7/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of AaronNQ
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeschaefer
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mklmcgrew
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Hop theif no 6. Deep amber with small head. Light malty aroma with tangerine and light grapefruit. Light honey taste with toffee, biscuit, a little tangerine and lemon. A little bit of cardboard in the finish. Light bodied and low carbonation.

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Photo of Bearded_beer_guy_
4.74/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle into glass.

Look: a strong medium Amber.
Good pour with small head. Not sustained but not bothering me.

Smell: It smells like its name. A medium bouquet. Not too overpowering. Inviting if anything.

Taste: exactly how a pale ale should taste. A good floral aroma backed up by a very smooth palate.

Feel: not cloying at all. Strong first taste with an aftertaste that lingers but isn't annoying.

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Photo of life_of_agony
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BillRoth
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vincehayter
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Smooth flavor with a gentle but consistent hop finish.

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Photo of Simesta
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JKCooper
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nitrofenix
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andrewziggy
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pine and grapefruit not to bad

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Photo of SmashPants
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Format: standard 330mL brown bottle, pretty standard James Squire label.

Appearance: pours out a clear, deep copper-gold colour with fine carbonation visible. A half-finger of thick off-white head lingers for a time before dropping to a solid ring. Looks pretty darn good.

Aroma: a pleasant, sweet pine and grapefruit aroma up front with a touch of biscuit malts behind. Reaks of quality.

Taste: again with the grapefruit and pine, some resin with more biscuit malts than normally seen in an APA. It is a refreshing and well-considered addition. Quite buttery also.

Aftertaste: that buttery taste follows through along with a combination of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Great!

Mouth feel: moderate in feel with also a moderate carbonation. Brings the flavours through well, with a touch of sweetness on the finish.

Overall: one of the better APAs I have had to date. Nicely complex with a bit more malt than usual without diminishing the hops. Add a price of AU$52 a case, and this is one of the bargains of the century.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MenInVen
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Dirtywaltzer80
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of doktorhops
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Here he is: James Squire's attempt at an American Pale Ale... a brewery that runs the gamut from ham-fisted mass-market beers (150 Lashes to be specific) and decent examples of how Australians really can brew a classic old world style (i.e. their IPA). Hop-fully (see what I did there) their Hop Thief falls into that second category. Also noted is the hop bill of Simcoe & Columbus hops suggesting this is actually a seasonal brew.

Poured from a 345ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: The body is a clear deep rust colour with a slight beige foamy head, smack bang in APA territory right now.

S: Full and fruity hops present a passion-fruit and pine nose, with a big sweet caramel malt middle and a lingering earthy background note... it actually smells on par with a big name APA like Sierra Nevada so top marks there Mr. Squire.

T: Flavour lets it down a little bit - the promise of hops was bold in the aroma and unfortunately Mr. Squire is writing cheques that my tongue can't cash, to borrow a quote from Top Gun, plus there is a certain grain element in there that is a little bit distracting... like a cowboy at a rodeo in a Hawaiian shirt. Taste is pine/grapefruit hops with a certain earthiness and that odd wheat-bix note where delicious caramel malt should be. The finish is also too dry for an APA (should be bitter dammit!).

M: Mid to light bodied with a light carbonation (though that could be because it was drunk at room temp).

D: Overall a disappointment, however not because it was mass-market pandering but more like it was disjointed, hideously scarred for some reason, a real brewers Frankenstein, which is a shame because I do like Mr. Squire and his menagerie of attempts at making typical beer styles, and although he is hit-and-miss at times James's heart is always in the right place. Perhaps the next one will be better James?

Food match: Despite being weird in the malt department this brew is pretty balanced, I would say a grain-fed steak, fries and Diane sauce would suit this well... I've got grain on the mind now.

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Photo of chogm54
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing Hop Thief 6 (simcoe and columbus hops) from memory - had a few hours ago, with a hearty imperial stout in between. BB date of Jan 2015.

Clear, bronze with a decent frothy head. Fruity (tropical - passionfruit) and floral odours, taste was surprisingly fruity with a muted bitterness. A little bit thin and watery, moderate carbonation

Decent APA, but the nose is better than the taste. Better than most other James Squire range, if you can grab this at the same price like I did.

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