James Squire 150 Lashes | Malt Shovel Brewery

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Brewed by:
Malt Shovel Brewery
Australia
maltshovel.com.au

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by vancurly on 08-19-2011

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Ratings:
91
Reviews:
29
Avg:
2.83
pDev:
22.97%
 
 
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2.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Fixedodds
2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SkylerShores
3.74/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BAsbill
2.51/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hypersomnia
2.9/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jebrew
2.93/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jakecattleco
3.23/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kylehay2004
3.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of stevoj
2.29/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottle picked up from Nannup beer store. Bland, not hoppy, tastes like lager, dull appearance, cereal taste, flat finish uninteresting. I seemed to notice some definite taste patterns which may reflect the generic Aussie palate for pale lagers.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Toynk
3.8/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snowmageddon
2.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of vincehayter
2.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jjdunce
2.84/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of angryhobo13
4.5/5  rDev +59%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of biegaman
3.35/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aussies have a strong penchant for pale ales and One Fifty Lashes looks to be right up their alley. Not only pale golden in colour it's also clear in complexion and is topped with a sudsy white head. Bubbles - the visual equivalent of refreshment - give the perception of a classic hot weather quencher.

The aroma is entirely unobjectionable but does contain a pretty glaring presence of adjunct. The flat, featureless, sweeter smell of corn (as opposed to barley) is at home in lesser quality mass-produced lagers and not what I was hoping to find in this "microbrewed" pale ale. Hops would have been nicer instead (especially as this supposedly uses Amarillo, Willamette, Nelson Sauvin, and Galaxy).

The 'industrial' impressions turn out to be well-founded - the lineup of James Squire beers are contract brewed and bottled at various locations throughout the country. While it's not true in every case I find that, on the whole, contract brewed beers tend to underwhelm character wise, exhibit weaker quality control, and typically lack the intangibles of a true bricks-and-mortar operation. This one is no exception.

Promises of "cracking refreshment" and "hints of passionfruit, grapefruit and citrus" go undelivered. As in the aroma, hops are entirely absent and the maltiness tastes bland and, shall we say, less than wholesome. The aftertaste isn't exactly favourable and smacks of stale white bread.

The producer claims that just like James Squire, the First Fleet convict after whom the beers are named, they have an "uncompromising commitment to brewing flavoursome beers from the finest ingredients". Makes sense. We know 18th century Australians had very high standards and I'm sure James Squires stole only the absolute best stuff - if there's one thing shoplifters are known for it's their integrity.

In all seriousness, James Squire is an important figure in Australian history and the beers that bear his name are quite popular. Judging by One Fifty Lashes it's not difficult to see why: this is as middle of the road as a pale ale gets. It's every bit as tame and tedious as mass-produced offerings but a touch better made and has a more interesting and authentic story behind it. Aussies could do worse...

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3.75/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a crisp finishing, Australian style cloudy Pale Ale with malted wheat for refreshing character and a concoction of hops which create fruity aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit and citrus.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.59/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The 150 Lashes has nothing that distinguishes itself from other pale ales. The beer poured a clear yellow with white head that is leaving a modest lace. Nothing real noticeable on the nose and taste is fairly standard. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a ok easy drinking beer.

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Photo of life_of_agony
2.6/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JamesCoffey
3.75/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Goes down easy. Nice and tasty.

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Photo of KraziEyezKillah
4.1/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean tasting brew. Good session ale

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Photo of JKCooper
2.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pagriley
2.59/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of evianIPA
1.03/5  rDev -63.6%
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.

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Photo of deade74
4.36/5  rDev +54.1%

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