James Squire 150 Lashes | Malt Shovel Brewery

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James Squire 150 LashesJames Squire 150 Lashes

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Malt Shovel Brewery

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by vancurly on 08-19-2011

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5/5  rDev +66.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.36/5  rDev +44.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

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

Clean tasting brew. Good session ale

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4/5  rDev +32.9%

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4/5  rDev +32.9%

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3.86/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

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

Goes down easy. Nice and tasty.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
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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3.74/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rating on the Aussie scale here, so this beer is absolute trash, but here south of the equator, id call it better than average. It has some nice hop flavor without overwhelming bitterness or malt; something few brewers in Australia can accomplish. so while its bad, id buy another can

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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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

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3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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James Squire 150 Lashes from Malt Shovel Brewery
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 98 ratings