James Squire 150 Lashes | Malt Shovel Brewery

James Squire 150 LashesJames Squire 150 Lashes
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3.01/5
95 Ratings
James Squire 150 LashesJames Squire 150 Lashes
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by vancurly on 08-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,411
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
95
pDev:
20.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of evianIPA
1.03/5  rDev -65.8%
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 jgspears
1.25/5  rDev -58.5%

Photo of doktorhops
1.91/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of Vanz
2/5  rDev -33.6%

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of madvoice
2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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!

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of Kulrak
2.03/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of magpieken
2.04/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

345ml bottle, 03/08/15. Bright, straw colour with a disappointing, dull, off-white head which quickly disappeared but left traces of fine lacing. Aroma of .................grain......vegies......maybe? Light to medium sweetness, hint of bitterness. Just downed my last mouthful without paying attention to the palate. Sticky sulphur in the finish. Drinkable but not particularly enjoyable. 4.

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Photo of stevoj
2.29/5  rDev -23.9%
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 pharmerdoc
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of kazoo
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of nate1357
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of BAsbill
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of patre_tim
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Copper and slightly cloudy with lots of soda like carbonation, and a half finger of white head.

Skunk, malt, and hard water.

Tastes of skunk and hard water, some malt, savoury and a hint of bitterness.

Light body, lots of carbonation.

Found at Liquorland in Australind, WA, drinking in Ingaloo, Perth, Aug 21, 17. Light bodied, refreshing, shame about the skunk.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.59/5  rDev -14%
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 pagriley
2.59/5  rDev -14%
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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2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Fixedodds
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of snowmageddon
2.72/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of soju6
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of newbeeraday
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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James Squire 150 Lashes from Malt Shovel Brewery
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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