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:
94
Reviews:
29
Avg:
2.84
pDev:
22.89%
 
 
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -12%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.04/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
2.59/5  rDev -8.8%
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 stevoj
2.29/5  rDev -19.4%
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 tobelerone
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of biegaman
3.35/5  rDev +18%
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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.81/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

345ml bottle purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria. Although this has been out for a while now, I don't believe I've ever had it from a bottle, only on-tap.

On-tap, this pours genuinely cloudy, much like a Coopers green, which this seems to be trying to emulate, but here it's relatively clear, with just a slight hazing towards the end: although I don't believe it'd bottle-conditioned, I'm guessing there's a yeast addition towards the end to add the haze, and this has settled out in my bottle. Head is very minimal: a fine white ring around the top of the glass, even after a relatively vigorous pour. Some fine carbonation, but mostly it looks flat and still. Not bad, but not something to make you enthusiastic either.

Nose is a mixture of husky grain and earthy, woody PoR characters. There's something faintly floral sitting around the edges, but this seems to undermine the other characters, making the already questionable aromas seem weak as well. Some sweetness comes through as it warms, perhaps a touch of honey or banana. But mostly, it smells like a slightly off-colour Coopers green.

Taste is lighter and sweeter than Coopers though (sorry to keep making the comparison, but it's so obviously the comparison to make), with a solid liquid malt character running through the centre, chased by the ghost of Pride. Some fluffy savoury biscuit characters rise up after a while, along with a plasticky tone towards the back. Finish is suprisingly long, without the crispness, or the bite of hops it feels it needs.

Feel is slightly sticky, and slightly bloating.

Overall, I'm not a real fan. I find this a better option than the ubiquitous New, Extra Dry or Pure Blonde, but it's certainly worse than Coopers green or red. This just has some off-kilter elements: the additional sweetness, the funky floral overtones, the thick finish. It makes it seem like a needless and feckless brew as a result.

I'll stick to the Golden or the Pilsner if there are no better choices, thanks.

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3.42/5  rDev +20.4%
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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Photo of bylerteck
2.87/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle labelled 4.2% from woolworth's. From notes.

A - Pours light golden with copper tones, bright. One finger of fizzy white head gone fast. Good carb. Very little lace and no retention.

S - Some light citrus.

T - Nce smooth malty sweetness, citrus hops, maybe some toffee, tropical flavours...if this was to style with more altiness it'd be a much better rating.

M - Nice carbonation, light to medium body and a hoppy/fruity finish.

O/D - probably not an EPA, but certainly not bad. A decent drink. Clean but no overly flavourful. I wouldn't buy this again but wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of drpimento
2.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Geez, what a drag: I just had this on draft at the hotel where I'm staying and it was so much better then - just like a good real, pale ale should tast like. But this poured at a good temperature with a modest head, that soon faded and a bit o lace. Color is a clear amber with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is skunk malt and not much else. Flavor is very mild- hops are almost gone, some malt and tang, not much else. Bit of bittersweet. Body/carbonation are decent. Finish is like flavor, some mild medicinal flavs.

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Photo of dgilks
3.11/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light golden colour with a big, fluffy white head. Good head retention.

Dusty, lightly malty aroma with a hint of earthy but indescript hop. Nothing special.

Light pale malt flavour with some serious graininess. Very mild bitterness and a touch of earthy, slightly metallic hops. What a waste of malt and hops.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

This is not a good pale ale. In an age where craft brewing is moving ahead, a beer like this is pseudo-craft taking us 10 years backwards. Bring back the old Golden Ale brewed in Camperdown I say.

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2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of BAsbill
2.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows restrained floral and fruity notes along with faint grainy malt.
Flavours include sweet light malt with grainy notes and a soft, light bitterness.
Could use more carbonation.
Pretty dumbed down.

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Photo of braican
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of newbeeraday
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of ADZA
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale straw hue which leaves a fast vanishing two finger head and no lacing,the smell is malted wheat,herbal hops and light citrus,the mouthfeel is light bodied and average with tastes of orange rind,malted wheat,candy,a touch of lemon and finished with a barley sugar sweetness and overall its a little to similar to Coopers Pale Ale but has more citrus zest to it and to be honest with my high standards i was expecting alot more from this and would drink over CPA but wouldnt buy myself for a session brew as its price for quality distracts me cheers.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Agentveba
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of GoHabsGo
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of heygeebee
2.86/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a good two finger white head over a typical straw body. Good bubbles. All OK so far.

Aromas? Not too much due to serving temp - some Coopers-like pear but not much.

Taste sadly degenerates into blandness. Malts to the fore, no real hops to balance. This really is not JS moving forward with their range at all, indeed backwards. It's all very 'integrated' but in a way that cries mainstream. Needs a standout element to say 'this is new beer'. A pale imitation of Coopers Pale if anything..

Yes I could drink it all night, but would I? - not thru choice....

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Photo of soju6
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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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James Squire 150 Lashes from Malt Shovel Brewery
2.84 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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