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James Squire Australian Strong Ale

Formerly brewed at Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.)
Style: English Strong Ale
Sydney, Australia


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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
James Squire Australian Strong Ale is a no-expense-spared beer, brewed to the glowing russet colour of autumn leaves. Crystal wheat and several malted barleys produce deep toasted flavours with a rich toffee edge. Lifted floral hop notes of rare Australian hops complement the profoundly malty, biscuity flavours and the apricot/fig esters created by wild ale fermentation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2012
Bootle- I’m just updating my beer tasting records- a very nice beer. a good version of english strong ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2003
I was slightly disappointed by this, it looks great tastes pretty good but lacks aroma and a complex character. Not bad just could be a lot better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PEAK (14) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2003
This is a good ale and best of the squire collection. Good bitterness. Maybe slightly thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2003
All of the James Squire beers taste the same to me. Average. I need more characters so I am typing this. Nothing else to say.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1773) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2004
7 May 2004 - Sampled 2004AIBA - Bread fruit aroma, clear dark brown, soap suds lacing. Sweet spiritous and long hoppy flavour, nice body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2005
Bottled. Dark orange colour, decent head that holds its own, though could have lasted a bit longer. Nice sweet caramel notes to begin with, then quite bitter and hoppy but all too quickly taken over by the taste of the high alcohol content, which is far too apparent. Overally good, but a bit rougher around the edges than the other Squire offerings.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2003
This had me bored out of my arse! Aroma: alcohol. Flavour: old wet malt and toffee spit. Palate is quite okay after you get past the alcohol. Colour is a nice deep amber and has a solid well formed head with strong lacing, but heck you don't drink a beer for it's looks, do you? More work needed guys!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2003
Fantastic looking beer. Deep reddy-amber colours and a good solid lasting head. The smell is ambiguous - could go either way. The flavour hits the palate assertively, and shows promise at first, but then round out to a standard ale with a bit of sharp alcohol too evident. The lingering palate is sweet and toffee, but with that nasty twang in it. And I agree with Mullet - what's with that 'wild fermentation' rubbish? It sure aint a lambic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2003 I had 3 of these from the same 6 pack before I decided to rate this beer and they have all been slightly different. One was quite phenolic and the other two kinda watery - have I got a dud batch? Look is good! Pleasant honeycomb and big biscuity malt aroma. The rest is disappointing, lacks the complexity or interest in the flavour of the traditional Pommy strongs. Alcohol poorly masked and stale to boring finish. I encourage Malty's to keep trying as we really need a decent local brewed pommy strong ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2003
Small, brief head on a beautiful rubby coloured beer. Aroma is a bit indifferent, sort of malty, sort of hoppy. Very yeasty taste but it's also salty. Reasonably hoppy as well which stops it being too sweet. Nice try but lacking something.

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