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James Squire Hop Thief Ale

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Formerly brewed at Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Nathan Co.)
Style: American Pale Ale
Sydney, Australia

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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Hop Thief has a luscious passionfruit and citrus bouquet created from our secret selection of aroma hops. Even the malt takes a back seat, providing a deep golden colour and a malty creaminess to cushion the hops. When poured, the head is tenacious, the aroma seductive and the finish brisk to say the least.
NOTE: This beer is retired. All entries from 2012 and prior should be entered here. The 2013 edition is listed as James Squire Hop Thief V.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydian1 (1138) - FNQ, Australia, - MAY 8, 2015
Draught at Menzies Hotel Sydney. Copper-amber pour with average white head and lace. Hoppy aromas of citrus fruits and a trace of pine-needles on top of a biscuity malt base. Flavour is similar with a moderate bitterness. Nice clean easy drinking palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
KeefOz (1099) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2015
Draught at The Charming Squire, South Brisbane. Poured a clear dark amber with a 5mm off-white foamy head that retained OK and laced OK. Carbonation low and fine. Aroma dominated by fresh fruity/citrus hops. Taste of fresh tangy fruity hops. Light body. Crisp, clean, with a lingering nice moderately hoppy bitterness on the finish. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malrider69 (75) - Central Coast, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2014
One of the better beers by James Squire. A copper colour with a pleasant aroma. Good combination of malt and hops.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
Beautiful fruity aroma. Dark golden cloudy colour with good head retention. Delicious hoppy flavours up front with long aftertaste. Medium carbonation with light to medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SNL (387) - - DEC 2, 2013
On tap. Nice Dark Golden, small White head. Nice citrus aroma, fresh and hoppy taste. Fairly long lightly bitter finish. Medium body. Good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
M_Sack (403) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2013
Tap. Subtle, quite spicy hop aroma. The malt and hop flavours are both present, but they're not particularly well integrated. I don't think the flavours have the necessary assertiveness to classify it as an American pale ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1637) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 17, 2013
On tap at the Portland Brewhouse. Served a copper color with a nic head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of citrus, bit of malt sweetness and fresh grain. Taste of citrus with a touch of pine. Mild mat swetness with a bit of caramel sweetness. Nice bitterness and a clen finish. Moderate body, crisp clean and refreshing. Enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Nice aussie take on an APA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyobon (1060) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2012
(on tap) Clear brown with good head. Nice fruity and floral aroma. Pleasant malt sweetness in start and middle with an adequate bitterness in finish. A very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gramoit (377) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2012
Had on tap at various locations around Sydney. Easy to down whilst being pretty dam tasty, this is one of the better beers by squires.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
barakihunter (187) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Cascade all over the place, this is a pretty OK hoppy APA. Aroma is fruity and a touch floral from the hops. A red-golden appearance with ever so slightly cream-colour head. Taste is a touch creamy with some nice malty undertones and fruity hoppy overtones. Palate is agreeably bitter and a little malty with the hoppy overtones hanging around as usual with APAs. Overall, I like this beer, it’s not bad at all.


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