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James Squire Hop Thief Ale

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


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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

jonnyguns' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonnyguns (1105) - - SEP 11, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 On tap at Sail & Anchor pub. Aroma is lots of tropical fruit, with a bit of cittrus and maybe some grapefruit too. Taste is the same as the aroma, with possibly some piney notes too. Nice hoppy aftertaste too with a lingering bitterness

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gonzin (182) - ARGENTINA - APR 15, 2016
Probada tirada en The Charming Squire, Brisbane. Buena Pale Ale. De lo mejor que ofrece Australia. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
canadiankiwi (146) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2016
rated from notes: Lots of passion fruit comes through on this both on taste and in smell. Nectarine in the smell. Poured from tap and golden Amber colour with medium head. Soft hop taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bigbish (688) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2016
I didn’t write down any tasting notes, just an overall score. An ok beer from what I can recall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
floydian1 (1362) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
KeefOz (1561) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malrider69 (141) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danev76 (505) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SNL (656) - - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
M_Sack (623) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (2070) - 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.

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