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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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unknown

on tap
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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   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.


jonnyguns' rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonnyguns (886) - - 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


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Danev76 (222) - 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 (205) - - 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 (352) - 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 (1386) - 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 (897) - 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 (351) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3004) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2012
Surprisingly not too shabby. Very floral and earthy with a fair bit of toffee malt. Easy going but nice brew ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
345ml Bottle. Lovely citrus aromas. Golden in colour. Great balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Nice lingering hop bitterness. Very good beer. I really enjoyed it.


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