Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.) Reviews




Muggus69
2.9
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
Bottle. Tasted alongside the Hop Thief 7 - it must be said the previous beer offers more in every sense, despite being a year older! Clear pale gold body. Subdued aroma - grainy, light caramel malts, hops arnít hugely prominent - marmalade citrus, pine. Medium bodied, coarse carbonation. Doesnít give away much on the body - feeble, generic Cascade "pine & citrus", touch of caramel, insipid bitterness for style. Not terrible, but hardly worth the time
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Maracuja05
2.8
James Squire Stow Away IPA
[backlog] 29-01-15 // bottle in Orbost, Australia. Orange golden colour. Malty, light bitter hop aroma. Weak IPA. English style.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Kurtos
3.1
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
Drunk from bottle. Aroma. Not much there. Taste. Grapefruit with a slight piney bitterness and a slight syrupy sweetness.
Monday, September 26, 2016

danjs5
2.8
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
$10 six pack at local DMs. Super cheap, canít loose on this course mid-hoppy mass produced brew with decent depth.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dervock
3
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
Bottle- pours orange gold with a white head. Aroma is citrus and floral with a bit of funk. Malty sweetness witha dry citrus finish. Medium palate.
Saturday, September 17, 2016

wrlangin
3.2
James Squire Jack of Spades Porter
345 ml bottle at the lobby bar in Ayres Rock (Desert Sails Hotel). Pours black with small tan head. Mild aroma of toasted malt. Overall flavour was toasted malt and chocolate. Ok, not great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, September 16, 2016

CurlyJoe
3.1
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
Clear golden in colour, almost looks like a lager. Thin, white head. Moderately bitter, less bitter than many of the American pales out there however. Floral and citrus fruit flavours, with the fruit lingering on the palate. Clean finish. Very drinkable.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

phranq
2.7
James Squire Stow Away IPA
Pretty good but more mild malts than bitter hops. Light bodied and smooth, just not really an IPA.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

hawthorne00
2.5
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
Bottle. Clear gold with a white head that lasts OK. Interesting plant nursery aroma - floral aromas, some citrus but also soil. Only a little sweet with cereal, some apricot and those weird hop aromatics. Moderate bitterness. Finish of mulch. What a strange beer.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

floydian1
2.9
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
Bottle (345ml, expiry 26/4/17). Appears clear bright amber with a decent sized white head. Aroma has notes of pine needles and dried stonefruit (apricot mainly) with sweet cereal malts. Taste is subdued piney hops and overly sweet for the style that becomes rather cloying after a while. Rather lacks that fresh dry hop smack of the best APAs. Methinks they have attenuated the hops by over zealous filtering as has been mentioned before.
Friday, September 09, 2016

ALLOVATE
2.9
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
This years Hop Thief, hey!? A little more drinkable but on a whole new level from the previous yearís. Into a snifter at just on cool. Orange gold and with the brilliance of the finest crystal glassware. Iíve never seen a beer so translucent (especially one claiming to showcase hops!). Head is up, a half inch of white fluff, and then it is gone. Slightly dirty and dank citrus and fell, rotting fruit nose with hints of pear, guava, peach and rose petals. Incredibly dry, earthy, spicy and floral palate with a lengthy piney, herbal hop finish. Light bodied and light in carbonation with a spritzy front flattening out as it goes. Rose petals and lavender dominate a gritty malt profile. Dank and herbaceous hops fill the gap well and linger long between swallows. A touch of rubber and smokey phenols actually aides. Medial bitterness. All pretty much in balance. Approachable but not outstanding ale. I think overly aggressive filtering has maimed this. Would love the recipe as a clone would bring greater results me thinks!! (34,5cL, BB 26/04/17, Dan Murphyís Canning)
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Tezminator
3
James Squire Hop Thief 7 Galaxy & Mosaic Hops
Quite nice floral aroma. Mild floral and pine notes. Malt is toasted and slightly biscuity. Caramel. A nice beer but expected more bitterness from an APA.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Maracuja05
2.5
James Squire The Constable Copper Ale
[backlog] 29-01-15 / bottlein Orbost, Australia. light bodied bitter. I started rating my beers with Untappd and a few basic notes. Now I want to rate them on ratebeer. So my rating sometimes lack some information. Just ignore it, it is for my personal statistics. Untappd-Rating 2.5/5
Monday, September 05, 2016

Tezminator
3.2
James Squire The Swindler Summer Ale
Bottle. Very nice and quite sweet peachy aroma. Taste of stone fruit and (honeydew) melon. Actually, this is a pretty good, mild summer ale.
Friday, September 02, 2016

TedE
3.5
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
345ml bottle into schooner glass. Golden amber colour with solid white head, medium carbonation. Earthy spicy hop nose. Full bodied, oily texture. Initial floral bitterness gives way to a spicy funky earthy finish that lingers. Malt is present throughout. Interesting and full of flavour though perhaps not as sessionable as the last couple of íHop Thiefísí.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

beermaris
2.1
James Squire Stow Away IPA
Weak Ipa. Almost no aroma. Taste limited to a few nuances. The same goes to aroma
Friday, August 26, 2016

mkel07
3.9
James Squire Introspective Belgian Trippel
On tap at The Charming Squire 210816. It is encouraging to see the James Squire range encompassing some bigger bolder beers such as this one. Golden amber with a fluffy white head and spiced fruit aromas. Full bodied in the mouth, rich and creamy.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

KeefOz
3.2
James Squire Mid River Pale Ale
Draught at Charming Squire, Brisbane. Poured a slightly hazy amber with a two-finger bright white foamy head that retained well but laced poorly. Carbonation moderate with medium sized bubbles. Aroma strongly of nice sweet citrus with a hint of passionfruit. Taste fruity with sweet citrus, passionfruit and a hint of melon. Light body. Clean, crisp, smooth and refreshing with a shortish sweet citrus finish.
Sunday, August 21, 2016

StevieT
4
James Squire Thick Fog Porter
On tap at The Charming Squire. Pours thick and black, the rum barrel flavour is restrained and delicious, dangerously drinkable. A great beer.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

StevieT
3.2
James Squire Mid River Pale Ale
On tap at The Charming Squire. Not bad for a mid, medium body, mild fruity aroma and a decent hit of hops.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

varanid99
3.2
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
Amber/gold pour with a thick white head which dissipated fairly quickly. Spicy, slightly bready aroma with some citrus. Slightly spicy taste too, peppery, caramel, but very little of the fruit, ok, but a bit underwhelming.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

KeefOz
3.1
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
BB 10/04/17. Poured a clear golden amber with a one- to two-finger white dense foam head that retained very well and laced OK. Carbonation lively, high, and with medium sized bubbles. Aroma strongly of sweet fresh tropical fruits; very nice and inviting. Taste of subtle spices with hints of fruits is a disappointment after the aroma. Light body. Smooth and slightly dry with moderate strength pepper/spices on the finish. OK.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

GoufCustom
3.3
James Squire Orchard Crush Apple Cider


345 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Cloudy hazy straw lemonade colour with a crust of yeast sediments; Near zero head with residual white foam which fades in 5 seconds; Poor sticky lacing with zero carbonation; Fragrant and tart aroma of apple wine, with mashed apples, lemon, grapefruit juice, raw grass, strong yoghurt, tartness, light mustiness, light wood barrel and tannic; Close to medium sweet taste of apple wine, with strong yoghurt tartness, oxidized apples, lemonade, white wine, moderate sugar, light barrel and fair tannin; Mid to light body. Dry and slick palate; Mouth feel is medium sweet apple wine in a thick background. Taste pretty raw and dry, unfiltered with strong white wine, mashed apples, yoghurt, grass and lemonade. Light wood to round. Pretty rustic!... Dry after taste. Fruity winey and tart to mouth.

Comments: This one seems raw at first, as cloudy yeast and mashed apples aroma give a farmhouse feels, but the dry, tart winey taste mixed well with apples and lemonades. A pleasant surprise!

Friday, August 12, 2016

StevieT
3.5
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
From a bottle. Pours clear, not much aroma, enough hops and a dry citrus finish, well made an very drinkable.
Saturday, August 06, 2016

mkel07
3.1
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
On tap at The Charming Squire 300716. The first thing that I noticed with the latest instalment of Hop Thief when I tasted it was the musky perfumey flavour, followed by a peppery spice finish. The beer looks the goods in the glass with a nice even layer of white foam that laces the glass and a full body. I donít think that this version is as hoppy as previous versions that I have had. It is still a decent beer though and one that you could go back to a few times, although I donít think that I could drink too many in one sitting.
Monday, August 01, 2016

mkel07
3.5
James Squire Mid River Pale Ale
On tap at The Charming Squire 230716. This may not be the most accurate rating as I had this beer with a plate of mouth numbing chicken wings. Cloudy in the glass with a clean white head and it almost looks like a Hefeweizen. Citrus flavours and aroma with a bit of rockmelon thrown into the mix.
Sunday, July 31, 2016

mkel07
3.9
James Squire Thick Fog Porter
On tap at The Charming Squire 230716. Thick fog indeed, this beer is a real pea souper. Black as midnight with a flat layer of sand coloured foam. Hint of smoke in the flavour and also in the finish, from the malt I am guessing. The smoke adds to the overall goodness and enjoyment of this beer. Way too drinkable with the burnt smokey finish going on and on. One of the best beers brewed on site at The Charming Squire.
Sunday, July 31, 2016

mkel07
4.1
James Squire Dark Side Jaffa Porter
On tap at The Charming Squire 230716. The aroma brings back memories of Jaffa lollies, those little red balls of greatness that would always leave a tell tale red mark on your hand. Close your eyes while drinking this beer and you will think that you are sucking on a Jaffa, sweet chocolate goodness. Black in colour with a shadow of tan foam
Sunday, July 31, 2016

KeefOz
2.9
James Squire Hop Thief 7 Galaxy & Mosaic Hops
BB 05 JAN 2017. Poured a clear dark amber with a huge light tan foamy head that retained too well and laced very well as rings all down the side of the glass. Carbonation very low and fine. Aroma lovely moderately strong tropical fruit, mainly passionfruit plus a moderately sweet malt; make one look forward to a nice tasting beer. Taste disappointing after the aroma - low levels of tropical fruits (passionfruit), more malt than in the aroma, low bitterness. Light body. Smooth with a short lived slightly bitter finish.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

TedE
3.6
James Squire Dark Side Jaffa Porter
Pint on tap@ The Crafty Squire. Faint chocolate/orange nose. Mahogany red beer with thin white head. Full bodied, smooth texture. Initial taste is fizzy and lightly bitter. The finish tastes just like Jaffas! Really tasty, easy drinking too. Not sure you could drink too many though. Not at $13.50 a pint!
Saturday, July 23, 2016

neongolden
3.1
James Squire Hop Thief 7 Galaxy & Mosaic Hops
(bottle from BWS Broadbeach) Pours clear copper with a tiny short lived white head and no lace. Aroma is caramel, toasted grain, biscuits, light pine and resin, just a hint of fruit. Flavour is similarly dominated by malty toffee, honey, lightly toasted bread, some citrus, leafy, pine needles. Finish is lightly bitter with some pine, leaf and pith character, slightly grainy nutty bread, lingering sweet malt. Medium bodied, average carb, itís ok but itís a really uninspiring use of great hops. Feels rather limp.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

DylansDad
2
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
Hints of citrus, floral dust, straw and metal struggle, and ultimately fail, to rise above the insipid wateriness of the body. Not offensive but not for me.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

mkel07
3.5
James Squire Three Seasons Fresh Harvest Wet Hopped Ale
On tap at The Charming Squire. Had this a few months ago and it was pretty decent. Nice and hoppy with some malt in the background and finish. Fill bodied in the mouth and I beer that I could drink a few of.
Friday, July 08, 2016

mkel07
3.5
James Squire Sunday Best
On tap at The Charming Squire 250616. This is a beer that seems to get darker as it sits for a while. It starts off light brown but transforms into a cola colour with a deep a thick head that reminds me of a Coke spider - when you put ice cream into a glass of Coke. This is a full flavoured beer and just what you want to drink on a cool winterís day. This is a heavy looking beer but one that goes down extremely easy. The finish is long and there is an aftertaste in the mouth that is burnt and bitter but not at all unpleasant.
Monday, June 27, 2016

mkel07
4.2
James Squire Checkpoint Charlie
On tap at The Charming Squire 250616. Early beer on a cold winterís day. This small batch beer is brewed on site at The Charming Squireand while the body of this beer appears thin in the mouth the flavour is immense with a bitter malt backbone and a burnt toast finish. In the glass the beer is a deep brown with flecks of red throughout and a soft tan head that leaves a nice lacing of foam tracking around the glass. This beer is lively and almost spritzy in the mouth. The only subtleness with this beer is the aroma. All in all this is probably the best James Squire beer that I have had.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Mjollnir
3
James Squire Hop Thief 7 Galaxy & Mosaic Hops
345mL bottle. Pours a clear copper with a thin off-white head. Faint aroma of malt, honey, toast and resin. Mild sweetness, medium (but harsh) bitterness. Medium body, quite frothy with a lingering bitterness.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ngejo
2.8
James Squire Hop Thief 7 Galaxy & Mosaic Hops
Bottle. Clear, amber, minimal head, white foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, medium body, oily feel, average carbonation, & bitter finish.
Monday, June 13, 2016

mkel07
3.1
James Squire Lemongrass Thaibock
030616. I had this beer on tap at The Charming Squire at Southbank and it went quite well with my half roasted chicken. A beer brewed for GABS 2016 so it is not exclusive to The Charming Squire. Initially I didnít get the whole Thai thing with this beer but after a few sips it grew on me and I could detect some spice and there was the ever so slightest hint of heat in the finish, possibly from ginger. The beer was served in a half pint and looked okay in the glass with a flat layer of thick looking white foam sitting over a golden coloured beer that was not quite clear. Aroma wise it was hard to detect too much and I expected that this beer would have a lot more going on both in the aroma and the flavour. The beer was light in the mouth with an earthy spice finish. This is one of those beers that I donít think hit the mark as far as the whole Thai thing - I just didnít get it.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Skarecrow
2.7
James Squire The Swindler Summer Ale
BB 10/10/16 Light straw colour Fruity aroma - reach/pear and slight malty. Good head, slight phenolic taste with good lingering bitterness
Monday, June 06, 2016

StuffWine
1.3
James Squire The Swindler Summer Ale
Not sure what is going on here, usually my ratings match well to the average score. Not this time. Poured clear gold with large white head that separated into chunky islands. Aroma faint of tropical fruits, seems mostly canned pineapple with some wet cardboard. Tastes of a generic flavourless lager. Thin bodied, watery mouth feel, moderately long sour finish. Overall, a little worse than uninspiring.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

mcberko
2.8
James Squire Orchard Crush Pear Cider
On tap at The Charming Squire, pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma brings medium sweetness and crisp pears. Flavour is medium sweet, with crisp pears and medium juiciness. Not complex, but very clean and easily drinkable. Decent.
Friday, May 13, 2016

mcberko
3.1
James Squire Orchard Crush Apple Cider
On tap at The Charming Squire, pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma brings medium sweetness, crisp red apples and almost a little funk. Flavour is along the same lines, with medium sweetness, red apples and a touch of wildness. Well-balanced and drinkable. Decent.
Friday, May 13, 2016

mcberko
3
James Squire Nine Tales Amber Ale
On tap at The Charming Squire, pours s hazy amber orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out bready malt, not much else. Flavour brings out fruity berry notes and bready malt. Clean and well-made, just leaving a lot to the imagination. Decent.
Friday, May 13, 2016

mcberko
3.1
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
On tap at The Charming Squire, pours a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. Aroma brings out floral hops and biscuity malt. Flavour is light but fruity, with citrusy notes and light biscuity malt. Fairly fresh and fruity. Solid.
Friday, May 13, 2016

mcberko
2.9
James Squire First Fleet
On tap at The Charming Squire, pours a hazy copper orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out light piney hops and light fruitiness. Flavour is light, with some citrus fruitiness and biscuity malt. Very mild and restrained. Decent.
Friday, May 13, 2016

mcberko
3.1
James Squire Hop Thief 7 Galaxy & Mosaic Hops
On tap at The Charming Squire, pours a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma brings out piney hops and a little buttery quality. Flavour brings out floral and piney hops, backed by biscuity malt. Well-balanced and flavourful. Itís not bad.
Friday, May 13, 2016

mcberko
3
James Squire Four Wives Pilsener
On tap at The Charming Squire, pours a cloudy golden with a small white head. Aroma brings out grassy notes and a little tropical fruitiness. Flavour brings out lots of tropical fruitiness and grassy notes. Doesnít really strike me as a pilsner, but itís clean and fresh and juicy. Solid stuff.
Friday, May 13, 2016

mcberko
2.5
James Squire Jack of Spades Porter
On tap at The Charming Squire, pours a deep dark brown with a reddish tinge and a small beige head. Aroma brings out soy sauce and light toasted malt. Flavour is similar, with dry toasted malt and light soy sauce notes. Boring but clean, despite the soy sauce.
Friday, May 13, 2016

hawthorne00
3.3
James Squire The Swindler Summer Ale
Bottle, heavily discounted at Danís. Gold with a rocky inch of white head. Aroma of mandarins, mango, melon, hay. Light bodied, fairly high carbonation. Not very sweet crackery malt with pleasant fruity accents and a dryish moderately bitter finish. Low key quaffer thatís refreshing and tasty enough.
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Morboso
3.4
James Squire The Swindler Summer Ale
Not overly complex, but satisfying flavour from low 4.2% alc/vol, could make this my daily driver. a little spicy fruit aroma, well balanced mouthfeel from start to finish, has enough of everything really canít fault it for what it is.
Saturday, May 07, 2016