motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 28, 2004
i was the only patron in the brewhouse on a sunday afternoon and the bardude said this was the go. the highwayman held me up for about 10 minutes and took some of my loose change. sorry about that. murky amber, lemon rind and toffee aroma, some buttery malt presence with medium grapefruit bitterness but seeming to get more bitter with each sip. hopefully if the sydney franchise of jsbrewhouse ever get their arses into gear and get an actual brewing license so they can be an actual brewhouse, they will brew something like this duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2003
Fantastic balance between lightly sweet malts and herbal hops, on the drier side of the scale, with a juicy finish, a fantastic session ale. Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 8, 2008
Docklands, Melbourne, Australia - Spring 2007
Dark for the style - with a nice head
Red berries and some malty caramel
Low carbonation Davros (3132) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2011
Pours dark amber with a small lasting head.
Nose shows massive toasty/nutty malt and caramel alongside a heap of earthy, resinous hops... nice!
Similar hops and malt follow as flavours, although the hops take a more dominant role with big resinous notes and a pronounced bitterness.
Carbonation is a bit high for these flavours. bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2008
Tried on tap at JS Brewhouse Sydney. Passionfruit on the nose and in the taste followed with some lovely malr complexity. Good balance of hops and malt. Couldn’t really see why it was a "red" ale though.
davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 1, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2012 On tap at the brewery. Very tasty, and well balanced. Aromas of caramel, apricot, and grass. Taste has a sweet start, with bitterness taking over quickly for a long finish. Palate is velvety, with a medium body. Amber, with a frothy white head. Stew41 (2021) - Phuket, THAILAND - APR 5, 2008
Nice looking beer with a creamy thin head; ’flat-white’ style. Attractive herbal green hop flavour, very restrained and well backed with classy (but mild) caramel malts. Perhaps a touch dilutive but seems well made. Marketed as a red ale which I guess is there or thereabouts. vanvenlo (1861) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2004
19 April 2004 - Low head retention, nice lacing, slight haziness, needs to be a little more red. Subtle malt aroma. Nice starting malt but lacks complexity. nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - AUG 21, 2009
Draught at James Squire Brewhouse, Portland Hotel, Melbourne. Pours amber with a medium beige head. Tropical fruit and citrus, grassy hop notes. Medium bodied. Good hoppy bitterness right through to the finish with an underlying fruitiness to balance this out. I’m not sure what style they’re going for but it’s a pleasant beer and one of the better ones available here. Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2004
If you walked in off the street and had one of these your opinion would be that this is a good beer with all the necessary qulalities that could compel you to have a session with it. If, however, this was a beer you had tried, after a Golden Ale or a Charlotte’s Gift, then the ratings would go down. Why? simply becasue it is hard to discern it from these other beers. There is a darker appearance but everything else from the floral hop aroma to the bitterness in the mouthfeel are pretty much the same. So therefore the rating has to be somewhat similar. A good beer but there seems to be a real problem with variety.