Brewed by Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.)
Style: Amber Ale
Sydney, Australia


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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This premium hand~crafted ale is a unique brew of three malts and three Tasmanian hops added late to the kettle plus an original 125 year old, top fermenting ale yeast, creating an easy~drinking, deep copper~coloured ale with distinct richness, creamy head, and a slightly nutty finish.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 31, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2005 Beautiful dark copper color. Head is creamy for about 5 seconds then disappears. Some caramel tones noted. Very dry and lots of malt. Much fuller-bodied than I expected it to be. An apparent mustiness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Amber color with an off-white head. A fruity aroma. Medium body, fruity with some spicy hop character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
I found this to be a nice surprise, a medium-bodied amber with nice appearance, good malt character and enough hops to hold it up for a good finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 1, 2004
This amber ale pours with a beautiful clear amber body topped by a thick off white head with good lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, grassy and hoppy with a slight fruitiness and a nice maltiness. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a nice hoppiness in the background. The finish is slightly bitter and hoppy. It's medium bodied, smooth and slightly dry. A good session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trogdor (197) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2004 on of australia's best mass-marketed beers, toffee caramalt and honey flavours, good body without being heavy, smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2003
I just don't understand people's attraction to this beer. Fruity apricot aroma and a bit of yeastiness. Sweet and sour flavour in a not good way. No noticeable hop character. Occupies a space somewhere between boring and offensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Choos (753) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2003
From the bottle. Smells great with a bit of hopiness, a bit of something sweet like butterscotch and looks a fantastic red colour. Not a whole lot of flavour to it, small amount of caramel and some hops but I agree with the description finishes slightly nutty. East to drink this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2003
It pours a nice amber/reddish color with a creamy head. Its a smooth taste with a nice malty flavor. Not quite as good as their pilsner, but another great beer from the James Squire line.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2003
finally got round to trying it and I reckon it is the best of the range. nice dark copper colour. a tiny bit of roasted malt flavour but mainly a sweet malty taste. it is quite thin, and has a slightly lagerish after taste. great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2003
Draught, at the Commodore, McMahons Point, Sydney.
Amber with a reddish hue, topped with creamy pinkish head. Certainly looked the part and did have a little extra for a Sydney beer however its far from ale in texture, complexity and mouth feel. Theres just too much CO2 for an ale. I guess you need to start the education process somewhere.

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