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


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RATINGS: 286   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dredd (904) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2003
Great beer, nice amber colour, malty/caramel flavour. IF there is any drawback to this one, it is the fact that it is a bit sticky and can only be enjoyed in short bursts. Certainly not a guzzler.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
philb (20) - Wangaratta, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2003
Sour-mashy sort of aroma. Not much of a head. Nice caramelly smooth taste with just the right amount of bitter aftertaste. Dry palate (which I like). Could do with a lot more fizz (whatever the beer term is for that). Most impressed with the smooth mouth finish coat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2003
Yeah, well done JS. All the more impressive that your super macro parent has given you the independence to brew distinctive beers. Unlike CUB of course who sit on any initiative. Anyway to the beer. Amen to those who give it points for it delicate caramel like nutty finish as there is something soothing about that coppery colour. While I think that the Tasmanian hops don't necessarily give the beer a true ale flavour (too much pride of ringwood) but the profile is aided by the obvious use of a good yeast. Head retention is great and the glass beckons for another when it is drained

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2003
Bottle. A dark amber color with a nice foamy light brown head. A light fruity aroma with the malts showing their force in the flavor. A touch of sweetness at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2003
I don't remember drinking this but here is what I wrote. Amber in color with a nice white head. Smells like dog.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 20, 2003
A clear amber color with a very light head. A little caramel and a touch of nuttiness in the aroma. A nutty flavor with some caramel malts. The palate was a little too thin for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Anonmatel (22) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2003
Like all of James Squire beers, it's far far better out of the tap than out of the bottle. Nutty, Citrus, Grassy characters, You can certainly taste the Alcohol in it, but for this beers it's quite refreshing. A great session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
damirvrkic (56) - Franklin ACT, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2003
This is a lovely beer, nice caramel flavours and hops. Pleasant honey tones! What more, a great session pint!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2003
Another cheaply pleasant surprise in the form of an amber ale. It pours a deep amber, reddish color with medium carbonation and a fairly pearl white head..medium in nature and long lasting. The aroma was definitely hoppy, some malt, and sweetness, and a hint of fruit. The flavor is definitely hoppy, but you know those caramel malts are very entrancing...like sweet apple pie. A tiny bit of citrusy counter in there just to keep the taste buds alive and well. Nice tongue coating maltiness...mildly dry finish...very pleasant and can be a session beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2003
UPDATED: APR 7, 2003 Pours deep amber with a beigey almost brown head. Little to no carbonation, rather clear looking liquid considering the colour. Fruity aroma. Very sweet, with a hint of hop bitterness. Hints of molasses and caramel. Almost too sweet for my liking. IMO it needs more hops to balance it out. Smooth though thin mouthfeel. Re-rate draught 2/4: Much more balanced this time. Good lacing too. Still a tad thin. Nice hop flavour.

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