Brewed by Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.)
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Sydney, Australia


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 2.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Insprired by the man himself, our brewers have channelled James Squire's pioneering adventurous spirit into creating an ideal accompaniment to the unique and diverse Australian winter. Pepperberry Winter Ale is rich and warmning, brewed specially for the cooler months. With a deep jarrah hue and a delicate spicy nose, it delivers subtle complexity followed by some late warmth courtesy of the native Australian pepperberry. So sit back and enjoy and you'll discover, just as James Squire did, how to get the maximum enjoyment from this land of contrasts.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Linc (740) - Sydney, - JUL 30, 2008
Can’t understand all the high scores for this one. Appearance is fine, as expected from Squires, but the flavour is really quite off-putting. It’s a very ordinary ale that’s been overpowered by the pepperberry, there is nothing else to back it up - and the flavour can’t stand up on its own. It adds a sickly, oddly bitter flavour that I find quite unpleasant. I’m unable to get more than 3 sips into this beer before pouring the rest down the drain. Good thing I didn’t buy a six pack!

mkel07 (6385) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle, rating from a few years ago. Quite spicy in a good way with a long finish. Good winter beer.

Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
Odd aroma, slightly nutty. Very dark black colour with poor head. Nice chocolate flavour with smooth finish. Very heavy body, creamy with low carbonation.

jdpeebs (698) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2012
345ml Bottle. very nice beer with lovely malt flavours and subtle spicy aromas. Another good addition to the Squire range.

Lunkie (1963) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2010
Sweet malt fruit aroma. Dark brown colour with fair head and lacing. Dark brown colour fairy head and lacing. Sweet malt flavour with spices. Smooth palate.

renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2009
Thank you Michael, this one is a stunner! smooth sweet wood nose, fruity malt and a classy hint of hop. not too much of a looker, but hey, hazy dark brown, not much of a head. poor bottle got dragged all the way from oz to fulham and then to wimbledon :-)... spicy berry flavour with so,e cellar apple and woody malt. smooth, balanced, and a great keep. worth the years wait! Aged marvelously. great beer xx

BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2009
This is my least favourite of the James Suqire seasonal releases I’ve tried. I found the aroma to be almost overpowering without enough malt to back it up. Bought a six-pack but ended up giving most of it away.

motelpogo (8031) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 29, 2008
bottled. copperish with not much sign of a head. some red pepper in the aroma with golden syrup. alas, there was little sign of any malt character to balance the pepper and a lack of and fresh bitterness in the finish and this verged on being nasty

TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle. Dark copper, no head. Wow - a lot going on in the nose - peppery, piney, chocolate. Reminds me of sarsaparilla. Malty, sprucy - interesting.

TassieCarl (5) - Blackmans Bay, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2008 does not count
With the smell of the Aussie bush with a reddish brown appearance. Keep it in your mouth for longer to really appreciate the flavours of the pepperberry which has a spicy sweet feel. The flavours linger nicely for a beer that is not full bodied. Australia’s gluhwein of beers!

kenbeer (46) - , AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2008
One of the most confusing beers that I have ever had. .... still not sure what i should have expected. Over ripe fruit sarsparilla, spice, weird malt. Thinner body than I thought it might have. One thing is for sure- this is a very unique beer, and I do hope that they keep playing with it in future years.

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