Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.) Reviews




rand
3.2
James Squire Stow Away IPA
Bottle 345 m / Bier-Bienne (CH). Coppery beer with an average pale ochre head, little persistent and poured oily. Fruity aromas of orange-apricot, malt and caramel, slight hop. The taste is light, moderate of bitterness, with caramel, roasted and stewed fruits. All this balances for a compromised beer between bitter and soft. Grassy and crispy finale.
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dervock
3.4
James Squire The Hop Father
Bottle - pours dark copper with a white head. Aroma is orange caramel and dried fruit. Taste is sweet malt and dried fruit across the taste.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

TedE
3.1
Malt Shovel La La Lager
Pint on tap at King OíMalleys, Canberra. Golden bronze beer with thin white head. Laces well. Light carbonation, fine bubbles. Nose of malt and spice. Light body, neutral taste. Finish is Malt and late hop bitterness. Quite fruity and malty for a lager but nice enough.
Friday, March 24, 2017

ChewyBeer
3
James Squire The Swindler Summer Ale
Appearance: bright clear golden with slight head Aroma: fresh grass, light citrus Mouthfeel: medium light mouthfeel. Mediim carbonation Taste: fresh, hops, citrus, light fruits Overall: fresh pleasant beer
Friday, March 24, 2017

BarrelProfessor56
5
James Squire Orchard Crush Apple Cider
First drank this when I was over in Sydney in 2014 and never tasted a cider like it. I am s big cider drinker and coming from from England I know my ciders. We have access to hundreds of different ciders in our supermarkets and just wish they would sell this. I do buy it of the Sanza website but it costs me nearly £50 for six bottles. If anyone could help me I land back in Sydney again next Monday and staying near the ibis Sydney east, if anyone could tell me the closest pubs/clubs/bars that sell it I would me very thankful?
Monday, March 20, 2017

KeefOz
2.8
James Squire The Hop Father
BB 09 AUG 2017. Poured a clear coppery amber with 5mm of off-white dense foam head that diminished slowly to a blotchy cap that laced OK. Carbonation moderate, average and medium to coarse. Aroma of caramel malt with hints of pine, passionfruit and grapefruit. Taste of malt and moderately sweet dried fruits with low bitterness. Light to medium body. Smooth with low bitterness on a short finish. Easy drinking.
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bov
2.7
James Squire Stow Away IPA
from Bier-Bienne - amber-orange beer with a moderate head retention; shy and blur aroma of flowers and caramel; medium-bodied, sweet and gently bitter; mineral and flowery aftertaste - insignificant
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Camons
2.4
James Squire The Swindler Summer Ale
Draught @ Fortune of War, Sydney, Australian. Pours very light golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, light fruit, light grass. Flavor is rather light, malt, little fruit. Thin body, lively carbonation. 120317
Saturday, March 11, 2017

Camons
3.3
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
Draught @ Buckleys, Sydney, Australia. Pours golden with a white head. Aroma of malt, grass, fruit, light bitter citrus. Flavor is light bitter, malt, grass, fruit, light bitter citrus, lemon peel. Thin to medium body, average carbonation, dry and light bitter finish. 120317
Saturday, March 11, 2017

sccp1910
3.7
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
Cerveja encorpada e de sabor marcante, muito saborosa e amargor na medida certa...
Friday, March 10, 2017

Camons
2.5
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
Bottle, Blacktown, Australia. Pours yellow with a huge white head. Aroma of malt, grain, little artificial sweeteners, little citrusly hops. Flavor is sweet, malt, grain, caramel, sweet fruit hops. Medium body, average carbonation. Overall rather weak, but drinkable. 090317
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bov
2.4
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
from Bier-Bienne - bright and translucide bronze beer, no head retention; mineral nose with notes of pears; thin-bodied, subtle carbonation; dry and with some harsh bitterness; metallic, grainy and fruity finish - not terrible
Thursday, March 2, 2017

DavidAust
2.6
James Squire The Constable Copper Ale
Bottle (from six pack) into stemmed pokal glass. Low on aroma - hard to pull anything out of it. Maybe biscuit at a pinch. Unclouded copper-amber minimal lacing and one-finger white head.Light to medium body, average bubbles, and a little tangy bitterness in the middle which was a spoiler. Not hugely - but just enough to disappoint. Consistent across all six (over a week) and had similar experience when on tap but slightly better. Average all the way
Monday, February 27, 2017

papat444
3.4
James Squire Jack of Spades Porter
Appearance: Black like Coke with a decent amount of head that fades a little to barely a thin ring. Pretty much like most porters. Smell: Strong brown sugar, almost burnt a little bit with some caramel. Quite delightful. Taste: At first, it tasted a little like weak coffee but as it warmed, it became a little more flavorful with some chocolate and roasted notes. Itís still nothing complex but itís still fairly good. Mouthfeel: Higher than expected carbonation with a smooth feel. Good enough body for the style.
Monday, February 20, 2017

alang51
3.1
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
Note to Alan - not as good as the 7. I donít think that this version is as hoppy as previous version, it was more grapefruit, this more a peppery spice finish.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

roflorence
2.6
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
Golden amber colour in the glass. Slight citrus aroma and flavour. Strong malty backbone with slight bitterness. An average pale ale worth buying if on special, otherwise there are much better options out there.
Saturday, February 4, 2017

Rubin77
2.9
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
F: white, average size, not long lasting. C: gold, clear. A: malt, caramel, toast, light tropical fruits, grassy, mango, hint of floral. T: malt, grassy, hint of tropical fruits, citrus, caramel, light body, medium carbonation, refreshing summer beer but nothing very special, 345ml bottle from New World supermarket near airport in Nadi in Fiji.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Rubin77
3
James Squire The Swindler Summer Ale
F: white, normal size, good retention. C: gold, light hazy. A: malt, passion fruits, mango, pineapple, floral. T: malt, hint of mango, light caramel, toast, tropical fruits, apple, light grassy, medium body, medium carbonation, light refreshing summer beer, 345ml bottle from New World supermarket near airport in Nadi in Fiji.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

DavidAust
2.8
James Squire The Hop Father
Several in both a glass and from bottle. Promised much, delivered little. Reasonable aroma strength, with a floral mix of scents. Normal brown beer colour, clear, well carbonated, but quickly dissipating head. Taste was bland, and light on all senses, and the flavours that were there just didnít mix well. Not horrible, but definitely not great. Palate was medium short, thin and bland. Glad it is seasonal only.
Sunday, January 29, 2017

mkel07
3.5
James Squire The Hop Father
140117. On tap at The Charming Squire. Brewed by the descendants of James Squire and the latest in the ever increasing James Squire range. A good looking copper colour with about 2cm of off white foam. There is a nice hop presence in the flavour that is subtle and not overpowering with some pine and grapefruit in the aroma. Finishes well with just a trace of bitterness.
Friday, January 27, 2017

TedE
3.6
James Squire The Hop Father
345ml bottle into schooner glass. Clear shiny copper colour, frothy white head. Medium carbonation.Laces well. Nose is mildly smoky caramel malt with just a hint of fruit in the background. Full bodied with a smooth easy-drinking texture. The smoky caramel malt continues into a slightly bitter fruity finish. Nothing outrageous but well-balanced and certainly easy-drinking. Think Iíll have another.....
Sunday, January 22, 2017

TedE
3
James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale Brewers Edition
Taster at Beer Deluxe, Sydney. Clear golden beer with thin white head and good lacing. Sweet malt nose. Much sweeter than the original at first, nice hop finish. Not bad.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tezminator
3.8
James Squire The Hop Father
Aroma of orange and mild caramel. Flavour is faint melon, stronger floral notes and pine. Nice spicy finish as well. Agree with the other reviewers that this is probably their best beer out there at the moment. A Proper American pale ale.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

danjs5
3.7
James Squire The Hop Father
Released special edition Jan2017? Easily the best of the current JS range. Pours clear copper with fine carbonation. Melon, citris, pine and light hop aroma. Hoppy bitterness upfront. Smooth light fruity and malt flavour with clean hop presence. Great body and firm hop tang throughout. Good sweetness balance. A solid ale. Good value by the case at under $60AUD. A treat.
Saturday, January 21, 2017

hawthorne00
3.4
James Squire The Hop Father
Bottle. Bright mid amber with a stark white head that lasts quite well. Aroma of orange, grapefruit, citrus flowers, pine, sticky bread crusts. Some boiled fruit. Quite full bodied for 5%, moderate carbonation. Moderate sweetness is rather plain and caramelly but solid. Fruit, pine and a fair bit of pepper combine with quite strong bitterness at the end. Clean, gutsy and bitter. Probably their best beer since the Ten20.
Friday, January 20, 2017

Dredd
2.7
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
I remember when Hop Thief was a cut above. Now it is very middle of the road. It doesnít get much more middle than this. Slightly funky aroma, hint of pine. Amber pour with thin white head. Slight citrus mid palate with a bitter finish. The Cascade hops are barely noticeable in their presence.
Saturday, January 14, 2017

ANZUShophunter
3.2
James Squire The Constable Copper Ale
From bottle in shaker. Pours copper with a steady head that laced well. Fruity and earthy hop aroma foretells a decent bitter finish that works well with the malt base. Quite tasty for such a low abv brew, a good midweek beer
Monday, January 9, 2017

danjs5
3.2
James Squire Hop Thief 7 Galaxy & Mosaic Hops
Clear copper colour. Small head. Hoppy floral aroma with some light malt and fruit. Upfront hops in taste. A tasty hint of sweet malt too. A good clean flavour. Lingering hops bitter aftertaste. Well made. A treat. The best of the James Squire range.
Monday, January 9, 2017

danjs5
2.7
James Squire Stow Away IPA
Pours amber with no head. Toasted malt aroma. Sweet and fizzy malt flavour. Mild bitterness. No real hops. Pleasant.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

danjs5
2.5
James Squire The Swindler Summer Ale
On tap at Hervey Bay Boat Club. Sweet fruit aroma and taste throughout. Very slight malt bitterness. Light body, possibly watery. Simple. Average.
Saturday, January 7, 2017

danjs5
3
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
On tap at Torquay Hotel. Pours cloudy straw. Fruity nose. Tastes light fruity citris. No bitterness, malt or real hops taste. Just quite pleasant easy, light and fresh drinking. Pretty non-offensive. Better draught than in a can or a bottle, seems more fruity.
Monday, January 2, 2017

mkel07
3.1
Malt Shovel La La Lager
On tap at The Charming Squire 271216. Looks good in the glass for a pale lager with a vibrant golden amber colour and a fluffy white crown of foam. There is some substance to this beer when you drink it which is a good thing. Finishes dry.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

TedE
2
James Squire Orchard Crush Pear Cider
On tap at Treasury Casino, Brisbane. Cloudy pale green with no head but highly carbonated. Really faint fruit/vinegar nose. Highly effervescent in the mouth. Finish is umami and sherbet. Sweet fizzy fruit thing. No obvious pear flavour.
Saturday, December 24, 2016

mkel07
3.5
James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale Brewers Edition
121116. James Squire Golden Ale was the beer that got me into craft beer and for a long time it was my go to beer. Strange that after all this time Malt Shovel has decided to bring out a Brewerís Edition". I had this on tap at The Charming Squire and it is as good as the original. It has a nice fruity citrus flavour and a clean crisp finish. I will be interested to see if Malt Shovel do the same thing with other beers in their core range.
Monday, November 28, 2016

Tezminator
3.5
James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale
Mild aroma of grass and sweet stone fruit. Mild taste of citrus and pine notes as well as little bit of apricot. The finish is more lager than ale. I quite like this one.
Sunday, November 13, 2016

dnicolaescu
2.5
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
CAN 33 CL. Hazy golden, white head. Barely any aroma, just a hint of canned fruit. Dry husky corny malts, with bit of corn syrup sugars behind and a lot of carbonic acid on top. Nasty.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

mkel07
3.5
Malt Shovel Hoppy Hefe
On tap at The Charming Squire 221016. Poured a very dark amber colour with an even layer of white foam. The hoppy part of this beers name is right as it has quite a hop kick to it. Big finish with a slight burn in the throat.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Tezminator
2.8
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
Aroma is notes of grain and straw. Mild citrus notes with some pine notes and sweet malts. It is not bad.
Monday, October 31, 2016

sm89walt
3
James Squire Four Wives Pilsener
Keg. Clear golden yellow with a small and mostly lasting, somewhat lacing white head. Pale malt, biscuit, bread, citrus and grain characters across the board. Finishes with a pithy bitterness of moderate length and intensity. Light to medium body and medium carbonation.
Thursday, October 6, 2016

highlandlad
2.4
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
One of those beers that keeps ending up in my fridge because once someone knows youíre into beer, this is the sort of thing they bring around. Itís not awful, just another underdone pale ale with no bite or character in the blueprint of Fat Yak, Cricketers Arms and dozens more. Clear as some commercial lagers, which - as Allovate suggests - points to excessive filtering. Short, loose head. Subdued aroma of passionfruit, white peach, wheatsheaf. Spritzy mouthfeel - too hard for the style. More like a golden ale than a true apa. Low bitterness, vague fruity acids. Itís refreshing, but thatís about it. Iím really jaded with this sort of stuff and only rating because I opened the fridge and hey - there it is again. (330ml bottle from every bottlo anywhere)
Thursday, October 6, 2016

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 9, 2016