Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.) Reviews




northropfrye
2.9
Malt Shovel Karni Kolsch
Reddish/pink body white head. Sweet vanilla aroma. Taste is sweet and fruity but also watery. Okay. On tap at Beer Deluxe.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

TedE
3.3
Malt Shovel Karni Kolsch
On tap at Beer Deluxe, Sydney. Crystal clear amber beer with thin film of suds on top. Smells of lollies, popcorn, and sideshow alley. Thin body, sweet taste. Corn finish. Really is a fairground version of a kolsch. Fun in a glass!
Friday, July 14, 2017

mkel07
3
James Squire Cabin Fever
200517. Taster at GABS in Melbourne. Middle of the road IPA that drinks okay and it a bit thin bodied. Moderately hopped with a clean fresh finish and tropical fruit flavours. Bright amber colour in the glass with a decent white head. Interested to try this in bottle form assuming that it will be bottled.
Friday, July 14, 2017

StevieT
3
James Squire Cabin Fever
From a bottle. Not bad at all, I would like to get my hands on a fresher batch.
Friday, July 14, 2017

MaltSensei23
3.8
James Squire Cabin Fever
aroma passionfruit and citrus.. taste is slight burnt toffee and bitterness. off white head. light brownish in color,,one of the better mid strenth i.p.a. nice beer well done
Friday, July 14, 2017

macca147
2.7
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
On tap. Pours a clear straw gold with thin white he’s. Aroma: Mild citrus, pine, grass and tropical notes. Not aromatic. Taste: Biscuity malt, citrus and pine notes. Easy to drink but not particularly tasty. Moderate carbonation. Mild bitterness that lingers. A refreshing and easy to drink beer but not amazing.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

macca147
2.8
James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale
On tap, schooner. Pours a pale straw gold with a thin white head. Aroma: Biscuity malt, mild citrus, pine notes. Taste: Citrus and biscuity malt flavours dominate the flavour balance. Not complex. A basic easy drinking beer. Moderate carbonation. Mild bitterness. All in all, a decent beer.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

mkel07
2.7
James Squire Mint Heist
200517. Taster at GABS in Melbourne. This beer reminded me of Listerine mouthwash with a strong peppermint aroma and flavour. The flavour was so strong that it made me want to spit it out like mouthwash. Looked cloudy and hazy in the glass with a brown tea like colour. The flavour was way too strong for me – glad that I only had a taster as I could not imagine trying to drink a larger glass of this beer.
Saturday, July 8, 2017

northropfrye
3
James Squire Jack of Spades Porter
Dark body white head. Slight roast and malty elements but, despite the proclaimation on the label, it lacks flavour or complexity. The Katoomba Porter i had earlier in the day was much better.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

northropfrye
2.9
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
Saw this at a bao place. Then saw it advertised all over town. Oops. Bad sign. Basically tastes like a watered down not very hoppy APA. Just the faintest taste of hops.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017

ALLOVATE
3
James Squire Cabin Fever
Pours like all Squire’s ales, needing a high rousing to give it foam. The body an alluring deep, copper orange with very sparse, very fine bubbles. Head is an off-white wash of froth that fades quickly. Nose is pleasant, fresh, sweet and zesty with ripe grapefruit, tart raspberry and blueberry, mango and caramelised pineapple - nice. On the palate it is more malt driven than anticipated from that aroma. Biscuity toffee malts, sweet and slightly tannic, with a mix of twiggy bark, pine wood and butterscotch in the finish. No real peak of bitterness and the hops are muddled but it does have some supple fruit esters similar to the nose with a slightly oxidised, plummy note coming through. Body is light with moderate carbonation that softens towards the swallow. I loved the aroma but feel filtration and pasteurisation have maimed it heavily flavourwise. Still, an enjoyable drop if you turn your brain off! (34,5cL, BB 06/02/18, 1st Choice Liquor, Riverton)
Friday, June 23, 2017

craftyrocker
1.7
James Squire The Swindler Summer Ale
5/2/2/2/5=16. Memory rate from two middys on tap in 2017. Drank this without knowing what it was. Aroma was pleasant tropical fruits. Taste was shockingly lager-like - I thought it was XXXX! Not one to try again.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

jann3
1.9
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
Pours slightly hazy yellow with a smallish head. Sweetish and fruity aroma. Taste is rather similar. Light and fruity sweetness but some crispy citrus and pine flavours too. Slightly watery overall impression. (373ml bottle, from a random liquor store in Sydney)
Monday, June 19, 2017

craftyrocker
1.9
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
Score: 3/2/4/1/8. 330mL can from Dan Murphy’s, BB Dec 2017. $13 for 10 cans on a rare special. Also previously had many jugs of this on tap. Appearance: Like a yellow fizzy lager that cannot maintain a head after pouring. Some lacing. Aroma: Light citrus and malt. Not much going on. Taste: Tiny citrus hops. Mostly sweet breadish malt. No passionfruit that the label advertises. The 4.2% is is masked and feels more like 2%. Palate: Watery thin body. Overcarbonation. Overall: Basic industrial tasting macro beer. It would not help convert any macro drinkers to craft beer. Best with savoury food that’s slightly sweet. The can is 15mL smaller than the bottle. Have some bread instead.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

jmgreenuk
3.5
James Squire Mint Heist
Tap at the Crafty Squire, Russell St Melbourne. Poured a hazy light orange brown with a thin white head and some broken lace. The aroma is malt, crisp mint. The flavour is light bitter sweet with a crisp, refereeing, malt After Eight peppermint palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Just as it says on the tin. Crushed After Eight in a beer with alcohol.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

jmgreenuk
3.5
James Squire Jack of Spades Porter
Tap at the Crafty Squire, Russell St Melbourne. Poured a clear reddish brown with a frothy off white head. The aroma is caramel malt, creamy toffee. The flavour is moderate sweet light liquorice bitter with a smooth light dry roasty malt dry ashtray palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

jmgreenuk
3.4
Malt Shovel Interceptor Black IPA
Tap at the Crafty Squire, Russell St Melbourne. Poured a clear medium reddish brown with a thin off white head. The aroma is roasty malt, light grassy hop. The flavour is moderate to strong bitter with a grassy light pepper spice hop bitter palate and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

jmgreenuk
3.3
James Squire Mid River Pale Ale
Tap at the Crafty Squire, Russell St Melbourne. Poured a crystal clear light amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is malt light woody hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a light crisp, fruity, light biscuit malt, floral light metallic hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

jmgreenuk
3.4
James Squire Nine Tales Amber Ale
Tap at the Crafty Squire, Russell St Melbourne. Poured a clear medium amber with a long-lasting thin white head and clingy lace. The aroma is caramel malt, toffee, light fruit. The flavour is moderate to light bitter, light sweet with a crisp, dry, fruity, dry malt, floral metallic hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

jmgreenuk
3.3
James Squire Four Wives Pilsener
Tap at the Crafty Squire, Russell St Melbourne. Poured a crystal clear light amber with a thin broken white head. The aroma is malt woody hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a grainy malt light dry spice woody light floral hop bitter palate and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a long bitter finish.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

jmgreenuk
3.3
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
Tap at the Crafty Squire, Russell St Melbourne. Poured a crystal clear light amber with a thin broken white head and some clingy lace. The aroma is malt, tropical fruit hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a light crisp pineapple citrus, light floral hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a lingering bitter finish.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

jmgreenuk
3.2
James Squire The Chancer Golden Ale
Tap at the Crafty Squire, Russell St Melbourne. Poured a clear medium amber with a thin white head and some broken lace. The aroma is caramel malt, light hop bitter. The flavour is moderate bitter light sweet with a grainy malt light fruit, light floral hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

jmgreenuk
3.1
James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale
Tap at the Crafty Squire, Russell St Melbourne. Poured a hazy straw colour with a thin white head and some broken lace. The aroma is malt light woody hop. The flavour is moderate bitter with a light crisp grainy malt light fruit hop bitter palate. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

jmgreenuk
3.2
James Squire The Swindler Tropical Infusion
Tap at the Crafty Squire, Russell St Melbourne. Poured a clear straw colour with a thin white head. The aroma is grainy malt, light fruit. The flavour is moderate bitter light sweet with a light crisp fresh watery light fruit hop bitter palate. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ratman197
3.2
James Squire Hop Thief 7 Galaxy & Mosaic Hops
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, fruitiness, light pine and a hint of earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, fruitiness and light pine with a smooth lingering fruity finish.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

TedE
3.2
Malt Shovel Interceptor Black IPA
Taster on tap at Beer Deluxe, Sydney. Mahogany brown beer with solid creamy head. Nose is raisins and dark chocolate but distant. Laces well. Flavour is subtly fruity and bitter. There’s a slight smoky booziness in the finish. Subtle but very pleasant.
Friday, May 12, 2017

mkel07
3.5
Malt Shovel Interceptor Black IPA
210417. It is unusual to see three new beers from the Squire’s range on tap at the same time but that is what I found on my last visit. This beer may be the pick of the bunch as it a very good black IPA. Sits in the mouth nicely and builds up to a smooth creamy mouthfeel and finishes with a burnt almost but not quite smokiness. As you would expect the colour of this beer is black, no surprises there
Saturday, April 29, 2017

bitterlady
3
Malt Shovel La La Lager
More golden ale in colour, thin head disappears quick. Rich zingy honey trills like a sherry. For me, this is a very adult version of its style. Too nice to throw back and get rid of the dust, it has me sipping slowly and enjoying its berries and malt. Good brew.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

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 O’Malleys, 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. It’s still nothing complex but it’s 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 don’t 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 didn’t 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 I’ll 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