Malt Shovel Brewery (Lion Co.) Reviews




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

ALLOVATE
2.9
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
This years Hop Thief, hey!? A little more drinkable but on a whole new level from the previous yearís. Into a snifter at just on cool. Orange gold and with the brilliance of the finest crystal glassware. Iíve never seen a beer so translucent (especially one claiming to showcase hops!). Head is up, a half inch of white fluff, and then it is gone. Slightly dirty and dank citrus and fell, rotting fruit nose with hints of pear, guava, peach and rose petals. Incredibly dry, earthy, spicy and floral palate with a lengthy piney, herbal hop finish. Light bodied and light in carbonation with a spritzy front flattening out as it goes. Rose petals and lavender dominate a gritty malt profile. Dank and herbaceous hops fill the gap well and linger long between swallows. A touch of rubber and smokey phenols actually aides. Medial bitterness. All pretty much in balance. Approachable but not outstanding ale. I think overly aggressive filtering has maimed this. Would love the recipe as a clone would bring greater results me thinks!! (34,5cL, BB 26/04/17, Dan Murphyís Canning)
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tezminator
3
James Squire Hop Thief 7 Galaxy & Mosaic Hops
Quite nice floral aroma. Mild floral and pine notes. Malt is toasted and slightly biscuity. Caramel. A nice beer but expected more bitterness from an APA.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Maracuja05
2.5
James Squire The Constable Copper Ale
[backlog] 29-01-15 / bottlein Orbost, Australia. light bodied bitter. I started rating my beers with Untappd and a few basic notes. Now I want to rate them on ratebeer. So my rating sometimes lack some information. Just ignore it, it is for my personal statistics. Untappd-Rating 2.5/5
Monday, September 5, 2016

Tezminator
3.2
James Squire The Swindler Summer Ale
Bottle. Very nice and quite sweet peachy aroma. Taste of stone fruit and (honeydew) melon. Actually, this is a pretty good, mild summer ale.
Friday, September 2, 2016

TedE
3.5
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
345ml bottle into schooner glass. Golden amber colour with solid white head, medium carbonation. Earthy spicy hop nose. Full bodied, oily texture. Initial floral bitterness gives way to a spicy funky earthy finish that lingers. Malt is present throughout. Interesting and full of flavour though perhaps not as sessionable as the last couple of íHop Thiefísí.
Saturday, August 27, 2016

beermaris
2.1
James Squire Stow Away IPA
Weak Ipa. Almost no aroma. Taste limited to a few nuances. The same goes to aroma
Friday, August 26, 2016

mkel07
3.9
James Squire Introspective Belgian Trippel
On tap at The Charming Squire 210816. It is encouraging to see the James Squire range encompassing some bigger bolder beers such as this one. Golden amber with a fluffy white head and spiced fruit aromas. Full bodied in the mouth, rich and creamy.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

KeefOz
3.2
James Squire Mid River Pale Ale
Draught at Charming Squire, Brisbane. Poured a slightly hazy amber with a two-finger bright white foamy head that retained well but laced poorly. Carbonation moderate with medium sized bubbles. Aroma strongly of nice sweet citrus with a hint of passionfruit. Taste fruity with sweet citrus, passionfruit and a hint of melon. Light body. Clean, crisp, smooth and refreshing with a shortish sweet citrus finish.
Sunday, August 21, 2016

StevieT
4
James Squire Thick Fog Porter
On tap at The Charming Squire. Pours thick and black, the rum barrel flavour is restrained and delicious, dangerously drinkable. A great beer.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

StevieT
3.2
James Squire Mid River Pale Ale
On tap at The Charming Squire. Not bad for a mid, medium body, mild fruity aroma and a decent hit of hops.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

varanid99
3.2
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
Amber/gold pour with a thick white head which dissipated fairly quickly. Spicy, slightly bready aroma with some citrus. Slightly spicy taste too, peppery, caramel, but very little of the fruit, ok, but a bit underwhelming.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

KeefOz
3.1
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
BB 10/04/17. Poured a clear golden amber with a one- to two-finger white dense foam head that retained very well and laced OK. Carbonation lively, high, and with medium sized bubbles. Aroma strongly of sweet fresh tropical fruits; very nice and inviting. Taste of subtle spices with hints of fruits is a disappointment after the aroma. Light body. Smooth and slightly dry with moderate strength pepper/spices on the finish. OK.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

GoufCustom
3.3
James Squire Orchard Crush Apple Cider


345 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Cloudy hazy straw lemonade colour with a crust of yeast sediments; Near zero head with residual white foam which fades in 5 seconds; Poor sticky lacing with zero carbonation; Fragrant and tart aroma of apple wine, with mashed apples, lemon, grapefruit juice, raw grass, strong yoghurt, tartness, light mustiness, light wood barrel and tannic; Close to medium sweet taste of apple wine, with strong yoghurt tartness, oxidized apples, lemonade, white wine, moderate sugar, light barrel and fair tannin; Mid to light body. Dry and slick palate; Mouth feel is medium sweet apple wine in a thick background. Taste pretty raw and dry, unfiltered with strong white wine, mashed apples, yoghurt, grass and lemonade. Light wood to round. Pretty rustic!... Dry after taste. Fruity winey and tart to mouth.

Comments: This one seems raw at first, as cloudy yeast and mashed apples aroma give a farmhouse feels, but the dry, tart winey taste mixed well with apples and lemonades. A pleasant surprise!

Friday, August 12, 2016

StevieT
3.5
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
From a bottle. Pours clear, not much aroma, enough hops and a dry citrus finish, well made an very drinkable.
Saturday, August 6, 2016

mkel07
3.1
James Squire Hop Thief 8 Crystal & Cascade
On tap at The Charming Squire 300716. The first thing that I noticed with the latest instalment of Hop Thief when I tasted it was the musky perfumey flavour, followed by a peppery spice finish. The beer looks the goods in the glass with a nice even layer of white foam that laces the glass and a full body. I donít think that this version is as hoppy as previous versions that I have had. It is still a decent beer though and one that you could go back to a few times, although I donít think that I could drink too many in one sitting.
Monday, August 1, 2016

mkel07
3.5
James Squire Mid River Pale Ale
On tap at The Charming Squire 230716. This may not be the most accurate rating as I had this beer with a plate of mouth numbing chicken wings. Cloudy in the glass with a clean white head and it almost looks like a Hefeweizen. Citrus flavours and aroma with a bit of rockmelon thrown into the mix.
Sunday, July 31, 2016

mkel07
3.9
James Squire Thick Fog Porter
On tap at The Charming Squire 230716. Thick fog indeed, this beer is a real pea souper. Black as midnight with a flat layer of sand coloured foam. Hint of smoke in the flavour and also in the finish, from the malt I am guessing. The smoke adds to the overall goodness and enjoyment of this beer. Way too drinkable with the burnt smokey finish going on and on. One of the best beers brewed on site at The Charming Squire.
Sunday, July 31, 2016

mkel07
4.1
James Squire Dark Side Jaffa Porter
On tap at The Charming Squire 230716. The aroma brings back memories of Jaffa lollies, those little red balls of greatness that would always leave a tell tale red mark on your hand. Close your eyes while drinking this beer and you will think that you are sucking on a Jaffa, sweet chocolate goodness. Black in colour with a shadow of tan foam
Sunday, July 31, 2016

KeefOz
2.9
James Squire Hop Thief 7 Galaxy & Mosaic Hops
BB 05 JAN 2017. Poured a clear dark amber with a huge light tan foamy head that retained too well and laced very well as rings all down the side of the glass. Carbonation very low and fine. Aroma lovely moderately strong tropical fruit, mainly passionfruit plus a moderately sweet malt; make one look forward to a nice tasting beer. Taste disappointing after the aroma - low levels of tropical fruits (passionfruit), more malt than in the aroma, low bitterness. Light body. Smooth with a short lived slightly bitter finish.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

TedE
3.6
James Squire Dark Side Jaffa Porter
Pint on tap@ The Crafty Squire. Faint chocolate/orange nose. Mahogany red beer with thin white head. Full bodied, smooth texture. Initial taste is fizzy and lightly bitter. The finish tastes just like Jaffas! Really tasty, easy drinking too. Not sure you could drink too many though. Not at $13.50 a pint!
Saturday, July 23, 2016

neongolden
3.1
James Squire Hop Thief 7 Galaxy & Mosaic Hops
(bottle from BWS Broadbeach) Pours clear copper with a tiny short lived white head and no lace. Aroma is caramel, toasted grain, biscuits, light pine and resin, just a hint of fruit. Flavour is similarly dominated by malty toffee, honey, lightly toasted bread, some citrus, leafy, pine needles. Finish is lightly bitter with some pine, leaf and pith character, slightly grainy nutty bread, lingering sweet malt. Medium bodied, average carb, itís ok but itís a really uninspiring use of great hops. Feels rather limp.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016