196. The Chancer Golden Ale

Posted: November 13, 2013 in Australian ales, Tough label
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The Chancer Golden - BOTTLEThe Chancer Golden Ale

Company info:
Malt Shovel Brewery Pty Ltd

Camperdown, N.S.W

[www.james-squire.com.au]

Bottle size sampled: 345 mL

Alcohol: 4.5%
Standard drinks: 1.2

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: $TBC

Label info: ‘Never one to let a ball & chain hold him back, ex convict James Squire seized every opportunity his emancipation offered. His unique blend of charm, skill & luck ultimately rewarded him with an enviable fortune as Australia’s first brewer. But was he really happy? A brewery, money & freedom – what do you think?

Brewed using toasted grains of wheat & barley with Amarillo hops for a tropical fruit aroma, Golden Ale is the ideal thirst-slaking beer.’

What the label really means: This is now the second reference I have come across for the term ‘slaking’ (see the first here). [Given the early years competition between Squire and Boston, are these two brews now competing with each other?]
Once again we are given a brief insight into the life of James Squire and that is one thing I have always enjoyed with the labels of Squire brews. Legend. Legend. Top bloke.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: I always enjoy these variously coloured labels from MSB and this Chancer is mostly a rusted golden colour, depicting a stack of coins that hint at Squire’s wealth. It’s simple, it’s rustic, it works.

I give it a label rating of 7 out of 10.

AROMA: Deliciously hoppy, grainy aromas.The Chancer Golden - GLASS

Taste: GLASS – This is one fine, refreshing, thirst-quenching brew that is light on the palate, cleansing and smooth. But it’s almost a little too clean and actually has a disappointingly watery finish. I think I was hoping for a bit of a punch and instead I’m just getting a slight slap on the wrist. 

I give it a beer from glass rating of out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Drinking from the bottle The Chancer loses a bit of the flavour and becomes a little more watery. It’s also now more noticeably carbonated and this totally detracts from the taste. Good, but stick to a glass.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Accompanying food: A tomato paste smothered canneloni dish would suit this brew

Best season to appreciate: A Summer brew through and through. It’s true.

All-nighter beer? Yes! This is very easy to drink, refreshing and fun. You will not get sick of this.

NOTE: I recently was presented with a Tap King (more on that another time), and The Chancer is such an amazing brew to showcase this home-tap instrument. Amazing. If you’ve only tasted this brew from the bottle (or glass), you must taste it on ‘tap’.

NEXT WEEK: TBC

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Comments
  1. Chancer is not the sort of beer you marry. It’s the sort of beer you have a fling with, and a couple days later see your Doctor about the itching.

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