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


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’.


  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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