madquacker (1049) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not too shabby. Reddish brown. Not as good as Little Creatures in my view.
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 On tap at Australian Beer Festival 2005. Poured orange gold with a creamy but thin head. The aroma seemed typical of the grand ridge brews, with a good splashing of creamy caramel. However, I thought this was quite bland, and didnít really offer much at all in terms of flavour. Itís not bad, but it didnít have the depth that seems to be indicated by the other ratings - maybe I got a bad batch? Re-rate: Full bottle this time around, and itís a much better experience. Poured with a good solid creamy head. Creamy aroma of crystal malt and a bit of wood. Some toffee on tasting. Flavour is nice and bitter, but a little short. A much better beer than my first impression, but still a fair bit behind the best.
Lunkie (1459) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2005
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hop malt aroma. Clear amber colour with poor head and no lacing. Spicy malt flavour. Flat palate.
vanvenlo (1305) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
9 Jul 2005 - Malt aroma with some earthiness. Clear orange-brown colour, low head but good sheet lacing. sweet light fruit malt, hop flavours but lacks complexity. Sweet tangy finish, medium mouthfeel and an ordinary after taste. Overall - THis is probably the best of the breries lighter styled beers.
DrunkenCumquat (86) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Good, solid bitter/pale that delivers some tasty apple flavours and a nice yeasty aftertaste. Not too dissimilar to Little Creatures Pale in some ways.
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Cloudy orange beer, with thin white head. Nice spicy hop aroma with lots of fruity yeastiness as well. A touch of apple and pineapple as well. A slight soapiness that I donít really care for. A bit of dustiness. In the mouth it is a fruity, apple, pineapple as well as some lightly toasted malts. Finishes quite sweet. Would be awesome without those few flaws.
strappa (55) - Hobart, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this is up there with the bestAustralian ales ive tried Amber colour maybe and dare i say it better then little creatures??????
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Lovely hazy mid-amber with a good 2 finger creamy white head which did not last for long but laced well. Aromas of honey, sweet caramel maltiness and the barest presence of hops. All of the Grand Ridge ales I have tried so far have had a very similar aroma. Flavour is as per aroma, but with quite a bitter finish from the hops which balances up the sweetness from the malt quite well. Palate is very smooth, quite a light touch with the carbonation which is fine and complements the flavours well. A very nice Australian Ale. Lookout Little Creatures, you have a challenger at last.
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Iíll stick my neck on the chopping block and declare this one of the best Australian ales Iíve had - and one of the best Aussie ales of any style. Itís beautifully balanced, with just the right level of bitterness. It benefits from being served several degrees above fridge temperature to release the flavour. Itís a very different creature to the benchmark-setting Little Creatures but a very good beer all the same. It poured an amber colour with a big head that left some lacing. The nose has herbal notes but is basically dominated by malty caramel and tropical fruit. Medium bodied and very smooth. Hint of raisins, caramel, tangy pink grapefruit and guava. Good bitterness. I think this is a beauty. (Bottle)
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
What can I say about this beer that I havenít said about their other brews? The colour was a nice bright golden-straw colour, with a white head that faded to nothing pretty quick. The bottle was filled nearly to the brim, and didnít ďhissĒ when opened.
The first aroma I got was caramel, and my first though was I wouldnít be able to finish it due to diacetyl, but it wasnít too high, and I was able to finish the whole beer, just.
Yet again a fairly crap beer I wouldnít buy again, I might drink it if I had no choice and someone gave it to me, but not otherwise.