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 (8302) - 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 (1412) - 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.
Stew41 (1722) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice burnt - dark orange, Very inviting. Fruity nose, good lift and somewhat malty. More malty notes in the mouth, almost gives the palate a milky smoothness, kinda creamy. Good fizz and some firmness in the back palate keeps the beer tight. Pretty good but I reckon Iíve had better bottles. Certainly better from the tap for mine.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy darkish amber with some red in the middle. Big creamy head that diminished to a coverlet that lasted the whole glass. Aroma was fruity and slightly floral with some crystal undertones, and herbaceous notes and very faint coffee. Flavour was very nice indeed. Crystal malts dominated backed up by some toasty malts (brown malt?), stewed quince in the middle and finishing withe some faint raisin and yeasty chords. The palate was the only truly faulty aspect of the beer with some astringent tannins and hardly any bitterness. This beer did grow on me though.
I like Grand Ridge. I think they have the potential to produce the finest beers in Australia with some fine tuning to their brewing process. I found this one a little confused, like two different beers in one. Nevertheless, it is a very nice, easy drinking beer.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brownorange hazy beer.
Fruity aroma of honey and malt.
Sweet fruity flavour of milk, honey and coffee. Firm finishing bitterness.
omhper (19187) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Bottled, thanks duff! Amber colour. Intense raisin aroma. Sweet with clean, hard crystal malt character. Dough, raisins and prunes dominate. Low bitterness.