AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 Light amber/gold colouration with a light head. Great caramel maltyness, with a slight dark crystal malt in the background, also faint fruity esters present. The caramel followed through into the taste but the hop bitterness dried the palate quickly
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok..not a bad overall effort, but I found it way to Hoppy for my liking. Aroma a bit over the top, flavour left me feeling let down.
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A tart malt with a pleasing dark and smoky palate. One for grandads, and the oldie in all of us.
Choos (562) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bitter! Aroma reminded me of a scotch finger biscuit with a few old dried herbs. Sweet caramel flavours with a background of hop bitterness. This actually tastes better than I can describe it.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Loks like a good pale ale even though described here as a bitter. The colour in the glass is a good deep amber with fine creamy head. Nose is subtle of malt and slight honey. The flavour is lacking however as it seems to be very short on the expected malt profile. As far as a description of a bitter goes I also think not, as it is barely present in any great concentration. There are better GR beers.
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not too bad. Again with the saltyness. Stale malt like left out in the kids' pool or near it or they were off playing double dragon. I'm gald mullet liked it.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really like that an Australian brewery is making a bitter that is this dark, but then they go and call it gold! Not to worry, this is a good solid beer regardless.
Pretty dark and clear with strong head retention. Aroma was initially of honey, but later had more caramel and biscuit. No hop aroma.
Flavour starts solidly malty, with a fair bit of crystal malt and then a pretty nice strong, clean bitterness.
Slightly thick body and great low carbonation.
Nothing overly exciting but a really good, solid beer. I'm really getting back into Grand Ridge all of a sudden!
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice beer to get when you just want to enjoy a couple. This is a good all-round micro
bluevegie (3041) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Didn't think I would like this when I saw the colour as I poured it into the glass, tawny amber colour, hoppy and caramel aroma and a malty caramel taste with a late slight hoppy aftertaste. It is a tad thin but a decent beer. Cheers!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 16/10 tap: Hazy amber with off white short head. Not much in the aroma, bit of old floral hops, and a hint of caramel. OK med-thin body. Nice sweet hoppy start with a decent bitter finish. Hop flavour aftertaste. Not a bad PA! 26/10 - Same in the bottle really. Not much difference at all.