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 (19383) - Tyresö, 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.
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
predominantly honied aroma.
light amber/red with small fast disipating head.
honey and sweet malt flavours dominant, cascade, slightly estery and a hint of yeast, slightly cidery.
thin, drying, low bitterness.
not a bad sessional.
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 (604) - 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.