Brewed by Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Style: Bitter
Mirboo North. Vic., Australia
Serve in English pint


on tap


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RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
An Australian style bitter ale with a deeply delicious full malt flavour and pleasant hop bitterness from Tasmanian and New Zealand hops. An easy drinking and thirst quenching beer. The owners favourite, this great ale won Australia’s best ale in 2001 at the National Festival of Beers for the second time along with numerous International medals including 3 Gold in 2003 and the Premiers Trophy for Victoria’s Best Beer. More awards in 2005-2010. Excellent with all steaks, roast lamb and Aussie game meats. Top with Shitake mushrooms seared in this great ale for a real treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2004
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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2004
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2004
A tart malt with a pleasing dark and smoky palate. One for grandads, and the oldie in all of us. Spanner.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Choos (732) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2003
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2003
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Betty (236) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2003
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2003
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2003
Nice beer to get when you just want to enjoy a couple. This is a good all-round micro

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2003
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2003
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.

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