hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark amber with plenty of creamy white head which dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma very similar to the Gippsland Gold only a little more prominent. Taste is the big disappointment compared to the GG; lacks depth in the malt profile, and the bitter finish throws it off balance as a result. Mouthfeel is not as nice as the GG either, lacking the fineness of the GG and heading towards watery.
DuffMan (6070) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really liked this. Very balanced, good aromas and flavours of malt with a little fruit. I think this and Squiers amber are my two favourite Aussie bottled ales (although they are quite different from one another).
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Arguably the least impressive beer in the Grand Ridge stable. To be fair, the brewer says it was developed specifically to be paired with local food specialties (especially smoked trout and soft cheese). That may be the case but it doesnít stand up particularly well in its own right. It poured a cloudy amber colour (bottle conditioned) with the familiar solid Grand Ridge head. The nose is fresh and yeasty, with some dried fruit notes. However, itís very skinny in the body and one-dimensional tastewise. Some malty sweetness and a little hop bitterness in the finish but little to savour. (Bottle)
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
An average bottle conditioned ale really.
Looks good, has a nice head, rusty amber body, and lots of lace.
Taste is rustic, a bit hoppy in the finish.
The sort of beer that you can easily drink with out ever having to think about, and you sort of forget if there was a taste or not when you did have it, very Australian I guess.
Stew41 (1655) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice chocolate tan in the glass, looks great. small fizzy head doesnít hand around long. Much darker than what is typical for the style and from some recent TNís as well. Lifted nose, yeasty / fruity notes - not bad. More fruitness in the palate although some darker, roasted, slighly burnt notes appear. Good malt level but not overly hoppy. Mouthfeel is quite good, with an appropriate level of zing. Not a bad beer at all.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: dusky, clottled orange/ dull bown (not exactly gold!), with a small head.
Aroma: unique and yeasty, ery inviting, lively mixture, though slightly sour.
Taste; oddly metallic and tinny, hops are lacking any presence, an ephemeral fruitiness emerges, but does not evolve into much beyond the initial gestation.
This oneís a puzzle, for itís not gold in color, nor particularly bright in flavor.
Mouthfeel is nice and full, malt is sufficient, and the fruity flavor eventually prevails, primarily orange. Doesnít get up and do anything, though.
An interesting ale, that Iíll grant, but I never felt much towards it. Huh.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy dark amber with a yellowy off-white small head that faded quickly. Complex aroma of smokey toffee (mapple syrup), stewed plums, raisins, it smells sticky sweet. Not much hop detectable, and some dark bread notes in the background. Itís almost too much. Smooth flavour that is more restrained than the nose suggests. Some background forresty hop flavours support subdued raisins, black bread, and stewed rhubarb and apples. Hop bitterness is low but complex. Very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Really a very good beer.
Lunkie (1362) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty aroma. Dark gold colour with no head. Spicy malt long flavour. Flat palate.
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad at all. I chilled my bottle perhaps a little too much, which took away some of the flavour but Iíd have this again no probs.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, at the Australian Hotel, Sydney.
Murky, golden brown coloured body with a generous beige head. Unexpectedly hoppy aroma. Drinks well and is bottled conditioned with loads of sediment. Nice beer had with Sully as we warmed up for the Sydney gathering, held later that night at Paddyís Brew Pub.