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


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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Brewed specifically to compliment the spectacular food from the Yarra Valley region, where freshness, taste and purity are highly valued. This full flavoured real ale boasts a lively hop and very smooth malt finish. The striking label depicts the view from the Launching Place Home Hotel in the heart of the Yarra Valley. This hotel was recently owned and developed by Grand Ridge Brewery. Awarded numerous medals at the Australian and International beer awards and 2 in 2011 for both bottled and draught products. Drink with Venison, Roo, Quayle, Duck, pesto or buffalo sausages and bold Summer salads.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1891) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 6, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2004
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2004
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lunkie (1732) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2004
Malty aroma. Dark gold colour with no head. Spicy malt long flavour. Flat palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
farmboy (218) - Barwon Heads, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2004
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAY 3, 2004
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2004
lightly estery with sweet honey on the nose. amber with a small head. honied malt and sweet/floral hops. not a bad sessional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: APR 23, 2004 Light amber with fluffy light head. Caramel, dark honey and toast on the nose. The malt was almost cloying, with the floral hops drying the palate just in time to save it, good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2004
A quality Australian ale which succeeds admiribly. Full-flavoured without being to heavy. Man. Spanner.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2004
tried this one just after the Gippsland Gold and it was slightly better. I didnt like the flavour however it reminded me of a dried out off fruitcake.

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