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Brewed by Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Style: Amber Ale
Mirboo North. Vic., Australia

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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It has been developing in my mind for over 10 years now, waiting until beer fans are ready for such a beautiful hop explosion & so well balanced. Beware, too much will have you dreaming intense & incredible dreams in what seems like absolute reality. No shit.

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3.4
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2011
Low, almost no head over a red/amber ale. Smells great, a big citrus hoppy nose. Smooth caramel malt flavours with a firm bitterness. Very smooth and full mouthfeel. Let down by the carbonation (may have been this bottle) which is way to low for my taste and would lift the beer a bit in the tail. Very easy drinker though, tasty and well made.

2.2
stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2011
Pours a murky amber/rouge with minimal carb and the thinnest head. Not a good start. Aromas are flabby and stale, flavour is out of balance - sweet malt and harsh bitterness. Thin, yeasty and mineraly/salty. Hoping it was a bad bottle, usually like the GR beers and was looking forward to this.

4.2
mkel07 (6434) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2011
330ml bottle. Big tight tan head. Pours a deep red almost burnt copper colour and is full of caramel malt and hop aromas that hit you as soon as you pop the cap.Flavour is as big and bold as the aroma. Cracker of a beer, shame it is only available for a limited time.

3.4
crispi (133) - AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2011
bottle bought from melbourne beer festival. cloudy/hazy, red with moderate carbonation. huge amounts of hoppy bitterness, malty, with a medium finish. very bitter, but leaves a nice spicy finish.

3.9
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 26, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with light mahogany down the side of the glass. Decent light tan coloured head. Good lacing. Nice looking beer. Beautiful light toffee, caramel and citrusy pine hops. All nicely in balance. Brilliant. Flavour are likewise equally balanced. Sweet upfront with good resiny hop bitterness to finish. Not huge but really good. Medium mouthfeel. Great beer

3.8
Stew41 (2093) - Phuket, THAILAND - FEB 7, 2011
GR’s best release in years. Labelled as an American Red Ale and it’s thoroughly modern with clean lifted new world hops. Very good hop presence right throughout and a creamy toffee finish. Not really ESA for mine but regardless of classification a very good beer.

3.6
gam (4096) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2011
Thick frothy head medium to strong carbonation red brown pour aroma caramel chocolate nutty fruit flavour grapefruit citric peel bitter malt caramel chocolate richness yeast smoothness light fizz good body finish hoppy fruit aftertaste eich but smooth malt bitter that lasts

3.8
Davros (3309) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2011
Pours ruby-tinged dark amber with a lasting head and lacing.
Nose shows rich caramel, toasty, nutty and light roasted malt by the truckload. Very nice! Underneath is some faint hops, but you can’t really call it American, just a subtle hint of resin. Still, really delightful.
Flavours include more of the same dark malt followed by a sharp bitterness. Seems to be lacking a bit in the mid-palate.
Nice creamy body and moderate carbonation.

3.6
hawthorne00 (4142) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2011
UPDATED: APR 6, 2013 Bottle. Brooding reddish amber with a dense beige head that laces nicely. Aroma of nectarines, kumquats, herbs and caramel. Taste has nutty/ toasted malt, some stone fruit and citrus. Brief bitter finish. Medium bodied - quite light for the malt balancing the bitterness. I don’t think ESA is the right place for this - maybe Amber ale. A shift towards the newfangled for this brewery and a good beer.[3.5]

Mouthfeel seems both creamier and cleaner than last time. Fruity and malty with earthy and resinous bitterness that cruises through the sweetness with ease. Classy balance. Tasty stuff.

3.8
Leighton (22508) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2010
Tap at the White Horse Pub, London. Pours a rich, dark amber-ruby with a creamy, off-white head. Strong malt aroma, with caramel, ripened fruit, and toffee. Very sweet flavor with rich, full malts, followed by an earthy, herbal bitterness. Medium to full in body with fine carbonation. Has a strong, sweet malt finish with plenty of toffee and fruit, followed by a lasting, very earthy bitteress. Very good beer.


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