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


on tap


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RATINGS: 83   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
355mL. Pours a clear to hazy amber with a medium, thick, rocky, yellow head with excellent retention and 360 sheety lace. Aroma is very rich platanos maduros, caramelized banana, old cantaloupe.Taste is old toffee, drying hops, grassy hops. Slightly medicinal like trying swallow a nasty pill and failing to get it down. Dry, nutty bitter palate moving to a bit suddy. No brewing flaws but very odd. Hard to love. Fairly bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2010
28h October 2010
On tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green. Very hazy dark amber beer. Residual white head. Light dry palate thats also softish. Soft creamy malt with a spot of tea. Tiny bit of orange hop. Minerals. Soft dry finish and a bitterish aftertaste. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RyansRatings (43) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2010
Pours a curious amber colour, with sustained off white foam. Correct carbonation. Jersey caramel, vanilla shortbread cream biscuits on the nose. Quite enticing. The palate is rich, offering sweet candied flavours above new leather before collapsing in a monumental fashion into a bitter excessively hopped, coppery heap. The second sip isnt quite as harsh. Infact, it improves as it warms up. Still, its an acquired taste. Not bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (17158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 26, 2010
Hazy light amber. Earthy aroma with a light citrus accent. Some nice fruity notes, light earthiness as well from oxidation. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2010
Bottle @ Beerfest Asia Singapore. Dark gold with lasting head. Smells like chewy malts. Has a medium body. Flavors are not at all what I expected. Is balanced but dull, unexciting, and muddled. Maybe there is a freshness issue? Will revisit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1200) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2010
330ml bottle. Despite being an English Pale Ale called Yarra Valley Gold, this is neither pale nor gold. It pours a murky, mud brown, with a smallish head. The most obvious aroma is toffee malt, but there are some hints of ripe apricot lurking in there. There is not much hop action to begin with, although it does build ever so slightly towards the finish. The body is full of malty toffee and caramel, with a bit of candied fruit towards the end. Not the most complex ale out there, but a good one if you are not after anything too complicated. Yet again, I am favourably impressed by Grand Ridge Brewery, and their willingness to brew in styles that are somewhat uncommon in Australia, to say the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Bottle 330ml. Great, tasty beer. Aromas of caramel, flowers, and grass. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Brown, with a lasting, frothy white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1483) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2010 From a 330ml bottle on 21/3/2010. Somehow the name of this beer seems inappropriate - sounds like a boring pale lager, which couldnt be further from the truth. This a dark, bottle conditioned treat. Smells great - very malty and hoppy, with dried fruits. The flavour bursting with malt and fruit, and has a fabulous, satisfying bitter finish. A lovely beer which is full of character.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kahn (48) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle - golden with medium head. Full flavours with plenty of malt and hops. Bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle- Cloudy, dark orange with a huge beige head. Low to medium carbonation. Medium to full bodied. Sweet, caramel, custard, bready, slightly spicy. Some nice hop flavours in there but low to medium bitterness.

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