Grand Ridge Gippsland Gold - Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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Grand Ridge Gippsland Gold
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82
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Ridge Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Photo of ILJAY
4.83/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sensational!
Tried Gippy Gold at a restaurant one night. At first I thought, uh… this is a pretty full on beer, and switched to Coopers Sparkling Ale. Well after the Gippy Gold Coopers (good beer in itself) tasted like VB. I struggled to finish the Coopers and then switched back over to the Gippsland Gold for the rest of the night.

This beer certainly nails it. It has a fantastic full flavour, yet it is refreshing. I just don’t get tired of it. Well done Grand Ridge brewery.

My only problem with this beer is its label. I know the taste is what’s important, but I found the label to be too busy. It does not reflect the classiness of this excellent beer.

The bloke serving drinks at the restaurant said that they struggle to sell this beer. This is a sad reflection on the Australian beer-drinking public…

I will certainly buy it again, I am glad I live only foury k's from the brewery.

Photo of diablo14
4.43/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

like most beers this baby, while still excellent, can be a bit more inconsistant in the bottle. can get a bit tooo bitter if its getting a bit long in the tooth. when its fresh it holds its form as one of the best beers going around in these parts. no wonder it won best victorian beer at the a.i.b.a last year.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown 330ml bottle, best before June 2011, drank 1st June 2010. Poured into a Batemans half pint tumbler.

Good old gold, rusty amber colour the head a dirty yellowed smokers fingered nicotine colour.

The smell was all malt, fairly sweet malts at that, caramel and molasses. A yeast aroma becomes apparent as the beer warms in the glass, but no hop esters at all.

The sweetness from the smell isn't allowed to take over the taste, a hop bitterness sees to that, so no aroma hops, just bitter acid producing plants used?

The best Aussie beer I've had since arriving on BA? I think so, full bodied and interesting flavours made this a very drinkable little bottle.

Photo of joecast
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

gold in color with an orange tinge to it. very clear. forms an enormous head that made me stop pouring a couple of times (reminds me of one of my homebrews).
floral, sweet honey aroma.
seriously smooth flavor and mouthfeel. great balance between the malt and hops with a nice bitterness to the finish.
very high drinkability on this one. another quality ale from grand ridge.
probably said this before, but im glad they are finally available here after reading the reviews from the guys up in melbourne. id have to say though, i just prefer the yarra valley to gippsland.

Photo of goatherder
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

a: Nice copper colour, small head which dispersed fairly quickly

s: malty, caramel, toffee kind of smell. all good.

t: nice honey flavour to begin with, a bit of the toffee. The hops follow with a little bitterness, just enough to make itself known. Good long finish.

m: Rich mouthfeel, carbonation is small bubbled and quite subdued - perfect for the style.

d: Easy to have a couple, not too sure how it go with a few more. It might be a little rich for a session beer.

I really like this beer.

Photo of hefevice
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Lovely hazy mid-amber with a good 2 finger creamy white head which did not last for long but laced well. Aromas of honey, sweet caramel maltiness and the barest presence of hops. All of the Grand Ridge ales I have tried so far have had a very similar aroma. Flavour is as per aroma, but with quite a bitter finish from the hops which balances up the sweetness from the malt quite well. Palate is very smooth, quite a light touch with the carbonation which is fine and complements the flavours well. A very nice Australian Ale!

Photo of jarmby1711
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is an impressive and inviting colour of deep red copper The fine white bead persists to a fine off white head,
The smell has a caramel slice quality witha hoppy background.
The taste has toffee and coffee charactersand it is sharp/crisp on the finish.
It feels creamy smooth in the mouth but still cleansing.
this could be thirst quenching on a hot day but very sippable on a cold day.
I like the Yarra Valley gold better

Photo of Finite
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice copper/amber colour. Not overly long head retention but nice lacing

Smell: Aromas of honey and basic hop flavours

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Nice honey hit to start with some bitterness to follow and some dryness in the aftertaste. All of this is a nice smooth mix.

Drinkability/Overall: Really easy drinking beer and a great Aussie PA!

Photo of koolk
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vibrant golden orange clear colouring with good carbonation. Head is small and lacing zero.

Aroma is a great mixture of caramel & toffee with a good slice of tropical fruit thrown in. Almost a slight burnt character to it as well. Me likes!

Palate is strongly bitter on the back, with good roasty flavours up front and on the sides. Aftertaste is more creamy hop fruity flavour and is long and pleasant. Creamy texture adds an extra pleasure to this wonderful beer.

In my opin, the best Grand Ridge has to offer.

Photo of WHROO
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1 finger thick head, off white...with average head retention leaving a thicker film. Dark amber & well carbonated. Slight sudsy lacing.

S: Sweet malts, bready yeast, biscuity, some sweet honey. Quite a full smell.

T: Sweetness at first, some honey, little caramel, butter & sweet biscuit...also some nuts, then a hint of sour, with an overiding lingering bitterness to dominate the finish (although its not too bitter - just cleanses). Taste does linger. Quite satisfying across the palate.

M: Medium, very creamy with quite active carbonation but in balance. Also a touch dry!

D: Quite good, expected some more floral hops though. The sweetness dominates front & mid palate then the bittering aftertaste (Hops used more for bitterness than taste). Quite fine to have another, although being so rich, not sure how many I could have in a sesh - enjoyed for sure though!

Nice full brew!!!

Photo of bala747
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer in the only place in Asia that serves it on tap, The Prince of Wales, a tiny little pub in Little India, Singapore.

A: A rich brown colour with a generous 3cm head that dissipates quickly leaving some lace.

S: The smell was rich in caramel and lots of sweet esters, some barbecued meat, brown sugar. Very delightful.

T: Slightly cloying at first but over time a very sweet, rich taste but leaves a slightly unpleasant bitter taste. I would give it a 3.75 but since I can't, I have upped the rating for smell, mouthfeel and drinkability.

M: Nice rich, fll bodied mouthfeel. It almost feels a bit chewy like other good ales of this kind.

D: Very drinkable on most days, goes down real easy, although having a rich, full taste. Very tasty beer.

Overall, a very tasty beer that goes perfectly with a good, juicy hamburger or steak. Very fruity and flavourful with lots of nice smells and tastes.

M:

Photo of laituegonflable
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt golden colour with a two-finger thick white head, doesn't stick around, but the lacing does. Very sticky and messy at the top with tendrils going every which way. Oh, and when I said head doesn't stick around, yeah, there's a fair amount of it sticking around. Body is slightly cloudy so it's hard to see carbonation but it's definitely there and working at a steady pace. Looks like a busy, but sticky and sweet little beer. Really great.

Nose is a bit sweet 'n' sour with hints of butter, corn, figs and apricot. Fruit is diminished slightly behind the other aromas, but is there. So, too, are hops, but again, slightly subdued in their phenolic goodness. Smells kind of EPA-esque, pleasant but not very robust.

Taste has a very pleasing palate profile, with a buttery, almost vanilla sweetness coming through on the start and continuing on, while the back has a slightly grassy hop finish which doesn't linger in a particularly bitter way, but blends quite nicely with a buttery, earthy malt flavour and an odd sensation of tomato (!) that I'm getting. Hops are maybe a slight bit too earthy to be crisp and clean - finish is slightly gritty as well. Mouthfeel is a bit of a letdown, slightly too thin for an otherwise quite malty beer. Otherwise, a very nice-tasting beer, very sessionable, and with an unusual complexity that certainly intrigues me, even if the beer is not a huge flavour bomb.

Photo of Stavage
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a hazy light brown/dark amber colour with less than half a finger of off white head. Head retention wasn't great but lacing covered most of my drink til the end.

The smell was rather full, mostly malts and honey. The smell reminded me very of one of our Australian native honeys. Ironbark? I'm only taking a blind guess.

First taste was a sweet maltiness falling back into a very noticeable honey aftertaste (again the honey taste matches the smell, I wish I could remember which variety of honey it reminds me of). This was a little too much for me, but for someone who enjoys that particular taste I'd imagine it would be quite delightful. The maltiness fades a little too soon for my liking and a moderate hops bite lingers in the mouth until the next sip (which is nicely cleansing).

There is a smooth creaminess which is pleasant and gives a medium bodied impression to the brew. Moderate carbonation, I would have been happy with less though I don't think it was overdone. Dry finish overall.

Pleasant enough beer, and it went down easily enough. Perhaps the honey flavours would have gotten too much for me if I tried to make this a session beer but otherwise there was nothing to take away from its drinkability.

As I said the particular honey taste that sets this beer apart doesn't really appeal to me. I'm sure its a flavour one could grow to love but theres not enough going on here for me to go out of my way to let it grow on me.

Photo of rastaman
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very decent English style bitter, firm maltiness and decently hoppy finish, this was really nice, good session beer aswell.

Photo of bearish
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After reading the last review, I am proud to say that I also had this in Singapore, in another the same little cozy bar called The Prince of Wales. But this time, we're looking at the one in Boat Quay.

Beer pours a nice dark gold, with a nice little head to protect my pint. Plenty of lacing for a pale ale too.

This is nicely hoppy on the nose, but its not that dry when I take my first swig from the pint glass. Another thing to note, this one reminded me of cured meats... Hmmm. Ham?

A second smell to the beer after having a bite on my OMG spicy burrito (folks, there’s a nice Taco Bar here too!), sweet. And the next mouthful tasted like honey. Oh am I glad to drink this! Put the fire outta my mouth baby!

A well balanced and tasty beer.

Goes great with what I was eating, and I love it. Would order a second one, but I'm opting for something else next!

Photo of goom
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, thick looking, honey golden colour. One finger head quickly settles to a collar leaving some lacing.

Nose is abundant in sweet caramel malts, and honey. Not much hops to speak of. Smells enticing nonetheless.

Taste is more sweet biscuity malts, with a strong honey character. Somewhat cloying, however a nice hop bitterness balances the sweetness quite well. Aftertaste is honey and bitter hops.

Carbonation is perfect, medium bodied, with a nice thick creamy feel to complement the sweetness.

Not what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed this beer. Could do with some more hop character, and a bit less sweetness and it would be fantastic.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Pours two centimetres of cream coloured head that quickly receded over a hazy body somewhere between dark orange and light copper.

Smell - 3.5
Malt and yeast dominate the nose, with aromas of caramel, hard toffees and stone fruit.

Taste - 3.5
Big malty backbone with lots of caramel, raw honey and stone fruit, reminding of the syrup from tinned fruits. Considerable sweetness is perfectly balanced with hoppy bitterness, slightly metallic with a definite yeasty tartness that suggests the bottle is not as fresh as it could be.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fuller in body than most pale ales, moderately carbonated and a little syrupy.

Overall - 3.5
I remember liking this beer more the first time I tried it, so it is certainly possible that this bottle is past its best. Regardless, an enjoyable beer, though very different from pretty much everything else labeled pale ale.

Photo of Macca
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a light copper colour with a centimetre of white head. Clear.

Some hoppy florals but nose dominated by maltiness.

Pretty much the same on the palate.

I was worried that the maltiness might prove too sweet but there is a reasonable bitterness to even it out.

Not the best pale on the market but not too bad either.

Photo of soju6
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brewery.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of pine, some malt sweetness and a bit of fruit.

T: Tatse of malt with a bit of caramel, some fruit and trace of grain. Easy bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, mild crispness, smooth with a nice balance.

O: Nice beer for the style that goes down easy. Worth a try.

Photo of vancurly
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a) inch thick, off white thick foam. Amber, thick lace, slight haze
s) munich-like malt aroma, bread crusts, subtle vegetatious hops
f) chewy, toffee malt.... cara/crystal sweetness, bready malt. Slight creamy mocha hint, light bitterness and late floral hop note
m) chewy, light & creamy..tingly spritzigm slight sticky back palate
o) nice beer, and although classed as EPA, could easily slot into the Aussie Pale category, if there was one :-(

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: hazy copper color, with small head retained, also good carbonation
s: sweet, malty smell
t: mild hops with honey-like aftertaste
m: lots of carbonation, medium body, not overly bitter
d: an easy drink i'd have again, just nothing fantastic going on here

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose is extraordinarily malty, with loads of caramel, toffee and butterscotch.
Similarly malty flavours before a challenging bitterness rolls through. Unfortunately its quite dull and almost metallic (the bitterness that is). Malt character is great though.
A bit too watery.

Photo of heygeebee
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hmm, I read the reviews and decided to pour from fridge. May be a mistake - seemm more EPA than Aus PA that other reviews suggest.

Pours a one finger head over a gold body. Head recedes. Clear body, and little bubbling. Some lacing.

Aromas are malt driven - quite restrained.

Taste is more English, with a fair hop bitterness, and not a great amount of malt profile.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, fair carbonation, but oddly a little creamy.

At end of bottle now - and yes this is to me an EPA, and quite good attempt. Caramel and toffee now come through, and signicant earthy bitterness is now present. Not a whole lot of malt tho to be a true EPA. The joys of serving temp!

Photo of SmashPants
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: good 330mL brown bottle, decent label - refined and somewhat classy.

Appearance: a dark copper-brown colour with moderate fine carbonation. A one-finger head with good retention and some lacing.

Aroma: very spice- and caramel-driven, with some off-ripe fruits. Very much a stronger version of the Light.

Taste: some heavy bread malts with plenty of caramel and some of those ripe fruits. Fairly well combined, pretty decent.

Aftertaste: quite bitter on the finish. Nothing much else though.

Mouth feel: typical Grand Ridge - medium in body with a moderate carbonation suited to carry just enough flavour through.

Overall: seriously, this is about 99% the same as the Lager and the Bitter. Slightly stronger than the Lager, slightly weaker than the Bitter. Not always a bad thing, but don't label them as different beers when they are so similar. That said, this is a decent caramel-driven pale ale.

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Grand Ridge Gippsland Gold from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
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