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Grand Ridge Moonshine - Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Ridge Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Hoppsbabo:
Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a typically dull dark brown body and leaves a ring of bubbles around the edges. An appearance I've learned to associate with delicious beer.

S: Pungent toffee apples, dates & prunes.

T: Full flavoured. Repeats the nose with a good level of sweetness. A good amount of citrus in there too. Fairly bitter aftertaste for a beer of this style, although it's still British in character (as opposed to hoppy and American).

M: Not very carbonated but just enough zing. Syrupy yet silky smooth, if that works. Last glugs are completely flat.

O: A nice beer. Thanks Ben for bringing it over.

Hoppsbabo, May 25, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of rastaman
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very malty and spicy wee heavy from down under, very malty, peppery, salty and toffee flavours, i think its pretty good, but don't try to drink it when the weathers hot.

rastaman, May 28, 2002
Photo of WilliamLious
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep red, little head with mostly a ring and small islands. Low slow fizz.
Smell: Toffee with a touch of spice and alcohol.
Taste: Burnt toffee, or burnt molasses, with a warming alcohol follow up. Not sweet but not dry.
Drinkability: A bit harsh, a little burnt character, but otherwise very drinkable.

WilliamLious, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with hints of ruby, and a thick creamy light-brown head.
Aromas leap out of the glass, with grapes, straweberry jam, bubblegum, citrus notes, dates, very perfumy and vinuous. Could go on forever.
More grapes from the taste, as well as some toasted malt, rolled oats, passionfruit, and a decent bitter backing.
Mouthfeel is very rich and thick, with a well-suited mild carbonation. Wouldn't want too many of these in a row, so heavy.
Bottled version is no where near as good, there's less depth, less fruit, and the alcohol isn't tamed (couldnt be bothered to write out another review for the bottle).

CrazyDavros, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of LathouXaris
4/5  rDev +7%

LathouXaris, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of goom
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dark plum colour, decent head recedes but never disappears.

Nose is full of strong, dark, ripe fruit. A bit of alcohol as well.

Taste is much like the nose, full of big dark fruits, slight hoppiness complements the malt well. Warm alcohol to finish, not offputting at all.

Thick and slightly syrup like with decent carbonation to cut through the thickness.

Saw this cheap so had to pick it up. I loved it, will definitely seek this out when I can. Massive flavours, perfect for a nightcap.

goom, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Traquairlover
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a trade with chaosworrier. Thanks, Paul.

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark reddish, amber, formed a large off white to tan head on pour which dissipated relatively quickly but resolved into a good level coating on surface. Carbonation is heavy of multivariegated sized bubbles.

S = Maple syrup, roasted grains, smoked chocolate. This has a nice mixture of sweet and smokey smells.

T = Nice malty flavors of maple syrup, semisweet chocolate, very light flavors of smoked oats. Bitterness really comes through in the mid-palate and continues to the finish but then a sweet chocolate flavor also linger throughout the mouth. Alcohol is just a little too present in the taste or I would have given this a higher score on taste. I would think this may improve with a little age.

M = Medium heavy body, good foaming of carbonation when swished, great mouthcoating.

D = THis is an enjoyable beer and I would recommend it. If I can find any others I would drink them. May have to see about trading for this again sometime.

Traquairlover, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of Kulrak
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with creamy light tan head that fades to a layer a few millimeters thick and laces the glass all the way down. Smells very yeasty with a little bit of hoppiness. My wife sniffed it and said it smells like "vegemite on toast with lashings of butter." The taste is fairly sweet with some woody flavor and little roast chocolate and coffee there when it warms up a bit. Mouthfeel is very heavy with a light amount of carbonation. All in all, it's a very drinkable beer, but at 8.5%, I don't know how many I could drink in one sitting.

Kulrak, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of rec
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An attractive deep caramel brown body is the result after pour, with a soapy head that dissipates quickly and unfortunately leaves little lacing.

The smell was remarkably delicious. Sweet, burnt sugar, caramel malt and some yeast.

The taste was equally good. Sweet and chewy malt with some spice, and some roasted coffee. It finishes with some tart and light fruits.

The mouthfeel is perfectly suited with lots of energy and brings some warmth to the experience.

I've tried a couple brews from Grand Ridge now, and I must say they've looking to be a very competant Australian brewer; easily one of the better ones.

rec, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

pin, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of joecast
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours with almost no head but has a great deep, dark amber color that fits in well in an Arrogant Bastard glass. swirling this around a bit half way through will form a small foamy head.
strong aroma of plum and other dark sweet fruit.
taste again shows that same dark sweet fruitiness with enough maltiness to give it a kick thanks to all that abv.
mouthfeel is very smooth. gives it an overall soothing feeling.
seemed a bit harsh at first, but really comes in to its own as it warms. really relaxing, and a good night cap.

joecast, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of Raebies
2.17/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Smells of apple, pear and blackcurrent. Sweet chocolate flavours, some bitterness and burnt malt. Bold flavours mask the high alchol content well.. but I found it so cloyingly sweet, I couldn't actually finish drinking it. Sipping it alongside dinner seems to give the taste buds a break, but I don't think I would buy this one again.

Raebies, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Stavage
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poors a very dark murky ruby colour. Lots of head, retained for a while and left a thin bubbly lacing for most of the while.

Smells of honey and spice with some bready and caramel maltiness. Theres a wildberry fruitiness in there too. A lot in common here with Belgian strong darks though a lot more honey and bready smells in this one.

The honeys and fruits in the smell are a lot more subdued on the tongue. There is a definite sweetness, and the berry fruitiness but not too strong. Alcohol is noticeable but adds a pleasant warming touch rather than a rough bite. The honey is noticeable mostly in the aftertaste. Spices are apparent all the way through. Some nice caramel and roasted malt notes all the way through. Not the most subtle and refined notes but they are pleasing none the less. Not very hoppy but there is a definite hops bite to balance the flavours at the end.

Heavy bodied, carbonation is very light, just enough to provide some smoothness. And this is a very smooth blend. As mentioned earlier the alcohol gives this a warming soothing property without causing any roughness.

A nice beer to sip on to end a cold night. Can't see myself wanting to drink more than one at a time, but I wouldn't be dissapointed to end my night with a glass of Moonshine.

Stavage, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of rjimlad
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On first pour into a standard schooner glass very little head formed and unlike some reviewers I got little aroma except a very faint toffee. This English toffee becomes obvious with drinking. This flavour is balanced with some tightly integrated hops and lingering pleasant bitterness. Vegemite descriptions are also true as this is a rather complex but well balanced drop. Roasted coffee, peppery, yeasty are all accurate descriptors. The fine but quite strong carbonation gives this big beer a lighter lift than it otherwise would have. I enjoyed this after food and seemed better in a chalice than a schooner glass but this could be wine industry influence (delusion). Although I enjoyed this at each sitting one in a session is definitely plenty.

rjimlad, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of mulder1010
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a tulip glass

A-- Poured a dark ruby brown. A little bit or orange tint at the bottom of the glass. Very short lived light brown head that faded into film quickly. Some head retention. Shows just a bit of carbonation. No lacing on glass.

S-- Big nose. Honey, spice, raisin, fig, plum, and carmel . Just a bit of an alcohol smell to this but heavily masked by the fruity smell.

T-- Same as above. Very forward with dark fruits and a bit of an alcohol taste. Carmel is pretty evident in this as a big dose of sweetness is there.

M-- Finishes quite dry and sweet, from the honey. Medium carbonation but could use a bit less carbonation. Reasonably heavy feel to this. Alcohol is there but still decently hidden enough by the fruits and honey. Might be a bit too carmel sweet though.

D-- Pretty good beer. Cold be just a bit less sweet and would be really good. Sweetness hurts drinkability but could do one easily and would think about a second. ABV at 8.5 % is there but more in the background at all times. Feels and tastes more like something out of Belgium with all the dark fruit taste but a good wee heavy

mulder1010, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a small tan head that fades fairly guickly with very little lacing.

S: Aroma of dark fruit, caramel sweetness and hint of alcohol.

T: Taste of dark fruit, some caramel sweetness, bit of chocolate and spice.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and with a nice balance. Not real hint of the ABV.

O: Enjoyable sipper to enjoy at the end of the day.

soju6, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Mendicant
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Mendicant, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of magpieken
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle. Pours a mid brown colour with a hint of ruby. Dense beige head which gradually settled and left lace rings down the glass. Aroma of prunes, molasses and burnt malt. Quite a sweet taste which develops into a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and a gentle alcoholic warmth. OK but a little too syrupy for my liking.

magpieken, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +7%

mungus, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of hefevice
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Don't drink this one too cold folks! I didn't leave this one out of the fridge long enough before the first tasting; was much better the second time around. Pours opaque tan, with a very reasonably sized dense creamy head (when poured hard) which disappeared fairly quicky but left plenty of lacing on my Duvel tulip. Aroma is sweet rich caramel with hints of dried fruit and molassis. Under this there is an almost perfume like aroma that I can't identify. Flavour starts sweet, almost cloyingly so, turns nutty with a hint of chocolate, then finishes dry and warm from the alcohol. On the palate, this is a reasonbly smooth full bodied beer with fine but low carbonation and a slight chalky finish. Slighty higher levels of this fine carbonation would enhance this beer significantly. This has to be one of the best Australian beers on the market at the moment; a REALLY nice drop for a cold winters night.

hefevice, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of PolarBear3
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a deep brown reddy colour that looked rather like syrup. Small beige creamy head that dissippates fairly quickly to a thin layer.

S - A very impressive aroma of dark sweet malts, chocolate and plums and raisins that is quite intense.

T - Very sweet and malty with the dark fruits fairly prominent but get a little chocolate and some caramel at the back end.

M - medium bodied and only a little carbonation although a little syrupy.

O - I was quite surprised by this and I love the dark fruit notes that shine through. A little syrupy but great when sipped slowly on a cold winters evening.

PolarBear3, May 13, 2012
Photo of koolk
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper/brown/red in colour. Head is minimal, as too is carbonation.

Strong malt aromas with some fruit, mainly brown fruit like dates and figs. Intrestingly complex for something that initially seemed 1 dimensional. A touch of spice in the background as it warms.

Full bodied and very long palate with some really well balanced alcohol on the finish. Flavours are also in the malty-fruity area with a lot more spice on the palate.

Must admit, I canned this beer the first time I tried it, well over 18 months ago. It seems now I have come around to the style, and this is a great Aussie beer. Perhaps I shall tackle the supershine again...

koolk, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of vancurly
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear, red/brown/mahogany. Decent heavy beige head.

S: Dark chocolate malt, light estery note. Honeycomb & burnt sugar.

F: Rich, chewy malt, with warming alcohol. Toasty, toffee, caramel..

M: Creamy & rich. Full bodied, and sticky finish.

D: An after dinner winter warmer.

vancurly, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: thick hazy mahogany color, little head that disappeare completely
s: very sweet - chocolate caramel with heavy malts and alcohol hints -- smells similar to a barleywine without the hops
t: malty, caramel flavor, light hop that add some spice, warm alcohol, long aftertaste of alcohol and malts, not as sweet as anticipated. like a mix between heavy scotch ale & barleywine.
m: creamy malts, quick carbonation hits on front & back ends, full body
d: enjoyed this one - pretty smooth at 8.5%. will continue to seek this out -- hope to try supershine soon.

belgbeerdrinker, May 17, 2007
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Grand Ridge Moonshine from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.