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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: 4 | 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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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 Stew41
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very fizzy, energetic head that disappears at lightening pace. Like the Supershine this one’s very Coke like in appearance. Nice nose, a warming smokey caramel. Smells thick. Certainly not as heavy in the mouth as I expected but packs some power nevertheless. More syrupy, smokey malts, a fraction simple. Finishes quiet lightly, a surprise given the alcohol weight, and this is helped by some reasonable fizz levels.

Stew41, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of jarmby1711
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was given this bottle and I am not ordinarily a fan of beer greater than 6.5%ABv and after this I still am not.
So try ing to review when you really dont like the style is hard.
It poures dark deep brown that is semi transparent but not cloudy
The smell is cloves and alcohol.
The taste is tart again with cloves and a banana hint at the end.
Overall the alcohol dominates and it is too much like a mixedd spirit ( with too much spirit ) to be enjoyable.
This may be a wonderful example of the style , however I will never know

jarmby1711, Feb 02, 2006
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 heygeebee
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red-brown - one finger head that dies. No Lace.

Aromas of brown sugar, honey, malt. Massive hit on nose. Good

Taste is sweetness and up-front malts, warmly alcoholic. Half way thru the bottle a hint of astringent bitterness crept in, this however passed by the end of the bottle. Go figure.

Creamy mouthfeel, I suspect due to ABV.

Overall, OK. Not as good as I had hoped.

heygeebee, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of brendan13
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep cooper colour poured into a pint glass with an inch or so of off white head. Rings of lacing left behind.
S - Smell is dominated by caramel & toffee maltiness. Some slight spice notes. A touch of alcohol.
T - Caramel & toffee dominates the taste as well. A light smokey flavour is also present.
M - Medium bodied with a low carbonation.
D - Nice beer but there are better, cheaper high ABV% beers I'd rather drink.

brendan13, Oct 24, 2007
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 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 pin
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

pin, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of Mendicant
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Mendicant, Aug 03, 2013
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 feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer's label tells the truth in varying degrees. "8.5% ABV", it tells us. Okay, thanks. "Dark Scotch Ale" Ah, now I have a clearer idea of what I'm about to sip..but wait..."Moonshine"...ah, that hits it right on the tip!
Appearance: clear, dark, and downright plummy hue, beneath a nice, fuzzy white head.
Aroma: intense, leaping from the bottle's lip, slightly sweet, rich and super-malty. I started to pen the words "redolent with..." in my notebook, but try as I might, I couldn't come up with any specific associations that I know of for this nose.
Buzzing and fiercely hot on the tongue, stinging mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. Generous, playful malty texture. In fact, this strong scotch is all about malt, with a warm, dark flavor, and little room for anything else. Feels like a slightly refined malt likka, with a resounding presence on the palate and in every corner of the head!
Thanks to rastaman for the sample!

feloniousmonk, Aug 21, 2003
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 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 dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

dmorgan310, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of KrisBeerndt
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

KrisBeerndt, Apr 10, 2014
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 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 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 willjansen
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy mahagony color, not much head that recedes to a thin layer. Looks wonderful in a pint glass and is quite an inviting scotch ale.

Smell - Sweet, rummy fruit and molasses.. reminiscent of many Belgian dubbel ales. Hints of cinnamon-spiced apple pie and candy sugar. ABV is apparent in the nose. Lacking in any apparent hoppiness. Different from other scotch ales I've experienced, but not unpleasant.

Taste - Burnt sugar/molasses flavors dominate with malts winning out thoroughly over any hops. Tastes also of cinnamon/nutmeg baked apples. Alcoholic kick is there - not hidden, but not unpleasant. One of the more complex Aussie brews I've tried and I can't shake the feeling of the Belgian Dubbel style while drinking (luckily I like this style) - this won't detract too much b/c a scotch ale seems to be a loosely defined style.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, heavy mouthfeel with little carbonation. Average for the style.

Drinkability - One of the most interesting Aussie brews I've tasted. Very drinkable (though more of a winter sipper than a summer quaffer). If the mood stuck, I would buy again (if the price ever came down from AUD6/bottle, that is!)

willjansen, Aug 26, 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
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 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 SmashPants
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: good brown 330mL bottle, good labels - reserved and somewhat classy.

Appearance: pours a clear, dark red-copper in colour with a solid beige head that settles to a handsome cap. Decent lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: mostly dominated by a sweet caramel aroma and light roasted malts.

Taste: quite simple but elegant across the palate - brown sugar, caramel, roast chocolate and warming alcohol. Quite nice.

Aftertaste: a pungent sweetness comes through afterward which is a bit awkward.

Mouth feel: a medium- to- heavy body with just enough carbonation to bring those flavours through fully.

Overall: a pretty tasty scotch heavy, full in flavour across the palate. The only detractor is the typically way over-priced nature of most Australian craft beers - AU$133 for a case of 24 x 330mL bottles (2013).

SmashPants, Nov 24, 2013
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Grand Ridge Moonshine from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.