Grand Ridge Moonshine - Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
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!)
08-26-2007 10:34:37 | More by willjansen
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
07-09-2007 03:41:30 | More by rec
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
05-17-2007 11:21:00 | More by belgbeerdrinker
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
04-09-2007 08:02:06 | More by vancurly
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
02-02-2007 10:55:01 | More by rjimlad
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
11-26-2006 10:38:59 | More by Kulrak
4.47/5 rDev +19.5%
This is the fourth beer ive tried from Grand Ridge, and have to say that i have yet to be disapointed with their line of brews. This one poured a light brown color just a tint below amber, with a thin lace heading, making it look slightly watery. Aroma was not what I was expecting at all. There were smells of tobacco, chicory, and dark fruits all of which made the nose on this beer very enjoyable. Taste was even better. There were flavors such as raisins, molasses, whiskey, honey and im sure many others that I couldn't make out. Surprisingly despite the appearance of the beer, mouthfeel was relatively heavy, the word that popped into my cabeza when i sipped was rich. Drinkability was exceptional as well. Although it is a big beer, the array of flavors make it worth drinking a few. I picked up on new tastes with every sip. This is a great example of the style and a great beer in general...probably the best Aussie beer i've tried thus far. If you're in the area or anywhere and happen to see it, I highly advise picking some up. Cheers
03-11-2006 08:49:30 | More by jamie2dope
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
Tried at the brewery Feb 06. This one was not on tap, but I sampled it at the brewery anyway in its bottled form.
Cloudy, heavy red/orange colour, with a syrupy thick body and a filmy off white head. Leaves good lacing.
Nose is thick and syrupy, like dark spirits. Hints of peppery alcohol, sweet malt. Very rich and very impressive.
Taste also very very good. Buttery sweet sugar notes, balanced by a long drying roasted finish, and a warming underglow of alcohol. Mouthfeel smooth and warming. Quite, quite pleasant.
This is a deceptively drinkable beer.
02-20-2006 01:20:00 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.13/5 rDev -16.3%
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
02-02-2006 09:29:15 | More by jarmby1711
4.05/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
07-06-2005 11:47:40 | More by hefevice
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
11-05-2004 22:21:49 | More by joecast
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
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...
06-26-2004 00:49:59 | More by koolk
4/5 rDev +7%
here comes diablo to boost this beers flagging rating. ive had a few scotch ales in my time and moonshine is just a rung below the best of em. i probably rate this a bit higher now as its become my replacement for the recently altered moretti la rossa. for an aussie brewer, credit where credits due. show me another brewer south of the equator thats game enuff to do a beer like this...
great color that wants to be red but ends up a kind of deep amber color, with a full creamy head and minimal but spot on carbonation. smells hugely of malts backed with dried fruit and peel with a trace of flowery hops hanging about. enormous malty flavor thats a bit sweeter than youd expect, and also has a zesty factor that surprisingly in keeping with the tone of the rest of the beer. full bodied with some toffee tastes about as it goes down. has a great hop finish that doesnt allow the sweetness to get away from the drinker. compared to mcewans for instance, which i find is quite watery, moonshine has everything where it should be for the style.
i cant help but feel a lot of aussie drinkers who have rated this beer arent ready for a beer of this magnitude. not that im slagging them off, but to drink a scotch ale is a big step in the beer drinking experience. i reckon for an aussoe brewer, this is an excellent interpretaion of the style. my only issue with this is its the most expensive aussie beer on the market. i can get better imports for not much more. whats in its favor is its more accessable. a very good beer that gets extra brownie points for effort.
01-15-2004 12:09:05 | More by diablo14
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
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!
08-20-2003 23:41:35 | More by feloniousmonk
Grand Ridge Moonshine from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.