The Dark Side Of Juniper - Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
3.19/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
A "dark lager brewed with Juniper berries", and hopped with Nelson Sauvin. Brewed for the GABS festival in Melbourne, which is where I had it.
Pours a faint and rather clear brown colour with a very light body. Head is a firm ring of off-white that leaves some sheeting lacing. Interestingly, there's almost no carbonation visible.
Nose is dull. Faint roasty malt, perhaps a touch of bread, and some sweetness. But no juniper at all, no Nelson Sauvin, and in fact, very little else to give any interest whatsoever. It's not bad: it's just dull.
Light entry on the palate: some dark malt, but both rounded and clipped. There's a slight upturn on the mid-palate (but only slight, mind you), with a slight medicinal character (perhaps from the NS), and just a suggestion of juniper. The back falls out, with a thin sugar water character emptying to nothingness.
Feel is very light indeed.
It's drinkable enough, but exceedingly dull. This really should have been much more interesting: and I was hoping for something unique. It was a shame.
Serving type: on-tap
07-03-2013 01:28:55 | More by lacqueredmouse
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2.65/5 rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
Pours a quite pale mahogany colour, not nearly as dark as I expected, clear body as well which doesn't help. Nice foamy head, off-white with some lacing left behind.
Smells a little bit roasty with a twist of berry. Bit of tang and maybe a touch of spice, but not much. Just lightly toasty brown ale-style notes.
Taste is malty upfront, with a bit of rye spice and lots of caramel toffee, then the berry note comes through on the back - more just a slight kiss of tartness than any distinct juniper note. Bit weak, and quite disappointing.
Body is decent, feels OK as it goes down.
A disappointing drop. Juniper works very well in beer and I feel they've been far too conservative with this. I know it's an expensive ingredient but just go nuts!
Serving type: on-tap
12-10-2013 05:52:59 | More by laituegonflable
3.58/5 rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark copper with a large, fading head.
Nose shows butterscotch, roasted malt, bready malt, coffee, caramel and toast.
More roasted malt as flavours, along with coffee, toasty malt, nutty notes and some spicy juniper in the finish.
Carbonation seems just a little high.
Serving type: bottle
11-11-2013 06:41:11 | More by CrazyDavros
The Dark Side Of Juniper from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
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