Grand Ridge Gippsland Gold | Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of Weizenmensch
2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What a weird beer. Noticing the high rating of this beer before I poured it, I thought it would be a nice, fruity pale ale, my favourite type of beer. But it's hoppy, in a weird IPA kind of way, not the amarillo hops, Landlord kind of way...

Appearance: Amber, nice head retention and lacing, maybe too pale and clear for the style, but still all right.

Smell: Weird liquorice/overly-hopped smell, maybe this gift pack has been sitting on the shelf for too long and the hop esters went funny, or maybe they're just weird hops. The Grand Ridge guys like a Scotch Ale so I think that's the kind of hops they've used. I'm not the biggest fan of the wee heavy, I prefer the aromatic stone fruit-type pale ales. None of that here. Just a kind of Scottish haggis-kilt-hairy coo smell. Not bad, but uncharacteristic.

Taste: My theory is that English Pale Ale is far too broad a category, and no matter what kind of English Pale Ale you drink, this doesn't belong under that heading. It's harsh, brusque and masculine - not pleasantly hoppy, English summery and pint after pint still very enjoyable, the way such an ale should be. If this were stronger, it would be a wee heavy. As it is, I'm not blown away, especially when reviewed in this category. This should be reclassified ASAP.

I don't like this sort of beer, especially where mouthfeel is concerned. Leaves a sour, lurking taste in the back of the mouth, and it's not fun. Drinkability is even worse as a result of this. Although this beer isn't so bad, I've given it a harsh rating partly because I don't like the style but mainly because whatever style this actually is, it's not in the same league as such flavoursome ales as Landlord and 2004 James Squire Golden Ale (I have yet to review 2005 edition, but there's much less of a peachy flavour, so it's a bit more humdrum).

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Photo of rastaman
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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.

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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.

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Photo of goatherder
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of joecast
4.07/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Stavage
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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Photo of bearish
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of mungus
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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!

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Photo of koolk
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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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 :-(

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear burnished orange colour with a reasonable finger of off-white head. Coarse bubbles in the foam, and there's almost no carbonation present. Doesn't look that appealing from the pour.

Honey and biscuit malt on the nose. Quite sweet and syrupy, almost too sweet. There's a slight metallic copper character as well, but not enough to cut through the cloying sweetness. It really needs something more fragrant.

Similar metallic character on the front palate, but it falls away very quickly. Mid palate bitterness, a taste of English-style hops, and a rather watery finish. Despite the lack of carbonation, the feel is good for the style, quite smooth and silky.

It's drinkable enough, but it's not amazing. Lacking a depth of character, it ends up a pretty middle-of-the-road English style pale ale.

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

Photo of doktorhops
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Three beers in to a Grand Ridge Brewery gift pack and I have absolutely no idea how they could be, in their words; "The World's Most Awarded Brewery". It really begs the question - are these gift packs just their crap/light-struck batches or is it real easy to win these awards that they have been competing in? My money is on the first but I hope for the sake of being a consumer who paid good money for the gift pack it's the second.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: The body is a slight cloudy brown-tinged orange with a minimal white lacing for a head.

S: Straight away you can notice that honey sweetness that all the Grand Ridge beers I've tried so far have. Aside from that the malt hits heavy with that malted milk drink powered barley aroma, and throw in the usual suspects; bread yeast, toasted biscuit, along with a hint of rye and you've got a very malt flavoured brew... hardly a pale ale in any sense of the style (who names these beers at Grand Ridge anyway?).

T: The flavour of pure malt, and honey, it's quite interesting in the respect that I've never tried a beer that is this malty and at the same time it is lacking much else. Toasted biscuit and hints of molasses with a flavourless hop bitterness finish. Interesting bad or good is the next question... I'm leaning towards good because I've never had like it but I can see why it might not be a popular choice.

M: Mid to light bodied with flat carbonation (again!).

D: Well it's the best of the Grand Ridge brews I've tried so far - let's hope the trend continues with the remaining two. Again the price is almost prohibitive, come on Grand Ridge - why is your beer so expensive? Other than that I might drink it again, too bad Grand Ridge, too bad.

Food match: Malt biscuits and milk with Milo (malted of course). Roast chicken with gravy, mash and Brussels sprouts would work well with this.

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