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
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 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 dgilks
2.31/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy copper pour with a creamy offwhite head. Head dissipates to a thin layer that lasts well.

Lots of sweet malt and honey aromas. A few floral notes as well. Almost sickly sweet.

Sweet, sweet, sweet. This has huge honey flavours with a touch of bitterness in the finish and some fruity flavours. This is completely unbalanced and just does not work for me. Far too sweet.

Slightly above average mouthfeel with mild carbonation. This is okay but maybe a touch heavy.

This just isn't drinkable, the sweet flavour is overpowering and cloying. It isn't a drain pour but it certainly ins't going to become a regular.

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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 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 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 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 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 pin
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of heygeebee
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hmm, I read the reviews and decided to pour from fridge. May be a mistake - seemm more EPA than Aus PA that other reviews suggest.

Pours a one finger head over a gold body. Head recedes. Clear body, and little bubbling. Some lacing.

Aromas are malt driven - quite restrained.

Taste is more English, with a fair hop bitterness, and not a great amount of malt profile.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, fair carbonation, but oddly a little creamy.

At end of bottle now - and yes this is to me an EPA, and quite good attempt. Caramel and toffee now come through, and signicant earthy bitterness is now present. Not a whole lot of malt tho to be a true EPA. The joys of serving temp!

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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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Photo of brendan13
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper colour poured into a pint glass with a couple of centimetres of off white head.
S - Smell is caramel malt and some slight floral hops.
T - Sweet caramel malt taste, not much else.
M - Slightly cloying mouthfeel, medium carbonation.
D - Nice beer but there are many others I'd drink before this.

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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 vandemonian
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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 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 diablo14
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

like most beers this baby, while still excellent, can be a bit more inconsistant in the bottle. can get a bit tooo bitter if its getting a bit long in the tooth. when its fresh it holds its form as one of the best beers going around in these parts. no wonder it won best victorian beer at the a.i.b.a last year.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Pours two centimetres of cream coloured head that quickly receded over a hazy body somewhere between dark orange and light copper.

Smell - 3.5
Malt and yeast dominate the nose, with aromas of caramel, hard toffees and stone fruit.

Taste - 3.5
Big malty backbone with lots of caramel, raw honey and stone fruit, reminding of the syrup from tinned fruits. Considerable sweetness is perfectly balanced with hoppy bitterness, slightly metallic with a definite yeasty tartness that suggests the bottle is not as fresh as it could be.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fuller in body than most pale ales, moderately carbonated and a little syrupy.

Overall - 3.5
I remember liking this beer more the first time I tried it, so it is certainly possible that this bottle is past its best. Regardless, an enjoyable beer, though very different from pretty much everything else labeled 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 jarmby1711
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is an impressive and inviting colour of deep red copper The fine white bead persists to a fine off white head,
The smell has a caramel slice quality witha hoppy background.
The taste has toffee and coffee charactersand it is sharp/crisp on the finish.
It feels creamy smooth in the mouth but still cleansing.
this could be thirst quenching on a hot day but very sippable on a cold day.
I like the Yarra Valley gold better

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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 mungus
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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 Finite
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very nice copper/amber colour. Not overly long head retention but nice lacing

Smell: Aromas of honey and basic hop flavours

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Nice honey hit to start with some bitterness to follow and some dryness in the aftertaste. All of this is a nice smooth mix.

Drinkability/Overall: Really easy drinking beer and a great Aussie PA!

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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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