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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ILJAY
4.8/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried Gippy Gold at a restaurant one night. At first I thought, uh… this is a pretty full on beer, and switched to Coopers Sparkling Ale. Well after the Gippy Gold Coopers (good beer in itself) tasted like VB. I struggled to finish the Coopers and then switched back over to the Gippsland Gold for the rest of the night.

This beer certainly nails it. It has a fantastic full flavour, yet it is refreshing. I just don’t get tired of it. Well done Grand Ridge brewery.

My only problem with this beer is its label. I know the taste is what’s important, but I found the label to be too busy. It does not reflect the classiness of this excellent beer.

The bloke serving drinks at the restaurant said that they struggle to sell this beer. This is a sad reflection on the Australian beer-drinking public…

I will certainly buy it again, I am glad I live only foury k's from the brewery.

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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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