Grand Ridge Hatlifter Stout | Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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Grand Ridge Hatlifter StoutGrand Ridge Hatlifter Stout

Brewed by:
Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by BeerNutta:
Photo of BeerNutta
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grand Ridge Hat Lifter Stout.

Was a little dissapointed with this one. Had heard so much good things about the Grand Ridge range.

A = Dark. Black as black could be. With a thin foam head that dissapated quickly.

S = Smelt of roasted malts and ground coffee.

T = This is where it let me down. Was very bland. There was a definite roasted malt flavour but it seemed a little watered down some how. Very Dissapointing.

M = Was a little watery. Also dissapointing.

D = Better stouts out there to drink. Real unfortunate.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL brown bottle, with the brewery's motto "100% premium - 100% pure beer" emblazoned across the label. No best before date.

Appearance: Black liquid, more brown than red, with an adequate head and good lacing. Could use a bit more head, and head colour is too pale.

Smell: Nice oaty smell, but I don't think there's any oat in there. Solvent alcohol covering a pleasant floral hop aroma. Quite a strong alcohol smell considering it's only 4.9%.

Taste: Not too overpowering like some stouts can be - very refreshing, though it's a hot summer's afternoon here in my bedroom. Creamy and very easy drinking, a little bit foamy in the mouth, with satisfying earth and natural grain flavours. I like this more than I thought I would.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, effervescent and strangely foamy. There is enough to chew on to make it interesting, even though it's easy drinking.

Drinkability: Better than many stouts I've had, especially lately. Absolutely no adjunct tastes (which are to be expected!) make this really fun to drink, and if only I had a few more or knew where my girlfriend's mum bought this for me, I'd be very content to enjoy Christmas eve sinking a few hatlifters. See you at the brewery.

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Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average roasty stout. Nice aroma first up, but perhaps a bit thin on the palate, nice burnt coffee flavour and bitter finish, but i think it lacks a bit of body, but decent.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with brown/ruby highlights and a large lasting head.
Nose shows lots of chocolate, caramel and nutty malt. Nice roasty character.
In the way of flavours it's coffee rather than chocolate. Seems pretty light on, could us some more malt in there to flesh things out a bit.
Too much carbonation, body is lacking.

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Photo of LathouXaris
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Kulrak
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep & dark ruby brown color with LOTS of chunky, foamy tan head. I even rinsed the glass and tipped it to pour, and still got a lot of head. The head sticks around for a long time, too. There's head to the last drop of beer. Smells malty and roasty and there's a very vague smell of hoppiness. The taste is also roasty, malty and vaguely hoppy. Thre's plenty of bitterness there, I just can't make out any specific hop flavors. Overall, it's on the bitter side, but that's to be expected from a stout. The mouthfeel is very very fizzy, it's almost like drinking foam. Can't say I like that much. All in all, it's a pretty damn good stout. Not something I could drink all the time though, due to the excessive carbonation.

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Photo of norwichboy
4.16/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown hue with slight mahogany tints when held to the light. Little head, which settles to a cream ring. The smell is fantastic. Not that typical of a stout, with very strong porty and fruitcakey aromas, like a rare tokay or muscat, with chocolate of the roasted malt only faintly in the background, but very aromatic, and pure pleasure just to sit and smell. This is less evident on tasting, but still very rich and satisfying. Mouthfeel is smooth, good body and subtle fine carbonation. Absolutely delicious, although not particularly typical of a stout.

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

If I had tasted this prior to the Sinha Stout (aka Lion Stout) I had last night, I might have been more impressed.

The body is a deep black, with edges appearing dark brown against light. The head is a foamy off-white, which leaves little lacing.

The aroma was an almost a generic boutique-stout roasted coffee, but heavy malt undertones and some sweetness set it apart.

The taste was one-track, but generally fine. The roasted coffee came through strong, with a bitter sweet finish.

The mouthfeel was perhaps a little watery, yet smooth and appropriately carbonated.

Not one I'd buy again, but am happy to have tried it.

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

A: Poured hard into a glass, it gave a small head - about 10mm. It disappeared fairly quickly. The colour was dark and black, but when held up to the light, a deep red was observed.

S: Not much smell to speak of. A bit malty, a bit floral. Nothing jumped out.

T: A little sweetness and plenty of bitterness. A nice malty stouty taste.

M: Bubbles are small, but too many. They tended to dominate things a bit. Mouthfeel is good otherwise, plenty of body.

D: The first left me wanting another, a good sign. The bitterness might pull me up after a couple, especially with food.

Overall, not a bad drop. I would buy it again.

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Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of joecast
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

inviting appeaance. 1cm tightly packed tan head. tiny carbonation bubbles rising from the edges of the glass, escaping dark but lgihtly transparent black beer. when held up to light, a deep red color is exposed.
coffe like aroma with a mix of charred salty lactose?? well, thats what i came up with. whatever it is, its not all that pleasing.
the taste though, is much nicer. coffee and roasted malt fills the mouth.
the feeling in the mouth is much warmer than the feeling of the glass in the hand. dont know how it does it, but it gives a very smooth mouthfeel.
would have been much more enjoyable if not for the funky smell. these beers need a best before date or something. how am i supposed to know if i am getting a fresh product? id like to think it may have just been a bit old (or perhaps poorly handled since leaving the brewery) but you never can tell.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
4.04/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep brown colour with a caramel coloured head. Nothing unexpected here. Looks fairly tepid after a minute.
S- Roasted toffee malts, sweet dark fruits and chocolate. Very appealing.
T- That lovely sweet dark fruit/toffee taste is upfront followed by LOTS of roasted malts and just a hint of dark chocolate. There is a reasonably bitter aftertaste. I like it- fairly robust and palate friendly.
M- Silky, medium and finely carbonated. Not bad here but could be better.
O- It's a pleasant drink- pure and simple. Nothing at all offputting about it and goes down easily. Impressed.

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Photo of WHROO
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the sweetest stouts I have tasted...seemed more like it was from the dark ale family.
Appearance not as dark & opaque as the average stout I have enjoyed...just see thru with reddish hues. 1 finger head, that quickly died.
Powerful aromas included loads of sweetness, coffee, some roasted malts, hint of chocolate, some port liquer wine aromas...
Taste was again very sweet, very buttery, little dark chocolate & coffee, maybe some dark fruit, also some soy sauce (in smell as well)...little port feel about it too, & a sour tang definately. Not too heavy on bitterness.
Mouthfeel was thin, not too watery just thin, with the right amount of carbonation.
This just didn't feel like a stout...more a darker ale, without too much fruity esters.
Could drink again, but if I wanted a true stout I would definately look elsewhere.
A Lolly Stout!!!

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Photo of mulder1010
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a Great Divide globe

A-- Poured and settled a reddish black color. A little bit of red at the bottom of the glass. Just under one finger in a mocha colored head with sponge like lacing on the sides of the glass. Good head retention and shows medium carbonation.

S-- Roasted malts, coffee and some bittering or baking chocolate. Very sweet smelling. First thought was coco puffs. Smells closer to a sweet stout.

T-- Very sweet first taste. Still reminds me more of a sweet stout or possibly a milk stout, though not as smooth. Sweet chocolate, roasted malts also in the taste. Just a bit of coffee in the taste.

M-- Very sweet. Sugary taste lingers in the mouth and in the finish. A little bit of bittering chocolate and coffee to add something different but quite sweet. Coffee does come out more when at room temperature. Lower medium in carbonation. Not heavy at all. More light and sweet. Just needs milk and it would be coco puffs.

D-- Reasonable and workable. A little too sweet. Could use a bit more coffee or turn this into a milk stout and would be very nice. At 4.9 % it is not bad at all and can have 2 of these easily. If you get past the sweetness it is workable.

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Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A: Served a black color with a bit of red around the edges. Good tan head that faces to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and some dark fruit.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some coffee and dark chocolate with a bit of nuts in the background.

F: medium body, smooth and nicely balanced. Just a bit on the sweet side.

O: Nice beer for the style, nothing fancy.

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Photo of hefevice
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Tar black with small but dense and creamy white head even though it was poured hard. Plenty of lacing left behind on my Duvel tulip. Light aromas of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. This extends to the taste, which finishes a little burnt and is somewhat hollow and watery in the middle. Although the carbonation was fine, the palate was a litte watery as well. I made this initial mistake of serving this too cold as it improves significantly as it warms. Not as good as some of their other offerings.

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Photo of koolk
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky deep brown with very low carbonation and a head that was hard to draw up.

Good inital notes of chocolate and coffee that mingle well with the hoppy green aromas.

Palate is also dominated by chocolate and toffee with hints of roasted malt. Unfortunately there is no real bitterness, and the palate is remarkabley light on for a stout.

This was nice, but in no means a big or tough stout and could really be a great beer if it were a big more robust.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, dark reddish-brown colour with a thin head of visible bubbles. Disappointing head for a Grand Ridge beer, really. Disappears, leaving an ochre rim, although it is fed by some quite furious bubbling, especially around the edge. Lacing is an awesome curtain of sticky film. Looks pretty good.

Nose is quite delectable, with a rich chocolate aroma combined with brandied cherries, some sweet nuts and a bit of a latte character - like espresso, but lighter and more buoyant. Smell is overall really quite fruity, but with a pleasantly sweet, yet brooding, darkness as well, like the character of Satan in the director's cut of When Harry met Sally.

Taste has a similar sweet character throughout, with a nice chocolatey edge, only it's tempered by an over-roasted grain flavour, slightly burnt and ashy. It comes through on the mid and leaves a lingering grittiness on the scene, with a moderate coffee kind of flavour and a slight smokey astringency.

Mouthfeel is good, feels a little thin at first, but there is enough body to carry it off. Not great though, just a reasonable fullness.

The burnt bitterness at the back is a slight turn-off here because it does leave your mouth dry and ashy, but there's enough to like here. It could benefit from more of the nice fruit esters off the nose and a slightly lower roast factor on the grain. Decent effort.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque very dark brown to black, with a somewhat bubbly head. No creaminess. Good lacing, but doesn't look like a true stout, to mind.

Nose is quite peppery, with a backgrounding sweetness which ends up making it smell like a bit of Asian cuisine. Quite smoky aromas penetrate as it warms a little, wood and ash. Quite interesting.

Strong sour roasted flavour on the palate, continuing the smoked theme. Long roasted bitter aftertaste. Interesting flavours. Mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. No creaminess. I think a creamier, more viscous body would suit it better. Not a great stout, but reasonably enjoyable.

It's quite a drinkable brew.

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Photo of personpitch
3.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hopnerd
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dansmcd
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a viscous black with a finger of creamy tan head with good retention.

S - Nice roasty stout aroma, chocolate, almonds.

T - Chocolate, sweet sultana and blackberry. Quite deserty.

M - Medium dusty body, plenty of chalk and sweetness. Medium carbonation.

O - Quite like this one.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

And now we come to the last Grand Ridge beer in the gift pack, so far my verdict is an emphatic: "I want my money back", but who knows maybe the Hatlifter Stout will totally redeem this awfully over awarded brewery in my eyes? Let's just say I'm not holding my breath on that for now.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: I gave it a lively pour after the disaster of the Natural Blonde and this yielded a Coca-Cola brown bodied brew with a tan coloured cappuccino foam 2cm head that shrank down to 0.5cm. At least it looks like a stout, good start Grand Ridge.

S: Aroma is quite a mix of dark chocolate with roasted malt and a note of chicory and vanilla bean. None of that charred smoky aroma that we find in most stouts which is somewhat of a relief actually.

T: As expected that mix of dark chocolate and chicory comes the forefront of the taste buds followed a slight burnt malt base, some dark fruits and vanilla bean, finishes with a minor bitter end and a boozy note - not unlike a dash of brandy in a Christmas pudding.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation and a bit of slickness that you usually find in good stouts.

D: This is by far the stand-out beer of the gift pack and if it was cheaper I could easily see myself buying more. It's a shame I bought and tried the gift pack instead of just buying a six pack of these otherwise I would have high praises for Grand Ridge, then again Grand Ridge shouldn't be releasing sub-par beers in a gift pack either. Anyway it ticks the boxes of a good stout: bold flavour, decent body, booze notes and slick mouthfeel, give it a go.

Food match: This is more a dessert stout than a main course stout, and that dessert is anything with gratuitous amounts of chocolate. Also would go well with a nice Cuban corona cigar.

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Photo of diablo14
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pretty mild and light bodied stout from grandridge thats a fair beer, but doesnt compare to alot of the other beers in their range. this is a stout thats best suited to a black and tan, so its quite interesting that they use hat lifter for this purpose also.

bit lighter in color for the usual stout, bit still brown in color. light beige head with little retention. theres not a lot of aromas in there, tho still pleasant enuff. very light roasted flavor, with some chocolate, and and a mild woody tinge. flavor is chocolate, coffee and a hint of licorice. not as robust as i like my stouts to be, its still pretty smooth and easy to drink. finishes on the sweet side, and lacks hop presence throughout the beer. the bitterness is there, but as with the rest of the beer, too understated.

very mellow for the style, hat lifter is really a bit of a misnomer. it certainly fails to raise my rafters. that said its not a bad brew, but these guys can do, and have done, much better than this.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.53/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5


Pours black. Half finger head dies. Spotty lace.

Aromas of dark chocolate. Sweet. Hint of roast malt.

Taste is light. Dark chocolate on front palate then the whole lot does to nothing. Watery and thin. Sweet. Slight roasty bitterness on back palate to balance.

Mouthfeel is so light as to be non-existent.

Overall, the tatse is OK, but the body is plain wrong. Never had such a light bodied and lighty carbed beer.

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Grand Ridge Hatlifter Stout from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
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