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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 33
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 willjansen
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Decent amount of off-white head (a bit on the lighter side for stouts) on a medium pour. Not the darkest stout (keeping in mind it's 4.9ABV, I wasn't expecting RIS opacity). Ruby-colored body when up to the light... slightly darker than cola.

Smell - Quite an enticing, sweet smell - pleasant, clean nose of roasted malts and all that go with it - chocolates are heavily present with light whiffs of creamy coffee to go along side. Hints of licorice, and a very faint and not unpleasant hint of sourness.

Taste - Begins quite sweet and chocolatey (yum) with a subtle smokiness that slowly, but not thoroughly, becomes more bitter towards the end. Slightly above average for a stout, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth with just a little bit of chewiness. Expected for the style and ABV. Carbonation ideal for this type of stout.

Drinkability - Damn good Aussie stout. Nothing mind-blowing, but they've certainly acheived what they set out to do I think. Could definitely put down a few of these. This is the second beer I've tried from Grand Ridge and they've earned my respect so far... Good job.

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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 brendan13
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass a dark brown, almost black, but not quite. Few centimetres of beige head sits atop for a fair while.
S - Roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Some very slight fruity esters.
T - Along the same lines as the smell but much more chocolate flavour tends to dominate.
M - A bit waterery given some pretty good malt tastes were going on. I prefer my stouts nice and thick.
D - Pretty good stout that is available year round unlike a lot of other aussie micro stouts. This is always good because stouts are good at any time of the year in my opinion.

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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 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 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 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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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 Finite
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quite an interesting stout.

Pretty different from most stouts im used to. This is more of an easy drinking stout rather than a heavy “kick in the face” session beer. The hops in this brew are very low and as a result the aftertaste is very sweet and doesn’t linger too much.

The taste that’s there however starts quite sweet with your usual burnt malts and chocolate. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated but still nice and chewy.

Overall a family satisfying twist on your standard stout. I will look forward to trying the rest of the Grand Ridge range.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Partially transparent giving ita puplish hue.
The smell is the best thing about this beer , having a liquer chocolate character that is very appealing
That smell is apparent in the taste but it is unusually watery feel and taste to it.At first one thinks this is going to be pretty damn nice and then it tastes like a chery liquer . In fact it is unusual
I could not imagine , drinking a load of this , even in winter as the brewers suggest .
The most disappointing beer from these brewers that I have had .

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Grand Ridge Hatlifter Stout from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
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