Grand Ridge Moonshine
Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #236
Ranked #27,469
3.79 | pDev: 11.61%
Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Decko:
Photo of Decko
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- puts nicely looking rich with decent head and lacing. S- caramel, malt and syrup aroms make for a pleasant aroma. T- first few drinks out of the fridge were very nice with malty sweetness but with a hint of bitterness coming through at the end. As the beer warmed, and it is supposed to be not overly chilled, the alcohol came through more strongly and I enjoyed it less towards the end. M- good carbonation and my only issue was the alcohol feel in the mouth. O- very tasty drop but definitely one to sip and one was plenty for me. Nice rich flavours but in the end the alcohol started to shine through and dominated mouthfeel. Not one I would have regularly but interesting enough to enjoy on a winters day I guess (I had it at the height of summer which probably isn't ideal).

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Photo of rastaman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very malty and spicy wee heavy from down under, very malty, peppery, salty and toffee flavours, i think its pretty good, but don't try to drink it when the weathers hot.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer's label tells the truth in varying degrees. "8.5% ABV", it tells us. Okay, thanks. "Dark Scotch Ale" Ah, now I have a clearer idea of what I'm about to sip..but wait..."Moonshine"...ah, that hits it right on the tip!
Appearance: clear, dark, and downright plummy hue, beneath a nice, fuzzy white head.
Aroma: intense, leaping from the bottle's lip, slightly sweet, rich and super-malty. I started to pen the words "redolent with..." in my notebook, but try as I might, I couldn't come up with any specific associations that I know of for this nose.
Buzzing and fiercely hot on the tongue, stinging mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. Generous, playful malty texture. In fact, this strong scotch is all about malt, with a warm, dark flavor, and little room for anything else. Feels like a slightly refined malt likka, with a resounding presence on the palate and in every corner of the head!
Thanks to rastaman for the sample!

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Photo of joecast
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours with almost no head but has a great deep, dark amber color that fits in well in an Arrogant Bastard glass. swirling this around a bit half way through will form a small foamy head.
strong aroma of plum and other dark sweet fruit.
taste again shows that same dark sweet fruitiness with enough maltiness to give it a kick thanks to all that abv.
mouthfeel is very smooth. gives it an overall soothing feeling.
seemed a bit harsh at first, but really comes in to its own as it warms. really relaxing, and a good night cap.

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Photo of diablo14
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

here comes diablo to boost this beers flagging rating. ive had a few scotch ales in my time and moonshine is just a rung below the best of em. i probably rate this a bit higher now as its become my replacement for the recently altered moretti la rossa. for an aussie brewer, credit where credits due. show me another brewer south of the equator thats game enuff to do a beer like this...

great color that wants to be red but ends up a kind of deep amber color, with a full creamy head and minimal but spot on carbonation. smells hugely of malts backed with dried fruit and peel with a trace of flowery hops hanging about. enormous malty flavor thats a bit sweeter than youd expect, and also has a zesty factor that surprisingly in keeping with the tone of the rest of the beer. full bodied with some toffee tastes about as it goes down. has a great hop finish that doesnt allow the sweetness to get away from the drinker. compared to mcewans for instance, which i find is quite watery, moonshine has everything where it should be for the style.

i cant help but feel a lot of aussie drinkers who have rated this beer arent ready for a beer of this magnitude. not that im slagging them off, but to drink a scotch ale is a big step in the beer drinking experience. i reckon for an aussoe brewer, this is an excellent interpretaion of the style. my only issue with this is its the most expensive aussie beer on the market. i can get better imports for not much more. whats in its favor is its more accessable. a very good beer that gets extra brownie points for effort.

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Photo of koolk
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper/brown/red in colour. Head is minimal, as too is carbonation.

Strong malt aromas with some fruit, mainly brown fruit like dates and figs. Intrestingly complex for something that initially seemed 1 dimensional. A touch of spice in the background as it warms.

Full bodied and very long palate with some really well balanced alcohol on the finish. Flavours are also in the malty-fruity area with a lot more spice on the palate.

Must admit, I canned this beer the first time I tried it, well over 18 months ago. It seems now I have come around to the style, and this is a great Aussie beer. Perhaps I shall tackle the supershine again...

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at the brewery Feb 06. This one was not on tap, but I sampled it at the brewery anyway in its bottled form.

Cloudy, heavy red/orange colour, with a syrupy thick body and a filmy off white head. Leaves good lacing.

Nose is thick and syrupy, like dark spirits. Hints of peppery alcohol, sweet malt. Very rich and very impressive.

Taste also very very good. Buttery sweet sugar notes, balanced by a long drying roasted finish, and a warming underglow of alcohol. Mouthfeel smooth and warming. Quite, quite pleasant.

This is a deceptively drinkable beer.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with creamy light tan head that fades to a layer a few millimeters thick and laces the glass all the way down. Smells very yeasty with a little bit of hoppiness. My wife sniffed it and said it smells like "vegemite on toast with lashings of butter." The taste is fairly sweet with some woody flavor and little roast chocolate and coffee there when it warms up a bit. Mouthfeel is very heavy with a light amount of carbonation. All in all, it's a very drinkable beer, but at 8.5%, I don't know how many I could drink in one sitting.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was given this bottle and I am not ordinarily a fan of beer greater than 6.5%ABv and after this I still am not.
So try ing to review when you really dont like the style is hard.
It poures dark deep brown that is semi transparent but not cloudy
The smell is cloves and alcohol.
The taste is tart again with cloves and a banana hint at the end.
Overall the alcohol dominates and it is too much like a mixedd spirit ( with too much spirit ) to be enjoyable.
This may be a wonderful example of the style , however I will never know

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Photo of hefevice
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Don't drink this one too cold folks! I didn't leave this one out of the fridge long enough before the first tasting; was much better the second time around. Pours opaque tan, with a very reasonably sized dense creamy head (when poured hard) which disappeared fairly quicky but left plenty of lacing on my Duvel tulip. Aroma is sweet rich caramel with hints of dried fruit and molassis. Under this there is an almost perfume like aroma that I can't identify. Flavour starts sweet, almost cloyingly so, turns nutty with a hint of chocolate, then finishes dry and warm from the alcohol. On the palate, this is a reasonbly smooth full bodied beer with fine but low carbonation and a slight chalky finish. Slighty higher levels of this fine carbonation would enhance this beer significantly. This has to be one of the best Australian beers on the market at the moment; a REALLY nice drop for a cold winters night.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the fourth beer ive tried from Grand Ridge, and have to say that i have yet to be disapointed with their line of brews. This one poured a light brown color just a tint below amber, with a thin lace heading, making it look slightly watery. Aroma was not what I was expecting at all. There were smells of tobacco, chicory, and dark fruits all of which made the nose on this beer very enjoyable. Taste was even better. There were flavors such as raisins, molasses, whiskey, honey and im sure many others that I couldn't make out. Surprisingly despite the appearance of the beer, mouthfeel was relatively heavy, the word that popped into my cabeza when i sipped was rich. Drinkability was exceptional as well. Although it is a big beer, the array of flavors make it worth drinking a few. I picked up on new tastes with every sip. This is a great example of the style and a great beer in general...probably the best Aussie beer i've tried thus far. If you're in the area or anywhere and happen to see it, I highly advise picking some up. Cheers

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Photo of Booza
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: thick hazy mahogany color, little head that disappeare completely
s: very sweet - chocolate caramel with heavy malts and alcohol hints -- smells similar to a barleywine without the hops
t: malty, caramel flavor, light hop that add some spice, warm alcohol, long aftertaste of alcohol and malts, not as sweet as anticipated. like a mix between heavy scotch ale & barleywine.
m: creamy malts, quick carbonation hits on front & back ends, full body
d: enjoyed this one - pretty smooth at 8.5%. will continue to seek this out -- hope to try supershine soon.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep crimson colour, not too dark, lets light through quite happily. Beige head, very generous and while it sinks in the middle like a flourless cake, it's very resilient against the forces of gravity. Lacing is decent but a bit sparse. Otherwise superb.

A very sweet 'n' sour nose with a fragrant bouquet of fruit flavours, both ripe and unripe. Strong plummy hit with sultanas and cranberries fighting for supremacy, while they are backed up by a chorus of nutmeg, pine resin and a slight custardy aroma. Wonderfully complex, but methinks it does err the slightest bit on the syrupy, sickly sweet side. Certainly not by much, though.

Taste is darker than it looks and the flavour rather reminds me a lot of Aventinus Weizen Eisbock. Strong melange of fruit flavours blossom on the front, with raisin and cranberry flavours fighting a gentleman's duel with an underripe cherry kind of flavour (for some reason this duel has three participants). Mid palate becomes huskier and has a grainy chocolatey character, although the tartness from the front carries quite marvelously throughout and onto the finish. The flavour is strong but there is none of that 8.5% showing through, brilliantly masked by the malt. Finish, however, is a rich, dark one, no bitterness but with a slight warming tickle reminiscent of scotch whisky.

Mouthfeel is viscous and thick but not quite full, there is a slightly too fluid movement to this - that does add to its drinkability. I remember enjoying this the first time I had this, at a beer tasting, but that was a long time ago. I'm delighted to discover I was right, and this is a great drop of beer. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of willjansen
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy mahagony color, not much head that recedes to a thin layer. Looks wonderful in a pint glass and is quite an inviting scotch ale.

Smell - Sweet, rummy fruit and molasses.. reminiscent of many Belgian dubbel ales. Hints of cinnamon-spiced apple pie and candy sugar. ABV is apparent in the nose. Lacking in any apparent hoppiness. Different from other scotch ales I've experienced, but not unpleasant.

Taste - Burnt sugar/molasses flavors dominate with malts winning out thoroughly over any hops. Tastes also of cinnamon/nutmeg baked apples. Alcoholic kick is there - not hidden, but not unpleasant. One of the more complex Aussie brews I've tried and I can't shake the feeling of the Belgian Dubbel style while drinking (luckily I like this style) - this won't detract too much b/c a scotch ale seems to be a loosely defined style.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, heavy mouthfeel with little carbonation. Average for the style.

Drinkability - One of the most interesting Aussie brews I've tasted. Very drinkable (though more of a winter sipper than a summer quaffer). If the mood stuck, I would buy again (if the price ever came down from AUD6/bottle, that is!)

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Photo of vancurly
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear, red/brown/mahogany. Decent heavy beige head.

S: Dark chocolate malt, light estery note. Honeycomb & burnt sugar.

F: Rich, chewy malt, with warming alcohol. Toasty, toffee, caramel..

M: Creamy & rich. Full bodied, and sticky finish.

D: An after dinner winter warmer.

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Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of brendan13
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep cooper colour poured into a pint glass with an inch or so of off white head. Rings of lacing left behind.
S - Smell is dominated by caramel & toffee maltiness. Some slight spice notes. A touch of alcohol.
T - Caramel & toffee dominates the taste as well. A light smokey flavour is also present.
M - Medium bodied with a low carbonation.
D - Nice beer but there are better, cheaper high ABV% beers I'd rather drink.

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Photo of rec
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An attractive deep caramel brown body is the result after pour, with a soapy head that dissipates quickly and unfortunately leaves little lacing.

The smell was remarkably delicious. Sweet, burnt sugar, caramel malt and some yeast.

The taste was equally good. Sweet and chewy malt with some spice, and some roasted coffee. It finishes with some tart and light fruits.

The mouthfeel is perfectly suited with lots of energy and brings some warmth to the experience.

I've tried a couple brews from Grand Ridge now, and I must say they've looking to be a very competant Australian brewer; easily one of the better ones.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On first pour into a standard schooner glass very little head formed and unlike some reviewers I got little aroma except a very faint toffee. This English toffee becomes obvious with drinking. This flavour is balanced with some tightly integrated hops and lingering pleasant bitterness. Vegemite descriptions are also true as this is a rather complex but well balanced drop. Roasted coffee, peppery, yeasty are all accurate descriptors. The fine but quite strong carbonation gives this big beer a lighter lift than it otherwise would have. I enjoyed this after food and seemed better in a chalice than a schooner glass but this could be wine industry influence (delusion). Although I enjoyed this at each sitting one in a session is definitely plenty.

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Photo of WilliamLious
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep red, little head with mostly a ring and small islands. Low slow fizz.
Smell: Toffee with a touch of spice and alcohol.
Taste: Burnt toffee, or burnt molasses, with a warming alcohol follow up. Not sweet but not dry.
Drinkability: A bit harsh, a little burnt character, but otherwise very drinkable.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in a trade with chaosworrier. Thanks, Paul.

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark reddish, amber, formed a large off white to tan head on pour which dissipated relatively quickly but resolved into a good level coating on surface. Carbonation is heavy of multivariegated sized bubbles.

S = Maple syrup, roasted grains, smoked chocolate. This has a nice mixture of sweet and smokey smells.

T = Nice malty flavors of maple syrup, semisweet chocolate, very light flavors of smoked oats. Bitterness really comes through in the mid-palate and continues to the finish but then a sweet chocolate flavor also linger throughout the mouth. Alcohol is just a little too present in the taste or I would have given this a higher score on taste. I would think this may improve with a little age.

M = Medium heavy body, good foaming of carbonation when swished, great mouthcoating.

D = THis is an enjoyable beer and I would recommend it. If I can find any others I would drink them. May have to see about trading for this again sometime.

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Photo of bastardsonofkyus
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with hints of ruby, and a thick creamy light-brown head.
Aromas leap out of the glass, with grapes, straweberry jam, bubblegum, citrus notes, dates, very perfumy and vinuous. Could go on forever.
More grapes from the taste, as well as some toasted malt, rolled oats, passionfruit, and a decent bitter backing.
Mouthfeel is very rich and thick, with a well-suited mild carbonation. Wouldn't want too many of these in a row, so heavy.
Bottled version is no where near as good, there's less depth, less fruit, and the alcohol isn't tamed (couldnt be bothered to write out another review for the bottle).

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Photo of dgilks
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep brown with a nice 1 finger tan head. Nice lacing on the glass. Very attractive.

S - Fruit hits first, some nice stone fruit. Berries are also present. There is a nice spice note as well.

T - Good sweet and roasted malts come through. A nice earthy bitter background is present as well. I'm getting some coffee notes as well. A bit of fruit is present on the front palate.

M - Thick and rich, this beer is nice. Mild carbonation gives a velvety mouthfeel which is very good.

D - This is a decent beer. It is full of flavour and its a joy to drink. Unfortunately, it clocks in at 8.5% ABV and I just can't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

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Grand Ridge Moonshine from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 45 ratings