Grand Ridge Moonshine | Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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Grand Ridge MoonshineGrand Ridge Moonshine

Brewed by:
Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 45
Photo of Mosant
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a 330ml bottle. I let the bottle warm up quite a bit so I could savour the aromas and flavours.
Appearance : rich dark clear tan colour. Nice big offshore head. Looks very appealing.
Aroma: dark caramel malts and high alcohol presence.
Flavour : rich caramel toffee and golden syrup flavours as a result of letting it warm up a bit. Alcohol heat coming through. Very full bodied mouth feel. Low carbonation consisted with the dark ale style. Mild bitter finish and lingering caramel flavours are nice.
Overall : very good beer. Brewer reckons left it warm up, sip & savour after dinner and that is what I am doing. Different but enjoyable.

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Photo of Decko
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Hoppsbabo
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a typically dull dark brown body and leaves a ring of bubbles around the edges. An appearance I've learned to associate with delicious beer.

S: Pungent toffee apples, dates & prunes.

T: Full flavoured. Repeats the nose with a good level of sweetness. A good amount of citrus in there too. Fairly bitter aftertaste for a beer of this style, although it's still British in character (as opposed to hoppy and American).

M: Not very carbonated but just enough zing. Syrupy yet silky smooth, if that works. Last glugs are completely flat.

O: A nice beer. Thanks Ben for bringing it over.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: good brown 330mL bottle, good labels - reserved and somewhat classy.

Appearance: pours a clear, dark red-copper in colour with a solid beige head that settles to a handsome cap. Decent lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma: mostly dominated by a sweet caramel aroma and light roasted malts.

Taste: quite simple but elegant across the palate - brown sugar, caramel, roast chocolate and warming alcohol. Quite nice.

Aftertaste: a pungent sweetness comes through afterward which is a bit awkward.

Mouth feel: a medium- to- heavy body with just enough carbonation to bring those flavours through fully.

Overall: a pretty tasty scotch heavy, full in flavour across the palate. The only detractor is the typically way over-priced nature of most Australian craft beers - AU$133 for a case of 24 x 330mL bottles (2013).

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Photo of soju6
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a small tan head that fades fairly guickly with very little lacing.

S: Aroma of dark fruit, caramel sweetness and hint of alcohol.

T: Taste of dark fruit, some caramel sweetness, bit of chocolate and spice.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and with a nice balance. Not real hint of the ABV.

O: Enjoyable sipper to enjoy at the end of the day.

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Photo of magpieken
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle. Pours a mid brown colour with a hint of ruby. Dense beige head which gradually settled and left lace rings down the glass. Aroma of prunes, molasses and burnt malt. Quite a sweet taste which develops into a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and a gentle alcoholic warmth. OK but a little too syrupy for my liking.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark molasses with a tan creamy head and spotty lacing.

S - Quite roasted malty, chocolate, brown sugar, plums, raisins, dried fruit.

T - Sweet chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and molasses.

M - Smoot creamy body, dry and dusty with low to medium carbonation.

O - A really pleasant surprise this one. Tasty winter brew. Underrated in my view.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a deep brown reddy colour that looked rather like syrup. Small beige creamy head that dissippates fairly quickly to a thin layer.

S - A very impressive aroma of dark sweet malts, chocolate and plums and raisins that is quite intense.

T - Very sweet and malty with the dark fruits fairly prominent but get a little chocolate and some caramel at the back end.

M - medium bodied and only a little carbonation although a little syrupy.

O - I was quite surprised by this and I love the dark fruit notes that shine through. A little syrupy but great when sipped slowly on a cold winters evening.

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Photo of Raebies
2.22/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Smells of apple, pear and blackcurrent. Sweet chocolate flavours, some bitterness and burnt malt. Bold flavours mask the high alchol content well.. but I found it so cloyingly sweet, I couldn't actually finish drinking it. Sipping it alongside dinner seems to give the taste buds a break, but I don't think I would buy this one again.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red-brown - one finger head that dies. No Lace.

Aromas of brown sugar, honey, malt. Massive hit on nose. Good

Taste is sweetness and up-front malts, warmly alcoholic. Half way thru the bottle a hint of astringent bitterness crept in, this however passed by the end of the bottle. Go figure.

Creamy mouthfeel, I suspect due to ABV.

Overall, OK. Not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of Stew41
2.74/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very fizzy, energetic head that disappears at lightening pace. Like the Supershine this one’s very Coke like in appearance. Nice nose, a warming smokey caramel. Smells thick. Certainly not as heavy in the mouth as I expected but packs some power nevertheless. More syrupy, smokey malts, a fraction simple. Finishes quiet lightly, a surprise given the alcohol weight, and this is helped by some reasonable fizz levels.

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Photo of goom
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great dark plum colour, decent head recedes but never disappears.

Nose is full of strong, dark, ripe fruit. A bit of alcohol as well.

Taste is much like the nose, full of big dark fruits, slight hoppiness complements the malt well. Warm alcohol to finish, not offputting at all.

Thick and slightly syrup like with decent carbonation to cut through the thickness.

Saw this cheap so had to pick it up. I loved it, will definitely seek this out when I can. Massive flavours, perfect for a nightcap.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ML poured into a tulip glass

A-- Poured a dark ruby brown. A little bit or orange tint at the bottom of the glass. Very short lived light brown head that faded into film quickly. Some head retention. Shows just a bit of carbonation. No lacing on glass.

S-- Big nose. Honey, spice, raisin, fig, plum, and carmel . Just a bit of an alcohol smell to this but heavily masked by the fruity smell.

T-- Same as above. Very forward with dark fruits and a bit of an alcohol taste. Carmel is pretty evident in this as a big dose of sweetness is there.

M-- Finishes quite dry and sweet, from the honey. Medium carbonation but could use a bit less carbonation. Reasonably heavy feel to this. Alcohol is there but still decently hidden enough by the fruits and honey. Might be a bit too carmel sweet though.

D-- Pretty good beer. Cold be just a bit less sweet and would be really good. Sweetness hurts drinkability but could do one easily and would think about a second. ABV at 8.5 % is there but more in the background at all times. Feels and tastes more like something out of Belgium with all the dark fruit taste but a good wee heavy

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Photo of Stavage
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poors a very dark murky ruby colour. Lots of head, retained for a while and left a thin bubbly lacing for most of the while.

Smells of honey and spice with some bready and caramel maltiness. Theres a wildberry fruitiness in there too. A lot in common here with Belgian strong darks though a lot more honey and bready smells in this one.

The honeys and fruits in the smell are a lot more subdued on the tongue. There is a definite sweetness, and the berry fruitiness but not too strong. Alcohol is noticeable but adds a pleasant warming touch rather than a rough bite. The honey is noticeable mostly in the aftertaste. Spices are apparent all the way through. Some nice caramel and roasted malt notes all the way through. Not the most subtle and refined notes but they are pleasing none the less. Not very hoppy but there is a definite hops bite to balance the flavours at the end.

Heavy bodied, carbonation is very light, just enough to provide some smoothness. And this is a very smooth blend. As mentioned earlier the alcohol gives this a warming soothing property without causing any roughness.

A nice beer to sip on to end a cold night. Can't see myself wanting to drink more than one at a time, but I wouldn't be dissapointed to end my night with a glass of Moonshine.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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 dgilks
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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 Traquairlover
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 WilliamLious
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 brendan13
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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 willjansen
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 rec
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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 belgbeerdrinker
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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 vancurly
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 rjimlad
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Grand Ridge Moonshine from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
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