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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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.58/5  rDev -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 lacqueredmouse
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 dgilks
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -4.2%
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 laituegonflable
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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 belgbeerdrinker
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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 rastaman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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 soju6
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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 pin
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of heygeebee
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
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 dansmcd
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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 brendan13
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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 SmashPants
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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 joecast
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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 mulder1010
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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 jamie2dope
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
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 Traquairlover
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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 vancurly
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Rwalford74
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of diablo14
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 magpieken
3.22/5  rDev -14.6%
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 jarmby1711
3.13/5  rDev -17%
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 Hoppsbabo
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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 mungus
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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