Grand Ridge Supershine | Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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Grand Ridge SupershineGrand Ridge Supershine

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Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet pour with good clarity, large off-white creamy head leaves thick lacing. Nice!
Aroma shows loads of caramel and golden syrup with some fruitiness (dates, figs, sultanas). Molasses also evident, along with toffee. Lovely.
Flavours follow along the same line: intensely malty with lots of caramel and some prunes. Easy going bitterness, the alcohol makes for a smooth lingering finish.
Very creamy body, almost velvety. Moderately low carbonation, very chewy though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle poured into a pint glass - bought cheaper at First Choice than they were selling it at the brewery last time I visited!

Not as dark as I remember, a shade deeper than nut brown. Very little head, but adequate carbonation. Poured into a pint glass, served at around 8-10°C on a cold winter's night. Doesn't give too much away in terms of appearance, which is pretty typical of this style - you don't know what you're getting until you smell it!

An intense mixture of aromas thumps the nose as soon as the glass is in your hands: dates, toffee with a barley-type sweetness and a hint of summery hops. More complex than this but I can't pick anything else just on scents alone.

In terms of taste, this is exactly what I was after, on a lonely, rainy night with a quick win on the casino providing me with a couple of luxury brews! Red grapes, candied sugar, and something hard to identify on the palate... despite the 11% abv however, there is no astringency to this brew. I can't pick what it is that's lingering on my palate after each sip, but it feels luxurious, like a fine cigar, a good single malt and some Roquefort and crackers, reclining in a comfortable old leather armchair. The aftertaste is a little malty, with a little wholegrain wholesomeness to it. Overall it's complex but satisfying - exactly what I was after, but I wouldn't drink this under any conditions but those they're being reviewed under!

Mouthfeel is smooth and oily, going down easier than a beer of this style normally would. Nothing rough about it, although it might be more interesting if there were a bit more to the mouthfeel. Perhaps this should be paired with a scotch - I'm going to pour an Aberlour 10yo now...

... mmmm... that worked out well! Any time I have this in the future, I'll use it to help chase down a highland malt. Preferably after a filling roast dinner.

Drinkability - well, this is clearly not a session beer, but on a cold night in a hilltop house overlooking Wilson's Promontory, I could definitely have two. I've had a Moonshine under those conditions, albeit not in winter, and it suited the atmosphere perfectly.

Overall: Just what I wanted. Good value for such a complex beer. Even though it's not my favourite style, it did the trick tonight. My only gripe is that many of Grand Ridge's ales have this vinous character, which is not always appropriate, especially in warm weather. Still, this one can stand proud among good English barleywines.

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Photo of rastaman
2.21/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Without a doubt australia's strongest beer. Very malty nose and palate and extremely heavy on the palate, i'm really not a fan of malty brews like these, this needs somethin to balance itself out.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Clear dark garnet color, formed small off white/light tan head on pour but quickly resolved down into lace covering about half the surface.

S = Strong well balanced mixture of sour, floral hops scents and creamy, doughy malt scents, only drawback is some of the raw alcohol also shows through. This one needs some time to breath though, right out of the bottle it was a little wild but after a few minutes in the glass it has a very good balance of complex smells.

T = Strong malt backbone with floral, bitter hops notes. Well structured. Caramel, maple syrup but not at all overly sweet, the hops bitterness really makes it almost sour even for all of the strong malt flavor. A very interesting beer. Long finish bitter on the insides of the cheeks with sweetness lingering in the middle of the tongue.

M = Heavy bodied, good carbonation feel when swished, good mouthcoating.

D = This is a good after dinner beer. As well as having a significant ABV though, it also gets a little cloying when you get close to done with one bottle, so I'd say it would be perfect if split between two people for dessert.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of joecast
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

i am finally getting around to trying supershine. until now, the price and lacklustre reviews had put me off. however, the choices at the bottleshop only extend so far. so here goes.

the first thing i notice is the bottle. they (grand ridge) seem to have gone for the 330ml bottles rather than the 345ml they used to use. well, at least for this beer, but most likely for the entire range. no problem. the label design is also slightly different. the "supershine" is now read in an arc across the top of the label and overall looks rather sophisticated. no best before date, but for this beer, i doubt age would be a problem.

has a dark reddish brown color with a very stable frothy beige head about 1cm in thichness. its like a staring contest. i stare at the beer, it stares back and so on and so forth. who will blink first.
screw that, im goin' in.

aroma leans towards syrupy molasses. is that treacle i wonder? the aroma, while im not crazy about the sweetness, is imposing.

ooh! took my normal first sip and was a bit stung. ive been letting this sit to warm a bit, and while it still feels cold to touch, it is warming to the taste buds. yes, very warming. thick maltiness, and warming alcohol. hard to pick any hops in bitterness or flavor. seriously overpowering. dark fruits and caramel smoothness dominate.

viscous mouthfeel is nice but drinkability is tough. this aint no session barley wine.

well, after a bit of research in the styles section you can see the results. listed here as a barley wine while the back label offers a strong dark scotch ale. what i taste in the bottle isnt far from either and my thanks and commendation (thanks go to the fine brewer(s) at grand ridge. a fine ale, and a unique australian product. cheer

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Photo of mulder1010
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a cola color and settled a dark, murky Orange Amber color. 1/4 inch light brown head that quickly became film and then a collar. No lacing and retention is the same on swirling.

S-- Toffee, strawberry jam, figs, and a touch nutty. Not that strong a nose and have to work for it.

T-- Nuts, slight sherry or port tones to this, toffee, chocolate and some dark fruits. No alcohol with this at all.

M-- Chocolate, dates, and nuts in the front. Just slightly sticky. More Port and sherry like now. Slight thin gaps in mid palate but a good finish that is slight port with chocolate, nuts, dates and a bit of dark fruit jam. Quite delicious finish and really make up for the mid gaps. Low carbonation and medium heavy feel. Slight bits of syrupy feel.

O-- One watery gap but otherwise quite good. Holds up well to others in this category. Good beer.

have to note this was bought in 2010 and cellared

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Photo of Aza_w64
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Snifter.

Very surprised at first. No carbonation at all and neither any head whatsoever. Identical colour of Coca-Cola and the aroma of caramel/toffee lingers at first.

Sticky and syrupy/sugary feel up front followed by the warmth of the alcohol.

Also its hard to believe this is a 11% brew. Maybe due to the fact of its syrupy/sticky like texture.

Overall a good strongish ale. One to be enjoyed while relaxing in a nice warm bath at the end of the day listening to some beautiful classical tunes.

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Photo of Mendicant
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark, amber colorhas with cream/reddish head that sticks, along with some lacing, some carbonation detected
s: caramel sweetness, malty aromas with hints of alcohol
t: very sweet -- caramel shows up along with the malts and the alcohol certainly doesn't let down as it warms you up
m: not much carbonation here, but not overpowering either. wouldn't call it smooth, but pretty good.
d: a nice complement to moonshine -- heavier, sweeter, but enjoyable. too bad it's so damn hard to get ahold of -- not worth that much effort, but a solid effort no less.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark crimson colour with brown tinge, head is dense and beige with small bubbles. Bead streams up the edge of the glass, body looks quite translucent with a fair amount of cloud. Looks pretty nice. Lacing sticks to the glass in gorgeous thick sheets.

Very strong on the nose with a great scotch whiskey pummelling of the olfactory. Some licorice and pepper on there, in fact mega licorice. Some chocolate as well, and maybe some Irish cream, with a lot of boozey phenols. Very pleasant nose with great complexity. Bit too much booziness though.

Taste is complex and vast. A lot to get through here. Starts peppery and descends into sweet dessert wine territory with a distinct sherry kick, very syrupy. Back palate has a sour edge but a thickness like pure cola syrup. Hints of a grainy finish, maybe some husk as well. Hint of mint towards the back helped by slight bite from the alcohol. Oh and overall, very cabernet sauvignon character. Complex, is good and has a well-constructed palate profile. If there is a criticism it's that the complexity muddies it a bit, plus it is a bit too sweet.

Thick with a good amount of texture on the feel. Would like it a bit dryer on the finish.

I'm going to mark this down in drinkability because of the overly sweet nature. I believe it's meant to be like that, and it tastes good for what it is, but the syrupy sweetness makes it a bit hard going.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky mahogany, Thin film instead of head. Small amounts of lacing fade.

Aromas of sherry, raisins, and alcohol. Sweet smell indicates...

A red herring... the taste is actually very dry, more bitter than I would have imagined. Huge alcoholic warmth. Sherry and raisin notes continue. Malts are there but this is not a sweet dessert beer.

Mouthfeel on the money for style, carbonation low to zero.

Overall, for such a big beer, I'm left a bit wanting, tho I am warm inside(!) Reasonably complex, but not as the ABV might allow....

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Photo of Naerhu
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TimE's dad for bringing this out to Japan. Pops is one cool dude.

A - Cloudy, ruddy body under a tight white head.
S - Fermenting sour prunes, trail mix.
T - Sweetened dried fruit, unripe vegetable bitterness, massive prunes.
M - Smooth body with really low carbonation.
D - For such a frighteningly foul smelling brew, this turned out to be quite enjoyable. Very light on its feet for a 11% brew.

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Photo of chogm54
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into half pint

L - burgundy, cloudy, thin offwhite lacing

S - candi sugar, port, dark fruits mostly, with toffee, nuts and phenols also in there.

t - sweet toffee, breadish malts, dried prunes, currants, with a bitter hoppiness to the finish.

F - creamy texture with dry finish, medium bodied (maybe light for style), alcohol warming towards finish, maybe slightly less than 11% indicates

O - nice, sweet barley wine with all the right hallmarks - dark fruits, caramel and a nice bitterness. Be very wary of the alcohol - this beer goes down smoother than you think!

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Photo of Stew41
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite dark in the glass, actually very Coke like! Unique nose, big yeasty lift with strong vegemite traits. Didn’t get the porty / zinfandel like fruits other TN’s have described. As expected ultra power palate with sweet notes although not at all hot nor driven by alcohol sweetness. No hops to speak off, and a very appropriate fizz levei (low). Finishes slightly dry. I applaude the effort but this style is not quite my bag.

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Photo of DrNo
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of brendan13
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, the elusive Supershine. I've had this before at a few beer fests and tastings but I do not review at those events. Found some bottles earlier tonight at Acland Cellars (whose Australian micro range has improved dramatically in the last few months).
A - Poured into a snifter glass quite a dark brown colour with mahogony hints when held up to light. A centimetre of beige head falls away fairly quickly.
S - The first thing that hits is dark fruit, prune like characteristics. Some yeasty phenolic notes follow.
T - The taste is alot more diversified and complex. Still got dark fruit and yeasty phenols but that is followed by a nice sweet caramel/toffee sweetness.
M - Minimal carbonation, quite a heavy, slightly sticky mouthfeel.
D - Not one to knock back by the pint but a wonderful, complex fire place sipper nonetheless. I'll be cellaring (closeting) a few bottles for winter.

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Photo of danieelol
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dgilks
2.29/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Rich mahogany colour with a small tan head.

Tart, dark fruit aroma with mild alcohol notes. Obviously infected.

Clearly infected. Lots of lactic acid combined with notes of sweet malt and some dark fruits. I can see what there was here but this just isn't good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine but there is a slight astringency.

This isn't entirely unpleasant but the tartness doesn't really work and given the alcohol content, this isn't that drinkable.

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Grand Ridge Supershine from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 20 ratings