Grand Ridge Yarra Valley Gold | Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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Grand Ridge Yarra Valley GoldGrand Ridge Yarra Valley Gold

Brewed by:
Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Harvie
5/5  rDev +40.1%

Photo of Finite
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation - 330ml Brown bottle, gold, blue & red glossy labels.

Appearance - Dark amber red, Perfect head and moderate to good retention helped by the steady but slow stream of bubbles. Quite clear for a bottle conditioned ale.

Smell - Strong caramel malt smell similar to sweet dark toffee. Some dark fruits. Very light alcohol-like aroma but pleasing and adds to the dark profile. Hop aroma is floral but also clean.

Taste - Caramel malt characteristics gets started before the Surprisingly powerful hop power kicks in and bitters the palate. Powerful hop profile which is grassy and quite bitter. Hop bitterness however doesn’t last long. Flavours of earthen yeast come across as bitterness fades. A roasted malt addition not only adds to the colour but provides an aditional level of bitterness. Aftertaste is of light hop bitterness with grassy hop and apple skin flavour. Drying on the tounge teasing for another sip. Very seperated flavour profile but balanced. Perhaps a little bit to much and could perhaps benifit from a longer lasting hop taste.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body and caramel malts balance very well with the powerful but short lasting fresh hop flavours resulting in a wonderfully balanced beer. And a very smooth beer at that. Soft carbonation only adds to the experience. Slightly oily

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. Stunning Ballance yet very strong malt and hop flavours. Simplistically complex with the way it announces each flavour separately yet in perfect balance and timing. Very smooth down the throat. A truly flavourful and great tasting beer yet so damn easy to drink. Magic!

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Photo of joecast
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another winner from grand ridge!!
bottle conditioned. no best before date.
thin lace head. cloudy amber/brown color
sweet bready aroma. call me crazy, but the only thing i can think of to compare this to would be a scaled down version of arrogant bastard. but hey, i like it.
good mix of maltiness and hop flavor with a notch or two more bitterness than their moonlight.
a real easy drinker that keeps you wanting more.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yarra Valley Gold "Real Beer" 330mL brown bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a Schneider Weisse glass which seems to complement this beer nicely, focusing the unusual aromas in a creamy, puffy head which leaves lace galore. Nice nut-brown colour, low effervescence, not as cloudy as I might have expected.

Smell: The first smell that hit me was pineapple - not your usual bottle-conditioned ale smell. Also decaying leaves and earth. Will this beer be something completely new?

Taste: Well, I must say it's not bad. It really tastes like Yorkshire. The earthy flavours on the palate and the bitter, drying hop effect could even have come from a cask-conditioned beauty. This is not a bad beer, I enjoy it more with every sip. Nice and strong hops, don't know what they've used, but almost double IPA-like in their bitterness, but they are not overwhelming to the beer. This beer has enough interesting properties to be a session beer, and if only it weren't a non-flagship beer for an out-of-the-way boutique brewery, I'd have this down the pub all the time. It's better than Coopers Pale and similar in aftertaste to Coopers Sparkling... a good beer, should be more easily available.

Mouthfeel: Drying, tangy, leaves a lingering bitter aftertaste but has enough body just to throw down satisfyingly.

Drinkability: The way beer was meant to be - thirst-slaking but interesting, ideal after a hard day's work in the sun.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not gold but hazy dark copper in colour the whitish grey head all looked good in the glass.
The malte smell was like a freshly cut fruit cake to me.
The flavour was blody good ,It was of stewed fruit seeped in rum that blended into a crisp and clean finish.
Mouthfeel was unremarkable,
I really enjoyed this ale and I think it benefited from being allowed to sit out of the fridge so that it wasnt cold .

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Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of jamie2dope
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since I haven't had too many examples of this particular style, I decided i'de give it a try. Poured a clear amber color with a large but light white head that eventually gave way to a nice small white lace head. Smell was very malty and grainy, also a bit musty. It also gave off a hint of something that almost made the nose seem Porter esq. Taste was very grainy, with earth flavors throughout, followed by a toasty flavor, some fruit and then ending on the bitter side. Mouthfeel was surprisingly heavier then I has expected, bordering from medium to heavy bodied. This beer was a treat to have in the afternoon after a long day of classes. Highly recommended, Grand Ridge makes some great brews, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of brendan13
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber colour with a nice thick off white head. Big lacing is left down the glass.
S - Biscuit malt backed up with some nice floral english hop notes.
T - More like an IPA which is alright in my books. Rich biscuit maltiness and some good bitter hops to balance it out.
M - Quite a full mouthfeel with light carbonation.
D - Tasty beer with a not too high ABV% makes this a beer that should be consumed by the 6 pack.

I don't know how this is listed as an American Blond Ale. English Pale if not English IPA would be closer.

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Photo of vancurly
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this in my latest Beer Lovers Australia Beer of the Month pack.
Dark amber / burnt orange. Good compact head, and residual lace
Lovely biscuity, bran-like nose.
Full-on, English hop palette (Fuggles ?) with an almost smoky malt background. I like the residual bitterness...tides me over to the next mouthful.
A good bitter...reminds me of some various Australian attempts at IPA, although not as exaggerated in some aspects.
I reckon it's worth trying this at different serving temperatures. It's good cold, but shows different traits as it sits.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice pillowy head. Dark brown/ruby colour ale.

S - Sweet sugary malt with some fruits. Big hit of mango/apple & pear flavours offsetting the caramel malt.

T - Mildly sour at first on the palate. Some astringent, tart flavours dominate - again the apple-pear fruit combination is coming through. Otherwise this is a fairly smooth fruity ale.

M - Good level of carbonation leaves a nice vibrant feel on the tongue. Slightly sour yet malty taste lingers.

D - Nice beer but not quite what I was expecting. Given all the facsimile beers made by Australian brewers it's good to experience something a little different. Looking forward to trying more from this brewer.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark gold to copper in appearance, with a minimal head (but that could just be from the conservative pour). Smell is pretty indicative of your average Aussie Microbrewery. Grassy, bittering hops aroma with not much finishing hops evident. Taste is pretty nice. Smooth balance between the seemingly high-mashed malt and hops. Definate English style going on here. A rather thick mouthfeel but excellent carbonation. A good drink.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one a bit too cold so the head dissipated immediately and the initial aromas were faint. However, the initial appearance was an attractive deep tea colour, bright but cloudy. I left it in the glass for some time and a caramel aroma became apparent. One reviewr said it was like a caramel milkshake and this seems right. Tastewise, there was a roasty, almost vegemite on toast flavour but not overpowering and there is very little mid-palate to speak of. There isn't much length of flavour and the toasted malt quickly gives way to an enjoyable bitterness. I think there is a big hole in the middle of the palate and there mouthfeel is a bit watery. It's still a fair beer but not very complex and I don't think it can hold my attention for very long.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: good 330mL brown bottle, decent label - refined and somewhat classy.

Appearance: a dullish brown colour with some gold/ruby highlights, a decent off-white head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: plenty of caramel and toffee, almost too much. A bit overpowering and certainly not well-structured.

Taste: caramel malts certainly lead the way, followed by unripened plums and those light spices again.

Aftertaste: tasty bitterness reminiscent of quality hops and a surprisingly tasty metallic.

Mouth feel: medium in body, reasonably smooth and quite well balanced. A moderate carbonation carries the flavour well.

Overall: pretty darn good beer. Good for a sweeter tooth English-style ale strong on caramel malts. Still not sure if it's worth AU$65 a case (2012) though.

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Photo of Superduck
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber ale with a decent lightly tanned frothy head, small tight carbination on the side of the glass. Nice lacing.
Aroma was of earthy hops with creamy caramel malts & toasted nuts.
Flavor was a decent earthy hop bitterness with a light woody/nutty Finish.
A dry/creamy mouthfeel and a good finish

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours garnet/pale copper with a creamy somewhat persistent head.
Quite a powerful aroma of resinous hops, sweet caramel malt and a bit of citrus.
Lots of caramel flavour with what might be some sweet crystal malt later on. Hop profile is limited, but finishes with a prominent green hoppy bitterness.
Good mouthfeel with a great laid-back carbonation.
Really loving these malty English pale ales I've been having lately.

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Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus and pine with a bit of malt sweetness and a hint of chocolate.

T: Taste of citrus with some caramel sweetness with a bit of chocolate and fruit in the background. Bitterness that lingers a bit and a fairly dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and quite well balanced.

Enjoyable beer that goes down easy. Reminds me more of an English Pale Ale than a Blonde Ale.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 25/3/14

A clear amber liquid with streams of tiny bubbles going up the side with giant fast movers popping off the bottom, a hard dump only pumps out a short lived finger of foam that leaves just a couple polka dots of lace

S slightly sour apple, plum, rum raisin and a hint of nutty chocolate, strong caramel, almost smells like sticky date pudding

T a little citrus and herbal hops to go with what I smell, slightly more nutty chocolate, not a whole lot going on but decent flavors

M little syrupy, quite slick on the palate, enough bubbles to give it some life, herbal tea lingers on the finish

O nothing spectacular but easy enough to drink, I doubt I'd finish a 6er of it with out getting board though

another shot it the dark and although it wasn't a complete miss its nothing memorable

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Photo of life_of_agony
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep hazy bronze with virtually no head and no head retention.

Sweet malts and resiny hops are the main aromas with a definite emphasis on the malt. Hints of honey.

Good balance of hop bitterness and malt. I get nice earthy hop flavours in the start which flow easily into a sweet, tasty malt backbone with some fruity yeast characteristics. Not bad.

A solid medium body and crisp but not overpowering carbonation cuts through what could be a slightly cloying beer for good effect.

A drinkable beer but not one I'm going to keep going to. There is good flavour but a few notes don't quite meld more me and while not bad, aren't to my particular tastes.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.5
The copper-red colour suggests that the proposed style of American Blonde Ale is well off. Pours a finger of cream coloured head which quickly falls back to a thin layer over a body with lots of fine suspended sediment.

Smell - 3.5
Fudgy, caramel malts stand out, fruity and earthy notes coming from the yeast and hops.

Taste - 3.5
Rich malt base tastes of toast, biscuits, fudge and caramel. Prominent yeast imparts the flavour of underripe plums, followed up by an assertive hop bitterness and metallic twang which lingers through the dry finish.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Full bodied, becoming a little syrupy as the beer warms. Moderate carbonation is quite sharp over the tongue, despite small bead.

Overall - 3.5
I feel this beer is closer to a Best Bitter or English Pale Ale in spirit. A little too rich and full bodied for easy drinkability, but better with a few degrees warming from the fridge. An above-average ale that I wouldn't say no to.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a red/burnt orange amber under a thin film of head and reasonable lacing.

S - Mild on the nose, golden syrup, yeast and crunchy red apples.

T - Sweet dark fruits, peach and plum, apples and caramel malts.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, quite dry.

O - Nice enough session beer under 5% abv. Nice flavours.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat cloudy orange red-brown. Good head. Decent carbonation keeps the creamy head alive. Good lacing.

Honey and toffee on the nose. No fragrance. The sweetness is almost overpowering, and it ends up smelling something akin to a caramel milkshake. Quite unbalanced.

The taste, however, is much better, with initial caramel notes balanced by a good hop bitterness. Long astringent finish leaves the mouth quite dry. Mouthfeel is filling.

This is a reasonably enjoyable beer, with some elements that just don't quite work for me.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkish red mediciney colour, fizzes up nicely upon pouring and makes a good light foamy head. Looks quite pleasant but perhaps a bit lifeless after a few seconds.
Fair generous hit of floral hops with a toffee sweetness on the nose, has a celtic quality about it. Slightest hint of chocolate but it's very faint. Could be more aromatic but what's there is very pleasant.
Taste - wow, talk about hops. That totally caught me off guard based on the slightly underplayed nose. A musty and dulled malt hit on the front palate progresses quickly into a fairly short but intensely bitter palate with slight hints of lemongrass and dry wood. Its very pleasant characters could last longer but it's nevertheless very drinkable and refreshing. Slightly dry mouthfeel, could go down smoother.

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Photo of hefevice
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Dark amber with plenty of creamy white head which dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma very similar to the Gippsland Gold only a little more prominent. Taste is the big disappointment compared to the GG; lacks depth in the malt profile, and the bitter finish throws it off balance as a result. Mouthfeel is not as nice as the GG either, lacking the fineness of the GG and heading towards watery.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dusky, clottled orange/ dull bown (not exactly gold!), with a small head.
Aroma: unique and yeasty, ery inviting, lively mixture, though slightly sour.
Taste; oddly metallic and tinny, hops are lacking any presence, an ephemeral fruitiness emerges, but does not evolve into much beyond the initial gestation.
This one's a puzzle, for it's not gold in color, nor particularly bright in flavor.
Mouthfeel is nice and full, malt is sufficient, and the fruity flavor eventually prevails, primarily orange. Doesn't get up and do anything, though.
An interesting ale, that I'll grant, but I never felt much towards it. Huh.
Still, thanks go out to the Rastaman for providing! Jah! Ra'Stafari!

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Grand Ridge Yarra Valley Gold from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 31 ratings