Grand Ridge Moonlight | Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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Grand Ridge MoonlightGrand Ridge Moonlight

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Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 06-03-2002

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light brown with some flashes of red. Good off-white head. Some carbonation, minimal lacing.

Nose is nutty and sweet, Quite nice. Not much fragrance, but it does well within the confines of being a light beer.

Quite a sweet start on the palate, which peters out to nothing very quickly. Hints of nutty caramel, but the flavours disappear so quickly you don't have much chance to savour the good parts.

Needless to say this is in a class above other "light" beers. It does suffer from some of the problems they face, but this has a damn sight more character.

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Photo of dgilks
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Translucent red-brown pour into a mug with a foamy off white head. Minimal lacing and head retention is poor.

The aroma is somewhat weak with notes of hazelnut, sweet malt, earth and dried fruit.

A sweet nutty flavour is the most prominent. A light bitterness is also present but this is really quite sweet. Honey and caramel are also evident.

A reasonable full bodied beer but carbonation is quite spritzy. A little bit over carbonated for my tastes.

A drinkable, acceptable beer. Nothing amazing but it is pretty decent for a 3.3% beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty orange colour with a large beige head, very dense and good retention, although forms an interesting topography by sinking in places. Lacing is pretty thin, carbonation pretty steady. Looks extremely OK.

Very, very malty nose. Malt-tastic. Sweet brown sugar smell with burnt toffee and almost a corporeal smell, like sweat or something. (Sweat is probably the clean version) Fairly simple, with very little in the way of hops, just smells sweet. For all that it's not bad though.

Taste is also very malty, although front has a slightly salty edge, again with that slightly corporeal character. It's very organic anyway, like a raw vegetable character. Malty majority of the palate is slightly nutty and fruity with a Christmas cake kind of vibe to it, although the malt is interrupted halfway through by the increasing hop influence, very metallic in taste and that leave a slightly bitter hang, soft enough to be enjoyed but a bit too sharp in flavour to be savoured. That's not to say they're overly sharp in particular though, because the whole palate is a very mellow affair, like listening to Deep Forest on a bean bag.

Mouthfeel is smooth, to help it along the way, and quite full which is good for a lighter alc/vol beer. Fair amount of flavour on this, but quite simply constructed and easy drinking. Decent effort, really. They should definitely serve this at the SCG instead of VB midstrength, that's all I'm saying.

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Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good for a beer with such a low abv, nice buttery maltiness, with OK hops, none of the flavours are too pronounced though, but still very nice.

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Photo of brendan13
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light brown with a few centimetres of off white head. Red tinges when held up to light.
S - Very grainy smell with some nut notes as well. Quite a strong honey waft comes through too.
T - Very much along the same lines as the smell. I don't know where the honey comes from but its actually stronger than a lot of beers that use that as a selling point.
M - Smooth and fairly highly carbonated mouthfeel.
D - Pretty good for a 3.3% beer but personally if I cant drink for some reason I wont. If I'm able to drink there is plenty of beers from both this brewery and others I'd go for before this.

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Photo of joecast
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear deep brown/ruby color. thick foamy tan head. great looking beer.
sweet, earthy golding hop aroma. very appetising.
good mix of malty sweetness and hop flavors. maybe a bit light on the bitterness end though. you definitely wouldnt pick this for a light beer from the taste. while it doesnt bombard the taste buds, it will easily hold its own against many comparable beers.
well, i was pleasantly surprised to find some grand ridge beers at the bottleshop and didnt waste too much time before taking some home. i was slightly disappointed to find this one was a light, but im glad that i got to try it.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the same style as Coopers Sparkling Ale.
So to try and judge them in that style seems impossible as these beers are poles apart
This is semi opaque rich brown in colour
It smells of honey.
It also tastes of honet but with a bitterness and an estery bite that is surprising given its ABV
It has as the bottle says a distinctive English taste (but I dont quite know how to describe that)
It is not a beer for a balmy summer evening but for a chat around the fire on a Saturday afternoon in July , spot on

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Photo of WHROO
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours dark honey brown, off white creamy 1 finger head, that quickly disappeared. Only spotted a little carbonation thru the dark haze. Looked a little dead & flat.
S: Big nutty, honey notes...very sweet aromatics, some dark fruits too.
T: Honey first up, sweet & caramel. The high spitzy carbonation takes some of the palate's attention from the sweetness, which was a bit of a shame...very alive on the tongue. Some biscuit & a touch (& only a touch) of burnt flavours felt at finish. More nutty in smell than taste. Did have some bitterness to round it out (maybe some floral hops), but didn't linger.
M: Medium, very carbonated...if anything it felt a touch watery...
D: Not too bad, but was a little too alive across the palate...would have enjoyed some more gentleness to soak up the nutty sweetness.

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Photo of TheFlyingBeer
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with a great pale head nearly two fingers high. After head settled still a good thin layer over the top and a small ring around the edge, with fair amounts of lacing down the glass. Color reminds me of varnished oak with subtle red hues.

Smell: Pleasant sweet nutty smell. I caught a hint of vanilla and a bit of toffee.

Taste: Like the smell, the beer starts with a sweet nutty flavor. As the sweetness fades a slight roasted/burnt taste appears. Not much of an anything left behind.

Mouthfeel: A smooth medium bodied brown ale that wanders around the tongue nicely.

Drinkability: After a few disappointing Aussie micros this one left a good impression on me. I would definitely recommend fans of the style to have a try. Didn't last as long in the glass I would have hoped and could possibly be a little stronger alcohol wise.

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Grand Ridge Moonlight from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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