Grand Ridge Draught Bitter | Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brendan13 on 11-21-2010

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.4/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a small head leaving nice lacing.
Nose shows a fair bit of light malt with honey and cookie-dough characters, but is somewhat faint.
Similarly malty flavours but with more of a bready character. Is it just me or are all of Grand Ridge's beers intensely malty? Not that I'm complaining... Finishes with a well balanced bitterness but is in no way dry.
Moderate body and carbonation - nice, even if not to style.

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Photo of soju6
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bronze color with a small head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of malt sweetness with a bit of citrus and grain.

T: Taste of caramel sweetness abd a bit of grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly moderate body, smooth with moderate carbonation.

O: Decent beer that goes down easy. Reminds me of an English Bitter.

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Photo of heygeebee
1.98/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Pours a half finger head with a very aggressive pour. Light gold straw body. Spotty lace.

Aromas of vinegary wine, boiled veggies, slow cooked stew. Boiled socks as well?

Taste is more of the vegetal same. Dull dull earthy hops. Hint of apricot.

Mouthfeel is well carbed and light

All in all what the fff is going on here?

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Photo of doktorhops
2.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Second in the gift pack is Grand Ridge Draught Bitter - is it a bitter in the classic English usage of the term? Not likely, here in Australia the term the beer terms "bitter" and "lager" are completely interchangeable - especially in Victoria where this brewery is located. I yearn for a decent English-style bitter over here in Australia that doesn't cost a small fortune.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Slight cloudy (at least they don't fully filter their beers) amber body with a minimal chalk lacing on top.

S: This one has a fruity, almost bubblegum-like aroma. There's a hint of a malt base, some honey and yeast thrown in there (somewhere!) but overall it is that interesting fruity aroma that intrigues.

T: Hmmm, this sort of tastes like an English bitter, which is weird because the bottle states lager and English bitter's are ales. It's a bit off kilter though, the flavours are; biscuit malts, bread yeast, stone-fruit hops and a slight bitter finish. Seems to be a mash of classic English bitter malts with those stone-fruit Australian hops. The after taste is not pleasant at all though- like a wet dog flavour that sticks around and makes one inclined to drink more just to get rid of it.

M: Tack-flat carbonation, mid to light bodied.

D: It's an off-putting brew because of the after taste which makes me want to drink something else. A stab at a Czech-style Pilsner some have said? I can't see/taste it at all- it doesn't have the classic spicy Czech hops and is very unrefined overall. Bit of an average beer that is overpriced is what we have on our hands, oh well.

Food match: Maybe a Thai curry would go down well with this, for one you could at least eat some curry straight after drinking to mask the after taste.

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Photo of brendan13
2.14/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a clear dark golden with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls fairly quickly.
S - mmm, diacetyl. Grainy, some vague herbal notes.
T - Pretty much the same.
M - Medium bodied, oily slickness, moderate carbonation. Touch of bitterness.
D - Who tests this crap? A diacetyl ridden that's described as refreshing and crisp. Grand Ridge need to stop resting on the medals they won 7/8 years ago and wake the fuck up. It's 2010.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Appearance: pours light golden in colour with plenty of fine carbonation to start. A finger or so of white head that fades reasonably slowly with okay lacing.

Aroma: unusually for Grand Ridge, not all that much aroma behind this beer. There is a small amount of spice and biscuit malts. An awkward caramel hangs about.

Taste: Caramel sweetness with some of those biscuit malts and some spice and stone fruits. Not mindblowing, but not dreadful.

Aftertaste: some bitterness finally does come through. Still not entirely certain why they would classify this as a bitter - doesn't seem to suit the style.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a fair amount of fine carbonation - carries the flavour reasonably well.

Overall: honestly, this tastes 99% the same as the Pale Ale and the Light. Slightly weaker than the Pale Ale, stronger than the Light. Seems like they've made 3 or 4 beers out of the one recipe.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.0
Pours a finger of white foam head that slowly recedes to a thin layer over a hazy body of light amber-orange. Looks more pale ale than pale lager.

Smell - 3.0
A merest suggestion of spicy hops in a surprisingly malty aroma. Savory, biscuity malt and a definite butterscotch note that to me tastes more of kettle carameliztion than diacetyl.

Taste - 3.5
Funny that this lager is called "bitter", when the malt flavour is actually rather like than of many English cask ales that (rightfully) use the name. Biscuity malt dominates the palate, a little butterscotch and apricot in the middle followed by moderate hop bitterness and a dry, tangy finish.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Medium bodied with fine carbonation, goes down smoothly.

Overall - 3.0
I have to say that this beer strikes me as an unfiltered Czech pilsener. The malt character reminds me of Urquell, with its slight butteriness from kettle carameliztion. Not particularly "crisp and refreshing" as the bottle suggests, but quite tasty and very un-lager-like.

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Photo of mungus
3.25/5  rDev +14%

Grand Ridge Draught Bitter from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.85 out of 5 with 8 ratings