#34 Grand Ridge – WHOA!

Grand Ridge Wet-Hopped Oatmeal AleName: WHOA!
Brewery: Grand Ridge (Mirboo, Vic, Australia)
Style: Wet Hopped Oatmeal Ale
ABV: 4.9%
Source: McCoppins, Fitzroy, Melbourne

I was slightly suspicious of this beer because it’s called “WHOA!” and although I do use that word a lot when drinking beer, I like to be surprised and not have my WHOA!’s predicted for me.

Anyway, I drank this in a bit of a rush, while simultaneously shoving down a corned beef sammie before my guests arrived for “Lucky Beer Club” (which I’ll get to later).

I also still had completely clogged up sinuses so my usual finely tuned palate (ahem) was a bit dull. Nevertheless, this beer was interesting enough to make an impression.

The aroma – and in fact the taste – reminded me of the Mirimoto Soba Ale I had a couple of weeks back. I can’t think why because that was made with buckwheat and this wasn’t, but there you are. It had that same Grapetiser aroma, and the taste had delicate characteristics of tinned plums, honey, and grass or straw. While it started off sweetish, the finish was bitter and dry. Carbonation was quite high, and it had a smooth, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

It didn’t make me go “WHOA!” – my response was more like “Oh that’s quite interesting!” – but it gets the thumbs up.  I’d love to try it again when my head isn’t full of gunk.

So, that was the end of Australian beer week! Bloody Oath. From those I tried the Little Creatures Dreadnought and the Feral Hop Hog were my favourites, but I think the Little Creatures Pale Ale is still my number one by a hair.

As for Lucky Beer Club… That’s a little craft beer club that I’ve started up with the secret intention of turning all my friends into beer geeks. We had our first tasting session yesterday and it was a whole lotta fun. Proper write-up on to come when my friend sends me the pics! (sadly, I did not manage to get a video of people trying Rex Attitude – rest assured it was hilarious).

Published in: on September 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Lol I’ve never seen a blog like this 😛

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