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Gritty McDuff's Original Pub Style - Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Original Pub StyleGritty McDuff's Original Pub Style

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199 Ratings

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UnionMade on 03-27-2004

Original Pub Style is a light copper-colored medium-bodied with a nice dry bite at the finish. A subtle combination of Cascade and Willamette hops give this ale a fine floral aroma and a slightly fruity aftertaste. The taste captures the freshness of a hand-crafted brew pub ale that goes right from the conditioning tank to your glass!

20 IBU
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Photo of Jtcolella
3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of misternebbie
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.72/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden color with a small head, only the smallest of bits of lacing stuck to the glass, no lasting cap, decent flow of bubbles from the bottom though.

Smell has a mostly sweet malt aroma, not much else going on.

Taste is straightforward with a sweet malty front, little bit of toffee/caramel type flavoring as well as a slick buttery feel throughout, carbonation is medium-low.

Photo of vdub191
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Nichols33
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Act25
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Average across the board. Dated for 2-15 so fresh enough.
A: Flat looking, but rising bubbles, uninspired fast fade head to nothing, no real lace. Sickly pinkish orange.
S: Nada - bit of butter and malt. Gets better as it warms.
T: Tame, watery, fruit, grapy, musty ale with buttery finish. Not much hops except to dry the finish which is crisp enough. Average, like a Michelob. Gets better as it warms.
F: thin, watery. Not memorable.

Photo of bbsaur
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of KarlosT
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Wow. Can't believe the high scores.

Got a flight at the Gritty McDuff's in Portland ME:
Halloween Ale
Cask Best Bitter
Maine's Best IPA
Pub Style

All were exactly the same amber color, with the same head. The aroma was exactly the same, except for the Pub Style. I also had a pint of their Black Fly Stout, which fortunately did have a different color.

Their Pub Style was the best of the bunch, hence the 3.0 vs the 2.75 for the other beers. Actually, it was the only one that tasted different, with slight floral notes. And it was more bitter than both their "best bitter" and their ipa. Unfortunately, it still had the bad Gritty McDuff bad water flavor.

I iterated between their Halloween Ale, their IPA, and their Cask Bitter. All were exactly the same, except that the Cask Bitter was slightly warmer.

When I suggested to the waitress that the beers might have been mis-poured, she said that they were correct, that she was also a bartender, and that she could tell from the color of the pours.

Assuming what I drank was correct ...

I found the beer was watery, and it was as though they used poor quality water. All their beers had an off after-taste ... as though their was a Gritty McDuffs flavor they added to all their beers (including their stout)

Mouth feel was watery. And a little evervescent ... a slight bite from the c02. Interesting, even the cask best bitter had a slight CO2 bite to it.

Very sorry I went to this pub. Food was ok. But the beers were mediocre to poor.

Photo of SoulFroosh
3/5  rDev -10.2%

The first one poured with barely any head and dissipated way too quickly.
I was then left with a flat, lifeless and headless beer.

None the less, straight to the taste:

Very English. English malts, watery, thin, earthy (English) hop finish.
For what it's worth, drinking Gritty's beer is like being transported to a dark & dingy UK pub. I can almost taste the ashtrays and smokey decor in the taste. If you like British beers, maybe this is your thing.

Photo of TheMaineBeerGuy
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of MTBruce
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of pdonovan16
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Casey3236
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Ernest78
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of nicholasadamwalker
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Corburk
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of johnsonsf8878
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Stargazer2892
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of BostonPhilly
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Belittle
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of PressFastF0rward
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of illpass78
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a one-inch white head that dissipates quickly. Heavy carbonation,

Aroma: This smells a little funky. There's just something off; there's a bit of an unappealing corny quality to the aroma. Basically smells like a Bass that got left in the sun.

Taste: Thankfully the taste doesn't follow the nose. It has a basic pale ale profile; it's malty and has some hints of toffee, caramel and toast. Unremarkable but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard body. Not wimpy and watery, not heavy either.

Overall: This is very average. This brewery has a big local following and I'd check out some of their other offerings. This beer, however, is forgettable.

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Gritty McDuff's Original Pub Style from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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