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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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200 Ratings

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 200 | Reviews: 120
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 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 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 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.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is okay and the price is right for its okayness. Very flowery smell and hoppy taste, not a favorite, but is drinkable for a pint, but not two. I would not hesitate to order in a pub with a Reuben sandwich or something similar. It would stand up to the forward flavors of such foods.

Photo of Boto
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught: This one pours a clear, golden color. It had a wisp of a white head on it that left a little lacing. The aroma is a bit lighter. Some malts, as well as grassy and earthy hop notes. The taste is clean, and leans towards the lighter side. Some malts, and a little earthy hops. A slightly dry finish. Pretty easy drinking.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

another generic English based ale form this mob, lackluster at best. the taste is indeed a bit like boddingtons, maybe with malts more on the stale side and a touch sweeter, but the same basic concept is happening here. pils malts and metals, not the best finish. the issue of no carbonation has turned me right off from grittys beer, they all are plagued by that issue. this could be nice on a nitro tap with all kinds of texture, but as it stands from a flat lukewarm tap, it didn't do the trick for me. easy drinking enough, but some co2 could really liven this up. not a beer to avoid altogether like their ipa is, but one that needs some reworking to become something id want to procure again.

Photo of jgammoniv
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Little to no head. amber color.
Very light. almost watery. a little flat.
Easy drinking. session beer with mild bitter finish.
Not much more to say about this beer. kinda dragging it out now. its not quite average. very easy to drink right up there with corona, miller etc.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber color with a thin white head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Rough medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops and pine.

Overall: This is where Gritty McDuff's gets it name from, a gritty rough ale. Good brew but not something I buy all the time.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" light custard head of medium lifespan. The body is a clear golden yellow and almost but not quite exhausts the carbonation into the head pour. It smells of toasted malt and weakly of grass. The taste is mild and really quite on the sweet side. Body is weak but creamy. Just an easy drinking pub brew.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.32/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Muddy amber to copper color. White 1/2 fingers width head poops out sooner than later. New art deco type bottle art which I'm not a fan of.

Bread and hop spice aroma. Apple juice caramel malts. Like an earthy mud puddle.

Faint caramel and an sod-llike hop. Kinda tastes like pond water.

This is a really bland beer.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: golden yellow/orange colored body with a creamy looking one finger head that lasts about one minute, lacing slides gently down the glass

S: malty, light grains, light hops very subdued

T: slightly grainy with the malts coming back to bring in an ever so slight sweetness to it, a bit of a surprise of spiciness on the back end

M: medium, sessionable, coats the mouth and tongue smoothly, no aftertaste, dry finish

O: this is a good beer any time of the year

Photo of jsanford
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass/

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a sudsy white head that settles to a thin cap. Aromas of sweet malt, toasted grain, buttered bread, and a touch of floral hops. Taste is similar to the nose, grainy malt and some slightly bitter floral hops. Not a flavor-bomb, but not bad for what it is. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a thinner body and sharp carbonation. Overall a decent, if unimaginative, Pale Ale.

Photo of BigCheese
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from mix pack

A: Somewhere between straw yellow and amber.Thin head, almost no lacing.

S: Underwhelming, some buttery/yeasty bready malts, not a whole lot going on here.

T: Buttery bread, a hint of astringent bitterness, not great hop flavor but some balance, has a slightly "off" flavor, cant put my finger on it. I've run into this flavor with cream stouts.

M: Mouthfeel is actually kinda nice, seems quite carbonated and has some body yet very light, not as thin as it appears.

O: Its not terrible but I wasn't a fan, I would pass.

Photo of Risser09
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass · fridge temp · Best by feb. 2012

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow/orange color with a 2" ivory head. The beer is transparent and great retention with spiderwebs of lace.

Smell: Malt laden beer with some subtle hops in there too.Cereal grains as well.

Taste: A mild flavored APA that is well balanced. Some subtle hop qualities that are earthy and spicy, probably cluster or even EKG.

Mouthfeel: Balanced, smooth, quenching, somewhat dry and a little booze in the end.

Overall: I could drink 12 easily. These guys make very drinkable, solid beers that don't self-proclamate. Nice stuff.

Photo of capeannbass36
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear amber orange topped by a one half finger white head that fades quickly. Light lacing left behind.

S- A little bit of malt and a little buttered bread.

T- Slightly sweet. Touch of citrus fruit.

M- Light carbonation. Slightly slick. Ehhh.

O- Very easy to drink...make that...would be very easy to drink..if I was really thirsty. Too light for my tastes. May have to try on tap.

Photo of Duhast500
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

The color is a clear orange/gold with a finger of foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a little bit fruity with some pale malt aroma running through out. There is the smallest bitterness there, giving a small preview of things to come.

The taste is malty at 1st. There is a light pale malt taste mixed with some fruit flavor that leads into a small orange flavor with a dry earthy bitterness.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and goes down pretty easy. A beer that is rather light in alcohol is very drinkable as well.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a bright, vibrant gold color with a ton of carbonation and a thin quarter inch of white, foamy head. Toasty caramel aromas, with slight sour malt hues, also. The beer's flavors are a bit watery, with a light toasty character and a fairly weak hopping. This one might appeal to the BMC masses just for the light, nondescript flavors. The aftertaste is toasted bread, with a little bit of grain. The finish is sour and musty. Not a fan, personally, but a safe brew to have to appeal to the uneducated masses.

Photo of Stranger5582
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an okay example of a Pale Ale. I had higher expectations of it after consuming the Gritty's 21 IPA, which floored me in a way that few pale ales have done.

The taste is -- wait, I need to grab another.

The taste is subtle, which is not something I usually enjoy. My initial reaction was that it tastes more like a full bodied ale, than a pale ale, but the finish is distinctly pale. I'm a novice when it comes to hops, but I didn't detect any Cascade hops in its flavor.

This beer is very drinkable and if I were a Maine resident, not just a vacationer, I would make this my go to beer, instead of Yuengling or Guinness. I'm not, so unless my home area starts carrying Gritty's, I'll have to enjoy this as much as possible for the next 5 days.

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into shaker pint glass.

A foamy two finger head that forms and falls actually quite quickly off white in color. Body is a clear and simple pale amber and fast rising carbonation.

Bouquet is mild hop nose and a faint toasty bread, not much really going on here, feels more like a dumbed down American Pale Ale.

Taste is, a good buttery sense with a simple malt backbone. Swallow hints at a buttery texture with bread like soft feeling.

Overall not too bad actually, for 4.5 abv the beer feels bigger than the listed abv in terms of body and flavor. However, its easy tasting, feels good and can hit the spot.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an English Pale Ale here, in my book. Pours a soft yellow-gold hue and is capped with a creamy white froth that leaves lace rings upon the glass. The nose is lightly floral and fruity with notes of buttery pale malt; spot-on for an EPA. The taste is very much a continuation of the nose, with more of an herbal hoppiness than the aroma suggests. Light UK fruity yeast notes are found throughout. The feel is soft and just under medium-bodied. Easy-drinking and fairly tasty.

Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on April 15, 2011. It pours a cloudy light copper with an OK head that sticks around. The aroma is slightly hopped with a strange overripe ripe fruit character. The body is about medium. The taste is subtle in the hops with a hint of malty character. But the hops rule the day with a frutiy aftertaste. Something seems a little different about this. I'm all for a unique character but this one seems a bit off.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gritty McDuff's Pub Ale

I was surprised by two things in Gritty McDuff's Pub Ale: #1, it's a very deep-amber/copper color where I was expecting something more golden, and #2, it's yeast character is more subdued than usual. There's still a bit of buttery diacetyl, but it's not bad.

Beyond that it's a basic English-style pale ale. There aren't a lot of hops in the aroma, and in fact the butteriness of the yeast beats them out, but there's some. And they do appear in the flavor, leafy and floral, and even a touch grassy. The malt is gently toasty and kissed with caramel; and it's really nicely balanced by a solid bitterness. It finishes dry with some residual leafy hops.

Overall it's an easy to drink beer that offers enough character to keep it interesting beyond one. And the name is appropriate, as this could easily be a session ale. Well done!

Photo of morebeergood
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I split a pitcher of this at The Blackstone Tap in Worcester with some friends last weekend. Poured into a normal pint glass. Weak looking orange body. Not much head. Smell was minimal. Taste was slightly hopped, but more would have been nice. Some more malt would have been a benefit too. Mouthfeel was on the watery side. As for drinkability, it was somewhat smooth and the taste wasn't that bad. But, it had no overall outstanding qualities. A pretty boring beer, sadly.

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