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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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191 Ratings

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 03-27-2004)
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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.

KarlosT, Saturday at 02:10 PM
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.

SoulFroosh, Friday at 12:48 AM
Photo of MTBruce
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%

MTBruce, Sep 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

pdonovan16, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Casey3236
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Casey3236, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Ernest78
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Ernest78, Aug 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

nicholasadamwalker, Aug 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Corburk, Aug 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

johnsonsf8878, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

wrightst, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Stargazer2892, Jul 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

BostonPhilly, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

costanzo_mike, Jul 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Belittle, Jul 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

PressFastF0rward, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of illpass78
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

illpass78, Jun 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

djrn2, May 31, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

starshockey9, May 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

CSeavey64, Apr 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

LMH88, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

ThisLadyLovesBeer, Mar 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +49.7%

cphughes, Dec 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

mmclaughlin38, Nov 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

sgregory, Nov 02, 2013
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Gritty McDuff's Original Pub Style from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.