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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202 Ratings

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 121
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: 202 | Reviews: 121
Reviews by Stranger5582:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came to the table in a standard pint glass a clear deep golden a thin but retained white head atop,malt tilted aromas somewhat buttery with some toastiness and caramel a mild floral hop presence is shown.Easy quaffing hence the name I guess malt tilted and buttery with some mild fruitness and toasted elements hops are mild adding a bit of green to the beer.Easy going down nothing to write home about but sociable none the less.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer for what I think the name implies: a beer to sit down with and drink a few. It's not flashy, but is a very workman-like brew. It's an amber color with a medium head. Aroma is floral, with some degree of maltiness. It's fairly hoppy. Mouthfeel is decent, and it's pretty drinkable.

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 Jason
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a “Best Enjoyed Before” freshness date on the side of the label … that suspiciously looks like a Shipyard bottle & label.

Appearance: Clear and tawny with a decent froth and good retention.

Smell: Buttery, musty and malty aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Faint musty and fruity ale like character with a layer of diacetyl in the back. Solid crispness in the moderate body with a thin layer of malt. Hops push with some bitterness and balance the beer out. Dry finish.

Drinkability & Notes: So this is a Shipyard contract brewed beer … you can tell from the filtering right away. It smells and tastes of a Shipyard brew, not Gritty’s at all. Aside from that it is an easy drinking ale … nothing more.

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 far333
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Light orangey copper colored, very clear. Low head of white foam rises up and disappears quickly. Aroma is sweet malts (like a pilsner) and grassy hops. Flavor fairly matches the aroma. Mouthfeel is full and round with even carbonation. A buttery corn flavor lingers.

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

Gritty McDuff's Pub Ale pours a somewhat cloudy deep gold color. The head is minimal and short lasting. The smell is a mixture of heavy yeast and malts. The taste is somewhat malty and not unpleasant. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick at certain points with a coating staying on the tongue. A descent beer to give a try but not something I would recommend intentionally searching out.

Photo of Shovelbum
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 1” chunky off-white head over a light copper colored body. Head recedes leaving clingling lace in its wake. Subtle aromas of citric hops and caramel malt. Light grainy flavor with a drying citric hoppiness that tends to take over. Watery thin body. Low carbonation. Drying finish.

A weird beer. I’d expect much better from Gritty’s. The aromas are mild, but in no way indicative of the watery mess that follows. The thin body seriously detracts from the flavors and throws things out of whack. This seems much more like a Mild than a Pale Ale to me, but even then I’ve had Milds with more backbone than this. I love Gritty’s, but I’ll opt for one of their other fine ales over this one next time.

Photo of dashirey
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper colored beverage with a thin head (less than one-finger).

S - Faint smell of flowers, but really not much else their.

T - Not much here that stands out either. Pretty balanced some more hints of hops in the very end. Good flavor just nothing exceptional.

M - Medium-bodied. Carbonation could be toned down a bit.

D - Easy to drink. "Refreshing," in the words of my wife. Good I could drink a bunch of these but it is nothing spectacular or out of this world.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gritty McDuff's- Pub Ale

Appearance- Golden amber brown with a moderat size, but heavy lacing head.
Smell- Big caramel malt.
Taste- Sweet caramel malt up front with a light pine hop presence.
Mouthfeel- Sweet up front with a dry, almost metallic finish and aftertaste.

Overall- A tasty beer thats for sure. Slight metallic finish causes it to lose a few points but otherwise enjoyable!

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

On Tap at some beach-side bar in Old Orchard Beach, Maine.

Looks...Pale amber/reddish hues with some gold. Thick frothy-ish head, white. Decent lacing later on.

Smells: Nutty with roasted malt.

Taste is a well balanced hop/malt flavor not very "deep" but plenty refreshing.

Feels slightly flat, although looks mildly active.

A decent roasty malt brew. Not overwhelmingly exciting.

Photo of jmz62565
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real amber color,but the head was smallish.A real nice hop and citrus smell.This has a dry hop filled taste,very,very dry.A real nice medium feel,but I could have this all day.This could be an everyday beer.I don't understand some of the bad Gritty reviews,I feel this is a quality brewery that make very good beers.

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 cjgator3
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a brownish copper color with an off-white head.

S- Pretty nice toasted biscuity malt aroma with some caramel and hints of hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is on the malty side, but it does have a nice spiciness in there as well, and some hops in the finish. Pretty well balanced beer.

M- Not bad but not great, pretty much your average light bodied mouthfeel with little body.

D- Pretty good, I could session this beer no problem.

Overall, Gritty McDuff's Pub Ale is a pretty decent brew that is worth a shot. I don't know if I would pick it up again, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of tempest
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the Party Source in Syracuse. Best before November. Ah, another Ringwood session ale. I know this yeast drives a few people crazy, but I enjoy it from time to time. The sugar candy smell and taste are right upfront (too much popcorn butter in the aroma) followed by smooth buttered bread and mild toffee notes. The beer finishes with a simple, balancing kick of peppery orange rind hops. Balanced, smooth, and drinkable. This is a fine example of an American-made session beer.

Photo of irishtjb11
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap while out to dinner. the appearance is a middle of the road, golden filtered look. had no head at all, not sure because of the pour or because of the beer. taste seemed well balanced at least, but nothing too wild goign on. pretty safe beer. lots of buttery caramel malts, no real hops going on. but once again nothing is overly distinct. the mouthfeel seemed once again pretty balanced nothing too big bodied or heavy about it, but not super carbonated like a bad lager. i found the drinkability to be pretty decent with this though, really enjoyable to accompany dinner or to drink many of them all night. definitely a session beer. but if looking for anything exciting or interesting, prob not your best choice. very uncomplicated, simple beer.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. The beer is a golden amber. A small head formed and quickly receded leaving no lacing. Smell is of malt, quick biscuity. Taste is dominated by bready malt with some light hops, dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with crisp carbonation. Pretty well balanced.

Photo of bum732
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a copper orange, decent creamy head that disappears and leaves a white ring around the outside. Smells of caramel and toffee malt, some earthy hops and mineralness, some stone fruit. Tastes of light caramel malt with some subtle stone fruits, apple mostly. Finishes with a good earthy bitterness and some mineralness on the finish. Very thin mouthfeel.

I honestly don't think this is an APA, more like an English pale ale with the malty base and earthy hops. That said, a decent beer, i wish the mouthfeel wasn't so thin, i feel like it takes away from the taste and accentuates the not so great finish.

Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz momber purchased on site in Freeport, poured into a pint glass.

Medium copper view with head of white foam. Recedes to a thin layer.

Light malty fruity smell.

Mild taste, thin hop, mostly malt. Non descript yet pleasant and tasty. Easy drinking pale, feels like more on an English pale.

Average carbonation, hidden in there a touch.

Really drinkable, sessionable, good signture beer.

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 beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very clear, light coppery-orange color with a foamy white head that recessed to a thin white layering.

S: a nice fresh citrus, and lemons, with some oranges.

T: The initial flavor had some sweet dry, munich malt and oranges for flavor. Big flavor, nice hoppiness that is smooth and even with a light floral hop tones. There was some sweet toffee as well detected.

M: lots carbonation, a little thin on body but very big on flavor

D: Decent pub style ale, enough so to enjoy in multiples.

Photo of akorsak
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from a Gritty variety case.

A: The pale ale is pale, a chutney colored orange brew with a 3 finger head. The huge head has done an admirable job of lacing in the glass.

S: Grainy buttery malts define the nose. The touch of diacetyl adds butter where I'd hope to see hops. Nothing to get even remotely worked up about.

T: I can appreciate the sessionability of the ale, it is relatively harmless a decent malt body. The big thing it lacks though is a hop profile. The grains are biscuity with a touch of caramel. Nothing lingers on the tastebuds, leaving only a slightly alcoholic boozy flavor that is quite mild.

M: The mouthfeel is malt-centric, with nary a passing thought given to the hops that should at least make an appearance.

D: This bottle is good enough. Nothing really makes me what to open another one.

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 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.

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