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Gritty McDuff's Best Brown Ale - Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

Gritty McDuff's Best Brown AleGritty McDuff's Best Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
75
okay

138 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.39%


Brewed by:
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2001)
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Reviews by Stranger5582:
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Stranger5582

New York

2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brown ale doesn't have a strong flavor at all. My first impression was that it's a bit watery and lacking in taste. The coloration is more akin to an amber, than a brown. In fact, I've seen some amber ales with darker hues than this beer. The beer's taste doesn't seem to come alive until its finish, which is still a bit lackluster.

Overall, it does taste like a brown ale, but its on the light side. The heady burned taste that most brown ales slam into your tongue is missing and is instead replaced by an almost summer ale-ish brown ale experience.

If you're usually a light ale or summer ale drinker, this brown ale may be just what you need as a transition into heavier beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 02:29:15 | More by Stranger5582
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A - Clear red amber with a finger of off white medium lacing.
S - Aroma isnt too bad, sweet caramel and toffee, nice roasty quality to it, a little nutty.
T - Taste is incredibly weak, very little flavor, a mild roasted malt flavor, some sweet sugar water.
M - Thin, extremely watery.
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12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Freshness date of February 2014.

A: Brown on color with a lighter orange hue. Off white head settles quickly. Lacing is minimal and spotty.

S: Cola, touch of brown molasses. Nutty, hints of cocoa and toasted crust. Toffee. buttery. Quite a bit of fruitiness. Grape and cherry juice. Earthy yeast.

T: Cocoa and crust. Slight roastiness. Touch of nutty coffee. Lots of berry and cherry fruitiness. Earthy yeast throughout. Grainy. Abrupt finish of crust and grain.

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Gritty McDuff's Best Brown Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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