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

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

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156 Ratings

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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 pbrian:
Photo of pbrian
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

nothing special, appeared and smelled better than it tasted. my sample had "best by" notch.

pbrian, Mar 29, 2001
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter shade of brown maybe a little amber hue with a lighter head,the aroma is definantly malty with some caramel sweetness.Taste is nice and sweet (not overpowering) but some nice earthiness creeps in there some nice roasted malt flavors makes this a nice more complex brown than Iam used to.Did seem a little thin though as I drank more,a few modifications and this could be a real brown to look for.

oberon, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of JMD71
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, caramel. Small head when poured.

Smell: Malty, with hints of fruitiness?
Taste: Nice smooth malty flavor with clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Light body & heavily carbonated. The high carbonation made it very easy drinking.

This is a good beer for times when looking for a refreshing beer with a bit more character.

JMD71, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a !2 pack sampler. Not bad. It poured an amber color with a medium-sized head. It had a sweet, malty aroma. Taste was caramel with the tiniest bit of hops. Thin mouthfeel. Average drinkability, just because it wasn't very special. Gritty's has many better offerings than this one.

lordofthewiens, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of Todd
2.38/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist, "best enjoyed before" notched on the side.

Appearance: Rich, dark reddish amber with a thin light tan lace, creamy and consistent.

Smell: Touch of toasted malts, slight steely twang and milky carob aromas.

Taste: Crisp, light-bodied, with a quick fix of toasted, nutty, thin caramel and chocolate-ish malt. The malt says goodbye at this point. Musty, metallic flavours are accompanied by a sharp cabonation bite, like seltzer. A bit minerally too. Bitterness is weak, lending a semi-citrus twang in the middle, where it sits. The toasted grainy aftertaste gradually fades and dries the palate with some grain feel on the palate, turning quite tannic and odd.

Notes: A mediocre, at best, brown ale, and certainly not the "best brown ale." Way too thin. Not enough malt flavour or balance in general. The hops are left on the curb, abandoned, with your bored tastebuds as the only company for miles.

Todd, Oct 02, 2002
Photo of sponberg
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with an off-white, finely beaded head. A very malty, caramel-like nose - almost a decoction like aroma. Starts off with a "dry caramel" lightly toffeeish flavor, with hints of coffee and (moreso) nuttiness. Rather thin, but improves a bit as it warms. Very clean finish with little lingering aftertaste aside from a pleasant residual maltiness. A very enjoyable session beer when you're not in the mood for hops.

sponberg, Sep 28, 2002
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber color with a beige foamy head that sank right away. Smell is molasses and light roasted malt, with a flavor of toffee and caramel, light molasses and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is watery, with moderate to low carbonation. Fairly average beer, but pretty drinkable. Decent session beer.

far333, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of Dillonius
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Dillonius, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Shovelbum
3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chunky off-white head over a brownish-copper body that is quite light and clear for the style. Leaves a thin sheet of delicate lace to the bottom of the pint. Delicate malt aromas are detectable from a distance. Upon closer quaffing, pleasing sweet caramel malt and a hint of chocolate fills the nose. The taste however, doesn’t completely fulfill the promise of the bouquet. It is quite lean bodied, with just enough malt to balance out the rather healthy dose of hops for the style. A bit of a yeasty character as well, along with a touch of diaceytl. A drying finish.

This is definitely comes in at the lean end of the brown ale spectrum in terms of appearance and taste. It doesn’t have the signature sweetness of the style and perhaps due to its lighter body also has a bigger hop presence than most English brown ales. It’s a tad out of balance, and closer to an ordinary bitter than the other members of its style. Still, it is a treat for the olfactory system and a fine session ale.

Shovelbum, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Trashcat, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of dashirey
3.23/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Brown with some amber hues to it. Pours clear with a two finger head that dissapates to leave a thin layer. A small amount of lacing, but no a whole lot.

S - Certainly there are some caramel & nutty tones. There is almost a earthly smell coming from this beer.

T - Not much here. You have your typical malts up front, but I was suprised that there wasn't more. There is also a perfumey taste after the swallow. There is however a small bite from the hops in there too.

M - Pretty thin. Could be a bit more carbonation too.

D - I could drink a couple of these but I the perfumey may get to me. In my opinion not the best exampel of the style just because it is missing a lot of the typical malty/nutty taste.

dashirey, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for this one.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a small off-white head that has little retention and minimal lacing.

S: Some caramel, a little bit of roast and a surprising amount of dark fruit and raisins.

T: Very nutty, there really isn't much dark fruit in the flavor profile as was expected based off the aroma. Has a rather sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, but on the thin side.

O: It's ok, nothing really wrong with it, but just not that great.

mdaschaf, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gritty McDuff- Portland

A- Chestnut brown with a small head.
S- Sweet caramel malt with light nut aroma and toasted bread.
T- Walnut, acorn, pine nuts toffee malt.
M- Sweet throughout but finishing mild and dry.

Overall- A decent pint. Sessionable definitely.

NJpadreFan, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a large glass mug.

Looks Light brown with reddish hues. 2" head that was gone fast. Minimal activity here.

smells mostly of roasty and semi-sweet malts.

Good balance in the overall taste. Roasty wheat, bready, slight "greens" hop effect at the end.

It has a good solid bite, feels more active on the palate than it appears.

Little interest, but it's easy nough to put down.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark reddish brown with a medium tan foamy head. A very nice looking beer. The smell is a little light with a roasted malt scent to it. The taste is chewy,nutty, and filled with a sweet malt, but it is with it's flaws. The texture is very thin and I keep hoping that I'll get more out of this. The m/f is too light with the flavors mixing well. Although it does have some flaws, this isn't a bad beer and I'd have it again.

jmz62565, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aggressively carbonated English brown, with licorice aroma and powerful head. On the moderately malty side, drinkable but sour finish gets tiring and not complex. A touch of nuttiness, but mostly mollasses and caramel.OK, but another brown we don't need.

Sammy, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -6%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of bum732
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown, decent bubbly head leaving some lacing. Smells of caramel and toffee, some brown sugar, faint vanilla, toasted nuts. Tastes of caramel and nutty malt with a fairly mild neutral bitterness. Some brown sugar and vanilla on the finish. Very thin mouthfeel and a somewhat nutty finish.

A decent beer, smells fairly well, too bad the taste doesn't come through. I like the nuttiness and even the subtle vanilla, but the finish isn't great and the very thin mouthfeel doesn't help anything. Not bad overall.

bum732, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a thinly colored brown, some light notes, almost red. Little island of foam. Ale smell, little nutty. Very light, watery-thin ale. Like a brown lite. Minimal flavor - some sweetness. Low carbonation. So so at best. Much better browns out there, I tend to like Gritty beers, but this one is a miss.

KTCamm, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of mdale13
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown with red highlights. Moderate white/tan head. Poured into a pint glass from tap at Gritty McDuff's in Freeport, ME

S- Some malts. Carmel. A understated sweetness.

T- Malts are present. Sweet flavor. Bitter finish.

M- A little too watery for my tastes. Carbonation is present.

D- I usually have a pint of this when I hit Gritty's with the guys. I usually follow it up with a different brew, but you could drink 2 or more in a night.

Other- Grittys in Freeport is my local brewpub, so I go there often, so I sort of learn to live with the beers. Not that they arent good, but they arent shining examples of the beer-types, which is the case with this, Grittys Best Brown.

mdale13, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of edchicma
3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice appearance with decent initial head. Smell was somewhat malty, bnut not overly inviting. Taste was somewhat light, with a light sweetness of malt. Mouthfeel was somewhat light, and not overly impressive. Drinkability was ok, but not spectacular. Ceratinly not a macro brew, but not spectacular either.

edchicma, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of ZacMetalFan
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

ZacMetalFan, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated April 2012. Sampled on April 27, 2012. It is a nice looking albeit headless beer with dark amber tones and good clarity. The aroma is of malts and nuts mainly with a clean enough hop note thrown in. The body is thin to medium. The taste has a more than moderate bitterness to it along with malts with an off-dry finish. There are better browns out there but this is alright.

puboflyons, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from a variety case purchased at Westy's.

A: The brown ale is lighter, more orange than I expected. Still amber, the overall color and highlights are far too bright. A thick three finger head arose on pour and has laced considerably around the glass.

S: The nose is thick with toffee and caramel. The aroma is very inviting.

T: The overall taste is fairly thin, lacking any outstanding characteristics. The one thing that does stick with me though is the intensity of the nutty toffee flavors. This one does not lack for the darker caramel flavors. The body, however, can't seem to keep up and quickly peters out.

M: Stick with this one for the nuttiness. Most other qualities are average at best.

D: One bottle'll do.

akorsak, Apr 07, 2008
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Gritty McDuff's Best Brown Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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