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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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146 Ratings

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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1.78/5  rDev -44.4%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light brown with nice amount of bubbles. One-finger white head that did not last more than a minute. No Lacing. Overall, too light for a brown ale.

S: Roasted and fruity, but not much there. I can smell alcohol.

T: What is this? Slightly sweet, no hop bitterness at all. Off flavors. Yuck.

M: Light body and very watery. Not what a brown ale should be. Carbonation was okay though.

O: This was the worst brown ale I've tried. I knew it might not be that great before trying it, but I tried to keep an open mind, which didn't help. Awful.

08-20-2011 00:49:47 | More by SolipsismalCat
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -37.5%

11-16-2011 01:29:25 | More by richbrew
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2/5  rDev -37.5%

12-16-2011 12:40:56 | More by zapahoppa
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2/5  rDev -37.5%

01-11-2012 03:46:30 | More by erlenmeyer
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2/5  rDev -37.5%

10-03-2013 20:23:01 | More by David-Plankey
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2.2/5  rDev -31.3%

Poured on cask at Gritty's translucent brown with limited head.
Smell very faint nutty and earthy
Tasted warm and limited complexity or flavor. Very disappointed. Thin feel to it that was very underwhelming with almost no flavor profile and wouldn't want to drink again.

Compared to other browns this is very weak. Gritty has a weak lineup vs other breweries which is sad given the history

09-22-2013 13:11:33 | More by alaimoa
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New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

05-03-2013 16:59:16 | More by Gerardes
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2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

05-25-2014 18:34:31 | More by rderedin
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North Carolina

2.28/5  rDev -28.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a light amber-brown coloring that is very transparent...borderline watery. A very thin layer of filmy white head tops this brew. The nose is sugary sweet, with notes of nut, coffee, and a roasted character...syrupy characteristics overall. The beer's flavor is empty on the front tongue...completely. The back tongue gets a nut sweetness, but only for an instant...a little roast, too, but so quick it's hard to tell. This is a weak flavored brew. The aftertaste is roasted and slightly tangy caramel sweet, but only for a nanosecond. The finish is...you guessed it...watered down and nondescript. I'd drainpour this one, but I haven't had enough water today, so here goes...

09-05-2011 03:27:29 | More by GarthDanielson
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2.33/5  rDev -27.2%

This beer pours a bold, clear copper color with no head or lace. The aroma is nutty with a hint of bread crust. The flavor leads with roasted nuts with caramel and mild smoke notes. It's mouthfeel is light-medium and the finish is dry. Gritty McDuffs Best Brown is a decent beer, recommended.

06-14-2012 01:48:36 | More by B967ierhunter177
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2.38/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

10-02-2002 19:56:49 | More by Todd
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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

09-18-2013 22:15:13 | More by makeshifty
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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

12-18-2011 00:35:02 | More by MaineMike
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

dark amber color. not quite brown. head fades

fairly rich roast flavors. brown caramel; floral hops and some esters. touch of nuttiness

super watery and lacking in flavorful. bitterness is flaccid and the malt contribution is even worse. some fruity flavors...this tastes almost more like tea than a brown ale (hyperbole). a little nutty. and the mouthfeel is strange: gritty (how appropriate), or perhaps chalky

this is really a mild, and not a particularly good one

09-19-2010 02:53:05 | More by bruachan
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New Brunswick (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

06-05-2012 22:20:16 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

06-07-2013 00:48:10 | More by djrn2
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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

04-12-2014 04:21:39 | More by bcsbeer
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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

02-18-2012 23:04:24 | More by jfcaa193
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2.53/5  rDev -20.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a clear dark red-mahogany in color with about a half finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates to a mere film. Aroma isn't very strong. Lots of sweet caramel malts, some nuts. Taste is much like the aroma, quite sweet and malty. I am reminded of amber LME. Light-ish body, low-moderate carbonation. Drinkability isn't too good. I found this to be far too sweet and too thin on the palate, I wouldn't recommend this.

01-12-2008 23:34:01 | More by mnj21655
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2.58/5  rDev -19.4%

Best by May '09 notched on label.

Pours orange copperish amber (not really "brown"). A thin head descends to a vanishing patch. Spotted lacing slides down glass, but no lacing sticks.

There is a smell of a "brown ale" toffee character, but something that makes me say "What IS that?!" A yeasty, fruity, husky character to it. There is a light peat smokiness in the back.

The taste is of light cocoa powder - towards artificial. The toffee is weak - almost washed out. There is a husky, slightly fruity, slightly medicinal (for lack of a better term)character that throws it off.

The body is light and a bit too carbonated. An aftertaste of tonic water and cocoa powder is shortly lived (thankfully).

It's "off". Drinkable to a point, I suppose (I drank it), but wouldn't want more.

02-17-2009 14:08:33 | More by jwc215
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2.58/5  rDev -19.4%

Poured into a pint glass: nice light tan head, lightly fluffy, no clinging an dissipated to a ring. Color is translucent brown, to a dark copper/amber.

Smell is very feint chocolate/caramel malt, but so thin.

Taste is a bit more than the nose in terms of hint more chocolate flavor with hints of grains and oats but very thin, only hop flavor is enough to slightly balance hops.

Mouthfeel is balanced, with a slight lingering sweetness.

Overall a bit thin on flavor and smell for a brown, just a touch more in the nose and taste would boost it as it is a very clean beer.

07-20-2011 23:18:15 | More by mvanaskie13
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New York

2.58/5  rDev -19.4%

I was excited to try this, I had never heard of this brewery before.

Appearance- Medium brown color with lots of small carbonation bubbles. The head is almost non-existent with lots of gaps in the middle, perhaps it was a bad pour, but I think it has more to do with the beer.

Smell- Smell is mostly of malt, can't detect any hops character to it by the olfactory sense. Perhaps a tiny hint of nuttiness and perhaps some chocolate, but I'm really digging for smell now. Nothing is over-powering and other than the blatant malt smell everything else is pretty hidden.

Taste- Ahh I've been waiting for this. But tis' a disappointment. Little taste of anything, some malt flavor, but it dies pretty quickly, nothing lingers much after swallowing. I taste no hoppiness, which is fine because it's a brown, but it must have some hop character because it's not overly sweet. Perhaps it just has little of either, but I don't know.

Mouthfeel- The only bite is that of the carbonation bubbles, which are overpowering for a brown ale, in my humble opinion. Feels pretty watery too, too light-bodied for my tastes. If you are looking to play drinking games with brown ale, this may be the one for you.

Overall- Re-reading my comments, I realize I have ripped this beer apart. It's not bad, but definitely under-shot my expectations. The taste and aroma or only mediocre and the mouthfeel is too watery. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this again.

04-19-2011 00:54:04 | More by RyanOkonski
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2.68/5  rDev -16.3%

12oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

One finger of loose foamy head settles quickly to a wisp after a vigorous pour. No lacing. Body is mostly clear amber, not brown at all. Nose is alcohol, oakish vanilla and butterscotch. Pretty clean taste. A little roasted malt, a little nutty roux. Fruity buttery phenols with a complete absence of hops. Not sure who they're going after with this one, but it's not me. In fairness, I'm not typically a drinker of brown ales, but I also like anything that's well made. This tastes clean and pure, but nothing stands out beyond that. Watery and lack luster.

08-22-2011 00:06:03 | More by ggilman
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2.68/5  rDev -16.3%

i would not call this a brown ale, and certainly not "The Best." It tasted like a shade darker APA...

A- Thin and watery brown, light tan head about 1/2 a finger that lasted only a few seconds and disappeared entirely. From the get go, not impressive, and not showing any brown ale qualities.

S- Not much in the nose except a little hops. A slight clean, astringent, citrusy hop smell, uncharacteristic of a brown. The maltiness I would expect was buried somewhere in there, but not prevalent enough to be called malty. All in all a disappointing aroma.

T- Thin, watery, tasted under-developed. There were too much hops, unbalanced amongst themselves, and there was nearly no malt or sweetness to speak of. A slight toastiness I would associate with an Amber came through. If blindfolded I would have thought this were a poor California pale ale. Definitely doesn't fall within the style guidelines of a brown.

M- The only mouthfeel was lent solely by the hops... a clean, dry, near astringency.

D- Not recommended.

03-31-2008 04:25:00 | More by Maudite
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Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -16.3%

12oz bottle tasted one month after its Best Before date. Pours a clear amber - not particularly brown. Tons of carbonation. Malty aroma. Taste is a bit better than I was expecting from the appearance and my other experience with Gritty beers. Still not great, mind you. Some malt and molasses, but not a lot of complexity.

12-23-2006 01:28:58 | More by sstackho
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