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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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145 Ratings

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Ratings: 145
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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

03-11-2007 05:00:20 | More by Sammy
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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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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +15%

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.

11-15-2003 00:41:59 | More by oberon
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +21.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, nuts, maple and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, honey and caramel. A hearty malt character comes in next along with some roasted nuts in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it might not be the one of the best in the style but it’s a solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

06-23-2011 03:04:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

3.18/5  rDev -0.6%

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry roasted scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It's light and moderately malty. The taste is average. It has a light and watery malt flavor that boasts of some roasted malts, but nothing too pronounced. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average brown at best. It's basically an amber with the slightest amount of roasted malt added to acheive the nut brown aroma and flavor. It's an easy drink, but not an enjoyable one.

08-21-2007 22:03:31 | More by WesWes
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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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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

09-07-2012 20:25:51 | More by mendvicdog
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -6.3%

11-27-2011 00:07:00 | More by Rochefort10nh
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +21.9%

On-tap at Gritty's in Portland. Clear dark amber / brown in color with a decent 1" head. Some spotty lace develops. The aroma was weak, only faint traces of caramel and some hops were detected. The flavor was a very nice earthy, roasted nut, and caramel combination with some reasonable bitterness and a hint of citrus.

Medium bodied brew. Mouthfeel was lightly crisp at the start, and finish dry and smooth. Caramel lingers briefly on the tongue after swallowing. I found this to be nicely drinakble.

07-06-2005 23:53:07 | More by Gavage
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3.13/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

04-07-2008 00:58:17 | More by akorsak
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New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours with three finger light brown head that fades slowly leaves some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light caramel nose. Light carbonation and light-medium-bodied. Flavor is a nutty caramel with hints of bitterness from the hops. $1.75 for a 12oz from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

11-17-2008 23:17:57 | More by jdhilt
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4.05/5  rDev +26.6%

20ozer from an October trip up to the Freeport brewery, fridged since then. Classic label art with the Gritty's bartender.

Poured brown-with-a-touch-of-red into an imperial pint glass, a thick-but-quick head formed and then went away, leaving some, but not a plethora, of lace on the glass. Taste is pleasing, with perhaps a bit more hop bite than I would like in a brown. Good potential session-ability, and definitely worth your trouble to find a sample.

01-23-2004 01:40:56 | More by ppoitras
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

01-08-2012 02:31:51 | More by mdaschaf
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3.45/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a nice brown color. Aroma is nice and malty with a faint hint of toffee/coffee. Taste is similar as the malt is up front with the toffee flavor at the back of the throat. It gets somewhat watery in the back as well. Overall, a decent brown ale that doesn't contain any surprises and makes a good session ale.

05-28-2007 03:33:55 | More by Brad007
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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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3.58/5  rDev +11.9%

From the bottle into a pint glass this one poured a clear copper brown color with very little sign of an off-white head that clings to the edges of the glass without leaving much of any trace of lace. The aroma brings apple caramel toffee malt with maybe some berry highlights and brown sugar noted throughout. The flavor is a more intense translation of the aroma, not too bad, kind of bready tartness that collects at the back of your mouth. The taste is OK as brown ales go but it's a llittle more bitter and less sweet than I like in this style. My main gripe, however, is with how thin it is, which is a feeling I have had about other Gritty brews in the past. The carbonation offers a bit of soda-like spritz but not enough to undo the blase feel here. There is some flavor, still nothing I would seek out.

04-10-2009 01:29:13 | More by Durge
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New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

04-28-2012 00:02:06 | More by puboflyons
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a mid ranged brown color with little head, retention or lacing. Smell is of light malts and carmel. Taste is a very light belend of carmel, nuts, brown sugar. Thin body, heavily carbonated. A good gateway for BMC Adjunct drinkers who are afraid of the full flavor of craft beer.

10-11-2009 21:29:49 | More by rfgetz
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3.78/5  rDev +18.1%

This was a malt special and a nice example of a Brown Ale.

Dark Copper in color with a nice off white head.

Not much of an aroma but certainly what was there was roasty and sweet predicting the malt flavor to follow.

Flavor was Roasty, Toasty, slightly sweet and nice. Warmed the heart as I drank it.

I really liked that it seemed to have a crisp finish to it.

Good effort.

06-29-2008 22:08:15 | More by Reagan1984
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

06-06-2013 21:24:21 | More by ZEB89
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

11-14-2011 20:42:47 | More by bpfrush
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3.35/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

06-21-2006 17:45:25 | More by lordofthewiens
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New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +18.1%

Decent brown color, with some copper tinges to it. Head was tan, thin and not too long lasting. A bit of lace, but not much. Nose was sort of roasty, malty, pleasant. Medium bodied, and pleasantly smooth, relatively-speaking, on the tongue. Flavor was malty, toasty, and a bit nutty. Not bad overall.... Finishes a bit too dry, which takes a little away...

overall: 3.75
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


09-14-2002 17:45:47 | More by Bierman9
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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

02-18-2012 23:04:24 | More by jfcaa193
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +21.9%

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.

12-29-2007 23:25:10 | More by NJpadreFan
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