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

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BA SCORE
76
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97 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 97
Hads: 161
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (796 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (786 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (625 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (505 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.34/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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... (730 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (281 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (459 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (314 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.59/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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. (812 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (284 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (378 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of wedge
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber-brown color with a thin, creamy head with good retention. Dry, toasted malt smell and a soft breadiness. Smooth, crisp sweet malt flavor - nuts and earthy hops. Feels good in the mouth as a refreshing brown ale - medium light with adequate carbonation and pretty dry.

A fine easy drinkin beer. Simple but it does the trick... (334 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of Todd
2.43/5  rDev -25.2%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a couple of bombers at Gritty's in Freeport on a recent visit. This beer pours a clear dark amber color with a frothy light tan head. The head dissolved quickly to a thin ring on the surface leaving only a couple of spots of lace on the glass. A malty aroma with notes of nuts, caramel and chocolate.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer begins with a sweet caramel malt flavor. Hints of nuts, chocolate and bubble gum blend in nicely and it finishes with a mild hop bitterness. A caramel malt taste is left behind.

This is a very drinkable well balanced beer. It has a bit more flavor on tap, but you can't beat enjoying a Gritty's at home. (653 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice auburn color with a healthy quarter inch of head over top/ Very good looking beer. The nose is okay. I get a bit of diacetyl butteryness and a toasted nut maltyness. I'd rather the diacetyl was not in there. The flavor is better than the nose. The roasty, nuttyness is more prevalent and the butteryness is more in the background. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, an okay beer. The diacetyl takes a bit away from it. I could probably do a nice session on this one though. (510 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle dates 'til June.

Clear, auburn brown. Thin gristle head is gone by mid-glass. Nutty aroma with a swampy tea hop vein throughout. Some bread at the end. Taste is nutty and toffee sweet malt with some hop tea spice to hold it all together. A bit thin but I'm treating this as a session beer so I'll let it slide.

Gritty's Best Brown hits all necessary points for a session brown but doesn't reach beyond them. It does come across as "together" and the sum of GBB's parts are better than any individual aspect. (518 characters)

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