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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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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 17.3%
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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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 99
Photo of mikereaser
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear brown with a slight white foam that quickly disappeared and left no lacing

S - nutty earthy aroma with some caramel as well

T - roasted nutty flavor with hints of sweet caramel flavor at times

M/D - light bodied brown ale that has some nice flavor to it. Nothing too overpowering. If it was available to me I'm sure i'd pick up a case for relaxing with and having a few

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes: Hef-style glass, served cool but not cold, age uncertain.

Aroma: malty, very slight earthy hop aroma
Appearance: head quickly dissipates, brown-ish red in appearance, clear
Mouthfeel: light body, very mild carbonation feel
Taste: balanced malty sweetness at the tip of the tongue, light bitterness near the back. Appropriately subtle but present in each regard.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Good session beer.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Pours a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and nutty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Average to Good drinkable beer.

Photo of jdhilt
3.37/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.97/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a decent brown color, with some copper tinges to it. The head was tan, thin but dissapates rapidly. A bit of lace, but not much. There is roasty, malty, scent to it that is quite pleasant. Medium bodied, and pleasantly smooth, relatively-speaking, on the tongue. Flavor was malty, toasty, and a bit nutty. Not bad overall.

Photo of dashirey
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of msolar
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't have too much to say about this beer - it's not my favorite. Gritty makes some good beers but I don't consider this one of them. Their "Original Pub Style", "Vacationland", and "Black Fly Stout" to name a few. If you're looking for an English Brown Ale, I'd highly recommend Smuttynose's Old Brown Dog Ale (from NH).

Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of Drewcifer
2.82/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a fairly clear brown, somewhat oddly clear, like brown food coloring. Somewhat odd. About a half finger of smooth white head.

Aroma is a lot of toasted malts, slightly sweet.

Taste is a small bit of malt, some coffee, fairly watered down though. Unimpressive.

Mouthfeel is a little light for a brown, doesn't really coat the mouth or tongue, just right on through.

Drinkability is actually not bad considering the weaknesses present. Might be a good beer for people just testing the genre to start in on, as it doesn't present much of a challenge or anything extraordinary.

Photo of auxiliary
2.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance - Dark amber brownish color. Not much head going on here just fades out.

taste - Toasted malt, and nuts present.

taste - Some malt, hops, coffee here. Not much taste.

mouthfeel - Light -Medium body, watery.

drinkability - I have had better brown ales then this one, was kind of weak.

Photo of Drew966
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gritty McDuff's Best Brown pours a medium brown color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a sweet malty aroma. The mouthfeel is on the thin side. The flavor is quite malty with a bit of nuttiness. There is a leafy hop flavor toward the end. A decent brown ale, worth a try.

Photo of erosier
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown color with a short and tan colored head that fades fast and laaces the glass a bit on the way down. It has a sweet roasted malt and caramel aroma with some nutty aromas as well. The taste is of sweet roasted malts, caramel, some roasted nutty flavor, and a tiny bit of hops as well. The mouthfeel is ok and was fairly drinkable. Not bad and worth a try.

Photo of akorsak
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Maudite
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gritty's in Freeport has been a regular stop for my family on the way to our upstate Maine vacation spot for years so when I saw a variety case of Gritty McDuff's in PA I had to have it.

Clear brown color with an OK off white head to start. The head drops to a thin film fairly quickly and almost no lacing is left on the glass. A quick swirl brings back an 1/8 inch head that drops away quickly. Not much in the way of carbonation bubbles coming to the top despite an initial cola like fizzyness to the mouth. Smell is typical brown. Malty with some nutty flavors in there. Also some musty and earthy notes. Taste matches the smell with the earthyness coming to front and giving me an almost dirt like impresion on the palate. A little thin on the mouth and finishes dry. Overall this dosn't bring back the great memories I've had of downing a few in Freeport but what beer dosn't taste better on tap at the brewery. I would just say that this one is so so.

Photo of Liquids
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear and near amber color with a bubbly head that is an almond color. Aroma is typical roast malts, earthy aromas, hops are in there too, but not an exciting aroma. Taste is fairly mild, there is a slight focus on roast malts, not charred or porter like though, there is the earthy toned sickly sweetness in there, not appealing, and after a few sips it's all I can taste. This is not for me. Mouthfeel is tangy and full carbonation despite a heavy pour. Overall, while this beer is a turn off. I'm a brown lover who would turn this down and choose water over this. It's a chore to finish, and a big let down.

Photo of mnj21655
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of madjr80
3.11/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark bronze color with an ordinary lacy head. enough bubbles rising to the top, but not overly bubbly or crisp. The smell is pretty average and nondescript. It tastes fine going down and has an aftertaste similar to a multi-grain bread. Very drinkable beer and you could definatly drink a few of these in a sitting. I have had some better brown ales, but the price was right (6.99 a six) and it is smooth enough for my likings. I wouldn't go out of my way for this, but I would drink it again.

Photo of sharkheadlasers
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle had some "Gritty" around the cap. It was tan and rusty spots around the cap and the top of the bottle. It was very carefully cleaned.

The beer was a clean brown with good head. The aroma was malty and yeasty. The taste was spicy malty and lightly hopped. There is a medium body. It is enjoyable and worthy of a try.

Photo of williamherbert
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look is a clear light brown color. Transparent, and with a very thin amount of head. Light reddish highlights.

Really nice, sweet caramel smell. Very nutty, but also sweet. Sharp nuttiness. And an unexpected hint of cherry. Nicely balanced smell.

The taste is sweet caramel and cherry but with a nutty undertone. Has a nice dry yeast base too. Nice mix of sweet and also dry. It's a tad bready at the end; yeast emerges as it warms.

Feels dry but thin. The dry yeast feel comes through at the end for sure. Overall, it's a sweet and dry, with caramel and cherry/berry flavors. Nutty but also puckery; nicely balanced.

Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of billybob
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured deep red brown color with a beige one finger head that quickly faded and not much lace. weak aromas of coffee and caramel, taste is same, grainy with a metallic after taste. mouthfeel weak and watery, carbonation is ok. have had much better brown ale. not one i would seek out again.

Photo of BuckSpin
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Poured with a little gurgle, a little fizz. Dull nose, straw, faint caramel, dirt, echo of some hops and a little spice. As it warmed some nut & even charred wood qualities are noticeable. A nicely sculpted, thick, tight 2 finger head of dulled cream foam lasted for quite a while, finally retreating to a 1/8" see through blanket that laced nicely. A sharp, clear, striking tea stained amber, slightly brassy with no noticeable internal bubbling resides beneath the foam.

Semi sweet, kinda watery & thin, the initial tongue feel has feeble qualities of coffee, caramel, dried cherry (good Lord is this going down fast & easy...I'm almost done!), hops, tannins, orange pekoe. Odd that a beer so thin has a number of qualities, but they are all way too timid. The palate feel is more bitter, drier, stronger (a welcome reprieve from the rather thin beginning) and it (mercifully) fades away actually sweetly bitter, and with little fanfare, leaving a slightly sweet, chewy aftertaste that is neither bad nor good.

This was just way too timid & mild, even for the style. I will probably try another (on tap if possible) to confirm my reactions to this. This was like drinking a limp handshake. I'll give it another shot, but as of now there are far, far better examples to be enjoyed.

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