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

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BA SCORE
74
okay

152 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.19%
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 lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Nutleybeer
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a six pack of this beer while up in CT; its not distributed apparently in NJ. I was curious to give it a try. It cost about $7.99; pretty standard for a microbrew.

It has a reddish-orange color...almost looking like iced tea. A mild head to it. Not much of a smell to describe.

The taste is nice. Somewhat creamy...a bit of a roasted flavor, but not overpowering. This is mixed with a hint of sweetness. Quite drinkable. Smooth and tasty.

Nutleybeer, May 18, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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...

wedge, May 15, 2006
Photo of JasonCoop
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice reddish copper color with big offwhite foam. fairly clear for a brown ale.

smell - nice and malty. almost doughy. some citrus hops come through as well.

taste - hops up front blend to very full buttery malty finish. delicious and perfectly balanced brew. pretty light for a brown ale, but packs a nice flavor.

mouthfeel is medium/full. well hopped as brown ales go. i enjoyed it.

JasonCoop, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of JMD71
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
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 akahn
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first time have a Gritty beer, from the "Gritty Dozen" mixed pack. Neat thing is that I could choose from a variety of mixes, thanks to checkmarks indicating which brews were inside.

Pours a beautiful red color, almost ruby. A finger of lasting off-white head. Some sparse lacing. Lots of streaming bubbles combined with the color make this one attractive beer.

Sweet, caramel malt aroma, with subtle spicy hop overtone.

Full, sweet malt flavor. Hint of caramel, and later, honey. Dry, mineral finish. Very little hop flavor.

Strong carbonation. Too strong, in my opinion. Body is light to medium. I think a more substantial mouthfeel and less carbonation would make this beer a lot better. As far as drinkability, this beer goes down easily, and the sweetness is tame, but I'd go for something more interesting after one or two.

akahn, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of Shovelbum
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
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 charlesw
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice brown/amber with a small head that is gone before you know it.

Smells faintly of dry dirt...

Flavors are... Caramel, biscuit, chocolate... Light on all but the caramel... Kind of surprising to have so much chocolate in a brown. Not bad, just surprising.

Kind of weird, for me, but even with the tiny head it still feels overly carbonated on my tongue... That's surely just a light body talking through, there, but it did strike me as odd.

Hey, I'd drink the stuff. Sure, why not? I mean, it'd be a fine session beer and I bet that it'd be awesome on cask!

charlesw, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of HoorayBeer
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sitting at Gritty McDuff's, this was an easy one to pick up.

Nice amber color with a thin head that left as soon as I started drinking it.

Hoppy aroma, with a nut and caramel infused finish. Almost a skunky smell, not a bad skunk, just pungent.

Good full flavored brew. Hoppy flavors present right away. Smoothe finish with the nut and caramel mix, and a bite with the bitters, well done.

Nice brew for a nice day on the porch. Overall a good brew.

HoorayBeer, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave lacing on the glass. The aroma is nutty with some diacetyl and a little caramel. The flavor seems quite lacking - only flavor on the very front of the tongue - almost empty tasting. There are some nutty flavors with caramel hints. The mouthfeel is very light and the drinkability is good. This is an ok beer, it's just missing something.

clvand0, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

kmpitz2, Jul 27, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

Gavage, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of WanderingFool
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

WanderingFool, Aug 12, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.83/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a brown-amber with a small beige head and some sticky and trailing lace.
A cut hay-like malty smell is noticeable at first. A tea-like hoppy smell follows, as does a light fruity bouquet.
The malt body is a little thinner than the usual Brown Ale style. A taste of toasty malt, dry hay and a bit of caramel sweetness blends well with the tea-like and citrusy hop flavors. A light fruity (mainly apples) flavor shows up about halfway through the glass. This beer paired well with Gritty's Beer Battered Fish & Chips.

BeerResearcher, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

ppoitras, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +15%
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 ViveLaChouffe
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright ruby brown with a good sized tan head. Smells lightly malty and nutty. Sweet aromas, not much bitterness.

Tastes nutty, like th smell. Has a nice hoppy finish which I wsan't expecting from the aromas. Not nearly as malty as I would have expected and the body is a bit weaker than I would expect from a brown ale. It's quite "Newcastley" (but I mean that in a good way) but more flavorful. Medium bodied bordering on light. Would be a very nice session brew, very drinkable. Doesn't knock your socks off but is very good and solid.

ViveLaChouffe, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a rich mahogany brown, tinted with red. Good clarity. A thin white head tops the beer, dissipating into a ring around the glass, but never disappearing.
Aroma is mostly a sweet caramel maltiness. Some toasted malt, with very light chocolate. The chocolate isn't as pronounced as the cask or bottled version, but still present. Some light fig and plum, with a touch of diacetyl butterscotch. Slight graininess.
The flavor starts with a bready caramel maltiness, a bit of toasted malt and very light chocolate. Pretty much just a cameo appearance. Some graininess comes through in the middle, with mild estery plum and a suggestion of fig. Extremely mild herbal hops come through in the finish, with malt mostly carrying the beer all the way through. Moderately carbonated, with a lightish medium body. Some grainy toasted malt and a touch of diacetyl in the aftertaste.
A well balanced brown ale. Not as good as the cask or bottled versions, in my opion. It lacks much of the chocolatey goodness that really sets it apart from other brown ales. Still robust, but withouth as much complexity to the flavor.

UnionMade, Oct 07, 2003
Photo of edchicma
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
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 far333
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
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 86MonteSS
4.25/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this with high expectations but was still surprised. The appearance is a perfect dark amber with a respectable off-white head. The buttery, candy-toffe smell was perhaps the beer's greatest feature. The taste is that of a great brown ale and then some. A sweetened coffee flavor excited the palate without making me feel like one of those book-readin' Starbuck's fruitcakes.

Gritty is just plain awesome. I'd like to shake his hand.

86MonteSS, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium sized soapy like head that dissolved into nothing.Had the look of root beer or a cola.The color was a dark cherry red.The aroma was of malt,bread,and toasted grains.A very crisp mouthfeel that left a dry finish with a hint of bitterness in the back of the throat.Not a bad Brown Ale.I think I would buy this again.

kelticblood, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of beernut7
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This interesting brown ale is different than most. Aroma is bready and lightly spicy. The flavor is crisp and bready with a lingering hint of lightly toasted buttery dark malt. Quite drinkable with a smooth lighter body.

beernut7, Nov 17, 2002
Photo of Todd
2.38/5  rDev -25.6%
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 +23.4%
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
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