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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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143 Ratings

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 23:50:25 | More by clvand0
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 23:45:00 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2005 23:53:07 | More by Gavage
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 23:43:09 | More by WanderingFool
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2004 22:56:51 | More by BeerResearcher
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 01:40:56 | More by ppoitras
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 16:33:26 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2003 06:14:39 | More by UnionMade
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 02:11:41 | More by edchicma
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 05:04:25 | More by far333
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 02:56:04 | More by 86MonteSS
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2003 11:21:59 | More by kelticblood
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 13:17:02 | More by beernut7
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2002 19:56:49 | More by Todd
Photo of sponberg

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2002 21:29:35 | More by sponberg
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
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


Serving type: bottle

09-14-2002 17:45:47 | More by Bierman9
Photo of pbrian


3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

nothing special, appeared and smelled better than it tasted. my sample had "best by" notch.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2001 08:08:36 | More by pbrian
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