1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Gritty McDuff's Best Brown AleGritty McDuff's Best Brown Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
74
okay

152 Ratings
THE BROS
57
awful

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Gritty McDuff's Best Brown Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 97 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ale207
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

ale207, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

puboflyons, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of ZacMetalFan
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

ZacMetalFan, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

donkeyrunner, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

jfcaa193, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of SellaBro1
4.5/5  rDev +40.6%

SellaBro1, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of erlenmeyer
2/5  rDev -37.5%

erlenmeyer, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

mdaschaf, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of beyah
3.38/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - The color is a medium brown the head is off white and the lacing hangs in there.

S - The aroma from the malts is predominant, not much hop aroma.

T - Taste is with a clear caramel malt flavor, similar to a nut brown but not as intense. The hops are barely noticeable.

M - Crisp with a light body and medium carbonation.

O - Easy drinking, more of a light beer version of a nut brown. Good with pretzels or nuts.

beyah, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a Gritty MixPack on sale, drink before June date, so I'm guessing this was brewed a month or 2 ago (Also their christmas mixpack)

A: Colored more like a dark red/amber than a true brown ale. Quite transparent, minimal head, no lacing.

S: Sweet maltiness, taffy candy maybe, a touch of citrus hops in smell. Best part of the brew.

T: Has a cheap lactose/sweet stout sweetness to it. Biscuity, some bitterness, or I think its bitterness, not hops though, more of an astrigent dry flavor. Not a fan.

M: Clean, Dry, light, has a macro BMC like consistency to it. Probably a good session beer if you like the flavor.

O: One of the more dissapointing brews I've had lately. Perhaps a BMC drinker would enjoy as it seems to me like a more flavorful/malty bud. Grittys is a pretty weak brewery.

BigCheese, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of MaineMike
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

MaineMike, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of zapahoppa
2/5  rDev -37.5%

zapahoppa, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of stevecooks
3/5  rDev -6.3%

stevecooks, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

KTCamm, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
3/5  rDev -6.3%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of richbrew
2/5  rDev -37.5%

richbrew, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to pint glass. Best before January 2012 notched on the label. Sampled 8/4/11.

A: Pours with a healthy 2 finger head, foamy and airy and light brown in color. Retention is between good and excellent and, once faded, leaves some bubbly islands plus an uneven collar in its wake. The body is a medium-dark shade of copper: think worn penny.

S: Clearly English style. Toffee leads the way with caramel in tow. Very little dark malt character. The hops bring about meager hints of sappy wood. Straightforward nose and flavor.

T: Prominent toffee, maybe some maple syrup, and a light fruitiness that comes across with a flavor similar to dates. Lightly metallic on the finish. No ABV is listed but this beers drinks like a 5.5%.

M: Light to medium body with a slick texture. The effervescence is semi lively.

O: Fairly standard offering. Not worth revisiting.

FeDUBBELFIST, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.28/5  rDev -28.8%
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...

GarthDanielson, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of ggilman
2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

One finger of loose foamy head settles quickly to a wisp after a vigorous pour. No lacing. Body is mostly clear amber, not brown at all. Nose is alcohol, oakish vanilla and butterscotch. Pretty clean taste. A little roasted malt, a little nutty roux. Fruity buttery phenols with a complete absence of hops. Not sure who they're going after with this one, but it's not me. In fairness, I'm not typically a drinker of brown ales, but I also like anything that's well made. This tastes clean and pure, but nothing stands out beyond that. Watery and lack luster.

ggilman, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
1.78/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light brown with nice amount of bubbles. One-finger white head that did not last more than a minute. No Lacing. Overall, too light for a brown ale.

S: Roasted and fruity, but not much there. I can smell alcohol.

T: What is this? Slightly sweet, no hop bitterness at all. Off flavors. Yuck.

M: Light body and very watery. Not what a brown ale should be. Carbonation was okay though.

O: This was the worst brown ale I've tried. I knew it might not be that great before trying it, but I tried to keep an open mind, which didn't help. Awful.

SolipsismalCat, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Stranger5582
2.7/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brown ale doesn't have a strong flavor at all. My first impression was that it's a bit watery and lacking in taste. The coloration is more akin to an amber, than a brown. In fact, I've seen some amber ales with darker hues than this beer. The beer's taste doesn't seem to come alive until its finish, which is still a bit lackluster.

Overall, it does taste like a brown ale, but its on the light side. The heady burned taste that most brown ales slam into your tongue is missing and is instead replaced by an almost summer ale-ish brown ale experience.

If you're usually a light ale or summer ale drinker, this brown ale may be just what you need as a transition into heavier beers.

Stranger5582, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass: nice light tan head, lightly fluffy, no clinging an dissipated to a ring. Color is translucent brown, to a dark copper/amber.

Smell is very feint chocolate/caramel malt, but so thin.

Taste is a bit more than the nose in terms of hint more chocolate flavor with hints of grains and oats but very thin, only hop flavor is enough to slightly balance hops.

Mouthfeel is balanced, with a slight lingering sweetness.

Overall a bit thin on flavor and smell for a brown, just a touch more in the nose and taste would boost it as it is a very clean beer.

mvanaskie13, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 23, 2011
Gritty McDuff's Best Brown Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.