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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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147 Ratings

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.5%
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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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
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was excited to try this, I had never heard of this brewery before.

Appearance- Medium brown color with lots of small carbonation bubbles. The head is almost non-existent with lots of gaps in the middle, perhaps it was a bad pour, but I think it has more to do with the beer.

Smell- Smell is mostly of malt, can't detect any hops character to it by the olfactory sense. Perhaps a tiny hint of nuttiness and perhaps some chocolate, but I'm really digging for smell now. Nothing is over-powering and other than the blatant malt smell everything else is pretty hidden.

Taste- Ahh I've been waiting for this. But tis' a disappointment. Little taste of anything, some malt flavor, but it dies pretty quickly, nothing lingers much after swallowing. I taste no hoppiness, which is fine because it's a brown, but it must have some hop character because it's not overly sweet. Perhaps it just has little of either, but I don't know.

Mouthfeel- The only bite is that of the carbonation bubbles, which are overpowering for a brown ale, in my humble opinion. Feels pretty watery too, too light-bodied for my tastes. If you are looking to play drinking games with brown ale, this may be the one for you.

Overall- Re-reading my comments, I realize I have ripped this beer apart. It's not bad, but definitely under-shot my expectations. The taste and aroma or only mediocre and the mouthfeel is too watery. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this again.

RyanOkonski, Apr 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown color with a thin head, fades fast, no lacing on the glass at all, smallish cap stays around for a little while longer but eventually dissipates.

Smell is pretty much just malt, slightly nutty but not enough to be interesting, no hop character.

Taste has quite a bit of carbonation, fills the mouth like a cola and lacks a creaminess that would have been helpful, the malt is the straight forward flavor, slight roasted nuttiness in the aftertaste that comes and goes quickly.

"Best" Brown Ale, more like "Just Okay" Brown Ale.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 28, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer after buying the the Gritty Dozen Variety pack (which also had their seasonal Halloween beer).

Poured this Brown ale into the standard US pint glass.

A - pours a smooth, dark amber brown color. developed a nice frothy head, about finger or so, with some mild carbonation.

S - smells nutty and smokey, hint of caramel.

T - first tasted like chocolate-caramel, then mellows out to a deep nutty taste. the beer really tastes hoppy and could feel the carbonation on the back of my tongue after few more sips. it really leaves a sharp nutty taste after leaving it for a while.

M - couldn't feel the carbonation until a few more sips. my first impression came off as light and smooth, but then becomes too bubbly and coarse.

D - the beer really left me with a nutty, stale taste. not really worth another go.

alee42, Dec 19, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

dark amber color. not quite brown. head fades

fairly rich roast flavors. brown caramel; floral hops and some esters. touch of nuttiness

super watery and lacking in flavorful. bitterness is flaccid and the malt contribution is even worse. some fruity flavors...this tastes almost more like tea than a brown ale (hyperbole). a little nutty. and the mouthfeel is strange: gritty (how appropriate), or perhaps chalky

this is really a mild, and not a particularly good one

bruachan, Sep 19, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pilsner - fridge - best before jan 2010

Appearance: Garnet/orange/brown hues with plenty of carbonation activity. The beer gives way to an inch of ivory head with a craterous surface. Retention lasts 3 minutes until departure. Carbonation flows freely and liberally to the meniscus.

Smell: Buttery biscuits, LIFE cereal, mashed grain, pecan and some cherries. Minimal hop aroma.

Taste: Again with the smooth, buttery biscuit/cereal component. The flavor isn't very strong or sticky sweet at all. The beer itself is slippery wet and also sharply carbonated. A super slight hint of hop bitterness in the finish. I like the biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Sharp carbonation that quickly fades, well-attenuated, slick in the mouth, medium/light body, barely any sign of alcohol (it could be under 5%).

Drinkability: I am quite fond of this one. It tastes fresh and feels lively, which makes me feel the same exact way. Certainly a session beer that you could go many rounds with. I will seek out and enjoy again!

Risser09, May 31, 2010
Gritty McDuff's Best Brown Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.