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

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BA SCORE
74
okay

160 Ratings
THE BROS
58
awful

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2001

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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 99
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3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by October 2012:

Into a pint glass::

A: deep brown colored body with a small off-white one finger head that has no lacing, body is too hazy for any bubbles to be seen rising.

S: some caramel and nuts up front with a bit of roastiness.

T: nuttiness in front of the caramel and roastiness and gives a slight sweet finish.

M: medium with a good balance between wet and dry. It is mostly creamy.

O: I've been seeking this out for a while and am glad I finally got it. However, perhaps slightly disappointed since it wasn't as good as I was hoping

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2.36/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a bold, clear copper color with no head or lace. The aroma is nutty with a hint of bread crust. The flavor leads with roasted nuts with caramel and mild smoke notes. It's mouthfeel is light-medium and the finish is dry. Gritty McDuffs Best Brown is a decent beer, recommended.

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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.

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3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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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.

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3.04/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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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.

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