Gritty McDuff's Scottish Ale - Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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Reviews by FLAbeergutinMASS:
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
My first Gritty review, however, the Gritty Pub Ale back in '89 was probably my very first craft beer. Not a bad offering overall, deep ruby color along with a healty white, wispy head. decent floras and sweet flowery malts on the nose. I think the batch I bought might have been on the long side of being youg, but it still had a decent, slightly balenced malt-infused hop bite at the end.
At 6.3% a pretty healty beer, weighs a bit heavy but pretty tasty.
04-14-2007 22:26:39 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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3.88/5 rDev +7.2%
Appearance: Deep copper color with a small head when poured.
Smell: Malty character with some sweet caramel flavor.
Taste: Nice full bodied flavor with good malty overtones. Good hop flavor in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Nice, clingy feeling. Highly carbonated lends good motuhfeel.
Drinkability: Very smooth, easy drinking. Not too heavy or overpowering.
I found this very enjoyable. Really nice malty flavor & good hop balance in the finish. Leaves a slight bitter aftertaste which is enjoyable,
03-06-2006 15:40:24 | More by JMD71
4.33/5 rDev +19.6%
Gritty's has come out with combo 12 packs. This one had Scottish Ale, Christmas Ale, and the year-round Pub Ale. This Scottish ale is very good. It had a nice amber color with minimal head (and I really tried to make so0me head when pouring). It has a spicy/sweet aroma, and a good cinnamon/malty taste, with a hoppy aftertaste that really lingers. Lightly carbonated, so good mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer.
01-20-2006 01:18:03 | More by lordofthewiens
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
Presentation: 22 brown bomber with no freshness date.
Appearance: Slim yet well formed lace leave a few rings on the glass as it goes down, deep brownish amber glows bright in the light.
Smell: Light citric hop with a round of toasted malt this is follow buy a hint of buttery malt to from an aromatic nose.
Taste & Mouthfeel: More smoothness than creaminess within the medium body, buttery malt from front to back. Herbal woody hoppiness seems to cut the malt sweetness enough. Dough toasted malt flavor with a semi-dry palate. A touch of alcohol with fruity ester in the finish.
Notes: A nice beefy Scottish ale, reminds me of some of the strong Scottish bitters I had many years ago in Edinburgh. A stogy beef stew would be a great pairing with this one.
03-16-2004 01:38:07 | More by Jason
4.33/5 rDev +19.6%
Another great beer from this fine brewer. Chestnut colored with a fat and foamy and somewhat lumpy off-white head that lingers long. Thick rings of foam and spotty lace line the glass as I drink. Aroma is light, and consists of sweet malt and some hops. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel followed by a sweet malt flavor upfront, with toffee and caramel, plus some hops, in the finish. Light brown sugar emerges in the aftertaste. Veeeery drinkable.
04-03-2004 14:17:10 | More by far333
2.45/5 rDev -32.3%
Pours a clear brown with a smallish light tan head. Smells weakly of toasted malt.
The tatse is a major letdown. Very un-scot like. Some decent toasted malt and caramel up front but the ending is just horrible. Very bitter and hopped. Not what I call a scotch ale by any stretch.
01-10-2004 01:57:15 | More by yankeeheel
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a robust off-white head over a glowing red-hued copper body. Excellent lace and head retention. Light aromas of caramel malt, but fairly clean in the nose. Sweet and malty caramel flavors with a substantial smoky character as well. Slighty acrid and a moderate hop spiciness. Lean to medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Ends with a drying finish and a lingering smokiness.
The smoky character teams up well with the hops and malt, although I would have liked a bit more body. Overall, this a decent Scottish ale with respectable complexity.
01-06-2006 02:26:27 | More by Shovelbum
3.08/5 rDev -14.9%
Gritty McDuff's- Scottish Ale Winter Seasonal
Appearance- Hazy caramel orange with a thick cappachiano head. Thick lacing down the glass.
Smell- Funky yeast and moss.
Taste- Light floral/ mossy hop. Sugary malt appears secondary.
Mouthfeel- Bland, but with an increasing flavor. The taste seems to jump out as you swallow.
Overall- A decent Ale nothing great. My 1st from Gritty.
09-18-2006 19:44:30 | More by NJpadreFan
3.95/5 rDev +9.1%
This pours out as a red-hued amber color with good carbonation that creates a scattered, bubbly head that dissipated pretty fast. minor lacing is observed.
The nose on this brew is pretty sweet scented with a red berries malt scent and herbal hop aroma.
This scottish ale has a big, sweet brown sugar, bread and butter flavored malt with some very nice fruity sweet currents. The hop charecter is herbal and subtle but very effective. The finish is hearty and very pleasing with a unique sour/yeastie effect.
This brew is medium bodied but crisp and substantial. This is one of the more enjoyable version of this style that i've had, very bold flavor and extremely drinkable.
04-25-2007 21:00:05 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.18/5 rDev -12.2%
Cheers to ppoitras for this one!
Pours an orange/copper with 1 finger of sand colored head. Above average head retention & lacing
S: S: Some toffee & that's it
T: Toffee, slight peat notes & some caramel up front. Slight sour tinge as this warms, then dryness, more peaty smokeyness. Finishes somewhat cloying & smokey
MF: Light bodied with moderate smokeyness
Drinks okay, nothing special here
03-24-2008 17:26:55 | More by russpowell
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured a dark amber into the pint glass. Short head formed and quickly receded-no lacing is evident. Smells mainly of biscuit malt. Tastes of bread with some hops and mild fruity flavor. Medium mouthfeel and relatively easy to drink. I like this better than most scottish ales I have tried, but is not one of my favorites from this brewery.
03-31-2008 03:40:34 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
Strong malt aroma. Poured an amber-copper, with a nice decent sized head. Taste was malty with a definite alcohol presence. Initially sweet, then an alcohol bite at the finish. Had a somewhat oily mouthfeel that was medium bodied. Ok to drink one, but I'd rather try another brew.
03-04-2004 00:04:03 | More by edchicma
4.25/5 rDev +17.4%
Oured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is light smokey brown with ok carbonation. The head is small tan and leaves some lace.
The smell is light but nice, smoky toasted caramel malt.
The taste is very good I like this a lot, the caramel is very nice and it all works very good. Even the hops are done right.
The mouthfeel is a bit fizzy and the body could be thicker, but all pretty good.
The drinkability is just fine a very well dome brew that drinks agreat. Prosit, MK
07-16-2008 17:40:16 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
A: Copper to orange, slightly mahogany color. Light eggshell colored head forms quickly and fades within the first 5 minutes after pour. Very slight lacing forms on the side of the glass.
S: Hops are up front with a slight caramel flavor hiding underneath. Hops are slightly spicy and slightly earthy. Biscuit nut smells become apparent as the warms lslightly.
T: Sweet biscuit earthy hops all up front. the flavor gives a little bitterness that hangs out with the caramel sweetness. Not a lot of hop flavor beyond the initial earthy/spicy initial notes. Fades intot he biscuityness and thats where it ends.
M: Medium to full body nice light amount of carbonations that fits well with this beer.
D: A little more alcoholic than I remember this being. Great starting beer, also great to keep you warmer int he winter months. I always give it a try when I comes out here in Maine around this time of year.
02-25-2009 23:59:12 | More by tkeHijacker
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
white fleeting fluffy head that renders sufficient lacing down the glass.
smell of caramel and buttery malts and subtle hops.
Taste is full and bigger than i expected for a Scottish. Lots of backbone with the nice sweat fruity and biscuity malts. Diaceytly is her and not in a bad way. Good blunt hop taste that mellows on the tongue.
A big beer that for me would start a session but I would move on after one.
02-18-2009 22:10:32 | More by OatmattStout
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Dec 12. Sampled on April 26, 2012. It pours a handsome looking deep amber with little to no head, which tends to disappoint me. The aroma has a pleasant malt sweetness to it, some yeast, with a bit of bread. The body is in the medium range or maybe just a bit under. The taste is upfront sweet and malty with licorice and a moderate bitterness. It ends off-dry. This is an adequate take on the style.
04-27-2012 00:01:29 | More by puboflyons
3.3/5 rDev -8.8%
A 12 oz bottle from a variety case purchased as Westy's.
A: The ale is a darker brew, reasonably brown but not quite a cola colored brown-black. A decent head of 1.5 fingers arose on the pour but didn't retain for long.
S: The nose is biscuity malts, touched but smoke and floral notes. There isn't much in the nose to get jazzed about.
T: The taste improves mightily on the nose. The malts are the dominant flavor, grainy with toffee and bread-like flavors. A touch of smokiness aids the malts and the overall taste. A floral flavor emerges midway through a sip. Those flowers are not hops as they lack bitterness, but they sweeten up the taste a bit.
M: The mouthfeel is average, nothing spectacular rises out of the glass.
D: The ale works as a sessioner, decent taste and not much alcohol. But if you are looking for something deeper, pass on this.
03-16-2008 21:21:39 | More by akorsak
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
A - An active swirling pour... Almost three fingers worth of chunky airy and slightly creamy light tan colored head... Decent retention gives way to a full slightly creamy lace... The color is a light caramel brown... Loaded with carbonation, a good portion of which clings to the glass and only a small portion of which rises in the middle of the glass... Some lacing clings to the glass...
S - Artificially sweet caramel... Toffee... Brown sigar... Molasses... A bit musky... Perhaps a touch of peat... A bit cloying...
T - Muted caramel... Burnt sugars... A bit of smoke... A bit of peat... A bit of woody notes... Some minor bitter hops...
M - Medium bodied... Some prickly carbonation... Slightly burnt texture... Dry finish...
D - Scotch / Scottish Ales are my favorite style and I find Gritty's to be a very underrated brewery, unfortunately the combination doesn't work for me in this instance... This one is still average and drinkable, but a slight disappointment for both the style and the brewery...
03-10-2011 03:04:06 | More by philbe311
2.78/5 rDev -23.2%
Erm. Is this a scottish ale? Whoa.
12 oz bottle...
It pours amber (a bit light in the color, no?) with a nice creamy head. Oddly, for such a dense-looking head it doesn't last long.
It smells ok - maybe a bit woody, malty. No complaints.
Oh, well, not until I taste it. Bummer. Maybe it's just the sixer that I bought, but this is really carbonated, light in body (like, light! Dang!) and light in flavor. Nothing much to say about aftertaste, but, really, I'm just so bummed that I've got a whole six pack of this to drink.
02-29-2004 21:49:44 | More by charlesw
4.53/5 rDev +25.1%
12oz screw-top bottle purchased at Hannaford in Augusta, Maine.
pours a crystal clear copper liquid with a half inch of off white head that slowly dissipated. scents of chocolate, toffee, butter, and tree nuts (like brazil nuts). tastes of chocolate and toffee grace the tongue, with butter and tree nuts taking a backseat in the flavor. light, crisp taste with a clean finish. the first sip invites another. its quite a beer. one of the best i have had in a while.
12-30-2009 00:11:34 | More by CheckMate
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
Clear amber red with a thin white cap. Clean, sweet caramel malt aroma with some diacetyl and light fruits. Sweet and bright on the tongue at first though, thankfully, a darker maltiness attempts to chase down the sweetness - some light esters show up as well. Smooth, medium, clean body. Not bad.
05-14-2006 22:16:21 | More by wedge
3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
Pours an amber/copper color with a thin head, fades fast, not much lacing, a few surprising floaties are found.
Smell is strictly caramel malt all the way, not much of a hop balance, fairly one-note.
Taste has solid carbonation with a nice clean crispness, light amount of creaminess, caramel malt is the show and the show comes and goes quickly, flavor doesn't linger for long except for a hint of toffee.
Decent for a Scottish ale, but Pemaquid remains my go-to.
01-29-2011 22:06:36 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
Presentation: 11oz bottle in a thistle-style flared goblet
Nice, vibrant nose from a crisp, crackled pour. Lightly spiced, biscuity, crackers, faint orange peel, sweet malts and dark caramel. An earthy/peated quality rises as it warms & opens as do some sweet stone fruits like cherry, slight apricot, more of the orange peel, malts and their sugars are more noticeable..a nice, inviting bouquet.
Head was a good finger's worth of mixed, warm ivory hued foam that lasted a decent while before surrendering into a thin covering. Their is no lacing, but slight agitation does revigorate the head nicely to a lingering, slow fade back to that thin covering. Body is a beautifully warm, brassy-orange cherry amber hue, crisp, sharp, clean, a few rogue bubbles rising quickly thru it. Aromatically & visually this is an understated beauty.
Its like 2 clans.. the "McBitters" and the "MacMalts" having a go at it in some highland games. Its surprisingly bitter up front, which given all the nose & eye candy caught me off guard like a gillie in the Highlands. But this bitter tongue quality is offset with a pleasing malt profile. Malts are earthy, flat, their deep, caramelized sugars slightly smoky and burnt but very nice. A whisper of orange complements the bitters as they do a jig with the caramelized malts...very nice. The tastes all meld together on the tongue balanced, even, flattening like a descent into the Lowlands, somewhat thin & watery, with a slight creaminess and upswing with the sweet aspect of the caramel. The finish is very quiet, semi-dry with peated malts, slight caramel, leaving a pleasing, clean bittersweet aftertaste that lightly coats the mouth in semi-sweet creaminess, but yet leaves a little of that backroad, thru the peat bog, malted journey to remind you of where you came from.
One note - this started better than it finished. The 1st half of the glass was much better & more complex than the 2nd, and as it warmed more it started to thin & lose qualities.
Overall, a damn fine Scottish Ale in all regards except for its staying power with warmth & air. I'm not saying to chug it, but sipping/nursing it does not help nor do it justice. However, there are far worse things in the world than a beer that appeals to all senses and can just be enjoyed without much thought over a session, one after the other. Perhaps one of the biggest sleepers in the New England market. By all means check it out & enjoy it while its here before the bagpipes call it away for another year.
03-27-2007 14:47:41 | More by BuckSpin
Gritty McDuff's Scottish Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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