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Gritty McDuff's Scottish Ale - Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

Gritty McDuff's Scottish AleGritty McDuff's Scottish Ale

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103 Ratings

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.02%

Brewed by:
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
It takes a brave beer to stand up to a Maine winter. Gritty McDuff 's Scottish Ale is returns every January to help you weather the season. Scottish Style Ale is our interpretation of the robust brews native to Scotland. Generous quantities of Pale malt along with Munich and Caramalts give this ale a deep and complex profile. Scottish Style Ale is just a shade darker than our Bitter, with a rich, slightly sweet first impression on the palate that rounds out to a satisfying maltiness and a medium-dry hop finish. At 6.3% ABV it's hearty but not overwhelming. Sure to please the Braveheart in all of us.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-25-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by cretemixer:
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3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours the color of clear apple cider. Tightly carbonated beige colored head. Retention is minimal.
The aroma is sweet and fruity with a hint of spice (nutmeg?)
Malty and a bit astringent. Starts out sweet with hints of caramel, but becomes dryer mid-glass. Slight hint of apple peel. Mild bitterness that lingers for a bit.
Medium body, average carbonation. Overall a pretty average beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2003 02:44:38 | More by cretemixer
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Gritty McDuff's Scottish Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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