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

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Gritty McDuff's Scottish AleGritty McDuff's Scottish Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

113 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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 twelvsies:
Photo of twelvsies
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked this up thinking it was a new beer, but I think just the packaging is new. Looks alright for starters - brown in color, nice foamy head, pretty standard. Not much at all going on in terms of aroma - faint toffee notes, malt. Goes downhill fast - sort of buttery and not much balance. Muddy malt, lacks any sort of character that good Scotch Ales do - no nutty, smoky, etc. Kind of carboardy, and just bland and watery. Leads to not such a satisfying beer I have to say. This is not a good representation of the generally good beers that Gritty's can churn out. Pass and get the Pale, Bitter, Stout, or Halloween Ale instead.

twelvsies, Jan 24, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of JMD71
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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,

JMD71, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

lordofthewiens, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of far333
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

far333, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
2.45/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

yankeeheel, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of Shovelbum
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Shovelbum, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Trashcat, Saturday at 05:10 PM
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

NJpadreFan, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

russpowell, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

KOPBeerDrinker, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of edchicma
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

edchicma, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of tkeHijacker
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

tkeHijacker, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of OatmattStout
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

OatmattStout, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

puboflyons, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

akorsak, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

philbe311, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of charlesw
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

charlesw, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of CheckMate
4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers!

CheckMate, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

wedge, May 14, 2006
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +10.5%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
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Gritty McDuff's Scottish Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.