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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
82
good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 111
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)
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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Svendozen, Jul 19, 2014
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 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
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 Brad007
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a ruby red color with lively carbonation and nice foamy head. Aroma is of peat-smoked malt and ringwood with some dryness. Taste is mostly smoked malt upfront with a bit too much sweetness at first. Aftertaste is much better with a nice smoky finish and dryness. A second confirms much of the same. It doesn't feel well balanced upfront.

Obviously contract-bottled by Shipyard. Not a bad effort but I can name better efforts. Will look for this in a bomber though as I hear bombers are better quality (unless they won't be available in bombers).

Brad007, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of MaineMike
3/5  rDev -17.1%

MaineMike, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a mild malt scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It's dry with some sweetness. The taste is average also. It has a dry, malty taste that seems watered down even at 6.3%. It has a very light peated flavor along with an alcohol zing. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This has got to be the least enjoyable Scottish ale I've ever had. It lacks depth in the malt bill. It lacks body and it lacks aroma. Down the drain it goes.

WesWes, Aug 21, 2007
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

michaelfcasey, Jun 11, 2014
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 philwags
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish copper in color. Pours with a decent off-white almost tan head which condensed to large bubbles quickly which then lasted a long time, fair amount of lacing.

Smell: Malt. Musty, like the forest floor under a pine tree (Odd description I realize but that's what I got out of it).

Taste: Smoke, peat, more smoke, nuances of caramel. Alcohol not really noticeable. Long finish where the hops make an appearance along with minor notes of pepper.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thicker than Gritty's other offerings. Coats the tongue.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not the best breakfast I've ever had. I found the smoke to be overpowering which made it hard to discern additional flavors in the brew.

Overall I'd drink another one if offered, but I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to track one down.

philwags, Jan 24, 2006
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3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cola-brown with a tight half-inch head. Very little lace.

Aroma of dark fruit such as cured black olives and raisins. Aroma reminds me of some really bad homebrew I've had.

Dark malty taste. Somewhat sweet, hint of roasted character. Subtlest hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. Not much flavor here, and I suppose the strong carbonation is meant to hide that, but it isn't working. It also can't hide this beer's weak, thin body. This beer is too boring to be very drinkable.

Somehow, this tastes the same as Best Brown and Best Bitter... variations on the same lackluster theme.

akahn, Feb 20, 2006
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3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber color with a short and medium bodied tan head that sticks around and laces the glass on the way down. The aroma is of sweet malts, some nice hoppy bitter aromas, and then some scotch in there as well. The taste is of very nice sweet roasted malts, some scotch flavoring, and then a nice bitter hit at the end from the hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and kind of refreshing making it a drinkable beer. I was hoping for something a little less bitter, more scotchy, and smoother feeling.

erosier, Apr 22, 2008
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3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10 oz bottle poured reddish brown with an off white head

Aromas of malt and slight bread smell along with some hops

Palate is medium light carbonation on the tongue

Flavors of malt and caramel a rather strong hop bitter finish for the stile

I was a little disappointed in the bottle I had this from the brewpub and let’s say it tastes a lot different but still an interesting beer none the less

joepais, Jan 10, 2008
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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
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3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

cretemixer, Oct 20, 2003
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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Loved all of the previous offerings from this brewery... this one didn't really do it for me to be honest. Pours a nice cloudy red color, small head, minimal lacing. Medium body to it.. some caramel aroma notes. Taste is a bit watery and don't get a lot of the peat/smokey flavor or even that much caramel in the taste. When I get a scotch ale that's what I expect, but this one is a bit lacking. Good try GM, but I'll pass on this Scottish Ale in the future... not a bad beer overall though.

oriolesfan4, Jan 22, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

aking32753, Aug 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Jun 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of kmpitz2
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solild copper to amber color with a small head that falls to a sparse coat over top. Small bubbles slowly form at the bottom of the glass and float up. Nose is nice and butter to toffee with a lot of caramel sweetness. A bit too buttery for me. Flavor is better than the nose. Buttery diacetyl is still there, but I get some moderte herbal hopping with a moderate hop bitter finish. Also good caramel sweetness. Not quite what I expect from my scottish ales. I'd like some peaty or smokey character and not with the hops. Feel is moderate with a full moderate carbonation. The hopping is really not working with me on this one. It should be more sweet and with some peaty or smokey phenols. Just okay.

kmpitz2, Jan 18, 2006
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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
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3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

McDuff's Scottish Ale pours a light mahogany/orange with a white head that has some staying power. Very little lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sweet amd malty with faint odors of floral hops. The taste starts with a moderate amount of pale and caramel malt flavor and then moves more toward munich malt flavors with hints of citrus hops. The finish is dry with some malt flavor but hop bitterness is starting to take over the flavor profile at this point. The aftertaste is a combination of citrus hop bitterness and munich malt's dry sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to light for a scotch ale IMHO.
Overall a drinkable brew. I'm not so sure I would go so far as to call it a scotch ale. To me a scotch ale is very malty with some alcohol notes and not much hop bitterness. This was more like a dark IPA or ESB to me. But to be honest I have had much worse that was called a scotch ale.

purplehops, Feb 14, 2003
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3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok last of the brews kindly sent by my man Bennybrew.
Comes in the 22 oz brown bomber the label has a half naked Scotsman brandishing a sword ..different.
Beer actually looks very handsome ( though not like any Scottish ale I have seen)..a slightly vibrant brown with a slight haziness topped with a gorgeous off white head..that sinks to leave excellent lacing.
Im rather taken aback by the aroma though..theres something too sweet about it..and it destroys the enjoyment of the malts.
Again with the taste I am confronted with an almost acrid sweetness , like artifficial sweetner) though the beer is saved by a nice creamy , chocolaty taste at the end and a wee bit of hops
Pretty good on the palate after you get rid of the sweetness..its a pretty thin brew really for a Scottish ale.
Pretty average on the drinkability stakes..could have been a lot better.

Reidrover, May 28, 2003
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3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Feb 08 notched on side of label. Dark amber with reddish tan head that quickly dissapates and leaves ring. Aroma is mild; maltiness with a quick mild hop whiff. Taste is a caramel maltiness with an over-balance of bittering hops. Taste is not bad, just off for the style. Mouthfeel suffers from too much carbonation of a soda-like nature. The trait I expect from scottish and scotch style ales is a fresh malty wort-like flavor and aroma that is robust and up-front. The caramel banana fruitiness of the ringwood yeast makes me think more of an autumn or winter ale. Decent beer, just not a good representation of the style.

mshallah, Jun 02, 2007
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3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired through a long lost BIF. Best by October 06 clearly notched on the label (which looks different from what is pictured and is also marked as a "winter warmer")
Pours a good woody amber with a hefty finger and a half of off white head. Excellent retention and lacing with a good bit of carbonation livening up the brew.
Aroma of light booze, malt, and wet paper.
Light malt flavor that is overly buttery. Some light almost sour hops on the finish.
Thin, oily and buttery mouthfeel.
Strangely, I could imagine several hours of darts or pool while swigging this and BS'ing with the guys.

Dithyramb, Jan 27, 2006
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Gritty McDuff's Scottish Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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