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

117 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-25-2002

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
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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 86
Photo of rderedin
2.87/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.25

Probably one of the worst scotch ales I've ever had. Not nearly as strong in flavor like some of the best.

Photo of scotorum
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before Dec. 2014. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to thin even surface foam and very little lacing.

s: Dark malt with dark fruit notes.

t: Bready caramel malt with some mildly sharp hop balance and some underlying plumlike flavor. Bitterness lingers somewhat on the tongue, but mainly a sweet to dry finish.

m; Light to medium with good body. Considerable carbonation tingle.

o: A good representation of the style, which I was just reading about in All About Beer magazine. Might have a fuller body, but certainly has some good malt flavor with a dark fruit tinge.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cask pour in a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, bright, ruby-copper coloring with a frothy, filmy, clingy, off-white head. Aromas of scotch and caramel sweetness, with a subtle roasting. Tangy sweet flavors of scotch and floral thistle, with a boozey highlight. Very smooth across the palate, with a clean, hoppy bitterness at the end. Rich, smooth feel across the mouth, with a slightly scotchy and sweet aftertaste. Smooth, clean, slightly drying finish. Tasty brew.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 12/12. Stupid new bottle artwork not as snazzy as the old labels.

Clear copper color. I had few of these in my Gritty Dozen mix pack and one looked pretty said with a fleeting head. Another had a head that stayed until the bottom the glass and strung up a few lacey ribbons. Looks polarizing.

Aroma features that Scottish ale malted milk ball trademark but pretty faint.

Malty sweetness all over with some candied fruit in the middle and cocoa and a big herbal bitter in back. Hoppy for a Scottish ale but it fits.

Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow/orange color with a 1/2 inch of head

S: Very malty and slightly odd fruity smell. Definitely didn't expect that amount of fruitiness in a Scottish ale... Also some toffee and caramel

T: Again, very malty with less of the fruit (luckily) and more of the toffee and caramel notes. Some slight smoke, but not as much as I'd expect from a Scottish ale

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice and easy going down

O: Certainly not what I expected. Not bad, but like I said, a little too fruity in the nose and not enough smoke in the taste makes this a little disappointing

Photo of bth86
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden Brown, thin cream colored head that dissapates after some time, leaving a small amount of lacing

S- Butterscotch, a little malty caramel, maybe a little smokey- overall nothing too standout

T- Malty, sugar, butterscotch, a slight bitter hop finish

M- Smooth, refreshing carbonation, dry finish, very refreshing!

O- I really enjoyed this one, very refreshing as well as drinkable, Great session beer!

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: deep golden brown colored boy with a short white head that leaves good lacing

S: caramelized malts, vanilla, butterscotch and just a touch of hops

T: sweet through previously mentioned flavors, malty

M: medium, smooth, crisp, sessionable, slightly dry aftertaste and finish

O: this used to be better, it seemed more complex when I've had it before, still good, just not stellar

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short of-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, vanilla, butterscotch and touches of fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet but mild flavors of caramel, vanilla and butterscotch. The malt character is hearty and there is a bit of fruit in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is a bit dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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...

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a small bar in downtown Portland, ME, forgot the name of the bar.

Light creamy head, crystal clear copper colored.

Nose is light malts, light brown sugar, creamy molasses, light herbal earthy hops

Taste is creamy, light malts, sweet molasses, light sugar, no real dark malts, creamy, bitter, herbal earthy uk hops, light minerality

Mouth is med bodied with decent carb

Drink is decent, light minerality and herbal hops, dry finish, fairly bitter

Photo of TakeTheMonyNrun
4.88/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful amber, light brownish color

S- Smells almost as beautiful as it tastes

T- An absolutely delicious caramel malt flavor, a little bit of hops in the after-taste

M- Very creamy with a nice, but mild, carbonation

D- A beer this good practically begs to be continued to drink

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of twelvsies
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Photo of levifunk
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Lost Abbey sampler glass.

a - brown in color, light tan head.

s - caramel sweetness. malts. somewhat lacking.

t - simple beer. good flavor, follows the nose, but nothing special. malty brown flavor.

m - medium body. decent mouthfeel.

o - decent brew, but won't be seeking it out.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. This beer pours an amber brown color with a creamy white head that goes away pretty quickly. There is no real lacing on this beer, just a small ring around the edge of the liquid. Also it has very good clarity. Smell is good, not great, but good. Actually when cool it really doesn't have much of a smell at all. After it warms up a bit the nose gets a bit stronger. It's big on the malts, very sweet, even a little rich. The taste is a step up. Again it's very malty, caramelized with a bit of a butterscotch flavor. It doesn't taste very hoppy, maybe a little bit of a citrus hop flavor, but it unquestionably targets your bitter taste buds. The mouthfeel is excellent. Creamy and smooth with a clean bitter finish. No carbonation bite at all. Full bodied and well balanced overall. This beer has good drinkability overall. I would certainly get it again if the opportunity arose. This beer won't blow you away, but it's pretty unique for this style.

Photo of chaunur
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tuckermans in North Conway NH,

Poured a clear copperish tan with a nice 1" cream head, Very pleasant aroma, sweet, carmel tones with a hint of hops and some winter spice.

Wonderful flavor, semi-sweet yet not cloying, maltly, some toffee, and a woodsy hops flavor that lends balance.

A great Scottish Ale, almost as good as Cally's Smokin Scottish Ale

Photo of berley31
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small, white head that became a thin film very quickly. Body is dark copper and completely clear.

S: Sweet, with malty caramel notes coming through. Overall, a little weak, though.

T: Pretty good taste, it struck me as a little muted at first. Malty sweetness is there with a slightly dry finish. Moderate duration. Opened up a bit upon warming.

M: Thin-to-medium bodied, slightly creamy with average-to-lively carbonation.

D: A pretty good Scotch Ale... I'd like the opportunity to try it on tap to compare. Maybe a bit bland compared to some other Scotch ales, but overall it was good.

Photo of goatgoat
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks GrittyMug345 for the opportunity.

Dated best before Dec, 2010.

Pours a clear burnished copper blending with woody brown. Tan head and a little lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity, with a nutty and buttery tones. Flavor follows with a lot of malt characteristics I can parse out, but again that slightly buttery taste/feel.

Everything seems middle of the road with this brew. While glad for a new brew if I ever make it to Gritty's I'll pass on this one.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of sprucetip
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Liberal Cup.

A very attractive brew, though not much head by the time it got to me, and no lacing. It was exceptionally clear, and the color was a beautiful amber/red.

Smell was more boozy than expected, but also apricot fruity, a little butterscotch, malty sweet with just the faintest hint of peat. It improved in depth and strength as it warmed.

Didn't really get the peatiness at all in the taste, and not as fruity either. Had a mild bitterness balancing the malty sweetness, with a bit of the butterscotch noted in the nose.

Medium full body, pleasantly creamy and rich, and it finished clean.

Very easy drinking, quite tasty, but not really quite having all of the elements of a top notch Scottish ale. Most notably, the smoky/peaty character associated with the style. A quality brew that I'll be happy to have again upon occasion.

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!

Photo of alexhammond
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is only the second Scottish ale I've tried, the other being a little too strong in taste for me. Gritty's, however, was very drinkable. Paired this one with some bread and sharp cheddar cheese, which actually brought out a little bit of sweet malty flavor in the beer. Alcohol content isn't too noticeable, and it isn't as heavy as I expected, but still an enjoyably rich taste. Got me interested in trying some other Scottish ales.

Photo of Durge
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark caramel color with a thick off-white head and great thick lacing. The aroma is a mild nutty grass hops and cider. The taste is smooth malt and sharp pine hops. A crisp but somewhat full mouth feel. It's a decent drinker for the style, doesn't seem too strong in alcohol. I pick up some sour apple and lemon, rye and peat. Very enjoyable, perhaps the best Gritty's I ever had. Be sure to try it!

Photo of tkeHijacker
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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