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

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Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Halloween Ale

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-29-2001

Every fall marks the return of our legendary Extra Special Bitter for the season, Halloween Ale – the beer so good, it's scary! From its humble beginnings in 1990 as a small-batch seasonal in our Portland Brew Pub, Halloween Ale has grown to be one of the year's most anticipated beer releases. This robust brew has a deep amber color, a bold, malty palate and a well-rounded hop finish. The perfect beer for a crisp autumn day!
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Ratings: 308 | Reviews: 186
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4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a deep amber/copper color with a good sized off white head that persists for quite a while. Aromas of rich caramel malt with a bit of a mineral/sulfur edge, light earthy hop aroma. The flavor is rich caramelized malt sugars with lots of toffee. Light fruit, earthy hop, light mineral flavor. Medium body moderate carbonation. Decent brew.

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4.04/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Kert
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Mat1789
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Pumping taste, spicy, liquorish a litle, not enough after taste

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of illpass78
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby with a one-inch off-white head. Heavy carbonation. Looks reasonably Halloweenish. I could see a vampire drinking this, as it's kind of blood-like.

Aroma: Mild nose with some tea and grass.

Taste: This is a fairly bitter ESB with a dark tea taste and some grassy and buttery notes. Some bitter bite on the finish. Hops are noticeable. Tiny hint of caramel, too.

Mouthfeel: It's slightly thin for an autumn beer.

Overall: Pretty average ESB. A nice change of pace amid all the browns and pumpkin ales that hit the market every fall. But, also a pretty passable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.64/5  rDev -2.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

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3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Wow. Can't believe the high scores.

Got a flight at the Gritty McDuff's in Portland ME:
Halloween Ale
Cask Best Bitter
Maine's Best IPA
Pub Style

All were exactly the same amber color, with the same head. The aroma was exactly the same, except for the Pub Style. I also had a pint of their Black Fly Stout, which fortunately did have a different color.

I iterated between their Halloween Ale, their IPA, and their Cask Bitter. All were exactly the same, except that the Cask Bitter was slightly warmer.

When I suggested to the waitress that the beers might have been mis-poured, she said that they were correct, that she was also a bartender, and that she could tell from the color of the pours.

Assuming what I drank was correct ...

I found the beer was watery, and it was as though they used poor quality water. All their beers had an off after-taste ... as though their was a Gritty McDuffs flavor they added to all their beers (including their stout)

Mouth feel was watery. And a little evervescent ... a slight bite from the c02. Interesting, even the cask best bitter had a slight CO2 bite to it.

Very sorry I went to this pub. Food was ok. But the beers were mediocre to poor.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +14.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%

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