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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

274 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-29-2001)
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PressFastF0rward

Maine

1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

06-27-2014 20:08:33 | More by PressFastF0rward
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bonbini26

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -46.8%

01-10-2012 17:18:34 | More by bonbini26
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -46.8%

03-23-2013 18:31:33 | More by BGsWo22
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

02-24-2014 03:04:39 | More by TheBigBoy
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Ecxeeder616

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

11-08-2013 14:37:18 | More by Ecxeeder616
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yeti123

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

08-21-2012 20:32:37 | More by yeti123
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brentblack1

New York

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

09-07-2012 00:10:02 | More by brentblack1
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MacCherry

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Beautiful brown/copper with a creamy, off-white head @2in thick. Laced all the way down. This is what beer should look like; before, during, and after.

S- Metallic. Some grain, a little caramel, and some yeastiness. But it's just swimming in this metallic twang. At first I thought it was the glass, then maybe just this bottle, but subsequent bottles were the same. Not sure what the deal is here.

T- A little more of that caramel breadiness. Dry, dry, dry and long-lived hop bitterness.

M- Tight carbonation hides some of the malt sweetness. A little on the sticky side.

O- I can't see why they would market an ESB far inferior to the Gritty's Bitter. I suppose you've got to do some market pandering, but I expected more from this beer than a Halloween label and a "it's not a pumpkin-beer" presentation.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 20:29:20 | More by MacCherry
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

The reddist beer I have ever seen. red. red red. very clear. sticky head with medium retention. Smells like buttery diacetyl, earthy (english?) hops, toastiness. A lot of esters including a lot of strawberries. Smells like a high-alcohol brew.
Tastes like higher alcohols with piney and resinous qualities, ending with a cheezy hop taste. A little caramelly and a little chemical-like.
Good medium-bodied feel, could have been very good but the fusel alcohols and chemical notes ruin it for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2003 01:48:27 | More by waughbrew
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awaer


2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

08-27-2012 01:31:05 | More by awaer
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Ropowers3

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

07-24-2014 14:08:39 | More by Ropowers3
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

08-31-2013 05:31:37 | More by djrn2
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rderedin

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

06-22-2014 18:50:46 | More by rderedin
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aquatonex

New York

2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was expecting something different from this brew, perhaps it is because it is bottled?

Pours a rich dark auburn with a slight head, slight lacing, good carbonation. Smell consists of hops and some light spice. Taste provides good hoppiness, some malts, light spices again (coriander, vanilla), but a severe metallic flavor encompasses my tongue soon after the sip that continues after I drink. Eh. It's really putting a negative effect on the entire beer. I wonder if it's this particular batch in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 03:36:06 | More by aquatonex
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Kookiekwan

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours amber/red with a one finger head it has some good retention and nice lacing. The beer has a toasted grain aroma and its smooth and creamy. For an ESB it lacks alot of bitterness. The flavors of toasted grains and caramel stand out and it had a slightly metallic finish.

Reflection: I find it hard to believe that this is an ESB. The beer is to malty and it didn't have nearly enough hops to make it bitter. Fall brings out many different beers to try, I prefer drinking something with more spice on halloween( one plus is that it has a really cool label).

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 23:41:13 | More by Kookiekwan
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-09-2014 22:40:14 | More by Goldndomer
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MaineMike

Maine

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-18-2011 00:35:30 | More by MaineMike
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erlenmeyer

Maine

3/5  rDev -20.2%

01-11-2012 03:45:33 | More by erlenmeyer
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Didier

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-23-2012 00:31:59 | More by Didier
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-19-2011 13:00:19 | More by bacher468
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costanzo_mike

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.2%

07-17-2014 14:34:27 | More by costanzo_mike
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Dburke

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-01-2013 02:54:37 | More by Dburke
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-18-2012 23:04:54 | More by jfcaa193
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chrishensley

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-04-2013 22:28:17 | More by chrishensley
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Hoppy spicy nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is indeed like an ESB earthy, hoppy but some sweetness with hoppy finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 22:28:23 | More by jdhilt
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Gritty McDuff's Halloween Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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