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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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very good

281 Ratings

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 14
Gots: 11 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Casterbridge, Sep 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

derekdenim, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not a pumpkin beer, but a fall spiced English bitter type. orange copper in color, looks the part, but again from grittys, where is the head? no foam at all, this beer looks entirely flat. it smells like an esb, with some brown ale type of malts and a touch of amber sweetness. gentle but definite clove and allspice notes, and perhaps vanilla or honey sweetness on the closing. not extremely complex or unique, but a plenty palatable heap of flavors thrown together here. like all of their beers at grittys, it needs a lot more carbonation and texture to it, this feels like a glass of water. with a better feel, this beer could do it for me, but for now there are so many other higher quality fall seasonals that I will not be revisiting this one for awhile. maybe a good brew for those new to spiced ales, as the flavors are quite relaxed on that front.

StonedTrippin, Aug 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

neil2me, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

jlechner33, Aug 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

AJ01923, Jul 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

hockeypuck, Jun 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.8%

BGsWo22, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

BEERMILER12, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

rorjets, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

RyanSBrennan, Feb 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

EatonHops, Jan 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

tobelerone, Jan 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

dunix, Jan 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Jim_DemonDeacon, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gritty's Halloween Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Best before September 2013 notched on the side label (?)
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a light brown color with pumpkin orange highlights on the bottom of the glass. A decent head forms on top with surprisingly nice trails of sticky lacings on the side of the glassware.

Smells like freshly baked bread with melting butter.

This is a really smooth beer with a strong malt and bready backbone. The finish provides a hint of that classic Maine craft beer flavor of butter. I'm never quite sure if that is diacetyl yeast I'm detecting. I have a tendency to get that taste from Maine brews like Gritty's and Geary's. Other flavors of sweet caramel and brown sugar contribute to this beer's flavor. A nice mini hop snap on the finish helps round everything out.

A drinkable Fall offering and at $7.99 a 12 pack from Supreme Liquors, I'm really glad I decided to try this out.

Hibernator, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of mountdew1
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark orangey amber. Thin off white head with a bit of side cling. A few sad streams of carbonation rose from the bottom. Aroma was primarily malts, a small bit of smokey sweetness. Also able to pick up a bit of sour, something like a lime. Flavor was a slightly bitter tangey malt. Nicely developed to want one to keep drinking. Felt good in the mouth, well coated and nicely carbonated. Overall it was a nice beer, but really had nothing to tie it to Halloween.

mountdew1, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish amber color with a beige head of about one finger. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Carmel, malts, hops, maybe some grass and nutty notes to it as well. The smell is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel/Taste: A little rough, but not bad, typical of Gritty's. Medium Bodied. Taste of roasted malts, carmel, and a bit of a nutty aftertaste.

Overall: Great brew. I usually find my self having a few of these around September and October, goes great wiht some fresh game meat, or poultry.

Cavanaghty, Oct 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Gatordaddy, Oct 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ale207, Oct 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

DrewSnyc667, Oct 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

bluerabbit, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Mikeynas, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of MacCherry
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.

MacCherry, Oct 19, 2012
Gritty McDuff's Halloween Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.