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

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Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Christmas Ale

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very good

183 Ratings

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-11-2002

If it looks like Ed just got merrier, you're right. Every November heralds the return of our holiday seasonal, Christmas Ale – available on draft and in six-packs. Our Christmas Ale is a robust E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) full of holiday cheer. Christmas Ale has a lovely, dark red/amber color and a rich, full-bodied, malty taste with a slightly roasted undertone. We brew our Christmas Ale to an original gravity of 1064 (about 6.2% alcohol by volume) using only the finest English Pale and Crystal Malts, with a touch of Roasted Barley as well. A blend of Clusters, Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Yakima Goldings leaf hops round out this hearty brew. Gritty's Christmas Ale has no additives, fruits or spices. It's just a good honest ale, perfect for the season. And to top it all off, it's already gift-wrapped! Happy Holidays!

28.5 IBU
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Ratings: 183 | Reviews: 124
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2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Taste like a chardonnay. Great if you love bitter things, horrible if your palate lies elsewhere.

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3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off brown head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, earthy hops, and a little fruitiness.

Taste: Toasted and caramel with some earthy hop bitterness and some fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little bitterness, light bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice English bitter. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin white head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, spices, malts, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of toasted malts, spices, and mild citrus. Some faint pine notes and bitters hops as well.

Overall: Ok beer, not my first choice for a holiday brew, but it is bold and will keep you warm on a cold winter night.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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