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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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175 Ratings

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-11-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

aking32753, Aug 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Stargazer2892, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Flounder57, May 04, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

CSeavey64, Apr 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

nickmantia, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

lzepplin01, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

Cavanaghty, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

tpauer, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

rorjets, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

meehandennis, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

scxcrunner, Dec 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

WhitmansNiece, Dec 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

djrn2, Nov 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

acurtis, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

jwps214, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

cnwillis31, Nov 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

sgregory, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Brendog9, Nov 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

AnitaBrewski, Sep 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Kelp, Sep 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

AJ01923, Jul 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

Tidesox28, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Chetti, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of gcamparone
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a deep amber, clear body with an off white head that reduces to a film of white foam.

S- Caramel, toffee, bread, some hops in the background.

T- Vanilla, caramel, slight bourbon notes, sweet burnt sugar. Quite delicious and dessert like.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I will be trying more from this company.

gcamparone, Jan 31, 2013
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Gritty McDuff's Christmas Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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