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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

180 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +25%

AJ01923, Jul 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Tidesox28
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Tidesox28, May 16, 2013
Photo of Chetti
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Chetti, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of gcamparone
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of rusty3335
3/5  rDev -21.1%

rusty3335, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of magine
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazed amber with a light tan thick head. Lots of bubbles cascading to the top. Little bit of head remains; lace layer. really good lace all the way down though - good looks.

Brew smells malty; spiced with some bready backbone. Good nose.

Brew is balanced; creamy upfront good malts then some spice and a mellow semi sweet, semi bitter finish. Really good stuff here; caramel malts, roasted nuttiness. Favors a scotch ale almost. Can pick up some hops in the finish. Very good mouthfeel here. Very good and drinkable stuff here.

I liked this one alot - lots of flavor and body and goes down super easy. Great brew.

magine, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep red in color with a brownish hue and excellent clarity. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet toasted malt aroma with dark malt and buttery notes and touch of floral hops as it warmed. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation and a dry finish. Toasted malt flavors up front quickly followed by dark malt with chocolate notes. Earthy floral hop flavors emerge through the middle to the end with buttery and toasted malt character. Finished crisp and dry with light hop bitterness. This was excellent. It reminded me how much I enjoy this style.

IronLover, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of dunix
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

dunix, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of greybeardloon
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before November 2013

A: A thin, soda-like head that dissipates almost immediately. A clear reddish-brown.

S: Bready malt, heady on the butteriness. A strong aroma, but one note.

T: Bready malt, some fruitiness and syrupy sweetness. Mild herbal hops come through on the finish. The butteriness is definately present but it isn't bad.

M: Reasonably full, but the carbonation is too prickly.

O: the first couple of sips were pretty good, but it became pretty uninteresting pretty quickly. I much prefer the regular ESB. That said, it's still not a bad beer.

greybeardloon, Jan 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Levich, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark caramel color with 2 fingers worth of light tan head

S: Very strong on the caramel malts and the distinct Gritty's ringwood yeast. Has some sweetness and hop notes as well

T: Follows the nose. The crystal malts make things quite sweet to start, but this is eventually taken over by some roast and hops

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth

O: A good robust ESB for the winter months. The ringwood yeast makes most of Gritty's beers taste alike, and this one is no different. Worth a shot if you like the brewery or ringwood yeast

BEERMILER12, Dec 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

JohnK17, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of MrCee
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has a hoppy malty mix. Dark brown and foaming in color. It has a robust, full-bodiedness that sits nicely on the tongue. There is a faint hoppy aroma. It is rich but mild for a Christmas beer. It is almost a whisper of a Christmas beer. This is probably a good Christmas beer for people who don't like Christmas beers.

MrCee, Dec 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Peyton5410, Nov 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jlogan7, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown color with good clarity. 1 finger of off white head. Very faint nose, not a lot going, a bit of spice and pale malt.

Pretty robust beer. I forgot this was an ESB. A really big ESB at that. Prickly carbonation. Nice pale and caramel malts, big nice caramel malts, toffee, sugared biscuit balanced by big earthy hop presence. A really great brew.

jtierney89, Nov 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Hopstronaut, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

57md, Jul 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

lauries444, May 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

ZacMetalFan, Apr 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

abrodsky, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

brendaniel, Feb 18, 2012
Gritty McDuff's Christmas Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.