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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182 Ratings

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

a: Pours a dark brown, amber when held up to light. Off-white head is about one fingers worth. Minimal lacing.

s: Bready, doughy, sweet, brown sugar/syrupy.

t: Caramel earthy malts predominate. Small hint of EtOH at the end of palate.

m: Nice, smooth, not boozy.

o: A good beer overall. Not a huge Gritty's fan, but this one is pretty darn good. Would recommend.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Heavy Seas Winter Storm ("Category 5" Ale).

A: Clear red-brown with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Good lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt and cherry.

T: Light sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. Rich roasted malt flavor that lasts through to the finish. Has a taste I can't quite place though.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and warm.

O: This is close to a tie. The Heavy Seas looked prettier and smelled nicer, but this beer had a comparable taste and a slightly better mouthfeel.

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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Served in a SA Perfect Pint glass.
Pours a dark amber with a very fast-fading off-white head.
A smell of fruit cake leaps out at first pour. Smells of caramel malt, toffee, tea-like hops, plums and a whiff of rum follow.
A sweet fruity malt flavor carries tastes of citrus, tea, berries, edgy hops and white rum.
This is a very fluid, liquidy slip & sliding brew.
Highly drinkable, plus a good value.

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep reddish brown, lacing sticks to the side of the glass head does not hang around very long..

Smell - Buttery Malty with a trace of earthy English hops

Taste - The correct carbonation, mild earthy hop and diacetyl. Alcohol is not overbearing.

Mouthfeel - Slick smooth, not overly carbonated, a slight hint of alcohol and a little hops flavor left after the beer has past the tongue.

Overall - Really like this Gritty's offering now the hard part Halloween Ale or Christmas Ale? Better yet keep 6 of each on hand.

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4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a shaker pint at Buck Naked's BBQ Windham.

A very creamy and very cask like looking head, one finger presented with an off tan color. Body is a great red copper dark amber and clear with some noticeable rising carbonation. Lots of great sticky rings of lacing around. Great looking beer.

Nose is a slightly spicy malt, but mostly kind of "stinky" a little. Some ripping grain slightly husky, a mild cherry fruit sense. Kind of a strong nose, but one to enjoy.

Taste is sort of weird but good. Chewy malt body with a nice mild hop pine finish. Stinky malt is almost taffy like tasting in texture with some powder. Cherry fruit on the finish as well. Creamy head makes for a nice body.

Overall, pretty good. Marketed as a winter warmer but definitely feels ESB like mentioned here on BA. It all makes sense now and feels alright.

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3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a pint glass:

A: chestnut/copper colored body, small white one finger head, lacing slid quickly into the body

S: sweet subdued caramel, slightly bready

T: pretty much the same, but coming through in a bland sort of way

M: medium, slightly sessionable, creamy aftertaste, sweet bready finish

O: average for the style, but acutally I liked it and went nicely with some Christmas cookies

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark amber (bordering on ruby) with a beige head.

S- Bread, Ringwood yeast, plums, light hints of roasted malt.

T- Sweet malt, sour cherry, plums, Ringwood yeast butter, nutty, lingering continental hop bitterness.

M- Medium bodied, sharp carbonation.

O- When I first started drinking beer, this was my favorite. While not a great beer, the sentimental value makes this one of my favorite beers for the holiday season nowadays.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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