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Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA - Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Maine's Best IPA is a unique blend of American hops with a British body utilizing English 2-Row Pale malts. This IPA starts with a hoppy aroma and taste; ending with a sweet finish. Plenty of Munich and caramalts are used to give the beer that golden hue. There are fifty-six pounds of Cascade Hops used in each 50 barrel batch that is brewed! Then we finish the beer with Willamette & Warrior Hops, (Warrior is a high-alpha acid variety of hops).

60 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerKangaroo on 03-08-2012)
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sleestak12

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

07-10-2014 20:52:57 | More by sleestak12
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SoulFroosh

Maine

4.43/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a damn good IPA.

I'm not really sure how the scoring works on this site or how people's taste-buds functions (or even if I'm drinking the same beer as everyone else)

This has a big hop-bite right up front. Well balanced, smooth, no booziness (for 6.8% abv) -- then the hob bite lingers long after the last mouthful.

This is the closest I've found to PEAK's IPA (my favorite) and usually retailing a little cheaper.
A great beer,
Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2014 03:08:36 | More by SoulFroosh
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

06-03-2014 00:09:14 | More by mick303
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

05-31-2014 03:05:47 | More by djrn2
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Crumpetsnbeer

Maine

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

05-27-2014 23:26:25 | More by Crumpetsnbeer
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rderedin

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

05-25-2014 21:39:14 | More by rderedin
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.8%

05-18-2014 13:32:10 | More by DerekMorgan
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +24.2%

05-16-2014 19:06:37 | More by berkshire413
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Best by July 2014. Probably a couple of months old.

a: Clear dark amber with an inch tall off white head which receded to thick surface foam and patterned lacing.

s: Caramel malt.

t: Distinct grape juice flavor up front over a solid caramel malt base followed quickly by a moderate hop bite. Bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue.

m: Light to moderate with plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: Different non-citrus fruit flavor (grapes), persistent caramel malt aroma and beautiful appearance highlight this nicely balanced IPA, which could also pass for a hoppy pale ale. Enjoyable to the last.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 22:34:09 | More by scotorum
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CSeavey64

Maine

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

04-16-2014 16:42:01 | More by CSeavey64
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80x2HopHead

Vermont

3/5  rDev -6.8%

04-11-2014 00:14:29 | More by 80x2HopHead
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

03-31-2014 02:23:36 | More by PatGreer
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coombski

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

03-27-2014 22:21:26 | More by coombski
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Vogey77

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-22-2014 20:15:46 | More by Vogey77
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes on 10-17-13, On-Tap at the brewpub.

A - Pours a mostly clear gold orange with half a finger of white head, little lacing.
S - Floral aroma light citrus, a decent bready malt.
T - Bigger bread malt base than you pick up in the aroma, cristp, grassy, some dank pine and a little lemon zest.
M - Dry, semi-bitter, and a little sticky.
O - Decent English, but calling it Maine's best is a bit presumptuous.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2014 16:04:07 | More by Omnium
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TheMaineBeerGuy

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

01-16-2014 02:15:37 | More by TheMaineBeerGuy
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Act25

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gritty Maines' Best IPA (A Maine budget IPA tasted vs Mission St (budget CA IPA) 3.8

OK I am re-tasting this against another Maine brew Gritty's Autumn Ale.
I think I got a bad metallic bottle on round 1, this second bottle is better so I am upping my rating.

A: Hazed, good thick head, fades fast, but leaves sheets and sails of lace. Look is best part. 3.75

S: 2nd try - the aroma was more in line with IPA style. Offers malt, wood, biscuit, hay, and tea-like herbs. It needs to warm. When it does, it's mostly malt, fruity and bread. 3.25

T: Follows the smell but an improvement. More caramel, such that sweet and bitter fight it out in the finish. It finishes clean, but average. Sweet and buttery for too much of the profile. However, I'd take this over a Sam Adams lager or mainstream brew. 3.5

M: Medium to thin. Second bottle finishes nicely, leaves me in good place. First bottle slightly metallic finish. 3.25

More of a pale ale, definitely ENGLISH in style, a bit bland, in line with other English styled pale ales. 3.25

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 22:14:15 | More by Act25
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Cheld

Maine

3/5  rDev -6.8%

12-18-2013 14:11:21 | More by Cheld
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

12-08-2013 16:03:58 | More by Andrew041180
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MikeG304

New York

3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this in a variety pack when I was in Maine, along with Halloween Ale , Best Brown, and Pub Style.
Pours a nice orange/amber color with a little cloudiness. I got 2 fingers of a creamy head that left a good bit of lacing. Was able to float the bottle cap(this is my daughters game she likes to play when I open a beer) on the head.
Decent hoppy aroma, not overpowering.

medium bodied overall, similar to other Gritty's brews. Not quite as much carbonation as a their best brown ale.
Has the same buttery flavor of other Gritty's beers, which I happen to like.
I think it has a fairly refreshing taste. Not overpowering.
Mouthfeel is similar to Gritty's Halloween Ale, but not quite as oily.

Overall I'd say it not the best IPA I've had, but nowhere near the worst.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 21:57:53 | More by MikeG304
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before date of June 2014.

A: Golden-orange in color. Great clarity. Pillowy off-white head retains very well. Little foamy clumps of lacing.

S: Grassy and floral hops. Hint of lemon peel. Butterscotch. Rich malt base of caramel and toffee. Buttered biscuit.

T: Wave of earthy hop bitterness. Pine, bark, and bitter herbs. Hint of lemon peel locked deep within. Intensely bitter. Tea leaves. Caramel, toffee, and toasted bread from the malt. Butterscotch. Intensely bitter hop finish of dry herbs lingers with a buttery aftertaste.

M: Full medium body. Rich and a bit mouth coating. Hop oil astringency. Light scrubbing carbonation.

O: Perceived bitterness is quite a bit higher than I expected. To call this an American IPA is a mistake. It leans very hard to the English side of things, despite its use of american hop strains. Pretty much what you'd expect from one of the older Maine microbreweries. Another ringwood English IPA. Not bad if that's what you're looking for, but the average American palate doesn't really appreciate beers like this anymore.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 17:34:44 | More by ryan1788a5
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Manuel_M

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

11-11-2013 23:43:25 | More by Manuel_M
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Bix

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

11-09-2013 23:31:31 | More by Bix
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billybob

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

11-08-2013 16:30:50 | More by billybob
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.8%

11-01-2013 02:43:01 | More by brandonld23
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Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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