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

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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerKangaroo on 03-08-2012

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
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Reviews by beyah:
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3.02/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I am a fan of most Grittys beers, so I was excited to try Maine's Best IPA.
I would say it is a good IPA but it does have a few flaws.
1. The Ringwood yeast is wrong for this style, something cleaner would be more apropriate. As the beer warms up in the glass the butterscotch comes through.
2. The Warrior Hops as a flavor hop is rather curious. This beer could really benefit from some aroma additions.
Next time I want an IPA, I will pass on Grittys "Maines Best IPA" , and go for the Stowaway IPA from Baxter Brewing which deserves the title "Maines Best IPA"

More User Reviews:
Photo of TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of mtbski75
4.25/5  rDev +33.2%

Photo of juicebox
4.75/5  rDev +48.9%

Photo of briandaube
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of hitshtwithsticks
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of justme
3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle drunk in my hotel room from the store. Likely just their regular IPA but I don't currently know. Grapefruit hop aroma. Decent hop flavour, and then well malted like a red English. Not the best IPA I have had but better balance and drinkability than other hoppy beers I have had here recently. Grapefruit hops and the English style malting make it interesting in any case.

Photo of dahlen22
1.36/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: Orange with too much head that lingers way too long.

Aroma: Bland...blah

Taste: Very weak. Watery with very little in the taste department to even speak (or write about).

Overall: If this is Maine's "best IPA" as the label claims, then is Maine's worst IPA stale urine?! Simply put, this beer reminds me of Killian's Red...in other words, bland, watery, and forgettable. If you truly want a great IPA, go for Ballast Point Sculpin. NEXT!!

Photo of MadMike
4.33/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 6.8% IPA is always a gamble...throwing the dice on a hoppy brew at this abv will give wierd results. As to our buds at Shippy doing the gruntwork, Kudos; this is available at most pharmacy-beer-suppliers for a good price; and for that price we can drink all night and enjoy. Yes Orangy, yes Bubbly and gives a good head...better on tap, but works nevertheless. Not bitter, nor back-bacony, you need this as a daily tap.

Photo of Mccoleman
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - Pour is somewhat hazy, moderately small head, 1 inch or so.

s - Hops definitely making an appearance, though for some reason they are a little off putting.

t - Some citrus qualities to the beer.

m - pretty evenly bodied, extremely drinkable.

o - Not the greatest IPA, but good for what it is.

Photo of bbsaur
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of KTCamm
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a into a pint glass. Picked up straight from Freeport store.

Pours cloudy dark amber with white foam. Some layer remains on top. Orange tint. Light fruity nose, but mild. Subdued for an IPA. Taste is a citrus grapfruit. Good malt blend. Little bite at close. The rind gets mixed into the finish. Last note is citrus. NOT the best IPA in Maine (obviously) but still good.

Photo of jmalone
4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of Drtfinelli
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of October 2013. Sampled on July 22, 2013.

It is a good looking pour with a medium amber tone and a short-lived but delicate off-white head. Some chill haze.

The aroma: Where are the hops? Not getting much there. I do get a significant amount of malty sweetness, yeast, and butter. The typical American IPA would be more hop forward than this I think.

The body is smooth and around medium.

Like the aroma the taste is more malted sweetness and butter than hoppy. There is a quick lingering bitterness but sweetness seems to be the leader all in all. If it were a regular pale ale it wouldn't be bad. But for the lack of hops it is a challenge to classify this as an IPA.

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3/5  rDev -6%

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3/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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3/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Hopstimatic
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.86/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle as part of the Christmas mix pack.

Pours a golden color with a tinge of amber, smallish head that doesn't stick around or on the glass.

Smell is heavy on the caramel malt front with an upfront sweetness to the nose, hops are not very strong, slight metallic aroma.

Taste starts out with a mild hop presence, kind of piney but quickly tempered by the sweet malt, carbonation level is medium, very slick feel in the mouth, almost buttery, for as sweet of an IPA this can be it does finish with a drier than expected finish.

"Maine's Best IPA"? Maybe when they first started and competition was pretty absent, now I can think of plenty IPA's from Maine that are better than this best.

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3/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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