Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA - Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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Reviews by captaincoffee:
United Kingdom (England)
2.83/5 rDev -11.8%
Had this on tap at the Freeport location. Overall, a so-so IPA and probably not one I would have again. Main problem is lack of hops on the nose. For an IPA on tap, I expected much more. Just an average beer with no special notes worth mentioning.
If you found this review to be lacking but unoffensive, then you know how I felt about this beer.
07-23-2012 21:30:25 | More by captaincoffee
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3.7/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
08-20-2012 02:53:46 | More by Sammy
1.31/5 rDev -59.2%
Appearance: Orange with too much head that lingers way too long.
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!!
06-10-2013 23:20:40 | More by dahlen22
4.35/5 rDev +35.5%
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.
12-08-2012 01:05:10 | More by MadMike
3.11/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-23-2013 23:27:41 | More by Mccoleman
3.48/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
09-15-2012 12:51:22 | More by KTCamm
3.01/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
07-22-2013 22:30:14 | More by puboflyons
3.65/5 rDev +13.7%
Poured from a 22oz bottle (NOT brewed by Shipyard, unlike the 12ozers that have garnered the horrible reviews preceding mine). Sent to me by valdieu!
A: Pours a dark brownish orange with a decent white head. Nice lacing as well.
S: Soapy yeast aroma. Bubblegum. Mild citric hop.
T: Nice tropical hop profile. Lots of fruity esters as well, most prominently banana. Good wave of bitterness in the middle, some grainy malt in the finish.
M: Medium-bodied, nicely carbonated.
O: The smell was a bit odd, but this tasted nice.
05-11-2012 23:37:30 | More by Etan
3.03/5 rDev -5.6%
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"
02-10-2013 01:25:08 | More by beyah
Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.