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

Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPAGritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA

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BA SCORE
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 17.55%


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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MadMike

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +36.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:05:10 | More by MadMike
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MikeG304

New York

3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
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 +16.3%
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 02:53:46 | More by Sammy
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Boto

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a fairly clear, slightly orangish amber color. There was a trace of an off-white head on it, and it left some lacing. It is a little light on the aroma, but still good. Pine, earthy and grapefruit hops dominate. The taste is good, but not terribly bitter, Some pine and earthy notes. Decent body. An OK IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2013 19:26:32 | More by Boto
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 23:37:30 | More by Etan
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%
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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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a cream-colored head of 1 finger. Reduces to a ring, some splashy lace.

Ringwood yeast brings up the butter in the nose, some toasted malt, a little caramel.

Toasted malt with some of the buttery note, some bread, some mild fruit, and some assertive clean bitterness. I want a bit more depth and dimension to my hops here. Some herbal notes and real long bitter finish. This doesn't say IPA, just bitter amber to me. Still, knowing what this brewer is all about, the beer tastes fresh, and the flavors are bright.

Medium bodied, tingly carbonation.

Not the IPA we all want, and if you judge by the label, not a good representation of the style. But a blind taste test leaves this with ok drinkability. Nothing I'd drainpour, but nothing I'd want to ran a six of either. I'd have this as a pint at their pub, but would not chase this down.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 23:22:42 | More by OtherShoe2
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 12:51:22 | More by KTCamm
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Durge

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Auburn, Maine location this IPA shows a copper-yellow color, clear with a reasonable off-white fuzz and excellent lacing. The aroma is of lemon toffee and malt wheat and a touch of yeasty vegetable. Not much what I had in mind, but not distasteful. The flavor is more encouraging and brings a sort of minty evergreen hop over vague malt caramel with a hint of lemon and some nutty wheat. It's got a solid medium body with a heavy liquid feel, somewhat creamy and nicely substantial. Not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2012 04:20:45 | More by Durge
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Act25

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev +6.3%
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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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, copper-brown coloring with a thin, filmy coating of white sparsely covering the surface. Aromas of toffee sweetness and a subtle, peppery, dry hopping. Subtle nose, but very balanced. Flavors of a more resiny hopping, with a solid, roasted caramel backbone. Palate reminiscent of an English IPA. Very balanced. Rich and bitter throughout. The smooth flavors are kept manageable by a lighter body. The aftertaste has a more hopcentric feel, with spices and floral aromas throughout. Rich and bitter finish. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 00:16:30 | More by GarthDanielson
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Mccoleman

Maine

3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 23:27:41 | More by Mccoleman
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I find it odd that a brewery would name one of their beers as the best of the state that it is brewed in, just seems slightly arrogant.

Anyways, into a pint glass:

A: light golden colored body with a small off-white head that disappeared within a couple seconds, it left a slightly foamy lacing around the glass and rings as it went down, there was a decent amount of bubbles that came up

S: hops and just a bit of pine and citrus

T: hops, but it wasn't heavy or overbearing, some of the pine and the citrus comes back at the end

M: medium, sessionable, moderate amount of harshness on the tongue, no aftertaste or finish

O: this was a pretty decent brew and I might have it again. However, I would most likely lean towards to trying to get it on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 13:12:25 | More by BeerKangaroo
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valdieu2

Maine

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you call yourself Maine's Best IPA, you ought to at least be good. This is less than average. Why does Gritty's sub out to Shipyard to brew their 12 oz beers? I really wanted this to be good, but all I could taste was butterscotch. I think that works with certain beers ( HSA ) but an IPA should be about the hops.
I will try this if I find it in a 22oz or on tap. I will not drink it again in a 12oz bottle.

I just had this in a 22oz bottle, which means that Shipyard had nothing to do with it. Much better - not great - but much better.
Not Maine's best IPA, but I would drink it again. I really wish that Gritty's would bottle all their own stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 21:55:01 | More by valdieu2
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beyah

Maine

3.03/5  rDev -5%
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"

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:25:08 | More by beyah
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 22:30:14 | More by puboflyons
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captaincoffee

California

2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 21:30:25 | More by captaincoffee
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mdfb79

New York

2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 08/31/12 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Bought at Spirit's in Middletown, NJ, best by November 2012 date on the bottle.

a - Pours a hazy orange-amber color with one inch of white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells very malty. Smells of fruity malts, bready malts, light citrus hops. Hops are nice but overall pretty average.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, citrus hops, bready malts, and light caramel malts. Less hops than the nose, and a step down for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is pretty smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average beer and a below average IPA. A little bland and not very hoppy, but some fruity malts to it. Suffice to say this is not Maine's Best IPA; wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 19:38:11 | More by mdfb79
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.74/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this is pretty terrible stuff, which I tried hard to find reasons to like, but didn't come up with much. it pours copper colored and almost totally flat. its got a nose of watered down English malt and a lazy combination of haphazard hop varieties and additions. like the brewmaster through as much hops in as he could, without consideration of acid or oil properties, boil times, or anything else. its sloppy tasting too, watery and dull, not what an ipa should be. at first I thought this was a product of the English malts, not an American ipa maybe, but that's not the case, its just a mess all over the shop. no carbonation kills it for me, I would have liked to see a little less body too, but this was a touch pint to choke down, and one I would steer clear of. it filled me up before a nice meal too, ugh.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 14:10:16 | More by StonedTrippin
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jbear725

Maine

1.35/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is ironically named. It should be called Maine's Worst IPA. This beer is a big mess of caramel and buttery Ringwood yeast. The bitterness is average, the hop aroma is non-existent and the hop flavor is hidden by the fracas between the butter and caramel flavors. This is just down right awful. If you're looking for a new IPA to try, this isn't it. It's obvious this beer was created completely out of marketing and it has failed miserably. Gritty's needs to wise up, build their own brewery and stop using Shipyard to contract all their 12oz beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 21:12:26 | More by jbear725
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dahlen22

New Jersey

1.31/5  rDev -58.9%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 23:20:40 | More by dahlen22
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