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

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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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juicebox

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +47.5%

06-25-2013 01:21:04 | More by juicebox
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morgocon

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

03-30-2013 00:13:23 | More by morgocon
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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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MadMike

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +35.1%
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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mtbski75

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +32%

10-20-2012 19:46:23 | More by mtbski75
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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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hitshtwithsticks

California

4/5  rDev +24.2%

02-06-2013 09:15:45 | More by hitshtwithsticks
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jmalone


4/5  rDev +24.2%

07-31-2014 19:04:49 | More by jmalone
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +24.2%

10-06-2013 18:54:06 | More by WhitmansNiece
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +24.2%

05-16-2014 19:06:37 | More by berkshire413
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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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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

06-30-2013 00:42:57 | More by TTripp725
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

06-08-2012 01:39:20 | More by IPAchris
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zahara15

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

07-19-2013 18:23:26 | More by zahara15
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frosted33

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

06-27-2012 01:08:09 | More by frosted33
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BastardFromABasket

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

07-25-2014 21:54:56 | More by BastardFromABasket
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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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ckeegan04

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

08-20-2012 14:53:18 | More by ckeegan04
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RIKIM

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

10-15-2013 21:37:23 | More by RIKIM
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grannaniwa

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

09-06-2012 00:46:06 | More by grannaniwa
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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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TheMaineBeerGuy

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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 +14.9%
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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Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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