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

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +47.5%

juicebox, Jun 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

morgocon, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of SoulFroosh
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,

SoulFroosh, Jul 02, 2014
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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.

MadMike, Dec 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +32%

mtbski75, Oct 20, 2012
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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.

scotorum, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

hitshtwithsticks, Feb 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

jmalone, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

WhitmansNiece, Oct 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

Flawfan, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

mattyrubes, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +24.2%

berkshire413, May 16, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +18%

Deep amber color (borderline light brown). Clear. Lasting but little (spotty) lace.

Plenty of caramel aroma like a true British IPA. Smooth and round.

Quite dry but still with lots caramel. Spritzy but with small bubbles. Far more bitter than the smell suggests. Rich body. In a word, very British.

smcolw, Aug 24, 2014
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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.

MikeG304, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

TTripp725, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Frenchy8985, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

AnitaBrewski, Sep 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

IPAchris, Jun 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

zahara15, Jul 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

ShepardCommander, Sep 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Yeroc, Aug 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

frosted33, Jun 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

BastardFromABasket, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

sleestak12, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

ckeegan04, Aug 20, 2012
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Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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