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

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 18.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
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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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

05-31-2014 03:05:47 | More by djrn2
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.74/5  rDev -14.6%
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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mdfb79

New York

2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
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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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -6.5%

07-15-2013 18:13:06 | More by InspectorBob
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Durge

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.01/5  rDev -6.2%
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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whartontallboy

New York

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

06-30-2012 00:41:19 | More by whartontallboy
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

06-08-2012 01:39:20 | More by IPAchris
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

06-06-2013 21:25:52 | More by ZEB89
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Boto

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
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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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

04-02-2012 20:53:28 | More by kaelingirl
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +9%
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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DonFrap

Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -45.5%

05-19-2012 02:55:31 | More by DonFrap
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Burt

Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

06-04-2012 22:44:40 | More by Burt
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

04-26-2012 20:33:42 | More by RoryOMoore
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -29.9%

03-31-2014 02:23:36 | More by PatGreer
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.5%

05-18-2014 13:32:10 | More by DerekMorgan
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9%

10-28-2013 15:20:48 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev +15.6%
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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rderedin

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

05-25-2014 21:39:14 | More by rderedin
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Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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