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

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117 Ratings
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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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

djrn2, May 31, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.74/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

StonedTrippin, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
2.8/5  rDev -13%
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.

mdfb79, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of smcolw
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
Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -6.8%

InspectorBob, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

smakawhat, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.35/5  rDev +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.

GarthDanielson, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Durge
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Durge, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

puboflyons, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

IPAchris, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

ZEB89, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of whartontallboy
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

whartontallboy, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of malfunxion
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

malfunxion, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Boto
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.

Boto, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of kaelingirl
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

kaelingirl, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

OtherShoe2, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

KTCamm, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of DonFrap
1.75/5  rDev -45.7%

DonFrap, May 19, 2012
Photo of Burt
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Burt, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

RoryOMoore, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

PatGreer, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of DerekMorgan
3/5  rDev -6.8%

DerekMorgan, May 18, 2014
Photo of zekeman17
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

zekeman17, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

AnitaBrewski, Sep 10, 2014
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Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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