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

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 18.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerKangaroo on 03-08-2012

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
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is an edit to my previous review. Having come back to this with matured tastes...

The bottom line is there's no balance.

It's going for smooth malts with hop bitterness, but the hops don't sit well with the malts. It's like a strange sweet malt mixed with stinging nettles. No balance. Just a weird caramel with the off bitters from the hops. Ugh
The plus side is at 6.9% abv, I can't taste any booze and it gives a nice buzz. Just concentrate on the nice maltiness. If you ignore the unbalanced, spikey bitterness, there's a smooth malty taste at the back there which should be nice. Clutching at straws here.

A good IPA should hit you with various flavors in stages. The hops shouldn't taste like nettle bush has infected your beer.

"Maine's weirdest IPA"

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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.

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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.

Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.