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

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Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPAGritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 18.44%
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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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of billybob
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

billybob, Nov 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

brandonld23, Nov 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

RIKIM, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25%

WhitmansNiece, Oct 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

taospowder, Sep 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Phramboise, Sep 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

zekeman17, Sep 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

makeshifty, Sep 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

chrishensley, Sep 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Mack, Aug 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

derekdenim, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.74/5  rDev -14.4%
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
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Screper, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Boto
3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
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
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Cardmarauder, Jul 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

justme, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.01/5  rDev -5.9%
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
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

briandaube, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

zahara15, Jul 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Schmuckles, Jul 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

InspectorBob, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
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
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

AJ01923, Jul 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

IPAFrankieH, Jul 09, 2013
Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.