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

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113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | 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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nheinzie57

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

04-27-2013 00:50:41 | More by nheinzie57
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

04-19-2013 17:09:34 | More by In_Control_Mike
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morgocon

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

03-30-2013 00:13:23 | More by morgocon
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Mccoleman

Maine

3.11/5  rDev -3.4%

a - Pour is somewhat hazy, moderately small head, 1 inch or so.

s - Hops definitely making an appearance, though for some reason they are a little off putting.

t - Some citrus qualities to the beer.

m - pretty evenly bodied, extremely drinkable.

o - Not the greatest IPA, but good for what it is.

03-23-2013 23:27:41 | More by Mccoleman
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Maximusmaximus

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

03-18-2013 05:23:59 | More by Maximusmaximus
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DomingoOrtiz

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.8%

03-01-2013 23:52:22 | More by DomingoOrtiz
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beyah

Maine

3.03/5  rDev -5.9%

I am a fan of most Grittys beers, so I was excited to try Maine's Best IPA.
I would say it is a good IPA but it does have a few flaws.
1. The Ringwood yeast is wrong for this style, something cleaner would be more apropriate. As the beer warms up in the glass the butterscotch comes through.
2. The Warrior Hops as a flavor hop is rather curious. This beer could really benefit from some aroma additions.
Next time I want an IPA, I will pass on Grittys "Maines Best IPA" , and go for the Stowaway IPA from Baxter Brewing which deserves the title "Maines Best IPA"

02-10-2013 01:25:08 | More by beyah
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hitshtwithsticks

California

4/5  rDev +24.2%

02-06-2013 09:15:45 | More by hitshtwithsticks
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Drtfinelli

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

01-04-2013 01:22:01 | More by Drtfinelli
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MadMike

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +35.1%

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.

12-08-2012 01:05:10 | More by MadMike
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev +4%

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.

11-11-2012 00:16:30 | More by GarthDanielson
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Durge

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

10-23-2012 04:20:45 | More by Durge
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mtbski75

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +32%

10-20-2012 19:46:23 | More by mtbski75
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

09-15-2012 12:51:22 | More by KTCamm
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phishfoolme

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.8%

09-13-2012 20:21:27 | More by phishfoolme
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grannaniwa

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

09-06-2012 00:46:06 | More by grannaniwa
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mdfb79

New York

2.8/5  rDev -13%

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.

09-04-2012 19:38:11 | More by mdfb79
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

08-20-2012 02:53:46 | More by Sammy
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guezarka

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

08-13-2012 01:42:08 | More by guezarka
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redfox405

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -37.9%

08-09-2012 02:55:10 | More by redfox405
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captaincoffee

United Kingdom (England)

2.83/5  rDev -12.1%

Had this on tap at the Freeport location. Overall, a so-so IPA and probably not one I would have again. Main problem is lack of hops on the nose. For an IPA on tap, I expected much more. Just an average beer with no special notes worth mentioning.
If you found this review to be lacking but unoffensive, then you know how I felt about this beer.

07-23-2012 21:30:25 | More by captaincoffee
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whartontallboy

New York

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -6.8%

06-27-2012 02:52:06 | More by Psychmusic
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frosted33

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

06-27-2012 01:08:09 | More by frosted33
Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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