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

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133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 15 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.49/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +48.4%

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1.36/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: Orange with too much head that lingers way too long.

Aroma: Bland...blah

Taste: Very weak. Watery with very little in the taste department to even speak (or write about).

Overall: If this is Maine's "best IPA" as the label claims, then is Maine's worst IPA stale urine?! Simply put, this beer reminds me of Killian's Red...in other words, bland, watery, and forgettable. If you truly want a great IPA, go for Ballast Point Sculpin. NEXT!!

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +40.6%

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3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.