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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: 122
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 18.38%
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: 122 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

jmmy3, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

TTripp725, Jun 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Userme59, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of juicebox
4.75/5  rDev +48%

juicebox, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of dahlen22
1.31/5  rDev -59.2%
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!!

dahlen22, Jun 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ZEB89, Jun 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

AOShabaz, May 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

goldenM13, May 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

thampel09, May 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

nheinzie57, Apr 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

In_Control_Mike, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +40.2%

morgocon, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Mccoleman
3.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Mccoleman, Mar 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Maximusmaximus, Mar 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

DomingoOrtiz, Mar 01, 2013
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3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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"

beyah, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +24.6%

hitshtwithsticks, Feb 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Drtfinelli, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of MadMike
4.35/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MadMike, Dec 08, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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
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3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

mtbski75, Oct 20, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
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
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

phishfoolme, Sep 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

grannaniwa, Sep 06, 2012
Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.