Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale - Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer AleGritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale

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BA SCORE
78
okay

98 Reviews
THE BROS
84
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Reviews: 98
Hads: 166
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2003

You can't put summer in a bottle, but we may have come close! When the weather gets warm we roll out our summer seasonal, Vacationland Summer Ale. Vacationland is an Extra Special Golden Ale that's light in color but full-bodied, with a snappy hop finish. A bit of extra time in the conditioning tank rounds out and mellows the ale. We use generous portions of pale malt with just a touch of wheat malt to give VSA unique flavor that?s richer than most summer brews. Cascade leaf hops add a delicate and forward hop character as well. It's the perfect brew for all things summer.

22 IBU
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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 166
Photo of KLHBB
3.34/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

After sampling a flight at Gritty's, I chose this. Floral, fruity, mild hops. Poured into a pint glass, I found it refreshing and good with dinner. (151 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

one of the least offensive beers on at grittys, a balanced light summer drink, but a bit watered down, and painfully undercarbonated. it boasts a clear golden color, but the lack of head or rising fizz makes me skeptical from the outset. notes of light wheat and pale malt caress the nose, but generic C hops in low doses and ale yeast ive met before greet me rudely. taste matches, generic as anything, light and crisp like a lager, but a little sweet and a little fruity like most summer ales. its drinkable enough with a nice light to medium body and a particular floral element that sits well, but the carbonation is woeful, way underdone, and the one factor that made all the beers at grittys underwhelming. its made heavy by the flatness, and resonates a lazy sort of frustrating carelessness toward fermentation. I wish they thought this through a little better because it has potential, but not a beer I would buy again. go for the food to grittys, not the beer. (970 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep brassy golden color with a slight chill haze that clears up quickly as the beer warms. The creamy white head peaks at an unimpressive one finger and falls flat soon after that. Thin scraggly lines of lacing are all that remain to suggest it was even there.

S: Toasted malts, caramel, and toffee are forward on the nose. Light buttery character. Hops are leafy and earthy with a light herbal spice and a touch of pine. Slight lemony citrus.

T: As in the nose, a surprisingly robust malt character leads off. Caramel, toffee, lots of toasted grain and toasted crust. Buttery. Lemony citrus snap cuts through on the mid palate. The hops then go very leafy and earthy with notes of resiny pine and bark. Modest bitter push toward the end. Finishes with lots of earthy, leafy, and spicy hops.

M: Medium bodied, rather husky and substantial. A persistent blast of scrubbing carbonation adds a crisp bite and provides some lift, though it isn't enough to prevent a weighty feel.

O: Another one of those 'identity crisis' sort of beers. There's a lot of English pale influence in this beer, and it just doesn't mesh well with the 'summer blonde' concept. We're left with a beer that, though sessionable in abv, feels far too heavy on the palate to be considered a refreshing summer quaff. (1,331 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration ndate of Nov 2013. Sampled on July 20, 2013.

It pours yellow to light amber with a short-lived white head.

The aroma is fairly malty, buiscuity, and has a melted butter ester to it.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a biscuit malt and butter flavor up front and then there is a sharp but also mellow bitterness on the end. Pretty typical summer style brew. (417 characters)

Photo of alaimoa
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured to a pint glass. Golden, hazy, small head. Smell like malt, biscuit, some pine and lemon. Medium mouthfeel, dry, slight bitterness, rustic earthy tones with slight soapinesss. It's an ok beer nothing overly special about it but ill drink it if its at a party (272 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a perfect pint glass. Pours golden white foam, semi hazy. Malty smell, citrus too. Light malty taste with a bitter lemon rind hoppy flavor. Lingers citrus taste. Has a minor soapy taste. Not the best beer out there. (250 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.2/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There's nothing special here. Just a decent beer. It pours "beer" yellow with no head or lace. It's aroma is very mild wheat with just a hint of lemon. The flavor has a large hop bite, reminiscient of an IPA, minus the fruitiness. There's a mild grapefruit note in the finish. The mouthfeel is light. Gritty McDuffs Vacationland Summer Ale is a decent beer, recommended. (370 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.95/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Orange pour with a frothy, ivory colored head of 1 finger statue. Good retention rate, and ample lace coverage of the glass. Spacious rise of medium sized carbonation bubbles.

S: Touch of sour orange peels, dry with some bread is very limiting on the nose.

T: Flavor was watery with some sour funk of orange peels on the first impression. The second and concurring sips faired a bit bette but was very linear in terms of the flavor progression. Bitter flowers, dry citrus with a light lingering bitterness of spicy hops follow the swallow. Spicy hops appear mid-palate with a base of sweet syrupy malt.

M: Light mouthful, a bit frothy, turns washy and foamy, sour orange funk, ok carbonation, not crisp, nor sharp.

O: Sits on the fence for me, a good blonde relies on its grainy, edgy flavor, this is a light smooth malt bill, some good points, others not so good here. A no brainer downer that comes more off as a tweener. (934 characters)

Photo of neophilus
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden hue, very clear, obligatory foamy white head on top. Presentation everything to be expected.

Rich grainy aroma, borderline pungent maltiness but restrained and sharp to the nose. Flowery american hops on top, hints of citrus swimming under the grainy scents.

Crisp grainy malt flavor up front with the first sip. Somewhat bitter, very dry. The dryness enhances the hop bitterness and really draws out the grainy malt flavor. Some oily hop slickness in the background.

Smooth mouthfeel but finishes so dry it is nearly astringent. Grain is left behind on the palate long after the beer washes away. Crisp and clean with no esters or hop flavors lingering afterwards.

This beer really comes at you with a rich malt profile. The grainy flavors take hold and don't let go. The finish is a tad bit too dry for my taste - although the beer is equally refreshing warm as it is ice cold because of it. Hops play a supporting role but lend a nice American hop character to this Blonde.

Golden liquid grain in a glass! (1,027 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into a stein

Appearance: Light Amber Color with one finger of white head. Lacing on the glass was spotty at best. A lot of carbonation could be seen with this brew, and was evident by a head that lasted a long time.

Smell: Very citusy and intense hops(like most of Gritty's beers)

Mouthfeel/Taste: Well balanced and light bodied, although I felt with intense hops it was heavier than most summer ales.

Overall: This was an enjoyable beer. Not my first choice for a summer ale, but I would not turn it waway if offered or it was all that was there. The intense hops that I find with most of the Grtty's beers was evident here, and this summer ale reminded me more of an IPA. (697 characters)

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: clear amber/blonde body with some slowly rising carbonation filling an exceptionally foamy, lumy white head with light spotty lacing, the head lasted for about three minutes, light rings were left in the wake as the beer went down

S: some breadiness, lemon and malts

T: bitter through previously mentioned flavors

M: light, sessionable, crisp, dry aftertaste and finish

O: I've had this numerous times and out of a bottle. This is good for the style and for me (487 characters)

Photo of jsanford
2.74/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a clear light copper with a fluffy white head that settles to a foamy cap, leaving spots of lacing clinging to the glass. Subdued aromas of toasted malt and grassy hops, with a bit of creamed corn. Taste is similar to the nose, mild flavors of light malt and some floral, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a thin body and sharp carbonation. Pretty run-of-the-mill, there's millions of better session beers out there. (475 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.52/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner, the beer is a super-bright maize coloring, vibrant but a little watery. It pours with a decent amount of fluffy white, airy head that stands around 2 inches and settles very slowly. Great cling along the glass as you go, the beer has toasted oats and honey sweet aromas. Some light spicing on the nose, too. Flavors are a bit light, but a smooth toasting hits first, with a slight sour malt character at the end. The aftertaste is watered down, also, with a limp malt sweetness. The finish is almost nondescript, with a watery and lacadasical honey sweetness, barely. Felt light water throughout. Meh. (638 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my man Hoyt for bringing this back from Maine.

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a 1/4" head with great retention. Smells is hops and wheat similar to a german pilsner. Taste is mild hops and wheat; bitter and unbalanced; even a little sour in the finish (maybe yeast gone bad?). Mouthfeel is light with absolutely no carbonation.

I did not enjoy this beer at all. Given the sour taste I suspect it may have gone bad. (458 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a golden color. There was a small white head that leaves some lacing. Some floral, spicy and light citrus notes to the nose. Some malt sweetness also. Taste is a touch dry with a very light bitterness. Almost a medium body. Some malts, earthiness, slight spice. A decent summer brew. (318 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass from the bottle.

Foamy soapy head with lots of retention and off white. Body is a real nice true clear blonde amber with some rising slow carbonation. Looks great.

Bouquet is soft bready malts and sourdough sweetness. Smells a little like sour yeast.

Light bodied and soft malted grain and yeast in the palate. Fluffy and slight hint of crisp palate. Almost a hinting hop bitterness on the swallow.

This just might be an American Blonde ale I could get into, probably helps that I am on vacation right now drinking it which makes it even better (wink). (588 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass: nice bright white, a half inch thick, it dissipates to a ring and clings feintly. Color is pale straw to gold, nicely transparent.

Smell is very grainy, no particular malt scent with a hop fruity and bitterness.

Taste is relatively clean, nice malt, grain flavor, not overly sweet or cloying, nice bitterness to finish it up, with hints of lemon.

Mouthfeel is very well done, clean flavors, nice bitterness to clean up malt, maybe a touch strong on the tongue but expected for a maltier blonde ale.

Overall, I like this brew very much, best out of the Gritty's I had leftover from our Maine trip, and a perfect beer to review on the hottest day of the year. (696 characters)

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A yellow/orange pour with a fluffy two finger head. A lot of carbonation. Grassy with subtle sour malts in the nose. There is also a layer of floral and lemon hop notes. Taste is biscuit and grassy earth hops. Lemony malt finish not too bitter. Crisp at first but there is something off about the finish. The lemon is sour and only slightly balanced with the malt. (364 characters)

Photo of erosier
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a golden yellow-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down to a ring around the beer.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, some light citrus aromas, and a hint of something sweet at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, light citrus flavors, and a hint of hops at the end.
M: Crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, light bodied, very drinkable.
D: Overall a very drinkable, session-able beer. Really nice mix of light flavors, light abv. (530 characters)

Photo of Genuine
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel Glass.

This beer poured a very nice, medium copper/blonde in color, with an off white head that dissipated quickly, left no lacing to be noticed.

The nose on this is delightful, wheat, some hints of citrus, maybe lemon, apples maybe.

Taste - This is where Gritty's is unique, their beers have this distinctive flavor profile that I can' quite put my finger on it. Although, this one reminds me a lot of their Halloween and Christmas Ale's...but with 1 or 2 slight variations. Definitely reminds me of the ESB style, rather than a blonde ale. Has some hop bite with a hint of buttery sweetness/sour that comes across the palate before the finish.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is there, but not heavy, very light. Medium body for sure.

Overall - As being a fan of Gritty's, and what they produce, I liked this one, but like I said before, reminds me too much of their Halloween (huge favorite) and Christmas Ale's. Almost similiar flavor profile. I'll have to save one and compare them side to side in the fall. Great to try though. (1,071 characters)

Photo of Skarod
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had the left over from the wife making beer cheese soup. Yum!
decent overall a little buttery in taste and aroma for my tastes. I expected a little lighter color and mouth feel but overall easy to drink like a summer should be. For a similar price point I would prefer Geary's Summer ale. (288 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Totowa since I never had it before it was one of the few Summer beers they had on the shelf that I had yet to try. I like Blonde Ales to a certain extent but this reminded me of a very sour Kolsch once I gave it a whiff and downed some. Like many, I was disappointed by this but it wasn't a total drain pour, as it grew on me just a bit during my drinking session.

Nice golden hue to the pour with a moderately decent head and no lacing to be seen. The aroma was that of butter, grape, and sour grass that was much stronger in the taste and mouthfeel. The balance was nice for this, even though there wasn't any carbonation, and it was only in the aftertaste that the sourness and the flavors inherent kicked up a notch. I was hoping for a bit of wheat or honey in here but it's not present and both would have brightened this beer enough to make it enjoyable to a mass audience.

Instead, this is a session beer that's not as easygoing as one would believe. This has an acquired taste to it but most people won't warm up to it. It's mellow but is too funky and almost has the feeling that it's slightly skunked. Take this for what it's worth - a warm-weather offering that's not a Lawnmower beer. Once in a while, I could see myself going for something like this. (1,284 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to papollo for this bottle!

Something about Gritty McDuff's conjures up images of some special reserve brew from The Simpsons. If only... Anyway, this guy pours a clear pale amber-straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose is pretty faint, comprising flowers, chalk, and light wheat. ...I think that's what creeps into my 'strils, anyway. The taste holds notes of funky wheat, chalk, moss, and flowers, with a pervading orange-peel bitterness. Hm. The body is pretty light, with a very-light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, I did not enjoy this beer. The flavors just don't come across as good to my 'buds, plain and simple. (711 characters)

Photo of SnowGoon99
2.87/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: bottle into a mixer glass.

Beer pours a very pale yellow with a generous amount of carbonation. Head forms and quickly dissipates. Aroma is typical of an American Blonde or Wheat ale. Fruitiness more than likely from American hops or possibly a high. Quite pleasing actually.

Taste was surpisingly awful. The aroma built up so much hope for a tasty beer. The aromas did not carry over into the taste at all. Tasted closer to an American Light Lager than it did to a Blonde ale or Wheat. Just not impressed at all. Mouthfeel did it no favors but didn't hurt it. Kinda just middle of the road. It was somewhat drinkable mostly due to the lower alcohol content but it's hard to see having a couple of these if they all taste like that.

Overall i would say do not buy this beer. I probably might even refuse it if offered for free. Usually i like Gritty's stuff but they definitely missed the mark on this one. (923 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright amber and sports a light coat of creamy white. Champagne like carbonation. Aromas are hoppy and somewhat fruity in a citrusy way. In the mouth the beer cleanses and scrubs with its ample bubbleage. Flavors favor hop and the beer is all around fairly light and simple. Just like the season I'd guess. Nothing serious here just a zippy pale ale that goes down easy and leaves a bitter tang as it trails off onto the gentle finish. (443 characters)

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Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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