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
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98 Reviews
THE BROS
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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 jdhilt
2.18/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a five finger off-white head that goes quickly, leaving traces of lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is balanced, but strong hops are in your face at finish with a lingering soapy, bitter aftertaste. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH. (313 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 yankeeheel
2.3/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a large white head. Lots of retention.

Smells slightly of caramel and a hint estery.

Scant amount of pale malt turns slightly bitter and the goes a little buttery, like 99% of their beers do. Bittering hops are not quite on. This seems like a very wayward brew.

Thin mouthfeel with little texture..

A pour out for me. (376 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 PatandDavid
2.56/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice pumpkin color, decent head. The smell is slightly stale.

Very malty! I'm also getting a slight metallic taste, and the finish is slightly bitter, with a touch of staleness (like cardboard).

Not the worst beer ever, but nothing to get excited about or rush out and buy again. They do other styles much better. Pat (323 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep gold with a fizzy white head that was gone in an instant.

Smells a little of sweet straw -- faint.

This beer is all over the place for the wrong reasons -- not complexities, just unpleasantness. Has a nice bitter edge that blends with a little sweet fruit (light), maybe some sweet grain (light again), a little butter, and ugh, metal.

Carbonation and body allow this one to go down easy, but it might go down the drain easier. I finished it, but didn't dig it. This is a misfire from Gritty's. (512 characters)

Photo of albern
2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden yellow with a nice creamy white head. If not for the head, I would have rated the appearance at about a 2.5 - 3. There is good amount of lacing. This is a very clear beer that is well carbonated. The smell is sweet, subtle, but not much there. The taste is very average and maybe a little disappointing. This is a light bodied beer, with some sweetness in the middle, a bit of an imbalanced hoppy afterbite, and not all that refreshing for a summer ale; and it doesn't have that fruity base that makes a good summer ale. You can taste a bit of wheat, grain, citrus in the middle, but only subtley. As the beer warms more flavors come out, and there is a better balance in the after taste. I'm not interested in trying this one again. It just isn't that interesting. (790 characters)

Photo of JimmieFrisbee
2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful golden orange. Super clear, lots of little bubbles racing up the center of the glass. Exactly the body of the beer I want to be drinking on the first day above 90* this summer. Head is over-abundant, about seven fingers worth in a tall glass. I let it settle and poured more, yielding more perfectly white foam. Perhaps Im serving it just a bit too warm.

Smells of sweet pale malted barley. Maybe a vague dry fruitiness, but Im not sure.

Doesnt taste like anything special, it also has a certain flavor similar to what I find in my home-brewed beers. Not terribly crisp or refreshing, not overly flavorful. The flavor that is there I guess is just that of the pale malt, and maybe a little something reminiscent of perhaps banana from the yeast. Has a sort of almost dirty taste.

About the right amount of carbonation, could maybe use a little less. Could have been a little bit crisper, but maybe I didnt serve it quite cold enough. While not incredibly off-putting, I can think of plenty of beers Id rather have on a hot summer day vacationing. (1,067 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 billybob
2.76/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear golden color with a three finger beige head that holds to a eighth inch cover on the beer and some fair lacing. citrus and piney aromas. taste, bready, citrus, grapefruit rind, metallic taste from the beginning and lingering after the finish, not enjoyable. mouthfeel light and carbonation ok. i'll pass on this one, much better beer out there. (358 characters)

Photo of sstackho
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Best Enjoyed Before Date of Nov 06. Cavear: I drank this after a game of ball hockey, and just about any beer tastes good after that. Poors a light straw with quite a bit of carbonation. Little head and no lacing, but that could be due to my glassware. Light aroma of hops. Tastes to me more like an enjoyable well-balanced lager than an ale. I don't own a lawnmower, so I will just have to label this as a good post-hockey beer. Nothing outstanding, but definitely enjoyable. (489 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 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 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 paulthebeerguru
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gritty's Vacationland Summer Ale
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. pours a dark golden straw color with great clarity. nice white head on top. decent head retention. fair lacing.

S: a bittersweet aroma. some hay and slight metallic tones. some fruit characteristics, but nothing specific.

T: really bitter and not very summer-like. metallic finish. the hop flavors are just bitter, with no presence other than that. way in the back of this is a sweetness, but the bitters seems to ruin it. It reminds me of a sweet heineken.

M: dry and metallic. decent carbonation level. palate is too confusing.

D: not doing this one again. summer equals refreshing, and this beer is not for me. (682 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 GratefulBeerGuy
2.96/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2 12 oz bottles poured into a large mug.

Pale Golden, mildly active. 2" thick white head, decent retention.

Picking up on sour notes, wheaty and hopped.

Taste has a good balance of wheaty flavors and hoppy bitterness, slight sour effect.

Feels thin and light, mildly active pop.Easy to drink. (304 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 Bowdoinbeerboy
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a mild brown color with very little head that leaves little tracing.

Smell- Mildly hoppy with a few fruity undertones, the hops are not overly aggressive and do not overpower.

Taste- For a beer this hoppy smelling very little bitterness. Initial taste is quite watery, very weak flavor, so weak that its actually hard to describe, it just tastes like water.

Moutfeel- Very watery on the palate.

Drinkability- Very light, only time I would ever buy and drink this would be for a beer to drink after a hard workout. (543 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)

Photo of woodychandler
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this handed to me with a finger of foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slight hoppiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a mild hoppiness on the tongue. The finish left me with a lightly malty quality. My notes read: "I will be interested to see what style they are calling this. I'm guessing a pilsener." Wrong-O! Oh well, I never said that I was a style maven. (430 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vacationland Summer Ale pours a hazy yellow with a white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit malty and it seems a bit citrusy. The flavor is also on the malty end of the spectrum, hops are minimal. Citrus flavors are present, but there is a buttery flavor that dominates. This one just doesn't do it for me. (333 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 Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a transpicuous deep amber color, the head is portly in size, the texture frothy, the color an off white with a nice covering sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is malt, lightly sweet, citrus crisp and a hint of orange peel, fresh and clean a real treat to the senses with a malt start, the top middling, the finish is ferine in its hop spiciness, crisply acidic, quite dry and a nice beer for a hot summer’s day. (434 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super clean golden color. Its got a nice foamy head on it and looks like a typical light bodied summer ale.

The smell is toasty malt sweetness and a little bit of hay/grass as well. I also get some of that oh-so-familiar yeast strain known as Ringwood.

Taste is light malt, butter and some wheat. I checked and it is indeed brewed with some wheat malt, so I'm not crazy. Its also brewed with cascade hops and I taste a bit of the hop bitterness and can just make out the faint floral smell from them.

Not bad. Easy to drink and non-offensive (to most). (566 characters)

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