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

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

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BA SCORE
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143 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.33%


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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2003)
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:25:34 | More by ryan1788a5
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 13:58:37 | More by puboflyons
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alaimoa

Connecticut

3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 01:36:32 | More by alaimoa
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KTCamm

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 11:34:07 | More by KTCamm
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 01:49:11 | More by B967ierhunter177
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 21:21:06 | More by beerthulhu
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neophilus

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 00:05:54 | More by neophilus
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 00:10:13 | More by Cavanaghty
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:17:20 | More by BeerKangaroo
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jsanford

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 22:22:18 | More by jsanford
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.45/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 03:01:50 | More by GarthDanielson
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 03:45:11 | More by tdm168
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:48:54 | More by smakawhat
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 23:09:02 | More by mvanaskie13
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

3.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:27:21 | More by DrinkingDrake
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erosier

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 19:39:16 | More by erosier
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Genuine

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 14:58:15 | More by Genuine
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Skarod

Maine

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 21:39:38 | More by Skarod
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:37:41 | More by JerzDevl2000
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 05:54:53 | More by TMoney2591
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SnowGoon99

Maine

2.78/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 00:48:46 | More by SnowGoon99
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a fridge chilled bottle into my Gritty's logo glass. The beer is very clear, with a golden orange color. There is a lot of carbonation rising to the top, as well as clinging to the sides of the glass. The head is a few fingers thick. It is off white and made up of small bubbles with a foam cap. The aroma has some pleasant grass-like and grainy malts. There is a bit of spice to the nose, maybe some lemon peel and coriander? The taste of Vacationland isn't very complex, but it fits the style very well. There is plenty of light malt, a kiss of sweetness and just a bit of bitterness on the back end. The flavor here is all about being as easy drinking as possible, and it accomplishes this very well. Also benefiting the drinkability are it's medium body and carbonation and low amount of coating. Every sip goes down well. It refreshes superbly. This is a fine summer ale, and worth picking up if you find yourself in Maine during the warmer months.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 22:32:47 | More by ToasterChef
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koopa

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber brought back from a recent road trip to Maine.

Appearance: Pours a tawny dirty honey with a 1 finger white crown that shows minimal retention and moderate lace.

Smell: Belgian yeast with a prominent orange note. Pretty nice actually but not what I was expecting.

Taste: Wow this one really falls flat compared to the nose. The brett and malt combine into a complete mess. Not to style in any way.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied and a touch lacking in carbonation.

Drinkability: Flavor is the only thing holding this one back.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 02:06:17 | More by koopa
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear orange copper with a decent white head that retains ok and laces average.

smells of bready malts, some lemony fruitiness, some earthy hops some butter.

taste is of buttery bread and a tad of earthy and lemony hops. butter stands out the most, as this beer is much sweeter than the aroma indicates.

light bodied with a bit of carbonation but a slight oiliness left on the palate and a little lingering bitterness.

goes down ok. no terrible flavors here, but nothing that makes me want to come back for more. butter dominates the experience of this beer, though not terrible for a spring-time beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 04:36:26 | More by silentjay
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Casey10

Maine

3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have had this a bunch of times mostly on tap at the brewpub. This review is of the bottle. I find this to be above average.

A- a light hazy yellow light head som carbination.

S - a bit hefe like light strawlike smell.

T - A bit astringent perhaps the yeast. It not bad but mostly abit above average here.

m - has a bit of a bitter feel stays on the tounge for awhile.

D - Not bad its a nice beer for a hot day similar to a lawnmower type beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 01:21:40 | More by Casey10
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Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.