Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale - Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev +6%
"Babies don't need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach. I'll go over to them and say, 'What are you doing here, you've never worked a day in your life!'"
Bright orange with even brighter orange highlights. A somewhat vigorous pour produced three full fingers of suds that are somewhere between ecru and ivory in color. The head doesn't look to be melting fast and is doing a pretty decent job laying down thin, vertical streamers of lace.
The aroma has a cream ale-like vibe, which makes it more enjoyable than many American blondes. The Cascade and Saaz hops aren't appreciated, but that's what happens when they aren't added with a very heavy hand to begin with... and when the beer is being consumed about two weeks past the 'best by' date. Sorry, couldn't be helped.
It's easy to tell that Vacationland Summer Ale is better than average beer when fresh. It's barely so now, but the taste score is still honestly earned. There's much more flavor here (thanks to fruity ale yeast esters) than in any American or Euro pale lager that you'd care to name. Drinkability is definitely up there.
There's a modicum of toasted malt that is just prominent enough for my tastes. The hops provide a balancing bitterness and a little bit of orchard fruity flavor (apricot and lemon). Saaz might have been among my guesses if blinded to the hop bill. Cascade would not have been. It's nice to drink a blonde ale that has some character.
The mouthfeel barely hangs on to the above score (ABV kept firmly in mind). It comes close to wateriness on the finish and is saved by proper carbonation.
Gritty McDuff's Summerland Ale probably tastes better on a hot, humid July day than a cold December morning. That said, my taste buds know no season and recognize this as pretty good beer... for what it is. Not approved for vacationing babies. Thanks jwc215.
12-22-2009 14:10:03 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
Bottle: Poured a golden color beer with a light foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of medium sweet malt is somewhat boring. Taste is also somewhat bland with some light notes of medium sweet malt with no material notes of hops. This one is quaffable and refreshing but still too bland to be one of my summer beer.
08-21-2008 19:13:56 | More by Phyl21ca
2.85/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
10-28-2010 05:54:53 | More by TMoney2591
3.13/5 rDev -6.6%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of citrus, pale hops, light malts and some spice.
T: The taste starts with a bite of spice. Then there's a sweet citrus flavor that comes in and remains dominant. There's a mild hops presence and a thin malt character that have trouble balancing things out. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp but not very smooth, light body, high carbonation, finish is clean.
D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's a rather lackluster lighter beer that you could drink a lot of if it suits your taste, but there definitely many other lighter beers out there that are better than this one.
10-18-2008 22:48:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.7/5 rDev +10.4%
22 oz brown bomber, thanks to bennybrew!
Decent lacing on the glass, bright pale golden hue. Tight crispness deep with in the moderate body makes the mouth feel smooth. Smells and tastes a bit buttery from the yeast, the pale malt flavour provides a thin base of sweetness. Ample bitterness drops a metallic flavour on the palate. Lingering buttery flavour in the finish with some sweetness.
Tastes like a best bitter to me, Id swear there is a good amount of wheat in there as well. Good drinking either way.
06-02-2003 20:17:53 | More by Jason
3.44/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
08-19-2013 02:07:30 | More by StonedTrippin
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, pale malt scent along with some fruity yeast esters and a bit of hops. The taste is decent. It has a very dry pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter with a crip hop bite. The yeast provides a slightly fruity character. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It's a low/medium bodied beer with a bit too much carbonation for me. This is an average Summer ale. It's light and bitter, but too dry and carbonated.
07-03-2008 22:40:14 | More by WesWes
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
Best by Nov. 09 notched on label:
Pours deep golden with a fluffy white head. Lacing sticks.
The smell is of grainy malt - "English"-like. There is a hint of citrus, some dough and butter. Smells like an English bitter, and not a bad one at that.
The taste is of sweet malt, some yeast (spicy) and butter. Butter stands out, a bit too much. It has an herbal, slightly metallic, slightly citric dry finish.
It is light-bodied (though not thin) with a pretty creamy texture and mild carbonation.
A pretty strong "house character" here. More of a summer version of an English bitter, IMO. A bit too buttery and not quite as refreshing as I would expect for a seasonal summer, but a decent brew on its own.
07-31-2009 17:37:53 | More by jwc215
3.58/5 rDev +6.9%
Golden in color, clear. Impressive head with good sticky lace
Light candy sugar smells--malty; strong caramel
Far more dry than the smell suggests. Some creaminess in the flavor. Strong dry hop is present in the swallow and the aftertaste. Full body for the style, high carbonation.
This brew is nearly lip-smacking in its dryness. Not complex, but is still interesting as a contrast to the typical "summer" offerings of wheat-ful, lemon flavored specialities. This would fit nicely in the Bitter category.
06-02-2007 19:35:11 | More by smcolw
3.78/5 rDev +12.8%
I thought this would be fitting to have this as the first beer I had at Gritty's during my short vacation in Maine. Clear yellowish orange in color with a 1/2" head. The head reduces to a soft surface foam. Some mild lacing develops on the glass.
Aroma is of strong citrus which was a bit of a turn off. The taste was much better as mild malt, light bitterness, weak butter, and lemon zest produces a refreshing flavor.
Lighter in body, with a light crisp mouthfeel. Finish is mildly dry and relatively clean. Nicely drinakable.
07-07-2005 00:11:28 | More by Gavage
3.7/5 rDev +10.4%
Had a few beers from this brewery before and enjoyed them so time to dabble with their summer seasonal. Not too shabby I must say.. it's a nice crisp, golden/blonde ale. Nice refreshing hop bite to it (reminds me a lot of a kolsch) and light bodied so its super drinkable. Yeah it doesn't have an extreme flavor profile but it's well balanced, light and brewed for the right intent.. to imbibe on a hot summer day. Pretty solid summer brew.
06-30-2009 23:16:53 | More by oriolesfan4
3.03/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
10-31-2009 23:05:31 | More by woodychandler
2.1/5 rDev -37.3%
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.
04-24-2007 22:15:28 | More by jdhilt
4.03/5 rDev +20.3%
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).
07-25-2011 22:48:54 | More by smakawhat
3.9/5 rDev +16.4%
Poured a light copper hue with a finger and a half creamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.
The smell featured a subtle sweet caramel malt with hints of soft flowery hops.
The taste was very well balanced and presented a light soft malt and floral, yet drying hop.
The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a very dry finish.
Overall a very nice, gentle APA that is very drinkable.
07-24-2007 03:04:25 | More by plaid75
2.95/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
07-26-2012 21:21:06 | More by beerthulhu
2.9/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
07-26-2011 03:45:11 | More by tdm168
3.1/5 rDev -7.5%
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 summers day.
05-11-2003 15:05:11 | More by Gusler
4.03/5 rDev +20.3%
Pours a typical pale color. Aroma has some spice with the usual hints of malt and fruitiness. Taste is somewhat different though. It's seemingly more bitter than Gritty's Pale Ale with some alcohol taste and fruitiness around the edges. I can't really detect much else. No citrus. Hmm. I would probably rate it above the Gritty's Pale Ale as it fits better with the style. Still a decent summer ale.
05-28-2007 06:43:16 | More by Brad007
Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.