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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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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | 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:
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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Photo of DevilDogBeer
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vacationland Summer Ale had a dark yellow color and large carbonation bubbles that formed a thin white head. The aroma was pleasant with slight herbal notes from the hops and no off smells. The taste was true to the style with a slight earthy bitterness and a clean finish. The beer had a substantial carbonation but did not put me off. The beer finished easy with no aftertaste. The mouthfeel was mostly dominated by the carbonation but did not seem thin. Vacationland Summer is definitely drinkable and at 4.9% would make a nice session beer on a sunny afternoon by the lake or the kiddie pool.

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of berley31
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a fairly large, frothy white head, that diminished within a couple of minutes to a 1 cm size. Fair lacing in several spots on the glass. Clear body with a dark orange color. Aroma is of light yeast and doughy, with some butteriness as well. Light-bodied and thin-textured on the palate, with average carbonation. Average-lasting flavor of breadiness, again with some butter-taste to it... but it finishes lightly bitter. Overall, not a bad blonde that goes down easy during a hot day, even with the slight metallic bitterness at the end.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gritty's- Vacationland

A- Deep, clear golden orange with a huge biscuity head. Thick lacing down the glass.
S- Buttery caramel and toffee malt with citrus and bready grains.
T- Very buttery grainy malt, like an English Bitter, with nice sweet caramel and semi sweet lemon citrus. Touch of dry grassy straw hops.
M- Very smooth and buttery creamy. Nice sweet and slight citrusy bitter hop bite in the end.

Overall- Much better than I expected! Almost ESB'ish to me. Quite buttery and drinkable!

Photo of sholland119
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear gold with a white ring around the glass. No lacing.

S-Light malt, light citrus hops and diacetyl.

T-Moderate lemon flavor and sweet malt. Nice citrus finish.

M-Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

D-A decent blonde ale. I could drink this one with pleasure if this was all there was.


Photo of oriolesfan4
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Drew966
3.05/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.68/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of HopDerek
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with 1 finger of foamy off-white head. Average retention leaves blotchy lacing. Smells of honey, citrus, spices, wheat, and grass. Tastes of orange, apricot, and lemon up front followed by honey, grain, and spices like coriander and clove. Finishes with some grassy dryness as well as bitter earth tones and metal. Medium light in body with good carbonation. Sweet and fruity but with an unbalanced dry and metallic bitterness in the finish. Refreshing and easy to drink, a good summertime brew that I'd like more if the finish wasn't so off from the rest of the flavors.

Photo of m1ked
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first crack at my CA-PA BIF booty. as well as my first Gritty.

A- Pours mostly clear dark gold. 1' large bubbled white head that slowly fades into a thin white layer and lingers. Visible stremers noted.

S- Not a whole lot for me to report here. Grainy, dry grass a little etoh.

T- Clean & crisp. Slight metallic bitterness, some cracker flavor a faint citrusfinish with touch of alcohol on the way out.

M- Light bodied beer with good carbonation. As stated above, clean & crisp.

D- This isn't complex and that's OK. It is a refreshing drink that I could session, especially on vacation.

Photo of LunaChick
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another one of those brews to help break your macro drinking buddies into better beer.
It pours a nice golden color with a decent head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells of malt and yeast, faint amounts of citrus. Taste is dry, slighly biscuit in the begining with soft fruitiness from the yeast. Nothing overpowering here. Nothing spectacular but overall decent. It fun, easy to drink because its medium-bodied and overall smooth in the mouth. This is one of those "hey try this" bottles that I crack open.

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Not much aroma at all mabe some kind of fruit??Taste is pears and wheat.This is a refreshing lighter ale that you can take with you to a summer outing.I can see myself buying this again and I would recommend to my friends!!

Photo of msolar
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm generally a stout-fan but this is one of the better summer brews I've had. It's quite light in color and body but when served cold makes a great summer beer. It has a bitter aftertaste but is fairly well balanced. Some citrus undertones. I'd certainly buy it when I see it and even have it on tap at the moment.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Pint glass with a very thin head.
I have to say there was almost no aroma only a slight grass, sweet smell if you looked for it.
Some very visible carbonation.

The beer appeared bright, and a clear golden color. A hint darker than the pilsner my wife enjoyed next to me. But in no way Amber or Copper.

This looks, smells and acts like a Kolsch, but I see it listed as an American Pale Ale. Honestly I don't get that.

There was surprisingly a large amount of lacing.

There was a crisp flavor that screamed Summer session beer. I really enjoyed the clean finish with slight bready aftertaste. Just enough subtle hop finish, but in no way a hoppy beer.
Very slight wheat taste as well. Not sure if there is any wheat in this brew.

I think it would be gauche to drink this before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.
(that's a joke)

Light mouth feel that leads to a very quaffable brew.

Nice for a light summer brew

Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Nice gold color that has a ice white head. It did leave some lace.

smell - Has a sweet aroma, some fruits present.

taste - Wheats, anf grains present. Has a sweet tate to it with some bite at the end.

mouthfeel - Light body

drinkability - Not bad for a summer beer, was ok. Worth a try, not interesting.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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).

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served cool from 12 oz amber twist off into a Boston Lager glass.

Pours magnificently, golden colored and crystal clear with a fluffy white head.

Prominent clove aroma, slightly wheaty.

Tastes astringent at the front, similar to a pilsner, grainy maltiness.

Effervescent on the tongue, then slick mouthfeel, and wraps up with a very dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty good, but the flavor needs a little something, whether it is more from the yeast or more sweetness or more hops. The dry finish is a neat twist compared to most summer wheat beers.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to an orange-yellow, with thin off-white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was a fairly faint grassy hops, and the mouthfeel of this slightly carbonated beer is somewhat tingly. Initial flavor is actually pretty tasty grassy hop, but this tends to be overwhelming and stale as the beer warms, and the finsih is dry and stale as well.

Not bad for a somewhat novelty beer, but not much either.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.