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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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BA SCORE
77
okay

159 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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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 StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

StonedTrippin, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of vegasmac99
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

vegasmac99, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of ryan1788a5
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.

ryan1788a5, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
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.

puboflyons, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of FroggieMercury
3/5  rDev -10.4%

FroggieMercury, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of alaimoa
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

alaimoa, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Larrydoherty
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Larrydoherty, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of AJ01923
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

AJ01923, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of broadway848
3/5  rDev -10.4%

broadway848, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

ZEB89, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Goldfishman
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Goldfishman, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of goldenM13
3.25/5  rDev -3%

goldenM13, May 28, 2013
Photo of dalepryor
3/5  rDev -10.4%

dalepryor, May 08, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Kelp, May 04, 2013
Photo of dunix
3.25/5  rDev -3%

dunix, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -3%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
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.

KTCamm, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of B967ierhunter177
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.

B967ierhunter177, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of jameyp
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

jameyp, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of cortez
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

cortez, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3/5  rDev -10.4%

ShemRahBoo, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Bdel34, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3/5  rDev -10.4%

WDJersey, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of neophilus
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!

neophilus, Jul 24, 2012
Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.