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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

149 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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Goldfishman

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.4%

06-05-2013 19:12:20 | More by Goldfishman
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goldenM13

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -3%

05-28-2013 21:54:24 | More by goldenM13
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dalepryor

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -10.4%

05-08-2013 04:15:38 | More by dalepryor
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

05-04-2013 20:39:10 | More by Kelp
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dunix

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -3%

01-02-2013 14:47:42 | More by dunix
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3%

12-27-2012 02:17:41 | More by cliff1066
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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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jameyp

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

09-15-2012 18:25:49 | More by jameyp
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cortez

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

09-12-2012 05:24:41 | More by cortez
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -10.4%

09-05-2012 22:47:55 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-17-2012 18:01:21 | More by Bdel34
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WDJersey

Colorado

3/5  rDev -10.4%

07-31-2012 04:38:10 | More by WDJersey
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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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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

07-14-2012 11:54:48 | More by fiedler84
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KenC

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

07-10-2012 23:21:57 | More by KenC
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Didier

New Hampshire

2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

07-05-2012 02:49:09 | More by Didier
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Dbrag

Maine

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

06-22-2012 21:18:45 | More by Dbrag
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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

06-13-2012 23:56:08 | More by jbowes
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

06-08-2012 01:39:46 | More by IPAchris
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lauries444

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3%

05-19-2012 21:51:19 | More by lauries444
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -10.4%

05-19-2012 01:30:41 | More by djrn2
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