1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer AleGritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

146 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 146
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 146 | Reviews: 97 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SellaBro1
SellaBro1

Michigan

4/5  rDev +19.4%

01-21-2012 12:16:38 | More by SellaBro1
Photo of jsanford
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
Photo of zachturner39
zachturner39

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-19-2011 01:58:01 | More by zachturner39
Photo of ROGUE16
ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-14-2011 22:28:13 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of Nordicsk8er
Nordicsk8er

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

12-03-2011 00:55:32 | More by Nordicsk8er
Photo of Hessian257
Hessian257

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -10.4%

11-25-2011 22:05:09 | More by Hessian257
Photo of WhitmansNiece
WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-25-2011 20:44:24 | More by WhitmansNiece
Photo of oldp0rt
oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3%

11-24-2011 03:12:49 | More by oldp0rt
Photo of Rochefort10nh
Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -10.4%

11-18-2011 20:53:56 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of bpfrush
bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -3%

11-14-2011 20:54:59 | More by bpfrush
Photo of GarthDanielson
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
Photo of tdm168
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
Photo of Boto
Boto

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a golden color. There was a small white head that leaves some lacing. Some floral, spicy and light citrus notes to the nose. Some malt sweetness also. Taste is a touch dry with a very light bitterness. Almost a medium body. Some malts, earthiness, slight spice. A decent summer brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 00:11:06 | More by Boto
Photo of smakawhat
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
Photo of mvanaskie13
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
Photo of DrinkingDrake
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
Photo of erosier
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
Photo of Genuine
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
Photo of Skarod
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
Photo of JerzDevl2000
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
Photo of TMoney2591
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
Photo of SnowGoon99
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
Photo of ExtraStout
ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright amber and sports a light coat of creamy white. Champagne like carbonation. Aromas are hoppy and somewhat fruity in a citrusy way. In the mouth the beer cleanses and scrubs with its ample bubbleage. Flavors favor hop and the beer is all around fairly light and simple. Just like the season I'd guess. Nothing serious here just a zippy pale ale that goes down easy and leaves a bitter tang as it trails off onto the gentle finish.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2010 00:33:23 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of ToasterChef
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
Photo of koopa
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
Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.