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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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98 Reviews

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 169
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2003

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
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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 169
Photo of m1ked
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of LunaChick
3.3/5  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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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!!

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Photo of msolar
3.74/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
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

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.1/5  rDev -8%
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).

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.14/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of billybob
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear golden color with a three finger beige head that holds to a eighth inch cover on the beer and some fair lacing. citrus and piney aromas. taste, bready, citrus, grapefruit rind, metallic taste from the beginning and lingering after the finish, not enjoyable. mouthfeel light and carbonation ok. i'll pass on this one, much better beer out there.

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Photo of Brad007
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of albern
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden yellow with a nice creamy white head. If not for the head, I would have rated the appearance at about a 2.5 - 3. There is good amount of lacing. This is a very clear beer that is well carbonated. The smell is sweet, subtle, but not much there. The taste is very average and maybe a little disappointing. This is a light bodied beer, with some sweetness in the middle, a bit of an imbalanced hoppy afterbite, and not all that refreshing for a summer ale; and it doesn't have that fruity base that makes a good summer ale. You can taste a bit of wheat, grain, citrus in the middle, but only subtley. As the beer warms more flavors come out, and there is a better balance in the after taste. I'm not interested in trying this one again. It just isn't that interesting.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.18/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours an amber gold with a medium tan head. The smell is pretty aromatic with a sweet malt and floral aroma. The taste is very hoppy,like an ESB, with some sweet malt that's very good. The m/f is light with a nice balance that makes this a very good summer beer that could be a session beer in the hot months. Cheers.

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Photo of sstackho
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Best Enjoyed Before Date of Nov 06. Cavear: I drank this after a game of ball hockey, and just about any beer tastes good after that. Poors a light straw with quite a bit of carbonation. Little head and no lacing, but that could be due to my glassware. Light aroma of hops. Tastes to me more like an enjoyable well-balanced lager than an ale. I don't own a lawnmower, so I will just have to label this as a good post-hockey beer. Nothing outstanding, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of ColForbin
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vacationland Summer Ale is packaged in a 12oz bottle with no discernible date code. It pours an orange color with a fluffy white head. Darker than your typical summer seasonal. Aroma is wheaty with some slightly piney and citrusy hops as well. Very tasty, somewhat tangy, with a nice dry hoppy finish. Light-to-medium bodied, and very very drinkable. A great summer seasonal, I just wish I discovered it before the summer was nearly over!

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the many Maine summer brews that we sampled last week while travelling through. Had this one in both bottle and draft form. Of the various offerings (Geary's, et al) this one came off as a bit more amber, with wheat and slightly more bitter overtones. Great session brew while looking out over the craggy coastline.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2 12 oz bottles poured into a large mug.

Pale Golden, mildly active. 2" thick white head, decent retention.

Picking up on sour notes, wheaty and hopped.

Taste has a good balance of wheaty flavors and hoppy bitterness, slight sour effect.

Feels thin and light, mildly active pop.Easy to drink.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brew is being sampled at room temp poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours clear gold like champagne and a fluffy bleached white head develops 2 inches even with a gentle pour.
Aroma is a mixture of white grapes, grassy hops, and a bit of bready yeast. Overall the nose is very mild.
First sip reveals the expected light body with very fine yet tingly carbonation that tickles my palate.
Flavor is briefly sweet fruit and general sugar, but rolls to a slightly bitey citrus rind hop finish. The hops are much bolder on the finish than expected and dry my mouth out considerably on each sip.
There is no hint of alcohol and I would guess its around 5%.
The beer is easy drinking and has a crisp hop bite on the finish to keep it interesting. Quite a nice experience and one that I would buy again for a hot day or just for some mild brew drinking.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost clear copper amberish color. Not much head and slight retention.
S: Fruity notes come through first. Mostly apricot, lemon, and grapefruit. Slight floral presence too. Slight malty background peaks through.
T/M: Carbonation blast up front followed by a bitter, dry finish. At first, the carbonation stings the tongue subdueing the flavor profile a tad. When the carbonation slows down a bit as it warms the flavors are allowed to breathe, making it more enjoyable. Floral and grassy hops can be noticed. Coating on the tongue after the intial sting. Good bitterness in the aftertaste.
D: This one would probably quench a thirst on a summers day. Worth a try. Smooth and easy drinking.

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Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.