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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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159 Ratings

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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 Cavanaghty
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.

Cavanaghty, Jul 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

fiedler84, Jul 14, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

KenC, Jul 11, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Didier, Jul 05, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Dbrag, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

jbowes, Jun 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

IPAchris, Jun 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

lauries444, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

djrn2, May 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

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, May 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

jasinviso, May 13, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: clear amber/blonde body with some slowly rising carbonation filling an exceptionally foamy, lumy white head with light spotty lacing, the head lasted for about three minutes, light rings were left in the wake as the beer went down

S: some breadiness, lemon and malts

T: bitter through previously mentioned flavors

M: light, sessionable, crisp, dry aftertaste and finish

O: I've had this numerous times and out of a bottle. This is good for the style and for me

BeerKangaroo, Apr 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

abrodsky, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

SellaBro1, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of jsanford
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.

jsanford, Jan 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

zachturner39, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

ROGUE16, Dec 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Nordicsk8er, Dec 03, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Hessian257, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.4%

WhitmansNiece, Nov 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

oldp0rt, Nov 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -3%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
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.

GarthDanielson, Sep 05, 2011
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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.

tdm168, Jul 26, 2011
Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.