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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing CompanyGritty McDuff's Brewing Company
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1,865 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 123
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

396 Fore St
Portland, Maine, 04101-4026
United States
phone: (207) 772-BREW

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @grittys

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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 71
Reviews by Durge:
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3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Although I can't give Gritty's a terrific rating I will have to admit I almost always drop in when I am in Portland. I like the crowd there, not that it's an easy place to fit in and meet people, but it's a popular meeting spot, mostly for young folks, so it's kind of fun to just hang out amidst all the chatter and have a nice selection of brew choices. The look of the place is kind of neat, an old pub located upstairs in the heart of the old port section of this seaport town. Kind of dark and spread out in fairly tight quarters. This creates part of the problem with service. In the evenings it gets pretty crowded by the after dinner hours and the available space makes it hard to get room at the bar to place your order and for the waitresses to find you. Sometimes it's hard to tell if there even are any witresses. The main seating area has large community tables which are kind of cozy. I also have to say that the quality of the brews does vary here. I've never had one that wowed me and some are less than good. Probably good to ask for samples here first. In my experience the bartenders have never had time to chat much so you don't seem to get any beer input or guidance. I've had a couple meals here and it's fine for pub grub stuff. Definitely don't visit Portland without spending some time here but there are other comparable choices. I think if you are a local and perhaps has joined the mug club with lots of friends to congregate with, this place really gains major kudos. With the charm of it's weathered decor including walls that can talk in the restroom, it always seems to have so much potential but doesn't always translate in a short visit from out of town.

More User Reviews:
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3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of 31Sam13
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of benzalman
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of psweendogg
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of OJT1993
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of dwoolley1
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ivyman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mr-jj
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Liked the ambiance - kind of reminiscent of a European brown cafe with a lot of tables shared by strangers. Food was good, service was good, beer was just okay.

Photo of Reds76
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of KarlosT
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Food was ok to good, beers were poor.

Review of the beers:

Wow. Can't believe the high scores (especially for the McDuff's Halloween Ale).

Got a flight at the Gritty McDuff's in Portland ME:
Halloween Ale
Cask Best Bitter
Maine's Best IPA
Pub Style

All were exactly the same amber color, with the same head. The aroma was exactly the same, except for the Pub Style. I also had a pint of their Black Fly Stout, which fortunately did have a different color.

I iterated between their Halloween Ale, their IPA, and their Cask Bitter. All were exactly the same, except that the Cask Bitter was slightly warmer.

When I suggested to the waitress that the beers might have been mis-poured, she said that they were correct, that she was also a bartender, and that she could tell from the color of the pours.

Assuming what I drank was correct ...

I found the beer was watery, and it was as though they used poor quality water. All their beers had an off after-taste ... as though their was a Gritty McDuffs flavor they added to all their beers (including their stout)

Mouth feel was watery. And a little evervescent ... a slight bite from the c02. Interesting, even the cask best bitter had a slight CO2 bite to it.

Very sorry I went to this pub. Food was ok. But the beers were mediocre to poor.

Perhaps I did something to offend our waitress ??

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.64/5  rDev -4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of hudsonheat
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Foods okay, beers are what they are. Decent place to watch the game.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of aking32753
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

get the sampler a platter of apps than you can decide what beer you like for a pint

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.