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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Gritty McDuff's Brewing CompanyGritty McDuff's Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.52/5
Based on:
18 Beers
1,077 Reviews
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 71
Visits: 129
rAvg: 3.79
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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Reviews: 71 | Visits: 129
Reviews by WesWes:
Photo of WesWes
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This place is located in downtown Portland, ME. It is a decent sized place with a good sized bar. I checked this place out at night when it was rocking hard. The place was packed solid with two musical acts playing at the same time.

It had two levels with each their own identity. The upper level was the frat house and 30+ crowd. The scenery was outstanding, that's for sure. It made the atmosphere that much better. The lower level was a jazz type bar with the cool, trendy crowd dominating. I wanted to get down there, but it was impossible to move in any direction.

The quality was decent, but nothing special. They had the typical brewpub selection with a cool Halloween beer which I drank all night. The service was a bit suspect, but I've got to believe it would have been better if it weren't so packed.

I didn't have any food, but this was a cool college hangout. The beer was not bad and the atmosphere ruled. This is a place to remember. (959 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mynie
2.99/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I don't know how long they've been open, but Gritty's feels like a very, very oldschool brewpub. The beers are all English-style, served only slightly colder than room temperature, and the quality varies from "okay" to "the first batch of homebrew someone didn't fuck up entirely."

We stopped by around 11 PM on a Saturday. Everyone was friendly but the place was packed and very loud. There's some minor aesthetic signals toward Englishness, but the vibe was much closer to an American sports bar than a faux-English/Irish pub. That's fine if that's your thing--there were lots of early twenties kids there trying to mate with one another. But it's not my thing.

So, not really a great vibe, and not really great beer. Nothing about the place was horrid, but it doesn't really qualify as a beer geek destination in 2015. (831 characters)

Photo of Oleyomoleyo
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of mitch3114
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of KLHBB
3.94/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Fun place, great service. Quiet when I was there, but I can imagine this as a party place. Informal, old world pirate vibe. Beer and food are good enough, but the strength is in the brick and wood charm. (210 characters)

Photo of xtonytx
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of 31Sam13
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of benzalman
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of psweendogg
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of OJT1993
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Rons35
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of DrJGR629
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of illpass78
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ivyman
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mr-jj
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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. (161 characters)

Photo of Reds76
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of KarlosT
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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 ?? (1,356 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.64/5  rDev -4%

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.