Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing CompanyGritty McDuff's Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.52/5
Based on:
18 Beers
1,076 Reviews
Place Score: 86
Reviews: 70
Visits: 128
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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Reviews: 70 | Visits: 128
Reviews by rfgetz:
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3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Nice feel from the exposed brick and worn wood interior, feels very late 1800s seaport rustic and plays right into the view of the port from its rear windows. Long bar in each of the two large rooms, ample table seating throughout provided in adjacent room, even a small storefront for growlers and bottles in an adjacent door from the outside. 400 or so numbered ceramic mugs hang over the main bar for their members.

Beers lean heavily english and all present some level of easy bitterness, leafy british hops and woody ringwood yeast. Fans not used to the style or more Americanized takes may think many of the beers are lifeless. Service was spotty with the single bartender on our side seemingly paying more attention to the regulars than tourists. (754 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Oleyomoleyo
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of mitch3114
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Sludgeman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of KLHBB
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 -18.9%
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

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of dwoolley1
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Rons35
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of DrJGR629
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of illpass78
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. (161 characters)

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 ?? (1,356 characters)

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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%

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.