Gritty McDuff's Portland Head Light Pale Ale | Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by doho95fu:
Photo of doho95fu
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems like a decent session brew to me. The beer is dark gold with a creamy head that lasts a bit. The smell is fruity with some mild maltiness as well. As for taste, this is where the hoppiness I didn't get in the nose gets me in the mouth. It has a nice hops complexity with some sweet undertones. Overall, a very nice beer that I was glad to get in CT.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist bottle with a “best enjoyed before” freshness date clearly notched.

Appearance: Bright and brilliant clarity of a light cooper hued brew, big foamy and fluffy white head with a great retention and lace structure down the glass.

Smell: Juicy Fruit bubble gum aroma with a touch of buttery diacetyl that does not go over the top, malt sweetness and a soft citric flowery nose also.

Taste: Moderate body, smooth, very very smooth for a lighter ale. Malt palate enhances the crispness of the centered carbonation. Malt is on the dry side with sweetness coming from the yeast by-products of Juicy Fruit gum and a faint touch of buttery diacetyl. Toasted grain and a touch of husk are clean but grainy on the tongue. Bitterness from the hops is marked by a brashness in the front but then compromises to complement the dryness of the malt and yeast by-products with a citric and mild earthy character. Small touch of residual sweetness and a coarse remembrance of the hops are all that are left in the finish.

Notes: A marriage of English yeast flavour with American style hopping, though this pale ale definitely lays in the American pale ale territory. A beer to want now and again, to change the fridge selection.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber with a small white head.

Smells buttery with a hint of caramel. Tastes just like it smells. Lots of diacetyl I believe. Decent malt profile with a slightly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel borders on the thin side. Not a bad Pale, but I wouldn't run out of my way for it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent deep amber color, magnificent head with excellent lace to coat the glass, both a light tan color. Slightly hop floral nose, but the malt wins the day, clean and fresh with a malt sweet start and the top skinny in mouth feel. Hops dominate the mercifully carbonated finish and ends with a pleasingly dry long lasting aftertaste. All in all a fine drinking beer that would or will make a fine “Session” beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy amber with a small white head that slowly fades into a spotty lacing.
Smell is of creamy caramel, vanilla, mild hops.
Taste is of the same aromas with a slight metallic taste lingering.
Mouthfeel is sweet, metallic, and hitting the front, sides, and middle of the tongue.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid pale ale, got a good batch, good carbonation, strong head that lasted, nice mix of hops and malt with a smooth finish. Easy to drink on a hot day (it was 90 today).

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden like light honey, clear; forms a single finger white head that maintains a thin layer of minute bubbles on the surface. Slight, but sticky lace

Light hop floral with an equally light malt aroma. Well balanced and pleasant on the nose.

Sweeter than I anticipated, strong honey notes, nice bitter hop follow up providing excellent balance. Crisper than most pale ales with a moderate to higher level of carbonation. This is a far better beer than I initially thought. Worthy of a future purchase. I'll probably use it for a blind session.

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Photo of mschofield
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber with a bit of orange, two finger off-white rocky head.
Sweet malt, and caramel aroma, slight fruity notes, backed up well by an underlying hop aroma.
Floral, caramel, nutty taste, some buttery/butterscotch.
Medium body, easy drinker, bitter in the back.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale golden amber. Excellent clarity, with a thin white ring of head.. Decent lacing, sticking to the glass in blobby, amoeba-like patches.
The aroma is mainly a toasty caramel malt. Light diacetyl butteriness, with moderate herbal and citric hopping. Some mild estery apple and pear, with a bit of grainy breadiness.
The flavor starts out malty, with a solid toasted malt presence, and some caramel. Some light floral esters come through in the middle, with a touch of apple flavor. The finish is moderately hoppy, with a pleasant herbal bitterness. A sweet malty aftertaste, with some bready yeast and a bit of graininess. Light bodied, with smooth, moderate carbonation.
A nice, well balanced pale ale. Definitely more in the english style. Easy drinking, a little lighter than most pale ales, and very tasty.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good pour but nothing special.Not the usual pale ale in taste or smell. It is much more maltier and not as hoppy as the pale ale's im used to.The color is an amber to dark gold.Trace amounts of lace are left.I found myself drinking these with ease and quite frequently on vacation.Good carbonation and mouthfeel.It is somewhat thick and might not be an optimal choice for a hot day.Overall good and I would buy again.More hops and less malt would make it terrific.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gritty's makes a decent but not exceptional pale ale, looked nice, light copper color, hop aroma was there but seemed a bit weak. The taste was nice with some malt sweetness at the front and a good hoppy finish. Drinkable, and quite tasty but there are better ones available here in Maine. May have been a sub-par batch, I will re-try later and perhaps re-review.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Gritty's brew is the reason why I love beer. A heavy-golden colour and strong, creamy head that turns into a thick, sticky lace. Full flowery hop and citrus scent with a nice, mellowing sweetness. Deep hop complexity, heavy, strong and spicey while the malt remains mildly sweet, all in a nice balance. Smooth medium body that is fairly dry with a smooth, sly bite.

This brew is fantastic, every thing is right on. I can drink it all day and all night. The slight dryness and strong flavors keep you begging for more. Drink, Drink!

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Photo of doerickson
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden with a short white froth. Tea-like hops and cereal maltiness inthe nose. Steady carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly citrusy hop and tonic-like bitterness, with a grainy malt character as well. Not real complex, but very tasty--this has "session brew" written all over it.

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Gritty McDuff's Portland Head Light Pale Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 13 ratings