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Gritty McDuff's Original Pub StyleGritty McDuff's Original Pub Style

Brewed by:
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Original Pub Style is a light copper-colored medium-bodied with a nice dry bite at the finish. A subtle combination of Cascade and Willamette hops give this ale a fine floral aroma and a slightly fruity aftertaste. The taste captures the freshness of a hand-crafted brew pub ale that goes right from the conditioning tank to your glass!

20 IBU

Added by UnionMade on 03-27-2004

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5/5  rDev +49.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.32/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can't go wrong with Gritty McDuff's. As New England Breweries go, it's Elvis. It's Brando. It's Picasso, Beethoven, and Hulk Hogan.

It's the King... or at least the kick-ass Duke.

The Pub Ale is what happens when naive British and American teenage beers get together and have unprotected sex. This is the two headed baby of the pale ale kingdom: Behold the comely lovechild of hops and malt. Birthed in diacetyl and schooled to be smooth, this is a beer I won't soon forget.

Gritty's is what it means to be a New England brewery: Refined yet traditional, bold yet smooth. Keep rocking, Gritty, your hand is on the torch.

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Photo of flanmedic51
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from cask at the brewery/eatery in Freeport, ME.
Nice amber color with 2cm head. Smell of yeast/baked bread.
Mouthfeel moderate carbonation, earthy/floral flavor with some breadiness and tasty hop bitterness. Coming from cask, certainly a deeper robust flavor of hops, yeast, diacetyl, breadiness. Very easy drinking, deeee-licious with just about anything on the menu at the Gritty's Pub. I prefer just about anything from cask!

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Photo of williamherbert
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange. Almost no head. Has a nice thick "real ale" look to it. Looks very English.

Very nice normal, typical ale smell. The malt dominated with a hint of gentle flowery hops. Very subtle, but very pleasant. A bit toasted.

Terrific dry ale with a dry biscuty malt. Very light wheat aftertaste with an estery finish. Really really good. Unique hint of wheat. Even the yeast is excellent.

Dry and biscuity, medium thickness. It's a fine session ale. Feels great. This is really an outstanding English style pub ale. Easy to drink but full of flavor. I am surprised a lot of other Advocates are dogging this one, because I was really impressed with it, even out of a bottle.

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Photo of grahambo
4.27/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great example of a pub ale. The beer pours a relatively clear dark golden color, not as light as a lager but not as dark as a lot of ales. The smell has some malts (biscuit I think) and just a touch of hops.

This beer has a thicker feel than I expected but is still very smooth. The malt dominates here, as others have said definitely bread and butter here, but there is also a nice sweetness to balance it out. The hop flavor is very light.

I could have more than a few of these in one sitting. I wouldn't put it in the American Pale Ale style, it's closer to an British Mild or something along those lines. Good offering from Gritty's

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4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale seems be getting shafted in these reviews, and I'll come to its defense as it's similiar in features and price ($13/12) to Long Trail Ale here in NE.

The balance of caramel malt, fruity ale yeast and hops is good; light enough to have a couple. It's hoppy, but not quite an IPA. Pub Style is drinking zestier than Gritty's Bitter and richer than the macro-induced Vacationland Ale.

Where this ale shines is that it's not excessively sweet, as plagues many pale ales.

It delivers a true ale buzz without much heaviness.

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4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A recent addition to a long list of samples given to me over the last few months, this standout beer is excellent! Pours golden amber color with a rich malty ale scent and an almost classic english-style taste, though it is categorized as an APA. The mouthfeel is rich and full, and the beer goes down fairly easily, one could drink several in a sitting. Guess I'll have to go to a local store and pick some up right away until I get it in my store within the next few weeks. Highly recommended.

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4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an English Pale Ale here, in my book. Pours a soft yellow-gold hue and is capped with a creamy white froth that leaves lace rings upon the glass. The nose is lightly floral and fruity with notes of buttery pale malt; spot-on for an EPA. The taste is very much a continuation of the nose, with more of an herbal hoppiness than the aroma suggests. Light UK fruity yeast notes are found throughout. The feel is soft and just under medium-bodied. Easy-drinking and fairly tasty.

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4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After reading some of the previous reviews, not just the Pub Ale, but a lot of Gritty's other brews, I think there is something wrong with the bottle's. I have had all of their beers off a tap or cask-conditioned, except Vacationland, and I am not seeing a lot of the characteristics that are being described. I think people are getting bad batches.

Slight head that laces the glass well.

Hoppy aromas with caramel notes, different from the Old Bitter's though.

Good hoppy sweet flavor, the caramel sweetness over powers the hops, so its a good flavor.

Delicious aftertaste, smoothe and easy going.

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4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gritty McDuff's Pub Ale

I was surprised by two things in Gritty McDuff's Pub Ale: #1, it's a very deep-amber/copper color where I was expecting something more golden, and #2, it's yeast character is more subdued than usual. There's still a bit of buttery diacetyl, but it's not bad.

Beyond that it's a basic English-style pale ale. There aren't a lot of hops in the aroma, and in fact the butteriness of the yeast beats them out, but there's some. And they do appear in the flavor, leafy and floral, and even a touch grassy. The malt is gently toasty and kissed with caramel; and it's really nicely balanced by a solid bitterness. It finishes dry with some residual leafy hops.

Overall it's an easy to drink beer that offers enough character to keep it interesting beyond one. And the name is appropriate, as this could easily be a session ale. Well done!

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden color with massive white chunky head.
Smell is light with a slight sweet fruitiness present.
Taste is nice and firmly malty with the hops slowly creeping up at the ending to balance them.
Finish also blends the malt and hops nicely with the hops finally coming out on top.
An easy frinking beer that seemed to get more boring the more I drank of it.

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3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer after it was recommended by the bartender. I enjoyed it. You could notice the British influences.
Appearance- Dark for the style.

Smell- Semi-sweet.

Taste- Was good and a little bold something dfferent in the after taste it was not bad thing but it was different.

Mouthfeel- Not watery but not too carbonated.

Drinkability- Great went down good.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liqours in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium amber color. Clear. Brilliant. No head retention.

S: Slightly citrus hop aroma. Fruity ester present. All underpinned by a pretty strong bready malt character.

T: Good balance between strong bready malt taste and a bitter finish. Hop character is not particularly strong, which is generally not the case in American pale ales . Fruity esters also detectable.

MD: Medium light filling mouthfeel. Highly carbonated.

D: A good solid American pale ale. Besides its high carbonation, it tastes more like a traditional English pale ale. Very drinkable.

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3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz momber purchased on site in Freeport, poured into a pint glass.

Medium copper view with head of white foam. Recedes to a thin layer.

Light malty fruity smell.

Mild taste, thin hop, mostly malt. Non descript yet pleasant and tasty. Easy drinking pale, feels like more on an English pale.

Average carbonation, hidden in there a touch.

Really drinkable, sessionable, good signture beer.

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Photo of thryn
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is indeed pale. It's very clear, light copper or amber in color. A nice yellow-orange. No real head to speak of; some lace. The smell is weirdly lagery when I first pour it -- I get a lot of bitterness, but it's not an inviting hop bitterness so much as a mediocre-lager smell. Fortunately, this totally goes away once it's settled into the glass and when I stick my nose in I get clean, sweet bready malts. I'll attribute the cleanness of the scent to a hop presence, but I can't really pick hops out in the smell.

Taste is pretty good, but a bit thin. It comes on fairly strong, with biscuity malt and a balanced, bittering hop, but it just sort of vanishes into faint bitterness from there.

Mouthfeel's pretty good. I think it could use a little more body.

It's totally drinkable, there's just not as much depth to it as I'd like.

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