Gritty McDuff's Best Brown Ale | Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Best Brown AleGritty McDuff's Best Brown Ale
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Gritty McDuff's Best Brown AleGritty McDuff's Best Brown Ale

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

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2001

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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 97
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4.5/5  rDev +42%

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4.5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of 86MonteSS
4.3/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this with high expectations but was still surprised. The appearance is a perfect dark amber with a respectable off-white head. The buttery, candy-toffe smell was perhaps the beer's greatest feature. The taste is that of a great brown ale and then some. A sweetened coffee flavor excited the palate without making me feel like one of those book-readin' Starbuck's fruitcakes.

Gritty is just plain awesome. I'd like to shake his hand.

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4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

20ozer from an October trip up to the Freeport brewery, fridged since then. Classic label art with the Gritty's bartender.

Poured brown-with-a-touch-of-red into an imperial pint glass, a thick-but-quick head formed and then went away, leaving some, but not a plethora, of lace on the glass. Taste is pleasing, with perhaps a bit more hop bite than I would like in a brown. Good potential session-ability, and definitely worth your trouble to find a sample.

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Photo of Risser09
4.05/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into a pilsner - fridge - best before jan 2010

Appearance: Garnet/orange/brown hues with plenty of carbonation activity. The beer gives way to an inch of ivory head with a craterous surface. Retention lasts 3 minutes until departure. Carbonation flows freely and liberally to the meniscus.

Smell: Buttery biscuits, LIFE cereal, mashed grain, pecan and some cherries. Minimal hop aroma.

Taste: Again with the smooth, buttery biscuit/cereal component. The flavor isn't very strong or sticky sweet at all. The beer itself is slippery wet and also sharply carbonated. A super slight hint of hop bitterness in the finish. I like the biscuit flavor.

Mouthfeel: Sharp carbonation that quickly fades, well-attenuated, slick in the mouth, medium/light body, barely any sign of alcohol (it could be under 5%).

Drinkability: I am quite fond of this one. It tastes fresh and feels lively, which makes me feel the same exact way. Certainly a session beer that you could go many rounds with. I will seek out and enjoy again!

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Photo of JasonCoop
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice reddish copper color with big offwhite foam. fairly clear for a brown ale.

smell - nice and malty. almost doughy. some citrus hops come through as well.

taste - hops up front blend to very full buttery malty finish. delicious and perfectly balanced brew. pretty light for a brown ale, but packs a nice flavor.

mouthfeel is medium/full. well hopped as brown ales go. i enjoyed it.

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3.97/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a decent brown color, with some copper tinges to it. The head was tan, thin but dissapates rapidly. A bit of lace, but not much. There is roasty, malty, scent to it that is quite pleasant. Medium bodied, and pleasantly smooth, relatively-speaking, on the tongue. Flavor was malty, toasty, and a bit nutty. Not bad overall.

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3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with an off-white, finely beaded head. A very malty, caramel-like nose - almost a decoction like aroma. Starts off with a "dry caramel" lightly toffeeish flavor, with hints of coffee and (moreso) nuttiness. Rather thin, but improves a bit as it warms. Very clean finish with little lingering aftertaste aside from a pleasant residual maltiness. A very enjoyable session beer when you're not in the mood for hops.

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3.92/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The look is a clear light brown color. Transparent, and with a very thin amount of head. Light reddish highlights.

Really nice, sweet caramel smell. Very nutty, but also sweet. Sharp nuttiness. And an unexpected hint of cherry. Nicely balanced smell.

The taste is sweet caramel and cherry but with a nutty undertone. Has a nice dry yeast base too. Nice mix of sweet and also dry. It's a tad bready at the end; yeast emerges as it warms.

Feels dry but thin. The dry yeast feel comes through at the end for sure. Overall, it's a sweet and dry, with caramel and cherry/berry flavors. Nutty but also puckery; nicely balanced.

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3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gritty McDuff- Portland

A- Chestnut brown with a small head.
S- Sweet caramel malt with light nut aroma and toasted bread.
T- Walnut, acorn, pine nuts toffee malt.
M- Sweet throughout but finishing mild and dry.

Overall- A decent pint. Sessionable definitely.

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3.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes: Hef-style glass, served cool but not cold, age uncertain.

Aroma: malty, very slight earthy hop aroma
Appearance: head quickly dissipates, brown-ish red in appearance, clear
Mouthfeel: light body, very mild carbonation feel
Taste: balanced malty sweetness at the tip of the tongue, light bitterness near the back. Appropriately subtle but present in each regard.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Good session beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Gritty's in Portland. Clear dark amber / brown in color with a decent 1" head. Some spotty lace develops. The aroma was weak, only faint traces of caramel and some hops were detected. The flavor was a very nice earthy, roasted nut, and caramel combination with some reasonable bitterness and a hint of citrus.

Medium bodied brew. Mouthfeel was lightly crisp at the start, and finish dry and smooth. Caramel lingers briefly on the tongue after swallowing. I found this to be nicely drinakble.

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3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, honey, nuts, maple and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple, honey and caramel. A hearty malt character comes in next along with some roasted nuts in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it might not be the one of the best in the style but it’s a solid beer worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of Drew966
3.85/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gritty McDuff's Best Brown pours a medium brown color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a sweet malty aroma. The mouthfeel is on the thin side. The flavor is quite malty with a bit of nuttiness. There is a leafy hop flavor toward the end. A decent brown ale, worth a try.

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3.83/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a rich mahogany brown, tinted with red. Good clarity. A thin white head tops the beer, dissipating into a ring around the glass, but never disappearing.
Aroma is mostly a sweet caramel maltiness. Some toasted malt, with very light chocolate. The chocolate isn't as pronounced as the cask or bottled version, but still present. Some light fig and plum, with a touch of diacetyl butterscotch. Slight graininess.
The flavor starts with a bready caramel maltiness, a bit of toasted malt and very light chocolate. Pretty much just a cameo appearance. Some graininess comes through in the middle, with mild estery plum and a suggestion of fig. Extremely mild herbal hops come through in the finish, with malt mostly carrying the beer all the way through. Moderately carbonated, with a lightish medium body. Some grainy toasted malt and a touch of diacetyl in the aftertaste.
A well balanced brown ale. Not as good as the cask or bottled versions, in my opion. It lacks much of the chocolatey goodness that really sets it apart from other brown ales. Still robust, but withouth as much complexity to the flavor.

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3.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a brown-amber with a small beige head and some sticky and trailing lace.
A cut hay-like malty smell is noticeable at first. A tea-like hoppy smell follows, as does a light fruity bouquet.
The malt body is a little thinner than the usual Brown Ale style. A taste of toasty malt, dry hay and a bit of caramel sweetness blends well with the tea-like and citrusy hop flavors. A light fruity (mainly apples) flavor shows up about halfway through the glass. This beer paired well with Gritty's Beer Battered Fish & Chips.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a couple of bombers at Gritty's in Freeport on a recent visit. This beer pours a clear dark amber color with a frothy light tan head. The head dissolved quickly to a thin ring on the surface leaving only a couple of spots of lace on the glass. A malty aroma with notes of nuts, caramel and chocolate.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer begins with a sweet caramel malt flavor. Hints of nuts, chocolate and bubble gum blend in nicely and it finishes with a mild hop bitterness. A caramel malt taste is left behind.

This is a very drinkable well balanced beer. It has a bit more flavor on tap, but you can't beat enjoying a Gritty's at home.

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Photo of JMD71
3.77/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, caramel. Small head when poured.

Smell: Malty, with hints of fruitiness?
Taste: Nice smooth malty flavor with clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Light body & heavily carbonated. The high carbonation made it very easy drinking.

This is a good beer for times when looking for a refreshing beer with a bit more character.

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3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

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