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
Photo of sharkheadlasers
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottle had some "Gritty" around the cap. It was tan and rusty spots around the cap and the top of the bottle. It was very carefully cleaned.

The beer was a clean brown with good head. The aroma was malty and yeasty. The taste was spicy malty and lightly hopped. There is a medium body. It is enjoyable and worthy of a try.

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Photo of williamherbert
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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Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry roasted scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It's light and moderately malty. The taste is average. It has a light and watery malt flavor that boasts of some roasted malts, but nothing too pronounced. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average brown at best. It's basically an amber with the slightest amount of roasted malt added to acheive the nut brown aroma and flavor. It's an easy drink, but not an enjoyable one.

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Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown color. Aroma is nice and malty with a faint hint of toffee/coffee. Taste is similar as the malt is up front with the toffee flavor at the back of the throat. It gets somewhat watery in the back as well. Overall, a decent brown ale that doesn't contain any surprises and makes a good session ale.

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Photo of billybob
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured deep red brown color with a beige one finger head that quickly faded and not much lace. weak aromas of coffee and caramel, taste is same, grainy with a metallic after taste. mouthfeel weak and watery, carbonation is ok. have had much better brown ale. not one i would seek out again.

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Photo of BuckSpin
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle in a classic conical pint glass

Poured with a little gurgle, a little fizz. Dull nose, straw, faint caramel, dirt, echo of some hops and a little spice. As it warmed some nut & even charred wood qualities are noticeable. A nicely sculpted, thick, tight 2 finger head of dulled cream foam lasted for quite a while, finally retreating to a 1/8" see through blanket that laced nicely. A sharp, clear, striking tea stained amber, slightly brassy with no noticeable internal bubbling resides beneath the foam.

Semi sweet, kinda watery & thin, the initial tongue feel has feeble qualities of coffee, caramel, dried cherry (good Lord is this going down fast & easy...I'm almost done!), hops, tannins, orange pekoe. Odd that a beer so thin has a number of qualities, but they are all way too timid. The palate feel is more bitter, drier, stronger (a welcome reprieve from the rather thin beginning) and it (mercifully) fades away actually sweetly bitter, and with little fanfare, leaving a slightly sweet, chewy aftertaste that is neither bad nor good.

This was just way too timid & mild, even for the style. I will probably try another (on tap if possible) to confirm my reactions to this. This was like drinking a limp handshake. I'll give it another shot, but as of now there are far, far better examples to be enjoyed.

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Photo of albern
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice reddish amber, slightly brown. It is a medium bodied ale, with a nice amount of carbonation. It has decent lacing, not a great head though. The smell is sweet malts, dry roasted smell. There are no hops in the smell. The taste is nice, not exceptional, but nice. You can taste some hoppy embers, but mostly caramel flavors. As the beer warms, more grain flavors come through. This isn't an overly complex beer but well worth seeking out if you are visiting the brewpub. L'Chaim

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lighter than expected amber brown color with an inch of light tan head. The head receded quickly and left no lacing.

Smells of roasted malts waft out of the glass. Licorice, caramel, and little bit roasted nuts. Fairly average...nothing exciting.

The flavor is a little better. Still get the nice roasted malts...caramel, molasses, nutty, a little licorice and dark fruit, also.

Mouthfeel is thinner and somewhat watery. Very little carbonation to give it any type of expansion in the mouth. I will finish the couple I have, but I won't get this one again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aggressively carbonated English brown, with licorice aroma and powerful head. On the moderately malty side, drinkable but sour finish gets tiring and not complex. A touch of nuttiness, but mostly mollasses and caramel.OK, but another brown we don't need.

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Photo of pgenius
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a dark amber with a nice bubbly white head

S - Sweet malt aroma

T - I'm disappointed because I enjoyed the best bitter and thought this one would be really good too. However, it was really watery and lacked flavor. All I could pick up on were some sweet malts and a miniscule amount of hops

M - Light bodied, refreshing, but lacking in texture

D - I probably wouldn't buy this again but I would drink it if it were offered too me. Overall, a disappointment

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Photo of sstackho
2.63/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle tasted one month after its Best Before date. Pours a clear amber - not particularly brown. Tons of carbonation. Malty aroma. Taste is a bit better than I was expecting from the appearance and my other experience with Gritty beers. Still not great, mind you. Some malt and molasses, but not a lot of complexity.

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Photo of ColForbin
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gritty's Best Brown pours a deep clear brown color with a light tan head that shows good retention. Aroma is molasses with some floral notes as well. Taste is relatively sweet, with caramel, molasses and some roasted flavors and an off-dry finish with some bitterness balancing out the sweetness. Fairly high carbonation (a bit too high), medium body. An easy drinking beer, perfect as the weather turns a bit cooler.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark reddish brown with a medium tan foamy head. A very nice looking beer. The smell is a little light with a roasted malt scent to it. The taste is chewy,nutty, and filled with a sweet malt, but it is with it's flaws. The texture is very thin and I keep hoping that I'll get more out of this. The m/f is too light with the flavors mixing well. Although it does have some flaws, this isn't a bad beer and I'd have it again.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a large glass mug.

Looks Light brown with reddish hues. 2" head that was gone fast. Minimal activity here.

smells mostly of roasty and semi-sweet malts.

Good balance in the overall taste. Roasty wheat, bready, slight "greens" hop effect at the end.

It has a good solid bite, feels more active on the palate than it appears.

Little interest, but it's easy nough to put down.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a !2 pack sampler. Not bad. It poured an amber color with a medium-sized head. It had a sweet, malty aroma. Taste was caramel with the tiniest bit of hops. Thin mouthfeel. Average drinkability, just because it wasn't very special. Gritty's has many better offerings than this one.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a six pack of this beer while up in CT; its not distributed apparently in NJ. I was curious to give it a try. It cost about $7.99; pretty standard for a microbrew.

It has a reddish-orange color...almost looking like iced tea. A mild head to it. Not much of a smell to describe.

The taste is nice. Somewhat creamy...a bit of a roasted flavor, but not overpowering. This is mixed with a hint of sweetness. Quite drinkable. Smooth and tasty.

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Photo of wedge
3.51/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber-brown color with a thin, creamy head with good retention. Dry, toasted malt smell and a soft breadiness. Smooth, crisp sweet malt flavor - nuts and earthy hops. Feels good in the mouth as a refreshing brown ale - medium light with adequate carbonation and pretty dry.

A fine easy drinkin beer. Simple but it does the trick...

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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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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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Photo of akahn
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first time have a Gritty beer, from the "Gritty Dozen" mixed pack. Neat thing is that I could choose from a variety of mixes, thanks to checkmarks indicating which brews were inside.

Pours a beautiful red color, almost ruby. A finger of lasting off-white head. Some sparse lacing. Lots of streaming bubbles combined with the color make this one attractive beer.

Sweet, caramel malt aroma, with subtle spicy hop overtone.

Full, sweet malt flavor. Hint of caramel, and later, honey. Dry, mineral finish. Very little hop flavor.

Strong carbonation. Too strong, in my opinion. Body is light to medium. I think a more substantial mouthfeel and less carbonation would make this beer a lot better. As far as drinkability, this beer goes down easily, and the sweetness is tame, but I'd go for something more interesting after one or two.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.74/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chunky off-white head over a brownish-copper body that is quite light and clear for the style. Leaves a thin sheet of delicate lace to the bottom of the pint. Delicate malt aromas are detectable from a distance. Upon closer quaffing, pleasing sweet caramel malt and a hint of chocolate fills the nose. The taste however, doesn’t completely fulfill the promise of the bouquet. It is quite lean bodied, with just enough malt to balance out the rather healthy dose of hops for the style. A bit of a yeasty character as well, along with a touch of diaceytl. A drying finish.

This is definitely comes in at the lean end of the brown ale spectrum in terms of appearance and taste. It doesn’t have the signature sweetness of the style and perhaps due to its lighter body also has a bigger hop presence than most English brown ales. It’s a tad out of balance, and closer to an ordinary bitter than the other members of its style. Still, it is a treat for the olfactory system and a fine session ale.

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Photo of charlesw
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice brown/amber with a small head that is gone before you know it.

Smells faintly of dry dirt...

Flavors are... Caramel, biscuit, chocolate... Light on all but the caramel... Kind of surprising to have so much chocolate in a brown. Not bad, just surprising.

Kind of weird, for me, but even with the tiny head it still feels overly carbonated on my tongue... That's surely just a light body talking through, there, but it did strike me as odd.

Hey, I'd drink the stuff. Sure, why not? I mean, it'd be a fine session beer and I bet that it'd be awesome on cask!

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Photo of HoorayBeer
3.64/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sitting at Gritty McDuff's, this was an easy one to pick up.

Nice amber color with a thin head that left as soon as I started drinking it.

Hoppy aroma, with a nut and caramel infused finish. Almost a skunky smell, not a bad skunk, just pungent.

Good full flavored brew. Hoppy flavors present right away. Smoothe finish with the nut and caramel mix, and a bite with the bitters, well done.

Nice brew for a nice day on the porch. Overall a good brew.

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Photo of clvand0
3.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave lacing on the glass. The aroma is nutty with some diacetyl and a little caramel. The flavor seems quite lacking - only flavor on the very front of the tongue - almost empty tasting. There are some nutty flavors with caramel hints. The mouthfeel is very light and the drinkability is good. This is an ok beer, it's just missing something.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.51/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice auburn color with a healthy quarter inch of head over top/ Very good looking beer. The nose is okay. I get a bit of diacetyl butteryness and a toasted nut maltyness. I'd rather the diacetyl was not in there. The flavor is better than the nose. The roasty, nuttyness is more prevalent and the butteryness is more in the background. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall, an okay beer. The diacetyl takes a bit away from it. I could probably do a nice session on this one though.

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