Gritty McDuff's Scottish Ale | Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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Gritty McDuff's Scottish AleGritty McDuff's Scottish Ale

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

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
It takes a brave beer to stand up to a Maine winter. Gritty McDuff 's Scottish Ale is returns every January to help you weather the season. Scottish Style Ale is our interpretation of the robust brews native to Scotland. Generous quantities of Pale malt along with Munich and Caramalts give this ale a deep and complex profile. Scottish Style Ale is just a shade darker than our Bitter, with a rich, slightly sweet first impression on the palate that rounds out to a satisfying maltiness and a medium-dry hop finish. At 6.3% ABV it's hearty but not overwhelming. Sure to please the Braveheart in all of us.

25 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 03-25-2002

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Photo of far333
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from this fine brewer. Chestnut colored with a fat and foamy and somewhat lumpy off-white head that lingers long. Thick rings of foam and spotty lace line the glass as I drink. Aroma is light, and consists of sweet malt and some hops. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel followed by a sweet malt flavor upfront, with toffee and caramel, plus some hops, in the finish. Light brown sugar emerges in the aftertaste. Veeeery drinkable.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 brown bomber with no freshness date.

Appearance: Slim yet well formed lace leave a few rings on the glass as it goes down, deep brownish amber glows bright in the light.

Smell: Light citric hop with a round of toasted malt this is follow buy a hint of buttery malt to from an aromatic nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: More smoothness than creaminess within the medium body, buttery malt from front to back. Herbal woody hoppiness seems to cut the malt sweetness enough. Dough toasted malt flavor with a semi-dry palate. A touch of alcohol with fruity ester in the finish.

Notes: A nice beefy Scottish ale, reminds me of some of the strong Scottish bitters I had many years ago in Edinburgh. A stogy beef stew would be a great pairing with this one.

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Photo of edchicma
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong malt aroma. Poured an amber-copper, with a nice decent sized head. Taste was malty with a definite alcohol presence. Initially sweet, then an alcohol bite at the finish. Had a somewhat oily mouthfeel that was medium bodied. Ok to drink one, but I'd rather try another brew.

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Photo of charlesw
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Erm. Is this a scottish ale? Whoa.

12 oz bottle...

It pours amber (a bit light in the color, no?) with a nice creamy head. Oddly, for such a dense-looking head it doesn't last long.

It smells ok - maybe a bit woody, malty. No complaints.

Oh, well, not until I taste it. Bummer. Maybe it's just the sixer that I bought, but this is really carbonated, light in body (like, light! Dang!) and light in flavor. Nothing much to say about aftertaste, but, really, I'm just so bummed that I've got a whole six pack of this to drink.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22oz bomber.

Pours a nutty copper with a thick creamy tan head. Quite lacy. Smell is malty and syrupy. Bitter aromas and spicy. I detect a hint of saltiness.

Taste is not nearly as dynamic as the smell. It is malty but only lightly spicy. A bit chewy but mostly really creamy and smooth, especially for a scotch ale. Doesn't have the smokiness or body I like in a scotch ale but it is pretty tasty and damn smooth. Not their best by a long shot but a serviceable ale from Gritty's.

EDIT: Ok that bomber I had may have not been up to snuff. I have had subsequent 6-packs that have been much more flavorful and rich. Still not fantastic but better than I thought before.

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Photo of yankeeheel
2.48/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with a smallish light tan head. Smells weakly of toasted malt.

The tatse is a major letdown. Very un-scot like. Some decent toasted malt and caramel up front but the ending is just horrible. Very bitter and hopped. Not what I call a scotch ale by any stretch.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours the color of clear apple cider. Tightly carbonated beige colored head. Retention is minimal.
The aroma is sweet and fruity with a hint of spice (nutmeg?)
Malty and a bit astringent. Starts out sweet with hints of caramel, but becomes dryer mid-glass. Slight hint of apple peel. Mild bitterness that lingers for a bit.
Medium body, average carbonation. Overall a pretty average beer.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark reddish/copper color.

I'm smelling some sweetness from the malt, some woodsy/piney notes from the hops, and yes, a bit of alcohol.

Nice tight carbonation, very tingly. Taste is actually a mix of the piney hops and alcohol. Some intitial sweetness.

Not a bad brew, but a bit of sharp flavors that aren't balanced. I think the alcohol is bit too much present. pat

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Photo of Reidrover
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ok last of the brews kindly sent by my man Bennybrew.
Comes in the 22 oz brown bomber the label has a half naked Scotsman brandishing a sword ..different.
Beer actually looks very handsome ( though not like any Scottish ale I have seen)..a slightly vibrant brown with a slight haziness topped with a gorgeous off white head..that sinks to leave excellent lacing.
Im rather taken aback by the aroma though..theres something too sweet about it..and it destroys the enjoyment of the malts.
Again with the taste I am confronted with an almost acrid sweetness , like artifficial sweetner) though the beer is saved by a nice creamy , chocolaty taste at the end and a wee bit of hops
Pretty good on the palate after you get rid of the sweetness..its a pretty thin brew really for a Scottish ale.
Pretty average on the drinkability stakes..could have been a lot better.

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Photo of purplehops
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

McDuff's Scottish Ale pours a light mahogany/orange with a white head that has some staying power. Very little lacing left on the glass. The aroma is sweet amd malty with faint odors of floral hops. The taste starts with a moderate amount of pale and caramel malt flavor and then moves more toward munich malt flavors with hints of citrus hops. The finish is dry with some malt flavor but hop bitterness is starting to take over the flavor profile at this point. The aftertaste is a combination of citrus hop bitterness and munich malt's dry sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to light for a scotch ale IMHO.
Overall a drinkable brew. I'm not so sure I would go so far as to call it a scotch ale. To me a scotch ale is very malty with some alcohol notes and not much hop bitterness. This was more like a dark IPA or ESB to me. But to be honest I have had much worse that was called a scotch ale.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of my man, JohnnyP.... Crystal clear and copper colored, this bier had a short, fine head which very rapidly shrank to near-nothingness. Nose exhibited a decent amount of maltiness, as well as a healthy dollop of peat aromas. A small hint of caramel is also present. Caramel makes an appearance in the flavor as well. Malty taste does not measure up to the suggestions of it presented in the nose, though. Found there to be a lot more hoppiness present here than I come to expect in a Scottish Ale. Still a nice offering from Grittys. Thnx again to JohnnyP!

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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