Gritty McDuff's 21 IPA
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

Gritty McDuff's 21 IPAGritty McDuff's 21 IPA
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American IPA
3.63 | pDev: 12.67%
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Gritty McDuff's 21 IPAGritty McDuff's 21 IPA
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 105
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated to not expire until 7/12. Even if this was brewed yesterday that's a long time for an IPA.

Amber with a proud white head. Great retention paints a foamy mess on my glass with one large deposit in the shape of Idaho. Boring bottle art.

Spicy orange citrus and toffee aroma. Tastes...malty. Buttery, rye cracker and caramel malt came to the front first but probably because I wasn't expecting it. There's ample spicy citrus hops in here for balance. Sticky, tongue coating hop resin.

"Balanced" IPA: a dirty word? Discuss.

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Photo of RobertColianni
2.48/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

CASK @ Ram's Head West Chester, PA

A: Hazy amber. Frothy head. Very thick and white.

S: Smells like watered down pine-sol.

T: I feel bad saying this, but it tastes like water that had a wet sock soaking in it for days with a slice of lemon.

M: Thin. Pleasant. Casking absolutely added a great mouthfeel quaity.

OVERALL: It's sort of a running joke that the Ram's Head ruins good beer from casking them. This one fell into that stereotype. It was thin and watery and, honestly, tasted like shoe smells. Had Gritty's 21 before and loved it, but this was just a miss. I feel bad pulling down the ratings, so just know not to get this one on cask.

NOTE: Live review. (I will revisit this as a non-cask review)

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Into a pint glass:

A: clear amber body with a lumpy super bubbly foamy head, some light lacing

S: hops, pine, malts

T: bittersweet through the pine, and hops, subdued malts

M: light, watery, sessionable, no aftertaste, malty finish

O: decent for the style, unsure if I would pursue this again

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Photo of beyah
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet

A - Amber with a quickly dissipating white head and light lacing.

S - Sharper hops smell, smell the malts in the background.

T - Piney hops, malty but not at all sweet. The piney bitterness stays on your tongue after you have finished a sip.

M - Light carbonation, watery not much body.

O - Not my favorite offering from Gritty's compared to the Halloween Ale or Christmas Ale, this is not in the same league. Probably won't go out of my way to buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BigCheese
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, pretty fresh from the winter mix pack

A: Pours a nice amber/orange color, typical IPA maybe a hint darker, thin white head dissipated quickly, almost no lacing. Rather clear but not completely transparent.

S: Lot of citrus hops up front, sour orange, grapefruit, touch of malts.

T: More balanced than scent, more of a piney hop bitterness, with definite english nutty malt backbone. Bitterness stays on palate. Both bitter and malt are strong flavors but for whatever reason they seem to be combating each other more than working together. Call me crazy. As I drink this hop flavor actually develops on tongue from piney to herbal to citrus.

M: Satisfactory amount of carbonation, For ABV a tad watery in body, but a bit creamy, more of a wet beer finish than dry finish. Not a total pallet wrecker but I would switch to something else after 2.

O: I actually wanted to hate this beer because I've been underwhelmed by Grittys but this is a pretty good beer.Big Flavors. Definitely different than most IPA's I've had but worth trying if you can get it fresh. Kinda like a 1.5 English IPA. Still has that Grittys funky kinda buttery/english malt character but I'm over it.

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Photo of jsanford
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a fluffy white head that settles to a nice cap, leaving some spotty lacing as it recedes. Moderate aromas of pine resin and grapefruit hops with a fairly sweet caramel malt backbone. Taste is similar to the nose, fairly simple, with more pine resin, grapefruit, caramel malt, and a bit of toasted grains. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit creamy, with a medium body and good carbonation. Overall a decent IPA, hit the spot but doesn't try to re-invent the wheel.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden orange color with almost no head that fizzles to a thin layer of bubbles in the middle

S: Some grassy hops with a big dose of malts. The malts even come close to overtaking the hops... not a good sign for me

T: Again, too malty here, at least for my tastes. It is very well balanced between the malts and hops though, if that makes any difference

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Fairly slick from the hop oils

O: This isn't even old, it came in the fall sampler so there is no good reason for the malts to already be overtaking the hops. So, I'm guessing this is generally just a malt forward IPA which is good if you like well balanced IPAs and not so much if you like hop bombs. Still a pretty easy drinker either way

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a bright, vibrant golden coloring with a thick, dense, white frothy head of about an inch and a half. The beer has a hoppy aroma balanced with a rich, dark caramel swwetness and a light grapefruit character. Very well balanced nose, with some peppery spicing at the end. Flavors are initially malty sweet on the mid-togue, with a good blast of bitter hops on the edges and back of the tongue. Grapefruit sweet and tart dances around the palate throughout, and the dry hop spicing slides in at the tail-end of the flavor profile. The aftertaste is citrus and caramel, with a good resiny hop feel that coats and dries at the same time, giving a slow drying finish. Not bad. This is one of Gritty's better brews, in my opinion.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

21 IPA pours a slightly hazy copper color with a frothy white head on top. As the foam dissolves spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma malty with caramel notes and some pine mixed in. A little bit of orange citrus too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and soft with a mild carbonated fizz. The flavor is malty with a taste of caramel and toasted malt. It finishes bitter and grassy with a touch of pine and citrus. There's an odd flavor in there too that reminds me of rock candy. It's not a bad flavor, just seems odd to me. Once gone the caramel malt and citrus notes linger on the palate.

This is a pretty good beer, but not as hoppy as I'd expect for an IPA.

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Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my man Hoyt for bringing this one back from Maine.

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber with a thin lacing of head. Smells of malt and piney, floral hops. Taste is malty and sweet, creamy bordering on soapy (a yeast issues?), and an odd out-of-balance bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium body with light carbonation.

I've definitely had better IPAs, but I'm at least I tried this one once.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass: nice light tan head that lingers, with good lacing and fluffiness. Nice amber/copper color, with light effervescence and translucence.

Smell is very mellow, more on the caramel malt sweet side with light bitter finish, dry and piney hop notes but the maltiness overpowers.

Taste is very smooth, but a bit malt forward with caramel notes, hints of biscuit; mild dry hop finish with feint grassiness.

Mouthfeel is nice, but not quite as bitter as expected for an IPA, these crosses lines to me to a stronger pale or an extra pale ale.

Overall, this is a tasty brew, but a touch subdued for an IPA.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a lightly cloudy brownish yellow color. The head is fluffy and white. Leaves a decent lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer is a little earthy and hoppy. The taste wasn't as hoppy as I was hoping. There's a decent bitterness but nothing too exciting. The mouthfeel is pretty good it's medium bodied with a pretty good carbonation.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a pint glass at the original Gritty's in Portland.

A: Golden orange liquid with a small off-white head.

S: There is a slight bitterness to the aroma, but really there isn't much going on here.

T: 21 has a nice British bitter flavor. Plenty of hops. Malts are tasted initially, but really it's all about the bitter hops, and that's what you're left with after swallowing. It's enjoyable.

M: Medium body and good carbonation. Plenty of hop oil tingle. Noticeable coat with a bitter flavor. I could use a glass of water to accompany this beer—to help wash down the oils.

O: Very drinkable beer. I guessed that it wasn't too strong, but 6.8% is higher than I thought. I don't remember how much four packs of this beer cost, so I can't comment on their value, but in the pub, I could easily drink a few of these.

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Photo of spree92
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 4/15/11.
Enjoyed at the Lewiston, ME location.

The 21 IPA poured a deep copper with no head. Lots of carbonation was noticed sticking to the side of the glass. Inconsistent lacing left. Smell of sweet caramel malts and wet hops, citrus and glass. The taste is all hops. Strong bitterness that leaves nothing back, it pulls all the punches. A medium body that was gone to quickly. I prefer for the flavors to linger a while. Overall, I am glad I took the time to find the places. Well worth the stop.

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Photo of IronLover
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep copper in color with a slight haze. Poured with a bubbly thin head that left a very thin cap and sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Spicy and piney hop aromas, with sweet malt and a pronounced bready malt aroma as well. On the thinner side of medium bodied with a resiny feel in the beginning and a wet, oily feel throught he middle and end. Seemed a bit under-carbonated. Spicy hop and ripe orange and pine up front, not very fresh tasting, bready, sweet malt through the middle and a piney hop finish. Seemed more like a non-citrusy pale ale than an IPA. Way too many other good options out there to return to this one again.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Hulmville inn. Pours a nice clear copper color. Flimzy white heading that did not stick around very long.Little to no lacing.

Smell has a nice amount of toffee,Earthy, a slight spicey hop note and just out and out bready.

Taste through me for a loop. I am getting all carapils as well as some very sweet toffee notes,very bready and really no hop taste whatsoever.

Mouth is mid bodied,slight buttery slickness in the mouth. Not very well carbonated.

I wasn't to impressed with this one just missed the mark for me.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber purchased to go at the Freeport Grittys.

Pours dark amber with creamy off white foam. Quite sticky 1/4 inch resides. Light pine hoppy smell. Taste is firm hop blended around a sweeter malt. Some caramel. Bitter aftertaste lingers. Grapefruit pushes through. Full of flavor. Damn good IPA, easy one to put down.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before July 2011, consumed on 31 Jan.

Pretty bright copper color with minimal head and little lacing.

A bit of citrus on the nose that mixes with and is dominated by sweet toffee notes. A bit atypical for an IPA smell. The flavor is somewhat sour with plenty of malt sweetness and a bit of piney hops.

Somewhat juicy with a thin body. Overall, the sourness is the lingering impression - somewhat unusual for an IPA!

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a two finger head of off white bubbles with real good ice cream cone retention. Dark copper color with some nice carbonation throughout and minimal lacing.

Bouquet gives off a sweet predominant smell of baked bread, but not much else. Somewhat floral soap also.

Upon quaffing we have a very sweet malt and mild hop finish. Good chew in the top palate up front upon finishing with somewhat a wet body. Missing hop and grapefruit qualities I associate in an American IPA but not a bad beer at all I could have another without a problem. For 6.8 ABV very masked in concentration.

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Photo of alee42
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured into a standard 16 oz pint glass

A - has the same look as the gritty's best brown. has an amber-brown color, almost transparent. pours a nice head, about 1 finger, but the head recedes and leaves a thin, broken foam layer. Mild carbonation on the sides.

S - hoppy with a sharp nutty smell

T - I had a hint of sweetened honey caramel on the first couple of sips. very mellow, smokey going down. i let the taste reside for a few minutes, but then turned sour and rather unpleasant.

M - smooth going down, but a little bit too carbonated for my taste. the beer was too watery and it doesn't have that hoppy thickness to it.

D - not a chance

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Photo of beer2day
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep gold color with thick 1 1/2 fingers of medium cream head. Nice retention and laces very well.

Nose is nutty and chewy. Butterscotch and herbal hops lend to the appeal.

You feel the hops right up front. Grows buttery midway through and gets a bit metallic. Slight roast flavor in the initial hit. Roast malt and herbal hops on the back end.

Body is a bit thin for the style. Would have liked a bit more based on the aroma.

Easy drinker, though.

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first bottle of this beer was cloudy and a little rough on the taste buds. After a few weeks in the fridge the haze settled out nicely and gave a true sense of quality and a review. The beer poured a rocky creamy off white head mostly lasting with excellent lacing over a clear amber hue. Moderate toasted malty aroma with a light flowery pine hop presence. Lightly sweet malt blend with hops in the initial flavor. Slight alcohol noticed in the middle that finishes with a malty/hoppy bitterness that lasts favorably on the palate. Medium body, creamy texture and a lively carbonation combined with the awesome flavors makes this beer really nice and a worthy ale. I really enjoy this and would like to try some more!

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Photo of cpanossian
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Delicious fruity malty aroma with excellent taste to match. Beautiful apricot-amber glow color. No head and minimal lacing. Alcohol is not too overpowering. A real pleasure to smell and sip. Smooth malty mouth with a delicious fruity after-taste. Would work very well with a big juicy cheeseburger and fresh cut fries. Mmmmm cheeseburger. I think this would go real well with some mild cow cheeses too, like brie or muenster.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

Clear brassy color with a good amount of off-white lacing. Buttery, fruity and hoppy aroma without one overpowering the other. Smooth and slightly chewy with a bit more body than expected, but we'll take it. Malt flavors are thick and slightly sweet with overtones of bread and light caramel. The hop bitterness tries to cut deep, but clearly it creates a stalemate, and balance is called. Buttery around the edges with a vague ripe fruitiness tagging along, a true sign of the English-style yeast. Hop bitterness prickles the taste buds for a while with light orangey and tobacco leaf flavors. Finishes bittersweet and buttery.

A stand-up beer from a stand-up brewery. The English flare is quite apparent, with enough hops to not cast any doubt that this is indeed an IPA and certainly leans toward the American IPA style.

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Photo of Casey10
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gritty's was smart to add this as they had gone a very lone time but had never really added a IPA.

As a regular part of their line up it's nice to have this as a option.

It is a nice straw color with a strong malt background.

I would recomend trying this on tap vs the bottle if one were to have the choice.

This is is a nice solid offering from Gritty's not overwhelming or nothing but solid non the less. If in Freeport or Portland a must stop and try on tap.

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Gritty McDuff's 21 IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 105 ratings