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
Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 105
Photo of Duhast500
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this while on vacation in Maine.

Poured from the tap into a pint glass

The color is a cloudy, copper with a thin foamy white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a nice American hop flavor that was a bit high on the alpha scale but not too bitter. Some sweet malty goodness came in to take over the aroma balanced out things a bit.

The taste, like the nose, was hoppy with a kick to the taste buds that comes right out front. A nice Munich malt flavor comes to take over and impart some spiciness and some slight toffee flavor.

The feel of this beer was light and was pretty drinkable. The freshness of this beer was quite a treat and seemed to have a good amount pop to it

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, with an off-white head and no real lacing. A little chill haze, no bubbles.

Caramel, some leafy hop aromas, bu hard to find. Ok, but not great.

I like this as an IPA. Caramel, toasted malt, and hoppy bitterness and astringency. The hops aren't over the top, and the sweetness balances the beer. Just right.

Medium body, with appropriate carbonation.

Good beer, on e of the better ones from Gritty. Nice balance, and nothing extreme. I can drink these in succession. Worth a tr. Hope these show in a 6-er.

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

a: shaker pint, deep amber in color with a light head

s: big malty caramel aromas with some darker toffee, lots of biscuit and grain, hops give an earthy citrus aroma

m: carbonation light-medium, body around the same, alright but not much to grab onto here

t: base of malty caramel and some darker toffee, grain, biscuit, earthy hop flavors, sweeter but reasonably balanced between the malt and bitter citric hop finish, as others have mentioned the Ringwood diacetyl is indeed present, but it's well reigned-in and shouldn't be a problem for most

d: just fine, not the best out there but a decent shot at the style

draft at Gritty's, Portland, ME

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Photo of joehiatt
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Very clear, golden to straw colored beer, heading to orange. With a rough pour it forms a nice, two-finger head of fine, off-white foam. Some lacing.

Aroma - Not overpowering. Grapefruit, floral, general fruity smells slide nicely over a biscuity backbone.

Taste - thin beer, not too much going on until the burst of hops at the end. Not totally balanced, but not bad either. Not as hoppy as most American IPAs, but not as full as a English version.

Mouthfeel - Very thin, until a bitter kick at the end.

Drinkability - Hindered by bad balance -- not enough malt character and bold hops -- but would be forgiven if the beer was not so thin.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.41/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip
best before date of Dec 2010

A - Poured a translucent amber colour; not cloudy at all. Half a finger of creamy white head that disappeared very quickly.

S - Semi-sweet malts up front with a very faint bitter hop nose in the background. Some bready malts as well as a citrus scent in the background. The citrus scent is not a typical hop citrus. It is more of the citrus that you get from a wheat beer. Very odd nose for an IPA.

T - The palate mostly follows the nose. Bready malts - but the hints of sweetness are gone. A faint bitter (somewhat sour) hop presence. The hops have no discernible citrus, pine of floral taste - just the general bitterness is noticeable.

M - Light body, no chew at all. Lightly carbonated.

D - Not my kind of IPA. I almost wonder if I had a bad bottle. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a thick head that retains well and leaves a bit of lace behind

Smell: Very malty, with toffee that verges on butterscotch; some grain in the background

Taste: Toffee, up front, with a grainy bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy flavors merge with a bit of the diacetyl through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I'm not a fan of Ringwood yeast and between the Ringwood and the grainy flavors I am one and done with this

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 24 Apr 2010. Trade from mutterfudder, thanks!

Poured this in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Large amber hued head. Somewhat flat. Clear deep amber brown color, just a bit of sediment floating towards the bottom of the glass. Aroma is fruity orange, caramel and some sweet graininess. Fairly sweet with some oange pithy bitterness throughout. Finish becomes slightly watery. Bittersweet aftertaste.

Seems a little closer to a pale ale than an IPA.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber color with a massive thick creamy head.

Big bready malts in the nose, some citrusy hop notes as well.

Very malty for an IPA but it works well because of the nice big level of bitterness. Lots of grapefruit hop flavors, great level of bitterness. Finally a good east coast IPA.

Mouthfeel is big and full, nice creamy texture in the mouth.

Good drinkablilty, pretty damn solid IPA.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a brilliant, slightly hazy copper color with the tiniest of bubbles releasing themselves throughout the glass. Sticky white head comes up nicely with ample retention only to leave with a wonderful continuous lace around the glass.

Aroma is wonderfully floral with a good bit of sweetness mixed in. Notable malt profile in the nose hints maybe at some caramel malt, but the hop aromas cover this up pretty well.

Taste would be best described as comfortably hoppy. This is not a palate buster but a considerable amount of Cascade, Willamette, and Warrior hops provide enough floral and citrus notes to make me happy. Malt flavors are not completely absent and provide for a more balanced taste compared to many other IPAs

While Gritty's is one of the many Ringwood breweries we have here in New England, the typical Ringwood yeast flavors found in other offerings from this brewery are not as noticeable in 21 IPA. While my tastebuds want to tell me the buttery flavors are there, they are just not strong enough for me to be sure.

Mouthfeel shows a solid body but is plenty smooth. Overall a very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of billybob
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a medium amber in color short head that quickly ended as a ring around the glass almost no lace. fruity aroma along with caramel and some hops. malt biscuit taste slight caramel and slight tea taste not a strong hop presence. light to medium mouthfeel and a moderate carbonation. didn't get that grapefruit taste or a big hop taste from this beer so its a pass for me.

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Photo of BeTheBall
2.51/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a golden color with a decent head from a 12 oz. bottle. Smelled slightly of hops, but more of bready malt. Taste was the same for me, although I could taste hops, there was a huge bread-like malt flavor that essentially nullified the hops. I expect hops to outweigh everything in an IPA, so personally, I was disappointed. Mouthfeel was good; nice and carbonated and clean. Drinkability for me due to the taste was not good. Got this as a gift, but would not purchase on my own.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Little Ortino's with my Hawaiian pizza, nice pairing. This had a nice, big hop character, but the Ringwood and diacetyl were very obvious. I don't say that as a bad thing, but those who despise Ringwood beers should stay away. Otherwise, there was a rich mix of citrus peel and grapefruit. It's not amazing, but completely satisfying. All in all, a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of koopa
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber brought back by a friend who was in Maine this past weekend.

Appearance: Nice copper body with a 2 finger white head that shows moderate retention and good lace.

Smell: The malt has an aroma I've smelled before but can't put my finger on. Kinda dank and fruity but lightly sweet too. Toffee covered red apple meets citrus might be the way to describe it. Much better as it warms up a bit. Aley (I made up a word!)

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a bit of chewiness yet an overall crisp mouthfeel due to fine carbonation that is quite enjoyable.

Drinkability: The abv creeps us after a few but they go down easy.

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Photo of Deuane
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Bright copper with a thick white head that reduced quickly to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Very balanced and fairly subdued with a light pop of citrus hop followed by a mild dose of caramel malt.

T-Again very balanced with a sweet caramel malt backbone followed by citrus hops and light hit of spicy bitterness. f

M-Medium bodied and rather soft and smooth seems to work well with such a balanced brew.

D-Quite drinkable and certainly a beer with nothing wrong but I find it a bit dull and not overly complex or exciting.

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Photo of GregPearson33
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark amber/red with a two-finger head that shrank pretty quickly. The first thing that I notice is some surprisingly big bubbles that form the head, and I can see very plainly see more rising - I'm already thinking this is gona be tingly on the tongue.

Nice bitterness, but definitely more piney/nutty/earthy than in the citrusy sense I've come to expect. Those big bubbles didn't lie either; this one definitely has some carbonation to it. That said, it goes real easy with a crisp, slender mouth-feel.

Not the best IPA I've ever had, but it seems very sessionable - although I haven't looked that up yet to be sure. Anyway, definitely recommended.

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Photo of nkersten
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Bomber poured gently leaves a small off white head that fades after a minute or two on a light copper body.
S- Sweet malts and equally sweet floral hop aroma. Pretty mild hop presence in the smell for an IPA.
T- Taste is just right. Light, sweet malts take a backseat to a tropical, almost fresh hop flavor. Little to no alcohol present in the taste. Some resiny hops in the aftertaste.
M- Light carbonation, medium body, just what I would expect based on the appearance. Crisp, finishes clean.
D- This a very drinkable beer. Great flavor, clean, but a little heavy on the alcohol for a session beer. If I lived somewhere this was distributed there would always be a bomber in my fridge. Thanks for sharing, GrittyMug!

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Photo of ChugsMugs
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Poured dark copper, semi-transparent when held to light. Great three finger head that slowly dissipated to about 1/4 inch, leaves great lacing on every sip line.

S- Sweet, more of a floral sweetness than fruitiness. Fresh bread smell.

T- more bitterness than is apparent in the scent. A good mix of hops and piney bitterness. A bit earthy. Not as much of a kick in the mouth as I like in an IPA.

M- swallows thin but leaves nice residual coating in mouth.

D- all in all a good beer. A bit more mild than many IPA's I've had but makes it a good 6 pack beer.

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Photo of willabys
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a White Grass Touring pint glass.
Nice, clear Coppery Golden Color.

Somewhat thin head that cascades down the side of the glass with minimal lacing.

Smells of some nice citrusy hops. MMM

Tastes of a nice hop touch in the front that fades quicker than I would rather, I am thinking this is not completely fresh but a yummy drink nonetheless.

I would definitely like to explore this beer and brewery further on my next NE trip.

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Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A-Slightly veiled bright copper amber with a thin creamy eggshell head that settles rapidly. I remember getting more of a head with this beer, so maybe it was a bit cold or a gentle pour.

S-Well balanced nose with a strong malt coming through the citrus hops.

T-The nose carries through to the palate, with a sweet malty backbone followed by citrus hops and an astringent bitter finish. A very well done IPA...not terribly complex, but rock solid and enjoyable.

M-Medium in carbonation and density, with a slight touch of oil.

D-This is a very drinkable brew, I really enjoy it, and would not hesitate to buy it again. Upon reviewing this beer a year later I find that it was not as good as my earlier is no Racer 5...but it is a pretty decent effort for a Maine beer.

Grittys does not make a bad beer, and this is one of their better ones. This has been hanging in the fridge from a pack that I bought back in July when in Maine. This was somewhat hoppier when fresh, and has mellowed a bit over the summer with the malts coming to the fore. Still a nice little brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of February 2010. Sampled on September 12, 2009. A cloudy but appealing amber pour with about a quarter inch foamy beige head and excellent lacing. A balance of bitter hops and caramel sweetness on the nose. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel of about a medimum texture. The flavor tends to lean sweeter than hoppy but the balance is rather appealing.

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange with a good-sized off-white frothy head.

Smells vaguely of citrus fruitiness, also has a certain undesirable smell I get sometimes from certain IPAs, like dirty soapwater. The bad smell definitely went away as the drink warmed to room temperature.

Actually tastes pretty good, probably better than I was expecting from the smell. A little bitterness, a sharp little fruit flavor -- I almost want to say orange -- and quite a bit of malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is quite thick, bordering on syrupy. This is a pretty heavy-feeling IPA I guess. Just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling too sluggish. The heaviness infringes on the drinkability just a bit. One with dinner would probably do the trick. The near 7% alcohol is virtually undetectable.

Reminds me of a cross between an English IPA and an American IPA... that's probably the best way I can describe it.

This beer really, really grew on me the more I drank it and as it warmed to room temperature. Could potentially be in the A range if not for that initial bad smell. This is something I would seek out to be my cold-weather IPA for sure if it becomes a regular offering.

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

Overall, a nice hoppy IPA. Pours a clear amber color with a small white head. Good floral, hoppy smell.

Taste has a nice balance between a sweet maltiness and the hoppy bite. The hops run the show, but enough sweetness rounds it out nicely.

A fun and enjoyable beer.

Got another bottle of this as a Christmas present. Got a whole different beer this time, an "American wild IPA", perhaps. Wildly foamy, funky and sour upfront, then balanced by some residual sweetness and a little hoppiness for good measure. The funk made this into a much more interesting beer. Sadly, I don't think this was intentional.

This bottle, simply put, was a sweeter and less effervescent version of JP La Roja. I really liked it. But this was just a lucky accident, I'm afraid. Too bad, if the brewer could claim it was on purpose, this would sell for triple the price.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in Wells, ME on August 6, 2009.

A: The beer is copper to amber color. The head is nice and looks like soap foam. Sticks well to the glass.

S: Hops and some malts, caramel.

T: Slightly bitter. Hops bitterness with a touch of caramel in the taste. The taste, mainly bitterness, stays long in the mouth. Well balanced.

M: Medium body

D: So easy to drink.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gonna be a BIG ipa weekend for me! So I am hoping to work my way back up to full strength and what better way then to try and knock back like 10 differnet IPA's in a weekend. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 08/22/2009.

The pour was very nice. Lightly clouded over copper color coming out of the bottle right away. Nice tight little head of foamy white on the top settles over quite well and maintains a little pillow throughout the session, quite nicely done. Aroma was odd, very fruity with notes of hops sprinked throughout. Almost berryish at times, different. Bubble gum like flavor on the first sip, candied sugar and piney hops mingling with the fruitiness again, not really sure what is going on here and the mind and tongue cannot decide if they really do like this one or not. Rich feel though, smooth, big medium body with a luscious carbonation, this was very nicely done here and the easy drinking nature of it was hard to resist.

Overall a mixed bag here and I am having trouble rating it. On one hand, very nice, very smooth and mellow and easy to drink, but on the other it misses the style a bit for me. Still worth a repeat though I would think.

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

12oz bottle purchased as part of a 6-pack from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear amber brew. Head fades gradually, with good sticky lacing. Aroma is fruity hoppiness. Taste starts with sweet grains, goes bitter in the middle, and then the citrus hoppiness comes out at the close. Mouthfeel is very smooth, soft over the tongue, and drinkability is great. Good stuff.

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