Gritty McDuff's Red Claws Ale | Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

Gritty McDuff's Red Claws AleGritty McDuff's Red Claws Ale
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Gritty McDuff's Red Claws AleGritty McDuff's Red Claws Ale

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

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gritty McDuff's Red Claws Ale is a what the Brits call a fine session beer: a smooth ale, not too strong and full of flavor. Red Claws Ale has a dark red-amber color; a full, round malt palate; nutty and roasted accents, and a delicate hop flavor that whispers with just a hint of floral finish. The perfect ale for a long afternoon in the pub with good friends and traditional fare.

16 IBU

Added by deltatauhobbit on 01-27-2010

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 16
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4.75/5  rDev +42.6%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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4/5  rDev +20.1%

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3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - crystal clear copper color with little head, which reduced to a thin film pretty quickly

s - sweet malty caramel

t - wow, simple and effective. sweet smooth malty caramel and lightly bittered with hops

m - medium-light, very smooth

o - i really enjoy this beer. it's almost not worth pouring into a glass because they disappear so fast. this is a very drinkable beer and makes for a great six pack. i havent' had the Gritty's Pubstyle in a while, but this made me think of that brew.

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Photo of illpass78
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at Portland Expo, home of your Maine Red Claws, of course.

Appearance: It's a clear red-amber with a one-finger cream head. Nice looking beer. Some decent lacing on way down. Carbonation better than average.

Aroma: Smells of caramel and malts. Also some tea and buttered toast.

Taste: Pretty tasty beer. It has a slightly sweet chocolate, caramel type of taste, with some dark tea and bread in the background. Almost a nougat-like note on the finish.

Mouthfeel: It's slightly thinner than a typical Irish red, but not to the point where it feels watery or weak.

Overall: Irish reds tend to be drinkable croud-pleasers, at least to my palate, and this is one. Easy drinking and flavorful enough to keep you interested. Not full of alcohol or hops; definitely an easy session ale. Much, much better than the other Gritty's offerings I've had. Solid sportsball brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a pint of medium amber brew. A slight spotty head, no true lace.

Some toasted malt and a touch of fruit in the nose. Some mineral notes as well.

A little lean on the flavor side, but that is ok. A very easy drinking beer, with toasted malt, some boiled grain, some moderate hop bitterness, a touch of sweetness, more like bread than fruit. Light bitter and malt in the finish. It works.

Seemsed a bit thin, appropriate carbonation.

Pure pub beer. Gritty's had this on tap and it fit the bill for a meal. Not overbearing, easy to drink. Worth a shot.

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3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a dark amber color. There was very little of an off-white head on it, and about no lacing. The aroma is decent. Mainly some caramel malt. Some roastiness, smokiness and chocolate to the nose. The taste is good. Slightly bitter with a touch of a dry finish. Faint roast, caramel, no sweetness at all. Some earthy notes. Not bad.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Photo of Risser09
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass · fridge temp · Enjoy before January 2012

Appearance: A great amber color with a nice brown-nes and aggressive 2.5" head that is ivory in color. Good retention and great lacing. Transparent beer.

Smell: Tons of caramel and nougat.

Taste: More of that same caramel taste comes through with some cereal grain as well. A slight hop bitterness in there too

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp and lots of caramel malts. Nicely carbonated and buttery.

Overall: A great drinker that doesn't have a TON of hop bitterness like most beers these days. I could easily do a 12 pack.

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3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

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