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

BA SCORE
85
very good
321 Ratings
Gritty McDuff's Halloween AleGritty McDuff's Halloween Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Every fall marks the return of our legendary Extra Special Bitter for the season, Halloween Ale – the beer so good, it's scary! From its humble beginnings in 1990 as a small-batch seasonal in our Portland Brew Pub, Halloween Ale has grown to be one of the year's most anticipated beer releases. This robust brew has a deep amber color, a bold, malty palate and a well-rounded hop finish. The perfect beer for a crisp autumn day!

Added by UncleJimbo on 08-29-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
321
Reviews:
185
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
13.23%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a deep amber/copper color with a good sized off white head that persists for quite a while. Aromas of rich caramel malt with a bit of a mineral/sulfur edge, light earthy hop aroma. The flavor is rich caramelized malt sugars with lots of toffee. Light fruit, earthy hop, light mineral flavor. Medium body moderate carbonation. Decent brew.

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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Mat1789
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Pumping taste, spicy, liquorish a litle, not enough after taste

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of illpass78
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby with a one-inch off-white head. Heavy carbonation. Looks reasonably Halloweenish. I could see a vampire drinking this, as it's kind of blood-like.

Aroma: Mild nose with some tea and grass.

Taste: This is a fairly bitter ESB with a dark tea taste and some grassy and buttery notes. Some bitter bite on the finish. Hops are noticeable. Tiny hint of caramel, too.

Mouthfeel: It's slightly thin for an autumn beer.

Overall: Pretty average ESB. A nice change of pace amid all the browns and pumpkin ales that hit the market every fall. But, also a pretty passable offering.

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Gritty McDuff's Halloween Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 321 ratings.
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