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

BA SCORE
85
very good
195 Ratings
Gritty McDuff's Christmas AleGritty McDuff's Christmas 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): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
If it looks like Ed just got merrier, you're right. Every November heralds the return of our holiday seasonal, Christmas Ale – available on draft and in six-packs. Our Christmas Ale is a robust E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter) full of holiday cheer. Christmas Ale has a lovely, dark red/amber color and a rich, full-bodied, malty taste with a slightly roasted undertone. We brew our Christmas Ale to an original gravity of 1064 (about 6.2% alcohol by volume) using only the finest English Pale and Crystal Malts, with a touch of Roasted Barley as well. A blend of Clusters, Styrian Goldings, Saaz and Yakima Goldings leaf hops round out this hearty brew. Gritty's Christmas Ale has no additives, fruits or spices. It's just a good honest ale, perfect for the season. And to top it all off, it's already gift-wrapped! Happy Holidays!

28.5 IBU

Added by Bierman9 on 01-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
195
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scotorum
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams English nonick.

a: Clear dark ruby with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to thick surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mainly caramel malt.

t; Strong caramel malt with a slightly tangy hop bite.

m; Medium, good body and carbonation tingle.

o: A fine holiday ESB in the British tradition, substantially malty and warmly satisfying.

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4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bestinyourgirl
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Taste like a chardonnay. Great if you love bitter things, horrible if your palate lies elsewhere.

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3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +6.3%

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Flounder57
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger off brown head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, earthy hops, and a little fruitiness.

Taste: Toasted and caramel with some earthy hop bitterness and some fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, a little bitterness, light bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice English bitter. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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Gritty McDuff's Christmas Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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