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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of lzepplin01
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin white head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, spices, malts, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of toasted malts, spices, and mild citrus. Some faint pine notes and bitters hops as well.

Overall: Ok beer, not my first choice for a holiday brew, but it is bold and will keep you warm on a cold winter night.

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Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of meehandennis
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of scxcrunner
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jwps214
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of cnwillis31
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of sgregory
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Brendog9
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of AJ01923
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of petermethot
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Chetti
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of gcamparone
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a deep amber, clear body with an off white head that reduces to a film of white foam.

S- Caramel, toffee, bread, some hops in the background.

T- Vanilla, caramel, slight bourbon notes, sweet burnt sugar. Quite delicious and dessert like.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I will be trying more from this company.

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Photo of rusty3335
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of magine
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazed amber with a light tan thick head. Lots of bubbles cascading to the top. Little bit of head remains; lace layer. really good lace all the way down though - good looks.

Brew smells malty; spiced with some bready backbone. Good nose.

Brew is balanced; creamy upfront good malts then some spice and a mellow semi sweet, semi bitter finish. Really good stuff here; caramel malts, roasted nuttiness. Favors a scotch ale almost. Can pick up some hops in the finish. Very good mouthfeel here. Very good and drinkable stuff here.

I liked this one alot - lots of flavor and body and goes down super easy. Great brew.

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Photo of IronLover
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep red in color with a brownish hue and excellent clarity. Poured with a short white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet toasted malt aroma with dark malt and buttery notes and touch of floral hops as it warmed. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation and a dry finish. Toasted malt flavors up front quickly followed by dark malt with chocolate notes. Earthy floral hop flavors emerge through the middle to the end with buttery and toasted malt character. Finished crisp and dry with light hop bitterness. This was excellent. It reminded me how much I enjoy this style.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of greybeardloon
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before November 2013

A: A thin, soda-like head that dissipates almost immediately. A clear reddish-brown.

S: Bready malt, heady on the butteriness. A strong aroma, but one note.

T: Bready malt, some fruitiness and syrupy sweetness. Mild herbal hops come through on the finish. The butteriness is definately present but it isn't bad.

M: Reasonably full, but the carbonation is too prickly.

O: the first couple of sips were pretty good, but it became pretty uninteresting pretty quickly. I much prefer the regular ESB. That said, it's still not a bad beer.

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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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