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Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA | Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Maine's Best IPA is a unique blend of American hops with a British body utilizing English 2-Row Pale malts. This IPA starts with a hoppy aroma and taste; ending with a sweet finish. Plenty of Munich and caramalts are used to give the beer that golden hue. There are fifty-six pounds of Cascade Hops used in each 50 barrel batch that is brewed! Then we finish the beer with Willamette & Warrior Hops, (Warrior is a high-alpha acid variety of hops).

60 IBU

Added by BeerKangaroo on 03-08-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,434
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
170
pDev:
18.44%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of jbredbeard
1.12/5  rDev -65%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If this beer isn't skunked then it is god awful! Smells and tastes like vinegar. That's all.

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Photo of dahlen22
1.36/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance: Orange with too much head that lingers way too long.

Aroma: Bland...blah

Taste: Very weak. Watery with very little in the taste department to even speak (or write about).

Overall: If this is Maine's "best IPA" as the label claims, then is Maine's worst IPA stale urine?! Simply put, this beer reminds me of Killian's Red...in other words, bland, watery, and forgettable. If you truly want a great IPA, go for Ballast Point Sculpin. NEXT!!

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Photo of jbear725
1.39/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is ironically named. It should be called Maine's Worst IPA. This beer is a big mess of caramel and buttery Ringwood yeast. The bitterness is average, the hop aroma is non-existent and the hop flavor is hidden by the fracas between the butter and caramel flavors. This is just down right awful. If you're looking for a new IPA to try, this isn't it. It's obvious this beer was created completely out of marketing and it has failed miserably. Gritty's needs to wise up, build their own brewery and stop using Shipyard to contract all their 12oz beers.

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1.48/5  rDev -53.8%

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1.72/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

I tried this as this brew pub is very highly rated on Yelp. I was disappointed with this IPA. It pours a red color and doesn't have particularly distinct smell. There are no distinct hop or citrus smells; it smells like a cheap beer to be honest. Taste is bitter and not characteristic of an IPA. Overall taste and finish is almost watery and flavorless as it finishes. Probably want to skip this one.

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1.75/5  rDev -45.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -45.3%

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2/5  rDev -37.5%

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2/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of DWRP
2.13/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Bought this becuse: we where in Maine, it was a IPA, rated at 6.8%, AND the label -"Maine's Best IPA. No way.
Peak Organic would get my vote and could pull off a label like that...but I'm sure there's plenty.
Or maybe my definition of IPA is not the same as Gritty's.....but I expect some hops, non here, malty yes. No head, very flat.....so maybe I'm being unfair here and these are just paste date brew, or something has changed over the years. BUT the label "Maines Best", no way can that be true! Will not try a Gritty's again (unless we eat there....)

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2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

Photo of DA84
2.31/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

NOT Maine's best IPA

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2.46/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of IPAndre182
2.6/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of redbarnbikes
2.64/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dufmandinga
2.67/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The name is hilarious. Very plain and wheaty with not a hop to be found. This is harsh but don't even try it. Peaks Organic IPA from Maine is a much better IPA on the cheaper side

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2.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of KarlosT
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Wow. Can't believe the high scores.

Got a flight at the Gritty McDuff's in Portland ME:
Halloween Ale
Cask Best Bitter
Maine's Best IPA
Pub Style

All were exactly the same amber color, with the same head. The aroma was exactly the same, except for the Pub Style. I also had a pint of their Black Fly Stout, which fortunately did have a different color.

I iterated between their Halloween Ale, their IPA, and their Cask Bitter. All were exactly the same, except that the Cask Bitter was slightly warmer.

When I suggested to the waitress that the beers might have been mis-poured, she said that they were correct, that she was also a bartender, and that she could tell from the color of the pours.

Assuming what I drank was correct ...

I found the beer was watery, and it was as though they used poor quality water. All their beers had an off after-taste ... as though their was a Gritty McDuffs flavor they added to all their beers (including their stout)

Mouth feel was watery. And a little evervescent ... a slight bite from the c02. Interesting, even the cask best bitter had a slight CO2 bite to it.

Very sorry I went to this pub. Food was ok. But the beers were mediocre to poor.

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Beer rating: 3.2 out of 5 with 170 ratings
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