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

Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPAGritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA
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Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPAGritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA

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

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

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3/5  rDev -6%

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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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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3.68/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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2.6/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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3.8/5  rDev +19.1%

Deep amber color (borderline light brown). Clear. Lasting but little (spotty) lace.

Plenty of caramel aroma like a true British IPA. Smooth and round.

Quite dry but still with lots caramel. Spritzy but with small bubbles. Far more bitter than the smell suggests. Rich body. In a word, very British.

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.12/5  rDev -2.2%

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1.48/5  rDev -53.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -45.1%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is an edit to my previous review. Having come back to this with matured tastes...

The bottom line is there's no balance.

It's going for smooth malts with hop bitterness, but the hops don't sit well with the malts. It's like a strange sweet malt mixed with stinging nettles. No balance. Just a weird caramel with the off bitters from the hops. Ugh
The plus side is at 6.9% abv, I can't taste any booze and it gives a nice buzz. Just concentrate on the nice maltiness. If you ignore the unbalanced, spikey bitterness, there's a smooth malty taste at the back there which should be nice. Clutching at straws here.

A good IPA should hit you with various flavors in stages. The hops shouldn't taste like nettle bush has infected your beer.

"Maine's weirdest IPA"

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Gritty McDuff's Maine's Best IPA from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 169 ratings
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