Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale
Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company

Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer AleGritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #663
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
77
Ranked #45,773
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 13.35%
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
178
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Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Avail:
Summer
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77
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Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer AleGritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale
Notes: You can't put summer in a bottle, but we may have come close! When the weather gets warm we roll out our summer seasonal, Vacationland Summer Ale. Vacationland is an Extra Special Golden Ale that's light in color but full-bodied, with a snappy hop finish. A bit of extra time in the conditioning tank rounds out and mellows the ale. We use generous portions of pale malt with just a touch of wheat malt to give VSA unique flavor that?s richer than most summer brews. Cascade leaf hops add a delicate and forward hop character as well. It's the perfect brew for all things summer.

22 IBU
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Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 178
Reviews by djrn2:
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3/5  rDev -11%

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Photo of mdale13
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow. Light white head from a tap into a pint glass at Gritty McDuff's in Freeport.

S- Hops, spice and barley.

T- Somewhat bitter. A slight buttery taste. Presence of hops.

M- Very smooth and sweet.

D- Goes down easy enough.

Other- Only average. Ive had better summer ales (from other Maine breweries no less) that taste much better.

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Photo of Genuine
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Duvel Glass.

This beer poured a very nice, medium copper/blonde in color, with an off white head that dissipated quickly, left no lacing to be noticed.

The nose on this is delightful, wheat, some hints of citrus, maybe lemon, apples maybe.

Taste - This is where Gritty's is unique, their beers have this distinctive flavor profile that I can' quite put my finger on it. Although, this one reminds me a lot of their Halloween and Christmas Ale's...but with 1 or 2 slight variations. Definitely reminds me of the ESB style, rather than a blonde ale. Has some hop bite with a hint of buttery sweetness/sour that comes across the palate before the finish.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is there, but not heavy, very light. Medium body for sure.

Overall - As being a fan of Gritty's, and what they produce, I liked this one, but like I said before, reminds me too much of their Halloween (huge favorite) and Christmas Ale's. Almost similiar flavor profile. I'll have to save one and compare them side to side in the fall. Great to try though.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.2/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There's nothing special here. Just a decent beer. It pours "beer" yellow with no head or lace. It's aroma is very mild wheat with just a hint of lemon. The flavor has a large hop bite, reminiscient of an IPA, minus the fruitiness. There's a mild grapefruit note in the finish. The mouthfeel is light. Gritty McDuffs Vacationland Summer Ale is a decent beer, recommended.

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Photo of berley31
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a fairly large, frothy white head, that diminished within a couple of minutes to a 1 cm size. Fair lacing in several spots on the glass. Clear body with a dark orange color. Aroma is of light yeast and doughy, with some butteriness as well. Light-bodied and thin-textured on the palate, with average carbonation. Average-lasting flavor of breadiness, again with some butter-taste to it... but it finishes lightly bitter. Overall, not a bad blonde that goes down easy during a hot day, even with the slight metallic bitterness at the end.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep golden color with a thick white head.

S - Scents of hops and spice.

T - Much hoppier than I expected, particularly for a summer brew. Finishes with some mild bitterness, but not overwhelming. Crisp and refreshing.

M - Light Bodied with some mild carbonation.

D - Good summer session brew.

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Photo of abrodsky
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GrittyMug345
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber without a date, purchased at Down East Beverage in Portland, ME on 10/26/09, drank on 11/5/09. Poured into an imperial pint, a tight, creamy, white, three finger head forms over a light clear gold body bubbling with good carbonation, the heads hangs for quite a while. Light, zippy, malt and wheat nose, some limey citrus. The wheat is certainly noticeable right away, a nice malt presence as well, some citrus hops, a slightly bitter hop finish, makes me want more. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, good carbonation, dry finish. I think this is a very sessionable summer ale, not the best I have had but better than many, better than I remembered it being in the past, I will definately be trying this again next summer on tap and re-reviewing it.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep brassy golden color with a slight chill haze that clears up quickly as the beer warms. The creamy white head peaks at an unimpressive one finger and falls flat soon after that. Thin scraggly lines of lacing are all that remain to suggest it was even there.

S: Toasted malts, caramel, and toffee are forward on the nose. Light buttery character. Hops are leafy and earthy with a light herbal spice and a touch of pine. Slight lemony citrus.

T: As in the nose, a surprisingly robust malt character leads off. Caramel, toffee, lots of toasted grain and toasted crust. Buttery. Lemony citrus snap cuts through on the mid palate. The hops then go very leafy and earthy with notes of resiny pine and bark. Modest bitter push toward the end. Finishes with lots of earthy, leafy, and spicy hops.

M: Medium bodied, rather husky and substantial. A persistent blast of scrubbing carbonation adds a crisp bite and provides some lift, though it isn't enough to prevent a weighty feel.

O: Another one of those 'identity crisis' sort of beers. There's a lot of English pale influence in this beer, and it just doesn't mesh well with the 'summer blonde' concept. We're left with a beer that, though sessionable in abv, feels far too heavy on the palate to be considered a refreshing summer quaff.

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Photo of Lukecook
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pint glass

A- the color is golden straw that is crystal clear. 2 fingers of white head decent retention.

S- mostly grainy malt.

T- grainy malts and a suprising little hop presence that I did not detect in the smell.

M- a bit creamy, average carbonation.

D- Good beer, I don't think it will be my top summer beer but I would probaly buy again.

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Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on draft and on bottle.

Golden Light in color, slightly cloudy (Unfiltered) Good head retention and some lacing. Wheat and citrus smell. Smooth initial mouth feel but becomes harsh on the tongue. Finishes with a slightly bitterness. Very light but has good flavor.

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Photo of ShemRahBoo
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of jsanford
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a clear light copper with a fluffy white head that settles to a foamy cap, leaving spots of lacing clinging to the glass. Subdued aromas of toasted malt and grassy hops, with a bit of creamed corn. Taste is similar to the nose, mild flavors of light malt and some floral, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a thin body and sharp carbonation. Pretty run-of-the-mill, there's millions of better session beers out there.

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Photo of tdm168
2.96/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my man Hoyt for bringing this back from Maine.

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a 1/4" head with great retention. Smells is hops and wheat similar to a german pilsner. Taste is mild hops and wheat; bitter and unbalanced; even a little sour in the finish (maybe yeast gone bad?). Mouthfeel is light with absolutely no carbonation.

I did not enjoy this beer at all. Given the sour taste I suspect it may have gone bad.

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Photo of lauries444
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WhitmansNiece
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Skarod
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had the left over from the wife making beer cheese soup. Yum!
decent overall a little buttery in taste and aroma for my tastes. I expected a little lighter color and mouth feel but overall easy to drink like a summer should be. For a similar price point I would prefer Geary's Summer ale.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.52/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner, the beer is a super-bright maize coloring, vibrant but a little watery. It pours with a decent amount of fluffy white, airy head that stands around 2 inches and settles very slowly. Great cling along the glass as you go, the beer has toasted oats and honey sweet aromas. Some light spicing on the nose, too. Flavors are a bit light, but a smooth toasting hits first, with a slight sour malt character at the end. The aftertaste is watered down, also, with a limp malt sweetness. The finish is almost nondescript, with a watery and lacadasical honey sweetness, barely. Felt light water throughout. Meh.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Portland, ME. Pours amber with white head. Aroma is of caramel malt and ripe fruit. Body is medium and crisp. Earthy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and earthy. Overall it is a nice brew.

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Photo of KenC
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

Photo of dunix
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mindfuldave
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

one of the least offensive beers on at grittys, a balanced light summer drink, but a bit watered down, and painfully undercarbonated. it boasts a clear golden color, but the lack of head or rising fizz makes me skeptical from the outset. notes of light wheat and pale malt caress the nose, but generic C hops in low doses and ale yeast ive met before greet me rudely. taste matches, generic as anything, light and crisp like a lager, but a little sweet and a little fruity like most summer ales. its drinkable enough with a nice light to medium body and a particular floral element that sits well, but the carbonation is woeful, way underdone, and the one factor that made all the beers at grittys underwhelming. its made heavy by the flatness, and resonates a lazy sort of frustrating carelessness toward fermentation. I wish they thought this through a little better because it has potential, but not a beer I would buy again. go for the food to grittys, not the beer.

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Gritty McDuff's Vacationland Summer Ale from Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 178 ratings