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Gritty McDuffs Christmas Ale

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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Our Christmas Ale is a robust E.S.B. (Extra Special Bitter.) This brew 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! (Available on draft, in 22 oz bottles and 5 liter Mini-kegs from November through January)

12 oz. version, which is filtered, is brewed at Shipyard Brewing in Portland; 22 oz. version, which is not filtered and only sold locally, is brewed at Gritty McDuff’s in Freeport

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours coppery with off-white head. Nose is earthy, caramel malt, x-mas spice, with a spiced ESB flavor and medium palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arojewski (41) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Poured caramel with a thick head. Nose like maple syrup? Not especially bitter, but nearly sweet, reminding me of other sweeter brown ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1383) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Draft at the Khyber. Poured a somewhat dark red amber brown with a large fizzy white head that mostly disappeared. Candied syrupy ESB that finished mostly dry. Chocolate caramel pinecones. Definite earthy notes as well. Slight hint of smoke. Full sharp bitter blunted with some darker malt flavors. Not quite Christmasy, though maybe some nutmeg and cinnamon may be hiding in there.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevd193213 (841) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Draught. Light copper pour with a thin creamy head. Aroma of faint hops and pepper. Thin mouthfeel with a nice sharp finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hoju777 (136) - FRANCE - DEC 9, 2012
Smells sweet, like cherries. Reddish brown, like cherry coke. Tastes like flat cherry coke, but with bubbles. Dark and joyless. Like flat cherry coke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFanDan17 (954) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Very malty with hints of pumpkin spice, butternut squash, and apricot. Mild hoppiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1603) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Pours amber with an off-white head which dissipated quickly. Aroma is caramel, cinnamon and grass. Taste is sweet with very very light bitters. Light mouthfeel, was expecting something a little more substantial.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jeff789 (1404) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2011
12 oz bottle, clearly filtered brownish amber with a quickly fading off white head... deeply malty aroma, some dark sugars, light light fruits, caramel aroma... pretty sweet flavor, tastes like it should be sticky, lightly roasty, a light grassy hop tries to cut the sweetness and kinda fails, medium body that drinks heavy bc of the sweetness... i dont get much of a traditional esb type flavor out of this, i guess one could argue that is on the lines of an english strong ale or perhaps even a thin scotch ale...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1142) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Pours dark brown with red tones. Aroma is of cinnamon and other spice. Taste is malty at the start with a nutty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroSpud (1596) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber with very little head and medium carbonation. Primary taste is malty caramel with enough hop bitterness to keep it honest. No spices whatsoever which I find odd for something labeled as a Christmas beer.

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