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Gritty McDuffs Christmas Ale

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeistAlmighty (1133) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
355ml bottle. Amber colour. Bready and a little boozy. A solid strong ESB; maybe higher rating than it merits because is is so to my personal taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4027) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 5/20/14

Aroma: The aroma is rich and malty, fruity, some caramel, toffee, and brown sugar
Appearance: It pours a clear amber color with a fizzy beige head and occasional lace
Flavor: The flavor, like the nose, is rich and malty as well, pretty sweet, with a light bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a fairly thick texture, and a lively carbonation
Overall Impression: This is some pretty solid stuff, and pretty sweet too. The carbonation hurts the drinkability here a bit. Overall, this is a solid example of the style, but not something I see myself seeking out.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nakedwhendrunk (2199) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - APR 16, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance had a chestnut/copper colored body, small white one finger head, lacing slid quickly into the body. The smell had a sweet subdued caramel, slightly bready. The taste was pretty much the same, but coming through in a bland sort of way. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium, slightly sessionable, creamy aftertaste, sweet bready finish. Overage average for the style, but acutally I liked it and went nicely with some Christmas cookies.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (7915) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arojewski (49) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (1670) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevd193213 (877) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hoju777 (151) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFanDan17 (1002) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Very malty with hints of pumpkin spice, butternut squash, and apricot. Mild hoppiness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1696) - Clarks Summit, 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.


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