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Gritty McDuffs Halloween Ale

Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Technically speaking, this ale can be described as an Extra Special Bitter. What that really means is that more of everything that goes into our bitter is added to the Halloween Ale -- more imported barley and more fresh Goldings hops from East Kent in England. This strong ale is also given some extra time in the conditioning tank, allowing it to mellow considerably.

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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2925) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle from Harvest Market Pours a deep amber/copper color with a good sized off white head that persists for quite a while. Aromas of rich caramel malt with a bit of a mineral/sulfur edge, light earthy hop aroma. The flavor is rich caramelized malt sugars with lots of toffee. Light fruit, earthy hop, light mineral flavor. Medium body moderate carbonation. Decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
two7offsuit (366) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Pours Amber/brown with an off white head. Aroma of malt and spice. Flavor hints at malt with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (2538) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2014
12oz bottle from Lacey Spirits. Pours a clear dark Amber color with a finger of frothy off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, hints of citrus skins, and cheese. Taste is better then the aroma. Toasted grain, roasted Amber malts, rotted citrus bitterness, and yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GIJOE (926) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Pours dark brown with a frothy tan head that stays. Nose is malty with a hint of pumpkin and spice. Taste is balanced, nice hop bite in the aftertaste. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Tasty brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel and spices. Flavor was lightly sweet with caramel, bread, earth, mild spices and had a slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (2711) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - APR 16, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a burnt brown colored body and gave a small off white/brown head. Some haunting lacing slowly slid down the glass as the beer went down. The smell had slight caramel and apples with a bit of a woody yeast and earthy hops to it too. The taste was sweet through caramel, light ginger, and apples, mainly an cooked apple aftertaste, hops once the beer warms a bit. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium, sessionable, yeasty finish with some light hops in that. Overall, full-flavored beer that I used to drink when I lived in Maine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Berard (455) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Draft. Pours medium brown with white head that dissipates. Light carbonation mild caramel aroma. Caramel up front with mild spices and brown ale like flavors. Has mild hop flavor and very slight pumpkin taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (517) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Kind of a medium-brown cloudy appearance, not very appetizing. Non-descript aroma, but the taste is good, mellow, somewhat hoppy but not as bitter as I expected. Malt and caramel flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdobbs (411) - New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 10, 2013
Pours a cloudy dark amber color with very little head on cask and a nice huge creamy head on nitro version. Smell is of caramel and nutmeg/pumpkin. Taste is caramel up front with some pumpkin and a nice smooth bitterness finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ROBC3366 (148) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Pours a dark amber and smells of citrus and malt. This ale tastes of citrus and yogurt and starts off a bit bitter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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