Monday, February 21, 2011

Gritty McDuff's Brewing Company - Best Brown Ale

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. twist-off bottle, poured into a mug

The last in my short series from Gritty's (but not nearly their last beer) is their 'Best Brown Ale.' The beer is on the light side, but still a fairly full brown color. A very light yellowy glow flares from the bottom of the glass. The head is a sizable (but not huge) light tan foam. The foam retention is decent, but the lacing is quite minimal. The nose is malty sweet with bits of brown sugar and spice. There are hints of cinnamon and maybe full-blown apple pie spice.

The beer has a full-bodied mouthfeel on top of fairly robust and toasty malts. A caramel sweetness comes customary with the toasted malts and it adds pleasing character. There's a gentle hopping that seems to add a bit of depth, but definitely takes the back seat. The finish is crisp, making this a very drinkable brown ale. After there's a very minor prevailing sweetness.

Final Verdict: B

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