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MacTarnahan's Oak-Aged IPA - Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Oak-Aged IPAMacTarnahan's Oak-Aged IPA

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-21-2003)
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Reviews by zacharius:
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3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a white head with fine bubbles with keeping power. But not much aromatics in this brew. Taste is of sweet malt breifly then hops and after that a bitter oak aftertaste that blends out from the hops. Finish is of dry oak that makes you want to taste another sip. This beer has an hoppy oily body and is refreshing to drink. Although some may find this a mild IPA as I've had ESBs about as bitter, the oak provides some of the bittness and really pulls it through. The oak really adds complexity without becoming dominant or overbaring. I'd like to think of this as what the IPA tasted like once it arrived in India.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2004 06:17:28 | More by zacharius
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Photo of harpus


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-10-2013 13:42:20 | More by harpus
Photo of Hopheadjeffery


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-05-2013 02:09:45 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Photo of magictrokini


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is in a category of its own. Pours clear amber with a medium white head. Decent lacing. Aroma is sweet lemongrass with pine and grapefruit hops. Neither are fresh, mostly dank. Pleasant resiny taste, but the edges are worn off by the barrel aging, leaving the pine taste without the bite. Mellowed citrus aas well, turning the grapefruit into a pink grapefruit/passion fruit tanginess. Good oak taste without the rotten-barrel aftertaste. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 21:27:38 | More by magictrokini
Photo of rallison


4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note: This bottle has aged for approximately 1 year. Aged 1 year is tastier than I remember it being fresh.

A: Cloudy amber brown color with an off-white head that persists.

S: Toffee and wine like sweetness.

T: This has turned very winey and sweet. A bit of apple juice flavor too (in a good way). Just a tiny bit of bitterness at the end, but just a bit. Tiny bit of oxidation now. It really is no longer an IPA, but that's ok.

M: Medium body with a nice richness. Decent amount of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Great flavor without a heavy body.

Recommended at this point in time.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 10:48:05 | More by rallison
Photo of clickpush


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint. Comes out of the bottle a lightly cloudy amber brew with one finger of eggshell head that dissipates quickly to a fine coat of lacings. Randomly interspersed bubbles go up the middle of the beer.

Nose: Sweet, marshmallows and biscuits, almost no hop presence in the nose which, for an IPA, is both unexpected and disappointing. Apples and caramel add an adjunct scent that scares me, but I wonder if these are products of the barrel aging.

Mouth: Whew, this beer completely redeems itself upon entering the mouth. The hops are immediately present and hold strong all the way through, presenting floral flavors upfront and touches of mint and licorice as the flavor palate progresses. The swallow, though it leaves a strong hop flavor in the mouth, seems a bit uni-dimensional, and the exhale doesn’t add anything to the remaining flavors that are just waiting to be rekindled. After allowing the beer to warm up a bit the oak came through gently, hand-in-hand with a nice chewy nutty flavor.

While the m/f is a big let down, foaming about halfway through the mouth and swallowing like water, the flavor is wonderful. I hope they'll do another run of this further down the road.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 17:31:19 | More by clickpush
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - golden amber color, moderate fluffy white head, little lacing

s - lemony citrus hop aroma, slight oak evident also

t - sweet and caramelly initially with a short burst of bitterness, very short finish

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish

d - pretty drinkable though I'd move on to something more interesting

Not a terrible beer, but nothing exciting here. It's the first "oak-aged" IPA I've ever had, and I can't say it made me want to try anymore. Worth a try, but get a single.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 03:33:07 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of Pegasus


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, brilliant toned copper in color, with a massive white head, which retains very well, and slight carbonation. The lacing is excellent, ringing the glass walls.

Aroma: Rather sweet caramel malt, with hints of oak wood. Citrus hops are present, but rather understated.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt at the open, soon followed by pine hop, and later in the taste, citrus hops. Finishes with a lingering mild note of oak tannins.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very full, rich, almost syrupy, with hints of carbonation at the tip of the tongue.

Drinkability/notes: A well-crafted example, not outstanding, but certainly quite pleasing.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 18:48:17 | More by Pegasus
Photo of HardTarget


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: “Assertively hopped”, oak aged, 6% abv. no date. It appears to have been repackaged as "Mac's IPA".

Aroma: Perfumed malt with the same hop characteristic as the Mac’s APA I tried earlier, but with more lemon rind citric coming through

Appearance: Clear copper red glass topped with a full head of cream with large bubbles peppered about, lace is assured.

Flavor: Hops are up front, but not “assertive” in my book. Malt is firm and has toffee notes. The same tea flavor and slight metallic finish as the APA are also noted. It’s like the APA doubled, or at least time 1.5.

Mouthfeel: Full body, almost creamy with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall Impression: Better than the APA, but I’m not crazy about this one either. No oak characteristics noted, the hops are fairly tame, and the metallic finish just bugs me. I count this as an English IPA of some note, but there are so much better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 06:46:20 | More by HardTarget
Photo of Crosling


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I feel like I am tasting history when I try these oak aged IPA’s and I usually like the unusual character that they have as well. Light peach in color. Rich, dry, woody and earthy aroma with hints of peach, tangerine, caramel and hops. The earthy, woody and dry character mixes well with the substancial hop addiction. Pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 03:50:23 | More by Crosling
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3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear/copper pour with a thin, white head... very, very average at best... nothing too special to look at.

Aroma is obviously hoppy with some caramel and malty notes... balanced, in a way. Whiff has some citrus, but not enough to say IPA. Hop aroma is present... but not as much as expected.

Chalky mouthfeel upfront... bitter yet balanced on the back. Some floral overtones. Nothing too exciting, but decent overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 05:32:49 | More by Fugazme
Photo of goochpunch


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an cloudy orange with a frothy white head that clings on to about 1/8th an inch until the pint is gone. Aromas of oak, apples, and citrusy and grassy hops. Tastes fruity with a combination of esters and the hops, leading into the bittering hops. Rounding this all out is a pleasent vanilla, oak, and spiced finish. The mouthfeel could have been a bit smoother and with less biting carbonation, in my opinion, not to say that the carbonation was THAT rough. Maybe it's the oak making me feel this way, as other oak-aged beers I've had in the past maybe, perhaps, coincidentally just had smoother, fuller mouthfeels. As far as drinkability goes, although this is really tasty, I can have only so much of the oak after each sip. That and this kind of sits in your stomach like a full meal.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 03:20:56 | More by goochpunch
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3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy golden orange body with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles and a thick rocky head that is off-white.

S- The smooth soft smell of green floral hops and some slightly sweet crystal malt comes through.

T- This beer has a nice green hop bitterness with vanilla, oaky flavors. The oaky flavors taste a bit artificial. The flavors of slightly sweet crystal malt and some notes of honey come through as it warms.

M- The beer has a nice medium mouthfeel with a hint of creamy texture. There is some fizz quality in the finish.

D- This beer has a soft hob bitterness but it is really missing the floral hop taste and is a bit weak in the nose. I like the oak qualities but they are slightly off and a bit stronger than the hops and grain.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 00:22:04 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice honey/amber hue with a frothy white head, which retains quite nicely and provides sufficient lacing. A hint of pineapple in the nose with undertones of fresh citric hop aroma. The taste is suprisingly malty, but ends with a very dry finish, in which the hops blend effortlessly into oak character. Heavy oak flavor again upon exhalation.

Not a bad beer, though the mouthfeel (and to some extent, the drinkability) left something to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 01:49:53 | More by daedalus
Photo of carln26


2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored and very hazy this beer was topped by a thin off white head that disappeared almost immediately. I just don’t know about IPAs on oak. The aroma that comes off the beer is a blend of grapefruit rind/citrus and vanilla from the oak. That is just not a very appealing odor to me. There is some sweetness on the finish of the aroma. In the flavor the grapefruit almost disappears. The vanilla masks it and accentuates the candy sweetness. It brings out the figs and dates from the malt. The citrus does lend a subtle bitterness to the finish. Slick mouth feel , OK at best drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2005 21:43:50 | More by carln26
Photo of 1whiskey


2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle pored into a pint glass. Dull bronze color, big fluffy white head.

Smells...not like an IPA. Malty, grainy...a little sour. Mickeys? Why does my IPA smell like a malt liqour?

Taste is initially dominated by a dull metallic flavor and woody tannins (from the oak, I suppose). Some sweet malts are a little too prominent for an IPA.
Where is the hop flavor???? I wait for it to warm a little...and they finally show up. But these don't taste like your typical America IPA hops...these are perhaps German? In any event, they don't work well in this beer.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty nice, medium body and carbonation with a creamy quality. Leaves a wood tannin aftertaste. Ehh.

I can't recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 21:45:33 | More by 1whiskey
Photo of SteveO1231


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My girlfriend grabbed me a 6 pack of these wanting to suprise me with somthing different. It wasn't

Poured an amber color from the 12oz. bottle, moderate carbonation, thin off-white head.

Strong malt scent, little hop smell in there. A light smell of pineapple.

Rather smooth cripsness with a mild bitterness in the finish. A smokey sweetness in the finish. Earthy flavor from the oat aging I presume. This tastes more like a pale ale than an IPA to me.

This beer is drinkable but nothing really stand out. I'm not too impressed.


Serving type: bottle

10-28-2005 03:58:13 | More by SteveO1231
Photo of beermanbrian


3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale copper color. 1/2 inch white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice film that is maintained by the abundant carbonation bubbles. Great lacing. Smell is tons of citrus hops with an oak overtone. The oak comes through in the taste buts it's not necessarily a good thing. It is more of a dry woody taste than the nice oak taste you would hope for. Not sure how to describe it but other than it just is off of what i would expect. Strong bitterness to the finish that hangs around. Not enough malt to balance this one out. OK mouthfeel and drinkabilty is just a touch above average.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 01:31:57 | More by beermanbrian
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3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 12oz poured into a pint glass.

Bright, clear amber with a steady stream of small bubbles that support a small white head that slowly fades into a veiled ring and leaves wispy lace as it goes down.

Fruity hops dominate the nose. Has some citric and floral notes with a good dose of melon. The malts don't seem to come through.

The malts show up for the taste, but only briefly. Its all hops after that. Citric and juicy with a building dryness that fades back before it becomes too much. There's a little wood in the aftertaste, but it doesn't stand out. More of an afterthought.

I like the mouth. Not full, but it has a lot more body than most beers. Nice crisp bite from the carbonation. A good IPA. I recomend.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 05:10:34 | More by ypsifly
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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, light copper color with a moderate creamy white head that doesn't stay around but does leave a bit of lace.

The aroma is primarily herbal, citrusy hops with just a bit of caramel and malt in the background.

There is a slightly fruity malt flavor with a citrus dry hops finish and a lingering woody aftertaste.

Altogether drinkable. Should go well with spicy or hearty food.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 01:33:46 | More by whynot44
Photo of Beaver13


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a bright orange with a decent creamy white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma is strong melon and floral/grassy hops with a touch of pepper.

The flavor is melon, some sweet malts and some oak leading to an acidic bitterness that leaves a decent bitter aftertaste. It is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, an OK IPA. It's a little to sweet and too much citric melon for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 05:43:26 | More by Beaver13
Photo of SkeeterHawk


2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly hazy orange-caramel color with a half inch head from an aggressive pour. This head fell within a minute or so to a thin layer across the top of the beer maintained by a few rising bubbles.

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by the hops. You can especially pick up the citrusy American varieties. There is a tad of caramel malt that is in the background with a “woody” character that I would likely think was a flaw if I didn’t know this was Oak aged.

Taste: The hops are the key player in the flavor also. Here though, there is more to the Oak flavor. The hops lead the profile the entire time, and make the beer finish with a slightly dry bite on the back of the tongue. With the dry finish and Oak presence, it would be easy to mistake a beer like this for being Oxidized. The carbonation is low, so it feels a bit heavy on the palate.

Opinion: Well, I am really not sure what to say. I don’t really care for the woody character in the beer as it seems like a flaw. Some British beers meld the wood and caramel with some buttery slickness and lighter hopping. This beer is more malty rich than a lot of other American IPA’s, but the hops balance that out. Finally the Oak is thrown into the mix, but this step almost tastes like an afterthought. It isn’t a flawed beer, but not my favorite. I don’t particularly care for hoppy beers that much anyway, but the line drawn between the flavors in this one leaves much to be desired from my viewpoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 22:29:24 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of Naes

New York

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This thing damn near exploded when I opened it and it had been sitting peacefully in my fridge for over a week. Anywho, this beer is brown with orange hues and has an explosive head.

The smell is quite distinctively of oak. Oak and hops.

As for flavor, yep, oak and hops. Though, the oak is stronger in the flavor than in the smell. It has a little of citrus as well.

Mouth feel is medium in body and mild on the carbonation.

It’s easy drinking, although you do have to give it a min to settle down.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 01:58:37 | More by Naes
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to bronze colour and slightly cloudy with a fairly big head which sticks around the rim, leaving some lacing.

Pleasant citrus smell, mainly orange, with a little fig thrown in.

Rather earthy caramel flavour (I'm not sure if the oak aging has any impact here) comes through while this slightly overcarbonated brew is prickling my tongue. I like that sensation, but it takes away from the taste which gradually gives way to some citrus/pine flavour and then a hint of raisin.

This very pleasant, and while probably not a hophead's delight, it packs enough of a punch to be by far the best Portland brewing beer I have sampled. Steer clear of their Highlander Pale Ale. This is vastly superior.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2005 07:43:05 | More by charlatan
Photo of granger10


2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a brilliant, illuminating golden orange with a huge rocky white head. Lots of bubbles and lacing around the sides. Beautiful appearance. The aroma is weak, esp considering this was supposedly dry hopped. Slight citrus and a little vanilla are all I notice. The flavor reminds me of orange juice concentrate. Not too good. Hops are more bitter to me with a poking jab of bitterness here and there. They don't really sustain themselves to me. I think the oak might add sweetness and kill some of the hop flavor as well but its not really too noticeable on its own. Overly sweet for an IPA. The mouthfeel is nice and rounded atleast. The finish is an odd mix of sweet and bitter and something I don't necesarily enjoy. This beer looked good but went downhill from there.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 12:10:08 | More by granger10
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MacTarnahan's Oak-Aged IPA from Portland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.