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MacTarnahan's Summer Grifter - Portland Brewing Company

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MacTarnahan's Summer GrifterMacTarnahan's Summer Grifter

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82
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portland Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malts: 2 Row, Munich and Caramel Malts
Hops: Chinook, CTZ, Cascade and Centennial
IBU: 54
ABV: 6.2%

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-19-2009)
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Reviews by monkeylovebeer:
Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Like the name says, this beer is only drifting though town hoping to pull a couple of marks. Come the end of August, it will be gone, and so will a big chunk of your cash.

This limited edition IPA pours a tangerine-tinged gold and throws a surprisingly malt-forward nose complimented with citrus notes. Upon first sip, the malt profile holds your attention as the hops (Chinook, CTZ, Cascade, and Centennial) sneak in the back, quietly.

At a mere 54 IBUs, I would have called this an American Pale Ale; it's not what I expected for the style, but I found myself warming to this mongrel. With so many West Coast IPAs vying to each be hoppier than the last, the Grifter is a refreshing change of ... God damn it! Where's my wallet?

monkeylovebeer, Aug 17, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a bomber into a Goose Island IPA glass. Orange with a reddish-hue and a generous, pillowy head.

Smells nice, doughy malt and a big, floral, American hop profile. Balanced.

Medium bodied, hop resins; a touch of pine; maybe a little diacetyl. Almost has a Red Ale vibe.

Finishes with a pleasant hop bite that's not too dry.

This beer is a stand out amoung IPAs, but it is a nice change of pace for a summer seasonal and another tasty, well balanced brew from Mac's. Pair it with some pizza and enjoy.

brownbeer, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Hazy golden color, a little bit bright. Definitely the grapefruit type of aroma, would have wished for more complexity to it.

More grapefruit, a very bitter ipa, this one definitely has its hop game, but the bitterness is a little too one dimensional without a floral hop presence, its just, dare I say, gratingly harsh, in a nice way, but it would be a very good ipa if it could somehow get some hop mouthfeel upped v. the bitterness in and of itself. Malt body seems fine, maybe more caramel would drown out the one sided bitterness.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of WaydeRafnel
4/5  rDev +10.2%

WaydeRafnel, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Best before 9/2/09

12oz. brown bottle with twist off cap. Served cold in the Sam Adams glass.

This beer pours a hazy orange color with tall sticky head that leaves spotty lacing behind.

Aroma is hoppy but not over the top. It's sweet and citrusy. Flavor is mildly bitter and pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth and not too carbonated, medium-light in body.

Definately a PNW IPA, which makes sense, but just not hoppy enough to be an IPA. If they had called it a pale ale I would be happier with it. As it is, a little underwhelming.

GilGarp, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

22oz bomber

A: golden and roasted brown with tints of yellow. Soft reds mingle around the glass as well. Head formed quickly and left quickly, bright white in hue. Globs of lace at random places on the glass

S: hop smells of oranges, pineapples, and lemony pine. Smells of pale toasted malts swirl the senses

T: caramel toasted (light biscuit character) edge proves a nice fit in this brew, tight and in the back. Hops are nicely present and the pine dominates with sugar sprinkled fruit slices of oranges and lemons. Fairly balanced overall with bitter snap hop

M: mild body with vigorous bubble work. Body is slick and drinks well

D: this is the best MacTarnahan's brew I have had too date. Nice profile and hop presence with favorable flavors. Good brew!

Magpie14, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Clear orange copper. Tight offwhite cap. Sticky waves of lace.

Spicy resins and pine. Toasted bread and caramel. Slightly muted overall. Above average, but not enough to bump up.

Rush of biting citrus and pine. Rolling caramel sweetness and toasted bread. Spicy resin and pine moderate bitterness.

Some drying and some stickiness. Medium-light body. Moderate carbonation.

Refreshing tasty summer IPA. Wont blow you away, but a decent sessionable IPA.

CHILLINDYLAN, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of caseyoharaa
4/5  rDev +10.2%

caseyoharaa, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Bottle courtesy of Lubiere: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with light retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney notes from Cascade hops is dominating. Taste is also dominated by strong citrus and piney notes from the Cascades hops as well as some dry caramel notes. Body is bit thin for style with good carbonation. I guess this was an OK overall experience though nothing to write home about.

Phyl21ca, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Docer
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Was waiting a bit, but had to grab a bomber of this just to try it.. and I am glad I did... because so far it actually looks and seems quite good... let's see..

- Bubbly clear caramel color... copper penny... huge fluffy white head... quite slow and boiling down... lacing in abundance..

- Big citrus smell.. a little bit like a Hop Stoopid, but also a little bit like a fresh summit hop... really a nice refreshing scent.... a good smell for sure. Little bit of sweet caramel and brown sugar...

- Quite light.... great bittering hop for sure.. some zesty citrus and pine hop, and also a nice dash of lemon zest and fruit.. very light and hides the strength it says it has with great ease... actually very good... did I get a really good bomber or what.. wondering because some of the reviews are not very favorable..

- Bit dry, oily.. but light at the same time... throws a good bitter punch..

- Flavor, smell, smoothness... high marks for sure... but way over carbonated for my tastes in an IPA... little bit more west coast cloudiness and less carb. and this would be an instant classic.

I think some of the poor reviews are based on the fact that this is a large craft merger... but realize that they are some of the oldest crafts and this is a new release from them to compete with a whole new world of new treats... and I think they did quite well.

Docer, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

Clear reddish amber with a one finger cream white head. Fair amount of lacing. Aroma is bold piney hops. Taste is piney bitter hops with a minor malt note. Mouthfeel is just above average and has medium carbonation. Drinkability is quite good if you enjoy the dry piney hop flavors. Best Mac-T's so far.

Spikester, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of rogerthegill
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

rogerthegill, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Picked this up at Brewforia in Meridan, ID on a road trip. 12oz stubby.
A) Pours with a big, two finger head that sticks around. Creamy, tight, sticky lacing. Subtle haze. Upward carbonation. Amber in color.
S) Orange. Caramel. Pleasant floral aroma. The aroma induces mouth watering.
T) A well balanced combination of malt and hops. Sweet citrus flavors. Sturdy caramel, nutty tones. Finishes with a brown sugar sweetness along with some floral tones... Heather-esque?
M) Medium body. Smooth. Creamy.
D) A delicious brew! I'd have another... if only I had picked up two bottles on that road trip!

u2carew, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.63/5  rDev 0%

six packs of Grifter were oddly on the shelf right next to Drifter, which I'd tried already... so Grifter it is.

pours a dark caramel nutty bronze with a surprisingly soft and creamy one-finger cream head that leaves some fair lacing. not off to a bad start.

aroma is fairly pungently hoppy with strong caramel, toffee, and hints of vanilla. citrusy and piney, very northwest hoppy.

taste follows aroma with some spicy hops, pine and lemon. the malt is almost entirely hidden and the citric hops definitely take center stage. the hops are a bit muddled, but certainly not offensive.

mouth is a bit on the thin side, but the ample carbonation really helps to create a smooth and creamy body. fairly simple yet powerful lingering bitterness.

If citric lemony hops are your thing, this is your beer. the lack of malt is a bit of a deal breaker for me, as the hops aren't quite impressive enough to hold up the entire thing. certainly drinkable, but between the heavy citric hopping and the bizarre branding, not quite my thing. Easily the best bottled Mac's beer I've tried in awhile... kind of nice to see.

djeucalyptus, May 05, 2009
Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -17.4%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of wesclaypool
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%

On tap at Pyramid brewery in Walnut Creek.

a - Very dark for a pale ale. Has orange and brown colors with not a whole lot of head.

s - Did not have a real strong aroma, but pine hops could be picked up.

t - The flavors were a bit washed out, not all that bold. This may have been by design, as it was advertised as being a lighter, summer IPA. I wasn't able to get much citrus out of it, but the hops were certainly there.

m - Medium bodied and pretty smooth.

d - This is definitely on the lighter side of IPAs, so if that's what someone is looking for, it will work well. If you're looking for a big flavor, however, I'd look elsewhere.

wesclaypool, May 31, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

confusedidols, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Grifter (n.) - a person who swindles or scams you by means of deception or fraud

Maybe they were trying to think of a cool name like 'rogue, dissident, renegade...and all those good names were taken so they settled for something just plain unappealing?

So, I'll further question the label with the odd 'lurking' subtitle. It's definitely strange, and the caricature guy has a creepy pedophile/pervert look to him(and a black eye?). Bad enough it's called Grifter, the guy looks like emotionally disturbed as well as criminally so. I don't remember the last label that had such negative appeal.

Oh well, crappy marketing aside, it's what's inside that counts.

Pours a gorgeous deep copper and the lacing clings to my glass nicely. Aroma is juicy hops, with a bit of lemon pledge, definitely a good level of hops in this PacNW IPA.

Flavor is hop forward, good spiciness and full mouthfeel. Chewy hop resin, some subtle malt playing around in the background, enough to create a decent balance. Nothing noticeably off here. Good carbonation and aftertaste, one of the better Pyramid/McTarnahan brews i've had.

A solid IPA. Oh no, the grifter is eying me now!

SurlyDuff, May 01, 2009
Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev 0%

22oz bomber.
Nice dark amber colour,lovelly large ,tight bubbled creme coloured head.
Smell very hoppy, spicy citric varieties. Quite enjoyable.
Taste again is very lemoney hopcentric, but it rather fades fast in the end. malts seem weak in this one.
Mouthfeel is good, but like i said it became watery very fast at th end, no big after tase.
Its fairly drinkable, but I think it is missing something

Reidrover, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of ebrauser
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

App: dull dark orange amber with a fine thick 1 inch head. Head leaves ample lacing

Aroma: fresh NW hops with. Lots of grapefruit and citrus zest

Flavor: crisp hop bitterness. Loads of hops hiding pale sweetness from the malt in the back of the flavor. Dry and fresh with only slight bitterness left in the end of the drink

MF: Medium bodied with no coating or thickness. Smooth and not so hopped-out that it is impossible to have more than one

ebrauser, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of hopdog
3.05/5  rDev -16%

22oz bottle.

Poured a medium and clear orange color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, pine, and some citrus. Tastes of the same citrus, floralness, pine, and some toasted graininess. Lively and carbonated body with a medium bitter finish.

hopdog, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%

12 oz bottle, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Bright see-thru copperish orange body with a finger of off-white head. Too bad the head disappears so quickly- it was shaping up to be quite handsome. A small amount of lacing.

This is a beer with potential, but it's a rather tame representation of the style. The hops- lightly floral and citrusy in the nose, kicked up a notch with some earthiness and pine in the mouth- are rather restrained. The malt profile is a crisp blend of light grains, hay and grass.

Overall impression: Balanced and sessionable for sure, but a rather tame IPA for my taste.

PDXHops, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Zarn
4.43/5  rDev +22%

One of my all time favorite inexpensive IPA's nice godlen orange color, creamy head, nice lace, good mouthfeel good hop parings w/ just the right semi-doughy malt flavor combine for a very very drinkable beverage. It's not just a breakfast food anymore.

This is my go to when the cornies blow!

Z1, Vantucky,WA

Zarn, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of brokennedy120
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Had this poured from a bottle. The hops in this beer taste very very fresh (right off the vine taste) and set it firmly above other local IPAs I have had. Fruity smell and flavor, very clear (no cloudiness) orange color, and light feel. Head comprised of big white bubbles.

I'm just disappointed there isn't more of of it!

brokennedy120, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

A- A nice copper color with a one and a half finger head. moderate lacing and good retention.
S- Smell is of light malty sweetness, and standard western style ipa hoppyness. Citrusy, but balanced.
T- This beer opens with a bit of caramel flavor quickly followed up by rough hoppyness. There can be intense hoppiness that is smooth, but this was just hops without much reason.
M- Too light, but the carbonation was spot on to keep it somewhat lively on the tongue. between the hops and the carbonation, this could almost be described as prickly.
D- This beer was just an average ipa for me. Worth a try, but not worth going out of your way for. Light and summery enough for a couple in a sitting. My main issue was that the flavors were good, individually, but there wasn't much linking them. This is a decent beer, but with some adjustments, could be made much better.
last edit: 7/19/10

jsprain1, Jul 16, 2010
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MacTarnahan's Summer Grifter from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.