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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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BA SCORE
82
good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
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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Ratings: 53 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished kumquat that is as clear as the proverbial bell. My standard pour quickly filled the upper third of the pint glass with nicely textured foam that is some combination of beige and pale orange. Plenty of lace is beginning to appear on all available surfaces, which cements the appearance score seen above.

Despite the use of pale, Munich and caramel malts, the second and third on that list are barely appreciated in the nose. Classic 4-C hops provide a pleasant citrusiness that isn't aromatic enough to be worthy of praise. This could be pretty good beer from a brewery that is never a lock in that department.

Summer Grifter tastes and feels more like an APA than an IPA. Maybe Pyramid decided to ease up on the ingredients to make a lighter ale in the Summer IPA mold. Whatever that is. Screw the name. Give us bigger and bolder beer please.

Most of the 54 IBUs are appreciated, so bitterness is not in short supply. Unfortunately, there isn't enough good hop flavor to go along with it. That seems to be what separates the men from the boys (or the women from the girls) when it comes to the India pale ale style. A smidge of caramel is quickly overcome by white grapefruit zest that never really reaches ramming speed. If you like alpha acid-soaked APAs, have at it.

As already alluded to, the mouthfeel comes up short. It's too light for the style, but has good enough carbonation (both in terms of amount and feel) to keep the score on the happy side of average.

Summer Grifter is a little shabby, a little undernourished and a little rough around the edges. It would be better beer if it was filled out and dressed up and had a more refined manner. Considering what else in available in the Pacific Northwest, this one deserves to live on the fringes.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a nice gold color with good carbonation and a small a nice white head

S: Faint hops, some citrus and grains

T: Citrus taste, pretty bitter and average on the taste buds.

M: About average, some bitterness on the end, good carbonation

D: Not bad but these days it is an average IPA

barleywinefiend, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clean/clear golden copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with lots of nice thick sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice little sweetness to it, slighlty hoppy, with some citrus notes. The taste is mostly malty, but with a nice hop note, bitter, slight citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, better than I thought it would be.

Wasatch, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +10.5%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 hopdog
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 twelveinches
4/5  rDev +10.5%

twelveinches, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 allengarvin
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bright copper-colored beer pours with a substantial, stable head of foam--very pretty. The nose is a bit weak though, offering light grapefruit-citrus hop aroma and little else. Taste, likewise, is weak. This is my third IPA in a row this week that has offered lots of bitterness and little in the way of hop flavor. No other taste components are really evident to back it up either. It's drinkable enough, but not interesting.

allengarvin, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

shelby415, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of CoryR
3/5  rDev -17.1%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 Docer
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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 PDXHops
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 RJLarse
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Tomato Street in Spokane. Served in a mug.

Rich gold color and is clear. A small but fairly resilient head tops the mug.

The smell is faint and typically hoppy for the style.

The taste is a lot about bitterness, not much citrus fruit flavor going on here.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, with a dry bitterness on the aftertaste.

Drinkable enough, but a very average (or below) IPA. I'd have it again in a pinch, but there are better.

RJLarse, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

johnnyboy76, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Grifter pours a amber color with a small foam head and some tight bubble lacing. Aroma is really nice and hoppy with smells of citrus and pineapple.

The taste was slightly off on the malt profile but overall it tasted pretty good. It was really hoppy and with a good IBU kick. In the mouth it was medium of carbonation. I am not a huge fan of this local establishments beers but I would have to say this is one of the better drinks from them I have had in a long time.

cswhitehorse, May 25, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4.11/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pyramid Brewhouse in Walnut Creek.

Came to the table with a clear caramal appearance with a tiny head that quickly vanishes.

A great sweet hoppy aroma with pineapple and pear whiffs.

Awesome taste. Hoppy, sweet and chewy goodness. A nice biting aftertaste as a high quality IPA should have...but not too much which makes the drinking experience that much better.

Very high drinkability as I had two in one sitting and was debating on another. A great IPA which I hope to find in the store soon.

kaseydad, May 16, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 Bfarr
2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A clear dark orange amber with a big tan head with moderate lacing. Aroma is of slightly dirty grapefruit. Taste is similar with a blancing malt sweetness. A more tangy than bitter finish follows it up and doesn't last long. Mouthfeel is a partially sticky and dirty feel. You're also left with what I can only describe as a spongy feel on the finish.

This is a strange IPA. It's attempt at balance comes off more as sour than anything else. It definitely should have been called drifter (of course that's taken by Widmer's pale ale) due to the overall dirtiness (not to be confused with earthiness) of this IPA. Definitely an interesting beer but not for me.

Bfarr, May 21, 2010
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MacTarnahan's Summer Grifter from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.