MacTarnahan's Summer Grifter - Portland Brewing Company

Not Rated.
MacTarnahan's Summer GrifterMacTarnahan's Summer Grifter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

35 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 35
Hads: 54
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 04-19-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Malts: 2 Row, Munich and Caramel Malts
Hops: Chinook, CTZ, Cascade and Centennial
IBU: 54
ABV: 6.2%
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
Reviews: 35 | Hads: 54
Photo of RJLarse
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of olmatty
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a brownish amber beer with a fluffy, white head that has sheets of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell- herbaceous and bitter hops fairy sting the nose.

Taste- Strong, citrus hop and biscuity malt backdrop, spicy hop bitterness bumps along at the bottom

Mouthfeel- Big bodied and smoothly carbonated.

Drinkability- A really nice brew, but the stickiness of the hops might be too much to have more than a couple. Overall quite a a strong offering. (471 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of jkdrummer
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bronze tone more on the reddish side, nice foamy head that very soon disappears into a thin lace on top. Aroma is very clean and hoppy as expected. Initial taste has big bite of citrus and hops. Wonderful after bite too. Not too sweet but could use a bit more malt flavor IMHO. Nice bodied amberish IPA for this summer's hot days. Refreshingly easy to drink too. Recommended. (377 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,113 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (1,165 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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 (400 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (762 characters)

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50  | next → last
MacTarnahan's Summer Grifter from Portland Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.