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Old Grogham Imperial IPA - Natian Brewery

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Old Grogham Imperial IPAOld Grogham Imperial IPA

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Natian Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally a winter seasonal.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 01-20-2012)
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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

$3.25 tall boy can from Abe's.

Hazy dull amber body, topped a monstrously billowing off-white head. Leaves good stretchy lace.

Earthy hop aroma with a smidgen of background citrus.

Super sweet malt base gives way to a pile of pine and buckets of bitter.

Medium smooth mouthfeel.

A rather unexceptional PA debut.

RonfromJersey, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Wetpaperbag
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Darker amber color, good lacing typical of an IPA.

S- Smells good, the hops are very pinesol smelling.

T- Not that good. The hops are bitter in a not so balanced way. There are bitter beers that still have their bitterness but taste good. This is bitter and leaves a funky gnarly aftertaste. The malt background tastes like a CDA or a brown ale.

M- Nice and thick, which I like for a IPA.

O- Not digging this one. I'm glad it was only 2.99 for the can.

Wetpaperbag, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of lccrunchy
3/5  rDev -16.4%

lccrunchy, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Knapp85, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of bbeane
3/5  rDev -16.4%

bbeane, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of HappyPappy2X
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Foamed out upon opening can. High carbonation. Poured straight into middle of Hefeweisen glass. Toffee colored head stayed intact for several minutes.
Color is tan, dark for an IIPA. Hazy, unfiltered quality.

S: A hop bouquet. Fresh, resiny nose jumps out. Floral.

T: Malt/hop balance; less hop forward than aroma suggested. Phenols. Medicinal? Band-aid? Ends with roasted malt.

M: Light for style. Slight maltose-like coating in mouth. High carbonation.

A gorgeous hops nose I relished for ten minutes before sipping. A smart move seeing as how the taste was somewhat disappointing. Malt/hops balance helps with up-front drinkability, but the first hint of phenols sends the beer crashing. Band-aid or antiseptic is pronounced, esp. in belch. It mostly dissipates by the time the roasted caramel malt flavors end the taste. An interesting surprise, but falls short of rescuing the beer.

HappyPappy2X, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

lilsmizzul1225, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of JTK713
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at hawthorne hophouse in portland, OR. 12 oz tulip, Pours dark IIPA style, caramel color and flavors. Hops are strong throughout, rum/wood adds depth and richness, but not overwhelming. I think its year round, but aimed for winter time. Pretty darn good!

JTK713, Aug 16, 2012
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BESTIALEX, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a good start with this beer. Popped the can and it gushed. Had been sitting in my fridge for about a week and a half. This gives a massive head in my beer that is going nowhere. Flavor is decent. A pleasant enough hop influence. I do get a very mild infection on this one. Thankfully, I am trying this sooner rather than later. An okay beer.

RblWthACoz, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the brewery:
"Palisade hops were added throughout the boil and dry hop schedule, along with high alpha American hops for bittering, Noble hops for ayaroma and a few other varieties in-between to balance the heavy malt profile. Rum soaked Oregon oak spires added during the final stages of fermentation bring flavor notes of caramel and vanilla to complement the bitterness."

On draught at Bailey's, served in an imperial pint, Old Grogham is hazy a auburn an egg-shell head leaving decent lace.

Smell is modestly hoppy, not too pungent, more herbal, some resin.

Taste is primarily malty, bitter IPA. I'm not getting much from the oak other then a little spirits on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's not really to remarkable, but it was a well made, easy drinking, hoppy winter warmer. I categorized it as DIPA, because it was in the American style, not Brittish, and was reasonably hoppy, at least by continental standards!

ccrida, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of BigJYoungblood
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

BigJYoungblood, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from a big box courtesy of woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pretty mahagony color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy. Taste is hoppy and bitter up front, some malts kicking in at the finish. Alcohol is also present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

tone77, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich orange hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of light tan foam with a bit of an orange cast. There's good head retention and a nice lacing on the glass. Attractive!

Smell: sweet and slightly oxidized malt aroma with some cidery notes. Hops are piquant with a piney, citrusy character. Not bad, but not terribly clean.

Taste: the taste is exactly what I'd expect from the aroma. Somewhat oxidized malt, dusty hops with plenty of citrusy bite, and a slightly acidic jolt of bitterness. Serviceable, but run-of-the-mill.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a good level of carbonation and a pretty good creaminess, especially for the style.

Overall: I don't love this beer, but it's not objectively bad. Its flavor profile is simply not for me.

flagmantho, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

More than half the glass was light tan head from the initial pour. Second pour was almost as lively and the head has real staying power. Plentiful lacing.
Smell is rum dank hops some light malt.
Taste was initially all spicey rum. Following the initial rum and booziness it settles into more bitter hops with a good amount of caramel malts.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style more IPA than Impy.
Overall an interesting if somewhat peculiar beer. And with two thirds of the glass emptied there is still a good half inch of head! Final pour yields another three fingers of head. It took three pours to drink this pint. Must be a record of some kind. Would I recommend this? Not for everyone. For the wanting something different folks? Yes.

Spikester, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

JohnK17, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

bluckbeyes, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

jmdrpi, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of allentownpaguy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

allentownpaguy, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev +5%

Handsome dark amber color and plenty frothy in the New Belgium snifter. Lots of lacing and a nice tingle on the tongue. A whiff of Sailor Jerry's and vanilla. Flavor of wood and toasted malt. Lots of bitterness that loads up the taste buds.

I think this is not a bad combination, and should be an education for brewers making overly flavored beer concoctions. Still, it's a powerful, bitter DIPA but the slight boozy tang adds to the drinkability somehow. From the 16 oz can bought at New Seasons Market in Portland.
4.0 3.75 3.75 3.75 3.75

mactrail, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from "lifesource" S.Salem. $2.99 titled simply Old Grogham IIPA" now. Darker IIPA than usual..dark amber with a substantial creamy ,thick off white head. Nice hoppy..resiny type aromas..but also great toffee,bready malts Taste is good but very balanced for an IIPA..there is great hopping but the caramel ,smooth malt is massive, getting some slight smokeyness and even pepper. Malts even dominating. Good mouthfeel thick and luxurious. Nice beer and i enjoyed it as such but more a Strong Ale then an IIPA

Reidrover, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of johnnyboy76
4/5  rDev +11.4%

johnnyboy76, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer from Natian. This is a fairly big beer with the abv feeling as it's listed.

Pours a caramel looking, clear body. Head is thick and off white with some center mass rockiness. Lacing is sticky

Aroma of pine, wood, citrus rind and caramel hides the booze. Just smells resin-y

And the resin is in the taste as well, but not overblown. Pine and oak come through, with some hints of green grass. The citrus is sharp without much of the juiciness. Nice backbone on the malt as the sweetness gives the booze something to distract it.

Powerful and bitey. Not a total tongue scraper, but hop heads will enjoy this one

Mebuzzard, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of edwardkersh
4/5  rDev +11.4%

edwardkersh, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of BraveGator
4/5  rDev +11.4%

BraveGator, May 21, 2013
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Old Grogham Imperial IPA from Natian Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.