Old Grogham Imperial IPA | Natian Brewery

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Old Grogham Imperial IPAOld Grogham Imperial IPA
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Old Grogham Imperial IPAOld Grogham Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Natian Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally a winter seasonal.

Added by ccrida on 01-20-2012

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by Wetpaperbag:
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2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Having this fresh and having it a few weeks later, same 6 pack, I wasn't impressed either time. Very malty to me and not a lot of hop flavor at all for an DIPA. Maybe i got a bad batch, I don't know but just not a good example of DIPA or IPA at all. Better as a Red or Winter instead based on it's malt character. Still drinkable for one of those styles.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Reidrover
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I am CANfounded by this one! I know that msubulldog25 sent me some CANs as I passed one onto my local, in-person trader, tone77 but I scored this CAN at the Friendly Greek a few days ago. Did a review disappear into the ether? Has The CANQuest (TM) finally addled my mind to the point that I CANnot keep track? I dunno, but it is just a wee tad disCANcerting!

From the CAN: "Pint In A C[AN]"; "Imperial India Pale Ale"; "Old Grogham [-] Named in honor of the 18th Century British Vice Admiral whom wisely joined spiced rum and beer during long voyages to keep his sailors healthy and hydrated."; "na-tian [ney-sheh n] - Noun 1. We Brew Beer. That's About As Definitive As It Needs To Get".

As a retired US Navy sailor, this is the kind of beer that speaks to me. I would LOVE to get underway again and to do so under sail as opposed to engine & screw(s) would be even better! Cheers to VADM Grogham for having the sense to realize that we sailors are on the water and do not necessarily want more of it. I remember LCDR DeGeorge chastising me for not drinking enough H2O while on watch on Mount 501 during Gulf War I and being very angry when I asked for advance ration of beer in lieu of water. I could only try ... Below decks M/Fers ... Allow me to reiterate - Cheers to VADM Grogham!

A good bit of offgassing occurred during the Crack and I was initially CANcerned about a potential gusher, having experienced such events previously, but it did not come to fruition. Instead, the Glug o' the 'Grog (ha, beat that, you scoffers!) did create the disaster that I had hoped to avoid. This was one carbonated beer and I could not control its creation of head! I had beer and foam exploding everywhere like the climax (ahem!) of a gang bang on an adult website. Once things settled, I had two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny foam like the top of a chocolate meringue pie and even better was its staying power. I signed my name with my finger in it as it slowly fell. Take that, Guinness, with your shamrock head! It may have been Father's Day, but I heard my Mom-Za, "Woody, quit playing with your beer!" Aw, Ma, it just cried out for my finger! Color was a hazy deep-amber and the nose was very spicy. The hops and the alcohol were involved in an interplay that caused it to have a raw, eye-watering intensity of pine, black pepper, alcohol heat, yeasty mustiness and light caramel. Literally eye-watering as I teared up and then sneezed. HO! I may need a lie-down following this little number. By the time that I finally got the remainder of the CAN into the glass, I estimate that I lost just under four (4) fluid ounces in the initial debacle. Mouthfeel had an initial heat that filled my sinuses and refused to die down. It was also a little on the watery side and once I finally caught my breath, I felt as though I had been gargling with minty mouthwash. Speaking of mint, I have some growing wild in my backyard. Okay, a short break later, it was still pretty intense in its flavor and the mouthfeel still seemed loose, swimming on my tongue, rather than embracing it. Finish was also quite intense between the multitude of flavors, the heat and the extreme dryness. It was ironic that I was now ready for some water. Phew! What would VADM Grogham think of this beer? He would probably order me into the crow's nest to get myself together.

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Photo of bluckbeyes
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Rothobinide
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of AndrewGoria
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I want to rate this beer higher but this is my problem, it's listed as an imp IPA but it smells, tastes and feels like a barleywine

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Photo of Donkster46
2.52/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Agreed with one poster who sail this was very malty and not hoppy.

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Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%

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

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of lccrunchy
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

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Photo of edwardkersh
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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Old Grogham Imperial IPA from Natian Brewery
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