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Portsmouth Hop Harvest #1 - Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth Hop Harvest #1Portsmouth Hop Harvest #1

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very good

35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%


Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
The use of a hundred pounds of fresh Centennial & Cascade hops make this a rare find on the east coast. A beautifully balanced red ale with medium body & lots of hop flavor.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-02-2004)
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Reviews by timmay41:
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timmay41

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The return of numero uno. Really excited to try this year's edition--had a couple pints the first night it was on at the Brewery, but this review is based primarily on notes from a growler tasting.

A: Pours a dark orange hue, almost tawny in color and surprisingly opaque. Fluffy one-finger head with a few massive carbonation bubbles. Head is off-white color. Good retention and lacing.

S: Juicy Fruit gum & fresh pine needles. The aroma is such a highlight for this beer: abundant citrus and piney hops on the nose. Rich and full hoppy profile with a little malt detectable, which contributes a bit of sweetness to the smell.

T&M: Big hop bite at the beginning, then a less aggressive bitterness takes hold at the middle of the palate, followed by a resilient malty backbone and some residual bitterness on the aftertaste. Not sure this is my definition of balanced but the extreme hops and cleansing maltiness are awesome nonetheless. Lots of carbonation up front. Drinking a pint produces sticky resin lips. Feels a bit more loaded than the actual ABV; not hot by any means, but produces a warming sensation.

D: I kind of lose my grasp on this one three-quarters of the way through--the flavor profile gets muddied or it's not as crisp and nuanced as the first few sips are. Overall I really enjoy and recommend it, but don't expect to taste much of anything after a couple pints. Not that that's a bad thing...

Serving type: growler

10-14-2009 04:28:29 | More by timmay41
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ajcormier

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04-26-2012 02:27:49 | More by SlickestWilly
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

02-01-2012 23:16:40 | More by phingdong
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-21-2011 19:18:01 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Bendurgin

Maine

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy chestnut with a finger of fluffy white foam. It settles leaving a nice cap with some soapy lace.

Citrus hops in the aroma. Mostly oranges with a hint of butterscotch and malts in the background. The flavor is more bitter than I would have thought. Bitter hops losing the citrus flavor with a caramel malt backbone. Finish with a little bit of an orange flavor.

The body is a bit heavy for the style. The flavors linger here and it coats the tongue. Overall I enjoy this one quite a bit. A real nice ipa that shows some good malts too.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 05:11:12 | More by Bendurgin
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to EnronCFO for the bottle!

Appears a hazy dark amber. Full tan head falls slowly to a mottled layer. Nice lacing. The smell is a blend of caramel malt and mild hops - with a citrus anchor. Taste is hops up front, a little spiceiness, then quickly into mellower malty center with some fruit. Follows with a slightly dry finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation with a fine structure. Overall a very drinkable ale - another solid brew from Portsmouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 03:00:44 | More by ThirstyBird
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Ben for bringing the growlers!

Poured into a pint glass. Nice dark orange color. No head at all, just bubbles of lacing. There is a bit of haze here as well.

The smell is a little bit of orange zest. This is a decent smelling beer, but the aroma is not as strong as in the hop2.

The taste is only mildly astringent. There is a good amount of sweetness here that presents the hops as more "juicy." There is a nice clean finish here as well.

Good mouthfeel, not as carbonated as ideal but that is okay as it just makes the malt sweetness more prominent in my mind.

Very drinkable, as are all Portsmouth IPA's.

Serving type: growler

09-25-2010 02:59:10 | More by andrewinski1
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a dark, hazy copper color. It poured with a large, sticky and rocky head.

s: The hops are spicy and tea-like. I also found some malty toffee aromas. Odd combination, but it works pretty well.

t: I tasted the toffee and tea here and it was fine. It did smell a bit better though.

m: Gently carbonated with an overall heavy feeling.

d: Thanks as always to joepais for another Portsmouth offering. This was tasty, but it didn't quite come together for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 10:51:46 | More by DIM
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koopa

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler received in a trade with portia99 thanks!

Appearance: Pours a deep auburn with honey orange folds. The head is minimal and off white. It shows little retention and lace but a nice hop oil sheen remains like a film across the top of the glass!

Smell: Super dank hop oil over a bed of dark earthy malty goodness.

Taste: Wow this is a fantastic tasting brew. Loads of fresh cascade and centennial hops in a red style ale! Barely any bitterness despite the massive hop flavor!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with just enough carbonation to get by but I would like some more carbonation!

Drinkability: I could and would love to drink this all day!

Serving type: growler

10-30-2009 18:48:39 | More by koopa
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of GrittyMug345. Thanks man!

Pours a dark ruby/coppery color with deep dark burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger foamy yellowish head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing.

Earthy floral hop aroma with some dank oily notes and subtle citrus as well as a prominent caramel malt scent. Slightly biscuity with a bit of toasted nut. I'm not sure how old the bottle is but it's not smelling as fresh and/or hoppy as I expecting.

Chewy resinous mouthfeel with some fresh earthy floral hops. Slightly creamy body with a slightly roasted caramel malt back bone that provides some nice balance. Hints of biscuit, toast and roasted nut. The malt presence is a little heavier than I prefer but the dry bitter hops still shine through. You can still taste how fresh the hops are and while they are most dominant up front, the pleasant dry bitter flavor lingers throughout into a slight dry finish. The ABV is very well masked without even the slightest alcohol warmth, making it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 05:23:55 | More by corby112
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smuttanator

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, picked this one up on the way home from the vagabond release, and it did not disappoint. This beer is juicy, fruity, and full bodied in a way only one other IPA variant I've had is: the vaunted pliny the younger. This beer as everything I'm looking for in an IPA. It's incredibly drinkable, full bodied, and full of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Well worth the trip.

Serving type: growler

10-21-2009 00:01:21 | More by smuttanator
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GrittyMug345

Maine

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a growler of this on 10/16/09, drank on 10/17/09. Vigorous pour into a tulip left a coarse one finger head which quickly faded to leace heavy lacing, somewhat cloudy, burnt orange, good carbonation. Huge pink grapefruit nose, some herbal characteristic as well perhaps? Very pleasing. Great hoppy/grapefruit taste, good bitterness, a little caramel maltiness, clean bitter finish with a hint of cotton candy. Nice medium body with good carbonation, smooth. Very drinkable, my favorite fresh hop beer yet, could drink them one after another.

Serving type: growler

10-20-2009 01:14:05 | More by GrittyMug345
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the fall 2009 Hop Harvest I, it's a single hop IPA using Summit Hops that were over-nighted from Oregon and used to brew the day of arrival. Poured from a growler into a perfect pint.

The pour yields a thin foamy white head that leaves a surprising amount of lacing as it fades to a white ring around the top of the glass. The beer is murky amber with an orange glow around the edges.

The smell is intense hops-grapefruit citrus, pine resin, fresh cut grass and some lemon zest. Way down deep beyond the hops on third sniff you can get some type of a malty sweetness, but that's not important.

The citrus hop really comes to the fore on the tongue, followed by some pine resin and a spicy/peppery hop. The citrus comes back at the end of the taste and finishes the flavor on a juicy, almost sweet, bitter note.

The beer is perfectly carbonated, medium bodied, and fantastically hoppy. I am definitely tempted to drink the entire growler in one sitting.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2009 00:58:15 | More by rpstevens
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joe1510

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

I get the opportunity to try this harvest ale thanks to joepais, thanks again Joe! Portsmouth's blog lists this as an ESB. My glass is filled with a murky copper liquid after the pour with very few carbonation bubbles rising slowly to the surface. The ecru head peaked at a finger and a half before slowly falling to a skimming and leaving thin sheet lacing in its wake.

This beer smells very well balanced. Spicy hops kick things off along with husky grains and biscuity malts. There's a mild fresh green quality to the spicy hops. A quick and somewhat sweet flash of caramel brings up the rear and manages to lay down the base for this ESB.

This is how I like an ESB. The balance is there superbly but the finish brings along the peppery hops just enough to leave that spiciness on the tongue. Biscuity malts, husky grains and caramel all come together to make for a nice malt backbone that matches up nicely with the spicy hop profile. The hops are mildly grassy but bring white pepper along for the ride. There's also a cinnamon quality that is mild but comes from the hops as well. This is a very good beer.

The body fits the style well with a mellow carbonation and moderate body this beer just flows through at its own relaxed pace. There's not much noticeable bitterness left behind but the tongue does feel like there have been some hops running across it.

This ESB is highly drinkable. A bomber of this is simply not enough. I picture myself, in the bar, drinking pint after pint of this beer and being perfectly happy with the evening.

I don't come across many ESBs besides the bottles from overseas. It's nice to get the chance to try such a good one as fresh as this Hop Harvest. Thanks for the bottle Joe!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 02:08:01 | More by joe1510
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled this evening at Portsmouth Brewery.

Dark hazy orange - brown with a thick fluffy taupe colored head. Decent amount of lace and nice head retention.

There isn't a lot of scent I can detect. Floral hops, and a bit of biscuity malt.

Taste is floral and citrus hops, orange peel, and a heavier sweeter malt backbone than a typical IPA. Hops are less aggressive and bitter than the house IPA (Bottle Rocket). Smooth and soft with a hoppy bitter finish. Almost like something between an IPA and an ESB. Certainly not a double IPA, though it does have the bigger and sweeter malt flavor typical of a DIPA.

Mouth is a smooth creamy medium - on the larger side of medium.

Drinkability is very good.

Honestly I'm not sure what this beer is but it is certainly a good one.

****

As an aside, I also had the chance to try this beer on cask w. Cascade.

The appearance somehow was even better - an amazing amount of lace all down the glass. The scent took on an additional raw green hop note as well as a mellow hop smell and a touch of spice. The flavor was spicier and slightly more bitter. Mouthfeel became even smoother and creamier. Delicious!

Serving type: growler

09-28-2008 01:48:45 | More by sethmeister
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from purplehops, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange-amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of fruity citrus along with a good amount of floral hops and a little bit of caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a nice burst of hops bitterness, which doesn’t over-power you. Then there’s a very fruity and sweet flavor of sweetness along with some caramel flavor as well. The malt character is considerably thin for the style, but since the hops & alcohol aren’t tremendously strong, it allows to beer to be on the light side while maintaining a good balance. However, I would argue that this is more of a regular IPA than a Double IPA. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not very filling for the style, decent kick, good representation but as I mentioned previously, I think it’s more like a regular American IPA, in fact it tastes very similar to their Bottle Rocket IPA, which I liked an awful lot on-tap. Also like Bottle Rocket, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 23:15:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from tasting 10/25/07.

Appearance: Rusty copper colour, hazy. Rocky white head leaves big gobs of lace.

Aroma: A good dose of skanky fresh green hops. Piney and grassy. Hoppy for sure, but solid malt backbone.

Taste: Quite balanced. Agreed that it wasn't a DIPA, but a very fresh hopped IPA. Citrus and pine from the hops compliment a nice caramel flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perfect carbonation level. Sticky and very easy drinking.

Final Statement: One of the best, if not the best beers I've ever had. Very balanced but more hoppy than the Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, which suits me.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 01:53:37 | More by MMansfield
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Lothore

California

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber in color, small but sustained off white head.

S- Smells somewhat floral and very hoppy. Sweet malts also provide a dominate factor in the nose.

T- Subtle hops and a somewhat overbearing malt presence. Caramel and a bit syrupy.

M- Thick and highly carbonated.

D- Pretty drinkable. I'm not a big fan of red ales and this is very characteristic of the style with a bit more pronounced hops.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 05:42:08 | More by Lothore
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MugOfGoodness

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer review on the Treo. This is a good hoppy beer. It may not be a double but its bigger than a regular IPA. I would put it up for its hoppiness but the Big A bombers comes closer to an DIPA or IIPA. The malt character almost makes it a dry or wet hopped ale or lager because its smooth tasting while having that hoppy edge. Maybe the best of both worlds since its balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2007 02:48:57 | More by MugOfGoodness
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was happy to see this was still on tap when I arrived at the brew pub,came to the table in a standard pint glass a deep burnt orange color with a thinner but well sustained slight off white head.Not as big a hop presence than I thought I would find in the aromas there is some piney/resiny stuff going on with a hint of caramel malt but a little subdued for the style.Not an in your face hop bomb but the flavors hit and last through to the finish rather piney and citric with a big caramel base that hold up well with the hops.Like I said the hops dont smack you in the face but they stay through to the finish,a very nice harvest time ale here.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 13:01:41 | More by oberon
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Portsmouth Hop Harvest #1 from Portsmouth Brewery
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