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Portsmouth Hop Harvest #1 - Portsmouth Brewery

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89
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smuttanator
4.78/5  rDev +18%
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.

smuttanator, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of SlickestWilly
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

SlickestWilly, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of MMansfield
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

MMansfield, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of GrittyMug345
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

GrittyMug345, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

rpstevens, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask, and now this is my review of the tap version, which I also had while at the brew-pub yesterday. Basically, I'll contrast the differences which I saw between the two serving styles. Dark amber in color, the head was lower and less dense than that from the cask. Some lace in my glass. The aroma from the tap was even more prominant of that lovely candy like hop quality, which I love. Taste was actually pretty comparable to the cask version, but there was more definition from the malt and the hops in this on-tap version. Still good, although maybe the cask is a touch more session-like. Alcohol tries to hide...it's so tasty and easy to drink, but you do need to keep one eye on the abv :-)

PatandDavid, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of koopa
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

koopa, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of drseamus
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not entirely sure that this is classified correctly. I would probably call it an IPA as opposed to a DIPA and I'll rate it as such. It has a nice dark amber/red body with a decent white head. The aroma is nice and sweet with a bunch of caramel and a good citrus kick. The flavor is much the same with caramel having a strong presence with a great hop kick. Very tasty beer all around. Great drinkability.

drseamus, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of areitz
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Secured a bottle of Hop Harvest from JayT and had it for lunch today. I was expecting a deep, earthy hoppy beer similar to the BIG A but I was surprised how easy drinking this beer turned out to be. The initial sip had a nice rich but sweet hoppy character to it, that last through the entire pour. Very well balanced, a great beer to share with friends, biut I didn't want to share this beer with anyone after my first taste. It had an almost smoky taste to it as well - not sure if that's JT's doing, but it was one of my favorite beers I have tried this year. Keep up the good work and thanks for the free sample. allen, Dogfish

areitz, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of timmay41
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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...

timmay41, Oct 14, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one on tap last weekend and was fortunate to bring home a couple bombers to enjoy in the comfort of my own home.
Pours a dark copper color w/ a half a finger of bright white head after a fairly agressive pour...thin lacing forms.
Fresh floral hop aroma...iced tea, and a mild sweet maltness.
The taste is incredibly enjoyable w/out going over the top...a nice balanced brew. Hops become more fruity on the pallet and supplies a bitterness that is fantastic...the malt adds a sweetness in the finish w/ no alcohol detected.
Mouthfeel is a tad thin for the style, but the drinkability is very high...this one just goes down too easy.
These guys at Portsmouth really know how to pick a style and produce one fine offering...although, it is not the punch you'd expect from most IIPA's these days, it is a definite IPA times two.

warriorsoul, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An amber color with a thick white head and some impressive stickiness. It had a grassy, floral aroma, but the aroma was a little weak (either that, or my nose died). A nice, crisp citrus taste with some good hop bitterness. Fairly assertive, a good beer to drink. Goes well with food.
10/07: have now had this beer several times (I think they're in their third incarnation), and it just gets better each time. More fragrant, more taste. It's becoming one of my favorite beers at the Brewery.

lordofthewiens, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of sethmeister
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

sethmeister, Sep 28, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

joe1510, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Flounder57
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy copper orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Juicy grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, grassy, herbal hops with toasted and caramel malts in the rear.

Taste: Hop flavor was more noticeable in the aroma than the taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and mild tingly bitterness.

Overall: I'd like to think this beer more of an IPA than an amber/red ale. So tasty and hopefully I can find more next time through NH or wait till next fall.

Flounder57, Friday at 11:07 PM
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at the brewpub in September 2005.

This Wet Hopped Harvest Ale poured a hazy/cloudy, rusty brown color with creamy, light tan foam that settled slowly and clung to and coated the glass. The smell was hoppy, though surprisingly mild for a fresh harvest ale, backed up with some malty aroma. The taste was nicely richly malty (some Munich malt?) with dry hoppiness and mild hop bitterness but plenty of hop oils in the finish. The finish was also lightly fruity. The mouthfeel was dry and smooth with medium body and modest carbonation. There were dry, woody notes in the feel. This ale was very drinkable and quite enjoyable.

UncleJimbo, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made with 80 pounds of hops, according to their website.
Well, it looks desirious! Has a deep copper color, with a hint of haze. Topped by a very creamy, light tan - beige head; lasts decently, and laces well also. An acceptable aroma, for sure: very west-coasty...citrussy, with light malt playing second fiddle. Most decidedly a hoppy bier. Solidly in the medium body category, with a pleasing smoothness tongue-wise. After a few sips, I see a solid toasty malt character, with a suggestion of caramel. Soon thereafter are the hops, and lots of them! Very citrussy; I'm guessing loads of Cascades were used, along with... ? Dunno... (turns out they're Centennial, from the web...). The lupulins stick in the crevasses of the mouth and throat. A gustatory delight! Nice job, Mr Mott!

Zum Wohl!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

761

Bierman9, Oct 02, 2004
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

andylipp, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

phingdong, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of ajcormier
4/5  rDev -1.2%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap from the brewpub. The beer was presented in a standard pint glass and had a sliver of white head. The beer itself was a light brown color, and very little lacing was left throughout the sample.

The smell was hoppy and floral but with a distinct malt accent as well. A slight pine nut smell. Overall, I thought the smell to be a "malty IPA."

The taste was very alla arrogant bastard with a hearty innitial malty taste that soon yeilds to an outpouring of hop flavor, bitterness, and intensity. Each sip has a crispness finished off with a bitterness at the back and sides of the tounge. Not strong or warming with alcohol, but hopped up more than their "standard" IPA.

Medium body with ample carbonation and very easy to drink. One for hop lovers as it delivers the bitter arrogance of a DIPA without the alcoholic kick.

Sycodrummer, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

oberon, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper, with an off-white, rocky head.
Retention is noteworthy with duration lasting throughout.
Clingy lacework of dots and erratic rings.
Aromatics have a subdued, but fresh hop profile balanced with crisp malt.
Mildly grassy and citrusy, with a hint of chaulkiness and a nod towords Burton.
Body is medium and crisp, some light residuals add some additional mouthfeel.
Pallet is a balance of hops and malt, with most of the hopping being in the bitterness.
An ever-so-slight wet hop character peeks through, but not much.
The brew itself is quite fresh, but the full-on grassy, typically earthy hop presense is not there.
Finishes with a firm bitterness and some lingering caramel and citrus.
More reminiscent of a good APA.
Big thanks go out to Hopasaurusrex for hooking me up.

brewandbbq, Oct 01, 2006
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Portsmouth Hop Harvest #1 from Portsmouth Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.