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Portsmouth Hop Harvest #1 - Portsmouth Brewery

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89
very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 4
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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Photo of brewandbbq
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

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
Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +2%

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 rderedin
3/5  rDev -26.3%

rderedin, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

Bendurgin, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of drseamus
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

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 PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

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 andrewinski1
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

andrewinski1, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of warriorsoul
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

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 06, 2005
Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -1.7%

phingdong, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Lothore
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

Lothore, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of rpstevens
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%

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 ThirstyBird
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

ThirstyBird, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Sycodrummer
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

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 03, 2005
Photo of sethmeister
4.15/5  rDev +2%

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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

andylipp, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of ajcormier
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ajcormier, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.5/5  rDev -14%

A: Pours a nice copper orange with no real head to speak of. Little to no lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is very subtle. A little bit of hops, but not much else. I expected more from this.

T: Okay, so this is pretty tasty. Though, as others have said, I'd class it more as a standard IPA than a DIPA. It doesn't have that DIPA hop bomb hit that usually marks that style. Instead it's a mellow and rather pleasant hoppiness that is really balanced out by the sweetness of the malt. A hint of alcohol provides a bit of warmth.

M: Smooth with a slightly dry and crisp finish.

D: It's easy to put down, so I'd say it's very drinkable - as an IPA. As a DIPA, there are much better ones you can find. A nice effort overall though.

YonderWanderer, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
4.6/5  rDev +13%

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
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

SlickestWilly, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Thing
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Thing, Jun 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

mbixler, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of timmay41
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

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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4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

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
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4.78/5  rDev +17.4%

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 MugOfGoodness
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

MugOfGoodness, Oct 10, 2007
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Portsmouth Hop Harvest #1 from Portsmouth Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.