Portsmouth Hop Harvest #1 - Portsmouth Brewery
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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.
10-14-2009 00:58:15 | More by rpstevens
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.
10-28-2010 03:00:44 | More by ThirstyBird
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.
10-03-2005 23:10:58 | More by Sycodrummer
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!
09-28-2008 01:48:45 | More by sethmeister
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.
10-05-2007 01:21:44 | More by YonderWanderer
Nova Scotia (Canada)
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.
10-30-2007 01:53:37 | More by MMansfield
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...
10-14-2009 04:28:29 | More by timmay41
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.
10-20-2009 01:14:05 | More by GrittyMug345
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.
10-21-2009 00:01:21 | More by smuttanator
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.
10-10-2007 02:48:57 | More by MugOfGoodness
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
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
09-28-2006 00:11:16 | More by areitz
Portsmouth Hop Harvest #1 from Portsmouth Brewery
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