Portsmouth Hop Harvest #1 - Portsmouth Brewery
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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
District of Columbia
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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