Portsmouth Imperial IPA - Portsmouth Brewery
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Reviews by WoodBrew:
3.95/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
So I am in New Hampshire for the Great Bay Half Marathon...its the night before a race and ....why not drink some....ok....alot of the local beer!!! The Imperial IPA from Portsmouth is good. I have issues with Imperial IPAs cuz the heavy alcohol, but they are always good for a pint. This beer has a smooth copper color with thin white head and great lace. The smell has sweetness tied in with subtle pine and citrus. This beer has body...no question! The smell funnels into the taste of this beer. There is too much ABV to Session...certainly worth a taste.
Serving type: on-tap
04-03-2011 02:03:11 | More by WoodBrew
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4.19/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very thoughtful and generous extra courtesy of Cam. Thanks kindly buddy!
22 oz bottle dated best by June 13' into a tulip. Pours a murky clouded burnt orange. Adequate clumpage lasts throughout the glass along with some haphazard lacing. Even when held to the light, I cannot see my hand on the other side of the glass: interesting.
Light citrus and oodles of nougat on the nose. Toasted malts, pine, and rye bread jump in as well. Certainly not overly brash here, but what it lacks in intensity it more than makes up for in depth.
This is a different IIPA. Up front is cool menthol and sharp mint. As the beer rolls along the tongue, the weight of the toasted bread malt character lay a weighty foundation on which the rest of the flavors travel. Rye and pumpernickel, dark earthy bread, leads to a palpable iced tea crescendo at the finish after a buildup throughout the sip. Along the back end a big spatter of pineapple juiciness flashes across my tasting places as well. Bitterness and sweetness harmonize well with neither brutalizing the other into submission.
This is a nice full bodied and sticky IIPA. At 9% it certainly leaves its mark. There is so much depth and complexity here that I found myself rushing through the first half of the bottle while trying to pin down all the goings on.
I dig Portsmouth. From memory I've had this, the gruit, Kate, and the Royal Impy Stout...possibly others....and I've really enjoyed each offering. Thanks again Cam! This was a pleasant surprise.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2013 02:00:16 | More by BarrytheBear
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, copper-brown coloring with a short, fluffy, foamy, off-white head that quickly settles into a sparse, uneven foam coating the surface. Aromas of candied sugar and caramel in the backbone, with a resiny, fresh hops presence to balance. Flavors are resiny and rich, with a deep green, cedar character toting a solid pepper spicing alongside the rich, layered, roasted caramel backbone. Very resiny and thick feeling aftertaste, with a slight highlight of grapefruit and pineapple sweetness making itself known. Resiny, slick finish with a deep bitterness left behind in mouth. Tasty brew...heavy.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2012 01:58:17 | More by GarthDanielson
Portsmouth Imperial IPA from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.