Portsmouth Imperial IPA - Portsmouth Brewery
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Bought at the brewpub, growler-style.
Pours a hazy (clears up with some warmth) amber with a dark orange center, topped with a thing white lacing with moderate retention. Big, resiny, piney, nose with a hint of diacetyl and malt. Ultra-smooth, round, full-bodied, with a dense and chewy consistency. Sticky resin, pine, sharp grapefruit, earthy-bark, green wood, spice, salt, and some faint soapiness in a most complex and intense hop profile. Raw and leafy. Sweet malty characters attempt to balance with some caramel, toffee, and sugary syrup, along with toasty bread notes that add some depth. Juicy orangey fruitiness. Slight rhubarb edge. Residual sweetness in the end, with a palate coated with resins and woody notes. Lingering toasty bread crust. Long lasting dry finish.
The alcohol is well-hidden with this one, making it even more approachable, and the hop profile is off the hook. A damn fine Imperial IPA.
Serving type: growler
12-25-2007 04:53:44 | More by Todd
More User Reviews:
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
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