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Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2 - Portsmouth Brewery

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 21
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hop Harvest 2 is an ESB with a beautiful balance between malt and fresh wet hops. It is brewed with Pacific Northwest Citra hops from B.T. Loftus Ranches in Yakima, WA. 60 pounds of fresh wet hops went into this 7 BBL batch both late in the boil, as well in the hopback. HH2 is a hop head's wet dream - it's resinous with grapefruit aromatics and tons of fresh wet hop flavor.

(Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 10-01-2008)
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

FrankLloydMike, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.93/5  rDev +15.2%

I got this brew from johnnnniee for having the winning halftime score box in SNF squares week 5, Thanks John!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy orange amber color with a fluffy beige head that left some nice bits of sticky lacing.

S - wonderfully fresh citrus hop aroma.

T - fantastic citrus hop flavor, by far the best wet-hopped beer I've had this season.

F - medium bodied with a mild carbonation feel.

D - a most enjoyable brew.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 15, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

phingdong, Feb 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

SlickestWilly, Oct 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

pieface22, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Had this on tap at the brewery in the basement both on cask and on tap. This review is for the on tap version which I preferred. Also, I know this is the first year this beer has used Citra hops, so I think it may be different than last years.

Appearance: Nice amber color. Two finger head on the first pour, but it dies down pretty wuick to a nice lacing. No sediment in this beer at all.

Aroma: Orange zest and fresh pine. Very hoppy and floral. The hops take center stage and show off a nice balance of sweet citrus countered with bitter pine.

Taste: Bursting with sweetness and fresh citrus upfront. Really smooth and fruity. Grapefruit and pine grab hold near the second half of each sip. Nice bitter pine finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and with some decent carbonation, but could be more crisp in my opinion.

Drinkability: The ABV certainly doesn't stand out and the flavors make for a drinkable IPA.

Overall, my favorite IPA from the brewery and one of my favorites period. Great balanced, fresh, tropical flavors and a nice bitter finish make this really worth a try. I definitely would put this in the top 5 single IPAs I've ever had.

Gosox8787, Sep 28, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

andylipp, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Rhettroactive, Oct 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

vonnegut21, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%

Big thanks to brewandbbq for this awesome brew.

(off iPhone notes from nearly a month ago)

Pours a foggy brown with a tan head. Nose is pure pine sap. And I love the fragrance. Flavor is unbelievably smooth. I mean stellar. Nice woody pine tones. At the end (at the start) I got a real nice nutty flavor. Feel is slick and smooth on liquid. Carbonation is low but appropriate. This is by far one of the best wet hopped beers I have ever had. Ever. Mature, thorough and even. No obnoxious tones. No arrogance about it. Brewers take note. This is how you make beer.

RblWthACoz, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.45/5  rDev +4%

22 oz bomber.

Pours a hazy red-orange with about a finger sized head. Lacing is nearly ivory and quite sticky as I would expect from an IPA.

Smell is slightly sweet malt tempered with a wonderful and powerful hop aroma.

Taste is pure hops. Just what I want in an IPA. A little sweet malt and fruity characteristic balance out the wonderful fresh hop taste.

Mouthfeel is a little weak. I expect these beers to be a little more full bodied, but overall not bad.

Overall, an excellent, fresh hop IPA. I've had quite a few fresh hop beers and this ranks among the top. Great flavor, great drinkability, and just damn good. My only gripe in this beer is the mouthfeel, and that's relatively minor. Another great beer from a fantastic brewer.

LuckySevens82, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours dark copper with an amber hue and a chill haze.
A half inch head of white quickly dissapated to a skim coat on the surface, and plenty of dotted lacework remained for the duration.

Aromatics are filled with green, sweet, lush hops and juicy malt. Ripe citrus with crushed spruce boughs, and candied hop resin with skunky cannabis dew.
Cover the glass, give it a swirl, and take a big huff..Oh yea.

Medium bodied, with crisp, creamy, and slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Candied tropical fruit, juicy malt, and pine syrup lead off the palate. A firm, drying bitterness steps forward along with some grapefruit zest and a caramel nod.

Finishes with bitter and sweet fruits, plump malt, and lingering hop resin.

Ultra-fresh, and a showcase for what a real wet-hopped harvest ale should be.
A couple of notches up from last years Harvest.
Yum.

brewandbbq, Oct 19, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

Enjoyed this brew with lunch and it was the best part of the visit. A nice brown, like watered down root beer, good head and authentic lacing, a hazy, fresh brew. The nose was rich piney, cirtrus hops, some floral hints and generally much more than usual. Not much malt notable in the aroma.

The brew was tasty with some peppery notes and a few hints of fruitiness. The mouthfeel was light to medium and a little watery, but that was OK. There could have been some hop oiliness, but it was pretty well diluted.

I was offered two varieties of "Hop Harvest" and this was the one said to have "West Coast hopping", which it did. This is not a heavy-hitter IPA, but a good conveyance for FRESH hop flavor, of which there is lots and that was welcome. I would have had another in a heartbeat.

dickroop, Sep 25, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a clear reddish orange, with a half inch of fairly sticky off white head. I got the growler from a friend that didn't love it, so the seal had been broken and I bet it would have had more life & lacing if new. Smell is tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. Taste all of that, with some floral undertones and a little more bitter finish than you would expect from the smell. The body is nice, fairly heavy for the ABV. I really think this is a special beer, smell reminds me of Heady Topper.

SawDog505, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of bcastine
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

22oz bomber from the brewery

A: Nice head, mega sticky lacing

S: Piny, lots of hops, grapefruit, herb

T: Bitter yet so balanced, citrus fruits mainly grapefruit, very tasty and fresh, an absolute achievement

M: Sticky mega resin, perfect amount of carbonation, guilt ensues upon swallowing

D: I had guessed a higher abv then the rated 6.0. Very drinkable, its bitter but so well balanced its hard to stop drinking. Its really a joy to drink and I appreciate the excess hops and beyond attention to detail. Certainly an achievement.

bcastine, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of NateWilleverpott
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

If you like Citra Hops this one is for you! Opened a bottle and immediately got huge grapefruit/passionfruit/tropicalfruits. My Fiancé could smell it from the other room before pouring it! All that nice grapefruit on the nose follows through in the taste. Amazing stuff. Just enough bitterness to cut all the sweetness from the hops and malt. I hope P.Brew will brew up another batch this fall!

NateWilleverpott, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of mshallah
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Fresh hop beers have been an obsession the last two years. Hop Harvest 2 is something to get excited about. The beer arrives and looks absolutely sticky. Head and unfiltered liquid invite one to imbibe immediately. Full on smack of grapefruit in the nose with an underlying note of ammonia(cat piss). Malt is sticky sweet and big to even be noticed under all the hops. This brew is mouth puckering and makes the drinker salivate til the next sip. Alcohol is warm to hot and acts as a background for the hops in the aftertaste. After two of these the lupulin effect is in full swing. Loved this one.

mshallah, Oct 12, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

22oz Bomber

This harvest ale is one of the many that joepais has sent me in a couple great trades, thanks again Joe! This IPA pours surprisingly dark and actually comes across more amber then anything. There's enough haziness in this beer to make it tough to see through the body. The head is the cleanest of white and settles from two fingers to a thin skimming but leaves some great lace behind, sheeting and patches.

The nose of this IPA is oozing with resin hoppy goodness with generous squeezes of citrus. Resin is first and foremost while the caramel malty base sits in the background where it should be. The citrus brings mild grapefruit and orange oil along with a solid dose of broken pine needles. This beer just continues to open up.

The flavor follows the aroma nicely. Caramel malt surrenders itself to the citric bitterness. Oranges and grapefruit wash over the tongue. Pine needles coat the tongue mid-palate and bring they're own bitterness before those big resinous qualities come through big on the finish. This is one quality harvest IPA! I can't get enough of this dense resin hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is smooth with a moderate body. The carbonation picks up enough mid-palate to speed this beer up and the finish is semi-dry allowing the bitterness to pop.

This beer goes down quick but the bitterness will do a number on your tongue. For that the drinkability stays where it's at even though all I want to do is bump it up.

This is a damn good IPA. I wish I could have gotten my hands on a few of these before they were gone. I would hoard this beer if I found bottles at the brewery. Thanks for another excellent beer Joe!

joe1510, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

a: This was a hazy, dark, muddied dark orange color. It poured with a large bubbled, sticky head.

s: Big fresh hop aromas that smell a little lemony and grassy with a lot of pine. There is also some sweet, prickly brown sugar and caramel malts.

t: Mirrors the smell. The layer of sweetness under the hops is spot on. The lingering hop bite provides a pleasant tickle.

m: This has a resiny, almost buttery body. The carbonation is gentle and unobtrusive.

d: Another in a long line of great Portmouth brews from joepais. I need to get up for a visit sometime.

DIM, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Bierman9
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Round 2 at lunch today was an Imperial Pint of Hop Harvest 2... Set in front of me by my server, Kristen ( a cute redhead, fwiw...), was 20oz of a deep copper-colored bier. It was somewhat hazy, with a creamy-smooth light beige layer of foam topping things off, steady at about 1/4 to 1/8". Lacing was quite nice, leaving stick all the way down the glass. A top-shelf aroma follows up here, laying some healthy, citrussy hop action on the olfactories. I get a little peach and apricot as well. They jump right out at you. I like the mouth feel here, too. Body is well-entrenched in the medium range, with a medium smoothness laying itself upon the tongue.

Flavor hits the palate first with some light malt, checking in with a bit of laid-back sweetness and lurking-in-the-background caramel. What do you think is next? Hops? Nice guess, Einstein. Yes, loads of 'em, laying a thick layer of citrussy, resiny, piney-ness on the palate and down the throat. Hot-damn!! They linger long and hard, leaving a kick-ass impression on the taste buds. A little apricot makes a guest appearance here also. Good stuff cheap!! Gots me a growler to go, for the weekend.

Zum Wohl!!

4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

1091

Bierman9, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

This is 2009 HH2, wet warrior hop. I will start of by saying I liked last years simcoe bomb better.

It was served in an imperial pint glass with a wonderful white head that lace's perfectly. The body of the brew is cloudy and murky amber. The aroma is hop forward floral and citric for sure but balance with a nice caramel sweetness. The flavor is not the typical hop bomb mouth puckering bitter but an easy to drink hoppy mouthful. It had good carbonation with a medium feel in my mouth.

I have drank this beer more than once and enjoyed every drop. It is easy drinking enough to grab a few of these brews a night

joepais, Nov 18, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

A crystal clear yellow amber colored ale with a healthy white foam on top with plenty of lacing. The aroma is whoa Nellie cat piss and skunky cereal. Wonderful to any hop head! The flavor is true to the aroma with sweet lemon/grapefruit grass and a thick grain base that coats the tongue. This is probably pretty one-dimensional to some folks but who’s complaining? Hop bite abounds in this medium bodied brew with understated carbonation that supports the bright, somewhat eye-opening hops. There’s a slight chalky feel in the finish but through it all is this bold pissiness that mellows into a hop heavenly blend of harvest grains. A hop sessionable brew that further boosts my respect for Portsmouth Brewing.

Durge, Nov 16, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Served at Novare Res's Caskfest.

Appearance is great, nice copper color, crystal clear.

Aroma is incredible, tons of floral hops in the nose.

Taste was great, lots of fruity, citrusy hops. Bitterness is incredibly well balanced with the malt, but the hop bite does linger into the aftertaste, in a pleasant way.

Great IPA, definitely want to try this one again.

gtn80, Sep 27, 2010
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Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2 from Portsmouth Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.