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Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2 - Portsmouth Brewery

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 52
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 5.94%
Wants: 26
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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New Hampshire, United States

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

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 10-01-2008

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.
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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (458 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (565 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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. (742 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (843 characters)

Photo of dickroop
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (789 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (527 characters)

Photo of NateWilleverpott
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (395 characters)

Photo of bcastine
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (536 characters)

Photo of mshallah
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (598 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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! (1,651 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (561 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Durge
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (716 characters)

Photo of gtn80
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (366 characters)

Photo of joepais
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (616 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the growler this afternoon at the brewery. Poured into a pint glass. The appearance is a deep amber color with no head at all. Must be because of the growler. Smells like orange with a slightly bitter hop finish. Slight remnants of tea and floral aromas. Smells like autumn. The hop flavor is a lot more intense than what the aroma. Big piney hops with a bit of citrus sweetness. This has nice bitter hop finish, I'm really digging this. The mouthfeel is light and this seems to have lost a bit of carbonation but it's not biggie at all. This is super drinkable, I'll probably go to the brewery and get a couple glasses on tap. (637 characters)

Photo of sethmeister
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Harvest II on cask dry hoppd with Magnum hops at Portsmouth Brewery 10.12.08.

Clear copper with a creamy one finger head. Excellent retention and lace panels decorate the glass.

Scent is an immediate hot grapefruit hop aroma. Other citrus notes follow. and then tropical fruits.

Taste is amazing: grapefruit, lime, orange/tangerine. Tropical fruits. Rum. Soft hop bitterness lingers nicely. Hint of alcohol warming. Warm smooth malt is present but is eclipsed by hops.

Mouth is creamy and smooth. Mouth coating and somewhat chewy medium.

Drinkability is fantastic. I couldn't wait to have another.

As with Hop Harvest I, the moniker of Double IPA is a bit misleading. This is a celebration of hops undoubtedly, but the lack of a sturdy sweet malt background and the relatively low ABV call the classification into question. Regardless, this is truly a fantastic beer. Complex and vibrant with a vivid spectrum of flavors, yet soft and easily drinkable. I have to give this an A at the very least. (1,006 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap@ the Portsmouth Brewery (Portsmouth, NH) on 10/1/11. Served in a pint glass. ABV listed as 5.5%.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of off-white creamy froth. This retains with a thin richness that throws up a foamy cascade of lacing, which hangs in a robust smattering on the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh, floral, and herbal, with a zesty citrus character and is punctuated with notes of pine and spice. A grainy sweetness adds some support underneath. All those delicious hops flavors are just all jumbled up in the nose here and the overall freshness of this literally has them just blasting up your nose with each sniff.

The taste is fresh and juicy hops the whole way through the profile, being very flavorful, and only getting really aggressive toward the backend, with spice, resins, and pith all lingering with a moderate dryness in the finish. More malty notes of lightly sweet caramel and toasted bread round out the edges and help keep this balanced while simultaneously keeping the focus of the profile on those hop flavors, with the fresh robustness of this really coming out strong across the back of the palate after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with a lively sharpness up front that then smoothes out considerably thanks to huge amount of underlying oil slickness from the hops. The body feels more like Pale Ale strength to me but there is no doubt that the overall package is extremely easy drinking.

This was a pretty darn excellent Fresh Hop Ale. One that you could really feel those vibrant hops literally just jumping out of the glass at you. Delicious and refreshing, I could have gone at this all afternoon long. This is definitely one of the better beers that I’ve had form here. (1,750 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. This is 2009 HH2, wet warrior hop.

The beer pours a murky amber orange with a thin soap white head. As the head fades it leaves behind a nice amount of oily lacing.

The smell is mostly pine and resin hops, with some zesty citrus and a slight caramel tone in the background.

The taste is a blast of piney hops, accompanied by fresh cut grassy hop and some light citrus, like a lemon rind. There is a nice undertone of caramel malt that balances the flavors out, and the strong bitter resin comes back at the end of the flavor.

The beer is well carbonated, and the bitter dry hops invite you back for more after each sip, something I have enjoyed multiple glasses of and will be sad to see go. (but the 09 HH1 was better). (765 characters)

Photo of bort11
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a standard shaker pint glass. Tall fluffy white head rises all the way to the rim. Starting at an inch and half, the head clings to the glass in sticky chunks with each sip. Color is a dark amber with good clarity.

Smell is a green leafy hops. Strong tea tannins. Taste is equally hoppy, but not so bitter that it attacks the senses. There is some biscuity malts that tries to balance the hops.

Mouthfeel is a light medium body, and finishes very clean. Solid IPA, and I would imagine it would be awesome on cask. (540 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Short, thick off white head, dark amber body, somewhat murky. Some tight bubble lace.

S - Mostly malt. Tea like too. Hops peek through.

T - Taste escalates smell. Lots of hops, tea like tastes, malt shines.

M - Medium body, somewhat creamy, good carbonation and fair coating.

D - Tasty, easy to drink. (309 characters)

Photo of gibby
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler received through trade with portia99.
Poured a deep orange color with a nice head that only stuck around for a few minutes that left some sticky lacing on the glass. Nice big citrus nose with a bit of orange, some tropical fruit and a bit of grass. Very nice taste that stuck with the citrus theme. You could really taste the citra hops but it was not a bitter beer at all in my opinion. Great mouthfeel, not light but not heavy at all. I split this growler with my wife and neighbor so we each had about a 16oz pour..I was looking for a second glass for sure. I really enjoyed this beer and wouldn't mind snagging another growler if they do a HH # 3. Thanks a lot Bill!! (679 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes. Had this last week at Novare's cask fest. 10oz pour into a pint glass. It was listed as an ESB with citra hops and dry hopped with Athanum

A: Pours an orange/amber color. Limited amount of head, no lacing

S: Impressive amount of floral and citrus hops. Didn't expect that from a cask beer

T: Follows the nose's lead. Lots of citrus hops, some pineapple and other various fruits. Finishes with a grassy taste

M: A smooth beer, medium bodied. Some lingering bitterness

D: This was one of the highlights of the evening for me. Originally poured by accident, I found it to be a wonderful accident. Very impressed with how much hop character came out (672 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass (so I get more than Ben). Nice amber almost red color, no head on this one; just a couple bubbles around the side. Slight haze.

Smells delicious. A little bit of citrus, lots of tropical fruit. Maybe a scotch of pine. Yum.

The taste is very crisp and hop forward. This is very dry and only a bit of the malt flavor comes through.

Decent mouthfeel. Portsmouth growlers rarely maintain the carbonation very well.

This is a nice, light bodied beer. Hope to get more before it runs out. (521 characters)

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Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2 from Portsmouth Brewery
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