Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPAPortsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 79
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-07-2003

An explosion of hops dominate this deep golden ale. Brewed with four varieties of hops & dry hopped with three other hops, the flavor is powerful. Not a harsh bitterness, but a full hop flavor.

58 IBU
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Photo of Jason
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber from the brewery, cool paper label with a good amount of info on the brewery.

Appearance: I noticed that the lace clinged to the glass right away. Slightly hazed golden amber hue shows that a good amount of hops were used.

Smell: Clean hop aroma with a delicate citric and flowery tone.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with a sustaining crispness. Pow! The palate is clean cut with hop bitterness with a long winded graceful citric flavor. Lots of hop flavor … seriously it has taken over my taste buds for the moment. Modest malt back bone nearly crumbles from the heavy hop character, thankfully it holds strong and seems to balance for the most part. Touch of nutty yeast and a mildly estery alcohol show up in the semi-sweet and bitter finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Wow! I would not change a thing about this brew, the hops kicked the crap out of my palate with no complaints. Nice to have a hop fix like this …

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass a clear rich copper with some real deep orange tint a tight fluffy one finger head atop leaving broken sheets of lace behind as it settled.Not as big in the American hop profile as maybe I had hoped in the nose I picked up some apricot and a hefty leafy presence along with a big caramel malt presence not the big citric and pine I was expecting.I get some of that citric/grapefruit presence on the palate but it doesnt hit real hard a lingering leafy note sticks around for awhile as well a caramelly biscuit malt base stays firm till the finish wich lingers nicely.Its a fine IPA it has a real hop presence but maybe just not as big as I had expected,again its still a real solid American style IPA with a bit of UK flare.

Photo of blitz134
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up while driving through Portsmouth around the new year. Had to stave off freezing while it was in the car by packing it in ski pants and using hand warmers. But alas, the beer never froze and it is now in my glass two months later for me to enjoy...

Pours a clear, golden kind of apricot color. Nice 1" white head on the vigorous pour. Head reduced a little, but left nice lace behind.

Aroma is upfront with pine and citrus aromas. Orange and tangerine rind comes through. The hops also exibit some floral tones as well. A bit of everything from the hops. Sweet sugar, probably crystal malts, are evident as well.

Really good flavor. I think this is the profile I want to hit when I start to homebrew to make my everyday drinking beer. Super balanced with a lingering bitterness. Light caramel and mostly crystal malts come through to form the base. Pine and grapefruit citrus come with the hops. Finish has a bit of resin. I think I can pick out the alcohol though, but its only slight.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, although pushing a bit thinner than normal. A good bit of effervescense with the carbonation levels, could be toned down just a hair. Overall really good drinkability. I like this flavor profile a lot. Its between the super caramel-sweet west coast IPAs and the super unbalanced, pale colored east coast IPAs I've been having. No problem finishing the bomber.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an imperial pint glass, the beer was a golden/orange color with a medium head that left a little bit of lacing. The aroma was floral and malt, nicely balanced. The taste followed form, with a sweet malt taste and a bit of piney hops. Not a hop bomb, maybe even a little subdued, but a great beer to drink. It went quite well with my spicy chicken wrap.

Photo of muffguy4beer
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery with skier guy on front.

Appearance - Poured nice and strong into recently acquired tulip glass to arouse a nice thick head. Actually a little too strong as it flowed out of the glass, got to get used to my equipment i guess. Golden orange in color with a nice bone white head.

Smell - Citrus, floral hops in the nose. My crazy pour really released the scents of this brew.

Taste - Nice citrus hops in the front of this beer. Hop bitterness stings the back of the tongue on the way down. A slight presence of sweet malt which helps round this sucker out.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and clean.

Drinkability - Love the hop-smack of this beer, very drinkable and to demonstrate that sentiment me and my tulip glass will finish this growler by the television set.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a decent head to start it fades but leaves a nice lacing.

The aroma hits with a citrus hops seems more centennial then cascade but I could be wrong. The malt is subdued but does come through
The taste is a mild ipa imn the west coast term but for me it is very well balenced. It starts with a heavy carbonation on the tongue citrus takes over and a slight bitter follows the carbonatio.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap today for just the second time...enjoyed it as much as the first time.
Arrived slightly chilled in a standard shaker...bright orange w/ less than half a finger of white head...no real lacing visible.
Aroma was mild yet inviting...sweet malt w/ mainly citrus hops.
Taste is fantastic...slightly sweet yet packed w/ hops.
The bitterness is sublime and makes you crave more.
Mouthfeel is less than medium bodied, but not too thin and the drinkability is through the roof. I could drink this one all day, but they have so many other great brews to offer, I just cant limit myself.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a beige head of about 3 fingers.

Smell: Very citrusy and mild alcohol smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Citrus and Hops are at the front with a good ending of hops that leaves a pleasant aftertaste that is a mild bittersweet.

Overall: Good beer! I will have this one again.

Photo of magictrokini
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably one of the best beers out of Portsmouth. Can't come close to Kate, but at least in the neighborhood. Orange-gold pour with nearly no head; small ring of oild bubbles. Aroma is mostly grapefruit/citrus hops with a bit of malt. Lots of the same in the taste with some crisp resin/pine qualities. Nice, strong bitterness. Long, spicy finish. Almost borders on the IIPA category in terms of big hop taste.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale orangey color with a very think slightly yellow head. Nose is light floral, hoppy and sweet.

Taste is very balanced, it's hoppy and sweet. Lots of caramel and maltiness with a Great finish. Overall a solid American ipa.

Photo of WeymouthMike
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber while I was in Portsmouth, only $4 score. Pours a clear orange amber with finger height white foamy head. Light smells of pine and citric fruits. The piney hops blow me away on first is, where were these on the nose I don't know but my taste buds want a warning next time. Finish has is nice and malty for an IPA. Mouthfeel is smooth and light with slight carbonation. I would love to have a six pack of these but a bomber is a great night cap.

Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apricot/light copper colored with a low off-white head that settles out quickly.

Inviting aroma of honied malt and a combination of floral and citrusy hops.

Great citrus hop flavor right upfront, not overpowering but very flavorful. Some biscuity malt rides beneath, just a tad sweet, but a nice complement to the hops. Moderate bitterness, morphing slightly to pine in the finish.

Even mouthfeel, smooth and full, finishes somewhat dry. Very drinkable, my sips were big since it's so tasty.

Photo of rastaman
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this one. Sweetish and hoppy. Oaty malts, gives it some sweetness, hoppy, quite bitter finish, tea-like hops, nice soft texture, and a nice round mouthfeel, really lovely stuff, if only they brewed IPA's like this back home, beautiful stuff(Cask- GBBF 03')

Photo of pwoods
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to BeerTruth for the bottle.

22oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a somewhat fiery amber with some hazy. Maybe a 1/2 finger forms from a rough pour. Falls to a thin skim and leaves only a bit of lacing.

S: Some good citrus and light pine and resin. There's a bit of earthy, spiciness in the back.. maybe a touch of saaz? Juicy with some sweetness from he malts.

T/M: Decent bitterness level. More of the citrusy hops with light pine in the back. A bit more of the earthy, spicy hops but with a little more grassy flavor to them... so maybe not saaz but a healthy dose of something European. Lightly sweet, yet grainy malts to balance. Body is medium or so with just enough carbonation for the style.

D: Decent ABV and drinks easy enough. Interesting take on the style with the American and European hopping going in tandem. It sticks out a bit from the rest from this kind of hopping, and that's refreshing, but it's quality isn't high enough to make that more than a novelty.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tape at the Portsmouth Brewery. From notes

A: Amber/orange in color with a thick 1-2 finger head.

S: A nice pine aroma and some citrus fruit, mostly grapefruit. Also some malt on the back end.

T: A pine flavor dominates here, with a slight malt backbone, but overall the hops dominate here.

M/D: Medium bodied with a slightly sticky finish. A solid IPA, not earth shattering, but very good.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Portsmouth- Bottlerocket IPA

Appearance- hazy orange witha moderate sized head. Sticky lacing down the first 1/3 of the glass.
Smell- Big strong green pellet floral hops.
Taste- Sweet malt with a nice even balance of floral green hops.
Mouthfeel- Nice solid flavor throughout although slighty toned down. The mildest of dry bitterness in the end followed with a sight malty sweetness.

Overall- Bought a growler, threw it in my cooler, and drove back to NJ. I'm slowly savoring this 1 cause a resupply is 6 hours away. This is good stuff!

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single hop IPA's to be showcased. Enjoyed this on cask at the brewpub. Sterling hop and then also dryhopped with Sterling. Served at room temperature, nice hop aroma that's not C-hop again. Very light colour with white bubbly head. Good bitterness and hop flavour. Creamy mouthfeel, lots of lace, a very good cask.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle bought at the brewpub into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with at least 2 finger widths of off-white foamy head that has beautiful retention and lacing. The aroma is a little subdued but mostly consists of resinous hops and citrus.

The taste is big slap of piney hop bitterness and citrus up front that lasts the whole way through and lingers deep into the finish. A sweet caramel backbone is present but often gets overshadowed by all that harsh hop bitterness. Me thinks that a little more balance could go a long way here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some poppy carbonation.

This was a decent IPA that drank pretty well for the most part although I did start to get tired of the hop barshness after a little while, which knocked down the drinkibility of this guy somewhat for me.

Photo of Kinsman
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came home with a bottle of this delicious IPA from the brewery yesterday but was also fortunate enough to enjoy this on cask, dry-hopped with Amarillo.

Hazy copper orange colored body and capped by a dense and thick white head.

Nice floral character on the nose. A bit of grapefruit as well. Similar experience on the palate. Dry-hop amarillo adds a good dose of citrus character. Plenty of bitterness, to the point that it works your palate pretty hard over the course of a pint.

Mouthfeel has a wonderfully smooth cask texture and served a bit warmer than the typical keg (not quite room temp I'd say). Low carbonation and a medium body feel. Overall, this was a fine beer to enjoy on cask, but I'm find with having in bottle or on keg just as well.

Photo of scootny
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Kate Day acquisition. A lovely light copper with a good white head. Some cloudiness with a proper amount of lacing. Smell is fragrant and delicious with grapefruits and caramel with healthy malt and yeasty bread core. Taste is just about perfect. Balanced but decidedly hoppy with a full bodied fruitiness. A nuttiness folded into the malt. Finish is clean with a lingering hop oiliness to coat the mouth and deposit a light mint kiss. Feel is medium weight with a light effervescence. Crisp and refreshing. So easy to drink it's criminal. I went through the growler without batting an eye. This stuff went well with Chinese food that varied from curries to sesame tofu and a healthy amount of hot oil. A great food beer as well as a quenching and delicious beverage.

Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Poured a semi-hazy golden orange color. Two finger white head that shows very nice retention. Ringy, streaking lacing on the sides of the glass as I drink the beer down.

S- Nice pleasant citrus hops that come out in the front end of the aroma. Some light earthy pine hops in the front end. Light alcohol in the middle wrapped in a honey sweetness. Light caramel malts with some pine backing in the ending of the nose.

T- Big citrus kick in the front of the beer. Light pine in there before it kicks in with a caramel malt. Sugary sweetness wraps around a warming alcohol. Some light citrus kicks back in to this before it is done.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is great for the style. Hops left everywhere on the palate with some light resin on the teeth. Aftertaste has a light malt backing with a nice hop aftertaste. Flavors are mostly clean with a light alcohol flavor. Light drying on the palate.

D- This beer is very good. Portsmouth is a brewery that deserves the praise. I have yet to have anything bad from them and well to be honest this beer is nothing short of fantastic. Perfect balance of both east and west coast styles.

Photo of Franchise
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark orange with gold highlights throughout leaving a thin white lace that sticks to the glass. The aroma is so sweet, smells like I'm putting fresh hops/flowers/herbs in the my hands and taking a big whiff, fantastic. The taste is somewhat watery, but then the hops really jump on the palate immediatly, followed by some minty herbal notes with just the slightest bit of sweetness but really hopping you out. If you love hops drink this and be merry, great brew.

Photo of akorsak
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle courtesy of jmu500.

A: The IPA is a lighter amber color, like the photos of an ancient insect preserved in a hardened, well, amber. The ale remains translucent, even when fresh out of the fridge. A finger of white head is attempting, albeit futilely, to lace around my tumbler.

S: The nose has a mild citrus hop presence, just enough to remind you that it is there. Nothing to get too excited about.

T: Flavor-wise, the caramel malt base registers first, laying down a solid bready base for the IPA. The malts set the table for a hop presence that starts off slow before getting into gear. Citrusy with just a bit of oiliness, the hops add a sunny disposition to the ale. They also contribute to a decent finish that showcases the hops witha strong lingering taste. A good IPA.

M: The mouthfeel has a pleasant zing, enough hops to drive home an enjoyable body. Plenty of caramel malts are just hangin' out too.

D: A good IPA, nice hop presence with a strong finish. It exceeded my expectations, except for the lack of nose.

Photo of TheKingsOfHop
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glasses:

A: A golden orange haze, with a very thin white head that leaves lots of lacing behind on the sides of the glass.

S: Strong grapefruit with floral overtones, then a sweet malty presence that balances it out.

T: Not as much grapefruit as expected, but still nice and citrus y with a perfect amount of bitterness on the back of the palate. Then it smooths out with a sweet caramel finish. This really is an excellent tasting IPA.

M: Light body, steady carbonation, with a prickly feeling all over the tongue.

D: Goes down smooth and easy. If you happen to make a trip to Portsmouth Brewery this is a definite bomber you should take home. Borderline session beer.

The Kings Of Hop

Photo of u2carew
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Orange - amber in color. Pours with a thin, quick settling head. Thin lacing. Some haze.
S) Cascade hops - orange, grapefruit & peach. Malty caramel pushes through.
T) Citrus - grapefruit. Earthy. Robust hop bitterness mixed with malt sweetness in the finish.
M) Smooth. Some fizziness. Medium bodied. Gritty. Some tannin feel.
D) A decent IPA. I'd have another.

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