Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA - Portsmouth Brewery
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4.94/5 rDev +21.7%
Poured into a tulip glass, best before August. Pours a hazy bright orange, with a wonderful 2 inch white head that leaves behind excellent lacing. Smell is tangerine, pineapple, mango, cut grass, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is all of that, very well balanced, loads of citrus upfront, with a piney grapefruit finish. Body is medium, plenty of life, not dry, and easy sipping. This is one of the finest IPAs going.
06-13-2013 19:06:23 | More by SawDog505
4.85/5 rDev +19.5%
A- Thick off white head on a cloudy darker orange body. Great head retnetion and leaves a thick lacing covering the top.
S- Big, almost wet, citrus hops up front and maybe a touch of pine, not smelling a lot of caramel.
T- Nice big thick pine hops that stick around the mouth with a touch of citrus. Really nice complex hop aroma that is really strong and sticky. Gotta love it when it sticks and just feels thick like that. Maybe a touch of caramel but way more of a hop bomb.
M- Full chewy body with medium/low carbonation.
D- Wow! What a great IPA. I really want to try this against Blind Pig (my favorite IPA by far) since it seems like it's a close contender.
02-15-2008 06:38:53 | More by BlindPig
4.83/5 rDev +19%
On-tap at Portsmouth Brewery in Portsmouth, NH on 6/23/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a very light golden brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is very hoppy and very fruity with a light malt background and is nicely blended.
T: A strong floral hops bitterness hits hard up front and then a citrus sweetness comes in to provide a very good balance. The malt character is thin but quite complimentary. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, dry and very clean finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not very filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer that I could definitely stick for an entire evening.
06-25-2007 23:08:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.83/5 rDev +19%
22oz. bottle purchased from the brewery...
Beer pours a murky, honey/orange color, with a decent sized off-white head, and insanely sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is pine, citrus, and a bit floral (without being too perfumey). Nice, bitter hop attack, with a perfect caramel sweetness to balance things out. Kind of a sticky mouthfeel, but nothing overly chewy. Really nice aftertaste. This is one the best IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking. I'm really looking forward to visiting Portsmouth again.
05-27-2008 00:01:23 | More by corey0212
4.63/5 rDev +14%
Had this tasty brew on tap at the Pub in Portsmouth.
Color was a nice citrus amber color with good head and lace retention. Smell was a little quiet but was of floral citrus hops. The taste I have to say was great and would love to be able to get this regularly. Taste was had a great amount of hops to it but was balanced by the other flavors as well. Citrus and floral hops flavor rushed up front while the malt held the back lovely. While drinking the beer I quickly realized how light the beer drank, I was not weighed down buy the heaviness of it and felt I could continue drinking it. I was very impressed by this particular beer and was very surprised to not hear more about it on this site. Took home a Growler and a 22oz of this superbly crafted and balanced beer.
Would definitely recommend to anyone who will be in the area.
04-13-2009 00:13:33 | More by BZero007
4.63/5 rDev +14%
I picked up this bomber at the brewery after having it in the sampler. It pours a clear light orange with a beautiful fluffy white head. The aroma is big bold citrus hops, tons of grapefruit and orange. The flavor is like sucking on a hop cone, more citrus and loads of hop flavor without overpowering bitterness. This is really a solid IPA, I wish I lived a little closer to Portsmouth, I would be there every weekend.
05-04-2008 01:57:33 | More by ericj551
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
On-tap at brewpub. Clear orange in color. Thick white two finger head. The nose enjoys the aroma is of strong citrus and floral hops. The flavor is a well balanced malt with a strong but not overpowering bitterness, and orange citrus. Some light candy caramel comes out as this warms.
Medium in body. Crisp mouthfeel at the start. Finish is crisp and bitterness and citrus cling to your tongue. Superbly drinkable as I can see spending an afternoon at the brewpub drinking these one after another.
07-05-2005 12:31:52 | More by Gavage
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
A: Cloudy copper, thin head with exceptional lacing
S: strawberry, grapefruit, wonderful floral aroma
T: Fresh biscuity malt and citrus bitterness that gets balanced out by strawberry sweetness. Citrus fruits are all there as well.
M: medium carbonation, medium body
D: very drinkable, impossible to stop
This is probably my all time favorite IPA, in my mind exactly how an American IPA should be. Perfectly balanced for style. Have had it on draft, bottles, casked on draft at the brewery and it never disappoints. The quality of ingredients is ever so present as it is in all Portsmouth Brewery brews.
10-17-2008 02:21:05 | More by bcastine
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
Dark golden/orange with a nice head of thick white foam that lasts a long while and leaves excellent lacing. The aromas are hoppy as all hell, with a distinctive blend between west coast and east coast hops. I'm not sure if this wants to be a PNW IPA or an English one, but it is great none-the-less. Styles be damned! The taste is hoppy up front with a lovely biscuity maltiness underneath the mound of fresh hops. On-Tap at the brewpub this brew is just *bursting!* with fresh hop flava. Mouthfeel is creamy.smooth and medium bodied and the drinkaiblity is damn good as well. One of the best IPAs I have had lately. This one may even top Smuttys!
04-23-2005 00:23:00 | More by francisweizen
4.47/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
03-06-2010 04:01:15 | More by scootny
Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA from Portsmouth Brewery
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