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Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPAPortsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA

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214 Ratings

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 79
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
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 DIM
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear slightly reddish golden color. It poured with a thin white lacey head.

s: Fresh vibrant pine scented hops dominate with some hints of lemon. Clean and sugary malts balance things out.

t: Big flavors here for an IPA. The hops tasted of pine and were somewhat flora. The malts had a pleasant natural sugariness that I really enjoyed.

m: This was a bit under-carbonated.

d: Thanks to joepais for this one. I got heartburn so it was definitely hoppy enough. I'd love to try this on-tap.

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this at the brewery store yesterday.

Color: Very nice reddish copper color with a one-finger head (I didn't pour it that well). Lively carbonation.

Aroma: Malty with a subdued hop character at first. Another sniff and the hop aroma shows through much better.

Taste: Smooth and malty. Bread/biscuit characters. Hop bitterness shows through. Not overwhelming. Just right. Feels well-balanced and neither hops nor malt overwhelm.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable right from the start. Simple.

Verdict: I imagine that if Tod Mott can nail a proper IPA down, there's no limit to what else he can create. I liked this IPA because it's subtle and not a hop bomb. I should have had it on tap but it's just as good if not better in bottles.

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

I love this beer on tap! However, this is a review of a bomber I got at the retail shop.

Pours a nice dark apricot color thats clean and clear. The white fluffy head is thick and long lasting. Its a pretty site to behold. Smells citrusy with some sweet fruit and nice fresh hops. Its got a really nice fragrance, nothing dominates and everything comes together very well.

Taste is piney, with a nice malt back and small hints of alcohol (but its only 6.5%). Its crisp, lemony and slightly dry This is a perfect example of a well balanced American India Pale Ale. The predominant hop bitterness melds perfectly with the sweet malt. Definitely one of my favorite IPAs in New England!

Photo of ncvbc
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing amber with great sticky lacing down the glass. A looker indeed. Smell is somewhat spicy floral with light citrus hops. Orange and hints of grapefruit are apparent. A sweet malt, reminiscent of honey and touches of caramel. Taste is much of the same. Not too bold with the hops. Very balanced with little bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little light and again doesn't have the bite I'd like in an IPA. While it doesn't hit you with hops it is pretty easy to drink. Light and refreshing, more like a Pale Ale to me. Not bad but not the greatest by any means.

Thanks to joepais for the bottle!

Photo of jneiswender
2.46/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this beer as part of a sampler tray at the brewpub. Served in a 30z glass.

A-Nice amber color with a fluffy white head.

S-very floral smell. Rosy

T-Medium bitterness. Dry grain flavors


D-Not your typical APA. Not very assertive with malt or hop flavor. Funny fuzzy taste. Hop combination is confusing.

Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to purplehops for sending this extra my way! 22 oz bomber.

Pours a hazy amber, thick off white head rises up, settles down to a thick layer, drops a lot of lace. Smell is nice, super floral, honey and caramel, grapefruit, almost smells like mead, oranges, perfumy, quite nice. Taste is caramel, grapefruits, honey, floral, perfume, oats, oranges, more floral, nice and balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth. Something about the floral and perfume in this I really like, enjoyable IPA. Thanks a lot Stan!

Photo of BlindPig
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of grub
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled feb 2/08.

pours hazy orangey amber with a small dense white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. floral hops. slightly perfumey, but not quite to unpleasant levels. bit of alcohol. bready malt. grapefruit and orange.

taste is good. solid medium bitterness level. bread and cracker malts. touch of alcohol. grapefruit and orange. bit of tangerine. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. nice medium body.

drinkability is great. a solid ipa with great balance. i'd gladly drink tons of this were it available locally.

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 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 kimcgolf
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Portsmouth Brewery. Poured to a slightly hazy red-orange, with a thick off-white head that lingered for the entire glass and left great lacing. Aroma was a very sharp, very dominant hoppy grapefruit citrus, and the mouthfeel was bitter and tingly. This was a very full-bodied, almost creamy beer, with a strong, bitter citrus taste, and a long, dry bitter finish.

My only regret was that I was just passing through and could not stay and enjoy more of this, although I bought a couple other Portsmouth bombers of different styles to go.

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

Had this one on tap at the brewpub.
Deep amber with a small off white head that drops to a collar.
The smell is rich with grapefruit and pine.
Tastes very hoppy...lots of citrus...grapefruit, and some tangerine...piney...all balanced with just the right amount of barely sweet malt.
Mouthfeel was medium and carbonation nice and creamy smooth.
A very drinkable IPA.

Photo of jaxon53
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from the brewpub. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a murky, deep, golden orange color somewhat similar to fresh apple cider. Got about a half inch of off-white head out of it with a vigorous pour. Head faded slowly and did leave a bit of thin sticky lace behind. Wonderful aromas of floral hops, a ton of grapefruit, orange peel, resiny pine, with a big malt profile. Smells almost like an IPA from the west coast. Damn good flavor as well. The bitter hops and the sweet malt compliment eachother nicely and balance out almost perfectly. Nice biscuity and grapefruit flavors hang in the background as well. Lightly carbonated. Has a nice medium body to it. A very good , hoppy IPA with awesome drinkability.

Photo of DrJay
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as part of BC2. Thanks purplehops!
The beer itself was a hazy, ruddy orange and was topped by a thin, yellow/beige head. Good retention with lots of streaky lace. Nice hoppy aroma - pine resin, herbal, minty, and woody - with just a bit of caramel. The flavour strikes a nice balance between moderate bitterness and restrained malt sweetness. Hops were mostly floral with some earthy, herbal, and fruity notes. Bitterness grew into the finish. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation. Lightly drying bitterness. Overall, a very good drinking IPA. Fairly mild, kind of reminded me a bit of an English rather than American version.

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 TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 2.18.07

Purchased a bomber at the Brewery shop next to the brewpub along with some nice PB and Smuttynose tulips at a recent visit. I was hoping they’d bottled the DIPA that I had just tried on tap, but they did have the IPA and some Oatmeal Stout (which I also grabbed). Now, here’s the thing; my bottle’s brown paper wrapper only said “IPA”…nothing said ‘Bottle Rocket’, though I believe it to be the same, and for the sake of this review, I’ll just assume that to be true until indicated otherwise**(bottom).

The beer pours a clear orange with minor exception to some suspended bits upon closer inspection. A one inch head left sticky lacing and a noticeable stream of constant carbonation rose from the bottom giving the brew a very lively appeal.

Aroma is all hops and the kind I like. Piney, flowery and citrus. Citrus, flowery and piney. Mostly orange blossoms, or at least how I’d expect them to smell if it was a perfect beer reviewing world. Very fresh smelling.

The flavor is bitter, but juicy. Sweet oranges are balanced with forest of pine. Very low malt profile, but in the world of IPAs, that’s how I like them. The freshness stands out in the mouth as well. Bright flavors are still good & strong, the hops are rocking. The brew is crisp and light in the mouth, with an expected, but not too oily finish and after effect on the tongue.

The beer is real easy to enjoy despite it’s bitterness. A great, great IPA. I was very impressed.

** UPDATE: a quick email from a Mr. Brennen Rumble @ Portsmouth Brewery confirmed it is indeed Bottle Rocket IPA

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 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 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 bjohnson
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly cloudy yellowish amber color--yellow hues that is. Slight head of white foam. Film like retention on top. Superb lacing effect.
S: Citrus and pine hop notes. Caramel maltyness provides a good backbone. Chewy and thick as it passes through the nostrils. Grassy hops notes are also present.
T/M: Flroral and citrus hops are first felt followed by a burning bitterness on the tongue. Bitterness lingers for a long while and has a slight fruity characteristic to it. Thick and chewy at first, but then thins out, not in a bad way. Ruthless hops, not very kind to the taste buds--love it! Toasted grain and a nice maltyness round this beer out well. Nice balance to this offering.
D: Another great one from Portsmouth. Very tasty IPA that literally wants to blow up in the bottle but is held in check until it gets to your tastebuds. Pick it up if you get a chance.

Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nedium copper hue with a one and a half finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured a subtle peppery, citrusy and oily hop aroma. Aroma was a bit muted for my taste.

The taste was typical of an AIPA. Spicy citrus flavor dominated the biscuity malt body.

The mouthfeel was full and sharp.

Overall a good drinkable AIPA. Nothing spectacular.

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

Had from the tap, the beer was presented to me in a standard American pint glass. The beer was a very light brown/copper color with a half finger of pure white head. Ample carbonation ran up the sides of the glass, but not much lacing during the sample.

Very hoppy and floral in the nose with a slight pine as well.

The taste has a slightly robust and bitter hop character but not overly abrasive to the taste buds. Some slightly floral and fruitty esters coming thru and a crispness as well.

Medium body with ample crisp carbonation.

Very drinkable and works well with a spicy dish. Hop character very well complimented the spicy.

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

Woke up one morning and decided to do a one-day road trip to Portland with a stop by the Portsmouth Brewery for lunch.

Poured a perfectly clear wood stained brown. A thin head took up residence on top of the beer and remined throughout. Some spotted lace.

Nose was mildly hoppy. I had a feeling it was concealing much that was to be found in the flavor.

Loads of juicy hops. Not bitter but more flavorful hops that make me want to chew my tongue. Juicy and wet hops. As such, there was a nice citrus presence. Sweet malts were there holding up the malts and creating a nice balance in this beer.

Medium body with a surprising crisp-ish feel to the finish.

Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA from Portsmouth Brewery
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