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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

214 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 79
Gots: 5 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 06-07-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of SawDog505
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours copper with a developed head. Head is off-white and fluffed. Laces quite well. Mild light penetration.

S-Mellow aroma. Citrusy hops and grains along with a full caramel malt bill. Pine perhaps matches the citrus in terms of intensity. Nose is not exceptional. Definitely a bit let down.

T-A slight step up from the nose but not too much. I am getting a semi-concentrated pairing of pine and citrus. The hop profile doesn't stand out with any unique or complex aspects. Balanced and a tad bland.

M-Medium bodied with mellow carbonation. Lightly resinous. Bitterness is not long lasting.

O/D-Disappointed by this one. Does not stand up to its competition. Lacks individuality. An enjoyable IPA but this will not leave a lasting impression with me.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ms11781
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler filled on 03/10/2012 poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a minimal off-white head. What little head does develop disappears almost immediately. There is a tiny bit of wispy foam that is left on the glass but, like the head, it's minimal. The beer doesn't look all that special or greater, probably due to the serving type.

The nose isn't all that strong. Definite floral and herbal notes but nothing that really stands out above the rest. There is a touch of sweet malt that comes across but it's also not very strong.

The taste follows closely with the nose. It's actually almost exactly the same aside from a slight bitterness at the finish. The floral and herbal hops are met almost equally by some sweet caramel malt. As with the nose none of it is that strong aside from a nice, pleasant bitterness that finishes each sip.

Medium body with low carbonation. The beer has a creaminess to it but definitely feels a bit fuller than is normal for the style, most likely due to the lack of carbonation.

This beer was just ok for me and it seems that maybe the growler has had a negative effect on the board despite being filled the day before. It lacks the crispness and bolder hop flavors typical with the style. Perhaps a pint from the tap or bottle is in order.

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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask (dry-hopped with CTZ) at Portsmouth Brewery.

A: Pours a foamy golden amber with three fingers of frothy white head.

S: Honey, pine, flowers.

T: The taste is bright, floral, and supported by a malty backbone. Bittering hops are in evidence on the finish, but for a dry-hopped American IPA, this about as non-bitter as they come.

M: Smooth, creamy, and medium-bodied.

O: Excellent. For fans of the style, this is a must-try, and even non-hopheads will appreciate this approachable and sessionable IPA.

Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA from Portsmouth Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.