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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
90
outstanding

207 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
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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BeerCosmonaut

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

01-05-2013 21:17:49 | More by BeerCosmonaut
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-24-2012 04:26:10 | More by jbertsch
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pogoowner

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-16-2012 05:17:01 | More by pogoowner
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metapod

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-15-2012 03:56:55 | More by metapod
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seplo

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-23-2012 23:48:44 | More by seplo
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anewlanguage

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

10-12-2012 23:30:13 | More by anewlanguage
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Cavanaghty

Maine

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 18:15:19 | More by Cavanaghty
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mtnwesdew

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

09-07-2012 16:52:30 | More by mtnwesdew
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

08-24-2012 02:42:54 | More by mattparsons
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

08-02-2012 01:54:19 | More by KTCamm
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-28-2012 14:22:22 | More by oldp0rt
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 00:45:23 | More by VelvetExtract
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FoodBrewsReviews


4/5  rDev -1.5%

07-17-2012 01:41:27 | More by FoodBrewsReviews
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-30-2012 05:16:24 | More by Stockfan42
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SlickestWilly

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-26-2012 02:24:31 | More by SlickestWilly
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Miamilice

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +17%

04-01-2012 16:59:44 | More by Miamilice
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ms11781

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: growler

03-12-2012 01:10:14 | More by ms11781
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Boppar

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: cask

03-11-2012 02:36:58 | More by Boppar
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. This beer is a hazy golden color, with a modest yet persistent head of foam. The aroma is OK, more bitter smelling than floral or piney. Basically it smells like a hybrid style somewhere between American IPA and English IPA.

Nice flavor given the somewhat lackluster aroma, with some lasting bitterness after each sip. Again this seems a hybrid, leaning more toward the English IPA category but in a way that seems just a little more aggressive than usual.

The beer was light bodied and smooth. Honestly this was the best score for me, I love when IPAs come close to cask mouthfeel. I recommend it, and I'd definitely get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 19:58:54 | More by TurdFurgison
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, served in a straight-sided pint glass with a 1/4 inch head. Hazy cider color; leaves little lacing on the glass.

Floral and citrus aroma is not overly strong, but noticeable and very appealing. Big round body with a biscuity malt base punctuated by citrus fruit and a peppery bitterness. Herbal bitter finish.

Body is a little on the full-bodied side for a IPA. Mouthfeel is punctuated by the peppery bitterness.

Overall a pleasant IPA that seems like a cross between American and English styles.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 03:15:03 | More by CliffBrake
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mcgwire756

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

03-08-2012 21:57:59 | More by mcgwire756
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rlee1390

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head, no lacing

S-Citrus and some grassy notes

T-Not much malt, mainly citrus to start with slight grassy notes in the finish some bitterness, but there could be more.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and smooth

O-A refreshing IPA, one the lighter side of the style but well balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2012 15:56:59 | More by rlee1390
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.2%

03-06-2012 23:29:37 | More by splendidsplinter
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druptight

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.5%

03-06-2012 14:12:30 | More by druptight
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler, the beer is a hazy, honey-copper coloring with a thin, filmy coating. Aromas of rich caramel, slight roasting, and wet, resiny, fresh hops. Smooth nose. Flavors are rich and slightly sharp on a smooth, rich, creamy body. Light caramel backbone, with a mild, fresh, wet hoping with unique floral and light citrus characteristics. Very mild hops aftertaste with some peppery notes cleaning up the finish, making it clean and crisp. Really good, easy to drink beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 16:15:43 | More by GarthDanielson
Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.