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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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210 Ratings

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

splendidsplinter, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

druptight, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

smutty33, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

phingdong, Feb 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

andylipp, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

keenan41, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BierBliss, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

FrankLloydMike, Dec 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

LostHighway, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

nathanjohnson, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

SalukiAlum, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Satchboogie, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

BeerThursdays, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

paulmcm, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz poured into a Deschutes snifter. Special thanks for this brewery only bottle from caguiar!

A: Pours a fairly clear amber color with some orange hints. There is basically no head in this. With a swirl I get minimal with some trace lacing sticking to the glass.

S: The smell is strangely medicinal? Surprisingly almost cherry like if that is possible from hops. I don't get the normal IPA citrus at all. I do get some malt base hidden behind though. I don't know if I have smell and palate fatigue or something from other beers?

T: A very interesting beer going into this blind. I get a both interesting hop bill and malt bill. I assume English malts? I can't pin point the hops? There is good bitterness that sticks to the tip of the tongue. Then you get a wave of different tasting malts to balance and the overpower the taste. The finish is different as well. It's longer than I was assuming. As I let if warm up, I liked it much more. I started to get the fruity hop character, and the malt balance wasn't as strange. Really nice taste in the end.

M: Medium bodied with mouth coating of malts.

O: Again, I initially would have gone lower but assume that it was just palate fatigue. I am going with a solid B rating on this one. I really like Portsmouth's beers, and this is a solid offering.

inlimbo77, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

BelgianDip, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this ontap at the brewery.

A - Poured into a pint glass at the brewpub a hazy amber hue with basically no head. It was just a tiny, thin wisp of a halo thanks to a poor pour.

S - Typical grapefruit and pine/oil aromas with some light malt sweetness. Very mild.

T - Taste is the same. Very mild grapefruit rind and pine with some subtle malt sweetness. Really just too mild and unassertive.

M - Not a bad mouthfeel. Smooth, clean, slightly crisp. Very drinkable.

O - Overall, this wasn't a bad IPA. Its just there are so many better IPA offerings. I expected more from Portsmouth.

rudzud, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a murky brownish amber color with an inch of head. Tons of lacing. Aroma is of citrus/grapefruit and piney hops. Taste is of citrus fruits with maybe some apricots. Nice bitterness. A bit floral at the end. Somewhat sweet. A bit of a dry mouthfeel. Overall, a solid IPA.

PicoPapa, Nov 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Kinsman, Nov 03, 2011
Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.