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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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Ratings: 207 | Reviews: 149 | Display Reviews Only:
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smutty33

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-20-2012 15:56:05 | More by smutty33
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%

02-01-2012 23:10:29 | More by phingdong
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andylipp

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-12-2012 22:28:42 | More by andylipp
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keenan41

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-09-2012 01:04:39 | More by keenan41
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-08-2012 18:57:48 | More by BierBliss
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FrankLloydMike

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-08-2011 17:28:42 | More by FrankLloydMike
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LostHighway

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

12-05-2011 00:36:58 | More by LostHighway
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-02-2011 05:36:07 | More by rab53
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-21-2011 18:54:42 | More by Rochefort10nh
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-18-2011 12:29:51 | More by nathanjohnson
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-18-2011 01:02:23 | More by SalukiAlum
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-16-2011 20:08:11 | More by Satchboogie
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-16-2011 15:55:39 | More by BeerThursdays
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paulmcm

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-15-2011 17:08:43 | More by paulmcm
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-15-2011 17:00:07 | More by ElGallo
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 16:30:37 | More by inlimbo77
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randomdanger

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-15-2011 15:24:58 | More by randomdanger
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-15-2011 04:45:33 | More by HopStoopid120
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BelgianDip

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.2%

11-14-2011 20:49:03 | More by BelgianDip
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 20:32:12 | More by rudzud
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 21:30:41 | More by PicoPapa
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Kinsman

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

11-03-2011 22:07:45 | More by Kinsman
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Bendurgin

Maine

4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at the brew pub. This pours a light hazy amber color with just a thin rim of white.

Smells full of of grapefruit and some pine in the aroma. A little bit of caramel sweetness. The taste is similiar to the aroma. Grapefruit hops with a little bit of caramel to the finish.

Light feel with good carbonation. Seems better on tap than the bottle. But there is nothing wrong with the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 23:10:20 | More by Bendurgin
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. There is a solid layer of off-white foam atop a light golden body.

The aroma is mild but mostly full of herbal flowery hops.

The taste starts with sweet malt and some herbal bitterness. There is a slight taste of bubblegum to go with a bitter finish.

The body is medium and the carbonation is crisp.

Good stuff but not quite excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 23:07:32 | More by andrewinski1
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Azurescens

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/8/11

A: Pours a pretty clear orange with off-white head and decent retention.

S: Some herbal and citrus hop notes with crisp pale malts. Lacks the strong hop-forward aroma that I expect from an IPA.

T: Strong hop bitterness up front with sweet and juicy floral hop resins on top of a sweet and crisp malt backbone. Pretty malt forward for an IPA, great beer, good IPA.

M: Smooth and crisp medium body that finishes dry, moderate carbonation.

O: Delicious and drinkable beer has all the bitterness of an IPA but lacks the hop aromas and flavors that I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 04:50:02 | More by Azurescens
Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA from Portsmouth Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.