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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: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 78
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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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

TurdFurgison, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

CliffBrake, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of mcgwire756
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

mcgwire756, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

rlee1390, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of splendidsplinter
5/5  rDev +23.5%

splendidsplinter, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of druptight
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
Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

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

andylipp, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of keenan41
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

BierBliss, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of FrankLloydMike
5/5  rDev +23.5%

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

LostHighway, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -1.2%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +23.5%

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

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

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

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

BeerThursdays, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of paulmcm
5/5  rDev +23.5%

paulmcm, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
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
Photo of randomdanger
5/5  rDev +23.5%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +23.5%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA from Portsmouth Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.