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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
portsmouthbrewery.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The use of a hundred pounds of fresh Centennial & Cascade hops make this a rare find on the east coast. A beautifully balanced red ale with medium body & lots of hop flavor.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-02-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,635
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
41
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mynie
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Pours hazy amber. Smells like citra and weeds.

Flavor starts with good hop brightness with big nodes of mango. This is soon brought off balance by weedy, fruity malt profile. Finishes sweet and smooth.

All parts of the beer are nice but they don't quite jive together.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy copper orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Juicy grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, grassy, herbal hops with toasted and caramel malts in the rear.

Taste: Hop flavor was more noticeable in the aroma than the taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, refreshing, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and mild tingly bitterness.

Overall: I'd like to think this beer more of an IPA than an amber/red ale. So tasty and hopefully I can find more next time through NH or wait till next fall.

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Photo of Thing
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ajcormier
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mbixler
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of rderedin
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of SlickestWilly
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of andylipp
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Bendurgin
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy chestnut with a finger of fluffy white foam. It settles leaving a nice cap with some soapy lace.

Citrus hops in the aroma. Mostly oranges with a hint of butterscotch and malts in the background. The flavor is more bitter than I would have thought. Bitter hops losing the citrus flavor with a caramel malt backbone. Finish with a little bit of an orange flavor.

The body is a bit heavy for the style. The flavors linger here and it coats the tongue. Overall I enjoy this one quite a bit. A real nice ipa that shows some good malts too.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to EnronCFO for the bottle!

Appears a hazy dark amber. Full tan head falls slowly to a mottled layer. Nice lacing. The smell is a blend of caramel malt and mild hops - with a citrus anchor. Taste is hops up front, a little spiceiness, then quickly into mellower malty center with some fruit. Follows with a slightly dry finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation with a fine structure. Overall a very drinkable ale - another solid brew from Portsmouth.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Ben for bringing the growlers!

Poured into a pint glass. Nice dark orange color. No head at all, just bubbles of lacing. There is a bit of haze here as well.

The smell is a little bit of orange zest. This is a decent smelling beer, but the aroma is not as strong as in the hop2.

The taste is only mildly astringent. There is a good amount of sweetness here that presents the hops as more "juicy." There is a nice clean finish here as well.

Good mouthfeel, not as carbonated as ideal but that is okay as it just makes the malt sweetness more prominent in my mind.

Very drinkable, as are all Portsmouth IPA's.

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Photo of DIM
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a dark, hazy copper color. It poured with a large, sticky and rocky head.

s: The hops are spicy and tea-like. I also found some malty toffee aromas. Odd combination, but it works pretty well.

t: I tasted the toffee and tea here and it was fine. It did smell a bit better though.

m: Gently carbonated with an overall heavy feeling.

d: Thanks as always to joepais for another Portsmouth offering. This was tasty, but it didn't quite come together for me.

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Photo of koopa
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler received in a trade with portia99 thanks!

Appearance: Pours a deep auburn with honey orange folds. The head is minimal and off white. It shows little retention and lace but a nice hop oil sheen remains like a film across the top of the glass!

Smell: Super dank hop oil over a bed of dark earthy malty goodness.

Taste: Wow this is a fantastic tasting brew. Loads of fresh cascade and centennial hops in a red style ale! Barely any bitterness despite the massive hop flavor!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with just enough carbonation to get by but I would like some more carbonation!

Drinkability: I could and would love to drink this all day!

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of GrittyMug345. Thanks man!

Pours a dark ruby/coppery color with deep dark burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger foamy yellowish head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing.

Earthy floral hop aroma with some dank oily notes and subtle citrus as well as a prominent caramel malt scent. Slightly biscuity with a bit of toasted nut. I'm not sure how old the bottle is but it's not smelling as fresh and/or hoppy as I expecting.

Chewy resinous mouthfeel with some fresh earthy floral hops. Slightly creamy body with a slightly roasted caramel malt back bone that provides some nice balance. Hints of biscuit, toast and roasted nut. The malt presence is a little heavier than I prefer but the dry bitter hops still shine through. You can still taste how fresh the hops are and while they are most dominant up front, the pleasant dry bitter flavor lingers throughout into a slight dry finish. The ABV is very well masked without even the slightest alcohol warmth, making it very drinkable.

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Photo of smuttanator
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, picked this one up on the way home from the vagabond release, and it did not disappoint. This beer is juicy, fruity, and full bodied in a way only one other IPA variant I've had is: the vaunted pliny the younger. This beer as everything I'm looking for in an IPA. It's incredibly drinkable, full bodied, and full of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Well worth the trip.

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Photo of GrittyMug345
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a growler of this on 10/16/09, drank on 10/17/09. Vigorous pour into a tulip left a coarse one finger head which quickly faded to leace heavy lacing, somewhat cloudy, burnt orange, good carbonation. Huge pink grapefruit nose, some herbal characteristic as well perhaps? Very pleasing. Great hoppy/grapefruit taste, good bitterness, a little caramel maltiness, clean bitter finish with a hint of cotton candy. Nice medium body with good carbonation, smooth. Very drinkable, my favorite fresh hop beer yet, could drink them one after another.

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Photo of timmay41
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The return of numero uno. Really excited to try this year's edition--had a couple pints the first night it was on at the Brewery, but this review is based primarily on notes from a growler tasting.

A: Pours a dark orange hue, almost tawny in color and surprisingly opaque. Fluffy one-finger head with a few massive carbonation bubbles. Head is off-white color. Good retention and lacing.

S: Juicy Fruit gum & fresh pine needles. The aroma is such a highlight for this beer: abundant citrus and piney hops on the nose. Rich and full hoppy profile with a little malt detectable, which contributes a bit of sweetness to the smell.

T&M: Big hop bite at the beginning, then a less aggressive bitterness takes hold at the middle of the palate, followed by a resilient malty backbone and some residual bitterness on the aftertaste. Not sure this is my definition of balanced but the extreme hops and cleansing maltiness are awesome nonetheless. Lots of carbonation up front. Drinking a pint produces sticky resin lips. Feels a bit more loaded than the actual ABV; not hot by any means, but produces a warming sensation.

D: I kind of lose my grasp on this one three-quarters of the way through--the flavor profile gets muddied or it's not as crisp and nuanced as the first few sips are. Overall I really enjoy and recommend it, but don't expect to taste much of anything after a couple pints. Not that that's a bad thing...

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Photo of rpstevens
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is the fall 2009 Hop Harvest I, it's a single hop IPA using Summit Hops that were over-nighted from Oregon and used to brew the day of arrival. Poured from a growler into a perfect pint.

The pour yields a thin foamy white head that leaves a surprising amount of lacing as it fades to a white ring around the top of the glass. The beer is murky amber with an orange glow around the edges.

The smell is intense hops-grapefruit citrus, pine resin, fresh cut grass and some lemon zest. Way down deep beyond the hops on third sniff you can get some type of a malty sweetness, but that's not important.

The citrus hop really comes to the fore on the tongue, followed by some pine resin and a spicy/peppery hop. The citrus comes back at the end of the taste and finishes the flavor on a juicy, almost sweet, bitter note.

The beer is perfectly carbonated, medium bodied, and fantastically hoppy. I am definitely tempted to drink the entire growler in one sitting.

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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

I get the opportunity to try this harvest ale thanks to joepais, thanks again Joe! Portsmouth's blog lists this as an ESB. My glass is filled with a murky copper liquid after the pour with very few carbonation bubbles rising slowly to the surface. The ecru head peaked at a finger and a half before slowly falling to a skimming and leaving thin sheet lacing in its wake.

This beer smells very well balanced. Spicy hops kick things off along with husky grains and biscuity malts. There's a mild fresh green quality to the spicy hops. A quick and somewhat sweet flash of caramel brings up the rear and manages to lay down the base for this ESB.

This is how I like an ESB. The balance is there superbly but the finish brings along the peppery hops just enough to leave that spiciness on the tongue. Biscuity malts, husky grains and caramel all come together to make for a nice malt backbone that matches up nicely with the spicy hop profile. The hops are mildly grassy but bring white pepper along for the ride. There's also a cinnamon quality that is mild but comes from the hops as well. This is a very good beer.

The body fits the style well with a mellow carbonation and moderate body this beer just flows through at its own relaxed pace. There's not much noticeable bitterness left behind but the tongue does feel like there have been some hops running across it.

This ESB is highly drinkable. A bomber of this is simply not enough. I picture myself, in the bar, drinking pint after pint of this beer and being perfectly happy with the evening.

I don't come across many ESBs besides the bottles from overseas. It's nice to get the chance to try such a good one as fresh as this Hop Harvest. Thanks for the bottle Joe!

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