Portsmouth Imperial IPA
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Portsmouth Imperial IPAPortsmouth Imperial IPA
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American Imperial IPA
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4.11 | pDev: 13.87%
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
Portsmouth Imperial IPAPortsmouth Imperial IPA
Notes: Another beer in our stable with the “intense” designation hung around its neck. With almost double the malt as our Bottle Rocket IPA, 9% ABV and 22 pounds of hops, this medium-bodied golden ale has an amazing balance for such an assertive beer.
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very thoughtful and generous extra courtesy of Cam. Thanks kindly buddy!

22 oz bottle dated best by June 13' into a tulip. Pours a murky clouded burnt orange. Adequate clumpage lasts throughout the glass along with some haphazard lacing. Even when held to the light, I cannot see my hand on the other side of the glass: interesting.

Light citrus and oodles of nougat on the nose. Toasted malts, pine, and rye bread jump in as well. Certainly not overly brash here, but what it lacks in intensity it more than makes up for in depth.

This is a different IIPA. Up front is cool menthol and sharp mint. As the beer rolls along the tongue, the weight of the toasted bread malt character lay a weighty foundation on which the rest of the flavors travel. Rye and pumpernickel, dark earthy bread, leads to a palpable iced tea crescendo at the finish after a buildup throughout the sip. Along the back end a big spatter of pineapple juiciness flashes across my tasting places as well. Bitterness and sweetness harmonize well with neither brutalizing the other into submission.

This is a nice full bodied and sticky IIPA. At 9% it certainly leaves its mark. There is so much depth and complexity here that I found myself rushing through the first half of the bottle while trying to pin down all the goings on.

I dig Portsmouth. From memory I've had this, the gruit, Kate, and the Royal Impy Stout...possibly others....and I've really enjoyed each offering. Thanks again Cam! This was a pleasant surprise.

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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin, Apr 28, 2013
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3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, copper-brown coloring with a short, fluffy, foamy, off-white head that quickly settles into a sparse, uneven foam coating the surface. Aromas of candied sugar and caramel in the backbone, with a resiny, fresh hops presence to balance. Flavors are resiny and rich, with a deep green, cedar character toting a solid pepper spicing alongside the rich, layered, roasted caramel backbone. Very resiny and thick feeling aftertaste, with a slight highlight of grapefruit and pineapple sweetness making itself known. Resiny, slick finish with a deep bitterness left behind in mouth. Tasty brew...heavy.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber color. Murky in the middle with light coming thru around the edges. Half a finger of off white head falls to a nice top coating. There are a few spots of lacing.

It has a mild, balanced aroma. I smell pine, burnt caramel, toffee, mint, and hints of fruit. Reminds me more of a barleywine, really nice though.

Nice flavor as well. Sweet, and bitter are wrestling one another using my taste buds for the mat. Its a good, long fight, but bitter wins in the end. I taste caramel, mint, pine, and tea.

Medium to full in body, but it goes down easy. It feels cool at first, but gets warm, and bitter. Not an overwhelming bitter though.

What a great beer; Im sure glad I got to try this one! The taste, and especially its aroma are a bit off for style. It is still a great beer regardless.

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3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes from two samples, one on tap and one from a bottle. A very good looking brew poured into a goblet at the source. Rich amber color, good clarity, pretty active, with fluffy with head, good retention and thick lacing.

Pine oriented hop aroma is the main player. I get some boozy heat and faint malty influence. It's not bashful, but nor is it nuanced or complex.

Taste strikes a pretty nice balance between fairly sharp piny and grapefruit rind hop flavor and a sturdy malty sweet base. The resinous hoppy goodness overpowers he malty coming out of the middle and into the finish, while the bitterness increases and lingers.

Adequately carbonated, rich full body, medium viscosity, and a bitter finish that doesn't dry out much.

Overall, this is a pretty solid DIPA. The fairly aggressive hopping leads the way, but the sturdy malty base is evident and balances quite well. I'd have it again.

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sprucetip from Alaska, Oct 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: This pours an earthy caramel color, mostly transparent with a small beige head. Decent retention and spots of lace down the side of the glass.

Smell: Earthy, peaty, caramel malt. A bit of spicy pine and citrus hoppiness as well.

Taste: The malt presence up front is very smooth. A lot of earth and peat in the flavor, along with a lightly roasted character. Resiny pine and spruce combine with earthy and spicy notes to provide a strong hoppiness, with bitterness that lingers well through the finish. Some

Mouthfeel: A little bit buttery, smooth, and fuller than medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A smooth, enjoyable Imperial IPA with some good English character.

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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this botttle a month ago on the way back from snowboarding at Wildcat. 22 oz bomber was poured into a Sam Adams 16ox pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer and has left some nice lacing on the side of the glass. The beer is an amber/copper color. There is a little bit of carbonation running up the side of the glass.

Smell: The hops produce a piney and bitter smell. All this followed a slight sweet malt aroma

Taste: sweet malts and pine followed by a furocious bitterness at the end. OH YEAH. That was amazing, I think I need another sip. This beer fits the profile vey well and is alos boozy too. Love it.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, and medium carbonated.

Overall: This is a great Double IPA and would order another or buy a bottle if I was heading through Portsmouth again. Well worth it and a good sipper given the high ABV.

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Flounder57 from Massachusetts, May 04, 2011
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1.9/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Was dumpster diving (my part-time second job) when I found this sifting through the trash of a McDonalds. Ended up chugging the half finished bottle at the cage that Amon Amarth was playing in. Or maybe MasterSki provided it.

A - Not much head on this one, and no stick on the sides. Pours a burnt orange color.

S - I retched a little bit when I took a whiff of this one and an involuntary "WTF?!?" was uttered. This smells like the rotting kitchen garbage that my wife told me should have been taken out a week ago, but that I forgot about. Burnt sugars and garbage. Two others voluntarily offered up "vomit" as the predominant aroma. Sorry, kitchen garbage = 1.0 from me.

T - The taste is better, but still sucks. It tastes like rancid hops and oil, with a lot of burnt sugar. Also, I think it may taste like garbage tastes, but I'm not ever going to (voluntarily) find that out.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation. A little sticky, alcohol is hidden (by the garbage).

O - Avoid at all costs, unless you are into punishing yourself. The alcohol is hidden enough to keep this from geting a 1.0, although not sure how much of a win that is. This beer is disgusting. I saw Arbitrator gave it a D, and assumed he was just hatin' again, but I understand now.

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AgentZero from Illinois, Apr 24, 2011
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3.19/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Greg (Reagan1984) for this one. Mike (AgentZero) had acquired a growler a few weeks ago, but unfortunately it was flat when it arrived. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Pours with a dime of white foam that settles to a thin ring of bubbles. No lace and a few stray bubbles on-top. Lightly hazed dark orange body.

S - Yikes! This is very strange. Bread, burnt sugars, and a light note of garbage and vomit from the herbal hop character. Not good at all.

T - Taste is thankfully better. The malt character is at the forefront with a hefty amount of bread, yeast, and burnt sugars. There's some orange citrus character and thankfully none of the unpleasant flavors found in the aroma.

M - Lower, cask-style carbonation. Medium body, with some stickiness and oiliness. Well-hidden alcohol - never would have guessed it was 9.1%.

D - The hop aroma has this really unpleasant rancid character, and it's pretty hard to get past that. There's a mildly above-average DIPA here otherwise, but nothing spectacular. I keep trying more and more beers from this guys, but I keep being underwhelmed. Kate is looking like more of a one-hit wonder...

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MasterSki from Ontario (Canada), Apr 24, 2011
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4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to cooperellis for picking this up for me (along with others) when visiting the brewery.

a - poured a deep murky amber into portsmouth glass. thin ipa-ish head that could be revived when swirling the glass. lacing was sparse. much deeper in color than i expected, but nice.

s - nicely balanced fresh hops. not too sweaty and sticky, but strong and somewhat piny...definitely not overwhelming...very nice. much more subtle than i had expected and i dig this.

t - YUM! much like the nose, the taste is is a super balanced and even IPA. this is really tasty with a good malt backbone to complement the hops. not too much in any direction.

m - even carbonation, nice feel...medium bodied. not as thick as most double ipas, again...this i like.

o - overall, SUPER impressed with this beer. as not an extreme hophead, it is always a treat to get a double in my hands that doesn't kill my palette on the first sip and isn't overly thick or syrupy. very nice job on this beer...wish it was more accessible.

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cosmicevan from New York, Apr 17, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice fluffy white head sits atop the brass/amber colored beer. Not totally clear and not very hazy. Right on the edge. Clumps of lacing remain.

Aroma was less hop focused than expected and almost downright balanced. Don’t get me wrong, plenty of hop character, but with a nice light malt aroma. A few hints of spice as well.

The balance continues in the flavor. I think it’s important to note that it doesn’t taste “old” to me. Some of the tell tale fading DPA notes are not present. Some fruit notes along with a caramel note or two in the malt flavors. Not very bread like, but also not doughy.. The hop bitterness does not stand well above the sweeter/fruity notes. Interesting. What was spice in the aroma is more herbal in the flavor.

Mouth feel is full with an almost creamy smooth feel. Almost cask like. Carbonation is very modest. Nice.

I did enjoy this, but in a totally different way than I initially expected.

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Reagan1984 from Massachusetts, Apr 13, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz brown bottle, served in an oversized wine glass.

Hazy, burnt copper/light amber in color. Creamy, off-white head that fades to a whispy sheet, but not before leaving rings of lacing around the rim of the glass.

Bright hop aromas: citrus and grapefruit for sure, but the aroma is primarily tropical fruit with a creamy, toasted malt character. Touches of bright pine amidst a complex, swarming alcohol presence.

The creamy, sweet biscuit malt character is very complex for an Imperial IPA with a light touch of diacetyl. Rounded honeydew melon, peach, and pear which complement the semi-sweet malt. Warming alcohol presence at mid-sip that is met with a dry, strong pine flavor. Unbelievably complex and balanced for such bold flavors.

Full bodied; creamy, oily, and dry. As bold in texture as in flavor, and just as balanced.

A big, bold beer with tremendous balance.

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NEhophead from Massachusetts, Apr 08, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I am in New Hampshire for the Great Bay Half Marathon...its the night before a race and ....why not drink some....ok....alot of the local beer!!! The Imperial IPA from Portsmouth is good. I have issues with Imperial IPAs cuz the heavy alcohol, but they are always good for a pint. This beer has a smooth copper color with thin white head and great lace. The smell has sweetness tied in with subtle pine and citrus. This beer has body...no question! The smell funnels into the taste of this beer. There is too much ABV to Session...certainly worth a taste.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

great big thanks to straffordmilitia for the brew as well as the glass i'm getting ready to pour it into - both included inside the box i found on my front porch yesterday afternoon. cheers !

poured cold from the bottle to a portsmouth brewery balloon glass a crisp, clear, translucent copper with a finger and a half, big bubbled, relatively short lasting light tan head leaving spotty lace to the rim after each sip.

big and varied aroma - big hops, tropical, fruity with pine in the wayback. also hints of candied something or other.

big bitter hops character, less tropical than the nose, leaning more to the floral side i'd say. the bitter is all over the mouth, fading to semi-sweet malts of the caramel variety, but the bitter comes right back - ever present on the tongue, the roof of the mouth and on both cheeks.

smooth and creamy, big bitter, medium to low carbonation, enjoyable.

drinkable - hmmm... probably not more than the bomber.

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3.01/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, dark rust color with a one and a half finger off white head. Head reduces to a foamy cap and leaves decent lacing on the glass.

The nose seems both extremely hoppy and extremely sweet, yet it doesn't seem all that balanced. There seems to be a clear line with hops on one side and sweet malt on the other. There are some tropical fruits present, as well as some herbal hops and a hint of pine. There is a substantial sweet malt aroma. If the aromas blended together better this would be an excellent, balanced nose

The taste has the same flavors without the clear division of the hops and malt, but the sweet caramel malt flavor stands out more than the hops. There is a hint of some tropical fruit, but it's the herbal and medicinal variety that provide the hop character here. The sweetness is there almost from the beginning and sticks on through the finish.

The body is slick, thick and syrupy with very low carbonation. At times the sweetness is almost cloying and sticks to the tongue.

Overall this is probably too sweet of a DIPA for me. The hops aren't all that strong and what does show through is often overshadowed by the sweet characteristics.

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ms11781 from Massachusetts, Apr 02, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having this on tap at the brewpup. They have it listed as 9.5%. Poured into a tulip. This one pours with a nice amber colored body with a thick creamy white head. The head settles down leaving a thick rim of soapy lace.

This smells great. Nice juicy citrus smell with a floral hop profile and malt backbone to support this. Caramel malts are noticable on this with a juicy sweetness and a nice bitter finish. Pretty simple, but taste damn good.

The feel is a bit heavy and kind of sticky. Nice soft carbonation on this though. Overall, this is a pretty kick ass DIPA. And it drinks like it's a seven percent beer at the most. Always glad when this is on tap.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler secured at Portsmouth on 3/12/11 and opened the following day with friends back in PA. Poured into a newly acquired Portsmouth snifter, this brew appears a polished copper red color with a finger of creamy head. The cap slowly dissolves leaving a webbing of lacework on the glass. A light swirl revives the head with a yellowish tan stained coloration.

The smell of this brew is bright with hops that display an initial catty character before mixing with a more herbal and spicy aspect. As more sniffs are taken some fruity and grassy suggestions reveal themselves. There is a toasty malt background which gives hints of caramel and toffee sweetness.

The taste of this brew is modest herbal hop bitterness that has a catty flavor mixed with grass. Toasted malt provides some notes of caramel and toffee flavoring without providing much backing sweetness. There is a clingy herbal hop bitterness that lasts inside the mouth with a strong resinous cling.

The way the alcohol is hidden in this brew is probably the most notable aspect. It is hidden quite well, but is integrated in such a way that it's evident only in a warming factor seemingly only after the glass is empty. I would never guessed 9+ % abv in this. It is a medium to full bodied brew with a light level of carbonation that is very easy drinking. Well done.

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Apr 01, 2011
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2.31/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Generously extra'd by AleLovinRuskie - Thanks, Pal!

Appearance -- Medium amber hue with golden highlights and a slim sudsy white head. Not hazy, but catches light well.

Smell -- Tropical fruits, drupes, bright citrus notes, mild pine resin, and caramel malt. Dynamic and varied, but overly sweet.

Taste -- Very malty, dripping with caramel and crystal malt sweetness. Hop profile leans hard toward fruits: apricots and peaches, mild tangerine. Hop bitterness is sturdy, but not in proper proportion with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium body with mild carbonation - syrupy. Alcohol makes itself known in the finish in the means of a mild sharpness in the throat.

Overall -- My gripes with this particular IIPA is that it so sweet, nearly cloying. Additionally, the weak carbonation is only more proof of how not crisp-tasting or refreshing this beer is. Hop bitterness is certainly there, but so much of the hop profile serves to emphasize the malt sweetness rather than act as a counterbalance.

Of course, your mileage may vary.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Portsmouth Brewery poured into a brewery logo bubble glass.

Beer pours a nice, hazy orange color with thick, fluffy off-white head. The following lacing was very lustrous and enjoyable.

The aroma is citrusy hops and citrus fruit, grapefruit, lemon zest, etc. The taste is also very citrusy, but not too sweet. There is a nice caramel maltiness that works to counteract the bitterness of the hops.

The mouthfeel is on the weightier side of medium bodied with a lovely viscousness that was thoroughly delightful. As drinkability, it's quite outstanding for an Imperial IPA. It's not a hop bomb by any stretch. It's a nice sipper which I really enjoyed.

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pburland23 from Pennsylvania, Mar 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank on-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a slightly hazed, crimson-amber color with a one-finger head of creamy, off-white froth. Drippy blocks of lacing clung to the sides of the glass. The head slowly faded to a thin, resilient cap.

The aroma was super hoppy yet balanced. Candied orange peel came through strong. Subtle tropical fruit notes were also detectible. Slightly spicy with an underlying brown sugar sweetness.

Citrusy hops played a major component in the flavor profile as well. Rich, caramel malts appeared up front before the hops showed their face. Orange zest was quite noticeable. Fruity in the center. The finish was sticky and piney but not overly bitter. Somewhat spicy. Toward the drink's end, a hint of alcohol was detectible.

The liquid was smooth and supple on the palate. Slightly syrupy. Medium bodied with a lively, fine bubbled effervescence.

Portsmouth Imperial IPA is a fantastically flavorful and drinkable DIPA. If you like your double IPAs balanced and heavy on orange flavor, I would definitely recommend this to you.

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Damian from Massachusetts, Mar 14, 2011
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4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

*Reviewed from notes*

Pours a reddish/golden amber with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma is of fresh tropical fruit, pine, and earthy/resiny hops. Flavor follows the nose: Tropical fruits combine with sweet toffee caramel malts. Finishes with a bitter earthy hop bite. Mild carbonation with a sticky finish. Very well put together IPA.

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muttyd from Massachusetts, Mar 14, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took home a growler after Kate Day

A: Pours a copper/manderin red, a little hazy, no head (good inch head on tap and fresh from growler, the carbonation is starting to fade now).

S: Very sweet citrus hops with some pine in the background. Just opening the cap of the growler is enough to get assaulted with tropical fruits! Sweetness seems more candy sugar like than caramel.

T: Just a ton of tropical fruits and citrus (tangerine, apricot, grapefruit, lemon) with a good bit pine bitterness in the background. There's a solid malt base with candy sugar sweetness and maybe just a tiny bit of toffee. Toasted grains come through towards the middle and finish. The alcohol is mostly in the background but pops out with a spicy/peppery quality. Finish is dry, pine bitterness, and spicy alcohol.

M: Medium to high carbonation off the tap (getting flat on me now), close to full body. This has to be one of the more viscous and velvety smooth DIPAs I've had. The finish slides down incredibly smoothly even in the face of the alcohol and bitterness. Quite impressive.

D: While this is 9%, I can't help but fly through glass after glass. While sipping might be the right thing to do here, I just can't get myself to slow down, it's just flows over the palate too easily.

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Satchboogie from New Hampshire, Mar 09, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light yellow color with a big sticky white head. The smell is part citrusy and part piney and really sticks in your nose. The taste is really well balanced between a nice bitterness and a small malt backbone. Mouthfeel was slighkty under car images but still a a very drinkable beer. I would put this beer in the top five double ipas I have ever had wiu Pliny the elder heady topper ghandi bot and dreadnaught

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rowingbrewer from Massachusetts, Mar 08, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle given to me by Thorpe, again. Thanks Mike, enjoyed while I watched the Super Bowl.

Beer is reddish / amber and quite hazy, decent white head of small bubbles, lacing all over the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks good.

Beer has a sweet aroma. Mildly hoppy, mostly malty. Interesting, smells good.

Beer is medium bodied and sweet, but not syrupy, on the forward. It is moderately hoppy on the backend of the beer. Nice and chewy, good drinkability, it's not a huge hop god of a beer either though, it's just OK.

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drabmuh from Maryland, Feb 07, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from my notes. Served at the pub after I completed the Portsmouth's Seacoast half marathon. It was served in a logo goblet.

My glass is filled with a rusty orange liquid. It is an opaque beer, but I can see a few streams of rising carbonation. It is capped by an off-white foamy soap bubble head. As I drink it, plenty of lace is left behind.

An aroma filled with dirty, bitter hops. It is bready and grainy.

The flavor can be classified as tasty, crisp and bitter. Some crystal sugar sweetness. Citrus hops throughout. They tickle my tongue. It ends with an oily aftertaste and a small burn of alcohol. Overall, I find it to be very tasty.

Full bodied with medium carbonation levels. Some stickiness is left on my lips. It has an oily consistency. The bitter and oily coat feels spicy. It feels very much like what one expects from a DIPA.

This is a slow drinker, but not too slow! I could enjoy a couple glasses of this, especially with the right dish accompanying it. I want to get some bottles of this, if they are available. [They weren't; next time, I'll try for a growler]

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4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok folks. I'm rushing through this review because I'm sneaking it in when I'm supposed to be walking over to my girlfriend's place. Let's hope she's not reading my blog today.

The appearance of this bad boy is truly nice. A rich orange amber with beautiful head and lacing that clings all over my snifter, this "IPA^2" from Portsmouth is translucent, but not transparent. The smell is really what blows you away. It smacks you in the face with hops. Citrus peel hops. A bit of booze in the nose. A bit of booze in the taste. But it's imperial, and the bottle says it. The taste is hoppy as hell, and bites at the front, gives you caramel malts in the middle, and a nice bitter finish that winds up clean.

Thanks to CooperEllis for this bottle. I'm really enjoying the drink and its medium body. Normal, but doing everything right for me. Even when I'm not.

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afksports from New York, Jan 13, 2011
Portsmouth Imperial IPA from Portsmouth Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 124 ratings