5 C's IPA
Portsmouth Brewery

5 C's IPA5 C's IPA
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Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #665
Ranked #7,762
4.08 | pDev: 9.8%
Jul 09, 2020
Sep 05, 2008
5 C's IPA5 C's IPA
Notes: Our interpretation of a West Coast IPA is golden, medium-bodied ale that is very hop forward. The use of Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial and Crystal hops makes this beer a hophead’s dream.
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4.24 by artf from Pennsylvania on Jul 09, 2020
3.89 by Sellen from Connecticut on Aug 26, 2017
3.75 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Apr 03, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

On tap at the brewpub. Solid beer, would definitely have it again.

Jul 27, 2015
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4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Richard-Scott from Georgia

Hazy orange yellow. definitely west coast dry hop bomb. Lost head a little quick. Tastes great! Good first stop in Portsmouth.

Jul 24, 2015
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

Clear and copper colored with a thin head. Sticky resin flavor and taste. Outright bitter with a nice sweet undertone. Excellent beer.

Jul 19, 2015
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Kendo from New York

A: Poured from the growler into a tulip glass. Body is slightly hazy orangey-amber with a thick but short off-white head. Nice sheets of foamy lace.

S: Citrusy and florally hops. Not a terribly overwhelming nose, but it's nice for an IPA.

T: Bready malt foundation is followed by citrusy hops - grapefruit, grapefruit peel and a lemony finish that lingers nicely.

M: Call it medium in heft, modest creaminess.

O: Good stuff.

Jul 18, 2015
3.69 by John213 from Connecticut on Jul 12, 2015
4 by Cooper from Minnesota on Jul 11, 2015
4.15 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire on May 01, 2015
3.67 by Jd2391 from Illinois on Dec 19, 2014
3.25 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Dec 15, 2014
3.52 by anewlanguage from Massachusetts on Nov 11, 2014
3.75 by brandonld23 from Massachusetts on Sep 15, 2014
3.75 by NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire on Sep 13, 2014
4 by Gingerfart from New Hampshire on Sep 06, 2014
4 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Sep 01, 2014
4 by bobv from Vermont on Jul 10, 2014
4 by zestar from California on May 31, 2014
3.75 by Syraquse from New York on Apr 07, 2014
3.75 by pieface22 from New Hampshire on Apr 05, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by timfc from New Jersey

This is a case of preference, not really quality... I happen to come of age in Portland and started drinking west coast hop bombs, don't get me wrong, the very best west coast hop bombs. But, I realized that I strongly prefer balance to my beer.

Thus, the 5Cs is one of my favorite hoppy IPAs. I almost always want a bit more body than I get, but, I'll put back a few pints of these any time it's on.

Mar 30, 2014
4 by PEIhop from Massachusetts on Feb 26, 2014
3.75 by kdivers from New Hampshire on Feb 24, 2014
4 by Auror from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2014
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

I forgot about Crystal. I was going to guess Citra. I guess that's for 6 C's.

Golden orange with a sticky head. Lasting retention.

Sappy pine and citrus leap out of the bottle but take awhile to emerge from a dense foamy head once in the glass. Doughy malt. Smells like freshly picked peaches once it's been sitting in my glass for a bit.

Plenty bitter, the bitterness overshoots the hop flavors in my opinion. Orangey grapefruit up front with the aforementioned pine sap bitter upon swallowing.

There's so many great IPAs out there right now this very good IPA doesn't stack up. That's not so much a knock on 5Cs but a testament to the recent explosion of fine hoppy beers.

Thanks to Kate and Dana for picking this up.

Feb 23, 2014
3.75 by AOShabaz from Massachusetts on Jan 29, 2014
4 by shehateme from Massachusetts on Jan 28, 2014
4.25 by GETTNCRUNKED from Massachusetts on Jan 26, 2014
4.5 by noyellowfizzbeer from Massachusetts on Jan 18, 2014
4 by billab914 from Virginia on Jan 11, 2014
4 by REVZEB from Illinois on Jan 09, 2014
4 by ajcormier from New Hampshire on Oct 31, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by joe1510 from Illinois

64oz Growler

This is yet another great beer received from the man himself Kegatron, thanks again Heath! 5 Cs IPA has a body that glows sunset orange with a slight haziness throughout. The dish soap white head rises to two fingers on the pour and barely settles below that. The head is super creamy with sticky lacing covering the glass 100%. It's been awhile since I've seen a head take hold such as this one. This is one fine looking IPA to put it lightly.

Big juicy, fruity citrus greets me the second I jam my beak down into the glass. Grapefruit, tangerine, and even some mango jump out while an undercurrent of pine holds it's own in the back. The pine actually stands out more with the deeper pulls I take off this brew. The citrus is of the sweetened, candied variety and sits atop a rich caramel backbone. There is a good deal of hops tossed into this IPA and the aromas range from citrus to pine and spicy to herbal all at once. There's a very complex hoppiness to the nose.

All those hop complexities wash across the tongue with each sip. Caramel and a somewhat sweet almost tea like quality lay down the base for the generous hopping. The hops come across as citrusy up front (grapefruit, orange, and tangerine) while they're met with a nice spicy character. The piney, resinous quality doesn't come across until the swallow and slaps down a solid layer of bitterness that I'm hugely fond of. The resin lingers on my tongue long after each drink has disappeared.

The mouthfeel couldn't get much better. A soft carbonation and a moderate body make for an incredibly velvety feel. The bitterness lingers along the sides of the tongue and in the throat.

Drinkability is way up there. A pint disappears far too quickly. While the hops bring some bitterness it never gets too much to enjoy multiple glasses.

Portsmouth brews some great beers and 5 C's is right up there at the top. This really is a good IPA, one I'd love to be able to pick up in this area. I'd pass by a lot of others on the shelves to get to this one. Thanks for the great brew Heath, send more!

Reviewed: 2/28/09

Aug 19, 2013
4 by EricDu from New Hampshire on May 25, 2013
3.75 by Kelp from New Hampshire on Apr 23, 2013
4 by seplo from Connecticut on Apr 14, 2013
4 by smutty33 from Connecticut on Apr 12, 2013
4.25 by Satchboogie from Belgium on Mar 27, 2013
4 by Seanniek91 from Rhode Island on Mar 25, 2013
5 C's IPA from Portsmouth Brewery
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