Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2 | Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2
BEER INFO

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

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop Harvest 2 is an ESB with a beautiful balance between malt and fresh wet hops. It is brewed with Pacific Northwest Citra hops from B.T. Loftus Ranches in Yakima, WA. 60 pounds of fresh wet hops went into this 7 BBL batch both late in the boil, as well in the hopback. HH2 is a hop head's wet dream - it's resinous with grapefruit aromatics and tons of fresh wet hop flavor.

Added by lordofthewiens on 10-01-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
54
Reviews:
36
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 36
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3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a murky orangish-amber color. There was a small off white head that left lots of lacing. Good nose. Citrus and tropical hop notes. The taste is quite good. Mainly hops, with a touch of caramel malt sweetness in the background. hops are citrus and tropical. Nice!

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

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

Smell: Herbal, citrus, grassy, toasted, biscuit, cracker, oatmeal, and some sweetness.

Taste: Pretty much same as above with mild bitterness in the glass. This year's hop harvest was not as tasty as previous years when I compared my notes to others. Lots of toasted grains, bready malts, oatmeal, and some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and slight bitterness.

Overall: Pretty nice ESB. Love the fresh hop characteristic and good to see them use on a style other than an a
IPA. I wish I could have tried previous years to compare, but this is only a one time fall brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of NateWilleverpott
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you like Citra Hops this one is for you! Opened a bottle and immediately got huge grapefruit/passionfruit/tropicalfruits. My Fiancé could smell it from the other room before pouring it! All that nice grapefruit on the nose follows through in the taste. Amazing stuff. Just enough bitterness to cut all the sweetness from the hops and malt. I hope P.Brew will brew up another batch this fall!

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of FrankLloydMike
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Durge
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear yellow amber colored ale with a healthy white foam on top with plenty of lacing. The aroma is whoa Nellie cat piss and skunky cereal. Wonderful to any hop head! The flavor is true to the aroma with sweet lemon/grapefruit grass and a thick grain base that coats the tongue. This is probably pretty one-dimensional to some folks but who’s complaining? Hop bite abounds in this medium bodied brew with understated carbonation that supports the bright, somewhat eye-opening hops. There’s a slight chalky feel in the finish but through it all is this bold pissiness that mellows into a hop heavenly blend of harvest grains. A hop sessionable brew that further boosts my respect for Portsmouth Brewing.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of KTCamm
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours medium/dark amber. Light foam top with some around the ring. Grassy pine smell. Malty taste with a light bitter taste - not as much as the smell might suggest. Smooth, well balanced, hop blends in easily. Easy drinker with lots of flavor. Good beer.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 13 oz tulip. Pours a clear reddish orange, with a half inch of fairly sticky off white head. I got the growler from a friend that didn't love it, so the seal had been broken and I bet it would have had more life & lacing if new. Smell is tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. Taste all of that, with some floral undertones and a little more bitter finish than you would expect from the smell. The body is nice, fairly heavy for the ABV. I really think this is a special beer, smell reminds me of Heady Topper.

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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap@ the Portsmouth Brewery (Portsmouth, NH) on 10/1/11. Served in a pint glass. ABV listed as 5.5%.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of off-white creamy froth. This retains with a thin richness that throws up a foamy cascade of lacing, which hangs in a robust smattering on the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh, floral, and herbal, with a zesty citrus character and is punctuated with notes of pine and spice. A grainy sweetness adds some support underneath. All those delicious hops flavors are just all jumbled up in the nose here and the overall freshness of this literally has them just blasting up your nose with each sniff.

The taste is fresh and juicy hops the whole way through the profile, being very flavorful, and only getting really aggressive toward the backend, with spice, resins, and pith all lingering with a moderate dryness in the finish. More malty notes of lightly sweet caramel and toasted bread round out the edges and help keep this balanced while simultaneously keeping the focus of the profile on those hop flavors, with the fresh robustness of this really coming out strong across the back of the palate after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with a lively sharpness up front that then smoothes out considerably thanks to huge amount of underlying oil slickness from the hops. The body feels more like Pale Ale strength to me but there is no doubt that the overall package is extremely easy drinking.

This was a pretty darn excellent Fresh Hop Ale. One that you could really feel those vibrant hops literally just jumping out of the glass at you. Delicious and refreshing, I could have gone at this all afternoon long. This is definitely one of the better beers that I’ve had form here.

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Portsmouth Hop Harvest #2 from Portsmouth Brewery
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