Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA
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Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPAPortsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #668
Ranked #5,985
4.04 | pDev: 9.16%
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States
Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPAPortsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA
Notes: 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
Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 227 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mynie from Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This appears to have been renamed "Lola." Only there's no mention of Lola on this or any other site. But I swear to god it's what the chalkboard said and what I ordered.

Anyhow, pours simple: dark gold, mildly fizzy, nice white head. Smells of crisp orange and a little bit of pine--the kind of profile that would have been a mighty wallop in 2007 but seems kinda tame now, but it's nicely balanced.

Tastes like it smells: spritely pine and citrus hops against a crisp cereal background with a nice yeast finish. Pretty basic, but it gets the job done enough that you don't have any problem ordering another.

Apr 30, 2015
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BigCheese from Massachusetts

4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a sample and a free pint.

Lots of dry hopping going on. Very fruity, great aroma and session-able. A pretty normal amber color for an IPA thats quite hazy and leaves a nice lacing. Bitterness was very managable and wasnt taxing on palate at all. I got some oranges, pineapple, berries, grapefruit ect, not the pacific northwest hops but maybe more new zealand/southern hemisphere hops. I really enjoyed this one though, too bad I cant buy it anywhere.

Very clean yeast character for an unfiltered brew.

Jun 24, 2014
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass, best before August. Pours a hazy bright orange, with a wonderful 2 inch white head that leaves behind excellent lacing. Smell is tangerine, pineapple, mango, cut grass, pine, and grapefruit. Taste is all of that, very well balanced, loads of citrus upfront, with a piney grapefruit finish. Body is medium, plenty of life, not dry, and easy sipping. This is one of the finest IPAs going.

Jun 13, 2013
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Cavanaghty from Maine

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a beige head of about 3 fingers.

Smell: Very citrusy and mild alcohol smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Citrus and Hops are at the front with a good ending of hops that leaves a pleasant aftertaste that is a mild bittersweet.

Overall: Good beer! I will have this one again.

Sep 28, 2012
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours copper with a developed head. Head is off-white and fluffed. Laces quite well. Mild light penetration.

S-Mellow aroma. Citrusy hops and grains along with a full caramel malt bill. Pine perhaps matches the citrus in terms of intensity. Nose is not exceptional. Definitely a bit let down.

T-A slight step up from the nose but not too much. I am getting a semi-concentrated pairing of pine and citrus. The hop profile doesn't stand out with any unique or complex aspects. Balanced and a tad bland.

M-Medium bodied with mellow carbonation. Lightly resinous. Bitterness is not long lasting.

O/D-Disappointed by this one. Does not stand up to its competition. Lacks individuality. An enjoyable IPA but this will not leave a lasting impression with me.

Jul 23, 2012
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ms11781 from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler filled on 03/10/2012 poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a minimal off-white head. What little head does develop disappears almost immediately. There is a tiny bit of wispy foam that is left on the glass but, like the head, it's minimal. The beer doesn't look all that special or greater, probably due to the serving type.

The nose isn't all that strong. Definite floral and herbal notes but nothing that really stands out above the rest. There is a touch of sweet malt that comes across but it's also not very strong.

The taste follows closely with the nose. It's actually almost exactly the same aside from a slight bitterness at the finish. The floral and herbal hops are met almost equally by some sweet caramel malt. As with the nose none of it is that strong aside from a nice, pleasant bitterness that finishes each sip.

Medium body with low carbonation. The beer has a creaminess to it but definitely feels a bit fuller than is normal for the style, most likely due to the lack of carbonation.

This beer was just ok for me and it seems that maybe the growler has had a negative effect on the board despite being filled the day before. It lacks the crispness and bolder hop flavors typical with the style. Perhaps a pint from the tap or bottle is in order.

Mar 12, 2012
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Boppar from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask (dry-hopped with CTZ) at Portsmouth Brewery.

A: Pours a foamy golden amber with three fingers of frothy white head.

S: Honey, pine, flowers.

T: The taste is bright, floral, and supported by a malty backbone. Bittering hops are in evidence on the finish, but for a dry-hopped American IPA, this about as non-bitter as they come.

M: Smooth, creamy, and medium-bodied.

O: Excellent. For fans of the style, this is a must-try, and even non-hopheads will appreciate this approachable and sessionable IPA.

Mar 11, 2012
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.02/5  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.

Mar 09, 2012
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CliffBrake from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev 0%
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.

Mar 09, 2012
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Mar 07, 2012
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Mar 05, 2012
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Nov 15, 2011
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this ontap at the brewery.

A - Poured into a pint glass at the brewpub a hazy amber hue with basically no head. It was just a tiny, thin wisp of a halo thanks to a poor pour.

S - Typical grapefruit and pine/oil aromas with some light malt sweetness. Very mild.

T - Taste is the same. Very mild grapefruit rind and pine with some subtle malt sweetness. Really just too mild and unassertive.

M - Not a bad mouthfeel. Smooth, clean, slightly crisp. Very drinkable.

O - Overall, this wasn't a bad IPA. Its just there are so many better IPA offerings. I expected more from Portsmouth.

Nov 05, 2011
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PicoPapa from Connecticut

3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a murky brownish amber color with an inch of head. Tons of lacing. Aroma is of citrus/grapefruit and piney hops. Taste is of citrus fruits with maybe some apricots. Nice bitterness. A bit floral at the end. Somewhat sweet. A bit of a dry mouthfeel. Overall, a solid IPA.

Nov 04, 2011
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Kinsman from California

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came home with a bottle of this delicious IPA from the brewery yesterday but was also fortunate enough to enjoy this on cask, dry-hopped with Amarillo.

Hazy copper orange colored body and capped by a dense and thick white head.

Nice floral character on the nose. A bit of grapefruit as well. Similar experience on the palate. Dry-hop amarillo adds a good dose of citrus character. Plenty of bitterness, to the point that it works your palate pretty hard over the course of a pint.

Mouthfeel has a wonderfully smooth cask texture and served a bit warmer than the typical keg (not quite room temp I'd say). Low carbonation and a medium body feel. Overall, this was a fine beer to enjoy on cask, but I'm find with having in bottle or on keg just as well.

Nov 03, 2011
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Bendurgin from Maine

4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at the brew pub. This pours a light hazy amber color with just a thin rim of white.

Smells full of of grapefruit and some pine in the aroma. A little bit of caramel sweetness. The taste is similiar to the aroma. Grapefruit hops with a little bit of caramel to the finish.

Light feel with good carbonation. Seems better on tap than the bottle. But there is nothing wrong with the bottle.

Aug 16, 2011
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andrewinski1 from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. There is a solid layer of off-white foam atop a light golden body.

The aroma is mild but mostly full of herbal flowery hops.

The taste starts with sweet malt and some herbal bitterness. There is a slight taste of bubblegum to go with a bitter finish.

The body is medium and the carbonation is crisp.

Good stuff but not quite excellent.

Aug 16, 2011
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Azurescens from Washington

3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/8/11

A: Pours a pretty clear orange with off-white head and decent retention.

S: Some herbal and citrus hop notes with crisp pale malts. Lacks the strong hop-forward aroma that I expect from an IPA.

T: Strong hop bitterness up front with sweet and juicy floral hop resins on top of a sweet and crisp malt backbone. Pretty malt forward for an IPA, great beer, good IPA.

M: Smooth and crisp medium body that finishes dry, moderate carbonation.

O: Delicious and drinkable beer has all the bitterness of an IPA but lacks the hop aromas and flavors that I was hoping for.

May 09, 2011
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Portsmouth brewpub on 3/12/11. Served in a pint glass, this brew appears a hazed copper orange color with a creamy off-white frothy finger of head. Decent powers I'd retention with a ring of lace that is left in the glass with every sip.

The aroma displays hop characteristics that are citrusy and orange rind-like. The nose is sweet and fruity with floral notes. However, the bouquet is a bit muted. A very enjoyable scent just mild. As it warms more of a grapefruit scent comes forward with some caramel malt indications.

The taste is bitter and hoppy with rindy flavors contrasted by a floral and sweet taste. The bitterness seems herbal an reminiscent of grapefruit. There is a bit of a catty element to the taste that deepens the layers of hop characteristics. There is a lasting bitterness inside the mouth that tastes like pulp/rinds of grapefruit and orange. Faint caramel malt flavor in present but hardly holds up to the characteristics of the hops that are clingy with a resinous feel.

This is a medium bodied brew with modest carbonation. It is easy drinking and very well balanced. A very pleasant take on the style. The alcohol creeps up on you a bit with a spicy tingle and warmth in the back of the throat. I will say that the lack of a bold aroma initially had me dissapointed. However, as the experience continued this brew really opened up to have a real depth and layering of both flavor and aroma. I'll take that treat/surprise any day.

Mar 31, 2011
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bishopdc0 from Maine

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden in color with a decent head to start it fades but leaves a nice lacing.

The aroma hits with a citrus hops seems more centennial then cascade but I could be wrong. The malt is subdued but does come through
The taste is a mild ipa imn the west coast term but for me it is very well balenced. It starts with a heavy carbonation on the tongue citrus takes over and a slight bitter follows the carbonatio.

Mar 22, 2011
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gdrydenc from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased today 3/14/11 at the Portsmouth Brewery store.

A - Pours a medium straw with an inch of light tan head.

S - A bit of citrusy hops, nothing screams out at me though. A bit of bitterness, but not a whole lot else.

T - Much like the smell. Not a whole lot of flavor. The forward begins to be fruity, but the finish is a bit too bitter. I was hoping for a more full flavored beer, but frankly this is just lacking.

M - For an IPA, the carbonation is spot on. Not syrupy at all, which is excellent.

D - For the price, this is an excellent drinking IPA. Low alcohol, which is nice. I just wish it had more flavor to it. All I really found in it was a little hop character and a bit of bitterness.

Mar 15, 2011
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mirish72 from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber on a recent trip through Portsmouth. Comes in a brown 22oz bottle with paper bag wrapping and the brewery logo, nice presentation.

Pours an orange/amber with nice lacing and a one finger head. Has a nice hoppy aroma, piney and citrus notes, but not overpowering.

Taste wise the beer did not have the same "pow" that I was expecting. I think I assumed it would be like a super fresh Finest Kind and I was a little disappointed when it didn't make me pucker and take the enamel off my teeth. That being said, overall this a solid and very drinkable IPA and I would definitely pick it up again.

Jan 01, 2011
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice frothy 1+ finger head that fades semi quickly with big bubbles, over hazy peach orange color. A bit of lacing.

Nose brings some light fresh hops, a bit of citrus, some citric fruits, a light malty base underneath, a slight bit of pine and grassy hop. The hops are there and fresh, but not very heavy.

Taste comes with a creamy malt base to start, some hoppy flavors under that, bringing some light citrus hops, some pine, bit of herbal flavors, semi sweet, and fairly bitter. From what I remember this is severely subdued from what I remember on draft and I picked it up a couple weeks ago at the brewery. Finish gets a little more bitter, as the hops seem to come out more on the finish, bring a bit of spicy hops as well. A bit of dryness and hint of sticky feel.

Mouth is medium to lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is pretty good, pretty light, it gets somewhat bitter, especially at the finish, but not overly, dries nicely too. A bit of malts help balance it as well. A nice drinking IPA.

Dec 24, 2010
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NCSUdo from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Copper body under a good sized white head. Good lace and excellent retention. Great looking beer.

S: Hoppy, but not too over the top, blend of citrus, pine, herbal hop with a good malt backbone. Very balanced.

T: Slightly sweet up front before big hops jump in, pine and slightly herbal, very light mint, big bitter finish. Again, very balanced.

M/D: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Good drinkability. Very solid AIPA.

Dec 14, 2010
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IHC from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great IPA! as others have noted it is medium amber in color.

The smell is good with a just a mild hint of malt and a decent but not strong smell of hop aroma. When it comes to IPA's i've smelled many beers stronger but this one holds it's own.

The taste of hops is immediately present as you take a sip and quickly you can taste a bit of maltyness before a slight bitterness from the hops at the end.

this is an exceptionally drinkable IPA. Unlike other IPA's this one feels like you could drink it all night. Dont get me wrong I love other IPA's but sometimes after one or two your done, not so with this one. I feel like I could drink this one all night!

Dec 13, 2010
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