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Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPAPortsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA
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Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPAPortsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA

Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Bierman9 on 06-07-2003

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to the kind trader that sent this one my way. Been sitting in the fridge for a couple weeks, and decided to open this one up with dinner tonight. Twenty two ounce bottle served in a pint glass. Consumed 08/19/2008.

The pour was nice, your typical good IPA look. Lightly azed deep orange amber. Lots of carbonation streaking up towards the surface. Nice two inch puff of white head across the top. Nice retention as well with a slow fade and a good amount of side glass lace.

The aroma was highly hopped as one would expect. Nice floral, citric display here, hints of orange and grapefruit with a touch of light pineapple. Some bisuit like malts trying to balance but to no avail. Smae with the flavor. Not harsh or biting, rather this was more of a subtle, resin like hops. Lots of balance as it warms with bready malts pushing their way through, but only temporaily as the the bitter hop show took over in the finish leaving behind a long drawn out bitter finish. Nice carbonation in a chewy body left for a pleasnt expeirence, and the beer itself was very drinkable, easily polishing off the bottle in a sitting.

Overall not a bad IPA at all. I like the IIPA better from them, however this one was very sessionable and a quality ale. Go get this one./

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the brewpub in Portsmouth. What a nice IPA! Poured a hazy orange with little head but very nice lacing. The smell is very piney, but with an undercurrent of citrus running through it. The taste has big citrus and pine flavors well balanced between the two of them, and restrained malt that is just enough to support the big hop flavors. The mouthfeel is clean and medium bodied. No graininess or thickness here. Beautifully drinkable and just a delight fresh at the brewpub in this great little town.

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Photo of number1bum
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from BeerTruth...thanks my friend.

Pours a very orange amber color with a chill haze and about a finger and a half of ivory head. Head isn't terribly creamy, more fizzy and bubbly, and gives way to a thin lace, which then disappears pretty much completely. Leaves very little stick.

Smell has a big burst of citrus hops along with ample caramel malt. Simple yet very nice.

Taste starts off with some citrus and pine hop flavor, along with some bready and caramel malt, but then all of a sudden it falls flat. Very strange - midway through it becomes quite thin, feels flat and seemingly falls apart. I am puzzled. There is a substantial amount of hop bitterness, which ends up being the saving grace for this beer, which otherwise is undermined by the thin feel.

This has a medium body but it feels terribly thin, especially when, as I describe, it just sort of thins out and falls part. Carbonation is very low.

This started out promising but seemed a bit rough around the edges, and doesn't seem terribly well put together. This one has potential, but for now it falls short of being a great IPA.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a one-finger off-white head that fades slowly. Leaves pretty good lacing all the way down the glass.

Mostly a floral hop aroma with a hint of pine in the background. There's a solid malt presence in the background as well.

Like the nose, the taste is big on floral hops with just a hint of bitter pine. There's a solid bready, biscuity malt backbone, but the floral hops dominate. Slightly bitter, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

If I didn't always want to try what else was on tap at the brewery, I could probably drink these all night long.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden/orange color with a decent sized head, fades slowly, leaves a good top layer of foam, some patchy lacing on the sides.

Smell has a slight pine aroma, but is fairly weak and I can't make out much more.

Taste starts out with a caramel malt taste then nicely melds into a piney hop bitterness, crisp and very light for an IPA, goes down quite easily.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to joepais for the chance to try this one!

A - Orangish-brown in color with thin dirty white head. Quickly fades but leaves good lacing.

S - Mix of a caramel sweetness and some citrusy hop juice. Very balanced aroma.

T - A light malt sweetness up front, caramel taste. Quickly overcome by a bitter citrusy taste. Not overly strong hop profile but very present and very well balanced like I have come to expect from an IPA. Also picked up a hint of something tropical in the flavor.

M - Light to medium bodied and a little overdone on the carbonation.

D - Very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the brewpub.

22 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a murky rustic orange with a thin half finger white head that quickly dies down to almost nothing. Spotty lacing is left on the sides of the glass, not much though. Smell is a nice balance of caramel malt, pink grapefruit, and a touch of pine. Some toasted grains and fresh flowers tickle the nose as well. Just by the nose you can tell this is an East coast IPA. Taste is very similar to the nose. Taste begins with a creamy caramel malt that is quickly taken over by hops. Mild citrus with a good punch of earthy and pine hops midway. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and floral but very pleasant and enjoyable. Smooth feel with a a medium body and low carbonation. Solid IPA overall, not one I would turn down by any means. Worth a shot for sure, but there are definitely other IPA's out there that I prefer.

edit: as it warmed a bit, ringwood became present, hmmm.

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Photo of corey0212
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle purchased from the brewery...

Beer pours a murky, honey/orange color, with a decent sized off-white head, and insanely sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is pine, citrus, and a bit floral (without being too perfumey). Nice, bitter hop attack, with a perfect caramel sweetness to balance things out. Kind of a sticky mouthfeel, but nothing overly chewy. Really nice aftertaste. This is one the best IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking. I'm really looking forward to visiting Portsmouth again.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a slightly hazed orangey light amber with somewhat thin head, but it's still definitely there.
the aroma has a piney, grapefruit hoppiness. it's a bit floral too. there is just a hint of toffee or caramel beneath the hops.
the taste has got a big pine character and to a lesser extent grapefruit, and maybe just a little apricot. sweeter floral qualities in the background. there is also a nice biscuity caramel that certainly doesn't balance, but evens things out some. it provides an english IPA type experience malt-wise with an american hop profile and bitterness.
it's got a medium body with a moderate, but delicate carbonation. dry and very clean.
it's got good drinkability, there's nothing overwhelming to take you out of the game. it seems to have the upper level of bitterness to keep you drinking, but not demolish your palate.
this is a very thoughtfuly crafted and very good IPA.

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Photo of joepais
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery poured in my Imperial pint glass clear light orange body toped of with a good white head that turns to lace and slides down the glass

Aromas of flowery citris hops and pine fill your nose

Flavors are great a little more hops than and English style but not as hoppy as a west cost hop bomb. It also has enough malt presence to keep the bitterness down and keep it very balanced

Clean and crisp good pallet cleanser for the spicy dishes they serve

Very drinkable but I recommend caution for use as a session beer. The alcohol will sneak up on you

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Photo of ericj551
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up this bomber at the brewery after having it in the sampler. It pours a clear light orange with a beautiful fluffy white head. The aroma is big bold citrus hops, tons of grapefruit and orange. The flavor is like sucking on a hop cone, more citrus and loads of hop flavor without overpowering bitterness. This is really a solid IPA, I wish I lived a little closer to Portsmouth, I would be there every weekend.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at brewery. Neat looking ipa- clear golden to orange color with fine white head. Not cloudy, looks crisp. Smell is of light citrus hops- not overwhelming on the aroma side. Flavors of citrus then grassy hops. Nicely balnced IPA as it does not leave the hop bomb bitter flavor in the mouth, but finishes smoothly with a light malt finish. Crisp flavors with medium body. Very dirnkable.

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Photo of DIM
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear slightly reddish golden color. It poured with a thin white lacey head.

s: Fresh vibrant pine scented hops dominate with some hints of lemon. Clean and sugary malts balance things out.

t: Big flavors here for an IPA. The hops tasted of pine and were somewhat flora. The malts had a pleasant natural sugariness that I really enjoyed.

m: This was a bit under-carbonated.

d: Thanks to joepais for this one. I got heartburn so it was definitely hoppy enough. I'd love to try this on-tap.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this at the brewery store yesterday.

Color: Very nice reddish copper color with a one-finger head (I didn't pour it that well). Lively carbonation.

Aroma: Malty with a subdued hop character at first. Another sniff and the hop aroma shows through much better.

Taste: Smooth and malty. Bread/biscuit characters. Hop bitterness shows through. Not overwhelming. Just right. Feels well-balanced and neither hops nor malt overwhelm.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable right from the start. Simple.

Verdict: I imagine that if Tod Mott can nail a proper IPA down, there's no limit to what else he can create. I liked this IPA because it's subtle and not a hop bomb. I should have had it on tap but it's just as good if not better in bottles.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer on tap! However, this is a review of a bomber I got at the retail shop.

Pours a nice dark apricot color thats clean and clear. The white fluffy head is thick and long lasting. Its a pretty site to behold. Smells citrusy with some sweet fruit and nice fresh hops. Its got a really nice fragrance, nothing dominates and everything comes together very well.

Taste is piney, with a nice malt back and small hints of alcohol (but its only 6.5%). Its crisp, lemony and slightly dry This is a perfect example of a well balanced American India Pale Ale. The predominant hop bitterness melds perfectly with the sweet malt. Definitely one of my favorite IPAs in New England!

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Photo of ncvbc
3.66/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing amber with great sticky lacing down the glass. A looker indeed. Smell is somewhat spicy floral with light citrus hops. Orange and hints of grapefruit are apparent. A sweet malt, reminiscent of honey and touches of caramel. Taste is much of the same. Not too bold with the hops. Very balanced with little bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little light and again doesn't have the bite I'd like in an IPA. While it doesn't hit you with hops it is pretty easy to drink. Light and refreshing, more like a Pale Ale to me. Not bad but not the greatest by any means.

Thanks to joepais for the bottle!

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Photo of jneiswender
2.46/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this beer as part of a sampler tray at the brewpub. Served in a 30z glass.

A-Nice amber color with a fluffy white head.

S-very floral smell. Rosy

T-Medium bitterness. Dry grain flavors


D-Not your typical APA. Not very assertive with malt or hop flavor. Funny fuzzy taste. Hop combination is confusing.

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Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to purplehops for sending this extra my way! 22 oz bomber.

Pours a hazy amber, thick off white head rises up, settles down to a thick layer, drops a lot of lace. Smell is nice, super floral, honey and caramel, grapefruit, almost smells like mead, oranges, perfumy, quite nice. Taste is caramel, grapefruits, honey, floral, perfume, oats, oranges, more floral, nice and balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth. Something about the floral and perfume in this I really like, enjoyable IPA. Thanks a lot Stan!

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Photo of BlindPig
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Thick off white head on a cloudy darker orange body. Great head retnetion and leaves a thick lacing covering the top.
S- Big, almost wet, citrus hops up front and maybe a touch of pine, not smelling a lot of caramel.
T- Nice big thick pine hops that stick around the mouth with a touch of citrus. Really nice complex hop aroma that is really strong and sticky. Gotta love it when it sticks and just feels thick like that. Maybe a touch of caramel but way more of a hop bomb.
M- Full chewy body with medium/low carbonation.
D- Wow! What a great IPA. I really want to try this against Blind Pig (my favorite IPA by far) since it seems like it's a close contender.

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Photo of grub
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled feb 2/08.

pours hazy orangey amber with a small dense white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is nice. floral hops. slightly perfumey, but not quite to unpleasant levels. bit of alcohol. bready malt. grapefruit and orange.

taste is good. solid medium bitterness level. bread and cracker malts. touch of alcohol. grapefruit and orange. bit of tangerine. light caramel sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. nice medium body.

drinkability is great. a solid ipa with great balance. i'd gladly drink tons of this were it available locally.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle bought at the brewpub into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with at least 2 finger widths of off-white foamy head that has beautiful retention and lacing. The aroma is a little subdued but mostly consists of resinous hops and citrus.

The taste is big slap of piney hop bitterness and citrus up front that lasts the whole way through and lingers deep into the finish. A sweet caramel backbone is present but often gets overshadowed by all that harsh hop bitterness. Me thinks that a little more balance could go a long way here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some poppy carbonation.

This was a decent IPA that drank pretty well for the most part although I did start to get tired of the hop barshness after a little while, which knocked down the drinkibility of this guy somewhat for me.

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Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass a clear rich copper with some real deep orange tint a tight fluffy one finger head atop leaving broken sheets of lace behind as it settled.Not as big in the American hop profile as maybe I had hoped in the nose I picked up some apricot and a hefty leafy presence along with a big caramel malt presence not the big citric and pine I was expecting.I get some of that citric/grapefruit presence on the palate but it doesnt hit real hard a lingering leafy note sticks around for awhile as well a caramelly biscuit malt base stays firm till the finish wich lingers nicely.Its a fine IPA it has a real hop presence but maybe just not as big as I had expected,again its still a real solid American style IPA with a bit of UK flare.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Portsmouth Brewery. Poured to a slightly hazy red-orange, with a thick off-white head that lingered for the entire glass and left great lacing. Aroma was a very sharp, very dominant hoppy grapefruit citrus, and the mouthfeel was bitter and tingly. This was a very full-bodied, almost creamy beer, with a strong, bitter citrus taste, and a long, dry bitter finish.

My only regret was that I was just passing through and could not stay and enjoy more of this, although I bought a couple other Portsmouth bombers of different styles to go.

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Photo of Hautacam
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brewpub.
Deep amber with a small off white head that drops to a collar.
The smell is rich with grapefruit and pine.
Tastes very hoppy...lots of citrus...grapefruit, and some tangerine...piney...all balanced with just the right amount of barely sweet malt.
Mouthfeel was medium and carbonation nice and creamy smooth.
A very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from the brewpub. Served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Poured a murky, deep, golden orange color somewhat similar to fresh apple cider. Got about a half inch of off-white head out of it with a vigorous pour. Head faded slowly and did leave a bit of thin sticky lace behind. Wonderful aromas of floral hops, a ton of grapefruit, orange peel, resiny pine, with a big malt profile. Smells almost like an IPA from the west coast. Damn good flavor as well. The bitter hops and the sweet malt compliment eachother nicely and balance out almost perfectly. Nice biscuity and grapefruit flavors hang in the background as well. Lightly carbonated. Has a nice medium body to it. A very good , hoppy IPA with awesome drinkability.

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