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Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
An American style India Pale Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2016
On draft at Portsmouth. The pour is a dark orangey golden amber with a thin ring of white had that leaves a couple soapy legs of lace. The aroma is just off. There is a ton of malt and a little hop. This isn’t balanced at all. The hops are a bit too sweet. This is just not good. The flavor is just not good. There is so much malt and a lack of hop that I’m a little, well, a lot disappointed. The mouth feel is thick and undercarbonated for an IPA. The aftertaste is lingeringly malt dominated and carries an interesting hop that is just not that great. This one is something else, and that’s not a good thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (1257) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2016
Draft at Portsmouth with koleminer20. Aroma is tropical fruit, pine, slight citrus, resin. Appearance is amber golden, off white head, mostly clear. Taste is pine, tropical fruit, slight malt, citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, bitter malt resin aftertaste. Overall, decent but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2015
LSAT Freedom Trip #29. Keg at the brewpub. Hazy copper, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of floral hops, mango, a cotton candy-ish thing, pale malt. The taste is tropical fruits, mango, citrus, vanilla, grapefruit, pale malt. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (10864) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 27, 2015
Cask @ Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
Pours clear golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, citrus, peach, orange and pine. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long citrus and piney finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. I think this would have been even better if it wasn’t from cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16423) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2015
Cask at the brewpub. Pineapple juice edition. A clear one, dark golden in color and topped by a dense, finger-thick off-white head leaving lacings. The aroma is grapefruity and piney, with a generic citrus touch and some malts. There’s a nice bitterness in the flavor, with lots of grapefruity, piney hops and a vague, malty backdrop. It’s full-bodied and soft, with a high level of carbonation for a casked beer. Semi-dry. Lasting hop dominated finish. Really lovely this IPA, sure worth a revisit or three. 150608

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4916) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Tap at brewery. Pours clear amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is cereal and biscuit malts, lemon zest, herbs, floral and grassy hops. Flavor is balanced malts and fresh hop bitterness with some citrus esters and faint toast; dry finish with a touch of grassy hops. Medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (4467) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Pours almost clear copper with a frothy off white head. Tastes very hoppy, like a combination of sweet orange and dry pine. Leathery resin aftertaste. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like musk, hops, and light citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (2173) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - NOV 9, 2013
Draught. This is a really well done IPA with great balance and serious hop wallop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vballnbeer (158) - Gorham, Maine, USA - JUL 7, 2013
What the pale ale lacks in hop flavor, the IPA makes up for. This is their best beer by far and it is a good one. It is strong in taste and pretty strong in alcohol. Great hop in the brew and a nice dry hop finish make this a solid brew and worth a stop on the way to Maine. Don’t get the sampler, just a pint of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (4466) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Crisp orange No nose at all Pine Amarillo and simcoe. Nice nectarine and great lasting bitterness

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