Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Donna poured me this hop bomb in a Imperial pint glass. When it arrived it had a fingers worth of white head that turned to a thick lace that slid down the glass as you drank it. The body was a clear orange yellow in color.
The aromas is very hop forward. Right of the bat you get the hit of citrus, lemons and grapefruit. It has a really great hop floral presence especially with the big wide mouth of a Imp pint glass placing your nose right in the brew.
Taste like hops and lots of them although you do get a nice sweet front note of crystal malts. Following that you get hit with the mouth drying grapefruit and pine resin bitter. The mouthfeel is medium with just the right amount of carbonation to keep this brew very drinkable.
The hops used for the 5 C’s are Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Crystal, Plus Simcoe hops I guess that’s where the ’s comes in. This is the biggest Hop bomb I seen Portsmouth produce. If you are a Hop head you need to try this one it is very drinkable. I had a few and I’m heading back for more daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Damn fine IPA. DAMN FINE. Amber pour, whitish head. Aroma is so nice. Floral, spicy, citrus, earthy, grassy hops. Flavor is smooth and full of hops but no excess bitterness. Just an array of hops dancing on every tastebud. Good stuff. Man oh man. r1dermon (14) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 6, 2010
absolutely beautiful pour out of the bottle, hazy burnt orange color, beautiful thick white head with great retention, awesome lacing that sticks and holds. the aroma was citrusy, mild grapefruit, slightly woody, very appealing. mouthfeel was a bit prickly, but it was appreciated, it bodes well for the crisp flavor of this IPA. overall this is easily one of the best IPA’s ive ever had, i wish i got more than 1 bottle. jtclockwork (16600) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Growler shared by John. Pours cloudy gold with white head. Nose and taste of pineapple, citrus, sweet bready malt and grapefruit. Juicy. Medium body. Dry resin finish. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 3, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Hazed golden amber with a thick white head. Big nose of orange, mild grapefruit and pine. Dry citrus flavors, mostly grapefruit zest and some resiny pine. Makes the sides of the tongue ache! Dry finish, excellent lace. A hop bomb of the highest order.
Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2010
Copper pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma is very potent, flowery hops with a touch of grapefruit citrus. Some light caramel sweetness evens out the bitter hops but this is still very hop heavy. Mouthfeel is light, Flavor is intensely fresh hops, a bit piney, a bit citrusy, and slightly resinous. Finish is a bit bitter and bone dry. This is a fantastic fresh, super hoppy Ipa. A triumph koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Appearance: Very nice orange amber with dirty honey folds and a slightly off white crown. Lots of retention and lacing. The crown has a nice oily sheen luring me in for a smell.
Smell: Lots of floral hops, herbal notes, some pine resin and spices.
Taste: Oh wow this one is good. Well crafted, non-abrasive hop bitterness up front and a slightly sweet english or possibly caramel malt. Extremely well balanced to me.
Mouthfeel: Oh is this one a gem. Medium bodied and slightly creamy yet crisp if that is possible?
Drinkability: Not only could I drink these all day, I want to!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-19-2009 thornecb (5918) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Pours hazy deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head recedes to hug rim leaving spider lacing. Grapefruit aromas. Well balanced with sweet pine resin and caramel upfront turning to a dry, lasting, bitter grapefruit pith finish. OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2008
On tap at the Portsmouth Brewery. A nice amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is nothing but hops citrus/floral you get it all. Flavor get ready for a mouth full of hops. You get some sweet malt in the background but be ready for the hops. It starts with some grapefruit and lemon zest and finishes with the big columbus bitterness. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Thanks to rgtravers for this one! Pours burnt orange with a small orange head. the aroma is fresh hoppy with peach, grapefruit, pine, caramel, and toffee. Very nice. The flavor is caramel, toffee, peach. It borders on the malty side, but with a freshness to it. Finishes very bitter. Nice full bodied IPA.