kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2007
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. Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Poured from the tap into a Portsmouth brewery pint glass.
The color is a bright, hazy amber with about a finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing.
The smell is a bit citrus and a light pine. The is some really strong earthy hops in the nose and it bites at your nostrils.
The taste is pretty darn bitter. I didn’t check the IBUs but I am willing to bet it is high. Some tangy bite that makes you make a face on the first couple of sips. A bit of a earthy pine flavor in the back and a resin flavor up front. Some sweetness does come out and seems to be riding the edge along the bitter heart of this beer.
The feel of this beer is medium bodied. It was easy going down but a pretty bitter beer but not the most bitter I have had but it was up there. It had a bit high ABV then most beers but it was not too strong. A really good IPA.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2003
UPDATED: APR 24, 2004 Golden in color with a thin rocky white head. Earthy/spicy aroma with a touch of toasty/bready malt character.Bitter and hoppy from start to finish,with a dry lingering bitterness. 7/4/8/3/16
Re-rated- Cask version,bright golden in color with a large white head. Aroma of fruit, mainly citrus,wood and toasted malt. Flavor was again citrusy,taosted malt, and cookie dough with a smooth creamy mouthfeel.Finishes with a slight acidic/sour quality. cgarvieuk (24536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2010
cask at GBBF 2010 ... Earls count... London ... southeast england ... united Kingdom ... Europe ... World ... golden amber ... big pine hop ... sweet juicy pinw ... big sweet toffee hop ... loads of juicy resiny hops... best of BSF beers. brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Hazy orange body with white head that disapates. Nice citrus smell. Taste follows. Great beer
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Poured a dark orange with gold highlights throughout leaving a thin white lace that sticks to the glass. The aroma is so sweet, smells like I’m putting fresh hops/flowers/herbs in the my hands and taking a big whiff, fantastic. The taste is somewhat watery, but then the hops really jump on the palate immediatly, followed by some minty herbal notes with just the slightest bit of sweetness but really hopping you out. If you love hops drink this and be merry, great brew.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Draft and the brewery. Pours hazy amber with foamy white head. Aroma floral hops. Taste of citrus hops and grapefruit with bitter finish. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - MAY 11, 2008
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
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2008
22oz bomber. Average appearance- light copper color, middling size chunky head that sticks around pretty well. Smells of mowed grass, toasted caramel, some floral notes, and a smooth malty sweetness. Flavor starts with a very well done sharp bitterness. Full hop flavor with lots of depth- pine needles, citric orange rinds, and some sticky resin flavors. Smooth sweet malt backbone. Somewhat oily on the finish, but nothing excessive. Very well crafted IPA with a unique hop profile. Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Basically this is a very solid and consistent IPA, nothing over the top, just clean and balanced. It pours a medium amber, not much of a head. Smell was lights malts and some sweet hop bitterness. The taste was just a simple lighter hoppy IPA, with some faint malts on the front. Very drinkable, I could sit down a out many of these away.