Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2009
sampled at vt brewfest 09. Pours orange/amber with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, grapefruit and caramel. Flavor was floral and citrus hops, caramel malts, grapefruit and pine with a robust hop bitterness OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
Couleur orange pale allant vers l’ambrée, apparence plutôt claire et translucide. Faible quantité de mousse blanche concassée. Aromes de citrons, pamplemousse sous une faible touche de caramel. Devenant très houblonné en bouche, pas de solide base de malt pour venir balancer. Corps d’épaisseur semi mince, carbonatation bien active. Bien fait quoique semble rapidement unidimensionnelle! fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2007
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2007, London. Light unclear medium amber color with virtually none, off-white head. Aroma is moderate hoppy, pine, citrus, grapefriut. Flavor is light to moderate sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle thanks to Dickinsonbeer: Bronze pour. Has a crisp and fruity hop nose. Lots of apple skin and perfumy suggestions in the nose. Hops are present in the flavor, but seem subdued. Very mild overall, with a grainy malt hint toward the finish. bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2008
(Draught) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of nuts, herbs, floral, earthiness, apple, cereal, and grass. Flavor of hops (grass, herbal, citrus) with cracker-like malt taste.
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2009
Courtesy of tpd975. Pours hazy brownish-copper with micro thin off white head. The aroma is earthy and sweet with a dash of floral hops and lavender. The taste is much the same with an initial note of vague hop bitterness that seems to be earthy and floral in nature. It then becomes a bit more sweet with sugar, caramel and molasses. Interesting IPA. thefle (167) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2009
pretty average IPA. I was fairly underwhelmed by this beer. I would drink it again, but most likely I would try to grab something different as this beer was pretty unimpressive on all fronts
corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Pours a dark golden orange amber color with golden burnt orange and ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy off-white head that has pretty good retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap and ring that coats the glass with rings of soapy lacing.
Very earthy hop aroma that is kind of vegetal and soil like. Slight citrus notes as well as some earthy pine, alcohol and sweet caramel malt. This beer doesn’t have a lot of the dank oily hop aroma that I prefer in the style but rather smells very (literally) earthy.
Slightly chewy resinous mouthfell that is slightly hop forward with vegetal earthy notes and some slight citrus presence. Very dry and piny with a strong malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit. Slight alcohol presence towards the end of the palate but there is very little warmth and the ABV is well masked. The piny dry hops linger throughout and the finish is pretty dry but this IPA is a bit too malty for my liking.
ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 2004 draught at the brewery. Light orange color, moderately hazy with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma has plenty of fresh NW hops in it. Flavor is much the same. While it’s good and drinkable, it’s about the same as every other american india pale ale. Low malting leads to low sweetness. Tons of bitter hops contributing a mild astringency. Whatever, certainly makes for a very uninspired review. muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Vermont Brewers’ Fest 2006, draught sample. Dark caramel with faint reddish hint, little head....lightly spicy/fruity nose, citrus and peaches and maybe a hint of cherry, pleasant but unassuming....body is smooth, clean and sweet with a moderate hoppy attack at the finish, medium-bodied and average carbonation....not much to say here, this is not at all bad but just has no panache, rather a weaker offering from this fine brewpub.
Earlier Rating: 5/26/2005 Total Score: 3.3
Sampled at the brewpub in the company of the munificent and mysterious Mr. ClarkVV. Almost clear medium amber with excellent head retention...hoppy-sweet nose isn’t distinctive at all but quite fresh and tingly...quite bitter throughout, grainy and dry...not my favorite kind of IPA, I like more sweetness and body and a bit of pungency typically...but this like all of Portsmouth’s beers is well made without flaws and quite drinkable.