Earlier this week I wrote a synopsis of a recent trip I took to Portsmouth, NH with a group of my college buddies. The highlight of the trip beer-wise was definitely a stop at Great Rhythm Brewing Company. The taproom was awesome, plenty of parking, the staff was super friendly and helpful, and the beer was excellent. They don’t offer flights, but all of the beers are available in 4 oz pours so you can sample a bit of everything without ordering full pints (although full pours are also an option). My whole group was very impressed with the whole operation, even the guys who aren’t big beer geeks had a good time. My buddy Mikey usually stops at Bissell Brothers on his way up to his parents summer home in Maine, but he said he might mix it up this year and stop at Great Rhythm, which is high praise. My only disappointment was that the amazing IPA glasses that they were using for full pours weren’t for sale. In addition to sampling beers at the brewery, I grabbed a selection of cans to go including two of their IPAs, Hi-Fi and Squeeze, which are both available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz tallboys.
Great Rhythm Hi-Fi pours slightly hazy deep yellow with a solid white head. The aroma features a solid burst of fruity hops. The flavor is also hop-forward, notes of mango, pineapple, stone fruit, and lime but minimal bitterness, very much a NEIPA. This is balanced by some light malts, hints of cereal and bread crust. Hi-Fi is super light and easy drinking, and at 6.8% ABV is about average for a NEIPA. The finish is crisp and pretty clean, with just a little lingering hop flavor. Overall this is a really tasty and precise NEIPA, plenty of flavor and very smooth. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
Great Rhythm Squeeze pours hazy deep orange with a moderate white head. The aroma is highlighted by a huge hit of citrus hops that makes you want to dive right in. The flavor is also very hop forward, notes of orange, grapefruit, and mango but very soft bitterness. A hint of bready malts rounds out the flavor. Squeeze is light bodied and very easy to drink, not too boozy at 5.7% ABV. The finish is very clean with some lingering citrusy hop flavors. This is another delicious IPA, I could use a little more body (this is true with both beers), but this is a minor quibble, the flavors are spot on. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.