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Portsmouth ESB
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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   ABV: -
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An ESB is typically hoppier than its cousin, pale ale, and ours is no exception. This recipe is a variation of one of the several prototype versions of Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale that were brewed here in 1994.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11593) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2009
(PPSG09, 220z bottle) Large beige head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, floral, caramel, some molasses/candi sugar. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/molasses, floral/earthy, light cherry. Light-medium body.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (11173) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2009
@Pilsner Petes East Coast Gathering-22oz bottle–pours a tan head and copper/amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt, some herbal. Taste is sweet medium malt, some herbal/spice, alcohol. Thanks fredandboboflo & lilbeerdoctor for sharing.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
hopscotch (9388) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle... Mostly clear amber ale with a small, fat bubbled white head. Aroma-wise, I could pull absolutely nothing out of the glass. Medium to full-bodied with light carbonation. Beefy, grainy flavor that leans slightly bitter. Finishes lightly bitter, a hint astringent, and then dries out. Bottle courtesy of landhoney!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Ratebeer Spring Gathering. Deep amber pour. The aroma is nutty and lightly sweet. There is a bit of earthy sweetness with a bit of light spice. Flavour is a little bit watery but there is a nice light sweetness and a bit of bitterness. There is a light astringency, but it’s not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Gathering. Pours a clear cola brown with orange highlights and a light white head. Sweet malt with a touch of hops and caramel on the nose. Medium bodied and a bit malty. Finishes with a light bitterness. Definitely sessionable, but rather boring.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5198) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Medium brown pour with hints of red. Medium caramel malt with a hint of pine on the nose. Slight sweetness, light caramel malt, and a nice finishing bitter. Thin and watery with good carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Bomber- PPRBSG 09. Pours a deep copper light amber with a thin lasting head. Aroma is sharp cheesy hairy earthy aroma- floral hops, toasted sharp crystal malts, molasses sweetness. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, with floral hops, herbs, grass and earth, a bit metallic as well, along with some mineral bitterness in the end- Not bad.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
czar (4614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2013
on tap at brewpub. hazy almost cloudy golden orange with a minimal off-white head, some retention. grains - wheat and rye, spicy-peppery, citrusy, bit of caramel, herbs and booze. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, short herbal finish. lame esb interpretation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (4509) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2011
Pours deep, clear amber into an English pint. Little to no head. Caramel and resin aromas. Soft with sweet bread and mild resin finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4066) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Location: Draft at the Brewpub, 7/12/13, My 50th ESB tick!

Aroma: The nose has some rather light hop notes, caramel and nutty malts
Appearance: It pours a clear light amber color with a small head and not a lot of lace
Flavor: The flavor is light and clean, with a clean malt sweetness and a nice, light hop bitterness
Palate: The body is light, it has a nice, clean mouthfeel, and drinks quite easily
Overall Impression: This is a nice, clean, easy drinking ESB. The nose and flavors lean toward the subtle side, but aren’t bad at all. I liked this one.


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