Portsmouth Brewery Reviews




italianjohn
3.4
Portsmouth Coffee Milk Stout
Black pour with lots of carbonation and lots of rocky/frothy off white head .... Aroma of sweet sugar, caramel malts, lactose, chocolate and light roasted malts def over carbonated ..... Taste is sweet and of caramel malts, chocolate, roasted malts and light lactose .... Coffee element is bitter and roasted .... Finish is bitter and dry coffee .... Thin mouthfeel ... Very porterish
Thursday, July 21, 2016

AirForceHops
3.2
Portsmouth Ginger Pale Ale
Draft at the brewery. Mildly hazy gold, with higher carbonation level. Aroma shows ginger root, weak citrus.

Medium in body with light caramel from the crystal malts. A light amount of citrus tries to peak through the ginger. But make no mistake about this brew, it is mostly all ginger. The finish ends with a light hop kick with the combination of a ginger slap in the teeth. Any fans of ginger root would love the hell out of this.

Personal milestone: my 100th rating of Portsmouth Brewery. My very 1st brewery to hit the century mark in overall rates.

Friday, July 15, 2016

AirForceHops
3.7
Portsmouth Wicked Wheat IPA (Pineapple)
Cask at the brewery. Bright hazy yellow, full creamy head. Aroma shows citrus and very light wheat, pineapple is subtle.

The greatest thing about this cask version is the wheat backbone and citrus hops still shine through. The pineapple addition is subtle and is balanced with the citrus hops. Not too sweet and just the right amount of fruit as to not drowned out the base beer. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. This whole thing worked well.

Friday, July 15, 2016

AirForceHops
3.3
Portsmouth Chocolate Raspberry Stout
4 oz taster at the source. Pitch black on a Nitro pour. Aroma is very light chocolate with a mega ton for raspberry.

The bartender informed me the Brewer used over 100 pounds of raspberries in this batch. The berry flavor is natural and lasts through the entire sip. The down fall here is the body is really thin and the chocolate is mild. No real roast comes through. Itís not bad. Some more body and bolder roast would help this stout a great deal.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Palme
3.4
Portsmouth Puddle Dock Porter
Sampled from a 0.5l bottle @ Top Hops (BA) Bottle Share. This is a deep dark brown one with a small islandy dark top. Nose has some alcohol, lots of fruits, mint, ginger, chocolate powder and coffee. Lovely, a little bit infected almost? Soft oily on the mouthfeel with a below average prickling carbonation level. First thing noted in the taste is that itís really dry this. Coffee, sharp spicy chocolate some cardboard with other kinds of spicy tones in the back. Hard to describe. Mouthdrying in the finish and aftertaste. Strange, but still kinda nice. 15.06.2013
Monday, July 04, 2016

boto
3.4
Portsmouth Ginger Pale Ale
22oz. bomber from the Brewery: This one pours a hazy slightly orangish darker golden color. There was a small off white head that left some lacing. It has a good nose. Ginger, citrus and some caramel malts are predominate. The taste is good. A touch of bitterness. Some ginger, caramel malts and some spiciness. Nice.
Friday, July 01, 2016

AirForceHops
3.7
Portsmouth Diggler Double IPA
Draft at the source 17 June, 2016. Bright yellow in color, lasting head and lace down a chalice. Aroma is mostly pine hops and light grassy hints.

Flavor shows very light pale grain. The grain is completely over taken by huge pine and moderate grassy hops. The bitterness is long and lingering. The hop resin leaves a dry texture across the palate. Itís unbalanced in a good way. Not exactly top tier (or balanced) but if your want a hop bomb to slap you in the mouth, this will do.

Monday, June 27, 2016

AirForceHops
3.6
Portsmouth Torn and Frayed IPA
Draft at the source. Color is amber with lasting white head. Aroma is herbal and pine hops.

Flavor is balanced pretty well. Toasted grain and mild caramel give pine and herbal hops a smoother feel. Very weak notes of citrus. The bitterness is still moderate but the malts add to a more rounded IPA.

Monday, June 27, 2016

AirForceHops
3.5
Portsmouth Lime Berliner Weisse
Draft at the source. Bright yellow color with a golden straw hue. Aroma is huge on Limes and sour wheat.

WOW, the flavor is like biting down into a lime wedge. Sour tartness with a huge juicy texture. Massive pucker factor. The lime pretty much takes over any other flavor that maybe be in this brew. After 6 oz. I didnít order more.

Monday, June 27, 2016

BuckeyeBoy
4.3
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout
2010 bottle thanks to Toby. Pours out a black topped with a small tan head. Nose is rich roast malts cocoa some plum and coffee. Taste is more of the heavy roast malts chocolate cocoa some vanilla and that coffee. We did this with kabert and black Albert aswell all 3.
Sunday, June 26, 2016

wombat23
2.7
Portsmouth Stephan Urquell Czech Pilsner
Draft at the source on 5/17/2016. Pale gold with a small white head. Aroma of pilsner malt and hay. Light fruitiness. Similar taste. Mildly bitter finish. Okay.
Friday, June 24, 2016

wombat23
3.1
Portsmouth Bavarian Landbier
Draft at the source on 5/17/2016. Pale amber with a white head. Aroma of malt, with faint hints of chocolate and coffee. Similar taste. Fairly malty.
Friday, June 24, 2016

wombat23
3.3
Portsmouth Torn and Frayed IPA
Draft at the source on 5/17/2016. Pale amber and clear with a white head. Aroma is citrus, fruit, and pine. Taste is caramel malt, citrus, and pine. Fairly bitter finish. Good.
Friday, June 24, 2016

wombat23
2.9
Portsmouth Session Rye Ale
Draft at the source on 5/17/2016. Pours clear gold with a white head. Aroma and taste of caramel malt, rye, spice, and mild fruitiness. Okay.
Friday, June 24, 2016

wombat23
3.2
Portsmouth Double Wit (Wit Squared)
Draft at the source on 5/17/2016. Pour is hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of wheat and mild citrus. Taste is wheat, citrus, spice, coriander and faint bubblegum. Decent.
Friday, June 24, 2016

wombat23
3.4
Portsmouth Black Cat Stout
Draft at the source on 5/17/2016. Pours almost black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Similar taste with a hint of smoke. Lightly acidic. Decent.
Friday, June 24, 2016

thepatrickman
4
Portsmouth Diggler Double IPA
On draft at the source. Clean, aggressively hoppy DIPA. The malt backbone is light, with just a little bit of sweetness without ever getting caramelly or cloying. Great hop profile, with moderate bitterness and a piney and citrusy aroma. Solid.
Friday, June 17, 2016

koleminer20
3.6
Portsmouth Lime Berliner Weisse
On draft at Portsmouth. This thing is pretty good! The pour is a darker golden orange with a thin ring of white head and no lace. The aroma is all lime. Lime juice with a little zest and a bit of tartness. Itís good but plain. The flavor is just the same. There is a little more of a tart and crispness to this that I like. The lime just pops and itís delicious. The mouth feel is a little heavier and shows a touch of malt. The finish is definitely tart and crisp with a ton of lime juice. Itís excellent finishing but a little lacking up front.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

koleminer20
3.7
Portsmouth. XXV Strong Community Ale
On draft at Portsmouth. The pour is a dark ruby tinted brown with a thin ring of khaki head and a light bit of lacing. The aroma is really sweet. There is a strong maltiness up front and no hops of be found. Itís got a little metallic bit to it that isnít too crazy, but itís not really complex at all. The flavor is similar. Lots of sweet caramel malts and nothing bitter. Itís sweet and bland. The mouth feel is thin and light with hardly any carbonation and a lingeringly sweet malty caramel and metallic finish. This just isnít good at all. Fuck.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

koleminer20
2.9
Portsmouth Bavarian Landbier
On draft at Portsmouth. The pour is a darker golden orange color with a thin ring of white head that leaves a couple bits of lace. The aroma is bitter as hell. There is a strong maltiness and all of the bitterness. This has a metallic malt offering on the back end that i donít like. The flavor is similar. All strong malts and bitter. There is a bit of caramel and some decent off shoots of that, by this is sweet and malty. The mouth feel is thin and light with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly sweet maltiness that I donít care for. Ugh.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

koleminer20
3.3
Portsmouth Diggler Double IPA
On draft at Portsmouth. The pour is a crystal clear golden yellow with a thin light gray colored head that falls to a ring with a decent bit of lace. The aroma is interesting. Decent sweet hop and a bit of malt. There isnít a lot happening. Itís lightly grassy with some other leafy additions. The flavor is t much better. Itís a leafy hop with a bit of malt and a strong sweetness that I donít care for. The mouth feel is thicker and very undercarbonated with a lingeringly sweet malt finish. This is just not a good double anything, let alone an IPA. Christ.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

koleminer20
2.9
Portsmouth Saison Dans La Maison
On draft at Portsmouth. The pour is wrong. Itís a dark dank juicy brownish gold with a thin ring of white head and no lace. The aroma is everything I donít like about saisons. Banana and clove for days. There is a light grassiness beyond the malt, but itís just not good. The flavor is just as bad. There is a hint of tartness that is interesting. There is a lot of banana and clove that I wasnít hoping to see. The mouth feel is thinner and light with a softer carbonation and a lingering clove based aftertaste. This one isnít good.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

koleminer20
3.5
Portsmouth Wicked Wheat IPA
On draft at Portsmouth. The pour is a darker hazy golden yellow with a thin white collar of head and a bit of lace. The aroma is very wheaty. There is a decent hop and a little bitterness, but itís light and the wheat takes over a bit. The flavor is similar. There is more of a bitter leafy hop that is nice, but the wheat once again makes an appearance. Itís interesting, but confusing. The mouth feel is interestingly thick with a softer carbonation and a lingeringly hoppy bitter aftertaste. This isnít as bad as j thought it would be, but itís just interesting.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

koleminer20
3
Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA
On draft at Portsmouth. The pour is a dark orangey golden amber with a thin ring of white had that leaves a couple soapy legs of lace. The aroma is just off. There is a ton of malt and a little hop. This isnít balanced at all. The hops are a bit too sweet. This is just not good. The flavor is just not good. There is so much malt and a lack of hop that Iím a little, well, a lot disappointed. The mouth feel is thick and undercarbonated for an IPA. The aftertaste is lingeringly malt dominated and carries an interesting hop that is just not that great. This one is something else, and thatís not a good thing.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

ebone1988
3
Portsmouth Chocolate Raspberry Stout
Draft at Portsmouth with koleminer20. Aroma is chocolate, milk, medicinal raspberry, roasted malt. Appearance is dark dark brown, light tan head. Taste is thin, some roasted malt, some medicinal raspberry, it doesnít taste done. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, grain aftertaste. Overall, not good.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

koleminer20
3.5
Portsmouth Chocolate Raspberry Stout
On draft at the brewery. The pour is a moderate black color with a nice bubbly khaki head and a strong bit of lace as it falls down to a thicker film. The aroma is medicinal. Itís forced raspberry and sweet chocolate. There is a bit of metallic malt and a lingering oppressed sweetness. The flavor is just as disappointing. Itís real thin and light. Medicinal raspberry and a hint of chocolate. There is a strong metallic malt and it just falls apart. The mouth feel is thin and watery with a sharper carbonation and a lingeringly sweet aftertaste. This one just isnít that good. She needs some time.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

ebone1988
3.4
Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA
Draft at Portsmouth with koleminer20. Aroma is tropical fruit, pine, slight citrus, resin. Appearance is amber golden, off white head, mostly clear. Taste is pine, tropical fruit, slight malt, citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light carbonation, bitter malt resin aftertaste. Overall, decent but not great.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ron
3.8
Portsmouth Chocolate Raspberry Stout
On tap at the Brewpub. I saw the sign advertising this outside and we had to stop in on the way by. It was a very thick pour with a tan head and good lace. Aromas of sweet chocolate. Thick velvety smooth going down. Great stuff.
Monday, June 13, 2016

mcox90
4
Portsmouth Diggler Double IPA
On tap at the source and brought a growler of it home. Pours gold with a one finger white head. No lace to speak of. Commercial description pretty much says it all. Intense hop aroma and flavor. Medium bodied with hop oil coating the tongue. Bitter finish stays with you for awhile. Very nice!
Sunday, May 22, 2016

commonmac
2.9
Portsmouth Stephan Urquell Czech Pilsner
Draft at the brewpub with commonshawn, rosskyle, and birthday boy samadouche. ECBT continues. Cloudy, hazy, and unfiltered golden and orange. No head to speak of...pilsner glass. Aroma muted and grainy. Taste is clean and simple. Faint malt and cereal. Definitely has a bready quality with some grassy/earthy characteristics. Maybe a light citrus and floral kick in the finish. I think we can all agree this beer is fine but family matters.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

commonshawn
3.3
Portsmouth Black Cat Stout
Tap at brewery with commonmac and rosskyle and samadouche. Black with thick tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Soft and gentle, creamy. Not overly complex. Bitter slight smoke finish. Not bad if this one crosses the road in front of you, but not amazing.
Saturday, May 21, 2016

rosskyle
3.1
Portsmouth Dirty Blonde Ale
CASK #462. Served on tap at Portsmouth. Cloudy orange color with a white head. Minimal grain malt aroma. Medium body. Very smooth. Slight citrus fink flavor. Not much flavor. Easy drinking but simple. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Slipstream
3.7
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout
Thanks to my cousin. Weíve been wanting to try this for a while - it has been in the cellar for 6 years. Lots if grain/bread in the flavor. A little sharp and spicy, with amber-like notes and molasses. Impressive but overrated sorry to say (I think this was the #1 brew at Beer Advocate for a while, but we know how good their ratings are, donít we?).
Friday, May 13, 2016

DiarmaidBHK
3.5
Portsmouth Black Cat Stout
Sampler at brewpub. Pours Coca Cola brown with a thin khaki head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Nice roasted malt notes on the nose that almost suggest coffee. Malty on the tongue with a nice clean finish. Good example of style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, April 25, 2016

DiarmaidBHK
3.1
Portsmouth American Pale Ale
Sampler at brewpub. Pours golden with a white head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Floral notes on the nose. Fairly hop forward on the tongue. Finished with a hint of bitterness. Flavorful but not particularly well balanced. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, April 25, 2016

DiarmaidBHK
3.6
Portsmouth Hefeweizen
Sampler at brewpub. Pours golden with a white head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Solid clove notes on the nose. Lots of banana and clove with a slight bubblegum thing on the tongue. Finished clean. Good example of style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, April 25, 2016

DiarmaidBHK
3
Portsmouth Stephan Urquell Czech Pilsner
Draft at brewpub. Pours golden with a white head. Leaves some lacing in the glass. Not a lot on th nose. Notes of grass and straw on the tongue. Finished clean. Solid beer but not the most exciting version of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, April 25, 2016

DiarmaidBHK
3.1
Portsmouth Dirty Blonde Ale
Sampler at brewpub. Pours golden with a white head. Leaves a lot of lacing in the glass. Not a lot on the nose. Creamy and smooth on the tongue. Finished clean. A solid gateway beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, April 25, 2016

thepatrickman
3.5
Portsmouth Belgian Kriek
On draft at the Brewery (7/15/15). Satisfying and satisfactory. Itís more of a general cherry sour than a Kriek (I think itís kettle soured), but for a quick, cheap hit of a fruited sour it wasnít too shabby.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

thepatrickman
3.2
Portsmouth Murphys Law Red Ale
Draft at the brewery. Itís not overly exciting, but itís also exactly what a quaffable red ale should be. The malt flavor was good, caramelly, and a little toasty, and there was a little bit of hop bitterness in the background. Overall, it did the trick of washing down a Rueben sandwich extremely well.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

AirForceHops
3.4
Portsmouth Farmhouse Stout
Draft. Black color with a off wine head. Aroma is roast, yeast and a traces of red wine. I didnít ask the bartender what was used to sour it but it tastes like it was aged in a red wine barrel. The roast is mild but provides the backbone to this stout. Mild tannin hints. The body is medium with a funky grape finish. Not really my style of brew but if you like funky red wine, you will enjoy this a lot.
Sunday, March 06, 2016

AirForceHops
3.2
Portsmouth Vienna Lager
Draft at the source. Dark Amber in color, very thin lasting head. Aroma is lager yeast, mild German malts, caramel. The flavor is exactly as you would expect from the nose. Mild malt and yeast. Clean and simple. I canít remember the last time I sampled a Vienna lager but this seems to be pretty spot on the style guidelines.
Sunday, March 06, 2016

AirForceHops
3.3
Portsmouth Berlinerweisse
Draft at the source. Market golden color that arrived at the table without head. Aroma is sour wheat, hints of yogurt and mild lemon.

The flavor is a direct reflection of the aroma. Soured wheat base, tart lemons, mild lactic and yogurt tones. Body is light with a low carbonation level.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

thepatrickman
3.9
Portsmouth Royal Impy Stout
On draft at the source. Dark, roasty, and complex, this is a great example of a Russian Imperial Stout. Thereís a good amount of sweet malt flavor (raisins, molasses) that are a trademark of Portsmouthís big stouts, and a good amount of booze to keep things interesting. This round came across as pretty sweet, though; it was the one element out of balance, and it held everything else back a bit. Still, a great beer for a winter warmer.
Monday, February 29, 2016

DSG
3.8
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout
[1/30/16] Bottle sample at the Encomium bottle share, after RateBeer Best awards ceremony at Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa. Thanks everyone who shared bottles! 2009 bottle. Black. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, some oxidation. Still really good.
Friday, February 12, 2016

VsXsV
3.9
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout
Bottle. 2009 vintage. Opaque black liquid with small light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, raw sugar, coffee, light vanilla, light bourbon and dried fruit. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter and light sour with notes of raw sugar, apples, light wood and bourbon. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice but probably too old.
Sunday, January 31, 2016

djd07
4.1
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout
2009 bottle. Pours dark brown with small tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong roast, chocolate, wood. Thick mouth, chewy, chocolate, roast, nice sweetness, very nice.
Sunday, January 31, 2016

thepatrickman
3.3
Portsmouth Old Brown Dog
A classic American craft beer. It may not be packed full of aggressive hops and flavors, but itís still a great beer that you can get pretty much anywhere these days.
Friday, January 29, 2016

thornecb
2.8
Portsmouth Berlinerweisse
Pours cloudy gold into a tulip. Bright white head with little retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Tart citrus aromas. Dry and watery with mild lemony citrus and crushed aspirin upfront quickly turning to an abrupt finish. Amazing little flavor of any kind.
Sunday, January 17, 2016

thornecb
3.1
Portsmouth Rye Ale with Juniper
Pours deep gold into a tulip. White head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Sweet marshmallow and butterscotch aromas. Dry with sweet caramel and marshmallow upfront turning to mildly sour butterscotch through the lasting finish. Didnít pick up on any rye or juniper - maybe in the palate.
Saturday, January 16, 2016