Portsmouth Brewery Reviews


DiarmaidBHK
Portsmouth Black Cat Stout 3.5
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
Portsmouth American Pale Ale 3.1
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
Portsmouth Hefeweizen 3.6
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
Portsmouth Stephan Urquell Czech Pilsner 3
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
Portsmouth Dirty Blonde Ale 3.1
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
Portsmouth Belgian Kriek 3.5
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
Portsmouth Murphys Law Red Ale 3.2
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
Portsmouth Farmhouse Stout 3.4
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
Portsmouth Vienna Lager 3.2
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
Portsmouth Berlinerweisse 3.3
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
Portsmouth Royal Impy Stout 3.9
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
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout 3.8
[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
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout 3.9
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
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout 4.1
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
Portsmouth Old Brown Dog 3.3
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
Portsmouth Berlinerweisse 2.8
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
Portsmouth Rye Ale with Juniper 3.1
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

thornecb
Portsmouth American Farmhouse Ale 3
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. White head with little retention recedes to nothing. Sourdough aromas. Soft and sharp with sweet yeast, hay and clove front to back. Lasting bitter/sour finish. Not a favorite.
Saturday, January 09, 2016

thornecb
Portsmouth Mahat Maria Ale 3.6
Pours hazy gold into a snifter. Bright white head with good retention recedes leaving scant sheets. Sweet fig and date aromas. Medium to thick with maple syrup and date front to back. Mild, bitter pepper finish. Different.
Friday, January 08, 2016

thepatrickman
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout 4.3
2011 bomber, shared over Christmas. I finally got a chance to try this one after a long wait and a lot of trading. This is really complex, with a surprisingly large amount of malt flavor and sweetness that provides a lot caramel and fruit notes. Surprisingly, though, they never overpower the chocolate and roasted flavors from the darker malts, and everything pulls together extremely well. Big, balanced, and still exceptional, even after 4 years.
Monday, December 28, 2015

thornecb
Portsmouth Wicked Wheat IPA 3.4
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. Bright white head with little retention recedes to hug rim. Tangerine and grapefruit aromas. Soft with marshmallow and dough upfront turning to bright citrus before the medium length bready finish.
Sunday, December 27, 2015

thornecb
Portsmouth "Christmas" Gruit 3.3
Pours mahogany into a tulip. Off-white head with little retention recedes to mottle surface. Sweet caramel and heather aromas. Crisp with banana and clove upfront turning to rosemary and thyme in the medium length finish.
Sunday, December 27, 2015

Art
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout 3.8
12 oz bottle shared by Dan. Pours a dark brown black. No head. Aromas of dark fruits, light cocoa powder. Alcohol. Taste is sweet with a slight alcohol taste. Great for its age.
Monday, December 21, 2015

charule
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout 3.9
Bottle shared thanks to Dan. Poured black with thin tan head. Aroma very dark fruits salty. Light carb med bod. Taste mellow sweet light choc malty dark fruit.
Sunday, December 20, 2015

thepatrickman
Portsmouth American Pale Ale 3.3
Draft at the brewery. Really classic APA -- bordering on a textbook example. The balance between hops and malt is good, with a traditional hop bill that reminds you of Sierra Nevadaís APA, and a distinct, pleasant bready taste. This beer doesnít upset the apple cart or reinvent the wheel, but it did a great job of washing down a sandwich at the pub, and isnít that what itís really all about?
Thursday, December 17, 2015

thepatrickman
Portsmouth Citra Saison 4.2
Tulip on draft at the brewery. This took me by surprise. One of the better beers Iíve had from the Portsmouth Brewery in a while. Aroma is all citra hops, and it opens up to be a great saison that balances the full-force hop flavors well against the yeast characteristics.
Sunday, December 13, 2015

JBPortland
Portsmouth Berlinerweisse 3.5
On tap at the brewery/brewpub, pours cloudy pale orange with small finger of head. Nose is grassy orange citrus, herbal spice, lemongrass, cheese. Taste is crisp with low-medium acidity, nice lacto acidity with decent lemon and grain, though also has some faint band-aid and after a few sips some basil, soapy, and herbal dill notes emerge. Finishes tart and dry, crisp. Serviceable.
Friday, December 04, 2015

thornecb
Portsmouth Ginger Pale Ale 3
Pours gold into a tulip. White head with little retention recedes to nothing. Sweet butterscotch and ginger aromas. Soft with caramel and ginger upfront turning to sourdough before the lasting roasted nut finish.
Saturday, November 07, 2015

thornecb
Portsmouth Imperial Pumpkin Porter 3.6
Pours mahogany into an English pint. Tan head recedes to hug rim. Ginger and nutmeg aromas. Medium bodied with sweet dark caramel, all spice and smoked espresso. Lasting bitter espresso finish.
Friday, November 06, 2015

thornecb
Portsmouth Citra Saison 3.3
Pours slightly hazed gold into a tulip. Bright white head quickly recedes to skim surface. Tropical fruit aromas. Dry with sweet mango and pineapple upfront turning to pepper in the medium length finish.
Friday, November 06, 2015

thornecb
Portsmouth Hop Harvest 3 3.4
Pours clear deep gold into an English pint. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Caramel and tropical fruit aromas. Thick with nutty sourdough and roasted caramel upfront turning hot in the medium length resin finish. Lots going on, but not sure it all goes together.
Thursday, November 05, 2015

Drake
Portsmouth Hefeweizen 3.6
Bomber from the brewpub. Hazy yellow, large foamy white head, good retention. Aroma of wheat, spice, dry lemon. The taste is wheat, lemon, spice, yeast. Thin-medium bodied, refreshing.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Drake
Portsmouth Citra Saison 3.6
Bomber from the brewpub. Hazy yellow, medium sized foamy white head, good retention. Aroma of earth, citrus, lemongrass, pale malt. The taste is lemon, lime, grapefruit, lemongrass, pale bready malt. Medium bodied, dry.
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Drake
Portsmouth Coffee Oatmeal Pale Ale 4
Bomber from the brewery. Hazy pale golden, large foamy white head. Good retention. Aroma of roasted malts, pale malt, oats, some nuttiness. The taste is oats, coffee, nuts, pale malt. Medium bodied, well balanced. Solid beer.
Thursday, October 15, 2015

boto
Portsmouth Hop Harvest 2 w/Citra 3.9
Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a murky orangish-amber color. There was a small off white head that left lots of lacing. Good nose. Citrus and tropical hop notes. The taste is quite good. Mainly hops, with a touch of caramel malt sweetness in the background. hops are citrus and tropical. Nice!
Monday, October 12, 2015

Drake
Portsmouth Imperial Pumpkin Porter 3.5
LSAT Freedom Trip #30. Keg at the brewpub. Clear bronze, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of pumpkin, caramel, spice, vanilla. The taste is pumpkin, vanilla, spice, mild chocolate. Medium bodied, kind of tame for a porter.
Monday, October 05, 2015

Drake
Portsmouth Bottle Rocket IPA 3.7
LSAT Freedom Trip #29. Keg at the brewpub. Hazy copper, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of floral hops, mango, a cotton candy-ish thing, pale malt. The taste is tropical fruits, mango, citrus, vanilla, grapefruit, pale malt. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness.
Monday, October 05, 2015

Drake
Portsmouth Whipper Snapper 3.7
LSAT Freedom Trip #28. Keg at the brewery. Hey look itís a session IPA from before there was such a thing! Hazy orange, large foamy off-white head, good retention. Aroma of floral, earthy, mild tropical hops. The taste is piney, resin, earthy hops, grainy malt. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness.
Monday, October 05, 2015

Drake
Portsmouth Hop Harvest 3.8
LSAT Freedom Trip #27. Keg at the brewpub. Hazy orange, large creamy white head, decent retention. Aroma of tropical fruits, grapefruit zest, mild pine, pale malt. The taste is grapefruit, tropical fruit, caramel malt, a bit of a tannic note. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness.
Monday, October 05, 2015

Drake
Portsmouth Ginger Pale Ale 3.5
LSAT Freedom Trip #26. Keg at the brewery. Clear copper, large foamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of mild spicy ginger and floral notes. The taste is strong fresh ginger, pale malt, citrus. Medium bodied, mild lingering spice.
Monday, October 05, 2015

Drake
Portsmouth Dunkel Gose 3.4
LSAT Freedom Trip #25. Keg at the brewpub. Hazy bronze, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of brine, raisin, caramel. The taste is salt, biscuit malt, caramel. Medium bodied.
Monday, October 05, 2015

Drake
Portsmouth Saison Dans La Maison - Fresh Lemon 3.1
LSAT Freedom Trip #24. Cask at the brewpub. Murky orange, large head, poor retention. Aroma of bready, biscuit malt, spice, sweet lemon. The taste is spice, lemon, bready malt. Medium bodied, lingering spice.
Monday, October 05, 2015

johnnnniee
Portsmouth Saison with Plum, Vanilla, & Cinnamon 3.6
Bottle from the brewery store. Murky light golden color with a dense rocky white head that persists forever. Light clove and peppery funk with a subtle sweet fruity aroma. The vanilla and cinnamon are not apparent in the aroma. An initial rush of light fruitiness along with some earthy funky flavors followed by a light vanilla flavor. Very subtle cinnamon flavor and a lingering lightly tart fruit in the finish. I honestly thought this was going to be a train wreck, but the flavors come together quite nicely. The vanilla takes away some of the perception of dryness often found in the style. Iím digginí it.
Thursday, September 24, 2015

johnnnniee
Portsmouth Hefeweizen 3.5
Bottle from the brewery store. Hazy light straw color with a frothy bubbly white head that persists forever. Light banana and clove with a bit of malty sweetness and hints of earthy spice and yeasty flavors. Lightly tart, not half bad.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

thornecb
Portsmouth Le Chat Noir 3.6
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving trailing sheets. Dark chocolate and pit fruit aromas. Creamy upfront with dark chocolate covered summer fruit upfront turning to dry espresso in the lasting finish.
Monday, August 31, 2015

JaBier
Portsmouth Thaizenheimer 3.5
Bottle shared by a friend. Hazy gold pour with a medium white head. Aroma of malt, grapefruit, lemongrass and herbs. Malty and lemony flavor with an herbal finish.
Friday, August 28, 2015

bytemesis
Portsmouth Royal Impy Stout 3.8
Bottle thanks to NickDrista. Half of the legacy of Kate the Great, in my hands. Cool. Pours dark black, medium creamy brown head that dissipates slowly and laces well. A bit less inky opaque than expected, but starting off well nonetheless. Aroma is lots of molasses and licorice, with some dark roasted malts, dates and cocoa powder. Flavor is really licorice forward, which is a bit unfortunate for me personally, but I am thinking many will like it. Pretty rich and roasty overall, cocoa beans and molasses here as well. Medium sweet, light plus bitter, with bitterness lingering into the far finish. Medium plus body, soft velvety mouthfeel. Nice Impy; reminds me of Abyss in many ways. Not really doing it for me because of the licorice, but that is my thing; no fault to the beer.
Sunday, August 16, 2015

AirForceHops
Portsmouth Honey Bear 3.1
Served in a standard shaker at the brewery. Thick lasting head with sheets of lace on the way down. Aroma is herbal with strawberry seeds and basil like hints.

The strawberry is here in a subtle way with a herbaceous backbone. The strawberry comes over as natural and again reminds me of seeds. The Berry is over-powered by herbs. And I know this is not a spiced or herbed brew. Maybe my palate is off with this one, not what I would have guessed.

Saturday, August 01, 2015

AirForceHops
Portsmouth Little or ílil Stubbins 3.5
Draft at the brewery served in a standard shaker glass. Dark brown in color with fast dying head leaving no lace. Aroma is mostly English influenced malts; roast, chocolate some earthy hints.

Flavor shows a decent roasted character with light chocolate nuances. Touch of raisin, light sugary notes. The body is lighter side of medium with a light roasted finish. Very drinkable and liked it a bit more then itís older bigger brother, "Old Stub Foot"

Saturday, August 01, 2015

AirForceHops
Portsmouth American Farmhouse Ale 3.4
Draft at the brewery. Cloudy golden with lasting head and legs. Aroma is Belgian influenced yeast and hints of straw.

The body is medium with plenty of chewy yeast. The flavor is almost entirely yeast, dusty grain, and notes of lemon. Weak tartness in there. The mouthfeel drys in the finish. No major problems to report.

Friday, July 31, 2015