tfontana (968) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 28, 2016
Keg pour into taster cup at NH Brewfest. Appearance is hazy dark brown, small off-white head. Aroma is mild smokey malts, caramel, hop balance. Taste is smokey, malty. Palate is medium bodied with thick texture, average-to-lively carbonation and mix of malt/hop finish. Overall, this had good malt flavor with a smokey twist. thepatrickman (1347) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2016
Draft at the brewery. It’s not overly exciting, but it’s 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. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 21, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
I had this in a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice hazy amber to red color with a decent half finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than thirty seconds.
The smell had a nice amount of caramel malts with a nice light bittering somewhat piney hoppiness letting itself in the aroma.
The taste was a nice combination of caramel malts to bitter piney hops.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium with a decent sessionable quality about it. The carbonation was smooth yet still had a good balance to the harshness trying to pummel my mouth and tongue into submission.
Overall, I say this was a great American Amber/Red Ale well worthy of having again. Imaena (2321) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - NOV 9, 2013
Draught. This is a pretty bland red ale with a decent malt and hop balance. cfrancis (3445) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2012
Pours a dark, ruby red with a moderate off white head and good lacing. Aroma is mainly malt, caramel, earthy flavours and a small toffee. Taste is rich with the caramel and toffee. Small hop presence but was expecting more.
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Draft at Portsmouth Brewing. Pours a hazy brown-amber with an off-white head. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, citrus, and some piney hops. Flavor is similar with lingering sweet malt and piney hops. Lots of caramel and a decent amount of hops in this red. Medium in body and a malty and mildly hoppy red. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle shared by TurdFurgison. Thanks, Eric! Pours a reddish-amber color with a short off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some amber malt and faint hops along with a pretty decent amount of diacetyl, which carries over into the flavor. Very disappointing. Buttered bread. I would not have this one again. Hopefully it was just an off bottle. alalvarez75 (57) - New York, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Tastes of malt and "My First Homebrew Kit". Below par beer, unless your buddy had told you he made it. Then it would be average. Color was light brown not really amber and taste was of a malty pale ale with zero hopps. Pass. Tmoney99 (14472) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2012
Bottle shared by B3C. Poured a dark brown with an average rocky off-white head that was lasting with good lacing. Moderatey hop and toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate bitter sweet flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration. Good brew. b3shine (8870) - Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Looks alright; amber with some lace. Smells and tastes average. Mouthfeel is the same. Kind of disappointing for a Portsmouth.