Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2017
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a hazy amber/red color with a finger’s worth of foamy off-white head. Stringy lace.
The aroma had a sweet to roasty malt up front with a little bit of sweet fruit. Rye blends itself with the sweet to the spicy and then had a light caramel backbone.
The flavor leads with the blend of sweet rye to caramel to the fruitiness. Spicy notes just sit further back. Subtle tickle of a tart sort of aftertaste hits the finish too.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sesionability about it. ABV felt appropriate, and has a nice mobility about it along my tongue.
Overall, one of the smoother rye beers I’ve found on the market. Malts play a good part in the makeup of this beer. radarsock (1193) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Had on tap at the source. Enjoyed a little more than perhaps I should have. Drank two glasses more than their other "Winter" beer, the Winter Weizen. Its pour is a cloudy, hazed nectar-orange with a thin off-white head. Although it wasn’t great, I found rye, caraway seeds, American yeast and hops in the mouth and on the nose. Decent stuff if I must say so. mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Served in a pint glass. Pours deep copper with a one finger off white head. Aroma was rye, misc spice and earthy, floral hops. Flavor was on the sweet side with rye bread mixing with the sweeter side of floral hops.Full, smooth palate. Very drinkable. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Pours a fairly hazy amber-red color with a nice finger of frothy off-white head. The head has pretty good retention and laces nicely.
S - Aroma is full of sweet lightly roasted malt. There is also some nice light sweet fruit aroma mixed in alongside some carmel. Also, some rye notes in the background.
T - Starts off with a building sweet fruity flavor mixed with just a touch a touch of carmel malt and rye in the background. Through the middle the carmel malt comes through a bit more and some tartness comes through also. The finish has a lot more of the carmel flavor and of the rye flavor and just a touch of hop bitterness. There is a fruity sweetness that lingers nicely afterwards.
M - Medium to medium-light bodied with medium-low carbonation. Really crisp and almost a bit syrupy. Leaves behind a bit of a syrupy feeling in the mouth.
D - Very drinkable. Very nice sweetness and the touch of tartness is really nicely balanced throughout. Very nice and crisp and refreshing. Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle lugged home from the brewery to Delaware. Honey maple brown pour, almost no head despite a vigorous pour. Fortunately, the beer is still well carbonated in the mouth. This beer has the same sweet yeasty flavor that is common in many of the brewery’s beers. Fruity and phenolic flavors with a lot of grainyness. Overall pretty sweet, if that is a criticism. A few funky-like vegetal flavors emerge as it warmed that detracted somewhat. Still, an okay beer, not my favorite Portsmouth offereing..
thornecb (5909) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Pours deep, clear amber into a Sam glass. Significant off-white head leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes. Butterscotch and rye aromas. Thick and sweet with caramel, butterscotch and a medium length rye finish. AirForceHops (7233) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2010
On Tap @ brew pub. Pours a nice deep amber color with a small white head... nice rentention on the glass, left a thick coat. Yeast and Rye dominate the aroma, along with some sweet malt. Very flavorful-- sweet, bready malts with a good dose of tangy rye. Mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick, kind of sticky. Overall a nice brew. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Amber pour, small off-white head. Aroma of honey, orange peel, grain, rye, and some caramel. Flavor is solid; more honey, rye, and caramel malt, but they mix together beautifully. Palate is very nice, full bodied. Good stuff. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Clear golden amber pour with a small beige head. Aroma is fruity rye with hints of grain astringency and heather. Flavor is caramel, honey, toffee, and further rye notes. Palate is full, supple, and finishes clean. One of the tastier rye beers I’ve had. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2008
22oz bottle courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a tulip.
Pours a clear, dark amber with a large creamy cream-colored head that lingers as a small cap for a while and leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is very sweet with caramel malts with some interesting banana/cotton candy aromas that I was not expecting in a rye beer. The rye is very subtle in the aroma.
The is not nearly as sweet as the aroma and has a much more prominent rye presence that leaves a spiciness through the finish. The caramel sweetness is still there in the background but the other sugary stuff is not really there.
The mouthfeel is what you would expect from a rye with a super silky smoothness that coats the mouth completely.
This is very interesting take on the style with some aromatics that I was not expecting. I really enjoyed this one and thanks again to Scottie for hooking me up with another Portsmouth brew.