Portsmouth Brewery Reviews




AirForceHops
3.7
Portsmouth Surrender to the Flow
8 oz. draft at the source. Bright hazy yellow in appearance with large foamy head. Aroma light tropical fruit, mild malt, subtle floral hints. The flavor is the aroma with a floral bitterness that is healthy. Alcohol is not found, drinks lighter than the gravity. It works.
Friday, December 8, 2017

AirForceHops
3.5
Portsmouth O'Dark Hundred
8 oz. draft at the source. Black in appearance with thin lasting head. Aroma is mild roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is close to the true German examples. The malt doesn’t have the amount of roasted, earthy depth That I look for in the style. No issues or problems, I was just hoping for more. Overall, respectable.
Friday, December 8, 2017

AirForceHops
3.4
Portsmouth Libeeration
4 oz. draft at the source. Hazy golden color, no head. Aroma is Lemongrass, dried flowers, herbal no doubt. Flavor is light spice upfront and turns into a herbal finish. It is light bodied with a mild spice in the finish. Interesting... not bad. It is it’s own thing.
Friday, December 8, 2017

jandd1983
3.9
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout
Sampled at gregwilsonstl's house. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. The taste was similar to the aroma with more roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee with medium carbonation and a nice aftertaste. Not bad for a 2009 vintage. Nice.
Sunday, November 19, 2017

vyvvy
3.1
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout
It pours dark brown with an off white head. The aroma has soy sauce, heavy roast and dark roast.. It has medium body with mild carbonation. The taste is soured, funky and of..... But it's 2009. Sure better fresh and such, but won't have that opportunity
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Strykzone
4
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout
Sampled at Gregwilsonstl’s tasting. Almost black with just a little tan foam. Glad to get a shot at this. ‘09 version. Dark malts with raspberries. Earth and tobacco. Chocolate under that. A lot going on and I am not sure all of it is intended. Still, it has held up well.
Saturday, November 18, 2017

gregwilsonstl
3.6
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout
Oxidized. Dark black. Good but not great. This was probably amazing in 2009. Tasted at my Plants and Animals Bottle share.
Saturday, November 18, 2017

johnburt
2.8
Portsmouth American Pale Ale
Maybe this isn’t my favorite style, or maybe I got a skunk, but this one didn’t do it for me. Too bitter and not nearly enough flavor.
Sunday, November 12, 2017

tfontana
3.9
Portsmouth O'Dark Hundred
Taster pour at NH Brewfest. Appearance is dark brown with 1+ finger-width beige foamy head. Aroma is mainly light roasted malt like toast, earthy hops. Taste is lightly roasted malts like burnt toast, caramel, light nuts, earthy hops, late fruity sweetness. Palate is medium bodied with fairly thick texture, average carbonation and finish as taste. Overall, a tasty dark beer without being too heavy and all for a good cause.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

closey22
4
Portsmouth Double Wit (Wit Squared)
Cloudy with thick foamy lacy beige head Aroma is banana yeasty and grainy Flava is rich grainy tangy with hints of banana Feels thick chewy with nice fizzy zing Finishes tangy and grainy
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

closey22
3.4
Portsmouth Imperial Pumpkin Porter
Cloudy brown with thick foamy head Aroma is mild spice Flava is spicy nutmeggy and hint of roast Feels medium silky foamy Finishes tangy roasty dry
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

closey22
4
Portsmouth Surrender to the Flow
Hazy gold with thin white head Aroma is moderately spicy floral hops Flava is rich juicy tangy spicy hoppy Feels medium with crisp foamy fizz Finishes moderately bitter slightly tangy citrusy
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

closey22
3.4
Portsmouth Wheat Wine
Cloudy amber brown with little rimming white head Aroma is sweet and notes of fermented fruit Flava is rich malty with hints of apple cider balanced with robust hop spice bitterness Feels thick foamy Finishes moderately bitter with hop spice notes
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

closey22
3.6
Portsmouth Schwarz Bier
Dark brown with orange red hilites and foamy lacy tan head Aroma is mild roasty malt Flava is tangy moderately roasty slight sweet Feels light with foamy fizz Finishes dry roasty
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

closey22
3.4
Portsmouth Octoberfest
Cooper amber with rimming white head Aroma is mildly malt Flava is sweet caramelly malt and moderately roasty Feels medium and mildly silky with lively fizz Finishes dry moderately bitter mildly roasty
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

tfontana
3
Portsmouth Liger Lager
Taster pour at NH Brewfest. Appearance is hazy, yellow-green (piss-like) but with decent white foamy head, with some lacing. Aroma is a floral, fruity mix (like grapes), along with malts. Taste is concord grape, earthy European hops, bitter citrus at the end. Palate is medium bodied with thin texture, soft carbonation, finish as taste. Overall, I admire this trying to do something different, but it is too sweet--like concord grapes--and not really working.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

tfontana
4
Portsmouth Night Nurse Black IPA
Taster pour at NH Brewfest. Appearance is dark brown with finger-width beige head, mild lacing. Aroma is bittersweet mix of roasted malt, with resiny bitter hops fighting through. Taste is nice roasted malt, chocolatey, citrus, herb, resinous bitterness. Palate is medium bodied with thick texture, soft carbonation and finish as taste. Overall, I really like it, nice strong malt and hops that complement each other well.
Monday, October 30, 2017

jflopsu
3.3
Portsmouth Night Nurse Black IPA
Pours a dark brown with tan head. A hoppy and citrus aroma. A coffee and citrus hop taste. A lingering bitter hop and coffee afteraste.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

jflopsu
3.4
Portsmouth Surrender to the Flow
Pours a hazy yellow with white head. A strong citrus and floral hop aroma. A light bodied taste with citrus, pine, hops, floral and tropical fruits. A bitter hop and sweet citrus afteraste.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

jflopsu
3.4
Portsmouth Schwarz Bier
Pours dark brown. A chocolate, coffee and malt aroma. A watered down chocolate, coffee and malty aroma. Afteraste is a mic of dry grains, chocolate and other sweet malts.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

BackusWackus
3.5
Portsmouth Pumpkin Ale
On a sunny October afternoon I’ve found myself in Portsmouth, NH. Living my truest basic life I’ve ordered a pumpkin ale and salad at a brewery. At first glance it appears to be apple cider but never fear tis truly a pumpkin ale! Has more of a pumpkin aroma than taste. Not the best but I still like how light it is.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

jflopsu
2.7
Portsmouth ESB
Pours a dark rust orange with white head. A sweet caramel malt and light fruit aroma. A dry grain, light smokey and fruit malt taste. A light sour and lingering dry malt afteraste.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

jflopsu
2.1
Portsmouth Liger Lager
Pours a clear piss yellow with heavy white head. A citrus hop and sweet malt aroma. A watered down taste of citrus hops, fruits, grains and sweet malts. A dry grain afteraste.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

jflopsu
3.7
Portsmouth Pumpkin Ale
Pours a hazy bright orange with brown and light head. A strong pumpkin spice aroma. Not as strong of a pumpkin flavor, but still sweet with spices. A dry grain and light spice afteraste.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

jflopsu
3.3
Portsmouth Octoberfest
Pours amber-orange with little head. A malty and lager like aroma. A malty taste with grains, light fruits and some spices. A sweet malt and caramel afteraste.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Dogbrick
3.5
Portsmouth Saison Dans La Maison
Sample at the brewpub. Cloudy dark golden color with a medium off-white head that dissipates quickly to a film. Short strings of lace. Aroma of tropical fruit, yeast and malt. Light to medium body with flavors of peppery yeast, fruit, malt and a touch of hops. The finish is fruity with a yeast aftertaste. Decent overall.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dogbrick
3.4
Portsmouth Wild Thang Pale Ale
Sample at the brewpub. Clear amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of mild hops, fruit and malt. Light-bodied with flavors of grassy hops, fruit and malt. The finish is mildly bitter and slightly creamy with a hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dogbrick
3.6
Portsmouth Liger Lager
Sample at the brewpub. Clear gold color with a medium off-white head that recedes quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lace. Aroma of tropical fruit, hops and malt. Medium body with flavors of piney hops, tropical fruit and malt. The finish is fruity with a yeast and hop aftertaste. Decent overall.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dogbrick
3.5
Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout
Sample at the brewpub. Pours black with a medium frothy light beige head that diminishes gradually to a film. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Light-bodied with flavors of roast malt, milk chocolate and mild coffee. The finish is roasty with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dogbrick
3.6
Portsmouth 5 Cs IPA
Sample at the brewpub. Slightly hazy orange-amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily to a film. Short strings of lacing. Piney hops, citrus and malt in the nose. Light to medium body with flavors of resiny hops, citrus and bready malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a citrusy hop aftertaste. Decent overall.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dogbrick
3.4
Portsmouth American Pale Ale
Sample at the brewpub (as "Portsmouth Pale Ale"). Slightly hazy pale orange color with a thin white head that burns away quickly to a wispy film. Grassy hops, fruit and malt in the nose. Light-bodied with flavors of floral hops, citrus and malt. The finish is mildly bitter with a short fruity hop aftertaste. Decent overall.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dogbrick
3.6
Portsmouth Wheat Wine
Sample at the brewpub. Hazy dark amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Stringy lacing. The aroma consists of malt, wheat, fruit and hops. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, fruit, wheat and mild hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall. Decent overall.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Theydon_Bois
3.7
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout
Bottle split at RB Best Encomium share, Santa Rosa, 30/01/16 - Big Thanks to Moe Juck aka Wald Bizzard for hooking me up with this juant! 2009 vintage. Pitch black with a well presented tan head. Nose is rich dark malts, light soy xauce, tangy dark fruits, chocolate dipped raisins. Taste comprises red berry notes, chocolate, burnt toffee, roast malts, molasses, black forest gateaux, raspberry tang, earthy. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light warming boost in the close. Solid well rounded impy but a touch past its best now I imagine.
Friday, September 22, 2017

mcox90
3.4
Portsmouth Saison Dans La Maison
16.9 oz. bottle from the cooler in the gift shop. Split with the wife. Pours a hazed gold with a finger dense white head. Sweet, yet funky aroma with some fruit and spicy notes. Flavor is sweetish with enough funk to be interesting. Light bodied and bubbly in the mouth. Tasty!
Thursday, August 17, 2017

johnnnniee
3.1
Portsmouth Torn and Frayed IPA
Sample at the Granite State Brewers Festival. Hazy light golden color with a thin off white head.Citrus and light tropical fruit with bits of bread and bitter butterscotch, Not impressed.
Sunday, July 30, 2017

AirForceHops
3.3
Portsmouth White Lightning IPA
Half pint draft at the brewery. Bright hazy yellow appearance, weak head. Aroma is coriander, black pepper, and wheat. The flavor is a near copy of a Belgian White with a mild citrus hop slap in the finish. Lighter body with a bone dry texture. Not my favorite hybrid style in any sense of the imagination.
Monday, July 24, 2017

AirForceHops
3.4
Portsmouth Le Chat Noir (Cinnamon)
Draft in a 12 oz. snifter at the source. Pitch black color, thin lasting foam. Aroma is the lightest roasted with a hearty amount of cinnamon. In the mouth the cinnamon is pretty balanced. Roasted malt backbone is correct for the lighter gravity. On a warm New Hampshire afternoon, it still is not heavy. The texture is indeed dry as the style reflects.
Sunday, July 23, 2017

AirForceHops
3.6
Portsmouth Lemon Pale Ale
Half pint draft at the brewery. Hazy golden color with thin lasting head. Aroms is bold lemon peel, earthy hops and a hint of herbs. Flavor is a direct reflection of the aroma with a moderate hops bite. Good texture and body on the mouth. Lemon and hops are balanced well and it certainly was easy to drink.
Sunday, July 23, 2017

mcox90
3.8
Portsmouth Surrender to the Flow
16.9 oz bottle from the brewery gift shop. I wanted it on tap, but it had just kicked. Pours a cloudy yellow with a one finger white head and modest legs. Light citrus on the aroma with the flavor being a lighter citrus and biscuit. They seem to be going for a softer double Ipa here. It definitely does not smack you upside the head. Tasty and enjoyable. Medium bodied. Light bitterness rests on the tongue briefly.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

mcox90
3.5
Portsmouth Scotch Ale
6 oz. short pour at the source. Little warm for a scotch ale, but I considered it my dessert. Pours a muddled red/brown with a thin beige ring. Light smoky/peat aroma with a buttery maple sweetness. Smokiness almost goes away in the flavor and it’s not as sweet as some in the style. More light maple. Thinner in body than I would have expected. Still quite nice.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

mcox90
3.5
Portsmouth Liger Lager
Full pour at the source. Poured a clear gold with a one finger short lived head. Pilsner malt aroma with the flavor reflecting some light hoppiness. Mild sweetness. Light bodied. It was ok, but I wouldn’t go out of my way.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

mcox90
3.8
Portsmouth Citra Saison
Large tulip at the source. Poured a cloudy orange gold with a good two fingers of bubbly white head that stuck around awhile. Nice aroma of citra hops backed by some bready yeastiness. Light sweetness with the citrus upfront and some spice and bread dough on the swallow. Medium to light body with a dry finish. Nice.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

AirForceHops
3.6
Portsmouth Sonya De Bonya
Draft, 8 oz glass. Almost clear gold, lasting head retention. Aroma is nice, pine, grapefruit, and mild caramel. The flavor has a light caramel base (not overly sweet) plenty of pine and citrus to balance. Bitterness is floral and medium strength. Pretty balanced.
Friday, May 26, 2017

AirForceHops
3.8
Portsmouth Torn and Frayed on Blueberries
Cask at the brewery. Mild purpleish color. Aroma is awesome! Citrus, mild herbal hops, and the lightest hint of blueberries. The flavor is bright citra hops, again, light hebal tones. The fruit is subtle. The texture is extremely crisp and ends on a very light berry. Highly drinkable and the use of the fruit works with the IPA
Friday, May 26, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
4
Portsmouth Imperial Pumpkin Porter
Reviewed from notes. Bomber to snifter, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with an off white foamy cap of a head. Dissipated finely to leave a little bit of concave lace. The aroma started with some sweet espresso/coffee bean notes. Nice roast and milk chocolate then come in. The pumpkin was subtle yet quick, more like extract to me. Just a whiff of nutmeg at the end. The flavor leaned roasty at first and then developed a nice sweet coffee to pumpkin taste to it. Nutmeg was gentle. No aftertaste but a slim roasty and pumpkin sweet sort of finish. The palate was about medium bodied with a nice sipping quality about it. Moderate carbonation with the ABV doing justice in good favor to the beer. Overall, hope they brew this again, probably one of my all time favorite beers by Portsmouth. Wish I would have uploaded this sooner to ratebeer.
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.8
Portsmouth London Brown Porter
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a milky brown color with a little white cap of a foamy head. Some messy lace. The aroma had some sweet to roasty nuts, good dose of caramel/toffee malts, some mild earthy hops and a little bit of cereal grainy sweetness at the end. The flavor provided a decent malty sweetness rolling about with a nice roast accompanying the backbone. Nice aftertaste of the malts and roast. Quick malty finish. The feel was just a tad under than medium bodied, pretty good sessionability about it and a good carbonation. Overall, not sure why it has the word "porter" in the name because this is definitely not a porter by style but a good brown ale worthy of having again.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.7
Portsmouth Jurgans Oatmeal Stout (J.O.S.)
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a dark brown color with a thin foamy head that fell off at a decent pace. Light messy lace. The aroma had some sweet oats, cocoa powder, light coffee creamer and a little bit of dark chocolate nibs. Slight roastiness. The flavor moderated between the sweet and the roastiness. Somewhat of a dusty sweet cocoa powder-like aftertaste. Little dry in the finish with some dark chocolate nibs and sweet oats. The feel was roughly medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. LIght carbonation and quite smooth along my tongue. Overall, oatmeal stout brewed for Summertime sessions? Yes, it was and a worthy late morning weekend drinker.
Saturday, May 6, 2017

DiarmaidBHK
4
Portsmouth Night Nurse Black IPA
Draft at brewpub. Pours black with a khaki head. Leaves a shitload of lacing in the glass. Has a lot of rye and roasted malt on the nose. Solid amount of rye on the tongue as well. Has a bit of bitterness on the finish. Pretty nice. Pours
Monday, April 24, 2017

DiarmaidBHK
3.3
Portsmouth Sonya De Bonya
Draft at brewpub. Pours golden with a thin white head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Has some solid citrus on the nose and tongue. Has a bit of pine cone on the finish. Hides it’s booze well.
Monday, April 24, 2017

DiarmaidBHK
3.4
Portsmouth / Moonlight R.I.S. Braggot
Draft at brewpub. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Has a lot of dark roasted elements. Not getting much of the honey.
Monday, April 24, 2017