Portsmouth Brewery Reviews




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 itís 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

DiarmaidBHK
3
Portsmouth Saison Dans La Maison
Draft at brewpub. Pours orange with a white head. Not much on the nose. Faint funk on the tongue. Pretty boring.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.9
Portsmouth Imperial India Brown Ale
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a deep dark brown color with a tan fingerís worth of foamy head. Subtle sliding lace. The aroma blended big bold piney and citrusy hops to a huge boozy sweet malty backbone. Some brown sugars and molasses touch down on the hops to equate sweet smoothness to the bold upbringing of those bitter hops. The flavor pretty much copied the aroma fairly nice and really pummeling the aftertaste with bold bittering hops and a bold boozy malts. Leans towards a malty sort of semi-boozy finish. On the palate, this one sat about medium bodied with a thrusting sipping quality about it. Itís just so bold all around, one couldnít crush this if they tried. ABV is there with an abrasive mentality of pummeling my tongue into submission. Overall, not sure if this is still around any more, but if they bring it back, they could always rename it "Palate Wrecker." Pretty sure if I looked up in Websterís, I would see a picture of this beer next to the term "palate wrecker."
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
4.3
Portsmouth Hefeweizen
Reviewed from notes. Bottle brought home and poured into a weizen glass. The appearance was a soft semi-cloudy pale yellow/orange color with a two finger white foamy head. Stringy sliding lace. The aroma bled of sweet wheat malt, nice balance of clove, light bubblegum and normal amount of banana esters. The flavor blended the sweet to the spice exactly the way I wanted and expected it to be with a shining example of the expected sweet wheaty bite just nipping the tail of the aftertaste and giving off that quick wheaty sweet to spicy clove of a finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Fairly low yet acceptable carbonation. ABV felt great as projected by the brewer. Overall, for the style and since this was consumed in a weizen glass, I say yes and a half to this. Probably one of the best brewed true to style hefeweizens by an American brewer.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.8
Portsmouth Dirty Blonde Ale
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a golden blonde color with a quickly dissipating quarter fingerís worth of white foamy head that left some sliding lace. The aroma had some hay/grassy/earthy dry breadiness. Light features of herbal/floral qualities come in subtly. The flavor tried to have some sort of sweetness, but the earthy/herbal hops play in underneath to offer a decent balanced sort of aftertaste and finish. The feel was pretty smooth all along my tongue, fairly damp with a proportionate ABV to the beer. Crushable on a hot day. Overall, first time I had this was for reviewing purposes, second time I had with their BBQ bacon cheeseburger and that went exceptionally well.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
2.9
Portsmouth Blitzen Ale
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a mostly dark amber/tan sort of color with a fingerís worth of quickly dieing white/off white head. Lace just slides into the beer. The aroma had some sweet wheat, light clove, nuts, nutmeg and then a sharp spruciness. The flavor tried to blend the sweet to the spice but ends up layering itself as it warms - sweet sometimes, spicy other times. Warming sweet wheaty/clove-like aftertaste and riding on into the finish. The feel had a contrast between the spicy harshness to the sweet smoothness as it didnít seem to really want to meld together, once again like in the taste, yes, itís separated. Sits between light and medium bodied. Overall, odd beer, not sure what else to say.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.1
Portsmouth Abbey Style Dubbel Ale
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was an amber/copper color with a fingerís worth of white foamy head that quickly dissipated. Lace wants to be somewhat sticky, but it slides. The aroma had some cherries, the sweet fleshy side with some milk chocolate. Some candied sugary Belgian notes. Super light bready/Belgian yeastiness. The flavor leaned towards the sweet side and delves into the cherries fairly nice with the Belgian sugars and milk chocolate somewhat into the aftertaste. Odd sort of super sweet finish with some apples in there, somewhat like red delicious. The feel had a light to medium body with a fair sessionability about it. Pretty mobile along my tongue. Overall, there seems to be a slight lack of "Belgian spice" in this one. And I had this several times as well, but Iíll just tack it up as "trial and error," though this wasnít entirely an error, just enjoyable as is.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.9
Portsmouth Winter Rye
Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a hazy amber/red color with a fingerís 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 Iíve found on the market. Malts play a good part in the makeup of this beer.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

puboflyons
4.5
Portsmouth Royal Impy Stout
From the 2017 bottle batch released on February 25, 2017. It pours jet black with a small, tan head that lingers momentarily and then fades to a ring leaving lacing on the edge of the glass. The aroma is big on Hersheyís Dark Chocolate, roasted malts, house yeast, oak, raisins, molasses and no alcohol for 11.1%. Bold body. Chewy. The taste is a lot sweeter than other Imperial Stouts that I have had and the chocolate is up front and center. The bitterness is mild to moderate and like the aroma the alcohol is nicely integrated into the experience. In other words, not noticeable until you have finished the bottle - then your head notices.
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.9
Portsmouth Oatmeal Raisin Brown
Poured into a mug, the appearance was a semi-dark brown color with a fingerís worth of off-white foamy head. Mild stringy lace. The aroma had some bready malts, some dark fruits and then light nuts, somewhat roasted. Sly herbal to earthy quality far underneath. The flavor seemed to blend fairly well some sweet oats/oatmeal graininess to a dark fruity structure. Nuts sink back in the flavor, seem barely there. Oatmeal and dark fruits meld into the aftertaste and slide into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about an almost medium in body sort of crisp semi-sweet sessionable sort of beer. Texture is there, somewhat grainy with a touch of smooth. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Overall, interesting as a brown ale, I can see, and would say leans towards the English side of the wheelhouse. Iíd have again.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

mR_fr0g
4.1
Portsmouth Kate The Great Russian Imperial Stout
Bottle shared at Ratebeer awards show. 30/01/2016. Huge thanks! 2009 bottle. A clear depp black / brown coloured pour with reddy hues and a reluctant tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate malts, rih, jammy fruits, strawberry. Flavour is composed of brown sugars, dark choc, fruits esters, strawberry, tangy raspberry. Palate is full sticky sweet, full bodies, moderate carbonation. .. Very well balanced and drinkable for such a big beer.
Monday, February 6, 2017

john44
3.6
Portsmouth Oatmeal Stout
Draft Third of a Pint at GBBF 2010 (Day 2), Earlís Court, London Aug 2010 - Black in colour. Very Malty; roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, oatmeal. Hoppy; balancing hop bitterness. Very Smooth. Very drinkable. Enjoyed this. Nice Sweet Stout! (2010-08)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.6
Portsmouth British IPA
Poured into an English pint glass, the appearance was a copper/orange brisk coloring. Fingerís worth of white foamy head dissipates at a nice pace. Sly filmy lace speckles outwards. The aroma had some soapy malts (but acceptable) playing with some earthy to grassy hops, sweet with bitter tones and then a nice spiciness playing all around. The flavor wraps the earthy/grassy hops into the soapy malts. Slight leather seems to be showing up with a little dough. Brisk soapy/herbal/earthy aftertaste playing with the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation felt fine. Earthy/spicy hops play with the harshness levels but also lean back over those malts nice and even, somewhat gentle in the feel. Overall, as an English styled IPA it works, perhaps a bit "soapier" in aroma and flavor than what other American brewers are doing with EIPAís, but I donít mind.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.4
Portsmouth Baltic Porter
Poured into a pint glass, the appearance was a moderate brown color with a bar pourís kind of thin white foamy head. No lace. The aroma had some light milk chocolate, light coffee and faint dark fruits. Some roasty tones as it opens up. The flavor leans towards the chocolate and roasty malts. Sly bitterness from the coffee. Super low chocolate malty aftertaste with a brisk sort of semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body, perhaps a bit less body than expected. Session Baltic Porter? Hmmmmm...might be. Overall, aromas and flavors seem to be there but could have a bit more body for it to be a great Baltic Porter.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.7
Portsmouth "Christmas" Gruit
Treated as a Gruit, this was poured into a mug (traditional glassware for the style) despite an Abbey yeast strain. The appearance was a ruggedly dark muddled burnt orange to brown color with a fingerís worth of white foamy head dieing off very quickly. Few and far between speckles of lace. The aroma started off sweet herbal flowing into some vanilla and some sweet wheaty grassiness. Touch of breadiness. The flavor yielded to the herbal sweetness and seemed to bring in a subtle menthol taste. Bready once again and enacting a crisp sweet aftertaste with the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Low carbonation. But feels good like a Gruit. Overall, might drink like herbal tea, somewhat but at least Portsmouth did their best sticking to the style, somewhat creative with the yeast strain.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.7
Portsmouth English Bitter
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark orange muddy close to brown sort of color with a thin white foamy head that died off at a decent pace. The aroma breathes in fruity estery British hops, moving clearly without any soapiness normally associated with the style. Caramel and vanilla sweetness. Sly tickle of biscuitiness. The flavor blends everything together and adds a touch of earthy to grassy hoppiness, somewhat bitter and a low key spiciness. Sly earthy to grassy and caramel aftertaste running into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation. Moves nicely on my tongue. Overall, this one was a pretty good English Bitter, do-able for the style and beloved with some fish níchips.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Bulk_Carrier
3.1
Portsmouth American Pale Ale
Bottle, thanks Doug. This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a hazed pale yellow color with a fluffy white fingerís worth of head. The aroma starts with a floral perfumey grassy aromatic quality over some lemon pulp sweetness. Light cracker/breadiness. The flavor yields to the floral perfumey quality sweetness over that subtle lemony pulpiness again. Subtle bready malty to floral perfumey hoppy aftertaste. Semi-dry bready to lemony finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body with a fair sessionabiltiy about it. Moderate carbonation felt fine. Overall, decent APA. It does the trick for a good balance, Iíll give it that.
Sunday, January 15, 2017

thornecb
3.8
Portsmouth Night Nurse Black IPA
Pours mahogany tinged black into a tulip. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving trailing spiders. Chocolate and rye aromas. Creamy and a little sharp with pumpernickel and caramel upfront turning to chocolate and espresso in the medium length finish.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

thepatrickman
3.8
Portsmouth Surrender to the Flow
On draft at the brewery. Cloudy and soft-bodied -- this is clearly going for a "New England IPA" feel. Itís good, too, with a lot of citrus hop aroma that reminded me of lemons. Moderate to light bitterness at the finish, but it did end a bit abruptly. Another great beer from P Brew.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

thepatrickman
3.4
Portsmouth ESB
On cask at the brewery. A great example of an ESB, without any real deviation from the style. Itís malt-forward and balanced, with some light fruity esters and caramel sweetness.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

boto
3.7
Portsmouth Surrender to the Flow
Draught @ Brewpub: this one pours an opaque golden color. There was no head or lacing. Good nose. Pineapple and other tropical notes. The taste is also good. Pineapple and tropical hops, as well as some grassiness. Nice!
Saturday, November 26, 2016

boto
3.7
Portsmouth Belgian Kriek
Draught @ Brewpub: This one pours a milky, reddish hued golden color. There was about no head or lacing. Lighter but good nose. Sour and tart cherries, and some wheat. A touch of funkiness. The taste is quite good. Tart and sour cherries, with some wheat. Faint spices also. Nice!
Saturday, November 26, 2016

snoworsummer
3.5
Portsmouth Surrender to the Flow
Draft at the brewpub. Pours opaque gold with a fizzy white head. Tastes like grapefruit hops, resin, grassy malt, and tropical fruits. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like tropical fruits, grapefruit hops, resin, and grassy malt.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

snoworsummer
3.7
Portsmouth Belgian Kriek
Draft at the brewpub. Pours opaque golden amber with a fizzy white head. Tastes like tart citrus, lemon, grapefruit, salty cracker malt, and faint coriander. Smells like tart citrus, lemon, grapefruit, yeast, and salty cracker malt.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

snoworsummer
3.1
Portsmouth Session Rye Ale
Draft at the brewpub. Pours clear amber with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like dried fruits, toasted malt, earthy, and citrus. Light body and low carbonation Smells like toffee, toasted malt, earthy, and citrus.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

snoworsummer
3.4
Portsmouth ESB
Draft at the brewpub. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like toffee malt, earthy, boozy, and nutty. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like booze, toffee malt, earthy, and nutty.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

snoworsummer
3
Portsmouth Coffee Milk Stout
Draft at the brewpub. Pours nut brown with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like smokey wood, earthy malt, and chocolate. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like smokey wood, earthy, and chocolate.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

snoworsummer
3
Portsmouth London Brown Porter
Draft at the brewpub. Pours clear copper brown with a creamy beige head. Tastes like dried fruits, nutty malt, and burnt toast. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like dried fruits, toasted malt, and some nuttiness.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

snoworsummer
3.1
Portsmouth Old Stub Foot
Draft at the brewpub. Pours nut brown with a creamy beige head and decent lacing. Tastes like very nutty malt, dried fruits, toast, and a hint of chocolate. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like nutty malt and toast.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

snoworsummer
3.4
Portsmouth Nuts & Berries Brown Ale
Draft at the brewpub. Pours hazy amber with a thick, beige head. Tastes like dried fruits, woody malt, earthy, and nutty. light body and low carbonation. Smells like dried fruits, woody malt, earthy, and nutty.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sonnycheeba
3.4
Portsmouth Nuts & Berries Brown Ale
Tap at brewery. Pours hazy copper. Aroma and flavor are toasted and caramel malts, light berries, faint almonds, and some faint spice. Light/medium body.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sonnycheeba
3.5
Portsmouth Old Stub Foot
Tap at brewery. Pours clear, light brown. Aroma and flavor are toasted and pale malts, light caramel, some woodiness, and very faint berry notes. Medium body.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sonnycheeba
3.5
Portsmouth London Brown Porter
Tap at brewery. Pours clear light brown. Aroma and flavor are chocolate, light roast, toasted malts, light caramel, and faint earthiness. Light/medium body.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sonnycheeba
3.5
Portsmouth Belgian Kriek
Tap at brewery. Pours cloudy peach. Aroma and flavor are cherries, pale malt, moderate acidity, faint toast, and some floral notes. Light/medium body.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sonnycheeba
3.6
Portsmouth Session Rye Ale
Tap at brewery. Pours clear copper. Aroma and flavor are bready and toasted malts, soft rye character, floral and woody notes, light bitterness, and faint caramel. Medium body.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sonnycheeba
3.8
Portsmouth Surrender to the Flow
Tap at brewery. Pours hazy gold. Aroma and flavor are juicy tropical and citrus fruit. Pale malt, faint floral notes, and very faint honey. Medium body.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sonnycheeba
3.4
Portsmouth ESB
Tap at brewery. Pours mostly clear dark amber. Aroma and flavor are bready and toasted malts, faint caramel, faint grassy and floral hops, and some woodiness. Medium body.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

sonnycheeba
3.5
Portsmouth Coffee Milk Stout
Tap at brewery. Pours dark brown. Aroma and flavor are coffee, chocolate, roast, lactose, and faint earthiness. Medium body.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

thornecb
3.4
Portsmouth Redwood Rye Lager
Pours clear gold into a shaker. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Stale pumpernickel aromas. Crisp with sweet caramel and sour rye upfront turning to mild aspirin before the lasting resin finish.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tessic
2.7
Portsmouth Mamanajo
This one poured a nice amber colour with minimal lacing and a nice, off white head. Scents include bananas, mango and a little corn. First swig was pretty good with lots of fruit flavours such as bananas, mangos and hay. Finish had a med/low bitterness with a small smoke and citrus flavour lingering on the palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, November 21, 2016

Westchesterco
3.5
Portsmouth Milk Stout
On cask at the Portsmouth Brewery brewpub. It is a dark brownish black color with a slight head. The aroma is roasted coffee and the taste is strong bitter coffee wthat had a roasted coffee finish
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Westchesterco
3.1
Portsmouth Nuts & Berries Brown Ale
On cask at the Portsmouth Brewery brewpub. It is a light Amber color with a slight head. The aroma is spicy and the taste is tart and thin with hints of cranberries
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Westchesterco
3.7
Portsmouth Surrender to the Flow
On draft at the brewpub it is a cloudy gold enclose with a. Slight head. The aroma is citrus and thE taste is strong bitter flavor of pink grapefruit that finisheson the bitter side
Thursday, November 17, 2016