Portsmouth Brewing Red Bird Ale - Portsmouth Brewing Co. / Mault's Brewpub
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
3.69/5 rDev +19%
This is actually a Calif Common: "A classic steam ale, dating back to the early 1800's". In any case, a very well crafted beer and, unlike their flagship pilsner, not lacking in hops. Medium-light amber with exceptional clarity. It has a head with nice size, density and durability, and it leaves an abundance of lacing. Medium-light body with very good, medium carbonation. Smooth.
O: Very good to excellent for style.
08-01-2013 23:19:44 | More by chinchill
1.4/5 rDev -54.8%
12 ounce bottle from Ryan011235, poured into a LaChouffe tulip. The body's a hue that just barely qualifies for the lowest end of the "amber" scale. A modest head at the time of the pour becomes an even more modest wispy layer by the time I sit down. No lacing.
A rather boring nose of husky grains, pale malt sweetness and half-baked bread. As it warms, some somewhat artificial aromas sneak in there. Ridiculously fizzy carbonation and a metallic/seltzer combo have me thinking "plop, plop, fizz, fizz". (And I reckon I may have dated myself with that particular commercial jingle reference...) Canned corn sweetness, cardboard and pennies. It's rare that you run into an amber ale (perhaps the most unf###uppable of styles) that's damned near undrinkable. My first ridiculously mediocre amber homebrew was miles better than this.
10-08-2012 22:58:59 | More by PDXHops
3.45/5 rDev +11.3%
This is a good representation of a red ale, much better than the mainstream representations on the market. A hint of bitterness with an overwhelming taste of grain. A highly drinkable beer, something I have not been able to find in the red category. Has a tobacco-like taste (which I highly enjoy). Not very sweet, but doesn't leave a nasty bitter flavor when it's done. Aftertaste is pleasant, something that usually fails beers in my opinion. This is my second favorite from the Mault brothers.
07-30-2012 16:27:29 | More by wodanick
1.3/5 rDev -58.1%
Poured into an A-B flute on 7/29/12
Tobacco and honey hued with a two finger head that doesn't last, save for a thin layer. No lace.
This smells pretty dismal, much like corn syrup, cereal grains, candy, bread and over caramelized sugars. The taste and feel are inseparable - watery, thin and metallic. Caramel bread water and corn are riddled with loose, fizzy carbonation. Weird, tangy fruit notions as it warms. Halfway through the glass the finish picks up a coating feel.
This beer keeps getting worse with each drink; an utter failure.
07-30-2012 05:21:32 | More by Ryan011235
3.08/5 rDev -0.6%
Red Bird Ale has a very thick, fluffy, off-white head and a clear, copper appearance, with minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet, fruity, floral, and aromatic, and this, as it turns out, is this beer’s strong suit. Taste is, initially, malty, semi-sweet, woody, menthol, and hoppy, but as one drinks it down, this beers presents astringent, detergent, sour, and other, indistinguishable and unpleasant, flavor notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium and soft, and the finish is quite dry. Overall, this ale just does not hold up and has too many nasty aspects.
04-28-2012 16:18:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.45/5 rDev +11.3%
Again, the sanitizing solution this place uses on the glasses kills any chance at a head so appearance is based on the body only. Nice red-amber with some carbonation. Would probably be a pretty beer if handled correctly.
Malt and noble hops in the nose, but not much of either. Still, the combo works...
Flavor leans more towards the Amber Ale than the Red. Iced tea noble flavor over the malt, with was somewhat roasted. Again, it was good but not great.
Decent moutheel: round enough to fill palate with some residual crispness, something I noticed in the Pilsner they have. Decently drinkable.
Another good but not great entry from Portsmouth Brewing. Worth a glass if you're there. Or, better, get a growler and pour it into something proper and clean. It'll be a better beer for it.
09-07-2009 01:34:31 | More by rabsten
3/5 rDev -3.2%
Sample at the brewpub. This brew is a clear amber-orange color with a thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Thin sheet of lace. Mildly malty aroma with touches of fruit. Light, smooth body with a sweet toasted malt character along with slight hops and citrus flavors. The finish is short and sweetly malty with a bit of a hops aftertaste. Just average overall.
12-19-2007 20:28:55 | More by Dogbrick
3.08/5 rDev -0.6%
Appearance: Lively red color like ship rock sandstone or the beard of a celtic warrior. Nice lacing, head is not very lasting but Im drinking it out of a plastic red cup in a place called the crick with a bunch of honest to goodness hillbillies (not rednecks, theres a difference they tell me). Theyre drinking their beer straight from the growler.
Smell: Sweet malts, grains, and rotten fruit.
Taste: Similar to Leinies Red from a dirty tap at a bad bar only stronger and less refined. Sweet, rotten, and rugged.
Mouthfeel: A bit thin but still smooth and warming.
Drinkability: When ones alternative is ML and the nearest beer store is 20 miles, its pretty darn drinkable. In any other situation its a touch sweet but decent.
09-26-2005 21:31:47 | More by DaPeculierDane
2.7/5 rDev -12.9%
Vibrant amber in appearance. Decent-lasting and -lacing white head. Aromas of matly sweetness that starts to carry over into the flavor. Something funky in the flavor: a displeasing clove-like harshness that won't let go. I'm not sure what caused this or if it was intentional, but I didn't care for it. Mouthfeel and body are decent. Drinkabilty suffers as a result of the taste.
02-27-2004 22:09:23 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.83/5 rDev +23.5%
One of Mault's more popular brews, this is a nicely colored amber brew that came to me slightly hazy though clear. The head is about one finger and ivory colored creating very nice lace. The aroma is mostly of the malt base with a bit a grainy sense.
The flavor of this beer is very good. The crisp feel is complemented by the slighty sweet maltiness with just enough hoppiness to create good balance. The smoothness is apparent in the feel which might be a bit thin. Very good drinkability from this smoothy.
10-13-2003 01:52:47 | More by AtLagerHeads
Portsmouth Brewing Red Bird Ale from Portsmouth Brewing Co. / Mault's Brewpub
75 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.