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Portsmouth Brewing Red Bird Ale - Portsmouth Brewing Co. / Mault's Brewpub

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Portsmouth Brewing Red Bird Ale
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 22.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewing Co. / Mault's Brewpub visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: AtLagerHeads on 10-13-2003)
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Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

chinchill, Aug 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:

Appearance: Lively red color like ship rock sandstone or the beard of a celtic warrior. Nice lacing, head is not very lasting but I’m drinking it out of a plastic red cup in a place called “the crick” with a bunch of honest to goodness hillbillies (not rednecks, there’s a difference they tell me). They’re drinking their beer straight from the growler.

Smell: Sweet malts, grains, and rotten fruit.

Taste: Similar to Leinie’s 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 one’s alternative is ML and the nearest beer store is 20 miles, it’s pretty darn drinkable. In any other situation it’s a touch sweet but decent.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of xdefeatsy
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

xdefeatsy, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Irish7r
4.5/5  rDev +45.2%

Irish7r, May 19, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.


RonaldTheriot, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of elkinbrown
3.75/5  rDev +21%

elkinbrown, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of grues
3.75/5  rDev +21%

grues, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of PDXHops
1.4/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

PDXHops, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
1.3/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Ryan011235, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of cbusbeerlover
2.24/5  rDev -27.7%

cbusbeerlover, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of 440kk
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

440kk, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3/5  rDev -3.2%

bigbluebeerguy, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Kahmal
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Kahmal, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of JRod6242
3/5  rDev -3.2%

JRod6242, May 12, 2013
Photo of rabsten
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

rabsten, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of bakerca
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

bakerca, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

AtLagerHeads, Oct 13, 2003
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

mikepcarney, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

mrfrancis, Dec 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of reedmn
3.75/5  rDev +21%

reedmn, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
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3/5  rDev -3.2%

DarenIke, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of wodanick
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

wodanick, Jul 30, 2012
Portsmouth Brewing Red Bird Ale from Portsmouth Brewing Co. / Mault's Brewpub
75 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.