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Portsmouth Carlyle Cream Ale - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Carlyle Cream AlePortsmouth Carlyle Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Cream Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A smooth straw colored ale. One of America’s two hybrid styles. This beer is fermented cool to produce a crisp, light-bodied, clean tasting ale.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-17-2004)
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-16-2014 12:58:35 | More by Fettpopps
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery shop.
Pours a medium golden color with a huge creamy bubbly bone white head that persists forever. Aromas of floral and earthy hops with a fair amount of bready pilsner maltiness and a light touch of fruit and corn. The flavor is clean bready with a touch of honey and corn on the malt side with a solid shot of earthy hop flavor. Light hop bitterness is present but doesn't let this on skew from the malty side. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet sugar watery mouthfeel. Solid cream ale, I really enjoyed this!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 01:07:37 | More by johnnnniee
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nebula1999

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-20-2013 23:12:31 | More by nebula1999
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EatonHops

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-30-2013 21:29:38 | More by EatonHops
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

03-13-2013 21:57:07 | More by Thorpe429
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Portsmouth

Poured a clear golden-yellow color with a thin white head; no mentionable retention or lacing. Light crackery aroma, toasted grain, a touch of citrus. Taste of pale malts, toasted grain, light citrusy hops. Pretty basic, pretty typical for the style. Light body, easy drinkability, but overall lacking. Not bad for a cream ale, but just really not my thing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 23:04:32 | More by Rifugium
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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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cliff1066

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-13-2012 04:51:36 | More by cliff1066
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kristiekatk

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Portsmouth Brewery in December 2012.

Pours a light orange/golden color. Nose is toasted grains, a mild hop presence, and a light fruitiness. There is a malty sweetness to this beer, but it is very subdued. Nice balance. Smooth, crisp, with a light-medium body. Very easy drinking beer. If you're looking for a simple beer to have with dinner, or to drink a few of, this is definitely the choice at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2012 23:40:45 | More by kristiekatk
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fitz284

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-25-2012 22:42:39 | More by fitz284
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When we picked up this bottle, they told us it was brewed for 2012 Craft Beer Week, but after entering it into the BA database as a unique beer, it was marked duplicate, so I am moving th review to the original brew listing. The beer is a pale, slightly hazy, orange-copper coloring with a slim, white head that quickly settles out into a filmy topper. Aromas of roasty sweet cream and a toasty backbone. Flavors are smooth and rich, with a creamy flavor throughout and some buttery highlights. The body is midbodied and very smooth. There is a roasted, rich aftertaste leading to a slow, smooth finish. Tasty brew, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 02:55:13 | More by GarthDanielson
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

10-11-2012 01:25:06 | More by Rhettroactive
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LambicKing

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-01-2012 18:44:58 | More by LambicKing
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-30-2012 05:15:20 | More by Stockfan42
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had as part of a beer sampler tray at the brewpub. Served in a 3oz sample glass.

A-Goldenrod color with a ringed white head.

S-cereal smell

T-Corn and grain flavor, light hops finish

M-medium light mouthfeel

D-This an incredible session beer. Great full flavor beer but not too filling.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2008 15:48:54 | More by jneiswender
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the brewery.

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

A somewhat murky golden corn color with an almost one finger head that quickly dies down to a thin layer of multiple sized bubbles. Tiny bit of lacing left behind, but nothing too spectacular. Smell is a lemon zest with a white bread aroma. Some pepper and butter like scents emerge as well. Very light floral tastes up front with a bit of buttery biscuit flavors. Creamy pale malt on the tongue with a lemon/wheat like aftertaste. Taste follows up the smell quite well. Mouthfeel is a creamy light body with a soft carbonation. A style that seems to be overlooked, but I'm starting to really appreciate. Very good representation of the Cream Ale. I have some HaverAle I look forward to having soon as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 03:32:28 | More by BeerTruth
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light golden color, almost straw, with a bit of orange. A thin layer of foam disappears quickly, and there's virtually no lacing on the glass.

S: A bit of caramel and biscuit, with a touch of hops. Not much here though.

T: A solid malt backbone with some sweetness and bread to it. A faint hint of spicy hops comes through. Nothing spectacular, but good.

M: Nicely carbonated, with a nice crisp finish.

D: This is a good session beer. It's not something I'd go back to often personally, but it's a good example of the style, and pretty drinkable. A decent offering from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 01:17:38 | More by YonderWanderer
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brew pub, came to the table in a standard pint glass a light golden with just a hint of orange tint a thin wispy head atop.Mild aromas a bit of toasted grain and floral hop with an underlying fruity sweetness,nice mix of hops and malt going on firm lightly sweet bready malt leading into a lightly hopped leafy finish.Just solid easy drinking no frills cream ale there are no flaws but just interesting enough to order another and its food friendly.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 12:56:16 | More by oberon
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this bomber at the brewery. Poured to a light golden orange with thin off-white head that lasted awhile and left little lacing. Nose was a mild floral hop, and the mouthfeel of this medium bodied beer was a bit on the thin side. Flavor followed the mild floral hop theme and the finish was medium short and unremarkable.

Not a bad session beer, but nothing great either.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 01:59:12 | More by kimcgolf
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scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

straw colored. you can smell a sweet buttery malty aroma from the glass. it's really nice. almost butterscotch notes. the taste is balanced and nice. slightly filling but very smooth. not really a favorite style of mine but i could drink quite a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2007 14:56:45 | More by scarletfire79
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle, which was purchased on 6/23/07 from the brewpub and consumed on 6/28/07, into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is bready but light with a little malt sweetness, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet but still very light. There’s a mild but complimentary hops presence that comes in provides a nice balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, very light body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, not much of a kick though but that’s normal for a Cream Ale, good representation of style, this beer is definitely the one to stick with if you want something easy-to-drink and not too strong. Personally, I don’t look for that sort of thing often, but this would be one of my top choices if I were.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 21:56:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
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muffguy4beer

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden yellow color. Thin white foamy head.

Smell - Not much there in this department, sweet if anything.

Taste - Grainy taste that finishes sweet. Hops not very present.

Mouthfeel - Light body that is very smooth and CREAMy.

Drinkablility - Maybe I am not crazy about the style because I was not crazy about the beer. It came off as very average to me. Very drinkable though if you dig the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2007 20:59:06 | More by muffguy4beer
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours and extra clear golden straw color with a frothy one and a half finger white head. Nice retention on this bad boy. Fantastic lacing. Sweet lacing on this.
S: Sugary presence with a nice fruity hop note profile--lemon, apple, orange peel. Honey notes are also detected.
T/M: Light and soft with a decent level of fruity hoppyness. Slight honey and sugary notes also come through. Smooth and creamy this beer slides across the with ease. Easy drinking and very refreshing--more suited for the hot summer months methinks. Good malt background with butterscotch flavors. Grassyness in there also.
D: Yep, definitely drinkable and especially at that price ($4). You know it's going to be fresh. Cheers to Portsmouth for having another goodie.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 03:02:55 | More by bjohnson
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generationmy

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This may be one of the best ales in Portsmouth. Definitely a must try when visiting the brewery. Nice and light, with silky smooth carbonation. Superb mouthfeel and delicious taste. Left some nice lacing on the glass. This is a great starter for the night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2006 03:52:27 | More by generationmy
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a nice dinner at the brewpub I picked up a bottle of the cream ale to bring home. This review is from that bottle.

The beer pours a hazy honey yellow color with a creamy white head on top. A fog of small particles is seen floating in the middle of the beer. The foam fades down to a thin sheet on the beer leaving behind a fair amount of lace on the glass. An aroma of corn, honey and lemon citrus floats above the beer.

This smooth medium bodied beer has a nice soft fizz which lasts down to the last drop. The flavor begins sweet with a honey and malt. Some lemon citrus moves in towards the middle and it finishes mildly bitter with a hint of hops. It finishes dry and once gone a bit of sulpher and honey flavor lingers on the palate.

I haven't had too many cream ales, but this has got to be one of the best. My only regret was that I only bought one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 22:39:24 | More by WanderingFool
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Portsmouth Carlyle Cream Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
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