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Portsmouth Carlyle Cream Ale - Portsmouth Brewery

Portsmouth Carlyle Cream AlePortsmouth Carlyle Cream Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

31 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.87%


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Franchise

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden lemon rind color, the nose is very light fluffy in character with a citrus background. The taste is refreshing the carbonation hits you first then it is followed by a malty sugary fruit essence and finishes with a hoppy character to balance the sweetness out.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2006 15:38:59 | More by Franchise
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the Portsmouth brewpub. Clear pale yellow in color with a nice white 1.5" inch head. Some mild lacing develops. The aroma is of malt, bread, and a hint of lemon citrus. Flavor is a basic combination of light malts, tempered bitterness, and hint of citrus. Simple yet flavorful.

The mouthfeel is crisp and finishes creamy. Relatively clean aftertaste. Refreshing. Definitely an easy drinking brew. Bought some bottles to bring home too.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2005 12:07:49 | More by Gavage
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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

Sampled on tap at the brewpub in Oct. 2004.

This cream ale poured a clear, golden color with white foam that settled. The smell was lightly malty with a hint of grain and a trace of sulfur. The taste was lightly malty with some biscuit and a very faint hint of sweetness. There was a light hoppiness throughout. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-light body and modest carbonation. This was a nice, light cream ale.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2004 03:37:41 | More by UncleJimbo
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewpub yesterday and really enjoyed it. Golden in color, low head. This most interesting thing about this beer, and the most surprising, was the aroma: it had a slight sulfury nose! Not un-pleasant at all, just not smelled much around these parts. I actaully found the beer to be slightly lager like, from the color, to the medium body and crispness. Also enjoyable about this brew was the lack of over-all grainyness. Easy drinking, as much as I enjoyed the Hop Harvest, and maybe the numbers don't show it, but this one I could have drank all day. My kind of session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2004 17:24:53 | More by PatandDavid
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mschofield

Massachusetts

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

Pours a yellow-gold, topped with a one finger off-white head and leaves a partial sheet of lacing.
Fruity aroma, light and subtle, biscuit.
Fruity taste, citrus, bitter orange, caramel. Not very bitter compared to some styles - but it is impressive they went this high with their "intro beer". I guarantee the people who ordered "the closest thing to a heinekein" at the next table were suprised.
Light to medium bodied, nice to see a brewpub brewing one of the rarer styles.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2004 20:01:09 | More by mschofield
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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aluskungs

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had lunch at the brewery and ordered their beer sampler, and the best one I liked was to my surprise was the cream ale. So I bought a 22 oz bottle at the brewery to bring home.

Lacy light foam in my glass. You can see the carbonation bubble up through the pale yellow color. I don't like the color, a tad darker than a bud might be, but we don't drink beer for it's looks.

A sweet, malty, freshly husked corn, citrus smell is nice.

A real tasty beer. Good subtle malt flavor with just a bit of hops to keep it in check. Good balance, very drinkable. Carbonation still present even on the second glass from the bottle with only a little bit left in the bottle. Pilsner like in taste and appearance but an ale, interesting. Maybe a cross over beer for light beer drinking crowd.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 02:12:46 | More by aluskungs
Portsmouth Carlyle Cream Ale from Portsmouth Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.