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Portsmouth Whipper Snapper American Mild - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Whipper Snapper American Mild
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BA SCORE
86
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gentlebubbles on 05-01-2005

Hardly a mild beer! With big hop flavor & aroma, this light colored, medium-bodied ale is big in flavor & highly sessionable.
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Ratings: 71 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by BeerTruth:
Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewpub last weekend and had to bring a couple bottles home.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a murky light bronze hue with a full one finger off-white head that slowly falls to a creamy layer of foam. A good amount of stick remains covering the sides of the glass. Smell is very pleasant; mandarine oranges, whipped cream, and pine. Sweet pale malts and a good amount of kettle corn popcorn and honey as well. Taste begins pretty hoppy, especially for being a "mild" ale. Starts off with puckering grapefruit and freshly baked bread on the tongue. Midway some floral hops emerge with toasted grains and biscuits. Aftertaste is pretty buttery with some earthiness as well. Light to medium body with a somewhat strong carbonation. The feel to this beer though is mostly creamy and soft and helps a lot with the super drinkability. Wonderful session beer with sweet hoppy flavor, the bomber didn't last very long. The term "American Mild" fits well for this brew.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a mild IPA. As our server said, it's a less hoppy version of Bottle Rocket. Still, it's a really nice beer. Faintly cloudy yellow, with a medium head and a little bit of lacing. It had a floral, citrus aroma. Taste was grapefruit, with a mild hop presence that quickly dissipated. Fairly dry-tasting. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of muffguy4beer
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured dark amber with a nice thick tan head. Nothing too exciting, very mild as it were.

Smell - Earth tones most definitely with a kick of spice. Again nothing out of this world but that is the style.

Taste - Sweet, earthy, nice touch of hop bitterness and pine aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium body not too heavy but substantial enough for deep gulps.

Drinkablilty - To me this style is the definition of drinkable. I love this style and wish that it was represented much more in American brewing.

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery..served into a pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, golden-amber in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: piney hops

Taste: sweet caramel start followed by piney/citrusy hops

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle that fades slowly

Overall: A decent light and hoppy beer with a slight kick. Several of Portsmouth’s beers blow me away. This one is way more subtle. Worth a try, but not worth a drive up for.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the Portsmouth Brewery.

Appearance: Cloudy amber color with a thin white head and no lacing.

Smell: Hops and citrus, not too strong.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Light bodied with a watered down hop and citrus flavors.

Overall: Nothing special, but not bad. I would have it again.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Portsmouth, review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a small white head with a medium retention and decent lacing.

S: Very fruity aroma with tons of citrus, orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Very aromatic for 4%.

T: Similar to the aroma, maybe a touch less intense, but lots of citrus fruit, orange, and grapefruit again. Some light bready malt shows itself as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking.

O: Really liked this beer, very impressed with the flavors imparted at only 4%. Would definitely order this beer again.

Photo of Kinsman
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked a 22oz bottle up from the Brewery about 2.5 weeks ago.

Pours a light amber to golden colored body with a mediocre off-white head that faded rather quickly.

Smell is hoppy for the style, and features some of the more citrusy american hop notes. A light malt sweetness is also detected.

Taste would be hard to define as a mild, but with the light malt presence and low abv, I can see where the brewers are going with this. Again, come the american hops with a vengeance, but not overly so. Really, this is more of a light bodied American Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. At 4%abv, there really is not much body in this.

Overall a highly drinkable "hoppy" mild. Usually available on tap at the brewery and I try to get it everytime.

Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased direct from the brewery. Maintained freshness well. Poured into a pint glass.

Poured cloudy yellow amber - with time borders on a reddish hue. Laces. lowe creamy foam.

light fruity buttery smell.

Taste opens hop, but subdued, and it stays buried in some maltiness throughout.Some mild fruitiness in there, difficult to peg. Tastes like an english pale.

Finish is mild bittering with light carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Good brew, certainly drinkable and a worthy PBC purchase.

Photo of Franchise
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange slightly hazy that leaves a thick frothy tan head. The aroma is pine, spice, hops, earthy fresh notes. The taste starts sweet with a cooked sugar, buttery caramel, on the palate but quickly remedied back to style with a blast of bitter citrus rind bitterness. This beer site on your palate lightly carbonated and soft it has a creamy IPA feel to it but like the name say milder.

Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
A) Pours with a thin head that sticks around. Lacing is thin and sticky. Hazy body with upward carbonation.
S) Floral hops tones. Citrus notes - orange, grapefruit.
T) Dry grainy sweetness with subtle grapefruit tartness. As it progresses malt characters weaken as the hop bite remains consistent. In the finish the taste fades quickly.
M) The lighter side of a medium body brew. Smooth with mellow fizz.
D) Classified as a engish mild but the characteristics lean more toward an IPA. I'd have another.

Photo of adowney523
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange color from the growler into a pint glass. There was a thin white head with great lacing.

Lots of floral hops in the nose. Biscuity and citrus notes in the background.

Taste is biscuity/toasty malt upfront which fades to the floral hops. Hints of orange zest apparent.

Medium-light bodied, finishes dry.

Very refreshing, I could drink many of these.

Photo of cleeze
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped at the Brewery to get my growler filled.

It poured a nice hazy golden hue with a nice stickey, foamy head.

Smelled kinda fruity. Maybe some citrus on the nose with a destinct hoppy aroma.

Taste was very pleasant. Like an IPA just not as hoppy. It still has plenty of hops though. First it's a tangy sensation followed by some really good earthy tastes to it.

I love the name. "American Mild" fits this brew perfectly. I love the drinkability on this one. You get the same hoppy sensation as an IPA but it's much easier to handle

Photo of gentlebubbles
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

NERAX 2005

Words cannot describe how wonderful it is, but I'm going to try anyway.

Beautiful honey gold with an airy white head belling over the rim of the glass.

Sweet orange blossom scent.

The perfect tender mouthfeel wraps gently around a delicate malt with exquisite tingly bitterness. Subtle, living freshness of orange and grapefruit with a pine breeze in the finish. A suggestion of orange rind on the lips keeps you coming back.

In fact, I came back for two full pints the next day. Does that sound drinkable, or what?

Photo of sethmeister
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled at the brewery yesterday.

orange - golden hazed body with a tight ecru head which drops quickly but not before lacing the glass with soapy rings

scent is faint citrus and earthy

taste is dry biscuity / crackery malt with a hint of grapefruit and citrus hops and a light bitterness which builds slowly

light side of medium body

drinkability is excellent

Nothing spectacular but at 4% abv this does make a lovely session ale

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of rpstevens. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours a clear light golden color with an average white head that leaves behind just a bit of lacing. The nose has a bit of light malt and light hops. Mostly floral for the latter. A bit of citrus in there as well. The flavor runs along the same lines with some floral and citrus hops. Light body with average carbonation. Slight bitterness in the finishing. Pretty good; a nice mild.

Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at brew pub.

Light fizzy head, no real lacing, hazy golden wheat orange color.

Nose light floral fruity hops, citrus, plenty of grapefruit, centennial or cascade hops I think, no malts.

Taste starts with more hops, light floral, citrus and grapefruit, light tangerine and orange rind, bit grassy, decent bitterness, light dry many like taste. Juicy as well. Finishes with a bit spicy hops, a bit more biter and dry, chewy and citrus hops, long lingering bitterness.

Mouth is lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall not bad, not quite sure I would call it a mild, more like lighter apa, quite big on hops and very light on malts, but drinkable and sessionable.

Photo of grub
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one with me. thanks eric!

22oz bottle with plain portsmouth label and hand written "American Mild" on the bottom.

pours hazy reddish copper colour with a small off white head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves a bit of spotty lace.
3.5

aroma is nice. wheat bread. light grapefruit hops. no sign of alcohol.
4

taste is nice. light wheat bread character. bit of grapefruit. low bitterness level.
3.5

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. nice medium-light body.
4

drinkability is excellent. balanced and very enjoyable. thanks eric!
4.5

Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much head even on the initial pour. Cloudy orange, dirty gold color.

Very mild aroma (the glass may be dirty). Low hop.

Much stronger hop flavor, it's almost to the IPA level. Decent body with a surprisingly high carbonation. Long puckering aftertaste.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, bright, honey-gold coloring with a slight film sparsely coating the surface. Aromas are citrusy sweet, with highlights of grapefruit and lime, blending across a subtle, resiny and spiced hops profile. Flavors are more roasted initially, but that quickly transitions into a tangy sweet and hoppy blending that blossoms from a toasted cereal backbone. The aftertaste is more of the grainy, toasted cereal flavors, with a buttery highlight and slight hopping. Smooth transition of flavors, and a fairly clean finish with some tangy and resiny hops residue clinging on at the end. Tasty brew, very easy to drink and very sessionable.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this today at the brewery.
Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a thinnish white head that displays minimal retention and moderate lace. Smell is a nice balance of citrus and earthy hops with a smattering of bready sweet malt. Taste follows the smell fairly well. Medium to thin body, moderate level of carbonation, sticky resinous mouthfeel. Nice little session ale I could have sat there all day drinking these if I lived closer.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Thorpe429 the other night, celebrating TurdFurgison's visit to DC. Thanks, Mike!

Clear orange with a dense, white head that recedes to a ring, leaving little lace. The nose is excellent. Light toffee, toasted grains, a little caramel, a mild hop character, green and grassy with a little bit of fruit, this is excellent. I particularly love the toffee character here. The palate opens medium in body with a wonderful blend of toffee, caramel and toast. A mild fruitiness is present as well, it's almost like a blend of English and American ale yeasts were used here. There's a hop component to the fruitiness as well, with a blend of citrus and floral flavors. Drying on the finish with toffee and a mild hop bitterness, this is excellent. If this were available locally, I would drink a LOT of it.

Photo of
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Faintly hazy, true gold in color. Medium to large, creamy, just off-white colored head.

Aroma was spicy, followed by bread/yeast. Touch of honey or caramel. Overall, pretty mild (ha ha).

Taste was more bitter than sweet, with bitterness lingering nicely, grass/pine in character. Bread dough. Bit of sweetness, maybe sweet wheat bread.

Light to medium in body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

Very solid and highly drinkable. Good balance with a slight tilt towards bitter. Great session beer.

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one courtesy of purplehops, sent to me for BC2!

Pours a cloudy gold/amber, bit of an orange tint, huge white head, lace rings, nice layer, looks great. Smell is neat, sweet, perfumy, honey, floral, citrus/grapefruity hops, quite nice. Taste is caramel/honey, mild floral, perfume, grapefruit, nice and light. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth. Not totally mild ABV wise but pretty damn flavourful. We need more beers like this! Thanks Stan!

Photo of muttyd
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber over the weekend.

Poured aggressively into a Portsmouth Tulip (seemed fitting?). 1/2 inch thick soapy white head forms but immediately fades into a faint white ring. The nose is filled with a pleasant grassy/floral hop presence with a sweet/fruity malt graininess. Flavor also presents a grassy/floral and more citrusy hop quality with a honey/toasted grain malt sweetness. Finishes on the dry side with a bitter hop bite. Moderate to low carbonation with a light body. Although I have never tried a traditional English pale mild, I assume this is a more American take on the style with the bigger hop presence. Very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a 22oz bottle purchased from the brewery store. Poured a hazy orange that positively glowed in the sunlight. Thin, tightly beaded white head. Smells lightly bready and fairly hoppy wih herbal hops. Lacks sweetness. I was really hoping that this would go more in the Mild direction rather than the IPA direction. Lightly malted beers with low abv often can't stand up to the hops. As expected, it is very hoppy for the style. More properly, this an American Pale Ale. There is a base of dry, crackery breadiness and lots of piney hops on top. No sweetness at all to help balance the pine. The mouthfeel is crisp rather than smooth. While I enjoyed drinking this, I think I would have enjoyed it more if it was a true mild and more lightly hopped. This tastes very American, and if its in the Bristish style it would certainly be a bitter, not a mild.

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