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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

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Portsmouth Brewery visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hardly a mild beer! With big hop flavor & aroma, this light colored, medium-bodied ale is big in flavor & highly sessionable.

(Beer added by: gentlebubbles on 05-01-2005)
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Reviews by sethmeister:
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sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%

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

11-25-2011 00:15:52 | More by sethmeister
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

10-25-2006 21:33:25 | More by lordofthewiens
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muffguy4beer

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

02-23-2007 20:43:13 | More by muffguy4beer
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

09-17-2011 15:56:14 | More by tigg924
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.45/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

09-23-2012 17:26:50 | More by Cavanaghty
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-02-2014 02:59:07 | More by acurtis
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

05-29-2012 20:48:57 | More by mdaschaf
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Kinsman

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

09-29-2010 23:09:48 | More by Kinsman
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

11-24-2009 16:50:36 | More by KTCamm
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Franchise

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

12-11-2006 20:59:50 | More by Franchise
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1%

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.

05-24-2010 22:46:48 | More by u2carew
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adowney523

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

05-09-2007 17:42:10 | More by adowney523
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raythealeman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-28-2012 03:02:02 | More by raythealeman
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cleeze

Maine

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%

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

12-05-2008 14:51:42 | More by cleeze
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +29.5%

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?

05-01-2005 19:36:40 | More by gentlebubbles
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irs

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

05-22-2013 05:01:47 | More by irs
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

02-02-2012 23:55:32 | More by phingdong
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Userme59

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-02-2013 13:52:47 | More by Userme59
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

05-13-2011 20:31:41 | More by Thorpe429
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snowmageddon

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-26-2014 14:09:09 | More by snowmageddon
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

11-26-2011 22:06:36 | More by jlindros
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

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

06-25-2007 16:41:55 | More by grub
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Ropowers3

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-26-2014 18:46:00 | More by Ropowers3
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randomdanger

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-15-2011 16:27:58 | More by randomdanger
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

09-15-2012 20:09:36 | More by smcolw
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