Portsmouth Whipper Snapper American Mild - Portsmouth Brewery

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 71
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 5.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 71
Photo of gentlebubbles
5/5  rDev +27.2%
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? (543 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Thorpe for sharing this beer with me, this has been on the short list for a while since this used to be the #1 English pale mild ale but apparently no more. Oh well, still a great beer.

Beer poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is pretty clear and slightly orange with a thin white head that doesn't really stick around, carbonation is low to moderate. Looks good.

Aroma is really in your face hoppy. Whoa. It is pretty citrusy.

Beer is thin in body but not watery. It has a notable lack of malt character but makes up for it in a nice hoppy presence. Mostly citrus hops in the midpalate, the finish is bitter but not overly so. Decent all around, nice nearly session ale, I'd have it again. Thanks Thorpe and thanks Portsmouth. (734 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (994 characters)

Photo of muffguy4beer
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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! (483 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - dark orangeish brown in color, the pour wells up a half finger of creamy white head that laces swiftly, steady carbonation

S - mild, yet distinctinve hop aroma, piney/mango

T - the taste brings out the hops far more than the aroma, strong and piney, some earthy mustiness in the finish

M&D - clean and crisp, refreshing, and easy to drink for the strength of the hop profile. my first beer from Portsmouth (other than samples at EBF) and it does not disappoint (467 characters)

Photo of Lexx
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great thanks to Viggo for sharing this with me, quite enjoyable!
Pours a golden amber, almost cider color, with a bubbly, off-white, quick-popping head.
The aroma is of copper, green apples, strawberry, honey, a hint of grassiness, and the teeniest bit of grapefruit.
The taste is irony, straw, green apples, tangy fruits and light bitterness in the finish, very pleasant.
I could enjoy this very, very often. Thanks, Eric! (427 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a great carbonation level and a very nice looking head. Pretty much a perfect looking pour for a refreshing summer time beer.

Smell is grassy, hoppy, a bit bready and some sweetness (lemonade perhaps?).

Taste is very crisp and refreshing. I don't know what other way to describe that initial pleasure I get from a big sip of this beer. Nothing is overpowering at all. There are citrus, apple, sour malt and some light sugary notes.

Its nice and hoppy, crisp and refreshing and its not high in alcohol content. Overall, its an amazingly drinkable light beer. You can't do much better than this in the sub 5% category! (659 characters)

Photo of Franchise
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle out of the fridge.

Pours hazy gold with a two inch head of dense white froth. Retention is decent, with a slow retreat of the head leading the way to a myriad of webbed lacework throughout the glass and a thickish skim coat on the surface.

Aromatics lead off with pungent hops, a hint of malt, and a bit of sulphur. Cracked garlic, skunky grass, and herb-rubbed citrus.

Medium bodied with plenty of crisp, drying mouthfeel.

Oily hops, earthy resins, and a trace of toasted malt start the palate. A firm bitterness quickly builds and sustains through the finish. Hopping is a mix of garlicky funk, greenbud, and spruce dew.

Finishes with leafy hops, garlic greens, and some lingering toast.

This one is highly drinkable and really is close to being an IPA. (773 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 12/22/11 notes. Big thanks to joepais for sending this one my way; thanks Joe! Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a murky bright orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass, and the head lasts for several minutes.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hop, floral hops, grapefruit, tropical fruits, and lightly toasted
malts. Very nice hoppy nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, fruity malts, bready malts, and tropical fruits. taste is lightly bitter, but not much at all. Again, very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice beer. Very hoppy and fruity, and very easy to drink the whole 22 oz. bottle by myself. A beer I would certainly pick up a lot if I lived by the brewery. (897 characters)

Photo of grub
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (609 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle labeled "American Mild" courtesy of MrRetardMonkey poured into a pint glass. Thanks Scottie for my first mild ale experience.

Pours almost completely clear and golden amber with some bubbles feeding up from the bottom. The head is very small and short lived leaving a tiny ring of bubbles and no lacing.

Smells of toasted grains, citrus and a a slight sweetness from the pale malts. It smells a bit bready overall and a good bit like a cream soda, at least to me.

The taste has the citrus kick up front with the the pale bready malts and hints of caramel mix together in the middle. The finish has a crisp vanilla-ish flavor.

The mouthfeel is well-carbonated and creamy. The finish is slightly dry.

Having had no experience with milds, I didn't no what to expect. I certainly wouldn't call it an IPA, more like a bitter to me. Either way, it's really drinkable and I enjoyed it. (895 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beertruth for this one.

A - Pale golden brown with a huge, bubbly off-white head. Excellent retention but only light lacing.

S - Somewhat sweet in the nose with lots of bready malt and biscuit aroma. Hints of citrus underneath. A very pleasnt aroma.

T - Bready sweetness initially with some toasted grain as well. A strong bitterness comes through mid drink with an interetsing combo of citrus and noble hops taste. Bitterness lingers well after the drink.

M/D - Light and crisp. Very well carbonated. A very easy drinking beer and I really enjoyed my first sampling of the English Mild. (601 characters)

Photo of adowney523
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold with a decent foam white head. No lace.

Some citric hops in the nose, some light grain and malt.

Nice hop presense up front, leading to some bready malt. Citric bitterness works here, and is present in the finish.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

Overall, really liked this one. The extra bit of hops put this over the top. Very enjoyable and refreshing. (372 characters)

Photo of readbaron
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp golden yellow - with a bit of an orange tint and a tiny bit of head. No lacing and limited retention.

Smells good. An initial burst of hops, then lots of rich, buiscutty malts, and a bit of earthy grass.

Taste is also quite nice - more malty than hoppy, but there are enough piney hops in there to give it some complexity and balance. Finishes fairly smooth - just a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good - crisp, dry, well carbonated, body is on the lighter side.

Overall - a good, easy-drinking summer offering. I don't think this is an IPA (American Mild makes perfect sense to me). Portsmouth continues to impress. If it were available locally, I'd be happier. (692 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of COBeerBuff
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Received bottle via LIF from CooperEllis...Thanks!

Appearance: In a Spiegelau tulip, a vigorous pour yields a pale straw colored beer with two fingers of bright white head. The liquid is cloudy, but it still lets a ton of light through. The head shows good retention, and the lacing is pretty solid as well.

Smell: Light bittering hops are present along with some citrus and a light malt presence as well. I'm not sure what I was expecting from the style, but the lightness of the nose took me by surprise. With each sip, I find myself holding the glass to my nose a little longer each time.

Taste: Just like the nose, the taste is sweet, citrusy, and a tiny bit bitter. I can pick out some lemon and grapefruit flavors, a touch of spice, and a little bit more piney hops, though not enough to truly move this to the Pale Ale category.

Mouthfeel: Very light. This beer really is mild. But, the crispness of the hops prevents any thoughts of comparing this to any of the lighter lagers. This beer has flavor and it lets you know, without overwhelming the palate.

Drinkability: I can't believe this beer only has 4% ABV. If this brewery were local to me, I'd drink the crap out of this beer, and that's not an understatement. (1,228 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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. (440 characters)

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