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Portsmouth Whipper Snapper American Mild - Portsmouth Brewery

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Portsmouth Whipper Snapper American Mild
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38 Reviews
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Reviews: 38
Hads: 72
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 13.33%
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: 72
Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of gford217
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of grub
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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

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

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

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

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. No dating, but this was purchased at the brewpub on Kate day '12. Poured this into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Hazy light orange yellow color. Low carbonation, about a quarter finger soapy white head. Swirls up creates more. Some lacing bits. Tight bubbles off bottom of glass.

S: Smells of mild pine, and the some fruits. Peach. Marmalade. Maybe some citrus notes as well.

T: Some bitterness on the tip of the tongue. It's a really balanced pale. No one note over powers. I get some of that marmalade and caramel malt. Fairly weak flavors. Dry normal finish.

M: Light to medium bodied.

O: Eh, it's ok. With so many great pales on the market now, I'd probably reach for something else before this one.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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 u2carew
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewpub, one of my favorite places to drink in NE. Lovely looking brew, slightly diffuse with a golden glow. Threads of slow dreamy carbonation. Aroma is low, grainy and citrusy, although maybe a touch of vegetables too. Medium mouthfeel, crisp. Tastewise: soft malt, low hops, very drinkable.

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Portsmouth Whipper Snapper American Mild from Portsmouth Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.