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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

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | 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:
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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-01-2014 22:58:14 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 20:31:41 | More by Thorpe429
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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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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

06-01-2014 01:35:07 | More by Texasfan549
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 15:46:26 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 22:06:36 | More by jlindros
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 16:50:23 | More by mdfb79
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-22-2011 18:15:31 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 20:09:36 | More by smcolw
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 16:30:51 | More by Georgiabeer
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 22:48:28 | More by Viggo
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-19-2013 12:06:03 | More by PEIhop
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 23:08:45 | More by GarthDanielson
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 02:33:01 | More by johnnnniee
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 03:19:32 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 23:01:20 | More by gford217
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.9/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2006 21:33:25 | More by lordofthewiens
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2011 15:56:14 | More by tigg924
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-24-2014 17:43:53 | More by jfcaa193
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-29-2014 03:22:40 | More by ZEB89
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 16:41:55 | More by grub
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 20:04:46 | More by OtherShoe2
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 16:50:36 | More by KTCamm
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 22:47:26 | More by inlimbo77
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